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I’ve Never Felt this Way About Stop-Motion! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Robin Robin’ Official Trailer and Poster

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 11, 2021 at 8:43am

Aardman’s charming stop-motion holiday special, featuring puppets made from felt and starring Gillian Anderson and Richard E Grant, hits the streamer November 24.

Community Outreach Headline News

HBO Max and WarnerMedia Launch Animated Shorts Program

New mentorship and training program seeks to discover artists in underrepresented communities whose style and voice push boundaries in storytelling and animation; up to 7 artists will be selected to participate; applications due by October 24.

Awards Headline News

‘Honekami,’ ‘Bob Spit-We Do Not Like People’ Take Top OIAF 2021 Honors

Honami Yano awarded the Grand Prize for animated short; Cesar Cabral awarded Grand Prize for animated feature as the 45th annual Ottawa International Animation Festival concludes.

Festivals Headline News

Manchester Animation Festival Reveals Program Line-Up

The 7th edition returns as a hybrid event offering content online and in person November 14-30; new events include a keynote by the BBC’s Patricia Hidalgo and a feature film competition showcasing 4 international filmmakers.

Turning Loss into Hope ANIMATIONWorld

The Touching, Personal Journey of Joe Mateo’s ‘Blush’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 1, 2021 at 8:38am

Written and directed by the Emmy Award winning artist, the CG film, based on a tragic loss, follows a horticulturist-astronaut trying to survive after crash landing on a desolate dwarf planet; it debuts today on Apple TV+

Cake is Tasty! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Swan Boy’ Serves a Hilarious New Slice of FXX’s ‘Cake’

For Augenblick Studios’ Aaron Augenblick, Branson Reese’s new series of animated shorts, about a twenty-something swan of low station and medium intelligence, is one of the funniest shows of his 20+ year career; Season 5 of the short film anthology premieres today on FXX.

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Apple and Skydance Animation Release ‘Blush’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 9:00am

Emmy Award winner Joe Mateo’s CG short follows a horticulturist-astronaut, trying to survive after crash landing on a desolate dwarf planet, and the visitor who arrives to help him build a new life; film debuts globally October 1 on Apple TV+.

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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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Talking Real-Time Animation with DNEG, BRON, and Chromosphere

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 1:10pm

AWN’s Dan Sarto hosts Epic Games’ latest episode of ‘The Pulse,’ revealing innovative new paradigms for real-time animation production that far surpass the mere benefit of faster turnaround times.

Festivals Headline News

Animation Is Film Reveals Competition Line-Up

AIF returns October 22-24 with 12 features in competition, 20 programs overall with shorts, premieres, and Q&As; ‘Studio on the Big Screen’ program features Pixar’s ‘Luca,’ Netflix’s ‘The Mitchells vs the Machines,’ and ‘Vivo,’ and other films that didn't receive a theatrical release.

VIEW Visionary Award Headline News

VIEW Conference 2021 to Honor Sir Roger Deakins

The Oscar-Winning cinematographer, best known for ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ and ‘1917’ has been named the 2021 VIEW Visionary Award recipient; a special interview with Deakins and ‘How to Trail Your Dragon’ writer, director and producer Dean DeBlois is set for October 20.

NFB Animation Headline News

5 NFB Shorts Screening at 2021 Ottawa Animation Festival

World premiere of Marta Pajek’s ‘Impossible Figures and other Stories I,’ the final entry in the director’s acclaimed trilogy, anchors the National Film Board’s impressive set of shorts showing at the event, which runs online September 22 to October 3.

Short Films Headline News

HBO Max Acquires Award-Winning Short ‘Anacronte’

The 3DCG animated film, licensed from RMVISTAR, tells the story of the Anacronte and Sorcerers of Evil’s tragic cost to humanity, with only death and grief bringing people together; watch it now on HBO Max.

Turn Up the Volume! ANIMATIONWorld

Playing a Deadly Board Game of War in Iron Maiden’s ‘Stratego’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 3:39pm

Blinkink director Gustaf Holtenäs, inspired by Kentaro Miura’s ‘Berserk’ manga and the battlefield strategy game Stratego, mixes hand painted 2D backgrounds with 3D elements and Houdini simulations to take Maiden fans inside a stylized, fantastical Japanese-themed gaming world.

Consume Responsibly Headline News

Axis Delivers Unique, Painterly Horror in ‘Love, Death + Robots’ ‘The Tall Grass’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, September 13, 2021 at 2:30pm

Under veteran DreamWorks Animation alum Simon Otto’s direction, the short film adaptation of Joe. R. Lansdale Lovecraftian story treats every frame as a painting in a living, breathing illustration.  

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‘Twenty Something’ Plumbs Adulthood Insecurities… in a Good Way

Director Aphton Corbin explains how a love of drawing and a fear of imposter syndrome led to her funny and poignant 2D short for Pixar’s SparkShorts program.

Animation Festivals Headline News

OIAF 2021 Drops Official Trailer and New Program Highlights

Get a glimpse of what’s in store at the upcoming virtual event set for September 22 – October 3; in addition to a host of screenings, sessions will include a discussion about WIA Vancouver’s ACE Program, an introduction to the Black Write Talent Incubator, and a conversation with storyboard artists José Pou and Bradley Cayford.

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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.

Diversity in Animation Headline News

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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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.

In-Passing Headline News

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.

Cake is Tasty! Headline News

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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