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93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on Animated Feature Film

April 14, 2021 | By
93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on Animated Feature Film

Every year, Walt Disney Studios dominates the Academy Awards in the category of Animated Feature Film. The company is expected to produce high-quality animation time and time again due to their extensive track record. Disney consistently elevates the world of animated filmmaking with fresh ideas and emotionally-driven storytelling. As Disney continues to create magic,... »

Mindshow Raises $10 Million Funding, Makes Sharon Bordas Its New President

April 9, 2021 | By
Mindshow Raises $10 Million Funding, Makes Sharon Bordas Its New President

CG animation production company Mindshow has raised an additional $10M in funding and has announced Sharon Bordas as its new President along with other new executive hires. SWaN & Legend Venture Partners leads the list of investors contributing to Mindshow’s investment in the company’s proprietary CG animation technology that merges cutting edge video game technology, visual effects and machine... »

Animation Spotlight: Aron Fromm Re-Animates Stan Lee for Sessions with Stan

March 9, 2021 | By
Animation Spotlight: Aron Fromm Re-Animates Stan Lee for <em>Sessions with Stan</em>

Here at Below the Line, we’re always looking to shine the spotlight on bright new talent, so when we were told about Aron Fromm’s animated short, Sessions with Stan, which literally takes a recording of the late Stan Lee and animates it quite vibrantly using 2D animation, we knew that we should speak with Fromm.... »

Nominations for the 48th Annual Annie Awards Have Been Announced

March 3, 2021 | By
Nominations for the 48th Annual Annie Awards Have Been Announced

The nominations for the 48th Annual Annie Awards, held by ASIFA-Hollyood and partially sponsored by the Animation Guild (IATSE Local 839), have been announced, honoring the best in animation for 2020, This year’s Annie Awards will be held virtually on April 16 at 6pm PST, and you can get more information about the ceremony here. The nominations were... »

Animated Short Spotlight: If Anything Happens I Love You Explores Grief in a Beautiful Way

February 2, 2021 | By
Animated Short Spotlight: <em>If Anything Happens I Love You</em> Explores Grief in a Beautiful Way

For our next to last Animated Short Spotlight, we’re back at Netflix for If Anything Happens I Love You, an incredibly powerful and moving film by Will McCormack and Michael Govier, possibly the unlikeliest pair of collaborators you’re likely to meet when it comes to the world of animation. Granted, McCormack had worked with... »

Animated Short Spotlight: Taylor Meacham on the Magical World of To: Gerard

January 27, 2021 | By
Animated Short Spotlight: Taylor Meacham on the Magical World of <em>To: Gerard</em>

The third in our series of spotlight on some of last year’ Animated Shorts that should be watched before Oscars and Annie Awards nominations is Taylor Meacham’s To: Gerard, a gorgeously emotional wordless film made with DreamWorks Animation that can now be seen for free on the Comcast streamer Peacock. The Gerard of the... »

Animated Short Spotlight: The Powerful Message Within Cops and Robbers

January 22, 2021 | By
Animated Short Spotlight: The Powerful Message Within <em>Cops and Robbers</em>

This is the second installment of Below the Line’s look at some of the animated shorts in play for this year’s animation and Academy Awards, the second short being Netflix’s Cops and Robbers, co-directed by Arnon Manor and Timothy Ware-Hill, produced by Lawrence Bender and exec. produced by Jada Pinkett Smith. It’s based on... »

Animated Short Spotlight: Frank E. Abney III on Canvas and Soul

January 18, 2021 | By
Animated Short Spotlight: Frank E. Abney III on <em>Canvas</em> and <em>Soul</em>

With the Oscars drawing ever closer – despite being later than ever – we’re going to try to cover a lot of the artisans and crafts in the mix. One thing we haven’t been covering nearly as much in recent months is animation, so in order to rectify that, this will begin our series... »

The Myriad Animation Styles Within Wolfwalkers

January 8, 2021 | By
The Myriad Animation Styles Within <em>Wolfwalkers</em>

Wolfwalkers is the latest animated film from Directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. The animated movie follows Robyn (voiced by: Honor Kneafsey) as she and her father are charged to eliminate the last wolf pack in Ireland. An unexpected encounter with a wild girl Mebh (voiced by: Eva Whittaker) that changes into a wolf... »

The Filmmakers Behind DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age

November 25, 2020 | By
The Filmmakers Behind DreamWorks Animation’s <em>The Croods: A New Age</em>

Things have been relatively quiet for DreamWorks Animation (DWA) in recent years, as it adapted to its post-Jeffrey Katzenberg status under new owner Universal Pictures. Last year, it released the conclusion of its popular trilogy, How to Train Your Dragon: The New World, which became a decent global hit, though its follow-up Abominable –... »