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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 […]

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 […]

Annecy: DreamWorks Animation Debuts First Half Hour of ‘Puss in Boots 2’

In what director Joel Crawford describes as an “action adventure comedy with a lot of heart,” DreamWorks Animation and Universal previewed the first half hour of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish onTuesday during the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The movie is the sequel to 2011’s Puss in Boots and spinoff of the Shrek franchise that debuted in […]

‘Puss in Boots’ Filmmaker to Direct Smurfs Movie For Paramount and Nickelodeon (Exclusive)

Chris Miller, the Oscar-nominated helmer of 2011’s Puss in Boots, is set to direct Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation’s untitled Smurfs musical, which is slated for a Dec. 20, 2024 theatrical release. The studios plan to highlight the announcement this week at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. Earlier this year, Paramount Animation […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jennifer Lee, Michel Ocelot to Be Honored at Annecy Animation Festival

Jennifer Lee and Michel Ocelot will receive the Annecy International Animation Festival’s Honorary Cristal during the upcoming festival, which will be held June 13-18 in Annecy, France. “The return of the Annecy Festival to its pre-pandemic state is the reason behind awarding two Honorary Cristals, one each to two exceptional personalities who have marked the […]

Universal’s ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ to Open Annecy Animation Festival

As it returns with a hybrid edition, the Annecy Animation Festival has added Hollywood glitz as it plans to open with Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru from Illumination Entertainment in June. The world premiere for the animated tentpole from director Kyle Balda will take place on June 13. Balda co-directed both Minions and […]

Annecy: ‘Flee’ Wins Top Cristal Award in Feature Competition

Animated documentary Flee won the top Cristal for a feature film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which concluded on Saturday. An international co-production helmed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Flee follows a man, Amin (a pseudonym), who recounts for the first time his journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau […]

Annecy: Aardman Shares New Details About ‘Robin Robin’

Aardman Animations–the UK-based studio behind Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep–presented a behind the scenes look and teaser trailer for its upcoming stop-motion animated musical holiday special, Robin Robin, Thursday during the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The 30-minute program, which will debut Nov. 27 on Netflix, is the first original production to team […]

GKIDS Acquires North American Distribution Rights to ‘The Deer King’

Indie distributor GKIDS has acquired the North American distribution rights for The Deer King (Shika no Ou), the latest animated feature from Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell), which had its world premiere this week in competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The fantasy feature is directed by Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji, and marks […]