2018

Annecy International Film Festival Competitors!

Here's a sneak peek at what is in competition for the Annecy International Animated Film Festival coming up in June!

1. Agouro

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Agouro is a short film from Portugal and France about the growing relationship of two cousins beucase of the harsh winter they endure. It is directed by David Doutel and Vasco SÁ and has the running time of 15 minutes. 

Check out the teaser here!

 

2. Heart of Darkness

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Directed by Rogério Nunes, Heart of Darkness is an animation feature adapted from the book by Joseph Conrad from 1899, also called "Heart of Darkness".  The idea for the animation came about after Rogério Nunes was asked to illustrate the Brazilian edition of the book. Find out more about how this animation became a collaboration between Brazil and France in this interview with the director.

The teaser is also available to watch here!

 

3. Pachamama

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Pachamama by producers Didier Brunner and Damien Brunner in France. It is set in the Incan Empire in the 16th century, now known as Peru. A 10-year old boy sets a goal to become a shaman.

Check out the teaser here!

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4. Flee

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Flee is produced by Benoit Luce from Lux Populi Production in France and Quinshu Zuo in China. The story is about Amin, an 11 year old boy, being on the run from Afghanistan for 5 years. He finally reaches Denmark in 1997 and continues to look for peace and find a place and setting he can call home. 

Check out the teaser for this animated feature here!

 

5. Afterwork

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With the running time of 6 minutes, this short is directed by Luis USÓN and Andrés Aguilar, a collaboration between Ecuador, Spain, and Peru.  Afterwork delves into the psyche of the working-class, into the cyclical lifestyles that are caused by routine schedules, work, and so on.

Catch the teaser of Grompy's hunt for the meaning of life here

 

There are so many more work-in-progress animations in the 2018 Cannes Annecy, check them out here! Keep on the lookout for the festival, which is coming up June 11-16, 2018.


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February's News in Animation!

1. Peter Rabbit 

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The release date for this animated feature was February 9, 2018. Sony Picture's CGI animated Peter Rabbit is based off of Beatrix Potter's classic storybook characters. The mischievous and adventurous rabbit is not the easiest neighbor to have, especially for Mr. McGregor!

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the trailer for more about their comedic feud here!

 

2. Early Man 

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Early Man is a stop-motion animation by the creator's of Wallace and GromitAardman Animations. It was released in the UK on January 26, but is actually being released in the US today, February 16, 2018! Dug, a caveman, and his sidekick Hognob will not have their existence threatened by Lord Nooth. 

Find out a tad about how they go about their epic quest in the trailer, here!

 

3. Craig of the Creek

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A new adventure begins February 19, 2018 on Cartoon Network! Co-created by Matt Burnett and Ben Levin, Craig of the Creek follows a young lad, Craig, and his friends through the wilderness. Though the wilderness is untamed, their imagination is where the fun begins!

Check out the trailer here and the pilot on President's Day, February 19!

 
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4. Oscar Voting!

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The Oscar's voting comes to a close on February 27! If you read our blog from a few weeks ago, you may see that current news shows that this year's new rules did in fact exclude indie animations. If you haven't read that blog, be sure to do so here to find out more about why this was the case. 

Check out who the nominees and where they are available to stream here!

 

5. Kidscreen Summit!

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Kidscreen Summit is an annual international market place for creators and buyers of kids content. It was just this past week, February 12-15, and Eric Miller was there this year! This years speakers included: Marty Krofft, Geena Davis, George Cary, and many others (click the names to find out more about the speakers). There's also a ton of classes that can be taken, and discussions on topics such as having more LGBQT-inclusive content. 

Check out our Instagram to see Eric's experience at Kidscreen Summit!

 

Be sure to stay tuned on all our social media platforms for more news in animation!

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Animated Features in 2018!

Happy New Year! 2017 was a good year for animation, but there's a lot to look forward to in 2018 as well! Some that are sequels from long ago and others that leave us in full wonderment. Listed below are only a few of animations you can keep an eye out for in the next year!

1. Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad 

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Release date: April 27, 2018

Dreaming of becoming the Top Dog of a delivery service in the arctic, Swifty must prove himself. During his mission on doing so he encounters almost every arctic animal you can think of, and they join together to stop the evil walrus to save the day!

Directed by Aaron Woodley and produced by AMBI Group and AIC Studios the Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad trailer can be seen here!

 

2. Sherlock Gnomes

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Release date: March 23, 2018

Directed by John Stevenson, Sherlock Gnomes is about one Gnomeo and Juliet who move into a garden with all their gnomes to live happily ever after! When they find they have all disappeared, they hire the only one they knew would solve the mystery, "The greatest ornamental detective"!

Check out the trailer that brought to us by Paramount Pictures here!

 

 

3. Incredibles 2

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Release date: June 15, 2018

Normal is a hard type of life to lead when there is so much crime to fight, and this family is back at it! Mr. Incredible stays home to watch the kids, as Elastigirl and Frozone find ways to tackle the new villian, The Underminer!

Directed by Brad Bird and brought to us by Disney Pixar, the Incredibles 2 trailer can be seen here!

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4. Smallfoot

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Release date: September 28, 2018

Yeti's really do exist in this animated feature directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, and they are on the hunt for the mythical creatures know as "Smallfoot", otherwise known as humans! The fame that Migo's stories of this creatures makes him even more determined to prove his tale to the Yeti community. 

"Yeti or not..." Warner Bros. Studios has the trailer ready to watch here!

 

5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Release date: December 14, 2018

Peter Parker's passing leaves a teenager with the struggle of balancing high school with his duties as a superhero. Directed by Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman and produced by Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Marvel Entertainment, Arad Productions, Pascal Pictures, this large team shows us what the Spider-Verse is all about in this comic-book style animation.

Watch the teaser trailer here!

 

Be sure to keep an eye out for all the other animated features being released this year, we have a lot more to look forward to! Check out a few more here!

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