Another month, and with endless contributions to the industry from studios and individuals, we highlight a handful of significant events and happenings.
1. Tribute to Isao Takahata
We lost another great contributor to the world of animation this month: Isao Takahata, a co-founder of Eastern animation house Studio Ghibli since 1985, along with Hayao Miyazaki. He has contributed to bringing Japanese Animation to the international audience. He was the director of 'Grave of the Fireflies' (1988), 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' (2013), and so many other undoubtedly Ghibli style classics.
2. Animation on Netflix
A few animations have popped up as new releases for the month of April on Netflix, including older films like the 'Iron Giant' (1990) and newer features such as 'Despicable Me 3' (2017). Check out the full list of Netflix's April animated films!
3. 'Batman Ninja' Movie
The 'Batman Ninja' movie debuted at WonderCon 2018, and Batman's nemesis plays a vital role in this anime-style take on the vigilante. It was released digitally on April 24, 2018 by Anime studio Kamikaze Douga. May 8th will be the release day for the DVD in the US. Will the villains emerge victorious, or will Batman's gadgets help him once again... and by gadgets we mean ninja swords.
Check out the trailer here!
4. 'Rick and Morty' - April Fools!
It's not really April without a good April Fools, so here is Rick and Morty's "Bushworld Adventures". As a 10-minute short that aired repeatedly on April 1st, getting many reactions from fans, the short, just like any good April Fools joke, is all about being "trolled".
Watch it here! (repeatedly, to get the full effect)
5. CinemaCon 2018
Yesterday, April 26,2018, was the last day for CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada, and although this is about all movies, let's talk about the animated movies! Warner Bros. hit the ground running with their presentation an 'Smallfoot', an animation that flips around the myth we know. Sony Animation introduces the actors for 'Spiderman: Spiderverse'! And a new introduction from Paramount on their new animations; 'Monster on the Hill' with RealFX, and 'Luck' with Skydance Animation.
Check out all the hype from CinemaCon here!
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We're so excited for the 2016 Oscars this Sunday, February 28th. Take a look at some of the nominees below and let us know which movies you think will take home awards in the categories of Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short Film!
Nominees for Best Animated Feature
Anomalisa is a stop-motion animated film that is centered around the life of an inspirational speaker who meets a woman who shakes up his boring life. This film targets an adult audience and has gotten quite a bit of attention due to how accurately it is able to portray emotions and relate to an adult audience through claymation. This drama film was released by Paramount Pictures and directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson.
Boy and The World
This film looks at the world through a young boy's eyes. The young boy, Cuca discovers the beautiful world around him as he goes on an adventure to find his father. The story depicts the contrast between a rural village and the city. During his adventure in the city, Cuca is taken to a beautiful and abstract place. The film is almost completely silent. This movie was created in Brazil and is written, directed, and animated by Alê Abreu.
A young girl named Riley has to leave her home and move to San Francisco. This movie gives you an inside look at what's going on in Riley's brain by following her emotions joy, anger, fear, disgust, and sadness. This movie is a 3-D computer animated movie which was directed by Pete Docter. This movie was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. This is a great movie because it addresses the kind of emotions children go through as they grow up and also addresses mental health.
Shaun the Sheep Movie
This stop-motion film follows Shaun and his sheep friends on an action-packed adventure as they take on a big city and try to rescue their farmer. This movie follows a character, Shaun, who was first introduced in the Wallace and Gromit shorts. Shaun The Sheep later became a TV Series and is now a full-length feature film! It is a British film produced by Aardman Animations.
When Marnie Was There
This is an Anime film which was written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. This film follows a young girl named Annie and how a new friend, Marnie, changes the way she perceives her life. Annie is able to discover more about her foster parents and the truth about her real family by spending time with Marnie. This movie is based on a novel by Joan G. Robinson and is produced by Studio Ghibli.
Nominees for Best Animated Short Film
Bear Story is a dark film which follows the life of a lonely bear who has been separated from his family. A bear creates a mechanical diorama and people can peek into the peephole of this mechanical diorama for a coin. The diorama depicts a family who has been separated because the male was taken to the circus. This film is created by the Chilean animation company, Punkrobot. This short actually addresses the way families were torn apart during the Pinochet regime in Chile in the 1970s.
Prologue is an animated short film which is the first part of an upcoming feature film. This short is based on the play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, which has to do with women who withhold sexual interactions from men in order to win a war. The storyline revolves around Spartan and Athenian warriors and takes place 2,400 years in the past. A little girl witnesses an intense battle between Athenian and Spartan warriors and goes back to her grandma to seek comfort.
Sanjay's Super Team
This is a great Pixar short directed by Sanjay Patel. This movie is about a boy who wants to play with his toys and watch TV, but his dad wants him to be quiet and pray with him. Sanjay's imagination runs wild, and gets a new respect for the gods his father is praying to. The inspiration for the film comes from Sanjay's own childhood.
We Can't Live Without Cosmos
This is a dialogue-free short which follows two cosmonaut friends as they train for their mission in space. This short is fun for anyone who is interested in space or ever dreamed of becoming an astronaut. This is an animated short film written and directed by Russian filmmaker Konstantin Bronzit.
World of Tomorrow
World of Tomorrow is sci-fi short film which was written, directed, produced, animated, and edited by Don Hertzfeld! This film follows a young girl, Emily. A clone of Emily from the future walks Emily through her life and helps her make decisions. The film has already won 42 awards, will the Oscars be it's 43rd?
Which movies do you think will take home awards? Leave a comment below! Don't forget to tune in to the Oscars this Sunday!