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Less Is More: The Simple Beauty of “Dam Keeper Poems”, “The Big Bad Fox”, and “The Yamadas”

We live in an era of visual overload. Animation studios are producing images so detailed, they’re virtually indistinguishable from live action, but why do they want to? How does rendering every leaf in the background make a story more compelling? What does an audience gain by seeing each stitch in a cartoon character’s sweater? Why […]

Bill Plympton’s “Your Face” Global Jam

In 1987, Bill Plympton burst onto the animation scene with the debut of his short Your Face at the Annecy Festival. After winning numerous awards and garnering a nomination for an Oscar, Plympton has gone on a 30-year career as “The King of Indie Animation”. To commemorate three decades, producer Ken Mora commissioned a special […]

TRAILER: Animated Documentary “1917 – The Real October”

I love unique and diverse uses of animation to tell stories – and in recent years we’ve seen the rise of the feature length animated documentary – a genre that uses animation to its best advantage. Here’a trailer from a new such film, from German filmmaker Katrin Rothe. 1917 – The Real October tells the […]

TRAILER: Aardman’s “Early Man”

Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and wooly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day! Prioduced by Aardman Animation, directed by Nick Park and starring Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Timothy Spall. The […]

The Re-Animated Woody Woodpecker

This is the coolest thing you’ll see today. Woody Woodpecker must be very popular in Brazil. Animator Ivanildo Soares has just post the payoff to a group project he conceived – bringing 70 South American animators together to re-animate a vintage 1960s Walter Lantz theatrical cartoon with hilarious, eye-popping results. The original cartoon, The Bird […]

The Glorious Labor of LOVING VINCENT: An Interview with filmmakers Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman

Loving Vincent is the first fully oil painted feature film. The brainchild of two filmmakers who have worked in animation, special effects, and live action, this film breaks new ground in the 21st century. Visually stunning, Loving Vincent is also driven by a story about the last few weeks in the life an artist who […]

TRAILER: NFB’s “Window Horses”

Another contender appears in time for this year’s awards season: Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming, a 2016 Canadian animated feature film written and directed by Ann Marie Fleming – based on her graphic novel. Funding for the film was raised through an Indiegogo campaign. The film was co-produced by Fleming’s Stickgirl […]

OFFICIAL TRAILER: “Loving Vincent”

Loving Vincent the world’s “first fully oil painted feature film”, written & directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, opens in New York on September 22nd and in LA a week later on September 29th. Produced by Poland’s BreakThru Films & UK’s Trademark Films, the official trailer dropped today – have a look:

TRAILER: “Animal Crackers”

Animal Crackers, the US-Spanish co-production, co-directed by Scott Christian Sava and Tony Bancroft, that made its smash debut at Annecy – has just released its US trailer via Blue Dream Studios. It’s about a family who use a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a run-down circus from being taken over by their evil […]

Good Deed Entertainment sets Release Dates for “Loving Vincent”; September in NY and LA

Good Deed Entertainment has finalized their Fall theatrical distribution plans for the award-winning animated feature Loving Vincent. The film will open in New York City on Friday, September 22nd, in Los Angeles on Friday, September 29th, and will expand to top regional markets throughout October and November. “I was absolutely enthralled with Loving Vincent. It […]

TRAILER: “My Little Pony – The Movie”

A dark force threatens Ponyville – and the good news is that Lionsgate has finally dropped the official trailer for their My Little Pony – The Movie. And it looks surprisingly good. The film has an all-star voice cast including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe […]

Gkids Dates “The Girl Without Hands” in New York and LA

GKIDS has set the release dates for Sébastien Laudenbach’s animated feature The Girl Without Hands. The film will open in New York at IFC Center on July 21st, and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall on August 4th, before traveling to more cities nationwide. The trailer dropped today – here it is:

William Joyce to Direct Cirrina’s Debut Animated Feature “The Extincts”

Cirrina Studios, the recently launched entertainment finance, development and production company has announced its first animated feature film, The Extincts. Based on British writer Veronica Cossanteli’s popular middle grade novel of the same name, and adapted by David Lipman (producer, “Shrek 2”), the film will be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker and celebrated author/illustrator William “Bill” […]

INTERVIEW: Gilbert Gottfried on “Aladdin”, “Animal Crackers” and “Life Animated”

Gilbert Gottfried is not only one of the most popular comedians working today, but he’s also an animation legend. His voice work in 1992’s “Aladdin” turned Iago the Parrot into one of the most iconic Disney characters of all-time. Gottfried has reprised that role for sequels, TV movies/series and video games. He’s also voiced characters […]

TRAILER: “Spark: A Space Tail”

Here’s a nice surprise. The trailer for Aaron Woodley’s Spark: A Space Tail which is opening next month, on April 14th. Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon and Patrick Stewart topline the voice cast on this film – from our friends who created The Nut Job. This looks to be a vast improvement in visual quality and […]