Animation

Last Studio Standing Starts with Tonya

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 11:57 -- Nick Dager

Vancouver’s ConVRter Technologies is partnering with Conexion Creativa of Colombia to create Last Studio Standing, which they say will be the largest hand drawn studio in the Americas. The company is focusing on science fiction-based animated film and television productions including science based children's content. In addition, they will co-produce adult animation content that does not fall into the manga genre. The first film from Last Studio Standing is Tonya (almost) Saves the Earth, a sci-fi comedy to be released in the spring of 2017

Art Directors to Honor Brad Bird

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:37 -- Nick Dager

Two–time Oscar-winning filmmaker, director, producer, animator and writer Brad Bird, whose films, including Ratatouille and The Incredibles, have consistently reflected the highest quality of production design, will receive the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild at its 21st Annual Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards. ADG council chair Marcia Hinds and awards producers Thomas Wilkins and Thomas Walsh made the announcement.

Sony Pictures Announces Emoji Agreement

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 15:00 -- Nick Dager

The Emoji Company and Sony Pictures Animation today announced that they have entered into a licensing agreement with regard to emoji company’s registered emoji trademark. The agreement covers the use of the term emoji in connection with SPA’s worldwide merchandising program for SPA's upcoming comedy feature The Emoji Movie, coming to theatres August 11.

Kubo Opening Today in China

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 09:26 -- Nick Dager

Laika’s acclaimed animated film Kubo and the Two Strings is being released in China today by Infotainment China Media, a leading movie acquisition company. This is the first time a Laika film will be presented to the massive Chinese audience and marks a remarkable achievement in the evolution of the 10-year-old Portland-Oregon based animation studio

Your Name. Nominated for Two Awards

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:52 -- Nick Dager

Director Makoto Shinkai’s widely acclaimed animated film Your Name. has been nominated for top awards by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. Your Name., from Toho Co. is being distributed in North America by Funimation Films. It picked up a nomination for Best Animated Feature – Independent and as well as a nomination for best direction of an animated feature.

Your Name Being Considered for Oscar

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 09:00 -- Nick Dager

The Japanese film Your Name has made the official Oscar consideration list in the Best Animated Feature category. The film will be vying for one of five nomination spots in its category that will be voted on for the 89th annual Academy Awards. Funimation Films acquired North American distributions rights to Your Name earlier this year from Toho Co. in Japan

Blur Studio Adds Maurer, Raz to Senior Staff

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:43 -- Nick Dager

Animation, visual effects and design company Blur Studio has hired Eric Maurer, character effects supervisor and Oded Raz, asset supervisor. Maurer and Raz will bolster Blur's leadership team, increase the studio's capacity for larger projects, and foster the development of new technology as the company gears up for the next round of feature work by Blur co-founder and Deadpool director Tim Miller.

Shin Godzilla in 534 Theatres across U.S. and Canada

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 13:02 -- Nick Dager

Funimation Films is screening the Japanese kaiju film Shin Godzilla in 534 theaters across the U.S. and Canada during its limited theatrical engagement October 11-18. Shin Godzilla is the 29th film produced by Toho in the iconic science fiction monster franchise and is co-directed by Hideaki Anno (creator of Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (director of Toho's 2015 Attack on Titan live action movies).

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