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People Headline News

Lighthouse Promotes Gilly Fogg to Head Creative

Studio’s new ‘creative guardian’ will oversee all original IP development and service project slates; credits include series director on Amazon Prime Original ‘Bug Diaries,’ ‘Wishenpoof,’ and ‘Space Ranger Roger.’

People Headline News

Blinkink Signs Directors Andy Biddle and Adeena Grub

The directorial duo joins the agency’s stop-motion team; a collaboration born out of the COVID shutdown in March 2020, the pair has created several amusing animated shorts featuring loveable characters with handcrafted techniques.

Animated Music Videos Headline News

Fleet Foxes’ ‘Featherweight’ Music Video Takes Flight

Director Sean Pecknold used hand-crafted stop-motion animation and a multiplane camera to capture a young hawk’s struggle to fly with a broken wing; short premiered September 21 at a GRAMMY Museum retrospective featuring band frontman Robin Pecknold.

The Woods are Dark and Deep Headline News

LAIKA Announces ‘Wildwood’ as Next Animated Feature

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7:58am

Currently in production with studio CEO Travis Knight directing, film tells a tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and secrets set in an enchanted forest beyond Portland’s city limits.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Coraline’ and ‘The Boxtrolls’ Available Now as Blu-ray+DVD Combos

High-definition studio editions of LAIKA’s acclaimed animated films include interviews, behind-the-scenes looks, feature-length storyboards, and featurettes;ParaNorman’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Blu-ray+DVD release follows on September 14.

In-Passing Headline News

Legendary NFB Pinscreen Animator Jacques Drouin Dies at 78

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 30, 2021 at 3:46pm

For more than 30 years, the filmmaker and editor championed use of the unique, legendary animation tool; for years, he was the only person in the world using it to animate, a skill pioneered by famed Russian animator Alexandre Alexeieff, in turn passed on by Drouin to filmmaker Michèle Lemieux.

Talks You Shouldn’t Miss Headline News

VIEW Conference 2021 Welcomes Aardman’s ‘Robin Robin’ Creative Team

Special panel guests, writers/directors Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, executive producer Sarah Cox, and studio co-founder and creative director Peter Lord, will discuss their upcoming Netflix stop-motion musical special, starring Gillian Anderson, Richard E Grant, Bronte Carmichael and Adeel Akhtar, debuting November 24.

Business Headline News

Sky Kids Greenlights ‘The Brilliant World of Tom Gates’ Season 2

Based on the enormously popular book series, the show features live-action along with 2D and stop-motion animation; currently in production the new episodes will hit Sky Kids and NOW in early 2022.

All I Need… is Some Parody! Headline News

‘Robot Chicken’ S11 Trailer Teases Tiger King and Obi-Wan Bikini Pics

Adult Swim’s hilarious stop-motion comedy series is back, and no one is spared – crazy antics and character parodies range from Joe Exotic and Peppa Pig to the farthest reaches of pop culture… and the force; new season debuts September 6.

It’s Finally Here! Headline News

Phil Tippett’s ‘Mad God’ Finally Arrives

With a new teaser trailer and August 5 Locarno Film Festival premiere, the legendary Oscar-winning VFX and stop-motion master shares his 30-year passion project with eager audiences.

Animation and NFTs Collide! Headline News

Steve Aoki and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Launching ‘Dominion X’ on Blockchain

Stop-motion animated series, set to original music, is the first that allows the public to own a piece of the show, both digitally and physically; watch the debut short ‘Level 1’ for an introduction to the world of Character X.

Animated Features Headline News

‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’ Return to the Big Screen

Fathom Events, LAIKA, Shout! Factory and Park Circus team up to bring the highly acclaimed stop-motion movies back to theaters; screenings will also feature exclusive bonus 'making of' content.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP118: Steve Angel on Running Head Gear Animation For 24 Years

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:20am

The Toronto studio’s co-founder and director shares how he quickly went from animator to director to starting his own award-winning company in 1997, and how he’s faced many ups and downs over the last two decades.

I’ve Never Felt this Way About Stop-Motion! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Robin Robin’ First look Teaser and Art

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 3:29pm

Produced by Aardman Animation and featuring puppets made from felt, the stop-motion musical special, starring Gilliam Anderson and Richard E Grant, hits the streamer in time for the holidays this year; directors share project insights at Annecy 2021 work in progress panel.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP117: Stop-Motion Director Sinem Sakaoglu on Building a Career In Germany

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 12:10pm

The film, commercial, and music video director shares what it was like moving from Turkey to the U.S., and finally Germany, in pursuit of a creatively fulfilling animation career.

voice casting Headline News

Cast Announced for Netflix’s ‘The House’ Stop-Motion Dark Comedy

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 14, 2021 at 11:00am

Helena Bonham-Carter and Miranda Richardson among the stars boarding Nexus Studios’ anthology series about a house and the surreal tales surrounding three generations of families who lived there.   

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP116: Stop-Motion Animator Max Winston on Running an Independent Studio

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 8:11am

Famed for ‘I Live in the Woods,’ the artist shares the journey that led to launching his own company, RatBat Studios.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Acclaimed LAIKA Films Coming in HD on Blu-ray this Fall

Combo pack of ‘Coraline’ and ‘The Boxtrolls’ drops August 31, with ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ following September 20; bonus features include interviews, behind the scenes looks, feature-length storyboards, and featurettes.

Festivals Headline News

Festival Stop Motion Montréal 2021 Issues Call for Entries

The event, running September 10-19, is accepting short film projects using puppet animation, object animation and/or pixilation; deadline for submissions is July 2.  

Moving Forward from the Past ANIMATIONWorld

How Old Ghosts Shape Our Lives in ‘Baby Blues’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:23am

Christine Fellows uses cut-out collage and stop-motion to animate Suzie Ungerleider's new song about releasing the hold traumatic events have on our lives.

Business Headline News

Jetpack Inks Distribution Deal for ‘Clangers’

ZDF to bring the BAFTA Award-winning stop-motion animated series to Europe and Asia; other distribution deals take the series to Singapore, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Croatia.

Felt-Ality Headline News

Adult Swim Releases Hilarious ‘Felt Band’ ‘Mortal Kombat’ Trailer

Enjoy a puppet Sonya Blade, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion pop some threads in a safe-for-work trailer for the upcoming theatrical blood bath that releases in theaters and on HBO Max today.

Rah Rah Riverdale! Headline News

Adult Swim Teases ‘The Bleepin’ Robot Chicken Archie Comics Special’

Josie and the Pussycats return from space, as ‘Robot Chicken’ gives Riverdale High its own stop-motion special; parody premieres May 23.

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