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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”... »

Animation Spotlight: Ron’s Gone Wrong Director Sarah Smith on Helping to Create a UK Animation Scene

October 22, 2021 | By
Animation Spotlight: <em>Ron’s Gone Wrong</em> Director Sarah Smith on Helping to Create a UK Animation Scene

If you were to see 20th Century Studios’ new animated film, Ron’s Gone Wrong, you’re not likely to realize that it was written and directed by two Brits with Sarah Smith and her co-writer, Peter Baynham coming over from Aardman Studios’ holiday animated film Arthur Christmas, released by Sony Pictures about ten years ago.... »

Hero4Hire Creative Taps Abby Duel as Associate Creative Director

October 20, 2021 | By
Hero4Hire Creative Taps Abby Duel as Associate Creative Director

Emmy-nominated studio Hero4Hire Creative has tapped Abby Duel as Associate Creative Director. The multitalented artist specializes in 2D animation. Her diverse skill set is perfect for H4H’s wide-spanning clientele. She is proficient in Adobe Animate and Toon Boom and has worked on projects with studios all across North America including Titmouse, MAKE Visual, Copernicus,... »

Hero4Hire Appoints Jordan Beck as Head of Development

September 13, 2021 | By
Hero4Hire Appoints Jordan Beck as Head of Development

Emmy-nominated studio Hero4Hire Creative has tapped Jordan Beck as Head of Development. The film and animation maven will oversee the launch of original IP and creative projects from the Massachusetts-based shop. An award-winning filmmaker, performer, and creative executive with 15 years in the entertainment industry, Beck applies his lauded production and start-up business development... »

Space Jam: A New Legacy Co-Animation Director Devin Crane on Animating the Hybrid Film

August 4, 2021 | By
<em>Space Jam: A New Legacy</em> Co-Animation Director Devin Crane on Animating the Hybrid Film

From Warner Brothers and director Malcolm D. Lee comes Space Jam: A New Legacy, the highly anticipated follow up to the 1996 smash hit Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan. In the sequel, NBA superstar LeBron James is conflicted with his youngest son Dom James (Cedric Joe) for his passion for video games over basketball.... »

Animation Showcase: Kevin Nolting Talks about Pixar Short 22 vs. the Earth

April 27, 2021 | By
Animation Showcase: Kevin Nolting Talks about Pixar Short <em>22 vs. the Earth</em>

These days, it’s pretty difficult for anyone to get anything out to the general public in secret, because there are so many people involved in every aspect of production that something eventually leaks. That’s not the case with 22 vs. The Earth, a Pixar Animation short that ties into and acts as a pseudo-prequel... »

Below the Line’s 93rd Academy Awards Preview and Predictions – Part 2

April 20, 2021 | By
Below the Line’s 93rd Academy Awards Preview and Predictions – Part 2

Hopefully, you’ve already read Part 1, which includes most of the below-the-line crafts, but now, we’ll get to some of the other categories we haven’t covered yet, which are mostly above the line but also includes a few odds and ends that we just didn’t get to. The short film categories tend to be... »

Below the Line’s 93rd Academy Awards Preview Part 1

April 19, 2021 | By
Below the Line’s 93rd Academy Awards Preview Part 1

The 93rd Academy Awards are now less than a week away, taking place on Sunday, April 25. Depending on when you’re reading this, your Oscar ballot may have already been turned in before the April 20 deadline. Or maybe you’re not an Academy member quite yet but, as a member of the film (or... »