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Virtual Reality Headline News

Baobab Studios Drops ‘Baba Yaga’ Teaser Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 8:59am

Leading interactive studio’s newest work, starring Kate Winslet, Daisy Ridley, Jennifer Hudson, and Glenn Close, blends theater, cinema, and animation for an immersive experience that allows viewers to be the main character in a haunting, reimagined fairytale world.

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A Digital Woman Discusses Society’s Perception of Femininity in ‘I.D.A’ CG Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4:45pm

VFX studio Nu Boyana FX’s first inhouse animated short, based on a spoken word poem, started as an R&D project before blossoming into a film asking fundamental questions about what makes a girl real; the fully keyframed film’s production toolkit included Zbrush, Mari, Maya, and Nuke.

Animation Festivals Headline News

1st Edition of Animatex Festival Coming to Cairo November 11-14

The go-to destination for the Egyptian animation community will feature four days of screenings, workshops, and discussions suitable for all audiences.

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HBO Max and Cartoon Network Greenlight 3 New Mo Willems Projects

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10:03am

Award-winning author and playwright expands his existing deal with new animated series ‘Unlimited Squirrels!,’ animated special ‘Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Special,’ and live-action immersive series ‘Cat the Cat’s Show the Show Show with YOU the YOU!’

Awards Headline News

Women in Animation Announces WIA Diversity Award Honorees

In a Spark Animation 2020 virtual ceremony, Kyoto Animation, Laurence Ralph’s ‘The Torture Letters,’ and Maria Trénor’s ‘Where Were You?’ are recognized for making a significant impact in expanding diversity of voices in animation.

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‘Calamity, A Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary’ Wins Top Honor at CineKid 2020

Rémi Chayé’s feature takes the award for Best Children’s Film; other animated film winners include ‘Matilda and the Spare Head;’ ‘Human Nature;’ and ‘INKT.’

Let the Games Begin! Headline News

T-Pain and DragonForce guitarist Herman Li Compete in Animated ‘Art of the Duo’ Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 4:38pm

Kingdom of Something and artist Rafael Varona team up with the musicians, competing head to head, using ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 laptops to produce music and animation for four 30-second videos being judged by fans on Republic of Gamers.

Festivals Headline News

Winners Announced for Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2020

‘Freeze Frame’ by Soetkin Verstegen; ‘Yes-People’ by Gísli Darri Halldórsson; and ‘Pearl Driver’ by Margrethe Danielsen take home awards.

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Run the Jewels Drops Titmouse-Produced ‘Yankee and the Brave’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 26, 2020 at 2:30pm

Duo of El-P and Killer Mike fight a malicious killer robot police force in 2D short, directed by Sean Solomon, based on track from the band’s latest album, ‘RTJ4,’ currently #1 on the rap album chart and #4 on the Billboard Top Album Chart.

Music Videos Headline News

MorMor and Titmouse Explores Existential Dread in ‘Don’t Cry’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 26, 2020 at 2:13pm

Based on the musician’s first 2020 musical offering, director Otto Tang’s haunting, black and white 2D/CG short examines a group of neighbors as they spiral through an abyss of repetition. 

Awards Headline News

‘Wolfwalkers,’ ‘Tiger and Ox,’ and ‘Umbilical’ Snag Wins at AFI Fest 2020

Tom Moore’s new animated feature took home the Audience Award for Narrative Feature; Seunghee Kim and Danski Tang films awarded Grand Jury Prize – Animation and Special Mention, respectively.

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Olaf Gets His Bambi Moment in ‘Once Upon a Snowman’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 23, 2020 at 3:20pm

Written and directed by Dan Abraham and Trent Correy, the new animated short confirms that behind Olaf’s bouncy silliness is a character filled with optimism, joy, and concern for others.

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

The Shins ‘The Great Divide’ Takes a Reverse Zoom Journey Through the Big Bang

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:09pm

Producer Jen Alvares and her Hunters House team deliver a stunning, complex CG music video for the Grammy-nominated indie rock band’s latest single.

Festivals Headline News

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Coming Online October 24-25

Celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary, the event will include four short film programs featuring award-winning and emerging talent in Japanese animation; highlights include Koji Yamamura’s ‘Water Dreams/Dreams into Drawing.’

Awards Headline News

2020 CEE Animation Forum Announces Winners

28 animated projects in 4 categories were considered in the 2020 pitching event; ‘The Garden of Heart’ wins in animated shorts with a special mention to ‘The Pet Named Stress;’ ‘Igi’ wins in feature films, ‘No Happy Ever After’ takes the TV award.

Diversity in Storytelling Headline News

Three New Diverse Animated Shorts Coming Soon to Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 3:29pm

‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ ‘Canvas,’ and ‘Cops and Robbers’ each tell a unique, socially relevant story through varied animation techniques.

WTF! Headline News

An Irritable Creature Gives Practical WTF Advice in ‘How to Make the Best Coffee’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 1:44pm

Chilean VFX artist Tomás Vergara’s new ‘WTF-X’ satirical short film series humorously portrays extraordinary CG beings sharing amazingly ordinary life lessons with a bemused young man that begs, the question, ‘What the f*ck?’

National Mental Health Week Headline News

Chris Dainty and The NFB’s ‘Shannon Amen’ Now Streaming

Marking World Mental Health Day, the Canadian filmmaker’s short uses ‘icemation’ combined with stop-motion and puppeteering to explore the life and death of his friend, artist Shannon Jamieson, by capturing her struggles, guilt and anxiety in reconciling her faith with her sexual identity.

Short Films ANIMATIONWorld

‘Stories to Obsess Over’: WebToon’s Live-Action Comic Promos

The one-minute, black and white spotsfeature well-known U.S. actors taking on comic character personas, monologuing lines from stories in a promotional tease.

Festival Headline News

‘Over the Moon’ Roundtable with Glen Keane Coming to Montclair Film Festival Oct 17

Festival’s Storyteller series will feature conversation between animated film’s director, stars Cathy Ang and Phillipa Soo, and producers Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou, as well as talks with Aaron Sorkin, Sienna Miller, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Lee Isaac Chung; event runs October 16-25 with programs available online.

PSAs Headline News

Aardman Highlights the Stigma of Autism in ‘Different Minds. One Scotland’ Spot

Award-winning animation studio teams up with the Scottish Government and The Leith Agency on a thoughtful animated commercial to provide a clearer understanding of autism to the non-autistic population.

Music Videos Headline News

Watch: Jorja Smith x Popcaan’s Neon-Drenched ‘Come Over’ Music Video

Vividly animated cyberpunk-fueled homage to classic 90’s anime is directed by Amber Grace Johnson of Object & Animal, in collaboration with Future Power Station.

Awards Headline News

‘KKUM,’ ‘Kill It and Leave This Town’ Take Top OIAF 2020 Honors

Kang-min Kim awarded Nelvana Grand Prize for animated short; Mariusz Wilczynski awarded grand prize for feature animation at 44th annual Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Medical Education ANIMATIONWorld

South Africa’s Cabblow Studios Brings a Cute 2D Twist to Important Diabetes Education

Kabelo Maaka and Dr. Tshepo P. Maaka’s animated short, ‘3 Teaspoons of Sugar,’ which competed in Annecy 2020, artfully presents needed information about the dangers and difficulties faced by people with disease.

Drive-In Movies Headline News

Disney+ Drive-In Festival Comes to Santa Monica October 5-12

Outdoor screening series features Disney+ Originals world premieres of ‘The Right Stuff,’ and ‘Clouds;’ screenings of fan favorites will include ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Hocus Pocus,’ ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,’ ‘The Sound of Music.’

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