The 2017 Animation Effects Awards Festival (AEAF) was held on August 16 in Sydney with an entire day dedicated to speakers of top visual effects and the animation industry hailing from Animal Logic, MPC, Weta Digital, ILM, Iloura, The Sequence Group, Buck and Rotor Studios capped by the evening’s Awards Night networking event, screening and ceremony. Now in its 18th year, the AEAF received more feature films VFX category entries than ever before ultimately giving away the Gold Award to Weta for War for the Planet of the Apes, Silver to MPC and again Weta for The Jungle Book and Bronze to ILM for Kong: Skull Island. In another section of the animation/VFX artistic spectrum, this year, the TV Series children category was dominated by toon contenders with Sticky Pictures annexing the Go
Animated series, Marvel’s Spider-Man made its debut via a special one-hour episode on Disney XD on August 19. The upcoming series of the wall-crawling, web-slinging wonder man will feature Cameron Boyce, known for portraying the character of Carlos in Disney’s Descendants franchise and Conor on Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything. In one of the episodes titled Osborn Academy, Boyce will be lending his voice to the character named Herman Shultz. Herman is described as a driven young scientist who, along with his best friend Clayton Cloe, is an expert in the creation of wearable technology and the inventor of gauntlets that can control vibrations. Longtime comic book fans will recognize the character via his alter ego, Shocker. Osborn Academy will make its debut on August 26. In
Not yet done with its expansion all over the world, the Russian CG sleeper hit Masha and the Bear is already enjoying airtime on Corus Entertainment’s pre-school network Treehouse (Canada) while Turner is airing the first two seasons in Latin America via Cartoon Network. The episodes comprising season 3 has also been ordered. INK Group also signed deals with RAI and De Agostini in Italy for the 3rd season as well as the 2D animated spin-off series Masha’s Spooky Stories. In France, Spooky Stories has been picked up by Canal Plus while France TV ordered season 3 of the main series. Puls TV in Poland also opted for Spooky Stories. And Clan TV in Spain has started airing seasons 1 and 2 this summer. Season 3 sales have been secured with other major European channels, to be announced late
Punkrobot Animation Studio in Santiago, Chile, the shop behind Oscar-winning animated short Bear Story, will present the pilot of a new short-form series called Guitar & Drum at the MIP Junior and MIPCOM markets, it is reported. Guitar & Drum (40 x 5 min.) centers on the titular characters and their other anthropomorphic instrument friends. Punkrobot partners Maria Elisa Soto-Aguilar and Antonia Herrera will direct the series that has secured financing for a first season. Studio CEO Patricio Escala, who is also president of Chile’s national animation lobby Animachi (www.animachi.cl), has said that the show’s core aim is to show children that all features making us different and special persons are able to make up a big team, an orchestra if we join together to create a great
With the August 25 release of the trailer of Leap!, the Weinstein Company will be inaugurating a new animated features label called Mizchief. The new branch of the Weinstein Company will also serve as a nesting ground for future animated productions, according to the company’s co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. “I named the label Mizchief because that’s how my son pronounces mischief,” Weinstein explained. “Animation is a playful new direction for us and I’m thrilled to expand the TWC repertoire into a whole new category of films for our kids to enjoy and for us to enjoy with them. All of these films will share incredible stories that most importantly both inspire and entertain our kids,” he added. Leap! is set close to the turn of the 20th century in Paris where a young orphan girl uses
For its 22nd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony to take place on January 27, 2018, the Art Directors Guild (ADG) has introduced a new category to recognize animated filmmaking. The accompanying theme of this year’s ceremony will also be animation-related namely “Production Design in Animation: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination.” “It is our intention to honor and celebrate great Production Design achievements in the remarkable and evolving art form of animation through this new award,” ADG event co-producer Thomas A. Walsh said in a statement. “By separating feature animation into its own constituent category, we wish to pay tribute to these creative works in a manner equivalent to all our other feature design categories,” he added. The ADG had earlier recognized f
DreamWorks and Netflix have recently released another teaser video of the latest season of Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh. This time around they have done it in the form of a music video. And it is not just another cartoon music video, it features the voice of iconic pop diva Cher, who lends her voice to the Boov diva named Chercophinie. The song in the music video is titled Ooga Boo, and is exactly the kind of catchy music that one would expect from Cher. It’s also the kind of catchy music that will encourage viewers to abuse YouTube’s ‘replay’ button. It is hoped that YouTube will not limit people’s ability to re-watch a video for, say, a hundred or so times in a single day.
Disney XD has recently released a very short teaser clip of its upcoming animated series adaptation of the Big Hero 6 film that is based on a Marvel comic book property on YouTube. Though the clip is only 14 seconds long, but it shows enough to give viewers an idea of the animation style (and quality) that they can expect from the series when it releases on Disney XD this November. Big Hero 6 is set after the events of the film with the fourteen year old tech genius Hiro now facing the challenges of school life at the prestigious San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. What makes school life even more challenging is that outside the school, things tend to get dangerous and it is up to Hiro, his trusted companion Baymax and loyal friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Fred, and Go Go to face a ...
The first-ever European Animation Awards (EAA), that is to take place in Lille, France on December 8 has opened its call for entries. The awards, which are called the Emiles, launched its call with the animated version of Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells director Tomm Moore explaining the concept: Moore animated the piece himself along with Fabian Erlinghauser, Giovanna Ferrari, Ross Stewart, Camille Chao, Ariel Ries, Guillaume Lorin, Louise Bagnall, Liselott Olofsson, Geoff King, and Emmanuel Asquier-Brassart. in addition to the Lotte Reiniger award for lifetime achievement, sixteen Emile awards will be handed out in the following categories. Best Student Film Best Commissioned Film Best Animated Short Film Best Background and Character design in a short film
Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment will jointly release the home video of Batman and Captain Kirk on October 17. The all-new movie will be made available on Digital on October 10 and on Blu-ray™ on October 17. For this, they are bringing together two of pop culture’s all-time heroes – TV’s original Batman and Captain Kirk, Adam West and William Shatner respectively to voice the title characters in the full-length, animated feature film Batman vs. Two-Face. “Batman vs. Two-Face is a must-have for all Batman fans featuring a cavalcade of his foes, and an amazing cast including two giants of pop culture Adam West and William Shatner,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is ex