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It’s Tough Being a Kid… of a Famous Monster ANIMATIONWorld

Shea Fontana Talks a Revamped ‘Monster High’

The producer on Nickelodeon and Mattel’s new CG-animated series discusses the rebirth of the storied franchise, which began as a hugely successful toy line in 2010, quickly expanding into games, a web series, and animated YouTube shorts; the show premieres today, October 28, on Nickelodeon.

The Joys of Adolescence ANIMATIONWorld

Andrew Goldberg Talks Nick Kroll and ‘Big Mouth’ Season 6

The co-creator, co-writer, and co-executive producer of the hit animated comedy series, whose sixth season drops October 28 on Netflix, tells all, from the introduction of a new asexual character to the premiere of the three-dads musical, ‘Dada Dia.’

Move over Jack Skellington! ANIMATIONWorld

Constructing ‘Wendell & Wild’: A Conversation with the Legendary Henry Selick

The director talks about collaborating with Jordan Peele on his latest stop-motion epic, a scary – but not too scary – fantasy adventure, hitting select theaters October 21 before streaming October 28 on Netflix.

Animated Political Satire Returns! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Tooning Out the News’ Continues to Find the Right Political/Comedic Balance

Creator and Executive Producer R.J. Fried talks about the Emmy-nominated animated series, whose third season debuts tonight, October 5, on Comedy Central.

The Flying Sailor ANIMATIONWorld

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis Talk ‘The Flying Sailor’

The Oscar-nominated ‘When the Day Breaks’ and ‘Wild Life’ filmmakers use a mashup of 2D, 3D, and live-action techniques to contemplate the nature of existence in their new animated short, based on a horrific, true-life disaster.

To Rarely Go Where No One Has Gone Before ANIMATIONWorld

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Bravely – and Hilariously – Beams into Season 3

Creator Mike McMahan offers an in-depth look at the creative impulses and collaborative effort behind his hit Paramount+ animated sci-fi comedy, whose third season debuts today.

LANA!!! ANIMATIONWorld

Get Out Your Cocktail Shaker: ‘Archer’ Rolls Out Season 13

Art Director Justin Wagner and Animation Director Megan Johnson size up the new season - complete with lots of pre-production art - of the acclaimed series, which premiered last night on FXX and today on Hulu.

Fun with Animated Chipmunks! VFXWorld

MPC and the 2D/3D/CG Stylings of ‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’

VFX supervisor Axel Bonami talks making, mixing, matching, and maneuvering the many visual styles in Akiva Schaffer’s hybrid live-action/CG animated action-comedy, now streaming on Disney+.

Super Giant Sibling Rivalry ANIMATIONWorld

‘Super Giant Robot Brothers’: A Milestone in Virtual Animation Production

Director Mark Andrews and producers Paul Fleschner and Adam Maier chronicle their trailblazing journey to create - entirely in Unreal Engine - the 3DCG animated comedy series premiering today on Netflix.

Good Luck is Good! ANIMATIONWorld

The Whimsical and Grounded Dance of ‘Luck’

Director Peggy Holmes talks about the importance of family, the challenges of working with characters of wildly divergent sizes, and how her background in choreography helped her nail the physical nuances in Apple Original Films’ and Skydance Animation’s CG fantasy comedy ‘Luck,’ dropping August 5 on Apple TV+.

Rescue Rangers Return! VFXWorld

Pre, Tech, and Post: The Many ‘Vizings’ of ‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’

Visualization supervisor Tefft Smith talks previs, techvis, and postvis on the production of Akiva Schaffer’s hybrid live-action/CG animated action-comedy, starring John Mulaney and Andy Samberg, now streaming on Disney+.

Waititi and Hemsworth Return! VFXWorld

Hammering Out the VFX in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Production VFX supervisor and cat enthusiast Jake Morrison talks lighting breakthroughs, VR magic, how to differentiate your shadow creatures, and how to make a dumpling god – all in a day’s work on Marvel Studios’ fourth outing in the Norse god franchise, now playing in theaters.

Business ANIMATIONWorld

Zareh Nalbandian Talks Animal Logic’s Sale to Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 22, 2022 at 2:49pm

The animation production company’s CEO and co-founder discusses the ‘Why now?’ and ‘What’s next?’ of the streaming giant’s surprise acquisition earlier this week of the studio he started more than 30 years ago.

Grrrrrrr! ANIMATIONWorld

Genndy Tartakovsky Talks the ‘Primal’ Pleasures of Animation

The acclaimed creator of ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ and ‘Samurai Jack’ reflects on the unique format and surprise success of ‘Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal,’ his Emmy Award-winning animated series about the friendship between a caveman and a T-Rex, whose second season debuts today on Adult Swim.

Maury and Connie Get Their Own Show! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Human Resources’: Just Another Day at the Office, If You Happen to Work with Shame Wizards and Hormone Monsters

Creators Kelly Galuska and Andrew Goldberg share the joys of working on the ‘edgier and adultier’ ‘Big Mouth’ spin-off series, which premieres March 18 on Netflix.

A New Season of Backyard Hijinks! ANIMATIONWorld

Lynne Naylor and Sunil Hall Talk ‘The Mighty Ones’ Season 2

A new, high-energy season of DreamWorks Animation’s kids’ comedy about the hilarious misadventures of a twig, a pebble, a leaf, and a strawberry, living in the unkempt backyard of a trio of equally unkempt humans, premieres today on Hulu and Peacock.

Careful What You Wish For ANIMATIONWorld

Chris Appelhans Talks ‘Wish Dragon’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 11, 2021 at 3:07pm

The writer and director discusses his captivating tale of a cynical, all-powerful dragon joining forces with a humble Chinese student, and how an unforgiving budget and his own naiveté almost derailed him more than once.

Podcasts Headline News

Animation Industry Podcast EP71: Aaron Hazouri’s Harsh Reality of Pursuing Storyboard Artist Work In LA

The latest installment of Terry Ibele’s in-depth interview series with guests including JJ Villard, John Musker, Tina Nowracki, and Fred Seibert, who share their stories, insights, and career advice.

feature film animation ANIMATIONWorld

Walt Dohrn Talks ‘Trolls World Tour’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 4:34pm

With his sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 hit, ‘Trolls,’ releasing straight to digital home viewing this Friday, the director shares his thoughts on the joyful experience of creating six new musically-themed ‘lands’ of fuzzily immersive charm.

TV Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Kara Vallow Tackles the Mysteries of Science in ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 9, 2020 at 3:30pm

The Emmy-nominated ‘Family Guy’ executive producer returns for Season 3, delivering over 100 minutes of animation for the venerable, highly acclaimed science franchise, which debuts tonight on National Geographic.

AWN @ FMX 2019 VFXWorld

WATCH: Weta’s Matt Aitken Talks ‘Avengers: Endgame’ VFX at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 1:19pm

Visual effects supervisor talks about his role leading the Weta Digital team on Disney and Marvel’s smash action-adventure hit.

FMX 2019 VFXWorld

WATCH: Michelle Eisenreich Talks ‘First Man’ In-Camera VFX at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 8:26am

DNEG visual effects producer discusses unique processing of never-before-seen NASA footage on Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning drama about Neil Armstrong’s legendary Moon walk. 

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