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Annecy 2024 Headline News

Miyu Productions Bringing 10 Films to Annecy 2024

The French studio is set to captivate audiences at Annecy 2024 with 10 auteur-driven animated films, spanning thought-provoking shorts, visually stunning features and innovative works in progress.

On the road to Annecy Headline News

Xilam Heads to Annecy 2024 with Expansive Project Slate

French animation studio's growing portfolio of family and adult titles, including ‘The Doomies,’ ‘Twilight of the Gods,’ ‘My Life in Versailles,’ and ‘Athleticus’ Season 4, take the stage at a variety of screenings, panels and talks; the festival runs June 9-15.

Farm Fresh to Your Door ANIMATIONWorld

The Houghton Brothers Blast Off in ‘Big City Greens the Movie: Spacecation’

Chris and Shane Houghton talk about JPL, a jar of peanuts, real Easter eggs, and heading into animated space in the first movie adapted from their Emmy Award-winning hit TV show, ‘Big City Greens,’ debuting June 6 on Disney Channel and June 7 on Disney Plus.

Annecy 2024 is Coming! Headline News

Annecy 2024 Official Short Film Selections Revealed

Out of 1,505 short film submissions from 108 countries, 31 films will compete in the ‘Official’ category, 12 films in the ‘Off-Limits’ category, 16 in the ‘Perspectives’ section, and 8 in the ‘Young Audience’ section, with an additional 40 films competing in the ‘Graduation Films’ categories; the festival runs June 9-15.

Heading to Annecy 2024 Headline News

AWN Exclusive: Torill Kove’s ‘Maybe Elephants’ Trailer

The new animated short from the Oscar-winning ‘The Danish Poet’ director gets its world premiere June 11 at Annecy 2024 in the official short film competition; the film explores the many ripples flowing from a mother’s restlessness and its impact on her family.

Business Headline News

Studio Unagi Launches in Montreal: A New Animation Powerhouse with Anime Flair

With a strong artistic vein inspired by Japanese animation, the independent studio already has two ambitious projects in production for Ankama, ‘Bestiale’ and ‘Sacré-Coeur.’

2D Headline News

Copernicus Studios Heads to ‘Death Castle’ with ‘SpongeBob’ Writer Mr. Lawrence

Comedy-horror short is being developed into a new adult animation series with art direction from Primetime Emmy winner Craig Kellman.

The Road to Turin Headline News

VIEW 2024 Shares Latest Program Updates

Confirmed in-person speakers include Emmy Award-winning director Shannon Tindle with ‘Ultraman: Rising,’ Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Paul Lambert, and ILM Senior VP and CCO Rob Bredow; Italy’s premier animation and VFX event runs October 14-19 in the beautiful baroque city of Turin.

Pre-School Headline News

CBC Kids Greenlights ‘Go Togo!’ From Gazelle Automations

New preschool series from creators and producers Justin T. Lee and Lindsay Lee employs real animatronic characters and handmade sets inspired by the Halton Railway Museum.

People Headline News

Stampede Ventures Taps Former UTA Animation Head Anna Berthold-Zuk

Former rep for global sensation ‘Bluey’ joins global media company Stampede as Executive Vice President of Animation and Kids & Family.

Television Headline News

PBS Kids Rolls Out New Content for Summer 2024

Fresh episodes of fan favorites ‘Work It Out Wombats!’ and ‘Lyla In The Loop,’ a can’t-miss Juneteenth-themed episode of the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated ‘Molly of Denali,’ and more land on PBS Kids this summer.

Voice Acting Headline News

Ben Kingsley, Pierce Brosnan and Mark Hamill Join Cast of Mofac’s ‘The King of Kings’

Veteran actors join a distinguished voice cast for the faith-based animated feature that includes Kenneth Branagh, Forest Whitaker, Oscar Isaac, Uma Thurman and Roman Griffin Davis.

The NFB Heads to Annecy 2024 Headline News

11 NFB Films Heading to Annecy 2024

The National Film Board of Canada boasts 4 short films in competition, including Torill Kove’s ‘Maybe Elephants’ and Michèle Lemieux’s latest pinscreen effort, ‘Le tableau,’ alongside ‘Miserable Miracle’ and ‘Corpus and the Wandering,’ as well as a tribute to Portuguese animation with a program of films by Regina Pessoa; Annecy 2024 runs June 9-15.

Food-on-Food Sex Returns Headline News

Prime Video Shares ‘Sausage Party: Foodtopia’ First Look Images

Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz and Edward Norton reprise their ‘Sausage Party’ roles in the highly anticipated animated comedy series from Annapurna Television, Sony Pictures Television, and Amazon MGM Studios; all 8 episodes debut July 11.

What Me Worry? Headline News

Pixar Drops Final ‘Inside Out 2’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 11:25am

Hitting theaters in just 10 days, it’s the feel good / sad / angry / anxious movie of the summer; the highly anticipated sequel to Pete Docter’s Oscar-winning 2015 ‘Inside Out’ stars Maya Hawke as Anxiety and Ayo Edebiri as Envy, with Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black returning as Joy, Sadness and Anger.  

WIA at Annecy Headline News

8th Annual WIA World Summit Lineup Announced

Returning to Annecy 2024 June 10, the day-long symposium, this year themed ‘Stronger Together: The Equitable Future of Animation,’ features panels and conversations spotlighting key thought leaders, filmmakers, and executives.

Getting Slimy in Bikini Bottom Headline News

Nick Announces ‘Kids’ Choice Awards 2024’ Nominations

Favorite Cartoon and Animated Movie are two of the animation-related categories, with voting starting today; the annual awards show will be hosted by SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star when the “slimy” trip to Bikini Bottom begins July 13, simulcast across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons, the Nick Jr. channel, TV Land, CMT and MTV2.

Business Headline News

Kasagi Labo Secures US$12 Million Investment to Grow Anime Platform

Funding will allow expanding the company’s ecosystem where content creators can connect, partner and shape anime IP development; company set as a Pitch Partner at upcoming Annecy MIFA event running June 9-16.

Awards Headline News

Sony Future Filmmaker Awards Winners Announced

Kyle Novak’s ‘Ángulos de la Hora’ scores first animation award in this year’s newly added category;’ winners were chosen in 6 categories from over 8,400 film submissions received from more than 5,000 filmmakers across 148 countries and territories.

We Want More Spirited Teen Shows! Headline News

Apple TV+ Drops ‘WondLa’ Season 1 Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 3, 2024 at 10:44am

We get our first look at the inaugural season of Skydance Animation’s new animated trilogy, based on Tony DiTerlizzi’s best-selling books, that tells the story of Ava, a curious and enthusiastic teenager who has been raised in an underground bunker by her robot caretaker.

It’s Anime-zing Headline News

Crunchyroll Drops ‘HAIKYU!! The Dumpster Battle’ Teaser

The animated film, based on writer Haruichi Furudate’s popular manga and anime series, opens in the U.S. and Canada today, May 31.

Celebrating our Differences ANIMATIONWorld

‘Frog and Toad’: Revisiting Arnold Lobel’s Wondrous Stories of Friendship

For Adam and Adrianne Lobel, getting to adapt and expand their father’s award-winning book series, alongside showrunner Rob Hoegee and Titmouse, in a new season of their Apple TV+ series that helps kids enjoy what they have in common while learning to embrace what they don’t, is a gift that keeps on giving… Season 2 streams May 31.