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‘My Sunny Maad’ Explores Life and Love in Afghanistan

Award-winning Czech director Michaela Pavlátová discusses her first animated feature, about a Czech woman who marries an Afghan man with no idea what her life will be in post-Taliban Afghanistan, which won the Jury Award at Annecy and has been nominated for a Golden Globe.

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Podcast EP142: How Isaac King Established a Stop-Motion Career in Toronto

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 27, 2021 at 9:05am

The artist shares how he built a career in Toronto, directing commercial shorts for nearly two decades while producing his own award-winning films including ‘Whatever Tree,’ ‘Fly Away,’ and ‘Sticks and Stones.’

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SIGGRAPH Asia Wraps First Hybrid Edition in Tokyo

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 24, 2021 at 10:30am

2021 conference brought together over 3,000 computer graphics industry attendees from 41 countries, overcoming significant obstacles to attend the live program at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan.

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The Magical Casita Comes Home - ‘Encanto’ Hits Digital December 24th

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 60th animated feature will soon be available to enjoy at home starting tomorrow for digital and February 8th for 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD; includes all-new animated short, Far From The Tree, plus sing-along version with on-screen lyrics and never-before-seen bonus features.

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VIEW Conference Announces 2021 View Award Winners

The Grand Prize goes to ‘Les Chaussures de Louis,’ with Special Achievement Awards going to Simone Giampaolo’s ‘Only a Child,’ and India Barnardo’s ‘Cat and Moth;’ the conference’s 2021 online edition is now available on demand.

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New Epic MegaGrant Recipients Announced

Supporting over 1,600 recipients so far, Epic Games continues its commitment to furthering the progress of creators, anywhere, doing outstanding work with Unreal Engine or contributing to open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community; nearly 400 new recipients have been named in 2021 alone.

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Watch: Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Christmas Saves the Year’ Stopmo Music Video

Made in 65 days with 40 pounds of clay, Mr. Oz’s Claymation Christmas wonderland brings the music duo’s holiday musical celebration to life.

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49th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 9:09am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Encanto,’ ‘Luca,’ ‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ ‘Sing 2,’ and ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ top the expansive list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony is scheduled to return live on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

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George R.R. Martin and Trioscope Release ‘Night of the Cooters’ Trailer

The new short, directed by and starring Vincent D’Onofrio, employs the studio’s unique hybrid live-action/animation process where the visuals immerse the viewer in what feels like a moving graphic novel.

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Amazon Nimble Studio Offers Animators a Home in the Cloud

Nimble Collective co-founder Rex Grignon and Kyle Roche, Head of Immersive Technology for Amazon Web Services, talk about their recently-launched cloud-based production service.

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Netflix Drops Trailer for ‘The House’ Stop-Motion Anthology Series

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 8:20am

We finally get our first look at the animation from Nexus Studios’ highly-anticipated dark comedy about a house and the surreal tales surrounding people who lived there; series premieres January 14.      

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Roy Kent’s Eyebrows Steal the Show in ‘Ted Lasso’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 5:21pm

Just in time for the holidays, Apple TV+ drops a cute, stop-motion short featuring the Emmy Award-winning series’ ensemble cast helping star Jason Sudeikis’s Ted search for something dear he’s suddenly lost that makes him realize what’s really important.

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Disney Branded TV Teams with Baobab Studios on ‘The Witchverse’

New animated anthology dives into the cultural phenomena of witches, and is based on the award-winning interactive experience ‘Baba Yaga’ that serves as a starting point for Episode 1; show is produced in collaboration with Disney Television Animation for Disney+.

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‘Freebird’: Changing Hearts and Minds on the Realities of Down Syndrome

Writer/director Michael McDonald talks about the breakthrough animated short film that uses simple means for a powerful purpose.

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‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ Now on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD

A family road trip evolves into a quest to save the world from a machine apocalypse in the hit CG animated comedy adventure; bonus features include Katie Mitchell’s hilarious sock puppet parody short, ‘Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter,’ a look into her filmmaking process, a look behind the making of the movie, as well as tutorials on how to make sock puppets and Katie face cupcakes.

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Katie Mitchell Hits Her Stride in ‘Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter’

In the parody short directed by Caitlin VanArsdale, ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ filmmaker heroine creates a sock-puppet action film featuring a redoubtable canine; short releases today as an exclusive bonus feature on the film’s Blu-ray release.

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‘Night Bus’: An Exploration of Betrayal and Redemption

Taiwanese animator Joe (Wen-Ming) Hsieh’s 2D short follows 6 bus passengers harboring intense secrets whose lives unravel after a string of unfortunate events, wrongful accusations, and attempts at revenge.

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‘Bad Seeds’ and ‘Affairs of the Art’ Lead LAAF 2021 Winners

Claude Cloutier takes home awards for Best of the Fest and Best Comedy Short, while Best Director and Best Character-Based Short honors go to Joanna Quinn; live awards ceremony honored both 2020 and 2021 winners.

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Magic Light Pictures’ ‘Superworm’ Coming for Christmas

Check out the trailer for the delightful new animated family special about a long, strong worm with amazing skills and a big heart; featuring the voices of Oscar winner Olivia Colman and Emmy nominee Matt Smith, and based on the popular picture book of the same name, the show airs on BBC One December 25.

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Nelvana and AWN Present ‘A Cosmic Christmas Special’ Screening and Q&A

Celebrate Nelvana’s 50th anniversary with a free virtual screening of its classic, 1977 award-winning animated film, followed by a discussion with industry legends Clive Smith, John Celestri, Lenora Hume and Bill Speers; this not to be missed event is coming December 9 – register now.

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Cartoons On the Bay Announces 2021 Pulcinella Award Winners

Top winners at festival’s 25th edition include ‘The Game Catchers’ for Best Preschool TV Series; ‘Mila’ for Best Short Film; and Cartoon Saloon’s ‘The Wolfwalkers’ for Best Feature.

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The-Artery’s David Yurman Holiday Collection Spot Takes Flight

Design company sends an owl soaring through Central Park in ‘Magical Menagerie,’ using wintery 2D and 3D animation to showcase the park’s iconic statues as well as the brand’s latest collection.

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