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‘Big Hero 6 The Series’ Season 3: Protecting San Fransokyo from Noodle Burger Boy

By Dan Sarto | Monday, September 21, 2020 at 3:59pm

Executive producers Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nick Filippi talk about the new season of their Emmy Award-nominated animated series, which premieres today on Disney XD and DisneyNOW, and how the Big Hero 6 team faces off against a new villain and his team of evil mascot robots.

Awards Headline News

47th Student Academy Awards Winners Announced

18 student winners were chosen from 1,474 entries; medal placements in the seven award categories will be announced in a virtual program on Wednesday, October 21. 

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Miyazaki Exhibition to Open New Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 2:09pm

More than 300 works have been curated into seven gallery sections that explore each of the legendary, Oscar-winning director’s films; the museum is scheduled to open April 30, 2021. 

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ILM VFX Legend Dennis Muren to Present and Do Live QnA at VIEW 2020

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9:11am

The 9-time Oscar-winner will discuss his career, unique artistic vision, and answer conference attendee questions at the 21st edition of the annual conference, being held October 18-23, online and on-site in Torino, Italy.

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Official ‘Dune’ Trailer Breathes New Life into Sci-Fi Classic

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:58am

‘Blade Runner 2049’ director Denis Villeneuve takes the helm of the latest big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi bestseller, and it looks dark, brooding and utterly inviting.

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Apple TV+ Drops Teaser Trailer for Tomm Moore’s ‘Wolfwalkers’

With all the stylized 2D artistry you’d expect, the latest feature from the twice Oscar-nominated ‘Song of the Sea’ and ‘The Secret of Kells’ director tells of a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves.

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Smeared Image Animation Vividly Dramatizes Witness Accounts in ‘Coup 53’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 3:54pm

Fine artist Martyn Pick’s unique, striking technique recreates traumatic events from the CIA and MI6-engineered 1953 Iranian coup in Taghi Amirani and Walter Murch’s riveting documentary.

SVOD Headline News

Netflix Acquires Gitanjali Rao’s ‘Bombay Rose’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 9:30pm

Award-winning, hand-painted animated feature, based on true events, is the Indian director’s riveting ode to people living unfulfilled lives as they struggle to survive in the big city.

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HBO Max Greenlights Oscar-Winner Mathew A. Cherry’s ‘Young Love’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 11:21am

New 2D animated series, based on characters from director’s Academy Award-winning short, ‘Hair Love,’ to be produced in conjunction with Sony Pictures Animation.

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Re-Imagine ‘Clone High’ with MTV

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 10:32am

Oscar-winning pair reuniting with series co-creator Bill Lawrence and writer Erica Rivinoja to develop new episodes based on iconic animated emo culture satire that originally aired in 2002.

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Brooke Keesling, Jorge Gutierrez to Host Academy’s Virtual ‘Art of Animation’ Workshop

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 11:46am

July 6 family-friendly online event includes special guests Pete Docter, Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin, Peter Ramsey, Pierre Coffin and Hyun-min Lee.

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New Book Chronicles Inspiring Life and Tragic Death of Chris Buck’s Son Ryder

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 2:25pm

‘Leave Your Light On,’ by Shelley Buck, artist and wife of the Oscar-winning Frozen and Frozen 2 director, shares the story of her son’s valiant battle against an unrelenting illness, the rich life he lived, and the love he shared with his family and friends.

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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. 

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.  

SVOD Headline News

WATCH: Studio Ghibli Co-founder Toshio Suzuki Shares His Favorite Films

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 22, 2020 at 3:39pm

Famed animation director Hayao Miyazaki’s producing partner reveals the studio’s future plans as well as his most memorable Ghibli film moments.

Awards Headline News

Oscars Amid COVID-19: Streamed Films Eligible This Year

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 2:21pm

Films initially streamed commercially after theatrical release was postponed or canceled can be submitted for Academy Awards consideration; sound mixing and sound editing awards being combined into one category.

Business Headline News

Starlight Media and Lion Forge Animation Sign Co-Production Deal

Companies enter into multi-year/multi-project joint venture to bring both existing and new IP projects to the Chinese market.

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Taika Waititi Taking on Two ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Series at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:32am

Academy Award-winning ‘Jojo Rabbit’ director will write, direct and executive product two original animated series based on the world and characters of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book.

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92nd Oscars: ‘Toy Story 4,’ ‘Hair Love’ and ‘1917’ Win Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 9:34pm

‘1917’ also takes home Oscars for Best Cinematography and Sound Mixing in the final ceremony of the 2020 awards season.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘The Irishman’: AI-Powered Visual Effects Come of Age

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 7, 2020 at 2:39pm

VFX studios on both films, Oscar nominees for Best Visual Effects, successfully used artificial intelligence in GPU-accelerated effects: ILM for character de-aging and Digital Domain for digital humans.  

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On the Road to the 92nd Oscars: The Visual Effects Nominees

Heading into this coming Oscar Sunday on February 9th, catchup on AWN’s coverage of the films and creative teams nominated for this year’s Best Visual Effects.

Awards ANIMATIONWorld

On the Road to the 92nd Oscars: The Animated Feature Film Nominees

Heading into this coming Oscar Sunday on February 9th, catchup on AWN’s coverage of the films and creative teams nominated for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film.

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The Magic Behind the Magic of 'Star Wars: Episode IX’

Production VFX supervisor Roger Guyett talks creating Princess Leia, the benefits of practical shooting, and bringing the saga to a close.

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