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Film Independent Announces a Second Year of The LAIKA Animation Fellowship in Project Involve

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival, and acclaimed animation studio LAIKA (whose most recent film is Kubo and the Two Strings, nominated for two Academy Awards), have announced a second year of the LAIKA Animation Fellowship in Project Involve. The LAIKA Animation Fellowship provides a […]

Asifa Hollywood & Animation Educators Forum Accepting Applications for 2017 Faculty Grants

ASIFA-Hollywood and the Animation Educators Forum (AEF) announce they are accepting applications for the 2017 Faculty Grant program. The Faculty Grant program is designed to provide support for individuals or groups with reasonable expenditures associated with research, scholarly activity or creative projects in the field of animation. Deadline to apply is Monday, February 6 at […]

PGA Nominates Producers of Disney Trio, Kubo and Pets

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture nominations for the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards. In the category of Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: · Finding Dory – Producer: Lindsey Collins · Kubo and the Two Strings – Producers: […]

“Lion King” and “Roger Rabbit” Added To National Film Registry

Twenty five new additions to the National Film Registry were announced this past week by The Library of Congress. Among the 2016 honorees are two now-classic Disney features that helped bring about the animation renaissance of the 1990s: The Lion King and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, […]

Mike Judge Receives WGAW’S 2016 Animation Writers Caucus Award

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the craft of animation writing, as well as his role in helping organize animation writers within the entertainment industry, King of the Hill and Silicon Valley Co-Creator Mike Judge has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West Animation Writers Caucus’ 2016 Animation Writing Award […]

Animator Eric Fredrickson (1962-2016)

Sad news has reached us via colleague Kara Vallow – animator Eric Fredrickson, age 54, passed away suddenly at his home in Los Angeles, California on the weekend of November 27th, 2016. Born May 22, 1962, the Canadian born thoroughly enjoyed a lengthy career in animation. Eric worked as a storyboard artist on many TV […]

Back by Popular Demand, “LAIKA Experience” Returns to Universal Studios Hollywood

Good news – you have a second chance to see this amazing stop-motion animation exhibit. By overwhelming popular demand, LAIKA Studios will present a return holiday engagement of “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience” from December 21, 2016 to January 15, 2017 at Universal Studios Hollywood. This special event will take place within […]

Inkwell Images Revives “Toby The Pup” on Blu-Ray and DVD

Michigan-based video distributor Inkwell Images has just released, this week, a set of previously lost Toby The Pup cartoons on DVD and blu-ray. This series of forgotten cartoon shorts – created by famed Disney/Fleischer animator Dick Huemer and produced by Charles Mintz – lasted one season in 1930-31 with twelve cartoons in theatrical release through […]

2016 Annie Award Nominations: Dory, Kubo, Moana, Panda and Zootopia Take Top Honors

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 44th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. For a complete list of nominations, please visit The Annie Awards website. This year’s Best Animated Feature nominations include: Finding Dory (Pixar Animation Studios), Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika), Kung […]

R.I.P. “Yellow Submarine” Producer Al Brodax (1926-2016)

Longtime King Features animation producer Al Brodax passed away Thanksgiving evening. The news was announced on Facebook by Beatle cartoon historian (and Brodax friend) Mitchell Axelrod this evening. While his best known screen credit may be as producer (and co-writer) of the ground breaking 1968 animated feature, Yellow Submarine, Brodax had a vast career in […]

Academy Awards Best Animated Short – Short List

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards. Sixty-nine pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: Blind Vaysha Theodore Ushev, director (National […]

TRAILER: Sony’s “Smurfs: The Lost Village”

Forget those other Smurfs movies – Here comes the real deal. In this fully animated (translation: NO live action), all-new take, Sony Pictures Animation Smurfs: The Lost Village solves some of the biggest secrets in Smurfs history: Where are the rest of the Smurfs? And why is there only one Smurfette? And it looks pretty […]

Google Spotlight Stories and Nexus Studios Release New VR Short “Rain Or Shine”

Google Spotlight Stories and Nexus Studios announced the debut today of their new 360, interactive story, Rain or Shine. directed by animator Felix Massie. Massie is an award winning animation director and published children’s book author based at the Nexus Studios in London. The film is now available on YouTube 360, as well as on […]

Tonko House and 20th Century Fox Animation Developing “Dam Keeper” Feature

Tonko House and 20th Century Fox Animation announced today that they are partnering to develop a feature film based on The Dam Keeper, the 2015 Academy Award-nominated animated short written and directed by Tonko House founders Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi. Kondo and Tsutsumi, former art directors at Pixar (Toy Story 3, Monster’s University, […]

The 27 Animated Features Submitted For the 2016 Oscar Race

A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “The Angry Birds Movie” “April and the Extraordinary World” “Bilal” “Finding Dory” “Ice Age: Collision Course” “Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV” “Kubo and the Two Strings” “Kung Fu […]