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Narration Rules... Sometimes! ANIMATIONWorld

How ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Crafts its Message Through the Power of Narration

Narration in film doesn't need to be a context dump; LAIKA’s hit film exemplifies how narration can elevate storytelling in animation and beyond.

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Blinkink Signs Directors Andy Biddle and Adeena Grub

The directorial duo joins the agency’s stop-motion team; a collaboration born out of the COVID shutdown in March 2020, the pair has created several amusing animated shorts featuring loveable characters with handcrafted techniques.

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.

Awards Headline News

Winners Revealed for 13th Festival Stop Motion Montreal

A virtual awards ceremony honored a multi-national list of films including ‘Fresh Breeze’ by Gabriella Coumau, Alyx Ecalle, Saliha Sittler and Constantin Rytz; ‘Love is Just a Death Away’ by Bára Anna Stejskalová; ‘Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice’ by Zacharias Kunuk; and ‘Üks imeline mees’ (‘A Most Exquisite Man’) by Jonas Taul.

The Woods are Dark and Deep Headline News

LAIKA Announces ‘Wildwood’ as Next Animated Feature

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7:58am

Currently in production with studio CEO Travis Knight directing, film tells a tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and secrets set in an enchanted forest beyond Portland’s city limits.

Jobs Headline News

ScreenSkills Animation Skills Council Launches Animation Trainee Finder

Program provides production placements for candidates who have up to 12 months paid work experience in animation; program aims to increase the pool of qualified talent by providing a range of training opportunities – application deadline is September 27.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Coraline’ and ‘The Boxtrolls’ Available Now as Blu-ray+DVD Combos

High-definition studio editions of LAIKA’s acclaimed animated films include interviews, behind-the-scenes looks, feature-length storyboards, and featurettes;ParaNorman’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Blu-ray+DVD release follows on September 14.

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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.

Talks You Shouldn’t Miss Headline News

VIEW Conference 2021 Welcomes Aardman’s ‘Robin Robin’ Creative Team

Special panel guests, writers/directors Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, executive producer Sarah Cox, and studio co-founder and creative director Peter Lord, will discuss their upcoming Netflix stop-motion musical special, starring Gillian Anderson, Richard E Grant, Bronte Carmichael and Adeel Akhtar, debuting November 24.

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Sky Kids Greenlights ‘The Brilliant World of Tom Gates’ Season 2

Based on the enormously popular book series, the show features live-action along with 2D and stop-motion animation; currently in production the new episodes will hit Sky Kids and NOW in early 2022.

Celebrating All Things Stop-Motion Headline News

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.

All I Need… is Some Parody! Headline News

‘Robot Chicken’ S11 Trailer Teases Tiger King and Obi-Wan Bikini Pics

Adult Swim’s hilarious stop-motion comedy series is back, and no one is spared – crazy antics and character parodies range from Joe Exotic and Peppa Pig to the farthest reaches of pop culture… and the force; new season debuts September 6.

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Aardman and Gurinder Chadha Teaming on Animated Bollywood Musical

The renowned animation studio and famed ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ writer/director are collaborating on a high-concept film about a young Indian elephant who dreams of becoming a Bollywood dancer.

It’s Finally Here! Headline News

Phil Tippett’s ‘Mad God’ Finally Arrives

With a new teaser trailer and August 5 Locarno Film Festival premiere, the legendary Oscar-winning VFX and stop-motion master shares his 30-year passion project with eager audiences.

Animation and NFTs Collide! Headline News

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.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Brooke Keesling, Gary Schwartz Among Presenters at Anibar Animation Festival

Lori Malépart-Traversy also set to present at upcoming event, running July 23-30 in Peja, Kosovo; festival will feature over 300 film screenings, talks, workshops, and presentations by a number of special guests. 

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP121: How Stop-Motion Animator dina Amin Built Her Career from Scratch in Egypt

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 19, 2021 at 3:41pm

The artist reveals how quitting her job and deconstructing appliances led to a full-time career in stop-motion.

Animated Features Headline News

‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’ Return to the Big Screen

Fathom Events, LAIKA, Shout! Factory and Park Circus team up to bring the highly acclaimed stop-motion movies back to theaters; screenings will also feature exclusive bonus 'making of' content.

6 New Shorts! ANIMATIONWorld

The Future of Animation: Six SCAD Picks

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 4:36pm

University’s diverse and innovative undergraduate and graduate short films were produced by teams of up to 12 students collaborating on writing, directing, animating, designing, editing, scoring and voice acting.

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Unlisted Adds Paris-Based WIZZ Animation Laboratory

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 2, 2021 at 12:22pm

Melbourne and Shanghai-based creative studio brings on French company known for creating ‘new worlds which span mediums and realities’; initial project collaborations include Salvation Army campaign and ‘Farlight 84’ trailer.

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Aardman and CITV Reveal ‘Lloyd of the Flies’ Voice Cast

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 28, 2021 at 9:31am

New CGI comedy series about a housefly – a middle child of 453 – his little sister, and their ongoing misadventures is the flagship project for the government's Young Audiences Content Fund; show set to air Autumn 2022.

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Podcast EP118: Steve Angel on Running Head Gear Animation For 24 Years

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:20am

The Toronto studio’s co-founder and director shares how he quickly went from animator to director to starting his own award-winning company in 1997, and how he’s faced many ups and downs over the last two decades.

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

Netflix Drops ‘Robin Robin’ First look Teaser and Art

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 3:29pm

Produced by Aardman Animation and featuring puppets made from felt, the stop-motion musical special, starring Gilliam Anderson and Richard E Grant, hits the streamer in time for the holidays this year; directors share project insights at Annecy 2021 work in progress panel.

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