It's only the 1st month in 2018 and there's already so much going on in the animation industry! Here is a few things that have come and yet to come in the month of January! Stay tuned for a round-up for every month this year!
1. Animation at the Golden Globes!
So many great animated features were nominated for "Best Animated Feature Film" at the Golden Globes.
- Boss Baby, which was released on March 31, 2017 by 20th Century Fox and produced by DreamWorks Animation.
- Breadwinner, which was released on November 17, 2017 by GKIDS, Elevation Pictures and Studio Canal. It was also produced by numerous production companies, including: Cartoon Saloon, Aircraft Pictures, Guru Studios, Jolie Pas, Irish Film Board, Melusine Productions and Telefilm Canada.
- Ferdinand, which was released on December 10, 2017 by 20th Century Fox and produced by Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation and Davis Entertainment.
- Loving Vincent, which was released on October 13, 2017 in the United States by Altitude Film Distribution and Next Film. It was produced by BreakThru Productions and Trademark Films.
And the one that took home the Golden Globe, Coco, which was released on November 22, 2017 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios!
2. Animated Features in January!
Paddington 2 was released on January 12, 2018 by Studio Canal and produced by Heyday Films, Studio Canal, Canal+ and Ciné+! The journey of a whimsical teddy bear who goes through a series of jobs to save up money for a pop-up book he falls in love with. When the book is stolen, he embarks on a different search, Paddington sets forth to unmask the thief!
Check out the trailer here!
3. Animated Series in January!
On Netflix there's a few TV Animated Kids' Shows, including: Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, Llama Llama, and The Adventures of Puss in Boots Season 6.
As you know, Animated Series are not just for children, Netflix also has a few other animated series released, including: Devilman Crybaby, which started January 5, 2018, an adaptation of the comic Devilman by Go Nagai. There is also a long list of other Anime being released on Crunchyroll that you can find here!
4. New Animation Competition
Launched by Studio Art&Graft, "7 Second Sins" is a competition where all animations must be 7 seconds long and must reinterpret the assigned sin for the month. The first deadline being January 27, 2018 and on "Pride" with purple as the color palette.
If you're interested in joining in on the competition, check out the rules and deadlines here!
5. Animation Programs for Students
There is also a lot going on for animation students all over the world. New programs, improved programs, and tuition free animation programs!
The Sunrise Animation Studio in Japan has a free animation training program that you can find out more about here! Paris, France also provides a similar opportunity with TeamTO at the animation school La Poudrière in Bourg-lès-Valence, which is right next to their studio!
Plus a whole long list of more of these new and improved programs here!
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As we near the end of the year, we had a very eventful month in the world of animation! From expositions, to animation feature releases, to more about what is coming up. What better way to spend the day after Thanksgiving than to catch up on what went on in the world of animation during the month of November!
Design plays a big role in the animation process and Designer Con includes many great designers in the toy and art industry. It takes place in Pasadena, CA every November and has over 400 vendors, art & custom shows, and live demonstrations all about toys and art, with many that are based off animations! Since it keeps growing every year, next year it will be moving to the Anaheim Convention Center, so keep an eye out!
Check out the vendors who were there this year here!
2. Google Spotlight Stories
Google Spotlight Stories launched as a new VR experience on Steam, Vive Port, Google Daydream, and Google Spotlight Stories mobile app. Son of Jaguar and Sonaria were both recently debuted on Google Spotlight Stories and available for us to be immersed into their art as you watch through the goggles.
Check iour the trailer for Sonariaon YouTube!
CTNx is always a great experience and this year was a little more special for us! It was the first year we had a table at CTNx, and we are so glad to have had the opportunity. On top of still being able to see what is going on in the industry and attending all the knowledge filled panels, we met a lot of talented artists who we hope to have the chance to work with on upcoming projects!
Get a little glimpse of CTNx 2017 here!
If you read our last blog, we wrote quite a bit about Coco being the highest grossing movie of all time in Mexico. With just a few days in theaters in the US, it already made 48.4 million and has 96% on Rotten Tomatoes! It's cultural education is the cherry on top of the visual impact it has. Critics say "Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead gem pays loving tribute to Mexican culture with animation that brims over with visual pleasures, comic energy and emotional wallop."
If you haven't seen it yet, check out the trailer here!
5. Creators Society
Very glad we were able to meet even more creatives at this years CTNx and looking forward to learning more about everyone at this month's mixer! We will be enjoying great company, good food, and a beautiful view at the Crystal View Lounge at the Holiday Inn in Burbank. We hope you can make it out too, RSVP here!
This was a big year for animation, but the year isn't over yet! There's still quite a bit that will be released before the end of the year. Here's a list of just a few of the one's coming out this fall!
Happy First Day of Fall!
The Lego Ninjago Movie
Released by Warner Animation Group and animation produced by Animal Logic, The Lego Ninjago Movie will be in theaters today, September 22, 2017!
It's based off the toy line, and a spin-off on 2014’s “The Lego Movie”. Lego Ninjago is an animation about the “Green Ninja”, who is being trained by Master Wu to defeat “The Worst Guy Ever”. All the other secret ninja warriors help “The Green Ninja” plot against his father.
Watch the trailer here!
My Little Pony: The Movie
Lionsgate will release the "My Little Pony" movie on October 6, 2017! It was Directed by Jayson Thiessen from a screenplay written by Megan McCarthy, and produced by Allspark Pictures and DHX Media!
Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity, or the Mane 6, use the magic of friendship to help them on their quest to defeat The Dark Force’s threat on Ponyville!
Watch the trailer here!
Director Lee Unkrich and so many other talented co-directors, producers, voice actors, and more from Disney and Pixar have been working on "Coco" for years! The Día de los Muertos themed animation that will be released a little bit after the holiday on November 22, 2017!
His drive to prove his talent as a musician gets Miguel in a bit of a mix up. But, it does not stop him from undertaking a journey with his two friends to find out about his ancestor’s ban on music.
Watch the trailer here!
Based off “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios bring "Ferdinand" to big screen on December 15, 2017!
"Ferdinand" is directed Rio helmer Carlos Saldanha, with John Cena as the voice of Ferdinand. We get to follow a giant bull through his adventure in Spain! Don't let his size fool you though, he is actually just trying to get away from his captors and home to his family. A gentle giant that proves that appearances are often misleading!
Watch the trailer here!