We are wrapping up the third month in 2018 with more new and exciting events in the animation world! Read on to see what March brought us, from new trailers to new studios, many networking opportunities and more!
1. Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
On March 27th, Fun Academy Motion Pictures and Variety - The Children's Charity of Southern California co-hosted the world debut of this animated feature based on the true story of a stray dog who became the most decorated dog in American History. The world premiere will be a fundraising benefit for Variety, the Children's Charity of Southern California, as well as the Boys and Girls Club, and It's official release date is April 13, 2018.
Check out the trailer here!
2. New Animation Studio in London!
There's a new major animation studio on the horizon - quite literally, and it has opened in London! Locksmith has its sights set on becoming an animation powerhouse - the first high-end feature animation studio in the UK. The studio's first film "Ron's Gone Wrong" is slated for 2020 release.
Find out more about the studio and the team here!
3. GLAS Cash
The Third Annual GLAS Animation Festival in Berkeley, CA wrapped up on March 25, 2018. Niki Lindroth's stop-motion musical short "The Burden" claimed top prize - the FXX Elevation Award - a $25,000 grant to develop an animated project with FXX. GLAS Cash, another grant for independent filmmakers, was also introduced during the wrap up.
More information on how to apply on May 1st!
4. Lucas the Spider
Animator Joshua Slice was approached by Fresh TV to a acquire the rights to Lucas the Spider! Their plan is to continue with Lucas' adventures in an ongoing series, along with feature length films. Lucas was named after Slice's nephew who voiced a jumping spider they found nestled on a leaf, which Slice turned into a YouTube series.
Check out one of Lucas' first adventures here!
5. Creators Society Mixer Co-Hosted with Ready, Set, Go!
The Creators Society has been growing the last few months, but nothing compares to the networking mixer for this month. We not only grew in individuals, but we also had Ready, Set, Go, a kids entertainment networking mixer, as a co-host for the month of March.
If you still have not been to one of our events, make sure not to miss the next one. Sign up to receive future invites here!
Stayed tuned on what's going on in the world of animation on all our social media platforms!
It is nearing the end of the month already, and you know what that means! A round up of a few happenings in animation that September brought our way!
1. Bojack Horseman
September 8, 2017 was the premiere of Bojack Horsemen Season 4 on Netflix! Said to be a tearfully joyful story about a Horseman who has major depression. How can it be comedic when it's about depression? Well, it is about anthropomorphic animals with clothes and jobs. There's said to be a lot of easter eggs in the show as well, which seems to add to the list of adjectives used to describe this animation.
Watch the trailer for season 4 here!
2. Emmy Awards
There were so many great nominations for animation at the 2017 Emmy Awards! Bob’s Burgers, “Bob, Actually”, won for "Outstanding Animated Program"! For "Outstanding Short Format Animated Program", Adventure Time, “Islands: Part 4 – Imaginary Resources" takes the win. Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy – ‘The Boys in the Band”, took home the award for "Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance". And last but not least, for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation": Samurai Jack (Craig Kellman, Character Design, “XCII”), Samurai Jack (Scott Wills, Production Design, “XCIII”), Samurai Jack (Bryan Andrews, Storyboard, “XCIII”), Samurai Jack (Lou Romano, Background Design, “XCV”), and Wander Over Yonder (Justin Nichols, Character Animation, “The End of the Galaxy”)!
Read here to see other results from the Emmy Awards,
3. The Lego Ninjago Movie
The Lego Ninjago Movie was created after the toy series, and was released into theaters last Friday, September 22, 2017. It's running at the 3rd in the box office with 51% on the tomatometer. It has an average rating of 3.6/5 out of 15,887 so far. The Lego Movie had a 96% on the tomatometer and a 4.3/5 out of 221,079, but it's always good to see it to review on your own!
Watch the trailer here!
4. Walt Disney and Chinese Animation Filmmakers
5. GLAS Animation Festival/Autonomous LA Program
The Global Animation Syndicate, otherwise known as GLAS, is a nonprofit organization that dedicates themselves to independent animations. Their first festival was in Berkeley, CA just two years ago, and they had one in LA just yesterday, Thursday, September 28, 2017. Their goal is to advocate independent animation in the United States. This years Autonomus in LA screens films made by the younger generation.
Check out the line-up here!