This is really interesting and one of the few stories about the history of Disney that I had not heard before.
It may not seem like it now, but back in 1923 when Walt Disney founded his now iconic company, it was a huge risk.
Disney had left his job to start the company, had no financial backing, and had brought on his brother to manage the business side so he could focus on his bread and butter at the time – “Laugh O-grams”.
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The first-ever European Animation Awards (EAA), set to take place on December 8 in Lille, France, have opened their call for entries.
Full Story: ‘Song of the Sea’ Director Tomm Moore Announces European Animation Awards Call For Entries
The Art Directors Guild has added a new category, for excellence in production design in an animated feature film, which will debut at the 22nd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, which are set to take place Jan. 27 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
Full Story: Art Directors Guild Adds Category for Animated Features | Hollywood Reporter
Formed in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada has been bringing the work of great Canadian filmmakers to the world.
They are responsible for some of the most politically incisive and socially impactive documentaries of the 20th century, their initiatives to create programs for indigenous filmmakers has helped to promote diversity in the arts, and their influence on the technology of medium is immeasurable.
But, more importantly, they produce cartoons.
Full Story: 7 NFB Movies That Prove Canada Is An Animation Powerhouse | Cultured Vultures
After more than thirty years spent working in the industry, Andrea Romano – the unsung hero of Warner Animation – has announced her retirement.
As the voice director behind such projects like Batman: The Animated series and countless other DC Animated Original Movies, Romano has overseen the growth of the publisher’s animated presence and then some, picking and choosing the very best talent to embody the roles of some of the most iconic comic book characters to have ever been put to print. She is, quite simply, one of the brightest stars of DC Entertainment, and a massive presence behind the scenes.
Full Story: 15 Superhero Voice Actors Who Totally Nailed Their Characters
Netflix has commissioned 20 episodes of a new series from The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening.
Matt GroeningDisenchantment will premiere on Netflix 10 episodes at a time, starting in 2018, and is being produced by The Ululu Company. Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) are serving as executive producers.
Full Story : Netflix orders Matt Groening animation | News | C21Media
Lasseter is widely credited with rescuing Walt Disney Animation from closure when he arrived from its new stable-mate Pixar in 2007 to become chief creative officer for both studios.
It hardly seems conceivable now — with Frozen (2013) among the 10 highest grossing movies in history — but Disney at the time was reeling from the derision heaped on Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Brother Bear (2003) and Chicken Little (2005).
Full Story: BusinessWorld | John Lasseter: a Disney man to infinity and beyond
Set to debut at D23 Expo 2017, “Ink and Paint” was years in the making. Johnson gathered information for the book by interviewing the family members of women who worked at Walt Disney Animation. Some of the unseen pictures and documents were literally found hidden under beds of relatives of these former Disney employees.
Full Story: New images and untold Disney stories in “Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation” to debut at D23 Expo 2017 | Inside the Magic
During this past weekend’s RTX 2017–Rooster Teeth’s epic fan expo dedicated to movies, TV, video games, and all things Internet-related–I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to chat with legendary producer Fred Seibert. If you’ve watched just about any super-popular cartoon over the last 25 years, there’s a good chance Seibert had a hand in bringing it to your attention. After serving as MTV’s first-ever creative director of MTV and taking Nickelodeon from worst to first among cable networks, Seibert entered the world of animation and has not looked back since. He’s been instrumental in bringing shows like Dexter’s Laboratory, The Fairly OddParents, Adventure Time, and Castlevania into the world.
Full article: Fred Seibert on Frederator’s Trendsetting Animation | Collider