Fans Campaign for Tiktok Impressionist to Replace Justin Roiland in ‘Rick and Morty’
The grassroots movement to hire voice actor Sean Kelly as the show’s two leads has many supporters, while other fans argue the true beauty and humor of the show came from the co-creator’s improv and can never be replicated.
TOONZ Studio Founder Bill Dennis Passes at 80
The longtime industry leader and ASIFA India chapter founder was a key player in building the animation production industry in India, including the setup of the Toonz Academy in Kerala and The Week of the Masters Animation Festival.
‘HouseBroken’ Season 1 Now Available on Tubi
From ‘Veep’s Gabrielle Allan, Jennifer Crittenden, and Clea DuVall, and starring Lisa Kudrow, FOX Animation Domination’s popular animated comedy about neighborhood pets working out their issues in therapy is now streaming free on the networks’ ASVOD platform.
Immersed in Stop Motion: ANIMARKT 5 – 8 October 2022 and StopMoLab 29 April to 31 December 2022 Lodz, Poland
SERGE BROMBERG SENTENCED IN 2020 FIRE CASE
On Tuesday 24 January 2023 Serge Bromberg, former Artistic Director of Annecy International Animation Festival and founder of Lobster Films was sentenced to a 5-year suspended prison sentence with 1 year of house arrest under electronic surveillance for his negligence in a nitrate film fire that resulted in the death of 2 people in August 2020.
‘The Flying Sailor’ Wins Sundance 2023 Animated Short Film Prize
Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis continue to rack up festival wins with their 2D/3D film, inspired by the 1917 Halifax Explosion, that tells the tale of the man who was hurled two kilometers by the blast and lived to tell.
Studio Ghibli and LOEWE Partner for ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ Collection
The final collaboration between the beloved animation studio and luxury designer will feature images and inspiration from Hayao Miyazaki’s favorite creation.
Podcast EP 193: How Turkish Set Designer Merve Çaydere Got to Work at Laika
The animation director, designer and model maker discusses her journey from Turkey to the U.S. and how she scored a spot as a set designer at the iconic stop-motion studio.
Choc Chip Animation Riffs on Pop Culture in ‘The Art of Murder’
Sisters Nirali and Anokhi Somaia channeled their lifelong love of 2D animation and 90s anime into a new animation studio and original series, about sketchbook characters that come to life at the stroke of midnight; the show's pilot debuts this summer on YouTube.
Genius Brands Partners with China’s StarTimes to Launch Kartoon Channel! Africa
The channel will offer originals ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten;’ ‘Rainbow Rangers;’ ‘Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab;’ and ‘Llama Llama’ as well as weekend movies such as ‘Stan Lee’s Mighty 7;’ ‘Ella Bella Bingo;’ ‘Toys and Pets;’ and ‘Boonie Bears.’
F is for Flake: The (Not So) Great Animation Robbery?
The indie animation community is confronted by scandal, of sorts, involving a short film, recently submitted to animation festivals, that appears to be a copy of a short made a decade ago.
FOX Renews ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Family Guy,’ and ‘Bob’s Burgers’
The network orders two new seasons for each of the hugely popular Animation Domination series, all from 20th Television Animation, cementing the longest-running primetime animation block’s continued airing through the 2024-25 broadcast cycle.
Adult Swim Orders ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ Season 12
As a follow-up to the animated comedy ‘Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm,’ which debuts on HBO in February and Adult Swim in March – Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, the ‘creative geniuses’ behind the franchise, will produce 5 all-new episodes.
Disney TV shares ‘Kiff’ Premiere Date, Cast and Theme Song
The Cape-Town inspired animated series follows optimistic squirrel Kiff and best friend Barry the bunny on their adventures in Table Town, where animals and magical oddballs live side by side.
CoreWeave Acquires Conductor Technologies
Deal for the cloud-based task management platform bolsters the cloud provider’s suite of solutions for VFX and animation studios, adding on-demand burst rendering.
Justin Roiland Resigns as Squanch Games CEO
Move comes after the ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator was dropped this week from his shows with Adult Swim and Hulu; the status of his production company, Justin Roiland’s Solo Vanity Card Productions! is unknown.
Serge Bromberg Sentenced in 2020 Film Fire Case
Judge’s sentence for the former Annecy creative director and Lobster Films founder exceeds prosecutor’s recommendation, setting up a possible appeal.
‘PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Snags Star-Studded Cast
Kristen Bell, Christian Convery, Mckenna Grace, Lil Rel Howery, James Marsden, and Serena Williams join previously announced Taraji P. Henson and returning cast members Kim Kardashian, Marsai Martin, and Ron Pardo on the animated film from Nick, Spin Master, and Paramount, hitting theaters this October 13.
Disney TV Shares February Slate of All-New Animated Kids' Series Episodes
Next month, Disney Channel and Disney Junior are brimming with episode premieres of popular original series, including ‘Superkitties,’ ‘Firebuds,’ and ‘Monsters at Work;’ ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’s Josh Keaton and ‘Respect’s Jennifer Hudson guest star on ‘Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.’
Pink Floyd Animation Contest Stirs Controversy by Exploiting Artists
The animation community is calling foul play on an animated music video competition being held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the legendary English rock band’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ album.
Amazon Studios Greenlights ‘Mighty Nein’ with ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ Creators
Critical Role signs overall multiyear TV and first-look film agreement with the streamer; new animated series, being created with Titmouse, is based on the 2nd campaign of the popular ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ web series.
Apple TV+ Expands ‘Kids & Family’ Animation Slate
The streamer's Spring lineup kicks off with new seasons of ‘Pinecone & Pony,’ ‘Pretzel and the Puppies,’ and ‘Stillwater’ and the launch of all-new series ‘Eva the Owlet,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Frog and Toad;’ seven new ‘Peanut’ classics join the streamer with ‘Peanuts Anthology III’ and ‘Sago Mini Friends’ celebrates Earth Day.
Hulu Drops Justin Roiland from ‘Solar Opposites’ and ‘Koala Man’
The news follows yesterday’s report that Adult Swim severed its ties with the prolific ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator in the wake of his being charged with a felony for an alleged incident against an unnamed girlfriend in 2020.
‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight’ Celebrates a Special Lunar New Year
Writer Felicia Ho and co-executive producers/writers Chris Amick and Ben Mekler discuss the essence of Po, cultural inspiration, and their collaboration process on the ‘Epic Lunar New Year’ episode capping Season 2 of DreamWorks Animation’s hit series, now streaming on Netflix.
Watch an Exclusive Movie Clip - ‘The Amazing Maurice’
Following its North American premiere at Sundance, the animated adventure about a sassy, street-smart talking cat inspired by the award-winning novel by the late Sir Terry Pratchett - starring Hugh Laurie, Emilia Clarke, David Tennant, and Ariyon Bakareon – hits U.S. theaters next month.