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Ottawa Accepting Animation Entries


2017 Ottawa International Animation Festival

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation film festival, is now accepting entries for competition in 2017. With over 8 categories of competition, animators and other creators of all levels have a great and auspicious festival to show off their work.  Entries are due May 26, and there is no entry fee….

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LEGO Cartoon Sequel Gets Third Director


The LEGO Movie Sequel

The somewhat troubled path to release of the sequel to 2014’s The LEGO Movie has bumped through another pothole. Warner Animation Group has announced that veteran animation and live-action director Mike Mitchell is taking over on the film at the helm of The LEGO Movie Sequel.

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Animation Lighthouse in Kilkenny


Lighthouse Studios

Lighthouse Studios is a newly announced animation studio to be based in Kilkenny, Ireland. A joint venture of Cartoon Saloon (also of Kilkenny) and the Canadian animation studio Mercury Filmworks, the new studio is expected to open up at least 140 new jobs in Ireland. Both partners will continue their own separate TV and film operations, and use the new studio to develop children’s and family TV entertainment, for multi-platform global distribution.

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Disney’s Zootopia Champ at Annies


Annie Awards

Zootopia took home six awards at last nights ASIFA-Hollywood’s 44th annual Annie Awards, which were presented at Royce Hall on campus of University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to Best Feature Film, the Disney film also won Best Director, Outstanding Achievement in Character Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting (Jason Bateman) and Writing in an animated feature. This pushed Disney to eleven wins out of the 31 awards at the show.

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Pixar Announces Short To Accompany Cars 3


lou

Pixar has announced the new short to accompany the theatrical release on Cars 3 in June. The six-minute short Lou looks to be a journey into familiar territory for Pixar- toys being abused by a bully, and a good-natured hero teaching the bully a lesson.

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Warner Veteran Hal Geer Dies at 100


Hal Geer

Hal Geer, a film editor, writer, director and producer at both Warner Bros. and Disney, has passed away at this home in Simi Valley California on January 26. He was 100. Over the course of his career, Geer worked on 25 feature films and over 500 TV shows, 400 commercials and 100 short films. Related…

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2017 Oscar Animation Nominees Announced


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar

This morning the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards were announced in Beverly Hills California. In animation, we saw a good mix of big budget, popular films and smaller film releases. Disney came in with two nominations for best animated film, and Pixar struck out after wining last year with Inside Out

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Wreck-It Ralph Sequel Replaces Gigantic


Wreck-It Ralph 2

Disney announced via Facebook Live that Oscar-winning animated film Wreck-It Ralph will be treated to a sequel in 2018. Though currently unofficially titled Wreck-It Ralph 2, the film will see the return of John C. Reilly as Ralph and the anticipated return of Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch as Vanellope von Schweetz, Fix-It Felix, Jr., and Sergeant Calhoun, respectively.

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Game-Inspired Ratchet a Clunker


The video-game inspired animated film Ratchet & Clank opened this weekend, but could not overpower the 1-2 punch of Disney animation. Despite opening on nearly 2900 screens, the Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment production could not overcome the almost universal panning by critics, and the film only took in 4.8 million, and coming in at 7th in the box office.

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NBCUniversal Buys DreamWorks Animation


In a stunning shake-up of animation studios, NBCUniversal has picked up DreamWorks Animation for 3.8 billion dollars, in a deal announced April 28th. Comcast- the parent company of NBCUniversal- says that Dreamworks “will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.

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