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Be Careful What You… Well You Know! Headline News

Exclusive Clip: Disney's 'Wish' Filmmakers Choose Their Favorite Sidekick

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 1:27pm

With the film coming out March 12 on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD, Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer and 'Wish' writer/executive producer, Jennifer Lee, along with directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, and producers Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes Lancaster Jones, share their picks for the Disney sidekick they'd choose to help save their kingdom. 

Awards Headline News

‘The Boy and the Heron’ and ‘Poor Things’ Nab Wins at 2024 BAFTA Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 19, 2024 at 8:51am

Hayao Miyazki’s first film in 10 years, and Yorgos Langthimos’ dark comedy were two of the big winners at last night’s 2024 EE British Academy Film Awards; Christopher Nolan's 'Oppenheimer' led all films with 7 wins.

And the Winner Is... Headline News

'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' Leads All Winners at 51st Annie Awards

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 10:50pm

In what may serve as a prelude to the Oscars, Sony Pictures Animation's hit 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' sequel, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, took home 7 awards, including best animated feature; Netflix's 'Blue Eye Samurai' took home six, including best TV/Media - Mature, while Pablo Berger's 'Robot Dreams' snagged best indie feature, and Dave Mullins' 'WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko' won for best animated short. 

Business Headline News

Magic Frame and Creation Entertainment Ink ‘Rebellious’ Distribution Deals

The film, a contemporary spin on the classic fairytale, screens February 17 at EFM; agreements with Dazzler Media and The Plot Picture will bring the 3DCG animated feature to the U.K. and MENA regions, respectively.

No More Noggin Headline News

Paramount Shuts Down Noggin App, Lays Off Entire Team

The paid children’s entertainment streaming app for licensed content, interactive videos/games, and popular Nickelodeon titles will no longer accept new subscriptions; big name titles, such as Nick Jr.’s ‘Blue’s Clues’ and ‘Dora the Explorer,’ will now be hosted at Paramount+.

And the Winner Is… Headline News

PreView Panel Set: ‘Oscar Contenders for Best Animated Feature’

Join the free February 21 online conversation and Q&A with the directors/creatives of ‘Nimona,’ ‘Elemental,’ ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,’ ‘Robot Dreams’ and ‘The Boy and the Heron,’ hosted by the VIEW Conference in partnership with the VFX Festival.

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Makoto Shinkai Talks ‘Suzume’: ‘Don’t Give Up on Living’

The ‘Your Name’ and ‘Weathering with You’ director wants his new Annie Award-nominated film, about a young woman who finds herself opening a series of doors to disaster that take her on a mysterious journey, to inspire people impacted by tragedy to not give up hope. 

And the Winner Is… Headline News

PreView Panel Set: ‘Oscar Contenders for Best Animated Short Film’

Join AWN’s own Dan Sarto on February 20 for a free online conversation and Q&A with the directors of the nominated films, ‘Letter to a Pig,’ ‘Ninety-Five Senses,’ ‘Our Uniform,’ ‘Pachyderme,’ and ‘WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko,’ hosted by the VIEW Conference in partnership with the VFX Festival.

‘Inside Out’ Leads to ‘InsideU’ Headline News

Pixar and Renée Crown Wellness Institute Launch ‘InsideU’ App

Using characters, clips, and narratives from the Oscar-winning film ‘Inside Out,’ the app facilitates social and emotional learning skills for real-world dilemmas faced by elementary school-aged children; project involves famed Disney animator John Hubley’s grandson, Dr. Sam Hubley.

Anime and Manga Promo Headline News

33 Inc. and MyAnimeList Partner for MAL33 Global Marketing Service

The anime and manga-centric service will provide strategic and creative solutions for challenges faced in the anime and manga industry, bridging the gap between Japanese and international audiences.

Awards Headline News

‘Society of the Snow’ and ‘Robot Dreams’ Top 38th Goya Awards

J. A. Bayona’s harrowing 1972 Andean plane crash tale scored 13 statuettes across multiple categories, including ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Special Effects;’ ‘Best Animation Film’ went to Pablo Berger’s ‘Robot Dreams.’

Awards Headline News

28th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards Announced

Award-winning and Oscar nominated films ‘Poor Things’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ win top ADG honors for production design in “Fantasy Feature Film” and “Period Feature Film” respectively; ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ honored in ‘Animated Feature’ category.

Let the Manic Mayhem Begin… Again! Headline News

Jon Hamm Says All Will Be OK in New 'Despicable Me 4' Big Game Spot

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 12, 2024 at 9:43am

Who are we to argue with the famous Mad Man? The biggest global animated franchise in history – and its considerably manic mayhem - returns with the first ‘Despicable Me’ film in 7 years, as stars Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig return alongside franchise newcomers Will Ferrell, Sofia Vergara, Joey King, and Stephen Colbert; action-comedy hits theaters July 3.

The Best of French Animation Headline News

2024 Animation First Festival Winners Announced

Celebrating the legacy and innovation of Francophone animation within the U.S., the 2024 festival wrapped up January 28 with 6 films receiving awards in the ‘Francophone Shorts’ and ‘Student Short Film Competition’ categories; winning films are available for online viewing through February 12.

It’s Looking Fire Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Series Featurette

In ‘Bringing the World to Life,’ the cast and creators of the live-action adaptation take us behind the scenes to explain how they created the show, which hits the streamer February 22.

Hayao’s Last Hurrah Headline News

Watch: Studio Ghibli Co-founder Toshio Suzuki Talks ‘The Boy and The Heron’

The famed producer reflects on Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary director’s Oscar-nominated feature, and the future of animation. 

More Moana Adventures Headline News

Walt Disney Company Drops ‘Moana 2’ First Look Teaser

CEO Bob Iger announced a November 27, 2024 release date for the upcoming sequel to Disney’s 2016 Oscar-nominated feature; the animated musical promises a new voyage with Moana, Maui, and a brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers.

Business Headline News

Alibaba Pictures, Studio Ghibli Forge Strategic Partnership

After meeting on January 5, both studios have signed an agreement to co-develop involving ‘The Boy and the Heron,’ as well as an immersive exhibition of Hayao Miyazaki's numerous works. 

The Power of the Saxophone Headline News

GKIDS’ ‘Blue Giant’ Releasing on Digital and Blu-Ray

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 9:23am

Watch the trailer! From Shout! Studios, Yuzuru Tachikawa’s critically acclaimed anime comes home on April 30, with special features including a Q&A with Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara. 

More Industry Staff Cuts Headline News

Apple TV+ Lays Off Eight Employees in ‘Kids’ Division

The streamer is evolving to focus on its own animated film pipeline but remains committed to the kids’ programming; an original ‘Peanuts’ feature film is currently in development.

Yes We Can Headline News

‘Bob the Builder’ Feature in Development, Jennifer Lopez to Produce

Mattel Films will develop the project that follows Roberto (aka Bob), who travels to Puerto Rico for a construction job and ‘takes on issues affecting the island and digs deeper into what it means to build.’

Let the Manic Mayhem Begin… Again! Headline News

Illumination Drops First Trailer, Voice Cast for ‘Despicable Me 4’

The biggest global animated franchise in history – and its considerably manic mayhem - returns with the first ‘Despicable Me’ film in 7 years, as stars Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig return alongside franchise newcomers Will Ferrell, Sofia Vergara, Joey King, and Stephen Colbert; action-comedy hits theaters July 3.

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