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Carl and Dug Return: ‘Up’s Beloved Canine Gets His Own Miniseries

Writer/director/voice actor Bob Peterson and producer Kim Collins talk Pixar’s ‘Dug Days’ and the joys and challenges of reviving two legendary characters.

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Festival Stop Motion Montréal Returns with Spotlight on Indigenous Artists

The 13th edition runs September 10-19, and features the panel discussion, ‘Indigenous Stop-Motion Productions—Voices and Images,’ and a stop-motion character workshop by Jean-François Lévesque.

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FLAMIN Animations Announces Four Artist Commissions

Sponsored by Film London and Arts Council England, the program aims to support black-identifying animators living in the UK; selected artists will receive £2,500 each along with mentoring opportunities, development support, and advice, to create 1–3-minute animations that will premiere on the Film London website in Winter 2021.

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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.

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Have Another Slice of ‘Cake’ on September 30

FXX returns with Season 5 of its innovative, short-form live-action and animated comedy anthology on FXNOW and Hulu; look for more ‘Poorly Drawn Lines’ featuring the fantastical misadventures of Ernesto, and Branson Reese’s ‘Swan Boy,’ an animated short based on the comic of the same name.

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‘Felix the Cat’ Returning in New Kids' Comic Book Series

While audiences have been watching the famous feline on various screens for a century, Felix the Cat #1, from Source Point Press and DreamWorks Animation, debuts on good old paper in 2022; could new animated projects be far behind?

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13 Animated Films Screening at NYC’s Winter Film Awards 2021

The 10th annual event, running September 23 – October 2, celebrates emerging filmmakers from around the world; animated screenings will be featured throughout the event will an all-animation matinee on September 27.

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Rebellion Releases ‘Zombie Army: Legion of the Dead’ Short

Produced using Unreal Engine and innovative virtual production tools, the CG film is set in the same dystopian world as the ‘Zombie Army’ video game franchise; use of game assets allowed fast iteration and production timeframe.

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Unreal Engine 4.27 is Here!

Now available, the latest update to Epic Games' real-time game engine boasts improvements for creators across multiple industries such as game development, film and television, and architecture; enhanced features include improved VFX workflows, faster light baking, integrated RAD game tools, and production-ready pixel streaming.

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Steven Clay Hunter Reclaims His Childhood in Pixar’s ‘OUT’

In the studio’s first film featuring an openly gay main character, storyline, and on-screen same-sex kiss, the SparkShorts director tells his highly-personal story of a life spent dealing with the challenges of coming out.

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Festival Stop Motion Montréal Reveals Short Film Selection and Poster

The 13th edition returns primarily online, September 10-19, with some in-person workshops; 93 films from 31 countries have been selected for this year’s short film competition.

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BIAF 2021 Reveals Short Film Selections and Trailer

83 animated films will compete in six categories at the festival coming October 23-27; event unveils ‘The Eyes of Summer’ poster and trailer by director Watanabe Ayumu.

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49th Annual Annie Awards Now Open for Submissions

ASIFA-Hollywood issues call for entries; honoring excellence in the field of animation, awards will be presented in 36 categories at ceremony set for February 26, 2022.

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New ‘Bridges’ Initiative Introduces African Talent to Global Animation Markets

Creative initiative mentors immerging African talent in the production of original animated shorts; ‘Red Ants,’ the first of 10 shorts to be produced within the program, premiered at the 2021 Annecy International Animation Festival.

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Disney’s ‘Once Upon a Snowman’: How Olaf Became Olaf

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 1:42pm

For writers / directors Trent Correy and Dan Abraham, discovering the source of heart, humor, and empathy in the ‘Frozen’ franchise’s irascible, loveable optimist was a passion project that began almost a decade ago; nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program, the film is available on Disney+.

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Disney’s Experimental Shorts Return in ‘Short Circuit’ Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 12:20pm

The studio’s innovative program is back on Disney+ with five new animated films from five first-time directors, expertly guided from pitch to post by production manager Jennifer Newfield.

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Entry Deadline Extended for SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival

Submissions now being accepted through August 15, 2021; coming to Tokyo December 14-17, festival showcases innovative shorts, commercials, VFX reels, simulations, visualizations, cinematics and other exciting, CG animated work.

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VIEW Conference 2021 Reveals Stellar Speaker Lineup

Confirmed presenters include Tom McGrath, director of ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business;’ ‘The Willoughbys’ director Kris Pearn; and legendary animator and VFX supervisor Phil Tippett; conference runs October 17-22 in Turin, Italy and online.

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Hornet Animates Century 21’s 50 Years of Business

Directorial team of Natalie Labarre and Yves Geleyn create 2D spots featuring voiceovers of real estate agents sharing real-time anecdotes; each short features a distinct color pallet to drive the narrative forward.

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HBO Max Releasing ‘The Prince’ at Midnight Tonight!

In a surprise move, the streamer will drop all 12 episodes - at 12:01 PST on July 29 - of its satirical animated series about Prince George and his British royal family, which had been put on hold to retool following the death of Prince Philip earlier this year; official trailer and key art also released.

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‘Migrants,’ ‘Out for Delivery,’ ‘Symphonia’ Take Home BAFTA Student Awards

15 finalists from over 680 student submissions and 34 countries competed for 2021 honors; categories included animation, games, and immersive projects.

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Shaquille O’Neal’s ‘Headnoise’ Examines the Pressure to Succeed

Legendary former NBA star to co-write, produce, and narrate new CG animated short about two young basketball hopefuls, the stresses they face as they follow their true passions, and the anxiety that can come from listening to your internal ‘head noise.’

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OIAF 2021 Official Selections Announced

A diverse group of 114 animated shorts, feature films, and series will compete at upcoming Ottawa International Animation Festival, running online September 22 – October 3; 48 films additionally chosen for Panorama screenings, with the VR selections coming in August.

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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.

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