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HBO Max and Cartoon Network Greenlight 3 New Mo Willems Projects

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10:03am

Award-winning author and playwright expands his existing deal with new animated series ‘Unlimited Squirrels!,’ animated special ‘Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Special,’ and live-action immersive series ‘Cat the Cat’s Show the Show Show with YOU the YOU!’

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Women in Animation Announces WIA Diversity Award Honorees

In a Spark Animation 2020 virtual ceremony, Kyoto Animation, Laurence Ralph’s ‘The Torture Letters,’ and Maria Trénor’s ‘Where Were You?’ are recognized for making a significant impact in expanding diversity of voices in animation.

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‘Calamity, A Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary’ Wins Top Honor at CineKid 2020

Rémi Chayé’s feature takes the award for Best Children’s Film; other animated film winners include ‘Matilda and the Spare Head;’ ‘Human Nature;’ and ‘INKT.’

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T-Pain and DragonForce guitarist Herman Li Compete in Animated ‘Art of the Duo’ Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 4:38pm

Kingdom of Something and artist Rafael Varona team up with the musicians, competing head to head, using ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 laptops to produce music and animation for four 30-second videos being judged by fans on Republic of Gamers.

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Winners Announced for Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2020

‘Freeze Frame’ by Soetkin Verstegen; ‘Yes-People’ by Gísli Darri Halldórsson; and ‘Pearl Driver’ by Margrethe Danielsen take home awards.

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Run the Jewels Drops Titmouse-Produced ‘Yankee and the Brave’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 26, 2020 at 2:30pm

Duo of El-P and Killer Mike fight a malicious killer robot police force in 2D short, directed by Sean Solomon, based on track from the band’s latest album, ‘RTJ4,’ currently #1 on the rap album chart and #4 on the Billboard Top Album Chart.

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MorMor and Titmouse Explores Existential Dread in ‘Don’t Cry’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 26, 2020 at 2:13pm

Based on the musician’s first 2020 musical offering, director Otto Tang’s haunting, black and white 2D/CG short examines a group of neighbors as they spiral through an abyss of repetition. 

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WATCH: ‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Narrates ‘The Gille Dubh’ 2D Short

Winner of the 2020 Art Fund Museum of the Year award, Gairloch Museum presents the Scottish fairy tale ‘The Gille Dubh: The Last of the Fairies,’ inspired by the art of Abe Locke.

Awards Headline News

‘Wolfwalkers,’ ‘Tiger and Ox,’ and ‘Umbilical’ Snag Wins at AFI Fest 2020

Tom Moore’s new animated feature took home the Audience Award for Narrative Feature; Seunghee Kim and Danski Tang films awarded Grand Jury Prize – Animation and Special Mention, respectively.

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Olaf Gets His Bambi Moment in ‘Once Upon a Snowman’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 23, 2020 at 3:20pm

Written and directed by Dan Abraham and Trent Correy, the new animated short confirms that behind Olaf’s bouncy silliness is a character filled with optimism, joy, and concern for others.

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Glen Keane Talks Believing the Impossible in ‘Over the Moon’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 23, 2020 at 12:10pm

The Oscar-winning director discusses his beautiful and charming animated musical tale about a smart young girl’s determination to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess, out today on Netflix

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Focus on My ‘Vote:’ Six Point Harness Delivers Election-Themed Animated Music Video for ABC’s ‘Black-ish’

Channeling Golden Age UPA cartoons, Childish Gambino’s ‘Feels Like Summer’ and ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ director Musa Brooker and Six Point Harness — the studio behind Oscar winner ‘Hair Love’ — create an animated music video for the two-part ‘Black-ish’ election special.

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Olaf Returns with an Identity Crisis in All-New ‘Once Upon A Snowman’ Animated Short

Discover the origins of the irascible, playful, summer-loving snowman from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s award-winning ‘Frozen’ franchise; Josh Gad returns to voice everyone’s favorite snowman in search of more than just a nose, now streaming on Disney+.

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A Brave Young Girl Fights to Save the Planet in ‘Astronaut Spaceman’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1:00pm

Emmy Award-winning ‘Game of Thrones’ artist Patrick Gehlen crafts a charming, thought-provoking animated music video that rallies voters to fight against climate change.

Awards Headline News

‘Ciervo’ Takes Domestic Animation Gold Medal at 2020 Student Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 10:54am

Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma’s 2D animated short takes top Domestic Film Schools honor as medalists are announced at the 47th annual awards ceremony, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WATCH: Netflix Drops Trailer for Max Keane’s ‘Trash Truck’ CG Preschool Series

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:14pm

The first-time showrunner and ‘Dear Basketball’ production designer’s new animated show follows the adventures of six-year-old Hank, a dirt-covered kid, and his best pal, a giant honking trash truck.

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The Shins ‘The Great Divide’ Takes a Reverse Zoom Journey Through the Big Bang

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:09pm

Producer Jen Alvares and her Hunters House team deliver a stunning, complex CG music video for the Grammy-nominated indie rock band’s latest single.

Festivals Headline News

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Coming Online October 24-25

Celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary, the event will include four short film programs featuring award-winning and emerging talent in Japanese animation; highlights include Koji Yamamura’s ‘Water Dreams/Dreams into Drawing.’

Awards Headline News

2020 CEE Animation Forum Announces Winners

28 animated projects in 4 categories were considered in the 2020 pitching event; ‘The Garden of Heart’ wins in animated shorts with a special mention to ‘The Pet Named Stress;’ ‘Igi’ wins in feature films, ‘No Happy Ever After’ takes the TV award.

Diversity in Storytelling Headline News

Three New Diverse Animated Shorts Coming Soon to Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 3:29pm

‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ ‘Canvas,’ and ‘Cops and Robbers’ each tell a unique, socially relevant story through varied animation techniques.

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Matthew A. Cherry’s First Feature ‘TUT’ in Development at Sony Pictures Animation

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12:09pm

Studio has begun work with the Oscar-winning ‘Hair Love’ director on an afro-centric, coming-of-age take on the boy King, Tutankhamun.

WTF! Headline News

An Irritable Creature Gives Practical WTF Advice in ‘How to Make the Best Coffee’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 1:44pm

Chilean VFX artist Tomás Vergara’s new ‘WTF-X’ satirical short film series humorously portrays extraordinary CG beings sharing amazingly ordinary life lessons with a bemused young man that begs, the question, ‘What the f*ck?’

Music Videos Headline News

Smashing Pumpkins Drop Third ‘In Ashes’ Animated Series Episode

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 12, 2020 at 2:01pm

Frontman Billy Corgan and Portland studio Deep Sky release the latest entry in their highly stylized five-part 2D music video project in support of upcoming 20-track double album, ‘CYR,’ coming November 27.

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