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Annecy: ‘Little Nicholas – Happy as Can Be’ Tops Festival’s Feature Competition

Little Nicholas – Happy as Can Be, helmed by Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre, received the top Cristal for a feature film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which concluded on Saturday. Written by Massoubre, the France/Luxembourg co-production follows a mischievous boy named Nicholas and is based on a series of illustrated children’s books created by […]

Annecy: Netflix Animation Debuts New Footage From Filmmakers Including Henry Selick and Jordan Peele

Netflix Animation showcased a bevy of upcoming, diverse projects this week at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival: That included the unveiling of a scene from the anticipated Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio; the world premiere of Oscar winner Chris Williams’ original The Sea Beast, which premieres July 8 on the streaming service; and new footage […]

‘Gravity Falls’ Creator Alex Hirsch Reveals Language, Scene Edits Handed Down by Disney’s Standards & Practices

Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch has revealed a number of the notes he said he received from Disney regarding the age-appropriateness of the show’s pitched content. As part of a series of threads celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the animated series, which ran from 2012 to 2016 on Disney Channel, the Gravity Falls creator — […]

‘Dead End: Paranormal Park’ Creator Hamish Steele on Crafting the Animated YA LGBTQ-Inclusive Horror Series

In Netflix’s new animated series Dead End: Paranormal Park, Barney — a young teen boy with an electric blue ombre — and his dog Pugsley move into a haunted amusement park where they begin working (and fighting monsters) alongside Norma, a fellow teen-turned-friend. It sounds typical enough for a genre kids’ cartoon, yet Dead End […]

‘Lightyear’ Producer Says Disney Was “Supportive” of Lesbian Characters, but There Was “Definite Pushback” to Kiss

Disney supported Lightyear’s inclusion of two lesbian characters but was hesitant about featuring a kiss between them, according to one of the film’s producers. In an interview with Mercury News, Galyn Susman, a producer for the Toy Story and Buzz Lightyear origin tale, briefly touched on the controversy around Pixar’s first animated feature film same-gender […]

Guillermo Del Toro Presents First Look at ‘Pinocchio’

Guillermo del Toro introduced an exquisite scene and new teaser trailer from his anticipated stop-motion Pinocchio on Wednesday at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. As one would expect from the visionary director, the craftsmanship — from the stylized character and production design to the lighting and sound — makes for a rich rendering of […]

Eli Manning Animated Kids Show in the Works

Former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is expanding his presence in TV. Manning, who co-hosts ESPN’s “Manningcast” with his brother Peyton, will executive produce a new children’s animation series in the works from Headline Studio at Advance, a production company owned by the Newhouse family’s Advance holding firm. No network or streaming is attached […]

Annecy: Apple and Skydance Bring New ‘Luck’ Footage to French Animation Festival

Director Peggy Holmes led a presentation of new footage from Luck, the first animated feature from Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation as part of their overall deal, Tuesday at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Slated to debut Aug. 5 on Apple TV+, the story follows Sam Greenfield, voiced by Eva Noblezada, who is […]

Before Pixar’s ‘Turning Red,’ ‘Braceface’ and a 1946 Disney Short Tackled the “Taboo” of Menstruation

When Pixar’s Turning Red debuted on Disney+ in March, much of the anticipated response to the Y2K coming-of-age tale about Mei, a Chinese-Canadian teen who transforms into a red panda as she begins going through puberty, was celebration. But in the weeks that followed the movie’s release, the conversation around it steered sharply from championing […]

Animation Guild Reaches Tentative Deal With Studios After Months of Negotiations

After protracted negotiations, an intense social-media campaign and its first rally in decades, The Animation Guild has reached a new tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The deal, announced on Friday, provides wage increases and “significant gains for animation writers,” makes changes to the contract’s treatment of “New Media” […]

Guillermo del Toro to Present ‘Pinocchio’ First Look at Annecy Animation Festival

Guillermo del Toro will present an exclusive look at footage from his anticipated stop-motion Pinocchio during the Annecy International Animation Festival, which will be held in the French city June 13-18. Del Toro and Mark Gustafson are helming this reimagining of the classic 1883 novel by Carlo Collodi, which is slated for release by Netflix in December. The voice […]

Samuel L. Jackson Joins Chris Pratt in ‘Garfield’ Animated Feature

Samuel L. Jackson is set to join Chris Pratt in Alcon Entertainment’s upcoming animated theatrical motion picture based on the iconic comic strip Garfield. Jackson will play a brand-new character, Garfield’s father, Vic. The veteran Hollywood actor is best known for movie hits like Jurassic Park, the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Goodfellas, Coming to America, […]