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2017 Annie Awards: ‘Zootopia’ Sweeps Top Honors

The 44th Annie Awards were held Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall, toasting the best in animation with a gala ceremony complete with Red Carpet arrivals and presenters with ... Continue Reading →
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Backup Films Joins Ari Folman’s ‘Anne Frank’ Film

Paris-based financier/co-production company Backup Films has taken on historical-fiction animated feature Where Is Anne Frank from award-winning director of The Congress and Waltz with ... Continue Reading →
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John Cho and Leslie Mann to Host Academy’s Sci-Tech Awards Stars of Star Trek Beyond and The Comedian will take the stage Feb. 11 to present this year’s 18 awards to 34 individuals ... Continue Reading →
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My Funny Valentine: CN Gifts New Episodes for February

February is off to a sweet start on Cartoon Network with a slew of new episodes for fan-favorite animated series The Amazing World of Gumball (starting Feb. 6), Steven Universe (Feb. ... Continue Reading →
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CG Supe Fabio Zangla Joins Framestore

Framestore announces the appointment of award-winning CG supervisor Fabio Zangla, who will work in the company’s global Film division. Zangla will be based in London, and collaborate ... Continue Reading →
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VES 2017 Board Officers Set, Chair Mike Chambers Re-Elected

The Visual Effects Society (VES) — the industry’s global professional honorary society — announces its 2017 Board of Directors officers. The five officers, who comprise ... Continue Reading →
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Second Annual LAIKA Animation Fellowship Announced

Non-profit arts organization Film Independent (producers of the Spirit Awards and LA Film Festival) and Oscar-nominated studio LAIKA announce the second year of the LAIKA Animation ... Continue Reading →
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WB Sets Super-Heroic Lineup for Toy Fair 2017

Warner Bros. Consumer Products will unleash a DC Super Hero takeover with its roster of global licensees and partners during the Toy Fair 2017 season — including Toy Fair Nuremberg ... Continue Reading →
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Dane DeHaan Joins ‘Boxcar Children’ Voice Cast

Legacy Classics and Shout! Factory announce the casting of Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) in upcoming animated feature, The Boxcar ... Continue Reading →
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Open Road Films Picks Up ‘Arctic Justice’

Open Road Films has acquired all US rights to 3D CG family feature Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group. The pick-up was announced ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Networks to Feature Black History Month Interstitials Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior will present a series of “Be Inspired” interstitials hosted by live-action ... Continue Reading →
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Kid Genius Cartoon Channel Launches Across OTTs

Genius Brands International has boosted the reach of its Kid Genius Cartoon Channel by approximately 20 million households with this week’s launch of channel on OTT platforms including ... Continue Reading →
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VRLA Sets ‘Rick & Morty’ Co-Creator Justin Roiland as Keynote

The VRLA Expo, taking place April 14-15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will feature a Keynote Address on Saturday from Justin Roiland, co-creator of Adult Swim hit animated series ... Continue Reading →
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‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Soars with Altitude Film

Altitude Film Sales has secured international rights to the first feature film from Studio Ponoc, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, according to Variety. The 2D fantasy adaptation is directed ... Continue Reading →
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Autour de Minuit Celebrates Double César Short Nominations

Paris-based studio Autour de Minuit has the distinction being the first producer to have two of its projects nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category for the distinguished ... Continue Reading →
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Superights Feathers ‘Puffin Rock’ Sales Nest Worldwide

Superights Kids & Family Entertainment is sending the two-time Kidscreen Award-winning preschool series Puffin Rock (78 x 7). Initially commissioned by RTEJr (Ireland) and Nick ... Continue Reading →
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Animator & Filmmaker Hal Geer Dies Age 100

Hal Geer, a producer, director, writer and editor for animation known for his work on the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes franchise, died January 26 in Simi Valley, California. He was 100 ... Continue Reading →
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Activision Blizzard Announces Consumer Products Dept., ‘Skylanders’ S3

Activision Blizzard has launched a new consumer products division with the aim of supporting its global growth strategy by creating new avenues for fan engagement with its game franchises ... Continue Reading →
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Exclusive Clip: Tour Branch’s Bunker in ‘Trolls’ out Feb. 7

DreamWorks Animation’s feel-good CG animated hit Trolls is coming home on Blu-ray and DVD on February 7 (and is available now on Digital HD) through 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. ... Continue Reading →
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’Stranger Things’ Star Matthew Modine Joins Animated Film ‘My Love Affair with Marriage’ Recent SAG Awards nominee (and no stranger to voice acting for animation) signs on to ... Continue Reading →