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Women In Animation Laraine Newman Q&A Event Feb. 28th

As part of their continuing series of Inside the Actors Studio-style interviews with notable female voice actors, Women In Animation is hosting a conversation with comedian and prolific voice actress, Laraine Newman. Hosted by Amy Ulrich, at Dreamworks Campanile Theater in Glendale the Q&A will take place Tuesday February 28, 2017 starting at 7pm.

Laraine Newman is an Emmy and Annie Award Nominated performer, best known for her work on Saturday Night Live and as one of The Coneheads. She has also written for Esquire, The Huffington Post, The Believer and McSweeneys and has worked for directors ranging from Woody Allen to Guillermo Del Toro.

TRAILER: Stoopid Buddy’s Netflix Kids Show “Buddy Thunderstruck”

Just wanted to make sure you saw the newly released trailer for Netflix’s upcoming children’s series Buddy Thunderstruck which premieres on March 10th. The show was actually created by American Greetings (The Care Bears) in collaboration with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, known for their stop-motion aesthetic on shows like Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken and Sony Crackle’s SuperMansion.

Here’s the trailer – take a peek:

ANIME VIDEO REVIEW: “Blood Blockade Battlefront”

Based on 2009 manga by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of the 90’s hit Trigun, Blood Blockade Battlefront (2015) is a supernatural adventure that takes place in what used to be New York City. A few years before the series begins, the city was engulfed in an impenetrable fog that was somehow linked to a fissure between dimensions. New York became Hellsalem’s Lot, a metropolis linked to the AlterWorld and inhabited by humans and bizarre creatures of every stripe. Many of these creatures are no more difficult to deal with than the surviving Manhattanites as they go about their business on the sidewalks and in the subways. But others—vampires, demons and monster-mobsters–pose grave threats to the other inhabitants.

Leonardo Watch (Aaron Dismuke) is an aspiring photo journalist, struggling to make his way in the big city when he attracts the attention of Libra, an organization that fights evil. Leo has an exceptional power, albeit one that came at a great price: the All-Seeing Eyes of God. As the name suggests, he can see things other mortals can’t, from the movements of the SuperSonic Monkey, which tries to steal his camera but becomes his pet, to the scarlet aura that identifies vampires.

TRAILER: “The Lego Ninjago Movie”

As long as these Lego movies are as funny as this looks – I’m cool with it. Warner Bros. dropped the first official trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie today. Directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan – and with a cast including Jackie Chan, Olivia Munn and Dave Franco – the latest Lego opus opens on September 22nd. Here’s out first extended look:

Directors Q&A: Behind the Oscar-Nominated “Borrowed Time”

Former college buddies and current Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj worked for five years, on nights and weekends, making an animated short that is completely different from anything Pixar or any other major animated studio would ever produce. And their efforts have now garnered them an Oscar nomination. Borrowed Time is a cowboy story that’s become a Hollywood story. I spoke with the filmmakers.

Jackson Murphy: Congratulations on “Borrowed Time”. How does it feel to be Oscar nominees?

Andrew Coats: It’s pretty surreal. You wait your whole life watching the Oscars and dreaming of one day being up on stage, but it never feels like it’s really really attainable. It’s hard to quantify, honestly.

Lou Hamou-Lhadj: It’s something that both Andrew and I have pushed out of our minds, in terms of it being remotely in the realm of possibilities. So hearing that news…was certainly a shock to our system. There was a lot of jumping, hugging, crying.

‘Zootopia” and ‘The Red Turtle’ Top Annie Awards; Complete List of Winners

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia took the top honor as Best Animated Feature at the 44th Annual Annie Awards, tonight at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Zootopia took home a total of six awards, also receiving an Annie trophy for Outstanding Storyboarding, Character Design, Voice Acting (Jason Bateman), Writing and Best Direction. Best Animated Feature–Independent was presented to the film, The Red Turtle (Studio Ghibli – Wild Bunch – Why Not Productions). Laika’s Kubo And The Two Strings garnered three Annies for Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation, Production Design and Editorial;

Best Animated Special Production was awarded to Pear Cider and Cigarettes; Best Animated Short Subject went to Piper (Pixar); Best Preschool TV went to Amazon’s Tumble Leaf; Best Children’s TV was awarded to Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time (Frederator); and Best Animated General Audience T went to Bob’s Burgers (Bento Box).

The complete list of winners is below.

Watch The Annie Awards Tonight – Live – HERE!

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announces the winners tonight for their 44th Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The Annies cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Feature-Independent, Special Productions, Commercials, Short Subjects, Student Films and Outstanding Individual Achievements, as well as the honorary Juried Awards. For a complete list of nominations, visit the Annie Awards website.

The live stream of the entire event – direct from Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus – can be seen here, in the embed below starting at 10pm Eastern / 7pm Pacific Time. We will print all the winners in a separate post after the ceremony ends.

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 $10,000 grant to an animator in Project Involve, Film Independent’s signature diversity mentorship program which fosters the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

(from left) Josh Welsh (President, Film Independent), Brandon Lake (recipient of inaugural Project Involve LAIKA Animation Fellowship) & Travis Knight (President & CEO, LAIKA)
Photo Credit: Eric Charbonneau

There’s One Award that Kubo Does Deserve to Win

Not withstanding Variety’s opinion that Kubo and the Two Strings is the film that justifies giving an Oscar to Laika, there’s another award that the film is nominated for that would produce a large boost for the studio in a unique way.

Very very few animated films earn a nomination for the Costume Designers Guild Awards yet Laika have landed such a nomination with Kubo. A significant reason is that Laika had an actual costume designer on board working as part of the crew.

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Disney’s “Pinocchio” Signature Collection

No less than three of this year’s Oscar- and Annie-nominated animated features boast spectacular action sequences set upon roaring oceans: Moana, The Red Turtle and Kubo and the Two Strings. Astonishing as those sequences are, a look at the Monstro sequence on the new “Signature Collection” Blu-ray still takes one’s breath away over 75 years after it was created by a (forgive the pun) “perfect storm” of pioneering artists and circumstances.

The new Pinocchio Blu-ray package contains nearly all of the bonus features included in the previous Blu-ray, plus a greater number of new items than most Disney Blu-ray reissues have included lately.

The most historically significant extra is 1927’s Poor Papa, starting Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, restored with a new musical score by Mark Watters. Animated by Ub Iwerks, this was the first Oswald cartoon produced, but was held back by distributor Charles Mintz until Trolley Troubles convinced him Oswald was a popular success.

Academy’s “Oscar Week” Celebrates Nominees For Best Animated Feature and Shorts

In the week leading up to the 89th Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film (hosted by Pixar’s Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera), and Animated and Live Action Short Film (hosted by animator (and Deadpool director) Tim Miller. All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Oscar Week schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, February 21st, 7 p.m.
Hosted by director Tim Miller
Ticket Info: Click Here

Miller received an Oscar nomination in the Animated Short Film category for Gopher Broke and most recently directed last year’s Deadpool. The program will delve into the Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories with complete screenings of all the nominated films as well as onstage panel discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).

Thursday, February 23rd, 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera
Ticket Info: Click Here

Docter and Rivera took home Animated Feature Film Oscars last year for Inside Out. Docter’s other feature credits include Up, which Rivera also produced, Monsters Inc. and Toy Story. This year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film category (schedules permitting) will talk about their creative processes and present clips illustrating their techniques.

Q & A with Patrick Osborne of Oscar and Annie Nominated Short “Pearl”

Former Disney animator Patrick Osborne won an Oscar in the Best Animated Short category for his 2014 film Feast. Now, just two years later, he’s heading back to the Academy Awards thanks to his groundbreaking Google short Pearl.

Jackson Murphy: First of all, congratulations on the Academy Award and Annie Award nominations.

Patrick Osborne: Thank you. It’s always nice to make a film, and to get something made that feels like it’s creatively what you wanted – but then to have you and the team recognized, especially with the Annies with the production design and music side of it being noticed as well, which I do like – it’s just really cool to see that happen. So I’m excited.

ANIME REVIEW: “Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom”

The broadcast series Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom (2010) is the first animated adaptation of the popular 2008 video game: Additional TV series, two features, an OAV and a manga followed.

The adventure begins in 1864, when Japan was facing an uncertain future: The failure of the Tokugawa shoguns to formulate a satisfactory response to the arrival of Admiral Perry a decade earlier revealed how ineffectual the government had become. The country was divided between the supporters of the Tokugawa and advocates of a shift to direct rule by the emperor. The resulting political debates, social unrest and civil wars would lead to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. To maintain order in Kyoto—and prop up their power–the Tokugawa organized the Shinsengumi, a corps of ronin, or masterless samurai, in 1864.

Disney Channel Announces Dates for “Tangled: The Series” and Movie “Tangled Before Ever After”

Set between the stories told in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ acclaimed film Tangled and its short film Tangled Ever After, the Disney Channel Original Movie Tangled Before Ever After makes its debut on Friday March 10th (8:00 p.m. EST) leading to the highly anticipated premiere of Tangled: The Series on Friday March 24th (7:30 p.m. EDT). Reprising their roles are Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi as Rapunzel and Eugene (formerly known as Flynn Rider), respectively.

Produced by Disney Television Animation, “Tangled: The Series” was developed by animation veterans Chris Sonnenburg (Disney’s “Enchanted”) and Shane Prigmore (“The Lego Movie”). Sonnenburg serves as executive producer and supervising director; Benjamin Balistreri (“How to Train Your Dragon”) is supervising producer; Jase Ricci (Disney XD’s “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”) is story editor; and Alan Bodner (“The Iron Giant”) is art director. Celebrated artist Claire Keane (“Frozen,” “Tangled”), who painted Rapunzel’s tower murals in the feature film, is the series’ visual development artist.

Shout! Factory Secures U.S. Rights To Suano Katabuchi’s “In This Corner Of The World”

Shout! Factory and Animatsu Entertainment (London-based producer, licensor and distributor of anime in the UK and Ireland), have entered into an exclusive film deal to distribute the new animated feature In This Corner Of The World in North America. Based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno, the film is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi.

Director Katabuchi began his career working closely with Hayao Miyazaki before directing his own animated films, including the acclaimed animated features Mai Mai Miracle and Princess Arete. Produced by GENCO and Japanese animation studio MAPPA, IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD, bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling and exquisite hand-drawn animation, is an empowering coming-of-age tale that captures the resilience and triumph of the human spirit. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Animatsu Entertainment’s Chief Operating Officer, Jerome Mazandarani.