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Another Cartoon Saloon Gem ANIMATIONWorld

‘My Father’s Dragon’: A Timeless, Truthful Take on Facing Fears

For head of story and animation director Giovanna Ferrari, Nora Twomey’s touching animated feature film’s depiction of how turmoil can upend a child’s life, and how parents face their own doubts while trying to stay strong for their kids, strikes a very personal chord.

Life finds a way ANIMATIONWorld

‘Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Hidden Adventure’: One Last Interactive Quest

Showrunner Scott Kreamer and DreamWorks Animation’s all-new interactive special – debuting today on Netflix - takes audiences back for a final adventure on Isla Nublar, where Darius and the rest of ‘The Nublar Six’ spend each day running for their lives, braving the elements while trying not to get eaten.

Meow! ANIMATIONWorld

Cinesite Shares ‘Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank’ Breakdown Reel

The studio took over the troubled production that began life as ‘Blazing Samurai,’ and with directors Rob Minkoff (‘The Lion King’) and Mark Koetsier (‘Minions’), working from only an animatic, concept art, and some 3D models, brought the 3DCG film to a rich and colorful completion.

Teaching Kids to Sort Through Their Feelings ANIMATIONWorld

Apple TV+’s ‘Slumberkins’ Offers a Safe Space for ‘Big Feelings’

New mixed-media preschool series from the Factory and The Jim Henson Company looks inside teaching kids to get along and share by showing them self-awareness and how to sort through their own feelings.

Continuing the Lost in Oz Story ANIMATIONWorld

New Animated Short: Find Out What’s Next for ‘Lost in Oz’

The team behind the Emmy Award-winning series shares its latest film, ‘Packing Magic,’ that picks up the story of Dorothy Gale, answering fan’s questions whether she’d return home to Kansas or start a new life among her magical friends and foes in the legendary world of Oz.

Make Way for the Terrans ANIMATIONWorld

‘Transformers: EarthSpark’ Brings Earth-Born Robots to the Franchise

Nick’s all-new series, debuting today on Paramount+, introduces a new species, the Terrans, adopted and cared for by humans, who must grow together as a family to become a team of heroes.

And the Rest is History! ANIMATIONWorld

Animated Characters: Sequence 1 – What Am I Doing Here?

Animator, director, character designer, teacher, and writer Nancy Beiman shares her ‘would you believe it?’ path to the inaugural class of CalArts’ Character Animation Program back in September 1975, in the first of an ongoing series of articles – and eventual blog - she’s penning for AWN.

Another Cartoon Saloon Gem ANIMATIONWorld

Getting to the Heart of ‘My Father’s Dragon’

At the recent VIEW Conference 2022, director Nora Twomey talked to AWN about what moved her to chose Ruth Stiles Gannett’s 1948 children’s book for her new film, Cartoon Saloon’s first non-co-produced feature, a delightful 2D animated fantasy dropping on Netflix November 11.

Hopp To It! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Zootopia+’ Revisits a Smiling Sloth, Con-Artist Weasel, and Other Colorful Characters

Josie Trinidad, Trent Correy, and Nathan Curtis discuss the new Disney+ series of six animated shorts that take deep dives into many of Byron Howard and Rich Moore’s 2016 Oscar-winning film’s most intriguing mammal metropolis residents.

We Want Fast Food Items as Neighbors ANIMATIONWorld

Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro Talk ‘Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 2:18pm

The creative geniuses (for want of a more colorful plural noun) behind one of Adult Swim’s longest running series are back, along with favorite fast food item rascals Frylock, Master Shake, and Meatwad (plus perverted neighbor Carl), in a brand-new animated feature, out today on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray.

Mysteries are Finally Revealed ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Dragon Prince’ Returns for Season 4 with ‘The Mystery of Aaravos’

Co-creators Justin Richmond and Aaron Ehasz discuss the show’s next phase, set two years after Season 3’s massive cliffhanger, and how Netflix’s unprecedented four season greenlight ensures they’ll take their epic story to its planned conclusion; 9 new episodes are now streaming.

Preschool Fun ANIMATIONWorld

Art Director David T. Chung Talks ‘Gabby’s Dollhouse’ Season 6

The live-action / animated hybrid preschool series from DreamWorks Animation features flamboyant cats of every shape, color, size, and animation style, all joining Gabby on fun adventures in cleverly designed locations when she jumps into her dollhouse; the new season is now streaming on Netflix.

Dystopian Futures Oh My! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Cyberpunk: Edgerunners’: a Vibrant Ode to Retro Anime

For director Hiroyuki Imaishi and character designer Yoh Yoshinari, their story about a smart boy of low social status slowly crawling to his own demise is filled with genre-common themes of humanity’s corruption sprinkled with a small glimmer of hope, strikingly presented with a past-meets-present animation and narrative style; the 10-episode series is now streaming on Netflix.

Animated Shorts of the Month ANIMATIONWorld

The Animation Pimp Presents - Binocular Briefs October 2022

Sorry we’re late – publisher lameness to blame – AWN’s monthly animated shorts survey includes ‘Cash In, Cash Out,’ ‘Dog Apartment,’ ‘Luce and the Rock,’ ‘Safe Mode: Lana Among the Lilies,’ and ‘Scale.’

Business Headline News

Lucky ‘Krap Chicken’ NFT Owners Will Appear in ‘Krapopolis’ Season 1 Finale

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 11:40am

Blockchain Creative Labs, FOX Entertainment’s Web3 media tech company, has announced that a ‘Key to Krapopolis’ NFT will be added to 2 of the series’ dedicated NFTs, whose owners will be added as background characters in the final first season episode.

Technology Headline News

Imbalance Releases Ragdoll Dynamics 3.0

Tool that automates character physics in Maya gets update that includes click-and-drag interface, added physically based character posing, replacement rigs for interactive frame rates, and a multi-character asset library.

Business Headline News

Disney Expected to Lose over $140 Million on ‘Strange World’

Released during the usually lucrative Thanksgiving weekend, the action-packed 3DCG animated adventure only garnered $28 million globally even after its projected opening was lowered to $30-$40 million.

Anyone Can Wear the Mask Headline News

New ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Image Revealed

Lead animator Nick Kondo revealed on Twitter the first look at Miles Morales since the initial film teaser was released late last year, showing an anxious looking Spidey walking away from his parents.

Sumit Your Films Headline News

Call For Entries: NIIGATA International Animation Festival

Submissions are open for the new feature animation festival coming March 2023 to Niigata, Japan, home to Toei Animation Studio; submission deadline is December 23.

Awards Headline News

2022 BAFTA Children & Young People Award Winners Announced

Magic Light Pictures’ animated special ‘The Snail and the Whale’ garners two awards in the Animation and Director categories; the annual event is a celebration of UK and international content for children and young people spanning film, games, and television.

People Headline News

Suzanne Guèvremont Takes the Reigns at the NFB

Succeeding Claude Joli-Coeur, the new Government Film Commissioner begins her 5-year appointment, bringing decades of domestic and international experience in digital media, culture, and education to her new position.

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