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Sing a Bit of Harmony ANIMATIONWorld

‘Sing a Bit of Harmony’: The Rise of Music in Anime

In Yasuhiro Yoshiura, FUNimation, and J.C. Staff’s animated feature, an A.I. dropped into a high school to test her ability to fit in uses song to share feelings, resolve conflict, and bring happiness to those around her; film, hitting U.S. theaters January 23, treads new ground where what is sung is as important as what is said.

In Passing Headline News

Award-Winning Composer Michael Brennan Dies at 47

Renowned for his work in film and theater, he composed soundtracks for all five of Nicolás P. Villarreal’s animated short films, and served as musical director for Broadway tours including ‘Victor/Victoria,’ ‘Cinderella’ and Disney's ‘The Lion King’ and worked on several Las Vegas spectaculars such as ‘Mamma Mia!,’ ‘Avenue Q,’ and ‘Le Reve.’

Mystery and Martial Arts! Headline News

Crunchyroll Drops ‘Shenmue the Animation’ Trailer and Release Date

Voice cast and key art revealed for the highly anticipated Crunchyroll and Adult Swim original series; based on the hugely popular 1999 SEGA video game, the 13-episode anime kicks off February 5.

Holy Dancing Irish Elk! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Riverdance: The Animated Adventure’ Reimagines an Iconic Musical

Director Eammon Butler and director/co-writer Dave Rosenbaum talk about authenticity, animating dance, and the challenge of transforming a world-renowned non-narrative stage show into a CG animated feature, now streaming on Netflix.

Executive producer Michael Olson talks about Season 5 of the hit Disney Junior show ANIMATIONWorld

‘Puppy Dog Pals’ Returns with Cute New Pets and Silly, Fun Adventures

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 1:50pm

Executive producer Michael Olson talks about Season 5 of the hit Disney Junior show, premiering January 14, and how new characters brought renewed storytelling and production energy for the latest escapades of Bingo, Rolly, and their friends.

Take the challenge Headline News

Sony Talent League by THU Finalists Announced

3 teams have been chosen for the 2nd edition of Sony and THU’s creative challenge, each receiving mentoring by leading industry creators, up to 10.000€ in funding and the chance to present their project at the next THU event.

Amphibia Fans Rejoice! Headline News

Indie Band Oh Geeez Drops ‘Amphibia’-Inspired ‘Coming Home’ Mixtape

The Milwaukee-based trio releases a collection of 16 songs of family, friends, and fantasy, inspired by the first 16 episodes of Season 3 of Disney’s hit animated series.

An Even Merrier Christmas 2021 ANIMATIONWorld

‘Sing 2’: Getting Ready for the Big Time

In Garth Jennings’s new animated musical, Buster Moon and his all-star cast of performers return, ready to unleash their biggest extravaganza yet… with one small hitch – overcoming the fear of not being good enough; sequel to Illumination's 2016 hit ‘Sing’ arrives in theaters today, December 22.

Claymation Xmas Wonderland Headline News

Watch: Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Christmas Saves the Year’ Stopmo Music Video

Made in 65 days with 40 pounds of clay, Mr. Oz’s Claymation Christmas wonderland brings the music duo’s holiday musical celebration to life.

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

49th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 9:09am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Encanto,’ ‘Luca,’ ‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ ‘Sing 2,’ and ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ top the expansive list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony is scheduled to return live on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Finding Strength in Simplicity ANIMATIONWorld

‘Freebird’: Changing Hearts and Minds on the Realities of Down Syndrome

Writer/director Michael McDonald talks about the breakthrough animated short film that uses simple means for a powerful purpose.

Awards Headline News

‘Dune,’ ‘Flee,’ and ‘Big Mouth’ Lead Critics Choice Award Nominations

Denis Villenueve’s sci-fi epic nabs 10 nominations, followed by Guillermo del Toro’s neo-noir thriller with 8, and both ‘Encanto’ and ‘Flee with two each for the upcoming 27th annual awards.

Getting Fizzy With It! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: Listen to ‘Christmas Fizz’ From Aardman’s ‘Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas’

Give a holiday cheer for an Aardman double header featuring today’s arrival of the digital Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and animated special; the quirky fresh tracks by Tom Howe are available on Lakeshore Records, while the stop-motion winter’s tale and its all-star sheepy cast is now streaming on Netflix.

Animated Features ANIMATIONWorld

‘Encanto’ Pushes Animation Boundaries While Celebrating the Fundamentals of Family

Director Byron Howard, director/co-writer Jared Bush, co-director/co-writer Charise Castro Smith, and producers Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer offer their filmmaking insights on Disney’s new computer-animated musical, now in theaters.

Animated TV Series Headline News

CN Drops ‘We Baby Bears’ Show Open Video

A spin-off of the popular ‘We Bare Bears,’ the all-new animated comedy features the lovable siblings as their baby selves, traveling in search of a home; the series premieres January 1 on Cartoon Network.

Music Videos Headline News

Guru Studio Drops ‘Big Blue’ First Look Music Video

Featuring a theme song produced by Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland and his Beatclub team, the all-new animated sci-fi comedy premieres on CBC Kids Canada December 4.

animated short films Headline News

Exclusive Premiere: ‘Nuevo Rico’ Explores Latinx Futurism

Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s multi-award-winning short boldly explores Puerto Rican identity in a new way, a defiant gesture of representation that looks at the island’s commercialization and colonial status.

I’ve Never Felt this Way About Stop-Motion! ANIMATIONWorld

The Stop-Motion Wonderland of ‘Robin Robin,’ Aardman’s First Musical

The renowned studio’s charming new holiday special stars a sweet, clumsy, and rather noisy little bird who desperately wants to be as sneaky - and quiet - as her adoptive mouse family, now streaming on Netflix.

An Even Merrier Christmas 2021 Headline News

Illumination Drops Final ‘Sing 2’ Trailer

Buster Moon and his all-star cast of performers are ready to unleash their biggest extravaganza yet… but there’s one small hitch; sequel to 2016 hit ‘Sing’ comes to theaters December 22.

I’ve Never Felt this Way About Stop-Motion! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: Listen to ‘The Sneak Song’ From Aardman’s ‘Robin Robin’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 12:43pm

Along with Netflix’s November 24 global premiere of the venerable stop-motion studio’s charming musical holiday special comes Lakeshore Records’ original soundtrack release, featuring music by The Bookshop Band.

Animated Features ANIMATIONWorld

How Choreography and Color Helped Shape the Vibrant Characters of ‘Encanto’

For Renato do Anjos, Kira Lehtomaki, and Lorelay Bové, early attention to culturally authentic details in design and movement made for a unique, magically expressive family, and house, in Disney’s enchanting, animated musical, coming to theaters Wednesday, November 24.

Podcasts Headline News

Bugs and Daffy Hit the Road in Turkey Day Podcast

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10:00am

Four-part original comedy series follows the pair on a rollicking trip across the country in a quest to turn our ever-prideful duck into the official bird of Thanksgiving; from Warner Bros. Animation, the podcasts are now available on Spotify and all major podcast platforms.

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Stella Meghie to Write and Direct Disney’s Animated ‘Tiana’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 15, 2021 at 8:45am

‘The Photograph’ writer/director to helm upcoming musical series about the life and adventures of the first Black Disney princess, coming to Disney+ in 2023.

Animated Features Headline News

Head Behind-the-Scenes on Disney’s New ‘Encanto’ Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 1:55pm

Directors Jared Bush and Byron Howard, co-director Charise Castro Smith, producer Yvett Merino, songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, and stars Stephanie Beatriz and John Leguizamo share with viewers a look at the making of the studio’s 60th animated feature film, coming to U.S. theaters November 24.

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