INTERVIEW: The Unique Nature Of “Thelma The Unicorn”
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by Jackson Murphy
3d ago
Starting this Friday May 17th on Netflix, the whole family can enjoy the new animated music comedy feature Thelma the Unicorn, based on the books by The Bad Guys author Aaron Blabey. Here’s my Animation Scoop Q&A with directors Jared Hess and Lynn Wang. (This interview was edited for length and clarity.) Jackson Murphy: Congratulations on this. And Jared, congratulations on “Ninety-Five Senses”, the excellent, Oscar nominated short from this year. When it comes to that and this, and you worked on the “Napoleon Dynamite” animated TV series as well, how has animation inspired you throughout ..read more
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Viva Pictures Acquires “Scarygirl” Ahead Of Cannes Festival
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by Lauren Ashton
3d ago
Viva Pictures is pleased to share its recent acquisition of “Scarygirl”, a feature-length animated film inspired by the popular graphic novels and merchandise. Boasting a unique style and captivating storytelling, the film is a “coming-of-age” project that aims to appeal to family audiences. A collaborative co-production between Like A Photon Creative and Highly Spirited, the feature is executive produced by Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson.   “I loved Nathan Jurevicius’ Scarygirl” John Stevenson said.  “It is a bold and totally original invention… conceived in Nathan’s u ..read more
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INTERVIEW: The Editing And Cinematography Of “Inside Out 2”
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by Jackson Murphy
3d ago
While visiting Pixar in March, I got to see the first half-hour of Inside Out 2 — opening in theaters one month from today, June 14th. For this Animation Scoop Q&A, here are my conversations with editor Maurissa Horwtiz and DP, Camera Adam Habib. (These interviews were combined and edited for length and clarity.) Jackson Murphy: Maurissa, what’s interesting about the 30 minutes of footage I’ve seen is the back and forth movement — from Riley to inside the mind and having these new characters. How much of a challenge was putting all that together? Maurissa Horwitz: Definitely balancing the ..read more
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Apple TV+ Announces First Installment Of “WondLa” Adventure Trilogy
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by Lauren Ashton
2w ago
This week, Apple TV+ announced the upcoming premiere of WondLa from Skydance Animation.  This highly-anticipated project is based on the New York Times bestselling book series “The Search for Wondla” by Tony DiTerlizzi. Bobs Gannaway serves as the showrunner and executive producer, and the cast features an amazing voice cast for the seven-episode season. It will premiere worldwide on Friday, June 28th on Apple TV+.   WondLa follows the story of Eva (Jeanine Mason): a curious and passionate teen from a state-of-the-art underground bunker facility. She is being raised by Murthr ..read more
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Warner Bros. Discovery and Weigel Broadcasting to Launch “MeTV TOONS”
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by Jerry Beck
2w ago
Weigel Broadcasting Co. announced the launch of an all-new national television network, MeTV TOONS, dedicated exclusively to the very best of classic animation, from Hollywood-era shorts to made-for-television favorites. In this new collaboration between Warner Bros. Discovery and Weigel – the company behind the top rated MeTV Network – MeTV Toons will welcome dozens of the world’s most loved classic cartoons to this new destination, hearkening back to the glory days of cartoons on TV with familiar friends including Warner Bros.’ most famous animated characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Scooby ..read more
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New Trailer For “Jurassic World: Chaos Theory”
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by Lauren Ashton
2w ago
Today, Netflix released a new trailer for Jurassic World: Chaos Theory. Featuring the voice talents of Paul-Mikel Williams as “Darius,” Sean Giambrone as “Ben,” Darren Barnet as “Kenji,” Raini Rodriguez as “Sammy,” and Kausar Mohammed as “Yasmina,  the project’s executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow, and Frank Marshall. Scott Kreamer and Aaron Hammersley serve as Executive Producers and show-runners, and Zesung Kang is the Supervising Producer. Six years after the events at Camp Cretaceous, “The Nublar Six” are trying to navigate their new surroundings off of the i ..read more
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INTERVIEW: Strap In For “Mars Express”
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by Jackson Murphy
2w ago
GKIDS is releasing a new adult, sci-fi animated action drama in theaters nationwide beginning this Thursday May 2nd. Mars Express, from co-writer and director Jérémie Périn, is about a detective agency duo (one human, the other android) on the red planet during a dangerous time in the year 2200. What will they uncover? Here’s what moviegoers can expect from this 2023 Annecy selection and 2024 Cesar Awards nominee. (This interview with Périn was conducted as an Email Q&A and was edited for length and clarity.) Jackson Murphy: How did you organize how this incredibly detailed futuristic soc ..read more
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Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Disney Branded Television and 20th Century Fox Have Their 2024 Annecy Lineup
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by Lauren Ashton
2w ago
  PARIS, France ­– Each year, the Annecy Internation Animated Film Festival features brilliant animated projects that enchant audiences around the world. The festival is known for hosting incredible emerging talent and trends in the field of animation, and this year will be no different as Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and Disney Branded Television will release an exclusive selection of new work that will continue the company’s tradition of imaginative family entertainment. Walt Disney Animation Studio has been a participant of the Annecy Festival since it ..read more
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New Animation Non-Profit NOW WHAT!? Aims To Demystify Politics For Young Voters Through Cartoons- Fundraiser On May 17th
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by Lauren Ashton
3w ago
Los Angeles, CA, April 25th-  NOW WHAT!? is a new non-profit animation initiative that intends to use the power of cartoons to illuminate politics and policies for younger voters. Because animation is a wonderful medium of expression and connection through imagery and comedic storytelling, the initiative hopes to demystify political ideas through effective communication.     The first fundraiser for the non-profit will take place on Friday, May 17th at Titmouse in Los Angeles. The event will provide the opportunity to meet artists and creatives in the animation industry as wel ..read more
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DreamWorks Animation Will Release An Exclusive Preview Of “The Wild Robot” At The Annecy On June 11th, 2024
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by Lauren Ashton
3w ago
Glendale, CA- This week, DreamWork Animation announced that never-before-seen footage from their upcoming feature, The Wild Robot, will be shown at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival ahead of the studio’s 30th anniversary. From three-time Academy Award® nominee Chris Sanders and featuring Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o, the film is a beautiful adaptation based on the celebrated #1 New York Times bestselling novel by Peter Brown.   The Wild Robot is an adventure whose central character is a robot: ROZZUM unit 7134, called “Roz” for short. Roz is stranded on an uni ..read more
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