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May Animation News Round Up!

Time to catch you up on the top animation news thats been going on this month! 

Deadpool to be turned in to TV series

The mega popular film Deadpool is officially going to be turned into a tv series with FXX. The series is meant for adults and will feature Donald Glover. 10 episodes have been ordered and are set to air in 2018.

Read more HERE.

Daytime Emmy Animation Winners

Netflix's Trollhunters and Amazon's Lost in Oz shows won big at this years Daytime Emmys. Both shows feature kids on journeys in fantasy worlds, both series have also been applauded for its humor.

Read more HERE.

Lin Manuel Miranda joins Ducktales Cast

Does Lin Manuel Miranda ever sleep? The Actor/Playwright/Composer/Rapper has just signed on to join the voice cast of Disney XD's upcoming "DuckTales" series. Miranda will be lending his voice for Ducktale character Gizmoduck.

Read more HERE.

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Variety's Top 10 animators To Watch Announced

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Variety has officially unveiled their top 10 animators to watch this month. Honorees included "Zombillenium director Arthur de Pins, Pinky Malinky supervising director Megan Nicole Dong, Loving Vincent director Dorota Kobiela, stop-motion animator and Hi Stranger director Kirsten Lepore, Disney animator Kira Lehtomaki, who is currently serving as co-head of animation on Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Dave Mullins, the director of Pixar short Lou, British animator Julia Pott, who is the creator of Cartoon Network Studios’ forthcoming Summer Camp Island,  Carlos Puertolas, the animation director of DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby, DuckTales animator and director Dana Terrace, and Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey, who is currently directing The Breadwinner." Congratulations to all the winners!

Read more HERE.

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April Animation News Round Up!

Can you believe April is almost already over? You know what that means, another monthly round up of Animation News. Let's get to it!

1. Oscar Rule Changes could Impact Best Animated Feature Category

The Academy has announced that they will now include more academy members to take part in choosing the best animated nominees. Many fear that this could mean it would be harder and more expensive for indie animated films to compete with the larger studio animated features.  Eric Beckman, GKIDS founder/CEO, tells The Hollywood Reporter."I don’t see this rule change as dramatic, but it might be harder and more expensive for a smaller film to get attention,".

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2. Frozen 2 is Announced

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Disney announced that Frozen 2 would be released in November 2019. The original frozen, which earned more than $1.2 Billion at the box office, making it one of the highest grossing animated films. Idina Menzel and Kristin Bell who were cast as the lead heroines in Frozen are both signed on for the sequel.

Read more HERE.

3. Disney Producers claim to be left out of $100 Million Settlement

Two producers at Disney are claiming that they were not paid out in the $100 million dollar settlement Disney agreed to pay in January. The original lawsuit claimed that Disney conspired with its competitors to suppress animators’ wages.

Read more HERE.

4. Carmen Sandiego to stream on Netflix

Netflix has announced that Carmen Sandiego will be coming to the small screens in 2019. The Animated Series will feature Gina Rodriguez as the voice of Carmen.

Read more HERE.

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5. Island Zero Continues its Film Festival Tour

We are extremely excited and proud that a film we did VFX work on will be screening at its second film festival this weekend. It premiered at the Boston International Film Festival a few weeks ago, and will be screening at Emerge Film Festival this weekend in Maine!

Learn more about Island Zero HERE.

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March Animation News Round Up!

Here's your monthly round up of Animation News. Let's get to it!

1. Zootopia wins Oscar for Best Animated Feature

Zootopia took home the Oscar for best animated feature film last month. The film won over our hearts with its outstanding A list cast and comedic relief. The film is one of 28 features to make over $1 Billion dollars at the box office. This was Disney's 5th straight win in the animation feature category!

Read More Here.

2. Piper wins Oscar for Best Animated Short

Pixar's Piper won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Piper tells the story of an adorable young sandpiper who needs to learn to feed herself but is scared of waves. This was director Alan Barillaro's and producer Marc Sondheimer's first Oscar win.

Read More Here.

3. Turner and Warner Bros. to Launch Streaming Service

Turner and Warner Bros. will be launching a new streaming service called Boomerang this spring. For $5 dollars a month subscribers are given access to over 5,000 animated titles.  President of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, Craig Hunegs told the press "It's a whole new way to access Warner Bros.' storied legacy of laughs."

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4. Nickelodean Unveils Large Scaled Content Pipeline  

Nickelodean announced they will be adding new series and spin offs to its content plan. Nickelodeon Group president Cyma Zarghami articulately said “Today’s kids are coming of age in a revolutionary period of change, in tech, entertainment, politics and culture...It’s our job to understand everything we can about kids, and connect our audience to relevant content and characters that speak to their need for authenticity and diversity – both on our screens and beyond through on-the-ground experiences.”

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5. DreamWorks Announces Trolls sequel

DreamWorks Animation has announced that they will be releasing Trolls 2 in Spring 2020! Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake have confirmed they will star in the sequel, and we can only hope that Timberlake will release a Trolls 2 theme song just as catchy as "Can't Stop the Feeling!"

Read More Here.

6. New Animation Tip Blog Posts

We are happy to announce we will be beginning a new series of Animation Tips on our Blog! Let us know if you have any requests on different animation techniques you'd like us to cover.

Check out our First Post Here.

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January Animation News Round Up!

Time for another monthly round up of animation news! Let's get down to buisness. 

1. DreamWorks Animation Names Chris DeFaria as new president

Chris DeFaria, formally the president of Animation and Innovative Technology at Warner Bros Pictures has been taped to become president of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group. DeFaria will have a heavy workload, overseeing DWA's strategy, development, production, innovation, technology, and business affairs. He will be reporting to Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley.

Read more HERE.

2. Zootopia wins Golden Globe

Zootopia took home the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature this month. The film follows a bunny (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) and fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) as they adventure through a metropolitan area. The film scored major points for their sloth's working at the DMV scene. There are even talks about the film being turned in to a tv series! Did you agree Zootopia's Golden Globe win?

Read more HERE.

3. Wes Anderson to produce Animated Film

Wes Anderson's new animated film Isle of Dogs has officially begun production in London. Per usual, Anderson has enlisted an A-list cast for his next film, just to name a few, Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Yoko Ono, and Edward Norton will be joining the film. Anderson has not released a film since his critically acclaimed The Grand Budapest Hotel. We can't wait to see whats in store!

Read more HERE.

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4. Women in Animation still have hurdles to face in the Animation Industry

Even in 2017, Animation remains a male dominated industry. After a study showed that 99% of animated films by DreamWorks, Disney, Universal, Fox, and Warner Bros are directed men, people begun opening up a dialogue on how to create more diversity in the animation industry. The fascinating, yet alarming topic has resurfaced after The Hollywood Reporter's Animation Round Table issue comprised of only men.

Read more HERE.

5. Eric Miller Animation Studio Store

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December Animation News Round Up!

Ready for another monthly round of animation news? Good! Lets dig in.

1. Amazon Studios to develop its first Animated Film

Amazon might be developing its first animated feature film with Emily the Strange. Emily, a "strange" girl that loves cats was a character created by Rob Reger. The comic Emily the Strange was at heightened popularity in the late 90s/Early 00's and even had a few retail stores which sold Emily merchandise! There is currently no writer, director, or star attached to the animation project, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon's version would “would keep the authenticity and edge of the property” of the original Emily the Strange.

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2. Moana wins big at Box Office!

Some have claimed that Disney's Moana, may be one of Disney's "Best Movie in Decades". With a combination of great characters, storyline, and music, the film has been doing terrific at the Box Offices, even weeks after its release. The film has been said to be great for both adults and kids. Have you seen it yet?

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3. Animated Films Nominated for Golden Globes

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Kubo and the Two StringsMoanaMy Life as a ZucchiniSing, and Zootopia are all up for Golden Globes this year. While many have argued that Finding Dory was one of the biggest snubs among the Golden Globe Nominations, it is likely that Moana will win. The Golden Globes are set to take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 8th on NBC.

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4. Puff The Magic Dragon to come to The Big Screen!

Fox Animation has officially acquired the rights to Puff the Magic Dragon. The film is set to be a combination CGI-live-action hybrid and Trolls director, Mike Mitchell is set to direct the project. No release date has been set for the film.

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5. Sony Taps Lin-Manuel Miranda to score music on new Animation Project

After successfully writing the music for Disney's Moana, Sony has asked the multi-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda to write to music for Vivo, Sony's new animation film. The film, which stars a monkey who loves adventure and music, won't hit theaters until December 2020! 

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6. MagicMeeMees Episode 4 is released!

In case you missed it, Episode 4 of MagicMeeMees was released! This is the 4th episode in the web series based on the MagicMeeMee toys from Future of Play. We were so excited to play a part in bringing these amazing little toys to life in these 3D animated shorts. Each episode takes place in a different world where you will get to meet more of the MagicMeeMees each time. Subscribe and follow along!You can purchase the MagicMeeMee toys at Amazon.com, Toys'R'Us, Walmart, Target, and Kmart.

Watch the Episode Here

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November Animation News Round Up!

Check out this Month's Animation News Roundup to find out the latest and greatest in the Animation Industry!

1. The Croods 2 is officially cut by DreamWorks Animation.

Universal Pictures, DreamWork Animation's new parent company has scrapped The Croods sequel. Although this was not completely unexpected for many working on the project, due to the fact they kept changing the release date, some Crood's fans are sure to be upset. Die hard Croods Fan? Don't worry, apparently someone at DreamWorks mentioned that “The Croods is still very much in the DreamWorks catalog. It’s not unheard of that it might be something someone takes a look at in the future.” 

Read More Here.

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2. Studio Ghibil Director Hayao Miyazaki Making One Last Film!

Hayao Miyazaki, who we've covered in more detail here, has decided to come out of retirement to make one final film! Apparently Miyazaki was not satisfied with a short he was working on, and decided to turn it into a feature. Ideally he'd like the feature film to be finished in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Read More Here.

3. Oscars 2017 Animation Category has a record amount of entries!

On November 11th The Academy announced that 27 Animated films qualified for consideration for this years Best Animation category, thats a record-high! While there are many contenders, Seth Rogen has made it clear that he's pushing for Sausage Party to win, which would break Disney's 4 year streak of winning!

Read More Here.

4. The Simpsons renewed for record-breaking 30th Season!

Are you a Simpsons fan? You're in luck! The Simpsons has been renewed for a record breaking 29th and 30th season, making it the longest running scripted TV show! After its 30th season, the show will have hit 669 episodes! The Simpsons has won 32 Emmys and 34 Annie Awards over the past 26 years!

Read More Here.

5. Eric Miller Speaks at DreamWorks Animation!

Eric Miller spoke at DreamWorks Animation last month about his journey as CEO of Eric Miller Animation Studios. His talk covered the learning curves of starting your own animation company, the triumphs he's had so far, as well as the specifics of major client successes.

Read More Here.

6. Eric Miller Animation Studios releases updated Showreel!

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Have you seen our new Showreel yet? Its worth checking out! With the addition of the latest MagicMeeMees episodes, we couldn't be more proud of our work!

Check out the reel here!

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October Animation News Round Up!

Check out this Month's Animation News Round-Up to see which movies will be making it to the big screen (and small screen!) and which TV shows are being put to bed. 

1. Sony Pictures to release Emoji Movie

Sony Pictures Animation is set to release EmojiMovie: Express Yourself on August 11th, 2017. The film has already enlisted, James Corden, TJ Miller, and Ilana Glazer as voices for the movie. The film will follow the life of an emoji that is capable of expressing more than one emotion. He is determined to become normal, so with the help of his emoji friends, he sets out to become one-emotional in his town of Textopolis!

Read More Here.

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2. Adventure Time coming to an end in 2018

Cartoon Network has announced that Adventure Time will be coming to an end in 2018. The Emmy and Peabody winning series will be ending after 8 years after beginning. Creator of the show, Pendleton Ward, said “Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long."

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3. Archer to End after Season 10.

It's true, the Emmy Winning show, Archer will be ending after its 10th Season. Archer Creator, Adam Reed announced on an episode of "Murmur" podcast his plans, which were initially to end the show after 8 seasons, but which its success, decided to extend it for two more seasons. Which hit animated show will we see next from FX? We're still not sure.

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4. Fox to Develop Animated Indian Family Show

Fox has purchased the rights and bought the script to animated comedy series "Eleven Little Indians", created by M. Night Shyamalan and Alex Carter. The show will feature 3 Indian Families and how they have and are accustoming to American Life. This will be Shyamalan first stab at comedy, he is largely known for his supernatural films The Sixth Sense and Signs. Carter, on the other hand is a veteran comedy writer, he has previously worked on Family Guy and earlier this year he sold a live action family comedy My Bad Parent to Fox.

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5. Episode 3 of MagicMeeMees was released on YouTube!

Last but not least, the 3rd Episode of MagicMeeMees has been released on YouTube and we can't wait to hear your thoughts! This Halloween themed episode follows the MagicMeeMees on an adventure in Holidayland. We've loved working with MagicMeeMees and The Future of Play teams on these webisodes and hope you enjoy!

Watch Here!

 

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Animation News Round Up!

It's time for our Monthly Round-Up of Animation Industry News! Its been a busy month, so let us bring you up to speed with all the buzz worthy stories!

1. Universal buys DreamWorks!

Earlier this month Comcast's $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks was completed. CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg expressed his gratitude to the DreamWorks Animation Staff in a memo, thanking them for 22 years of joy.

Read More Here.

2. Archer abs mmy for Best Animated Progra & Robot Chicken ins Best Animated Short Program!

This past weekend Archer won an Emmy for Best Animated Program and Robot Chicken won an Emmy for Best Animated Short Program. This was Archer's first Emmy in this category, however Robot Chicken has had a popular run in the Short Animated Program category! Last week we highlighted all the nominee's in these categories, do you agree with the TV academy on these wins?

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3. Celebrity Dax Shepard to co-direct Scooby Doo Animated Film

We've always been fans of Dax Shepard's work and we're so excited he's signed on to co direct Scooby and his friends in the upcoming film. Tony Cervone, animation director behind Space Jam will also be attached to the film. Too bad we have to wait until 2018!

Read More Here.

4. Fox animation hires Nate Hopper for Live Action/CG Hybrid Initiative

Fox Animation's new initiative in Live Action/CG Hydrid movies will be run by Nate Hopper, a former Sony Pictures Animation exec. Although most details on the initiative are being kept under wraps, we're sure Hopper will bring much creativity to the initiative, his most credible credits include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania.

Read More Here.

5. New Pokemon Animated Series Announced

Can you believe Pokemon has been around for 20 years? With its new found popularity due to Pokemon Go, the franchise will be releasing a new web series named Pokemon Generations. The series will air on YouTube starting September 16th, with new episode installments every week until December 23rd!

Read More Here.

6. Gwen Stefani to create new Animated Series!

Did you know Gwen Stefani has an animated series that aires in Australia -- and starting October will air in the US? Its true, Gwen Stefani and Nickelodeon are teaming together to bring her animated series named Kuu Kuu Harajuku to the US. The show, inspired by Gwen's infamous inspiration The Harajuku Girls, premieres on Nickelodeon on Monday October 4th. 

Read More Here.

7. Former Paramount & Disney Executive is Named CEO Of Alpha Animation

Bob Bacon, former executive at Disney and Paramount Pictures has been tapped as CEO of Alpha Group Co's Alpha Animation. The company is China based and best known for being a co producer on The Mermaid.

Read More Here.

8. MagicMeeMee's releases 2nd episode

We've had so much fun partnering with The Future of Play on everything MagicMeeMees and earlier this month he second installment of MagicMeeMees was released on YouTube! Have you seen it yet?

Watch Here.

9. Eric Miller Animation Studios founder Eric Miller is selected as University of Toledo - University College's Outstanding Alumni of 2016!

Here's some exciting news to share, Eric Miller, CEO of Eric Miller Animation Studios has been selected as University of Toledo - University College's Outstanding Alumni this year! He and his wife will be flown out to Toledo in October and be presented with the award at the Homecoming Gala on October 14th! We're so proud of him!

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