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The Accidental Turitz: For Disney, Sending Pixar’s Turning Red to Streaming Is All About Green

January 19, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: For Disney, Sending Pixar’s <i>Turning Red</i> to Streaming Is All About Green

About a week and a half ago, Disney announced that it would be relegating yet another Pixar movie to its streaming platform. Turning Red was supposed to be the first theatrical Pixar flick since … um … wait, I know this one. Soul? No. Luca? No. Onward! Right, it was Onward, in March of 2020.... »

Oscars Shortlists: Academy Unveils Contenders in 10 Categories Including Score, Sound and VFX

December 21, 2021 | By
Oscars Shortlists: Academy Unveils Contenders in 10 Categories Including Score, Sound and VFX

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its shortlists in 10 awards categories on Tuesday, including potential nominees in crafts categories such as Sound, Visual Effects, and Makeup and Hairstyling. The Academy also whittled down the list of contenders in the Documentary Feature and International Feature categories, as well as all three... »

Annie Awards Nominations: Raya and the Last Dragon and Arcane Lead the Field

December 21, 2021 | By
Annie Awards Nominations: <i>Raya and the Last Dragon</i> and <i>Arcane</i> Lead the Field

The nominees for the 49th Annie Awards were unveiled on Tuesday, with Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon leading the pack with 10 nominations, though it was Netflix that dominated the lineup with 52 nominations overall (compared to 29 for Disney). The Netflix series Arcane, which is based on Riot Games’ online multiplayer game... »

Sing 2 Director Garth Jennings on Rerecording Bono’s Iconic Vocals

December 20, 2021 | By
<em>Sing 2</em> Director Garth Jennings on Rerecording Bono’s Iconic Vocals

One of the big movies hitting theaters this holiday season is Sing 2, the animated sequel to the Illumination Entertainment movie Sing, which ruled at the box office over the holidays in 2016. The film’s director, Garth Jennings, came from the world of music videos (as one half of the duo Hammer and Tongs)... »

Over the Weekend 12/06/21: Animation Guild Ends Contract Talks until ’22, New York Film Critics Vote, and More News

December 6, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 12/06/21: Animation Guild Ends Contract Talks until ’22, New York Film Critics Vote, and More News

You’re going to hear this a lot over the next month, but we’ve reached the holiday portion of the year where things inevitably slow down in Hollywood. This year will likely see more of that than last year when people were still trying to catch up on production due to COVID shutdowns earlier in... »

Flee: Filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen Mixes Documentary with Animation to Tell a Moving True Story

December 3, 2021 | By
<em>Flee</em>: Filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen Mixes Documentary with Animation to Tell a Moving True Story

When Danish filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s film Flee was listed as one of the films selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 2020 (which ended up being cancelled), very few were paying attention to it, and when it finally premiered at Sundance earlier this year, it probably also didn’t have quite the expectations of... »

Encanto Co-Director Charise Castro Smith on Diving Head First Into Animation

December 1, 2021 | By
<em>Encanto</em> Co-Director Charise Castro Smith on Diving Head First Into Animation

Charise Castro Smith started her career as an actress and playwright at the prestigious Yale School of Drama. After several years putting on plays and acting in bit parts on TV, since 2015 she has transitioned to writing for episodic television including Devious Maids, The Exorcist, Sweetbitter, and The Haunting of Hill House. Now... »

Review: Sing 2 Can’t Provide a Good Encore to the Original

December 1, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Sing 2</em> Can’t Provide a Good Encore to the Original

One of the 2016’s most pleasant and unexpected surprised was Illumination Studios’ Sing, the beautifully animated cartoon about a gaggle of wannabe singer animals overcoming their various impediments to become amateur stage singers. The success of the first led to the nearly assured (and highly-desired) existence of the next, but success is a fleeting... »

Animation Spotlight: The Summit of the Gods Director Patrick Imbert

November 29, 2021 | By
Animation Spotlight: <em>The Summit of the Gods</em> Director Patrick Imbert

While the United States has more than its fair share of animation studios making big-budget CG feature films, France has long had a rich history for animation that’s often as much or more about the art as it is about the commerce. Patrick Imbert’s The Summit of the Gods is one of those great... »

Review: Encanto Charms and Enchants through Disney’s Usual Magic

November 15, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Encanto</em> Charms and Enchants through Disney’s Usual Magic

The busy sound I heard right before the credits roll for Disney’s upcoming magical film Encanto was not only the voice of Colombian singing legend Carlos Vives, intoning the movie’s surefire Oscar contender, “Colombia, Mi Encanto.” The clackity-clack was actually the busy feet of scurrying film critics rushing out to figure out what “Encanto”... »