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Animation Hall of Fame Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood’s AEF Announces 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees

The non-profit association of teachers and scholars honors artists and scholars whose teachings have influenced the history of animation. 

A Whack New Single Headline News

Tierra Whack Releases ‘Shower Song’ Live-Action/Animation Hybrid Music Video

The 90-second short, created by the Grammy-nominated recording artist in partnership with conceptual artist Alex Da Corte, serves as the first single for the singer’s debut album, ‘WORLD WIDE WHACK,’ out March 15.

Awards Headline News

Em Cooper's Hand Painted ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ Scores ‘Best Music Video’ Grammy

The animator’s homage to the Fab Four wins the highly coveted ‘Best Music Video’ at this year’s music awards; the animated short celebrates the re-release of The Beatles’ seminal 1966 album, ‘Revolver,’ set to one of the album’s most iconic tracks. 

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 240: Rachel Larson and How She Made ‘The Tiny Chef Show’

The animator, director, and writer shares her journey that led from a shed rental in New Zealand to partnering with Kristen Bell and ultimately scoring a deal with Nickelodeon.

In Passing Headline News

Stop Motion Animator and Director Mark Gustafson Passes at 63

The Oscar, Annie, Emmy, and BAFTA-winning creative, known for his work on ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,’ ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ ‘Meet the Raisins,’ and many other stop-motion projects, has died of a heart attack.

A Refugees’ Journey of Healing ANIMATIONWorld

Digitales Champions Healing from Trauma with ‘Saleem,’ Jordan’s First Animated Feature

Studio co-founders Cynthia Madanat Sharaiha and husband Shadi Sharaiha discuss their 3DCG film that’s ‘not a war story’ but instead focuses on a 9-year-old boy’s recovery and hopes for his future after losing his father and living as a refugee with his mother and two sisters.

Multi-Platform Entertainment Headline News

Catherine Winder Launches ‘Future Chicken’

New Canadian multi-platform digital resource teaches kids about climate change without ‘Doom and Gloom;’ fun short and long-form animated videos and immersive Roblox experiences star ‘Potato the Chicken: AKA the Future Chicken!’ 

Like a Moth to a Flame Headline News

Trunk Animation Crafts Villagers’ ‘That Golden Time’ Music Video

The studio creates stunning visuals that capture lead vocalist Conor O’Brien’s ‘algorithm blues;’ a moth’s unyielding attraction to a flame becomes a metaphor for people’s unyielding attraction to technology.

Essays from the Master Animation Historian ANIMATIONWorld

Help! I Love Watching Animated Shorts

By Karl Cohen | Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 1:08pm

The first of three essays written by noted historian, author, and educator Karl Cohen to bring awareness to the present state of indie animated shorts and to stimulate a discussion that might lead to improvements; we start with a discussion of the ways these shorts have reached the public since the decline of theatrical cartoons.

Competitive Festivals Events

MONSTRA – Lisbon Animation Festival

Begins: March 7, 2024

The 23rd edition of the animation festival returns to Lisbon March 7 – 17 to present and promote the best international animated film; this year, the festival will celebrate the creative legacy of Irish animation. 

Diversity in Animation Headline News

4th Annual AfroAnimation Summit Returns to Burbank

The conference, running April 10-12, promotes diversity and inclusion throughout the entertainment industry, welcoming a coalition of industry speakers, studio execs, students, creatives and young professionals.

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 239: Andrew Chesworth Gives a Budget Breakdown Of ‘The Brave Locomotive’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 26, 2024 at 4:09pm

The Oscar-nominated director discusses the production of his most recent short, which has been viewed more than 7 million times on YouTube.

Awards Headline News

Telly Awards Organizers Launch The Collision Awards

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 26, 2024 at 1:33pm

Entries now being accepted for new platform, the first solely dedicated to honoring all forms of animation and motion design across Marketing & Communications, Commercials, Television, Film, Experiential, Games & XR; early entry deadline set for March 8, 2024. 

indie animation Headline News

Catya Plate Brings ‘Las Nogas’ to HollyShorts

The 2023 NYC Women’s Fund Recipient, artist and filmmaker Catya Plate, brings the third short of her award-winning stop-motion animated trilogy to the festival’s monthly screening event in Los Angeles, January 31.

The Animated Future of Lagos Headline News

Six-Episode Event Series ‘Iwájú’ Headed to Disney+

The first-of-its-kind collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pan-African entertainment company Kugali, along with a behind-the-scenes documentary, ‘Iwájú: A Day Ahead,’ debut February 28.

Robin Robin Returns Returns Headline News

Will Aardman Craft Another Project from the ‘Robin Robin’ Universe?

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 1:27pm

The UK studio’s charming stop-motion holiday special, featuring puppets made from felt and starring Gillian Anderson and Richard E Grant, could be set for another installment, according to co-writers and co-directors Dan Ojari and Mikey Please.

animation installations Headline News

Cinesite Immersive Partners on ‘Forsaken’

Studio’s new division produced and animated Roland Lane’s new short film, which celebrates the world’s beauty while emphasizing its fragility, now showing in 8k on 360-degree floor-to-ceiling screens at Outernet London.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for the 96th Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 7:10am

‘The Boy and the Heron,’ ‘Elemental,’ ‘Nimona,’ ‘Robot Dreams,’ and ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ nab noms for best animated feature, while ‘The Creator,’ ‘Godzilla Minus One,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,’ and ‘Napoleon’ take the top spots for best visual effects.

call for entries Headline News

Call for Entries: The 23rd Animafest Cyprus - Views of the World

Submissions are being accepted in the international short film competition and the Cyprus National short film competition; the festival returns to Salamiou this August.

Isn’t Every Day Winnie the Pooh Day? Headline News

Oh Bother - It’s National Winnie the Pooh Day!

Disney celebrates everyone’s favorite bear with a new episode of ‘Playdate with Winnie the Pooh’ on Disney Junior and Disney Channel and an all-new ‘Me & Winnie the Pooh’ short on Disney Junior YouTube; check out the flipbook retrospective of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ through the years.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 2024 BAFTA Awards

‘The Boy and The Heron,’ ‘Chicken Run: Dawn of The Nugget,’ ‘Elemental,’ and ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ get the nod for Animated Film with ‘The Creator,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part,’ ‘Napoleon,’ and ‘Poor Things’ selected for Special Visual Effects. 

A Century of Entertainment Headline News

Columbia Pictures’ Centennial Logo Debuts with ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Re-Release

Studio celebrates 100-year legacy with theatrical release of Sony Pictures Animation’s highest-grossing film, coming to theaters January 19.

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