Category: Annecy Animation Festival

Why Are Japanese Anime Films Enjoying Outsized Success in China? The Answer Is a Combination of Culture, Politics and the...

Reminiscent of the outsized Chinese box office success once enjoyed by a certain genre of Hollywood movie – think “Expendables 3,” Pacific Rim” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” – some Japanese anime films are now earning more in China than they are in their native Japan. Last year, “Suzume” (pictured above) earned $117 million in […] Go to Source

Disney Unveils ‘Moon Girl’ Musical Shorts Series, ‘Big City Greens’ Season 5 Order and First-Look Clip for ‘Disney Junior’s Ariel’...

Disney Branded Television continues its long and fruitful relationship with the Annecy Animation Festival today with an annual presentation of project greenlights and series renewals. The company is also sharing first looks at exciting upcoming shows and specials from its preschool and kid-focused slate. Detailed descriptions of the titles showcased in this year’s presentation are […] Go to Source

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out 2′ to Get HDR Release in Select Cinemas

Pixar’s 2016 Oscar winner “Inside Out” had a dazzling look from the glow of emotions such as Amy Poehler’s Joy to the colorful Islands of Personality to the darkness of the Memory Dump or bleakness of Abstract Thought. Now, as the studio prepares for the June 14 release of  “Inside Out 2,” Disney/Pixar is rendering a […] Go to Source

French Animation Distributor Eurozoom Inks Strategic Alliance with Special Touch Studios, takes Four Titles to Annecy Animation Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

Eurozoom, a leading French distributor for Japanese animation, has forged a strategic partnership with major French animation producer Special Touch Studios, led by founder and CEO Sebastien Onomo. “We both share the same passion for animation and want to tell bold stories with a particular attention to professional diversity,” said Eurozoom’s CEO-Founder Amel Lacombe, who […] Go to Source

Framestore Company 3 Group Appoints Lincoln Wallen as Chief Technology Officer

Framestore Company 3 Group (FC3) has appointed Lincoln Wallen as its new group chief technology officer. FC3 is best known for color grading and has done high-profile work on upcoming animated and live-action titles, including “Deadpool &  Wolverine,” “Wicked,” “Transformers: One” and “Despicable Me.” The latter two are getting special presentations at this week’s Annecy […] Go to Source

Twelve-Time Grammy Winner Ruben Blades Provides Original Song to Animated Climate Change Feature ‘Black Butterflies’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Twelve-time Grammy-winning Panamanian musician, actor and human rights activist Ruben Blades has provided an original song for the Spanish-Panamanian animated climate change movie “Black Butterflies” from director David Baute. The film will world premiere in the Contrechamp competition at this year’s Annecy Animation Festival. Animated in 2D, and painstakingly researched by Baute, “Black Butterflies” is […] Go to Source

‘Agua Dulce,’ ‘Bolla,’ ‘Knightmares’ Head to Annecy Animation Festival’s La Liga Focus (EXCLUSIVE)

The Costa Rican tale of a grandfather’s lifetime care for his family, “Agua Dulce,” Mexican eco-themed elf story “Bolla” and teen horror tale “Knightmares” are among the six projects to be pitched June 12 at the Annecy Animation Festival’s Mifa Market. These are presented by La Liga, an umbrella association jointly founded in 2018 by […] Go to Source

Top Titles From Portugal at Annecy, from Milestones to Stunning 2D and a Vibrant New Generation With Attitude and High-Art  ...

As ever more Portuguese directors plan their first animated feature, Annecy is staging a timely Tribute to Portuguese Animation, its 2024 Country of Honor, with a seven section spread of key titles.    Variety has made its own selection of that selection, profiling modern milestones such as Abi Feijo’s “The Outlaws” and José Miguel Ribeiro’s “The […] Go to Source

Woody Allen-Narrated Animated Short ‘Mr. Fischer’s Chair’ Heads Into Production, Shares First Look at Concept Art (EXCLUSIVE)

A quarter-century after lending his voice to Z in Disney’s CG feature “Antz,” Woody Allen is set to return to the recording booth and narrate the upcoming Spanish animated short “Mr. Fischer’s Chair,” which will formally add several key co-producers during this year’s Annecy Festival. The film’s directors have also given Variety an exclusive look […] Go to Source

Urban Sales Racks Up Deals on Animation ‘Into the Wonderwoods’ Ahead of Cannes World Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Urban Sales has closed a raft of deals on the upcoming animated feature “Into the Wonderwoods” ahead of its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Special Screenings section. The film, which bows with a special screening May 22 at the prestigious French fest, has sold to 45 territories, the Paris-based sales outfit […] Go to Source