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Anger That Boils Over ANIMATIONWorld

Raging Against Toxic Masculinity in Brye’s ‘LEMONS’ Lyric Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:13am

Artist Justin Moon used Blender, FLIP fluids plugin, and After Effects to produce the sterile imagery that’s gradually corrupted by seething anger in his CG music video for Universal Music Group’s °1824 division.

Arlo is in the House! Headline News

CLIP: ‘Arlo the Alligator Boy’ Premieres Today on Netflix

Furlicia throws it down in the wrestling ring in clip from animated musical about a wide-eyed half human half alligator boy who leaves the swamp and lands in New York City.

Anime-zing! Headline News

Eiichiro Hasumi and Yugo Kanno Board ‘RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:09pm

Netflix reveals series director and composer as well as character trailer of Leon and Claire, and zombies, as the White House suddenly goes dark; highly anticipated anime series to premiere exclusively on the streaming giant this July.

A Red-Headed Bayou Crooner ANIMATIONWorld

‘Arlo the Alligator Boy’ Celebrates the Beauty in the Bizarre

Ryan Crego spent over a decade developing his red-headed bayou crooner, who stars in a new animated musical alongside a group of misfits all looking for a place to belong, premiering on Netflix April 16.

You Gotta Have Heart! Headline News

Noggin Launches ‘Big Heart World’ Social Initiative

Featuring Nickelodeon fan-favorite characters, the campaign is designed to help kids meet social and educational challenges; ‘Big Heart Beats’ album provides empowering and catchy songs to bolster the campaign’s messages, and will also be available Nick Jr. and the Nick Jr. YouTube channel.

Chelsea Rocks! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Make a New Day’ Music Video from ‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:02am

Barbie’s youngest sister Chelsea and her friends jam away in CG video of lead track from the new film, launching this Friday on Netflix.

Age of Aquarius Headline News

WATCH: St. Vincent’s Groovy New ‘The Melting of the Sun’ Music Video

The most recent single from upcoming 70s-aesthetic album ‘Daddy’s Home’ features psychedelic 2D animation that is nostalgic yet gloomy.

Puppies Save the Day! Headline News

Nickelodeon’s Interactive ‘PAW Patrol Live! At Home!’ Coming April 24-25

The 45-minute virtual event features interactive stage show, shared viewing rooms for family and friends, and an immersive pre-show experience.

Prelude to the Oscars? Headline News

‘Tenet,’ ‘Soul’ Win 2021 BAFTA Awards

‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ wins for British Short Animation; ‘Mank’ awarded for production design. 

Animation as a Moving Painting ANIMATIONWorld

Animating Soft-Spoken Vocals in The White Buffalo’s ‘Sycamore’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:21am

To capture the lyrics’ dark gravity, artist Baptiste Leroux used hand-drawn frames in TV Paint for a textured, stop-motion look, in his short fan film for Universal Music Group’s °1824 division.

Paper and Cloth Collage Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Maya B Goes Quirky Collage in ‘Sink (ft. SAINt JHN)’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:11am

In the first of a five piece series on new animated shorts from Universal Music Group’s °1824 division, AWN shows how artist Carolyn Knapp used pieces of paper, gold foil, even her own clothes, along with Photoshop and After Effects, to create an innovative 2D film.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP100: Terry Ibele's Journey from Business to Stop-Motion and Starting This Podcast

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:18am

Celebrating his 100th Animation Industry Podcast episode, our host shares his path from a career in business to starting over in the world of stop-motion.

animated shorts Headline News

‘Us Again’ and ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Now on Digital

Catch a sneak peak of Disney Animation's latest short, now available with the digital purchase of Disney’s all-new animated epic adventure.

Honor Has A New Name! Headline News

Netflix Unveils ‘Yasuke’ Teaser Trailer and Poster

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 6:11pm

Bound by honor, compelled to defend; debuting globally on April 29, the reimagined story of the first African samurai is directed by LaSean Thomas and stars LaKeith Stanfield, with animation by ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ production studio MAPPA and music by Flying Lotus.  

Nominated for an Annie! ANIMATIONWorld

Storyboarding the Crazy Hijinks of DreamWorks’ ‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing’

With an Annie Award nomination for the ‘Baritone Tea Part 1’ episode, artist Ben McLaughlin discusses how a brave, sweater-clad chicken’s unending optimism helped him board one wild, epic musical adventure.    

Run Wild Run Free! ANIMATIONWorld

DreamWorks Animation Returns to the Frontier in ‘Spirit Untamed’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 12:06pm

Elaine Bogan directs the latest chapter in the ‘Spirit’ franchise, about a headstrong girl who finds a kindred spirit in a wild Mustang, being released by Universal exclusively in theatres on June 4.

Animated Tales for Kids ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Runaway Bunny’ Tells a Classic Story of a Mother’s Love

Based on Margaret Wise Brown’s iconic 1942 children’s book, Amy Schatz and Maciek Albrecht’s 2D musical special, now playing on HBO Max, is a gentle tale of a little bunny who eventually realizes there’s no place like home.

Music in Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Voodoo Highway: Navigating the Music of Kids’ Animation

For composers and partners Graeme Cornies, James Chapple, and Brian Pickett, scoring for shows like ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ and ‘Bakugan’ is more than mere child’s play.

music for animation Headline News

WATCH: Scoring Netflix’s Fantasy Spy Mystery ‘Secret Magic Control Agency’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:20am

For composer Gabriel Hays, the new CG film’s merging of fairy tale and spy thriller storytelling let him explore themes of uncertainty, adventure, and discovery to create a score that is fun, whimsical, and has heart.

It’s Barbie! Headline News

‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday’ Hits Netflix April 16

All-new CG animated TV movie features Barbie’s younger sister Chelsea on a quest to save her birthday; ‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday & More!’ album featuring music from the film also drops April 16 on digital outlets.

Virtual Concerts Headline News

Jon Batiste to Host ‘Soul’ Virtual Jazz Concert Celebrating Film’s Retail Release

Fans are invited to a special event featuring the music of ‘Soul’ hosted by the famed Jazz composer and musician, marking today’s home entertainment release on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD; Disney and Pixar’s virtual concert premieres March 25.

Charting the Spectrum of Lusts! ANIMATIONWorld

Gritty, Visceral Noir: The Foo Fighters’ ‘No Son of Mine’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:06pm

Inspired by Frank Miller’s ‘Sin City’ graphic novel, Emlyn Davies takes audiences on a hard and fast ride, charting the spectrum of lusts – blood, money, drugs, and alcohol – while poking fun at self-righteous hypocrisy.

Dancin to the Smoooth Groove! ANIMATIONWorld

‘TrollsTopia’ Season 2: Jazz Troll Tropes, Hairicanes, and Runaway Trains

Executive producer Matthew Beans builds on Season 1 themes of harmony and positivity to explore issues of vulnerability, perfectionism… and what a jazz troll’s lair looks like; a new season of DreamWorks Animation’s ‘hair-raising’ adventures premieres today on Hulu and Peacock.

Arlo is in the House! Headline News

Netflix Drops Trailer and Images for ‘Arlo the Alligator Boy’ Animated Musical

Coming to Netflix April 16, the 80-minute 2D film launches Arlo’s journey that lands him in New York City; soundtrack gets Capitol Records release the same day; ‘I Heart Arlo’ animated series will continue his adventures as he and his newfound crew setup shop and bring a neighborhood back to life.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 93rd Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:26am

‘Onward,’ ‘Over the Moon,’ ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,’ ‘Soul,’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ receive Best Animated Feature nominations; ‘Burrow,’ ‘Genius Loci,’ ‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ ‘Opera,’ and ‘Yes-People are nominated for Best Animated Short.

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