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Animated Holiday Special ‘Reindeer in Here’ Coming to CBS

The one-hour show, based on Adam Reed’s best selling children’s book of the same name, was also created and executive produced by the ‘Archer’ producer, and premieres on CBS this November 29.

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Break Out the Popcorn: Features to Watch at Annecy 2022

AWN’s Animation Pimp and Ottawa Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson takes a look at five feature films worth your hungover attention at this year’s Annecy International Animation Festival, which runs June 13-18.

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Cosm Studios and Baobab Studios Ink ‘Namoo’ Deal

The exclusive agreement will bring Erick Oh’s award-winning animated short to planetariums and fulldome theaters around the world.

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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.

Talking Bakshi and Heavy Metal Headline News

Join AWN and ‘The Spine of Night’ Creators Live Q&A January 19

Morgan Galen King, Philip Gelatt and Will Battersby, along with Dan Sarto, will discuss the influence of Ralph Bakshi and ‘Heavy Metal’ on the making of their epic 2D animated fantasy; also, a look at rotoscoping’s history, why it was used for this project and challenges the creators faced in producing an indie film.

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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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Jonas Poher Rasmussen Talks ‘Flee’

The director discusses his intimate, award-winning animated documentary about the boyhood experiences of his long-time friend, an Afghan academic who lived as a gay Muslim in Afghanistan before escaping to Denmark through Russia.

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‘Namoo’: An Artist Reflects on Life, Death, and Everything In-between

Using frames hand-painted with Quill and VR headsets, Oscar-nominated director Erick Oh and his production team at Emmy Award-winning Baobab Studios expertly crafted a thought-provoking and emotional 3D animated short that follows the beautiful and heartbreaking moments of a man’s life.

Can You Remember the 60s? Headline News

‘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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Baobab Studios Releases Trailer and Images for Erick Oh’s ‘NAMOO’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 9:13am

The Oscar-nominated director’s new animated short, a narrative poem inspired by the passing of his grandfather, follows the beautiful and heartbreaking moments of a man’s life; special presentations and screenings, with Baobab founders and Oh, are set for November 18-20 at the CTN Animation eXpo, in-person and online.

Can You Remember the 60s? Headline News

‘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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Actor John Cho Joins Baobab’s ‘NAMOO’ as Executive Producer

Baobab Studios’ latest animated short, a narrative poem inspired by the passing of Oscar-nominated director Erick Oh’s grandfather, will have its LA Premiere as part of the official selection for the 2021 Hollyshorts Film Festival on Friday, September 24.

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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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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.   

Taking out Tyranny Headline News

Lebanese Animated Thriller ‘Alephia 2053’ Imagines A World Without Tyranny

Pulling from events surrounding the Arab Spring uprisings, powerful new 60-minute film envisions what the Middle East could look like in 30 years.

The Future is Real-Time Headline News

Spire Animation Receives ‘Unreal Shorts’ Program Grant

Epic Games’ new grant and fellowship program aims to fund filmmakers who utilize Unreal Engine for real-time projects.

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The Spirit of Bakshi Returns in ‘The Spine of Night’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 3:28pm

Directors Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King’s raucous new rotoscoped fantasy epic takes us back to the days when animated tales of swords and sorcerers didn’t always have fairy tale endings.

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‘Flee’: An Animated Documentary Recounts a Harrowing Personal Trauma

Jonas Rasmussen’s intimate and powerful 2D film tells the untold story of his long-time friend Amin’s life as a gay child growing up in Kabul before his escape via Russia to Denmark.

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‘Little Wolf: The Night Trail’: A Coming-of-Age Battle Against the Undead

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:41am

Director Jesse Cowan takes a dark journey into Native American mythology with his tale of a young boy, his wolf totem, and their fight with monsters of the forest.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Ishan Shukla’s ‘Schirkoa’ Set to Begin Production

Animated feature, based on the director’s award-winning short, will blend 2D and 3D cinema, animation, and video game development techniques; production begins Spring 2021 with the premiere planned for 2023.  

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