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Podcasts Headline News

Animation Industry Podcast Episode 69 with Comic Artist Jackie Davis is Live

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 2:41pm

Terry Ibele’s in-depth interview series, with guests including JJ Villard, John Musker, Tina Nowracki, and Fred Seibert, shares their stories, their insight, and their career advice.

Festivals Headline News

44th Ottawa International Animation Festival Moving Online

Scheduled for September 23 – October 4, the event will feature screenings, virtual artist talks, workshops, and meetings with schools and recruiters.

Music Video Headline News

WATCH: Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ New ‘Where Do the Children Play?’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 15, 2020 at 4:19pm

Chris Hopewell and Black Dog Films’ stop-motion short reimagines classic 70s ecological anthem 50 years after its original ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ release.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Headline News

Oscars Pushed to April 25, 2021

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:46pm

Film eligibility window extended for 93rd Academy Award consideration; museum opening postponed to coincide with new awards telecast date. 

animated shorts Headline News

New Trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Latest Short, ‘To: Gerard’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 12, 2020 at 1:45pm

Taylor Meacham’s love letter to his father tells how life’s greatest magic is inspiring someone else to follow their dreams, even if you haven’t achieved your own. 

Disney Channel Headline News

Disney Releases New ‘Random Rings’ ‘Phineas and Ferb–Big City Greens’ Crossover Short

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 2:53pm

Next installment of animated ‘prank call’ show features Cricket and Tilly Green accidentally calling evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz; ‘Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe’ hits Disney+ this summer.

VR Headline News

Disney’s ‘Myth: A Frozen Tale’ VR Short Released on Oculus Quest

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:22am

Jeff Gipson’s immersive cinematic exploration of the ‘Frozen 2’ world weaves together music and visuals to take viewers on a magical Arendelle forest experience.

People Headline News

Ava DuVernay, Rob Bredow Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:14pm

‘Selma’ director and Head of ILM, along with newcomers Debra Zane, Stephen Rivkin, Linda Flowers, and Lynette Howell Taylor, are part of newly elected 2020-2021 board.  

Animated Feature Films Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: The Vision Behind ‘Jungle Beat: The Movie’ Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 11:06am

Premiering June 15 as one of Annecy 2020’s 10 feature films in competition, Brent Dawes and Sandcastle Studios’ charming new animated family adventure will be released worldwide on VOD June 26. 

Covid-19 Headline News

New ‘COVID-19 The Series’ Episode Shows There’s a Little ‘Captain Quarantine’ In All of Us

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 8, 2020 at 2:58pm

Alvaro Garcia Gonzalez’s latest short captures the animated hopes and dreams of the coronavirus fighter in all of us, especially those who play flamenco guitar.  

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Sorry We Missed World Turtle Day – Watch ‘Speedy the Turtle’ Short Anyway

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 8, 2020 at 1:16pm

Nigel Lievaart’s 5th grade design finally gets animated in his University of the Arts Utrecht graduation film, released May 24 to support turtles worldwide.

Online Festivals Headline News

2020 Quirino Awards Best School Short Film Finalists Now Online

Through June 14, Retina Latina and Filmin platforms are streaming the three contending animated shorts, along with past category winners from the first two festival editions.

Music Video ANIMATIONWorld

George Moir Drops Quirky 80s-Styled ‘Big Boy Cruising’ Animated Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 5, 2020 at 9:52am

Artist releases new single and meticulously crafted short, an odd and amusing blend of miniatures, collage, and live-action inspired by Fischer Price toys and Fireman Sam.

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.

Virtual Reality Headline News

Baobab Studios Shares First Look at ‘Baba Yaga’ Immersive Experience

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 8:37am

Special ‘Work in Progress’ presentation from the Emmy Award-winning studio behind ‘Bonfire’ and ‘Crow: The Legend’ will debut June 15 at Annecy 2020 online.

Cartoons ANIMATIONWorld

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig Return in HBO Max’s New ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’

Peter Browngardt and Alex Kirwan are lovingly producing 1,000 minutes of brand-new gag-driven shorts featuring treasured Warner Bros. characters at their slap-sticky best.

Motion-Capture Headline News

Method Studios Brings Mocap into the Work from Home Pipeline with Xsens

CG supervisor Han Yang has transitioned his game cinematic and trailer production efforts to a work from home studio, allowing him to continue delivering high-level content on a host of projects.

Awards Headline News

The Telly Awards Announce 2020 Winners

‘Bonfire,’ Baobab Studios’ interactive VR experience voiced by comedian Ali Wong, and ‘A Voice is All You Need” are among animation standouts at this year’s awards. 

People ANIMATIONWorld

Augenblick Studios: 21 Years of Weird, Dark and Mysterious Adult Animation

Still doing hand-drawn 2D animation more than 20 years after leaving MTV, Aaron Augenblick and his ‘rinky-dink’ Brooklyn studio have thrived by not producing animation for kids.

ASIFA Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educator’s Forum 2020 Showcase Launching June 18

AEF Class of 2020 Animation Virtual Showcase will highlight creative work and final projects from animation graduates all over the country, who’ve been hampered by COVID-19 from exhibiting and screening their work. 

Education Headline News

College of Creative Studies Presents ‘Class of 2020 Student Showcase’

Extensive gallery features profiles and accomplishments of CCS graduates across 12 departments, including BFA and MFA programs.

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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