Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

Annie Awards: Netflix Dominates With 50 Nominations, Including 9 for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Netflix dominated the Annie Awards nominations on Tuesday, earning 50 nods overall between its animated movies and TV shows, including nine nominations for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio — the clear frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, which the Mexican maestro co-directed with Mark Gustafson, is up for Best Feature along with two other Netflix movies — The Sea Beast and Wendell & Wild […]

Puss in Boots The Last Wish

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Director Joel Crawford on Finding the Right Tone and Cast for the Sequel, and Mixing Animation Styles

For more than two decades, DreamWorks Animation (DWA) has been at the cutting edge of computer animation while also constantly pushing the limits of storytelling in that medium. Director Joel Crawford has now been in charge of two recent DWA sequels — The Croods: A New Age in 2020, and its latest release Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, which is meow, excuse me, now playing in theaters. A sequel […]

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Academy Unveils Shortlists in 10 Oscar Categories, Including a Star-Studded Field for Best Song

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced shortlists in 10 categories for the 95th Academy Awards, including Documentary Feature Film, Documentary Short Film, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound, and Visual Effects. The Best Song category, in particular, is stacked this year, as artists who made the Academy’s shortlist include Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady […]

Apollo 10 1/2

Filmmakers Richard Linklater and Tommy Pallotta on Their Animated Netflix Movie Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood

Boyhood filmmaker Richard Linklater has previously explored the world of animation with 2001’s Waking Life and 2006’s A Scanner Darkly, based on the Philip K. Dick novel. His most recent animated effort, Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood, is another one of the Oscar-nominated filmmaker’s more personal films, similar to Boyhood. The Netflix film follows a young lad named Stan who is growing up in the Houston area in […]

Jeanette Moreno King

Animation Guild (IATSE Local 839) Elects New Executive Board

The Animation Guild (IATSE Local 839) has announced the results of the 2022 Animation Guild Officers and Executive Board election with three of five Animation Guild Officers winning re-election, including Business Representative Steve Kaplan, President Jeanette Moreno King, and Recording Secretary Paula Spence. “It is an incredible honor to be reelected as TAG’s Business Representative. The election results show the membership stands behind the work that we have put into […]

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DC League of Super-Pets Director Jared Stern on Assembling the Perfect Cast & Playing the “Do You Know” Game With His Grandma

Jared Stern began his career as a screenwriter with the Jim Carrey vehicle Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and subsequently worked on The Watch, The Internship, Dr. Ken, The Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie, and Green Eggs and Ham. After accumulating all of these credits, he made his directing debut with the 2018 live-action movie Happy Anniversary, which he also wrote and produced. Stern wears all three hats once again […]

Marcel the Shell

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On Director Dean Fleischer-Camp on His 7-Year Journey to Bring the Animated YouTube Star to Theaters

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On began life as a running joke between filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp and his then-wife, actress Jenny Slate, which they turned into an animated short film that became a major YouTube sensation back in 2010. As the title suggests, Marcel (voiced by Slate) is a shell with shoes who was left behind with his Aunt Connie (voiced by Isabella Rossellini) when his shell family left their […]

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Animation Guild Votes to Ratify New Three-Year Contract With Studios and Streamers

The Animation Guild has voted to ratify a new three-year contract with Hollywood’s studios and streamers that establishes new job tiers for animation writers. 87 percent of guild members who voted used their ballots to ratify the agreement, while 13 percent voted against ratification. It’s unclear what percentage of guild members actually voted this year, but at the very least, there were three times as many voters compared to the […]

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Animation Guild Strikes New Deal With AMPTP That Provides “Significant Gains” for Writers

The Animation Guild has tentatively reached a new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) following prolonged negotiations that prompted the guild’s first rally in decades. Announced on Friday, the deal provides “significant gains for animation writers,” including wage increases, the addition of MLK Day as a recognized holiday, and the creator of a Labor-Management Cooperative Committee that will help pave “a path forward for Union-covered remote work.” In […]

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Annie Awards: Mitchells vs. the Machines Upsets Encanto as Flee Wins Again

Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines and Neon’s animated documentary Flee won the top feature prizes at this year’s Annie Awards, where Netflix’s Arcane earned nine statues on the TV side. In addition to Best Feature, The Mitchells vs. the Machines won awards for writing, FX, character design, production design, voice acting, and editorial, indicating that the Oscar race for Best Animated Feature may be closer than most pundits think. Encanto […]