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‘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.

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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 2D animated movie that poses the question, ‘What is Love?’ is now available free on YouTube.

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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.

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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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‘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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‘Night Bus’: An Exploration of Betrayal and Redemption

Taiwanese animator Joe (Wen-Ming) Hsieh’s 2D short follows 6 bus passengers harboring intense secrets whose lives unravel after a string of unfortunate events, wrongful accusations, and attempts at revenge.

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Animated Short ‘On/Off’ and Frida Kahlo Take ‘Shape’ in Paint

Writer, director, and animator Nicolás P. Villarreal brings the famed artist to San Francisco via an outdoor mural to explore the ‘shapes’ of his vision; his seven-minute award-winning 2D animated film celebrates the structure and discipline needed to achieve our dreams.

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OnOff Studio Releases ‘Zako’ Teaser

The innovative animated film follows the story of Soviet Armenian painter Sargis Mangasaryan, who used his skills, drawing portraits of his captors, to survive a Nazi POW Camp; based on a graphic novel ‘Zako - Crude Fruit,’ the film is slated for release by 2025.

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‘Cryptozoo’s Legendary Cryptids Now Available on Blu-Ray and VOD

Dash Shaw’s visually stunning Sundance award-winning animated film follows the hallucinatory world of cryptozookeepers as they struggle to capture a legendary dream-eating baku.  

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‘Demi’s Panic’ Encourages Moving Past PTSD… Even in a Pandemic

For Daniel and Lorena Hernández Leonard, braving the terrifying ordeal of taking their sick daughter to the hospital during the height of COVID-19 led to their first animated short about dealing with traumatic anxiety; legendary indie animator Bill Plympton directs, providing just the right pencil sketch style to illustrate such distress.

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Animated Short ‘On/Off’ Shows the Strength of Structure in Creativity

Director Nicolás P. Villarreal’s award-winning, Oscar-qualified 2D film celebrates how discipline and focus are important qualities people usually need to achieve their dreams.

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Izabela Plucińska: Changing Fate with Your Own Hands

The Polish stop-motion animator discusses working with plasticine and her most recent, and challenging production about a bulimic and perverted man who obsessively identifies his lost love with his left foot.

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‘Cryptozoo’ and its Legendary Cryptids Coming to Blu-Ray and VOD

Magnolia Home Entertainment’s hypnotic Sundance award-winning animated film gets its home entertainment release November 16, 2021.

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Sting Contributes ‘Inshallah’ to ‘Footsteps on the Wind’ Animated Short

The award-winning singer / songwriter lends his voice to Maya Sanbar’s story of two siblings on a mysterious journey after tragically losing their parents; film created to raise awareness of the growing refugee crisis around the world.

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Michaela Pavlátová Talks ‘My Sunny Maad’

The legendary award-winning director discusses her jump from animated shorts into feature films with the poignant tale of a Czech woman who marries an Afghan man with no idea what her life will be in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

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‘Cryptozoo’ Review: Bakus & Gorgons & Satyrs – Oh My!

AWN’s Miscweant examines Dash Shaw’s new animated feature film, set in ‘surreal’ 1967, about an activist group trying to protect supernatural cryptids from amoral government agents.

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Visualizing a New Mother’s Eerie Sleeplessness in ‘Six to Six’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 2:26pm

For Israeli artist Neta Cohen, childhood memories that her home had a life of its own fueled her 2D/3D animated short about the long, sometimes sinister hours between wakefulness and sleep, reality and imagination.

What it Means to be Human ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: Love, Death, Robots + Revelation

Volume 2 of Netflix’s ‘Love, Death + Robots’ animated anthology challenges us to see reality through new eyes, encouraging us to be curious and reflect on the intimate connection between beauty and death, and what it means to be human.

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Bill Plympton and Rock Farm Launch Kickstarter for ‘Demi’s Panic’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:44am

Indie animation legend teams with Danny Leonard and Lorena Hernandez Leonard on animated short about a young Latina professional living in NYC whose nightmares foreshadow the coming storm.

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Trailer Drops for Solo Animated ‘Coriander & A Penny’s Worth of Lonesome’

Created by filmmaker Julian Grant as a tribute to movies of a bygone era, the award-winning film is now streaming on multiple platforms including Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon, Xfinity, and Vudu.

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