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Promoting Universal Values of Love and Peace ANIMATIONWorld

‘God’s Gang’: Nimrod-Avraham May Talks Creating a Religiously Diverse Series

With a unique interfaith advisory council and a mission to foster mutual respect, the 2D animated series promotes unity and peace through the hilarious adventures of four martial arts heroes from Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Judaism; new episode streams July 17.

Monkey Business in the Big Apple ANIMATIONWorld

Still Monkeying Around: A Talk with Legendary Voice Actor Fred Tatasciore

The man of a zillion voices discusses his work on Marvel’s popular adult animated series ‘Hit-Monkey,’ whose second season drops July 15 on Hulu.

Go Go Genndy! ANIMATIONWorld

Dexter and Dee Dee Return: A Talk with Genndy Tartakovsky

With the release of ‘Dexter’s Laboratory: The Complete Series’ from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment, the groundbreaking writer/director/artist discusses all things ‘Dexter,’ girl power, listening to your gut, and the glories of cartoony-ness.

Is There Hope for Humanity? VFXWorld

A ‘Sweet’ Conclusion for a Post-Apocalyptic Fairy Tale

‘Sweet Tooth’ creator Jeff Mickle looks back on the challenges and triumphs of producing the post-apocalyptic fantasy drama series, whose third and final season is now streaming on Netflix.

Really Dad? ANIMATIONWorld

A Talk with the ‘Invincible’ Robert Kirkman

The comic book writer, screenwriter, and producer discusses emotions, violence, the challenges of adaptation, and the making of his current hit animated series ‘Invincible,’ now streaming on Prime Video.

See You in Hell ANIMATIONWorld

‘Hazbin Hotel’: Blood, Violence and Decadent Sex You Can Dance To

Creator Vivienne Medrano talks about her wildly popular and hellishly funny animated adult musical comedy series – from her storytelling style to her use of the c-word – now streaming on Prime Video.

Gimme More Wolverine! ANIMATIONWorld

‘X-Men ‘97’ Reanimates an Iconic ‘90s Series

Supervising Producer and head director Jake Castorena talks about the tricky business of reviving a beloved and acclaimed series while bringing the world of the pre-MCU X-Men to a new generation of fans.

What’d I Say? ANIMATIONWorld

After 30 Years, ‘Mr. Birchum’ Gets His Close-Up

Adam Carolla, the other king of all media, talks about his new, politically incorrect series based on a character that has gestated since his KROQ ‘Kevin and Bean’ days, now streaming on DailyWire+.

What ‘IF’ They Were Real? VFXWorld

The Stellar Visuals in ‘IF’ Are Anything but Imaginary

From an enormous blue guy to talking bananas and slime balls, VFX Supervisor Chris Lawrence and Animation Supervisor Arslan Elver break down their work on John Krasinski and Paramount Pictures’ live-action/3DCG hybrid comedy adventure.

We Return to the Return of the Planet of the Apes VFXWorld

Creating the ‘Kingdom’: Wētā FX Brings Life to the Latest ‘Planet of the Apes’ Outing

VFX Supervisor Erik Winquist and Animation Supervisor Paul Story talk apes, plates, solvers, water, and other constituents of their heroic work on 20th Century Studios’ all-new action-adventure, ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.’

Hypothetically Speaking ANIMATIONWorld

The Whys and Hows of Marvel Studios’ Acclaimed ‘What If…?’

With awards season on the horizon, director/executive producer Bryan Andrews and writer/executive producer A. C. Bradley share their thoughts about Season 2 of the groundbreaking Disney+ animated series.

A Clash in the Monsterverse VFXWorld

Wētā FX Fashions Creatures Great and Small for ‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’

VFX Producer Kevin Sherwood and Animation Supervisor Ludovic Chailloleau talk Shimo, Skar King, One-Eye, Suko, and the myriad environments of Hollow Earth created for the latest Warner Bros./Legendary Monsterverse outing.

Who ya gonna call? VFXWorld

No Time to Chill: Sony Imageworks Cranks It Up for ‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’

VFX Supervisor Jason Greenblum talks the singular challenges and dedicated craftsmanship involved in the creation of the visual effects for the latest iteration of the beloved Sony franchise.

Portrait of an Auteur ANIMATIONWorld

Hisko Hulsing Talks About His Rotoscoping Process

The ‘Undone’ director combines rotoscope and hand-drawn animation, live-action performance, and oil-painted backgrounds to capture the subtle intricacies of human emotions within a dream-like, 'unreal' aesthetic; watch the animatic of his upcoming short, ‘Resurrection,’ to be released in 2025.

Intrigue on the Angry Red Planet ANIMATIONWorld

Director Jérémie Périn Talks ‘Mars Express’

The ‘Lastman’ helmer discusses his animated neo-noir sci-fi thriller, set in 2200, when a young cybernetics student disappears among the wealthy who’ve abandoned Earth for Mars, where they are served by sentient, obedient robots; from GKIDS, the film hits U.S. theaters May 3.

We Want More Po ANIMATIONWorld

Jack Black and Awkwafina Talk ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’

The award-winning actors behind the film’s eventual dynamic duo of Po and Zhen discuss the appeal of voice acting, their creative process, and what was most challenging in the booth; DreamWorks Animation’s all-new ‘Kung Fu Panda’ adventure hit theaters today, March 8. 

Pushing the Filmmaking Envelope VFXWorld

ILM’s Ian Comley and Charmaine Chan Talk ‘The Creator’ VFX

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 4:51pm

The VFX supervisors explain director Gareth Edward’s innovative, slightly radical new approach to filmmaking, a type of ‘reverse engineering,’ including the integration of visual effects, when during the process they’re created, and when it’s best not to use them, on his multiple VES Award-winning sci-fi thriller that’s been nominated for a Best Visual Effects Oscar. 

Anyone Can Wear the Mask VFXWorld

Mike Lasker Breaks Down the Breakdown of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ VFX

The visual effects supervisor on Sony Pictures Animation’s Oscar-nominated, VES and Annie Award-winning animated masterpiece discusses how artistic and technical innovations were pushed to the limit to take audiences into visual storytelling realms they’ve never experienced before.

Who Doesn’t Love Alien Love - Or The Wall? ANIMATIONWorld

Mike McMahan and Josh Bycel Talk ‘Solar Opposites’ V-Day Special and Season 5

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 9:01am

The show’s EPs talk about their ‘An Earth Shatteringly Romantic Solar Valentine’s Day Opposites Special’ on Hulu, sharing the humor that comes from jumping on the least stakes-heavy thing, like a restaurant menu changing, and wanting to blow-up their least favorite holiday in a crazy way that leads directly to the upcoming season they promised would be their best and funniest yet.

Who Doesn’t Love Alien Love - Or The Wall? ANIMATIONWorld

‘Solar Opposites’ Stars Riff on their V-Day Special, Jimmy Buffet, and Aging Pinots

Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone, and Mary Mack sat for a rather unconventional interview to discuss their ‘An Earth Shatteringly Romantic Solar Valentine’s Day Opposites Special,’ premiering today, February 5, on Hulu. 

I Want a Pet T-Rex! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Returns for Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 2, 2024 at 2:36pm

EP Steve Loter and Co-EP Rodney Clouden talk about their fun, wonderfully stylized Emmy-nominated series about Lunella Lafayette, a quirky and capable super-genius - and her 10-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur - whose secret identity and super hero-ing on the Lower East Side continue to weigh heavily on her personal life; the 2-episode premiere hits Disney Channel and Disney XD February 2, Disney+ on February 3. 

Give Peace A Chance ANIMATIONWorld

‘War is Over’ Highlights Brotherhood and Brutality in Protest for Peace

Dave Mullins and Brad Booker’s Oscar-shortlisted animated short, inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1971 song, ‘Happy X-Mas (War is Over), and animated in Unreal Engine at Wētā FX, showcases a game of chess, set on a battlefield, with a carrier pigeon delivering instructions on next moves - on the board and in the trenches - leading to a forgone conclusion: there are no winners in war.

Cowabunga ANIMATIONWorld

Letting Turtle Kids Be Kids in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 2:43pm

With a heap of festival wins, a BAFTA longlist spot, and a Critics Choice nomination, the hit animated film its director Jeff Rowe calls ‘punk rock anarchy hanging together by duct tape’ tells the funny, colorful, and unique origin story of how four brothers become humanoid turtle mutants, get taken in by a mutant rat karate master, and become New York City’s unorthodox crime-fighting heroes.

You Had Me at ‘LANA!’ ANIMATIONWorld

‘Archer’: Chaos and Phrasing May Never Be This Fun Again

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 1:35pm

Art Director Justin Wagner walks through some of the production highlights – including an almost templated approach to storyboarding nude scenes – on the acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning series that just concluded its 14th and final season with a special episode, ‘Archer: Into the Cold,’ now streaming on Hulu.

Inspiring Change by Being Yourself ANIMATIONWorld

‘Pete’ Unpacks 1970’s Gender Norms and a Mother’s Unwavering Love

Long-time Pixar artist Bret Parker discusses her award-winning animated short based on the true story of her wife, Pete Barma, who as an 8-year-old in 1975 Florida, just wanted to play Little League baseball, and whose mom Denise was determined to let her child be themselves regardless of a world that wasn’t quite ready.

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