Bill Damaschke

DreamWorks Ups Arnold, Soria; Damaschke Steps Down

DreamWorks Animation announced today that it has appointed veteran producers Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria as co-presidents of feature animation. In their new roles, Arnold and Soria ... Continue Reading →
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Cancer Claims Hungarian Animator Andras Erkel

Animator Andras Erkel, founder of Hungary-based Studio Baestarts, died Dec. 29 from brain cancer. He was 52. Erkel started his animation career in the 1980s, producing a series of claymation ... Continue Reading →
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Voice Actress Christine Cavanaugh Dies

Christine Cavanaugh, an actress who provided voices for such popular animated TV shows as Rugrats, Darkwing Duck, Aladdin, The Powerpuff Girls and Wild Kratts, died Dec. 22. She was ... Continue Reading →
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Price Was Right, and a Farewell

After 163 entries over the course of 2½ years — all culled from the thousand or so interviews stowed inside my garage — I have decided that it is time to call a wrap on Tales from ... Continue Reading →
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New Dates for ‘Angry Birds,’ ‘Alvin 4′

Looks like the studios are shuffling their lineups before taking a holiday break. The good news for fans of Angry Birds is the animated feature from game-maker Rovio and Sony has been ... Continue Reading →
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Casting for ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff, Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’

Who doesn’t love zombies and Marvel? The Hollywood trades have reported the casting of Kim Dickens as the lead actor in the upcoming spinoff of the hit series The Walking Dead. ... Continue Reading →
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‘Into the Woods’ Battles ‘Hobbit’ for Holiday B.O.

It’s going to be a musical holiday for many moviegoers as Into the Woods, a visual-effects-filled adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical arrives in theaters on Christmas Day. The ... Continue Reading →
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LAIKA Sets Its Next Feature: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

LAIKA and Focus Features announced today production on their fourth collaboration, the stop-motion animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings, which will be directed by LAIKA president ... Continue Reading →
Justin Lin

Justin Lin to Direct ‘Star Trek 3′

Justin Lin will captain Star Trek 3, replacing outgoing director J.J. Abrams, who’s moved on to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film had originally lined up Roberto Orci to ... Continue Reading →
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‘Big Hero 6′ Opens Strong in Japan

Disney’s feature-film adaptation of Marvel’s superhero property Big Hero 6 posted the studio’s second-biggest box office opening weekend of the year in Japan — second ... Continue Reading →
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‘Young Justice,’ Digital ‘Boxtrolls’ Arrive

Fans of the cult-hit superhero series Young Justice get a special last-minute holiday treat with the release of the show’s second season via made-on-demand Blu-ray. Young Justice: ... Continue Reading →
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‘Mia’ Series, New App Coming to Canada

Sardine Productions and Kutoka are set to bring edutainment software star Mia the mouse to TV with a new French-language series set to premiere Jan. 4 on ICI Radio-Canada and an accompanying ... Continue Reading →
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‘Hobbit’ Finale Slays B.O. Competition

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies demolished the competition at the box office with a $56 million weekend that brings the Wednesday-opening feature to a $91 million five-day ... Continue Reading →
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Big Bad Boo Starts on Preschool Mini ‘Lilli & Lola’

Big Bad Boo Studios has begun production on an animated preschool mini-series titled Lili & Lola. The show follows the adventures of two sisters who live in a small apartment in ... Continue Reading →
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Where High-Tech Meets High Art

Former Disney mainstay Glen Keane dives fearlessly and successfully into the mobile world with an emotional interactive ... Continue Reading →
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Oscar Watch: Best Visual Effects Contenders

The short list of visual effects films that will head to the annual bake-off won’t be known until early in December, but the race is still a hot one that’s proving more ... Continue Reading →
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Digging Into World Building

Naturalistic and convincing environments form the canvass for the subjective storytelling of The Hunger Games: ... Continue Reading →
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The Evolving Role of the CG Director of Photography

The key live-action title has gaining traction in the animation business after years of being seen as a largely live-action only task. This year the field of computer animation passed ... Continue Reading →
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The Anime Income Gap

While American animation heroes are above money problems, Japan’s struggle to scrape by in modern economy. In Frozen, Anna and Elsa lived in palaces; Gru in Despicable Me commanded ... Continue Reading →
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Ask A Baboon – Issue #246

Do The Write Thing? Talents talk writing visually, the influence of concept and character art, and how to handle experimental scenes. So you’re breaking into the cartoon-writing racket. ... Continue Reading →