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Silent Cartoon Restorations highlight “Animatus Eventus”

On Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at 2:00pm the Riverside Philharmonic Presents “Animatus Eventus” – an all animation program with live musical accompaniment by the Riverside Philharmonic. It will feature the premiere of Mark Watters’ original score for a newly restored Walt Disney’s silent short, Alice’s Little Parade (1926). […]

TRAILER: “Have A Nice Day”

The first US theatrical release for 2018 may well be the Chinese indie, Have A Nice Day. Strand Releasing will release animator Liu Jian’s neo-noir in New York (at the Village East Cinemas) on Friday January 26th, with LA right behind it on February 2nd at the Ahrya Fine Arts Cinema in Beverly Hills. The […]

TRAILER: “Hedgehogs”

Lest you think you’ve seen every 2017 theatrical animated release, along comes Lionsgate with its limited release next week of Hedgehogs. Directed by Jianming Huang, with a voice cast that includes Chevy Chase and Jon Hader, the Chinese import (originally announced as “Bobby The Hedgehog”) will be both in theaters and available On Demand (VOD […]

TRAILER: “Monster Family”

It’s already getting crowded next year in the world of animated features. Let’s now add the German-made Monster Family to the list of first quarter releases in 2018. Directed and produced by Holger Tappe, the man behind several knock-off animated films (Animals United, an ersatz Madagascar; The Snurks, a wannabe Shrek; and so on), comes […]

OPEN LETTER: Animation Insiders Demand a Change from Sexism and Harassment in the Animation Industry

A letter was sent today by 217 women and non-gender conforming folk to over a dozen studios demanding change and an end to sexual harassment and sexism in the animation industry. Included on the list of recipients are executives at Disney, Sony Pictures Animation, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks Animation, and Warner Bros. Signatures are from people […]

Classic Cartoonists Illustrate New Popeye Energy Drink

Popeye the Sailor has been associated with food and beverage products since the 1930’s. His latest endeavor is an energy drink. The artwork on the cans are by veteran Thimble Theatre cartoonists, Doc Winner, Bela Zaboly and Bud Sagendorf. I spoke with the C.E.O. of Popeye Energy Drink, Popeye-fan Jeremy Todd. Fred Grandinetti: What is […]

George Pal and Puppetoons this week on TCM

Producer-Director Arnold Leibovit guest hosts on Turner Classic Movies with Ben Mankiewicz next Wednesday and Thursday Oct. 11th and Oct. 12th, 2017 introducing his films The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal and The Puppetoon Movie, both produced and directed by Leibovit, plus 8 George Pal features for this Special 2 Day Tribute. Pal was […]

Warner Archive Announces “Porky Pig 101” DVD Collection

Warner Archives has announced today the September 19th release for Porky Pig 101 – a unique 5-disc DVD set that collects 99 black-and-white Looney Tunes (and two Technicolor Merrie Melodies) starring Warner Bros. first cartoon superstar. The set includes cartoons dating from 1935 (with Porky’s first appearance in Friz Freleng’s I Haven’t Got A Hat) […]

Remembering June Foray

The world is much too quiet today with the passing of June Foray. Fortunately, she got a chance to catch a small glimpse of how much people loved her when she was the victim on December 30, 2016 of a fake news story that she had passed away. The instant flood of sincere appreciation for […]

WIA Partners with Schools to Give Students Early Access to Support

Women in Animation (WIA) has announced a first round of academic partnerships to encourage student participation in the WIA network of support. The School of Visual Arts (SVA) has aligned as both a corporate sponsor as well as a membership sponsor, and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has agreed to be a membership sponsor […]

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” […]

Asifa-Hollywood To Give $160K To Animation-Based Programs & Events

This year, ASIFA-Hollywood, the world’s foremost professional, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art of animation and celebrating the people who create it, has earmarked $160,000 for animation-based programs and events, including but not limited to ASIFA’s Animation Aid Foundation, $12,000; ASIFA Animation Educators Forum and its scholarship and faculty grants programs, $65,500; the Animated […]

TEASER POSTER: Wes Anderson’s “Isle Of Dogs”

Fox Searchlight has announced the release date and teaser poster for the upcoming stop motion film Isle Of Dogs, directed by Wes Anderson. Isle Of Dogs hits theaters everywhere on April 20th, 2018. Here’s the intriguing poster:

ASIFA-Hollywood and the Animation Educators Forum Announce the 2017 Student Scholarship Program

ASIFA-Hollywood and the Animation Educators Forum (AEF) are proud to announce the 2017 Student Scholarship Program. Applications are currently being accepted for academic year 2017-2018 and are available online at: http://scholarships.animationeducatorsforum.org/ through June 20. Scholarship recipients will be announced after July 15th. Proposals will be accepted for undergraduate students entering their sophomore year and above, […]

ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum Announces Winners of First Faculty Grants

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum (AEF) has awarded its first annual Faculty Grants to Owen Klatte (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Dave Mauriello (Drexel University). The competition for the Grants, designed to provide support for individuals or groups with reasonable expenditures associated with research, scholarly activity or creative projects in the field […]