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Facing Your Fears ANIMATIONWorld

Tim Lamb and Christine Bian Talk ‘MacGyvering Our Way to Survival’ on ‘Orion and the Dark’

The production designer and art director approached the challenging, ‘scrappy indie project’ by honoring the hand-painted, watercolor feel of Emma Yarlett’s original book; written by Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman, the DreamWorks’ and Mikros Animation film debuts on Netflix February 2, 2024.  

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Shout! Studios Nabs ‘Digimon Adventure 02 The Beginning’ Distribution Rights

Produced by Toei Animation and based on the TV sequel ‘Digimon Adventure 02,’ the movie follows the Digi Destined, now 10 years older, and their encounter with a mysterious young man claiming to be the first-ever DigiDestined; rolling out across multiple entertainment platforms in 2024. 

We Want More Peanuts! Headline News

Apple TV+ Shares ‘Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin’ Trailer

Coming Friday February 16, the all-new ‘Peanuts’ special tells the origin story of one its most beloved characters, Franklin, and his struggles to fit in.

In Passing Headline News

Stop Motion Animator and Director Mark Gustafson Passes at 63

The Oscar, Annie, Emmy, and BAFTA-winning creative, known for his work on ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,’ ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ ‘Meet the Raisins,’ and many other stop-motion projects, has died of a heart attack.

A Refugees’ Journey of Healing ANIMATIONWorld

Digitales Champions Healing from Trauma with ‘Saleem,’ Jordan’s First Animated Feature

Studio co-founders Cynthia Madanat Sharaiha and husband Shadi Sharaiha discuss their 3DCG film that’s ‘not a war story’ but instead focuses on a 9-year-old boy’s recovery and hopes for his future after losing his father and living as a refugee with his mother and two sisters.

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Alibaba Pictures, Studio Ghibli Forge Strategic Partnership

After meeting on January 5, both studios have signed an agreement to co-develop involving ‘The Boy and the Heron,’ as well as an immersive exhibition of Hayao Miyazaki's numerous works. 

A Lineup of Animation Bursting at the Seams! Headline News

‘Orion and The Dark’ Kicks Off Netflix’s 2024 Feature Animation Lineup

This year’s slate, which begins February 2 with the new DreamWorks and Charlie Kaufman comedy, includes spring release dates for ‘The Casagrandes Movie,’ ‘Thelma the Unicorn,’ and ‘Woody Woodpecker Goes to Camp;’ dates for ‘Ultraman: Rising,’ ‘The Imaginary,’ ‘Saving Bikini Bottom: The Sandy Cheeks Movie,’ ‘That Christmas,’ and ‘Spellbound’ yet to be announced.

Megamind Returns Headline News

Peacock Drops ‘Megamind vs. The Doom Syndicate’ Trailer

DreamWorks' new animated kids’ film picks up after the event of the 2010 movie with the return of Megamind’s ‘The Doom Syndicate;’ the film and its all-new companion series, ‘Megamind Rules!’ premiere with all 8-episodes on March 1.

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William Shatner to Receive VES Award for Creative Excellence

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 8:16am

The acclaimed actor-producer-director, famed for his portrayal of ‘Star Trek’s James T. Kirk across numerous TV and film projects, will be honored at the 22nd Annual VES Awards on February 21.

Essays from the Master Animation Historian ANIMATIONWorld

Help! I Love Watching Animated Shorts

By Karl Cohen | Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 1:08pm

The first of three essays written by noted historian, author, and educator Karl Cohen to bring awareness to the present state of indie animated shorts and to stimulate a discussion that might lead to improvements; we start with a discussion of the ways these shorts have reached the public since the decline of theatrical cartoons.

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Walt Disney Studios’ VFX Workers Vote to Unionize

Group includes artists working across James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment productions, including the ‘Avatar’ films; the group wins IATSE representation through an NLRB election, a first for U.S. vendor-side VFX artists. 

The Power of the Saxophone Headline News

GKIDS’ ‘Blue Giant’ Releasing on Digital and Blu-Ray

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 9:23am

Watch the trailer! From Shout! Studios, Yuzuru Tachikawa’s critically acclaimed anime comes home on April 30, with special features including a Q&A with Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara. 

Diversity in Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Phillip Boutté Jr. and Michael Uwandi Talk ‘Building Character: Sketch to Screen’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 3:54pm

At their January 20 Academy Museum presentation, moderated by Oscar-winning director Peter Ramsey, the 9B Collective co-founders discussed concept design, building great characters, and how they strive to support and inspire young BIPOC artists with the conceptual creativity that will fuel their imaginations for years to come.

Competitive Festivals Events

MONSTRA – Lisbon Animation Festival

Begins: March 7, 2024

The 23rd edition of the animation festival returns to Lisbon March 7 – 17 to present and promote the best international animated film; this year, the festival will celebrate the creative legacy of Irish animation. 

That Ian Fleming? Headline News

Watch Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ Official Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 11:00am

The ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Wrath of Man’ helmer is back, this time with tough guys Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, and Henry Golding, in an action-comedy about the UK’s first-ever special forces organization formed during WWII by Churchill and a small group of military officials including author Ian Fleming; hitting theaters on April 19.

More Industry Staff Cuts Headline News

Apple TV+ Lays Off Eight Employees in ‘Kids’ Division

The streamer is evolving to focus on its own animated film pipeline but remains committed to the kids’ programming; an original ‘Peanuts’ feature film is currently in development.

Yes We Can Headline News

‘Bob the Builder’ Feature in Development, Jennifer Lopez to Produce

Mattel Films will develop the project that follows Roberto (aka Bob), who travels to Puerto Rico for a construction job and ‘takes on issues affecting the island and digs deeper into what it means to build.’

Who ya gonna call? Headline News

Sony Pictures Drops ‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ Trailer

Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd return... along with the Spengler family... to the iconic NYC firehouse, teaming up as Ghostbusters to save their world from a second ice age; coming to theaters March 22.

Let the Manic Mayhem Begin… Again! Headline News

Illumination Drops First Trailer, Voice Cast for ‘Despicable Me 4’

The biggest global animated franchise in history – and its considerably manic mayhem - returns with the first ‘Despicable Me’ film in 7 years, as stars Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig return alongside franchise newcomers Will Ferrell, Sofia Vergara, Joey King, and Stephen Colbert; action-comedy hits theaters July 3.

Brick by Brick Headline News

Pharrell Williams Teams with The Lego Group, Focus Features on Animated Biopic

The musician and producer will set imaginations free with a feature that ‘defies genres and expectations to transport audiences into a Lego world where anything is possible.’

Awards Headline News

Telly Awards Organizers Launch The Collision Awards

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 26, 2024 at 1:33pm

Entries now being accepted for new platform, the first solely dedicated to honoring all forms of animation and motion design across Marketing & Communications, Commercials, Television, Film, Experiential, Games & XR; early entry deadline set for March 8, 2024. 

Animated Oil Paintings ANIMATIONWorld

DK and Hugh Welchman Talk ‘The Peasants’

The team behind 2017’s Oscar-nominated ‘Loving Vincent’ returns with a vibrant new oil painted and rotoscoped animated feature about a young woman, Jagna, whose determination to forge her own path puts her on a tragic collision course with her 19th century Polish village community, opening in U.S. theaters on January 26, 2024.

That’s Not All Folks! Headline News

‘The Day the Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie’ Headed to Theaters

The sci-fi buddy action comedy, the shorts series franchise’s first fully animated feature, follows Porky and Daffy as they uncover a secret alien mind control plot; it was previously expected to debut on HBO Max and Cartoon Network but will now hit the big screen this Fall.

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Netflix Nabs Streaming Rights to Studio Ponoc’s Animated Film Slate

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 2:13pm

The next feature from the animation house founded by Oscar-nominated former Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, ‘The Imaginary,’ will hit the streamer later this year after its theatrical run in Japan.

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Rick Mischel Acquires Yeti Farm, Launches Artists Animation Studio

The veteran animation producer and former Bardel CEO will serve as CEO of the new company, headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia; Todd Ramsey assumes role of Head of Animation while Ashley Ramsey departs to pursue new opportunities. 

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