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    The Annecy International Animated Film Festival (June 11-16) has revealed that its Friday will be turned over to honoring the animation powerhouse Pixar, with the French premiere of Incredibles 2, and Honorary Cristal to director Brad Bird, and more surprises. Brad Bird will be this year’s recipient of Annecy’s annual Honorary Cristal in recognition of […]

    The post Annecy Announces French Premiere of ‘Incredibles 2,’ Cristal for Brad Bird appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Porco Rosso’ Soars to US Theaters The 1992 Studio Ghibli adventure about a world-weary flying ace turned bounty hunter magically transformed into a pig will get its first nationwide theatrical release as part of GKIDS Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2018. The English dub featured the voice talents of Michael Keaton, Cary Elwes and […]

    The post Daily News Bytes: ‘Porco Rosso’ Lands at Ghibli Fest, ‘Daphne & Velma’ Trailer, Design a SIGGRAPH Asia Mascot & More! appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    11-Year-Old Animation Prodigy Wins Award for Short Film With just a year of toon schooling, Robbie Macartney has achieved his youthful ambition to create his own animated short: The Water Bottle’s Adventure. The gifted kid completed the environmentalism-themed film at SheepDog Animation in Waterloo, ON, and recently won a gold medal from the International Children’s […]

    The post Daily News Bytes: @SpongeBob appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    French Animation Industry Dismayed by Proposed Broadcasting Reforms Just in time for the region-leading Annecy animation fest comes a proposal to shut down France 4, the country’s only free-to-air kids channel, and cut 250 to 500 million euros (~$295-590M) from the budget by 2022 to “improve the quality” of national broadcasting services. “The backbone of […]

    The post Daily News Bytes: ‘Moss’ Grows on Rift & Vive, ‘Incredible’ Comicky Posters, ‘Kinmoza!’s UK Roots and More! appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    GKIDS has announced the date for this year’s Animation Is Film festival in Los Angeles. The second annual event will take place Oct. 19 thru 21st at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. The popular event will showcase a top-notch collection of the latest feature films from around the globe, special presentations, retrospectives, and […]

    The post GKIDS’ Animation Is Film Festival Sets Dates for 2018 appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    As of Sunday morning, Disney/Pixar’s phenomenal movie The Incredibles 2 was on its way to bring in a grand total of $180 million at the box office. Brad Bird’s much anticipated sequel to the 2004 movie easily beats the record for best opening of an animated movie, which was held by Finding Dory ($135 million) […]

    The post ‘The Incredibles 2′ Smashes Records With $180 Mil Opening Weekend appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    Popular music producer and DJ Marshmello is taking a quack at a new animated frontier with Uncle Scrooge, Donald and the rest of the gang from Disney Channel’s popular DuckTales. The new animation/live-action mix music video “Fly” is set to debut this Saturday (June 23)  during the airing of Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles (6 to 8 […]

    The post Marshmello Spreads Wings with ‘DuckTales’ in MusicVid appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced the film industry individuals who have been invited by one or more branches to join in 2018. The list comes to 928 new members from 59 countries; including over 100 in the Short Film & Feature Animation branch and 50-plus in Visual Effects. Some notable […]

    The post Academy Invites 928 New Members for 2018 appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    Over the weekend, Universal’s VFX-laden spectacle Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Disney-Pixar’s Incredibles 2 hung on to the top box office spots, with the CG sequel finishing in second place but on track to take over the title of top-grossing animated film of all time. Brad Bird’s superhero toon has been taking box office records […]

    The post ‘Incredibles 2’ On Track to Be All-Time Top Toon at Box Office appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    ***This review originally appeared in the June/July ‘18 issue of Animation Magazine*** My Hero Academia: Season Two, Part One Funimation $84.98; 4 discs DVD and Blu-ray; Deluxe edition with art book, two pennants, 10 trading cards, headband One of the big hits of the last few years, the broadcast series My Hero Academia (2016) blends […]

    The post ‘My Hero Academia’ Now Enrolling Young Superheroes! appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    Paramount Pictures has fired first-time director Dylan Brown from upcoming animated feature Amusement Park after investigating complaints of “inappropriate and unwanted conduct.” Announced Tuesday, the axe reportedly dropped a week and a half ago as the result of complaints by multiple women. THR broke the news. A statement from a Paramount spokesman said: “We are […]

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    Viewers got an informative first-look at the highly anticipated Disney-Pixar sequel Incredibles 2 during the NBC Olympics coverage on Wednesday night. The spot shows how Bob (a.k.a. Mr. Incredible) struggles to be a super parent while Elastigirl is called upon to save the day — something made even more tricky by the unpredictable emergence of […]

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    William “Bud” Luckey, a multitalented artist and performer who touched many facets of animation, has died at age 83. Among his many credits, Luckey earned an Annie Award and an Academy Award nomination for the Pixar short Boundin’, which he wrote and directed as well as composing the music and performing as the solo singer/narrator. […]

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    ***These reviews were written for the August‘18 issue of Animation Magazine (#282)*** The onslaught of San Diego Comic-Con announcements got us (and our shopping list) in an extra-geeky mood. Although, don’t ask how this is different from every other month… USEFUL STUFF The world has gone digital, and while we’d all like to spend our […]

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    The super smash-hit Incredibles 2 — sequel to the 2004 Oscar winner The Incredibles and once again directed by Brad Bird — comes home on Digital HD / 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on October 23, followed by Blu-ray 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on November 6. And of course, it comes powered-up […]

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    ***This article originally appeared in the December ‘18 issue of Animation Magazine (No. 285)*** Those seeking relief from the loud, predictable world of some of the season’s big CG-animated studio movies would be wise to seek out the wonderful new Brazilian movie Tito and the Birds. Directed by Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar and André Catoto, […]

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    Animation fans know Teddy Newton for his fantastic character design work on movies such as Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, Smallfoot and his Oscar-nominated 2010 short Day and Night. The talented Pixar alum is now directing a new feature called Sneaks, for Columbus, Ohio-based Lengi Studio. The pic, which is produced by […]

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    The much-anticipated new Google Spotlight Stories project making a big splash on the VR and animation scene is available to view online today. Anyone who’s been aboard a sailboat on the open ocean knows the distinctive sound of sailcloth flapping in the wind, and the rolling motion of a craft riding the waves. Movie magicians […]

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    ***This article was written for the February ‘19 issue of Animation Magazine (No. 287)*** If you’re going to launch an animated series trilogy, it helps when the first chapter of the franchise becomes a global hit, winning several Emmy and Annie Awards along the way. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if the show is created […]

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    Walt Disney World has announced that the new nighttime show Wonderful World of Animation will be lighting up the skies over Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting May 1. The spectacle will play out above the soon to be opened new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction. First announced by Parks Chairman Bob Chapek during D23’s Destination […]