The 1st annual International Animation Festival started November 9, 2017 in Palm Springs, CA and will go on until November 11, 2017. There will be 250+ shorts, 6 animated features, along with panels, seminars, and awards for 35 different categories. Highlighted below are a few examples of the different style animations shown, or talked about, at PSIAF!
Directed by french artist Émile Cohl in 1908, this film is considered to be one of the first hand-drawn animations. With 700 drawings created in about 3-4 months, the animation consists of the transformations of objects. The drawing process of the main character has the artists hand in the actual film is what makes it a little different than modern hand-drawn animations.
Check out part of the film, Fantasmagorie, here!
2. Teheran Tabu
Directed by Ali Soozandeh, this German-Austrian animated film was created using rotoscoping, in which animators trace over motion picture footage in each frame where realistic action is required. It's a 2017 film that tells the story of women in Teheran, the capital city in Iran, and their attempts of going against their strict laws.
Take a look at what rotoscoping looks like in the Teheran Tabu trailer here!
Tokri was directed by Suresh Eriyat, founder of Studio Eeksaurus. This claymation was inspired by beggars Suresh comes across in India, and one particular one he felt guilty about for shooing away. He decided to turn this experience into an animation that would help his team and the viewers to see the beggars in a different light.
Watch a clip from the Tokri animation here!
4. El Apóstol
This was one of the fiirst feature length animated black and white silent film from 1917! Quirino Cristiani directed, wrote, designed, and animated El Apóstol, with character designs by Diógenes Taborda. The stills and and posters for this political satire were lost in a fire.
El Apóstol, along with other classical and traditional animations, will be talked about at Palm Springs International Animation Festival. Watch a little bit about it's history here!
5. Virtual Actors Chinese Opera
Hong-Kong based designer Tobias Gremmler created this non-traditional animation using motion capture. Instead of using actually people to portray the Chinese Opera, he wanted to recreate their movements using only lines and color.
Wondering what that would look like? Check it out here!
Read more about how the Palm Springs International Animation Festival came together here!
There are so many great YouTube animation channels that are available for us to watch for free! We like to look up what's new or being highlighted now and then, and this month found that many are international channels. Hope you find something fun and new to watch!
1. Forces of Destiny (California)
Marvel alum, Jennifer Muro created each episode to give us back stories of the females in the true Star Wars Universe. Forces of Destiny is a webseries by Lucasfilm Animation and released through Disney's YouTube Channel. The first half of the sixteen 2-3 minute shorts were released in July, with the other half started releasing just last month!
Check out this YouTube channel here!
2. Lex Animata TV (Abu Dhabi)
This is the first legal Youtube channel to explain international law and the United Arab Emirates. Hesham El Rafei, the creator, wanted to share legal knowledge in a way that is simple, colorful and entertaining! He noticed the lack of innovation in his study materials in Law School; what better way than to use art to learn!
Learn more about international law through this YouTube channel here!
3. Aardboiled (Bristol)
This is a platform that launched on September 25, 2017 by Aardman Studio in the UK! Dave Brain, the son of Terry Brain late director and animator of The Trap Door, Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep, directed and produced this along with Michael Percival, Weirdy Rhymes. Dave was the first to submit his animation series to the platform, and there are 9 more on the board so far!
Find out which creators show up on this YouTube animation hub here!
4. Smighties (India & New York)
Toonz Animation in India, along with NY Transmedia and Herotainment, came together to create a free animation YouTube channel. Smighties is based off the game created by Herotainment and follows cute creatures on their adventures! The first 3 episodes were released in July of this year in English, French and Spanish, and they have more episodes being released in more languages to come!
Watch it in all three of the current languages on YouTube here!
5. Carbot Animation (Canada)
When two worlds of animation meet, you get Carbot Animations, a YouTube channel dedicated to cartoons about games! Not long after releasing Starcraft Animations, creator Jonathan Burton received a call from Blizzard who offered him some of their resources for the future of Carbot Animations.
Find their bi-weekly releases on YouTube here!
Another end of the month, another Animation news round-up! We're highlighting a few of the happenings that went on in October, and looking forward to all the November festivities!
1. My Little Pony
The My Little Pony toy was first developed by Hasbro in 1981! The first TV Series debuted September 15, 1986 and the first movie release was a year later on September 23, 1987. More then 20 years later the My Little Pony series was relaunched by Hasbro in 2010 and the movie released on this past October 6th!
Watch the trailer here!
2. MIPCOM & MIPJunior
MIPCOM and MIPJunior took place this month in Cannes, France. So what is MIPCOM? It stands for "Marché International des Programmes de Communication", or "International Market of Communications Programmes". The simplest explanation, it is a marketplace for producers, creators, and filmmakers(the sellers) to pitch and hopefully sell their story ideas to development executives, networks, broadcasters, and distributors(the buyers). MIPCOM is for all entertainment, and MIPJunior is specifically for kids content. We are obviously most interested in MIPJunior, and hope to be able to attend one year.
To check out some shows that came out of MIPJunior, click here!
3. Animation Is Film Festival
Animation Is Film Festival is a new animation film festival(surprise) in Los Angeles which took place this month. There was a great line-up of animated features from all over the world. "The Breadwinner" by Nora Twomey from the Ireland Animation Studio, Cartoon Saloon, won the grand prize and audience award, and will be released into theaters around the United States on November 17th! The only other award, the special jury prize, went to the French feature "Big Bad Fox & Other Tales"!
4. International Animation Day
The 28th October in 1892 was first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris. In 2002 The International Film Association started to honor that day and deemed it as International Animation Day! Countries all over the world celebrate it with animated feature screenings, exhibitions, workshops and anything else you can think of that pertains to animation.
Look here to see what we found is happening in Los Angeles to celebrate International Animation Day!
5. Eric Miller Animation Studios at CTNX
We are getting ready for CTNX next month, and while we have attended this animation expo several times, this will be our first time with a table on the exhibit floor. We are very excited to meet all the creative and talented artists who will be attending, and please come visit us! We will be at table 117 which is right next to Blizzard Entertainment, and across the aisle from DreamWorks Animation. Hope to see you all there!
We decided to dedicate this blog to some stop-motion animations that go hand in hand, with Fall, October and Halloween! No particular order, just some suggestions for family movie nights for this month!
1. Nightmare Before Christmas
If you, like Jack Skellington, "have grown tired of the same old thing" Nightmare before Christmas may be right up your alley for animations to watch in October. Written by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick, this dark fantasy, stop-motion, musical was released in 1993. If you are a fan then you're in luck... the comic book sequel will be released soon!
Read more about the sequel here!
Written and directed by Henry Selick and released in 2009! Coraline, a young and curious single child, is bored and feeling a bit lonely, so she explores the new home. Her discovery of the parallel universe that seems to be a dream come true at first, becomes a nightmare she needs to get out of.
Follow some of Coraline's adventure here!
3. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Wallace and Gromit was written and directed by Steve Box and Nick Park, and released in 2005! The animated series started in 1990, with The Curse of the Were-Rabbit being Nick Park's, of Aardman Animation, first feature film. It won at the 78th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. The second was Shaun the Sheep, released in 2015 with the sequel TBA!
Watch The Curse of the Were-Rabbit trailer here!
4. James and the Giant Peach
Written by Roald Dahl, and another one directed by Henry Selick, James and the Giant Peach was released in 1996! Though it may not be necessarily be Halloween-ish, it is pretty fit for the theme! James parents get killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his evil aunts. But, the most fitting part is all the friends he makes...in a giant peach...with a bunch of insects.
If you already saw it, it may have been a while, refresh your memory here!
5. Corpse Bride
Written and directed by Tim Burton and released in 2006, Corpse Bride is 3rd to be produced by him but the first he directed. It's set in the 1800's in a Victorian Village, and teaches us to be very careful where we practice our vows! You may end up in the "Land of the Dead" if you were as careless as Victor was.
Enter the "Land of the Dead" through the trailer here!
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!
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!
The Emmy Awards are on Sunday, September 17th, and will be hosted by Stephen Colbert! Read-on to find out more about each nomination for "Outstanding Animated Program"!
1. Archer - "Archer Dreamland: No Good Deed"
The animated spy sitcom, Archer, is about the world's greatest secret agent and is on FX Networks. Archer started in 2009 and won "Outstanding Animated Program" for the first time last year, in 2016! Being part of "ISIS', the "International Secret Intelligence, Service, is not an easy task, especially when your emotionally distant mother is your boss, but that won't stop Archer from being nominated for "Outstanding Animated Program" for the 5th time!
2. Bob's Burgers - "Bob, Actually"
Bob's Burgers, on Fox, was also nominated for both "Outstanding Animated Program" and "Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance"! Their First win was in 2014, and they are nominated for the 8th time this year! The show is about an eclectic family that doesn't let anything get in the way of the love for their burger restaurant!
3. Elena and the Secret of Avalor - (Sophia the First)
A Disney Television Animation about the imprisonment of Elena in her magical amulet who receives the help of a princess to break free from evil sorcery. This is the first nomination with the hopes of many future ones!
4. South Park - "Member Berries"
With 17 nominations and 4 wins, South Park is nominated again for the 8th time in a row for "Outstanding Animated Program". This adult animated sitcom has been running for 20 seasons! In a way it is an improv comedy for animated programs; each episode is written the week proceeding it's broadcast. "Member!" to stay tuned to see what trouble Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny cause for their quiet town in Colorado.
5. The Simpsons - "The Town"
Last but not least, The Simpsons was also nominated for both "Outstanding Animated Program" and "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance". A show about your typical America family and their neighborhood...okay maybe not so typical, but loving nonetheless. The Simpsons is the longest running animated comedy, it's no surprise that it has been nominated 87 times altogether, and won 32 times. The most recent win was in 2015 for "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance" in "The Princess Guide".
The Emmy Awards are less than 2 weeks away and we are excited to see which of all these great shows takes home the trophy. Check nominations for other categories here!
Ready for a new month?! We'll catch you up on the latest news in animation for the month of August first!
1. Ducktale's first new episode free on YouTube!
It's always great to be able to share the excitement of what is nostalgic to you with the new generation! The first episode is already available to watch on YouTube for free, and the rest will resume September 23, 2017!
Watch it here!
2. An Invisible History...
But not anymore! Women get recognition at The Academy's event "An Invisible History: Trailblazing Women of Animation". Mindy Johnson, an author known for many books about Disney, hosted it and introduced a lot of women that were leads in quite a bit of Disney animated features.
Check out the list of the Animators here!
3. Weinstein Company's Animation Division!
Welcoming The Weinstein Company to the world of animation! The name of the division is "Mizcheif" with a lot of future plans and the first release being just released. "Leap!" is in theaters now, as of August 25, 2017!
Watch the trailer here!
4. Transformers as an Animated Feature!
Hasbro and their studio, Boulder Media Studio, announced that the Transformers animated feature has been in production since July 31, 2017! They also hope to have a new feature released once a year after the first one. Keep an eye out for the debut in 2018!
Watch and read more about it here!
5. In Development at Eric Miller Animation Studios
While we are continuing to offer one-stop-shop animation production services, we are also continuing to develop our own intellectual properties. We are hard at work on our Bink short, and very excited on the progress we are making on the story. We're spending more time on the story before putting it into production, because we want it to be amazing.
We are also in very early stages on exploring other ideas. One of those ideas, currently titled Firefly Woods, will be a 3D animated virtual reality project. We have been wanting to get into the VR world, and this is one of our first steps into this exciting space. Stay tuned for future updates on this and other projects we are working on.
Get connected with Eric Miller Animation Studios social media platforms for upcoming news in animation!
This week we are showcasing YouTube Animation channels that are selected based on their high viewership and subscribers!
A self-taught animator who recently started taking animation classes so he can continue to make people laugh. His animations are mostly based on "Minecraft", and as he develops his skills, his style is expanding!
Watch his animation about a walk through the forest here.
Describes his animations as "Good clean cartoon hijinks"; Harry Partridge is an independent short-format web animator. He is best known for being a voice actor from Swindon. His most notable animations include "Saturday Morning Watchmen" and "Skyrim"
Watch one of his most popular animations "Song of Skyrim" here.
OneyNG has a range of YouTube Animations: tutorials, let's plays, and some that are just simply for entertainment about popular movies and shows. He has a separate YouTube for music and another for game plays as well!
Watch his "Easy Cartoon Background Tutorial" here.
There are so many YouTube Animators out there it was too hard to fit them in one blog, so be sure to check in once in a while for another showcase!
Need something new to watch on Netflix? Keep an eye out for these new animated series that will be launching within the next year!
If you enjoy watching "The Simpsons" and "Futurama", Matt Groening is stirring a little something that may just be the perfect new animated series for you to get into. "Disenchantment" is being prepared to launch on Netflix in 2018. Set in a “crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland,” a “hard-drinking young princess Bean" and her fantasy creature campions!
Read more about who the voices for the characters will be here.
Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters
A toy that was originally introduced in 1976 is being produced by Netflix and Hasbro as a new animated series that will be launched at the end of 2017. Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters is about three friends, who turn an accident into an adventure. An experimental chemical changes their lives, but for the better...for everyone!
Read more about it here.
Godzilla: Monster Planet
In the 60 years the monster has been around, this will be the first animated series for Godzilla. Set in the year 2048, humans will try to win back the planet that was taken away from them by monsters. It may not look like the Godzilla we're used to, but they are hoping it can be enjoyed by old fans as well as a new generation of fans. Look for it in November 2017!
Check out the trailer here.
Of course, there are so many more exciting animated shows launching on Netflix soon. Click here for a full list of premieres.