Annie Awards Issues Call For Submissions

by Alex Beanon September 3, 2014
The International Animated Film Society has issued a call for submissions for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards. There are 36 categories for 2015 including a new category – Best Character Animation in a Video Game – and a “Special Productions” category for animation not released in the USA but created during 2014. Other than excepted […]


New “Frozen” Short Coming in 2015

by Ed Liuon September 3, 2014
WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF “FROZEN” FAVORITES ANNA AND ELSA IN 2015’S NEW ANIMATED SHORT “FROZEN FEVER” BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 2, 2014) From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” welcoming back to the big screen Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and, of course, the one-and-only Olaf. Directed by Jennifer […]
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Disney Not Planning Animated Marvel Feature Films

by Ed Liuon September 2, 2014
Even though Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel Comics superhero team (and mini-series) of the same name, and Disney now owns Marvel Comics, there are currently no plans for the parent company’s animation studio to dabble in the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe films. According to a post in New […]


DreamWorks Animation Teams Up With Studio Mir

by Alex Beanon August 29, 2014
DreamWorks Animation has signed a co-production deal with South Korea’s Studio Mir – creators of the popular “The Legend of Korra” series. The pair will develop up to four series over the next four years. Each series will consist of 78 episodes. Source: Variety

Hayao Miyazaki To Be Recipient Of Honorary Academy Award

by Alex Beanon August 28, 2014
Celebrated Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki will be one of four recipients of an honorary Academy Award when the award show is aired next year. Miyazaki is a three-time nominee for the Oscar – winning in 2002 for “Spirited Away” and nominated for “Howl’s Moving Castle” [2006] and “The Wind Rises” [2013]. Joining Miyazaki as honorary […]

Ari Folman The Congress

NY Times Looks at Ari Folman’s “The Congress”

by Ed Liuon August 26, 2014
The New York Times has taken a look at The Congress, the latest live-action/animated hybrid film from director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir). The movie is adapted from The Futurological Congress by renowned science fiction author Stanislaw Lem, and centers on actor Robin Wright playing a version of herself, and the aftermath of a final […]
Sundance Shorts The Obvious Child

Sundance Animated Shorts Coming to Theaters Starting September 26, 2014

by Ed Liuon August 26, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the Sundance Film Festival is rolling out a 95-minute program of animated shorts to theaters, set to premiere at the Sundance Sunset Cinemas in Los Angeles on September 26, 2014. More dates and cities are to be announced in the coming weeks. The program will include 4 shorts from the […]


Otakon 2014: Ed Chavez of Vertical Press on How to License Manga

by Weathermanon August 25, 2014
Ed Chavez of Vertical, Inc. did a panel presentation at Otakon 2014 on several of Vertical’s upcoming publications and gave an overview of the process of licensing manga and other publications from Japan. Upcoming Vertical releases include Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, a retrospective of Satoshi Kon’s manga works entitled Dream Fossil-The Complete Satoshi […]

Otakon 2014: Tony Oliver’s Adventures in Voice Acting

by Weathermanon August 25, 2014
Tony Oliver, voice of numerous anime and video game characters over the many years of his career, gave a panel presentation on some of the ways to train yourself to be a voice actor. His first piece of advice, as is heard from pretty much any voice actor that on “How do you become a […]