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Festivals Headline News

Jennifer Lee, Henry Selick and Dean DeBlois Headline Annecy 2020 Masterclass Program

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 11:09am

Bruno Coulais, Chris Buck, Ron Clements, John Musker, Nick Park and Eric Darnell join a host of industry leaders headlining online festival’s selection of WIP, PREVIEW and Making Of presentations, running June 15-30.

Covid-19 Headline News

‘Whatever Gets You Talking’ Music Video Encourages Young People to Discuss Mental Health

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11:09am

‘Seize the Awkward’ campaign releases animated short inspiring young people to check in with friends and support their mental health; video features rapper Akinyemi, pop icon Meghan Trainor and music and digital stars Addison Rae, Avery Cyrus, Bryce Xavier, James Henry, The McFarlands, Molly Burke, mxmtoon and brothers Zach Valentine and Pat Ramirez.

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Phoebe Ryan’s Erotic Cartoon Fantasies Come to Life in ‘Reality’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 29, 2020 at 8:07am

Richie Brown brings bold colors, psychedelic imagery, and newfound knowledge of phonemes to animated short for singer-songwriter’s latest single off upcoming debut album, ‘How It Used to Feel.’  

Festival Headline News

21 Top Film Festivals Co-Curate Online We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Free 10-day digital festival, featuring 100 films, including DreamWorks shorts and Annecy animation selections, begins May 29 on YouTube.  

animated short films Headline News

‘Zenimation’ Animated Short Film Soundscape Compilations Now Available on Disney+

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 22, 2020 at 7:28am

Iconic scenes from Disney classics, with enhanced audio and no dialogue or music, have been edited together into 10 shorts designed to help audiences unplug, relax and refresh.

People Headline News

Oscar-Winning Composer Alan Menken to Score Skydance Animation’s ‘Spellbound’

Grammy Award winner Glenn Slater to write lyrics, and Grammy Award winner Chris Montan to serve as executive music producer, on Vicky Jenson’s upcoming animated feature.

Voice Acting Headline News

Watch an ‘Animation Under Lockdown’ Zoom Script Reading to Ease Your Stir-Crazy Day

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2:47pm

Animation / comedy writing duo Greg Hahn and Alan Denton team up with voice over pros Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Mike Pollock, Cindy Robinson, and Pete Capella for a bit of lighthearted animated quarantine distraction.

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Gina Shay Talks ‘Trolls World Tour’ Diversity and Dance Parties

The producer of both ‘Trolls’ films helps DreamWorks Animation create a masterful celebration of how art and music can bring people together.

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Fresh Takes: New ‘Quarantoon’ Series ‘Gnat & Tina’ Episode 1

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 4:17pm

Brandon Martin and Eric J. Trujillo’s 100% quarantine-produced 2D animated short, about two bored houseflies looking to experience the world, is the first of a bi-weekly animated series. 

Animated TV Series Headline News

Nick Announces New Season of ‘Listen Out Loud with the Loud House’ Podcasts

Current podcast lineup features popular Nickelodeon titles including ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ and ‘The Casagrandes: Familia Sounds.’

Music Videos Headline News

WATCH: ‘The Bruvs’ ‘Lockdown Blues’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 4:08pm

The pandemic provides a chance at self-improvement for villain brothers Doug and Den Bruv, who take up guitar and pen a bluesy ode to the world of social distancing and coronavirus quarantines. 

Community Outreach Headline News

Exclusive: Baobab Studios and John Legend Release ‘When You Can Fly’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 9:59am

New lyrics music video of original song from 4-time Emmy Award-winning animated VR film to help raise awareness of Return to the Heart Foundation’s Native COVID-19 Action Fund.

Awards Headline News

Oscars Amid COVID-19: Streamed Films Eligible This Year

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 2:21pm

Films initially streamed commercially after theatrical release was postponed or canceled can be submitted for Academy Awards consideration; sound mixing and sound editing awards being combined into one category.

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WATCH: Jamie Cullum’s Inspirational ‘The Age of Anxiety’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 10:02am

Under Neil Pymer’s creative direction, animated short artfully captures triple platinum-selling musician’s uplifting song about relationships in the digital age.

In Passing Headline News

Oscar-Winning Director Gene Deitch Dies at 95

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 20, 2020 at 2:28pm

Legendary animator, illustrator, producer, and author, who won an Academy Award in 1961 for his animated short, ‘Munro,’ passed away last Thursday at his home in Prague. 

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Fresh Takes: Punk Rock Meets Impending Apocalypse in ‘21st Century Failure’

In this overloaded, 2D animated, non-stop neon music video, musician and animator Xeth Feinburg berates the modern world with his snappy brand of psychedelic garage rock. 

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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.

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