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Character Designer Araki Passes Away

Veteran Japanese animation director and character designer Shingo Araki passed away on December 1 at age 72. Araki was best known for his work on Toei’s adaptations of Go Nagai’s ... Continue Reading →
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10 Titles Up for Best Feature Annie Award

The nominations for the 39th Annual Annie Awards were unveiled this morning. Thanks to the healthy number of animated features released in 2011, ASIFA members will vote on ten titles ... Continue Reading →
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‘Chico and Rita’ Wins Best Euro Animated Film Prize

As we’re waiting to hear about Annie Award nominations on Monday (Dec. 4), we can update you on some of the recent animation noms and wins that happened over the past few days. Over ... Continue Reading →
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‘Puss in Boots’ Has Many Lives Overseas

While Twilight Breaking Dawn, The Muppet Movie, Hugo and Arthur Christmas and Happy Feet Two were entertaining movie audiences in the U.S., Paramount/DreamWorks’ feisty feline ... Continue Reading →
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‘Robot Chicken’ Duo Opens New Toon Shop

Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, creators and exec producers of Adult Swim’s popular Robot Chicken series, have launched their own stop-motion animation studio with Buddy System’s ... Continue Reading →
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Blueprint and DDA Form New PR Powerhouse

U.K.-based specialty public relations company Blueprint P.R. has joined forces with U.S. outfit DDA to form a new stand-alone venture. The new company, which is called DDA Blueprint ... Continue Reading →
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French TV Animator Bruno Bianchi Passes Away

We were saddened to receive the news of the death of leading French TV animator Bruno Bianchi this morning at the age of 56. Bianchi, who helped create the popular Inspector Gadget ... Continue Reading →
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10 Animated Shorts Move Ahead in Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards. Forty-four projects had ... Continue Reading →
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Big Innovation from Little Packages

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a chat I had with Brendan Fraser regarding the fine art of acting on a set opposite characters that aren’t really there, but will be added later through ... Continue Reading →
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Animated ‘Little Prince’ Begins Reign on Rai

Beginning on Dec. 10, viewers in Italy will be able to enjoy the new CG-animated series based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s timeless classic The Little Prince, on the Rai 2 network.  ... Continue Reading →