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INTERVIEW: Actress Ruby Barnhill on Voicing “Mary and The Witch’s Flower”

This Thursday January 18th, Fathom Events is screening both the foreign and English-language versions of the new anime film, Mary and The Witch’s Flower, in select theaters nationwide – the night before its regular theatrical release. “Mary” is one of the 26 films eligible for an Oscar nomination in this year’s Best Animated Feature category. […]

INTERVIEW: Nora Twomey talks “The Breadwinner”

Nora Twomey is the co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, the studio behind The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea and several other animated films of the past few years. Her latest credit is as director of The Breadwinner, which is up for 10 Annie Awards, and also received Best Animated Feature nominations from both Critics […]

INTERVIEW: Duo Directors Talk “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales”

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales is a hilarious Annie-nominated animated comedy based on popular French graphic novels. Directors Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner talk about creating this unique film. Jackson Murphy: The three stories were originally going to be three separate TV specials. What made you guys decide to connect them into a […]

The “Robot Chicken: Santa Claus Pot Cookie” Season Premiere Special Interview

The highly-anticipated Season 9 of “Robot Chicken” kicks-off Sunday night at 11:30pm with a brand new Holiday Special – Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special: Special Edition. Series co-creator Matthew Senreich and director Tom Sheppard give us a preview of Santa’s wild ride and other highlights of S9. Jackson Murphy: […]

INTERVIEW: Joel Crawford talks Dreamworks’ “Troll’s Holiday”

A little more than a year after DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls danced into theaters, earning nearly $350 million worldwide, the gang is back in a new TV special. Trolls Holiday premieres Friday night on NBC and then out on DVD on Tuesday. The special is directed by Joel Crawford, who definitely can’t stop the feeling of […]

INTERVIEW: “Big Hero 6: The Series” Director Nick Filippi

Disney’s Big Hero 6 won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2015. Big Hero 6: The Series gets its launch this Monday November 20th at 8pm on Disney Channel and Disney XD with the one-hour movie “Baymax Returns.” Animation veteran Nick Filippi is the series’ executive producer and supervising director. Jackson Murphy: “Baymax Returns” […]

INTERVIEW: Director Timothy Reckart talks “The Star”

Sony’s The Star, which opens nationally on November 17th, marks the feature film directorial debut of Timothy Reckart, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2013 for his animated short Head Over Heels. Jackson Murphy: This is the story of the Nativity from the animals’ point of view. Was it just a random thought one day, […]

“Looney Tunes” Get Animated in SoHo

Last weekend, retail chain BoxLunch teamed-up with Warner Bros. to present the “Get Animated Invasion”, a pop-up store in SoHo in New York City that brought classic cartoons to life. I had the chance to visit “Get Animated” and had a ball immersing myself in the worlds of the Looney Tunes, Flintstones, Jetsons and more. […]

Pixar’s Brian Fee on “Cars 3” and the NASCAR Hall Of Fame

After working as a storyboard artist on several Disney/Pixar films, including Wall-E, Ratatouille, Cars and Cars 2, Brian Fee made his directorial debut with this Summer’s Cars 3. He was also part of the writing team for this latest Lightning McQueen adventure, and is now an ambassador for the “Cars” franchise. I recently tracked Fee […]

Gkids and Fathom Events to screen “Mune” this Saturday

This Saturday, Aug. 12, Fathom Events is debuting the English-language version of the animated film, Mune: Guardian of the Moon, in 350 theaters nationwide. Mune was released in France in 2015 and earned both the Young People’s Jury Award at the TIFF Kids International Festival and Best Film at the Tokyo Anime Awards. Last year, […]

INTERVIEW: With the Creator and Exec Producer of Nick’s “Welcome To The Wayne”

Between the two of them, animation veterans Billy Lopez and Michael Pecoriello have won 4 Emmy Awards. In this light-hearted interview the duo discuss their latest collaboration (Lopez – Creator / Pecoriello – EP) – “Welcome to the Wayne”, which debuts tonight. Jackson Murphy: So Billy, this was a six-episode web series in 2014. Tell […]

INTERVIEW: Director Tony Leondis on “The Emoji Movie”

In July 2015, Sony Pictures Animation won a three studio bidding war for rights to make an emoji-based feature film. And just two years later The Emoji Movie is here. The fast-track project was put in the capable hands of director Tony Leondis (Igor), who also has story and screenplay credits on the film. Jackson […]

Sony Production Designer Noelle Triaureau on “Smurfs: The Lost Village

A veteran animator at Sony Pictures Animation, Noelle Triaureau worked on the first “Surf’s Up”, the first “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and the first “Hotel Transylvania”. Most recently she was Production Designer on “Smurfs: The Lost Village”, which comes out on Blu-ray/DVD this Tuesday. Jackson Murphy: Smurf Village dominates the beginning section of […]

INTERVIEW: Myles Langlois on Adult Swim’s “Apollo Gauntlet”

Canadian Myles Langlois is not only the creator of Apollo Gauntlet, but he also voices the title character and his #1 nemesis. What began as a one-man passion project on YouTube back in 2012 has become Adult Swim’s newest animated series. Jackson Murphy: Apollo Gauntlet used to be a web series that began in 2012. […]

INTERVIEW: Disney Channel’s “Hotel Transylvania” Series Exec Producer Rick Mischel

Yet another highly successful animated movie series has made it’s way to the small-screen. Sony’s Hotel Transylvania: The Series debuts Sunday June 25th on The Disney Channel. Sony Pictures Animation veteran Rick Mischel is the show’s executive producer. Jackson Murphy: Much like with the new Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs series that you’re also […]