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‘Only a Child’: Powerful Reflections on Three Decades of Environmental Inaction

Director Simone Giampaolo discusses how 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s 1992 UN Summit speech, almost 3 decades later, led to the creation of a compelling animated short film involving more than 20 artists employing a dozen techniques, which has been shortlisted for an Oscar.

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‘Night Bus’ Wins Sundance Short Film Jury Animation Award

The macabre short from writer-director Joe Hsieh continues its festival circuit success since qualifying for this year’s Oscars and scoring an Annie nomination for best short subject.

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WarnerMedia OneFifty Acquires Baobab Studios’ ‘Namoo’ for HBO Max

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:30am

Oscar-nominated director Erick Oh’s poignant animated short, about the beautiful and heartbreaking moments of a man’s life, to premiere on the streamer January 27.

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‘The Musician’: Celebrating Human Resilience with Cutout Animation

Expatriate Iranian director Reza Riahi and producer Eleanor Coleman discuss their expertly crafted, dialogueless stop-motion short film about a musician, blinded by Genghis Khan - while taking his girlfriend as a slave/consort - who 50 years later, is summoned to perform at the castle where she is being held.

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Heritage Brings ‘Shanghaied’ Mickey Mouse Cel to Auction

Lot coming up for sale includes portfolio containing a rare set of six studio-printed Shanghaied publicity images on 10-by-8-inch photographic paper; auction runs February 4-7.

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Plague Diversions: Gazing at the Shortlist for the Best Animated Short Oscar

AWN’s Animation Pimp and Ottawa Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson shares his takes on this year’s set of 15 films shortlisted for a spot as one of five nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards.

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Watch: Oscar Shortlisted ‘The Windshield Wiper’

Director Alberto Mielgo concludes ‘Films are made to be watched’ as he shares his labor of love; the 3D/CG animated movie that poses the question, ‘What is Love?’ is now available free on YouTube.

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Animation’s Vital Role in Documentary Short Films

Last month’s special Academy Museum screening and discussion, ‘Animating Realities: Documentary Social Impact Shorts,’ shared six films that show the emotional impact animation can bring to real-life stories.

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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.’

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Aardman and Netflix Reveal New ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Film, ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel Details

The multiple Oscar-winning studio is collaborating with the streamer on two stop-motion comedies, each from a storied franchise; films to premiere in 2024 and 2023 respectively.

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Podcast EP145: Adam Rosenberg and the Most Ambitious Pixilation Project Ever

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 2:49pm

The indie filmmaker, director, editor, and animator discusses his current production, ‘Alphabetical Athleticalz,’ which just might be the most ambitious pixilation project ever.

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New Year, New Look – Aardman Announces New Visual Identity

The renowned independent animation studio launches new website and new logo to reflect its legacy and growth while paying tribute to its clay animation roots.

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The Surreal, Stop-Motion World of ‘The House,’ Part 3

In the third and final linked article, director Paloma Baeza discusses how her acting career and being a cat lover helped in creating her apocalyptic story for Nexus Studios’ animated anthology, now streaming on Netflix.

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The Surreal, Stop-Motion World of ‘The House,’ Part 2

In the second of three linked articles, director Niki Lindroth von Bahr talks about her affinity for rodents and experience creating her chapter of Nexus Studios’ animated anthology, now streaming on Netflix.

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The Surreal, Stop-Motion World of ‘The House,’ Part 1

In the first of three linked articles, directors Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef talk about the inspiration and creation of their woolly story in Nexus Studios’ animated anthology, now streaming on Netflix.

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‘Bad Seeds’: Award-Winning Filmmaker Claude Cloutier is One to Watch

The Canadian filmmaker, known for films like ‘Carface’ and ‘Sleeping Betty,’ brings us a powerful tale of rivalry and greed, deftly played out with carnivorous plants.

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2022 BAFTA Longlists Released

7 selections in Animated Film include ‘Encanto,’ ‘Flee,’ and ‘Sing 2,’ with ‘Affairs of the Art’ and ‘Robin Robin’ among 6 in consideration for British Animated Short; ‘Dune’ leads group of 15 VFX-driven films.

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Podcast EP144: Alex Plapinger Shares How to Become an Animation EP

The executive producer shares how he built his career producing projects for TV and short films including ‘Water Bear’ and ‘Desert Island,’ and the more recent FXX ‘Cake’ shorts such as ‘Swan Boy’ and ‘The Beings.’

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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.

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‘Smiling Friends’ Provides Big Laughs in a Small, Suspicious-Looking Package

Creators Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel guarantee that their new animated comedy series, premiering January 9 on Adult Swim, will make you feel better… unless, you know, it doesn’t.

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Watch Mary Apick’s Powerful ‘The Cat’ Short

The award-winning filmmaker and activist’s hand-drawn, black and white animated film tells the story of a happy little girl determined to overcome the darkness and oppression consuming her.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Animation First 2022 Announces Festival Slate

FIAF’s event will be held in-person February 11-13, followed by an online edition from February 14-21; highlights include film premieres, a glimpse at highly anticipated works in progress as well as panels with leading animators.

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