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Dreamworks Animation Launches “Dreamworks Shorts”

DreamWorks Animation Film Group has officially announced the formation of DREAMWORKS SHORTS, with “Bird Karma,” directed by William Salazar, serving as the first animated short film to emerge from program. “Bird Karma” stems from an original idea that Salazar conceived of years ago. “Bird Karma” will make its theatrical debut on the front of DreamWorks […]

AWARDS WATCH 2017

Checklist of Animated Features Slated for U.S. Release for 2017 1. YU-GI-OH! DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS (1/27/16) Screen Vision Media. D: Satoshi Kuwabara. 2. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2/10/17) Warner Bros. D: Chris McCay. 3. ROCK DOG (2/26/17) Summit. D: Ash Brannon. 4. THE BOSS BABY (3/31/17) Dreamworks-20th Century Fox. D: Tom McGrath. 5. SMURFS: […]

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Bernie Wrightson Tribute Book to Debut at Comic Con

Among the many items premiering at the upcoming 2017 San Diego Comic Con is a special limited edition publication, Bernie Wrightson Art and Designs for The Gang of Seven Animation Studio. This is a tribute to the late comic book legend and horror illustrator, published to benefit Wrightson’s wife and survivors. Animation director/producer Tom Tataranowicz […]

OFFICIAL TRAILER #1: “The Emoji Movie”

I know everyone in the animation community is looking forward to The Emoji Movie – and here we get our first good glimpse of the film and its storyline, humor and animation. Directed by Anthony Leondis (Igor) and starring the voices of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden, Patrick Stewart, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Rob […]

Disney Junior’s “Puppy Dog Pals” Starts April 14th

Disney Junior’s new animated series Puppy Dog Pals, created by comedian Harland Williams, debuts Friday April 14th (10:30 a.m. EDT), with two back-to-back episodes on Disney Channel and will also become available that day on the Disney Junior app and YouTube page. The show follows two fun-loving pug brothers, Bingo and Rolly, whose thrill-seeking appetites […]

ANIME TRAILER: “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale”

Opening in the U.S. this Thursday – an anime feature based on the Sword Art Online light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. This feature was produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Tomohiko Itō, featuring an original story by Kawahara, character designs by Shingo Adachi and music by Yuki Kajiura. […]

SNEAK PEEK: Season 3 Netflix “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Clip

The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show is back and crazier than ever! After last season’s cliffhanger, Season 3 opens with Peabody and Sherman teaming up with alter-ego versions of themselves to defeat an evil cyborg version of Mrs. Hughes and fix the course of history! The zaniness continues when the Penthouse is invaded by neighbors, […]

TRAILER: “25 April” – Opens This Week In LA

Opening in Los Angeles this Friday (October 21st – for Oscar consideration) at the Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino, is 25 April – an animated documentary based on the tragic 1915 Gallipoli Campaign of WW1 – told through the perspective of six New Zealanders who were involved. Here’s the trailer:

FIRST LOOK IMAGE: Jane Fonda’s character from “Elena and the Secret of Avalor”

Elena and the Secret of Avalor, a special television movie event, premieres as a special simulcast Sunday, November 20th (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The TV movie tells the backstory of how Elena was imprisoned in her magical amulet by the evil sorceress Shuriki, voiced by legendary actress Jane Fonda, and […]

TRAILER: “Ballerina”

Set in 1879 Paris. An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house. Ballerina, directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin (The Triplets of Belleville), and starring the voice of Elle […]

FiveThirtyEight Oversimplifies the Animation Industry

Data-centric website FiveThirtyEight thinks it’s nailed down the Seven Ways to Become an Animation Powerhouse. Their analysis is incomplete though, and misses a few large factors that make animated movies successful. For starters, their title is misleading; there are no seven ways listed in the article. Instead writer Walt Hickey merely analyses the performance of […]

TRAILER: Raymond Briggs “Ethel and Ernest”

A new trailer has dropped for Ethel and Ernest, a hand drawn, feature length adaptation of the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman, When The Wind Blows). The film will be initially released by Universal in London on October 28th. The feature was produced and adapted by Lupus Films and directed by Roger Mainwood […]

TRAILER: “Ice Age: Collision Course”

Scrat is back – and based on international grosses it looks like the rest of the Ice Age gang will never face extinction. Directed by Mike Thurmeier and Galen Chu, Blue Sky’s Ice Age: Collision Course will be released July 22nd by 20th Century Fox. Here’s the latest trailer:

Sony Pictures Animation Announces 2017 & 2018 Slate

Sony Pictures Animation formerly announced today its 2017/2018 slate – which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie – moves signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms. Among the news in today’s announcement: Genndy Tartavakosky will be returning to direct 2018’s Hotel Transylvania 3; Bob […]