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Podcast EP 195: Mac Whiting and the ‘Guardians of The Galaxy Holiday Special’

The Warner Bros. Animation supervising animation director talks about getting his first job as a storyboard revisionist, how he worked his way up to become a director, and how he lands coveted freelance roles while working full-time.

Capturing the Horrors of War VFXWorld

Taking an Old-School VFX Approach in ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

Production Visual Effects Supervisor Frank Petzold talks about using in-camera effects wherever possible, eschewing loud and flashy CG sequences for more precise, realistic action centered around what’s captured on set, in Edward Berger’s harrowing and haunting Oscar-nominated war saga, now in theaters and streaming on Netflix.

It’s PANDA-MONIUM! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight’ Celebrates a Special Lunar New Year

Writer Felicia Ho and co-executive producers/writers Chris Amick and Ben Mekler discuss the essence of Po, cultural inspiration, and their collaboration process on the ‘Epic Lunar New Year’ episode capping Season 2 of DreamWorks Animation’s hit series, now streaming on Netflix.

Daydreaming and I’m Thinking of You! ANIMATIONWorld

In ‘New Moon,’ a Celebrated Actor Recalls a Magical Moment in a Troubled Childhood

Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo and co-writer and co-director Raúl Domingo talk about their animated short film, dedicated to Black mothers and sons and the love that sustains them through numerous hardships, which has been shortlisted for an Oscar.

It’s PANDA-MONIUM! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight’: Averting ‘Baditude,’ Achieving ‘Awesomeness’

Showrunner and executive producer Peter Hastings talks about the exciting new season of DreamWorks Animation’s hit series that finds our reluctant kung fu master, his noodle-making dad, a chivalrous warrior, and a master thief leaving China for the first time, traveling the world in pursuit of two evil weasels bent on revenge; new episodes premiere January 12 on Netflix.

Middle-Age Superhero Dads Embarrassing Their Kids While Making the World A Better Place! ANIMATIONWorld

From Villainous Masterminds to Rubbish Bin Miscreants, Koala Man Is on the Job

Writers and showrunners Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez provide the low-down on ‘Koala Man,’ the new Down Under animated series, a Hulu Original from Michael Cusack, Justin Roiland, and 20th Television Animation, premieres January 9.

Meow! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’: So Much More Than Just a Sequel

Producer Mark Swift talks about the development of DreamWorks Animation’s blockbuster adventure-comedy now in theaters, and why the long-awaited swashbuckling feline’s return is his favorite of all the films he’s worked on.

Meow! ANIMATIONWorld

Crime and Funishment: A Feline Hero Returns in ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’

Joel Crawford, director of DreamWorks Animation’s latest adventure-comedy, talks about Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, and the making of his new film about the famous whiskered adventurer’s coming to grips with mortality, a brilliant, instant classic, now in theaters.

Something Special Streaming on Xmas ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’: An Animated Tale of Love, Friendship, and Kindness

The beautiful and compelling new hand-drawn Apple Original Film, based on the bestselling illustrated book by Charlie Mackesy, debuts on Apple TV+ December 25.

We Finally Return to Pandora! VFXWorld

Joe Letteri Talks ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

Wētā FX’s 4-time Oscar-winning Senior Visual Effects Supervisor discusses his collaboration with director James Cameron on the highly anticipated ‘Avatar’ sequel, now in theaters.

Tiny Bubbles… Not! VFXWorld

Wētā Forever: The Esteemed VFX Studio Dives Deep on ‘Black Panther 2’

In an extensive Q & A, Senior Animation Supervisor Sidney Kombo-Kintombo and VFX Supervisor Chris White talk about water, swimming, beards, and bubbles – all part of their work on Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ now in theaters.

A Unique Descent into Madness ANIMATIONWorld

Phil Tippett’s Tortured Pursuit of ‘Mad God,’ His Dystopic Stop-Motion Epic

The Oscar-winning special effects and animation legend discusses his 30-year hero’s journey to finally finish a very personal and awesomely dark descent into cinematic madness.

Justice is Served! VFXWorld

The Fiery Magic of Wētā FX Helps ‘Black Adam’ Keep It Real

In an extensive Q&A, VFX Supervisor Sheldon Stopsack talks about the studio’s multifaceted contributions to the Warner Bros. DCEU action-adventure, starring Dwayne Johnson in the titular role, now screening in theaters and available on Blu-ray + DVD.

Fate Intervenes ANIMATIONWorld

‘An Unexpected Ray of Hope’: William Joyce’s New Short, ‘Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 2, 2022 at 8:54am

The Oscar and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, author, and illustrator shares how a series of tragic losses – first his young daughter, then his wife – led to a prolonged period of creative withdrawal that he eventually emerged from, due to a simple twist of fate, to produce some of his career’s strongest and most innovative work.

Mysteries of the Unknown ANIMATIONWorld

The Latest Strange World of Roy Conli

The Academy Award-winning producer of Disney's all-new animated feature, ‘Strange World,’ opening in theaters November 23, talks about the studio's retro-futuristic, subterranean adventure and his almost 30-year career at the legendary company.

Technology ANIMATIONWorld

Animal Logic Gets ‘Unhinged’ with ALab Phase 2, Unreal Engine, and a Sock Puppet Scientist

Art director Grant Freckelton and director David Peers talk about the studio’s groundbreaking open-source USD ALab, its expansion into ALab Phase 2, and the Unreal Engine-created short film that grew out of their R&D efforts.

Get Your Hulk-Smash On! VFXWorld

Wētā FX Works Their Smashingly Good Magic on ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’

In an extensive Q & A, Senior Animation Supervisor Sidney Kombo-Kintombo and Senior VFX Supervisor Guy Williams talk about their gargantuan contributions to Marvel Studios’ 'She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,' streaming exclusively on Disney+.

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.

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.

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.

Mysteries of the Unknown ANIMATIONWorld

Disney’s ‘Strange World’: An Epic Adventure in the Grand Style

Director Don Hall, co-director/writer Qui Nguyen, and producer Roy Conli talk about the making of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ lush, expansive, and action-packed CG animated sci-fi film hitting theaters November 23.

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.

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