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Bakshi Would be Proud! ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Spine of Night’: Redefining Fantasy and Animated Filmmaking

Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King resurrect an older, rotoscoped animation aesthetic, blending it with a blast of new creative storytelling and visual design energy in their epic, bloody, ‘swords and sorcerers’ tale about humanity’s battle between good and evil.

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‘The Musician’: Celebrating Human Resilience with Cutout Animation

Expatriate Iranian director Reza Riahi and producer Eleanor Coleman discuss their expertly crafted, dialogueless stop-motion short film about a musician, blinded by Genghis Khan - while taking his girlfriend as a slave/consort - who 50 years later, is summoned to perform at the castle where she is being held.

Let the Voting Begin ANIMATIONWorld

Plague Diversions: Gazing at the Shortlist for the Best Animated Short Oscar

AWN’s Animation Pimp and Ottawa Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson shares his takes on this year’s set of 15 films shortlisted for a spot as one of five nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards.

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Watch: Oscar Shortlisted ‘The Windshield Wiper’

Director Alberto Mielgo concludes ‘Films are made to be watched’ as he shares his labor of love; the 3D/CG animated movie that poses the question, ‘What is Love?’ is now available free on YouTube.

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Animation’s Vital Role in Documentary Short Films

Last month’s special Academy Museum screening and discussion, ‘Animating Realities: Documentary Social Impact Shorts,’ shared six films that show the emotional impact animation can bring to real-life stories.

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Award-Winning Composer Michael Brennan Dies at 47

Renowned for his work in film and theater, he composed soundtracks for all five of Nicolás P. Villarreal’s animated short films, and served as musical director for Broadway tours including ‘Victor/Victoria,’ ‘Cinderella’ and Disney's ‘The Lion King’ and worked on several Las Vegas spectaculars such as ‘Mamma Mia!,’ ‘Avenue Q,’ and ‘Le Reve.’

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Aardman and Netflix Reveal New ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Film, ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel Details

The multiple Oscar-winning studio is collaborating with the streamer on two stop-motion comedies, each from a storied franchise; films to premiere in 2024 and 2023 respectively.

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Podcast EP145: Adam Rosenberg and the Most Ambitious Pixilation Project Ever

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 2:49pm

The indie filmmaker, director, editor, and animator discusses his current production, ‘Alphabetical Athleticalz,’ which just might be the most ambitious pixilation project ever.

Home Sweet Home! ANIMATIONWorld

The Surreal, Stop-Motion World of ‘The House,’ Part 3

In the third and final linked article, director Paloma Baeza discusses how her acting career and being a cat lover helped in creating her apocalyptic story for Nexus Studios’ animated anthology, now streaming on Netflix.

Home Sweet Home! ANIMATIONWorld

The Surreal, Stop-Motion World of ‘The House,’ Part 2

In the second of three linked articles, director Niki Lindroth von Bahr talks about her affinity for rodents and experience creating her chapter of Nexus Studios’ animated anthology, now streaming on Netflix.

Home Sweet Home! ANIMATIONWorld

The Surreal, Stop-Motion World of ‘The House,’ Part 1

In the first of three linked articles, directors Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef talk about the inspiration and creation of their woolly story in Nexus Studios’ animated anthology, now streaming on Netflix.

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‘Bad Seeds’: Award-Winning Filmmaker Claude Cloutier is One to Watch

The Canadian filmmaker, known for films like ‘Carface’ and ‘Sleeping Betty,’ brings us a powerful tale of rivalry and greed, deftly played out with carnivorous plants.

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Podcast EP144: Alex Plapinger Shares How to Become an Animation EP

The executive producer shares how he built his career producing projects for TV and short films including ‘Water Bear’ and ‘Desert Island,’ and the more recent FXX ‘Cake’ shorts such as ‘Swan Boy’ and ‘The Beings.’

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HBO Max Releases ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ Season 4 Trailer

It’s a new year with all new episodes coming January 20 featuring the crazy antics of Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Tweety, and other favorite cartoon characters.

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Podcast EP143: How William Allinson Gets Stop-Motion Gigs in Toronto

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 1:24pm

The artist shares how he’s built his career working on animated on projects like ‘New Math,’ ‘Dad Fight,’ Canadian Tire spots, and ‘Ultra City Smiths.’

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Watch Mary Apick’s Powerful ‘The Cat’ Short

The award-winning filmmaker and activist’s hand-drawn, black and white animated film tells the story of a happy little girl determined to overcome the darkness and oppression consuming her.

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Animation First 2022 Announces Festival Slate

FIAF’s event will be held in-person February 11-13, followed by an online edition from February 14-21; highlights include film premieres, a glimpse at highly anticipated works in progress as well as panels with leading animators.

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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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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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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.

Home Sweet Home! Headline News

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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