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China's movie post-production companies feel the pinch

May 19, 2021
How one visual effects and animation firm that services Hollywood and China productions is weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dachang Movie Town near Beijing is where reality shows and feature films are shot.
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Hollywood is betting big on animation in 2021

Feb 17, 2021
Steaming platforms are investing heavily in new original cartoons, as well as building libraries of older favorites.
Streaming services like HBO Max and Disney+ are investing more and more into animation like "The Simpsons," streaming on Disney+.
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The founders of Black N' Animated reflect on their open letter to the animation community

Sep 7, 2020
At first, it felt silent. Which, when you're trying to start a conversation, can be unnerving.
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Hollywood's mostly shut down. Except for animation.

May 19, 2020
No need for actors to socially distance when they can record from home.
Animators didn't have to change much to work from home. Voice-over artists have had to make some adjustments, though. "Nothing messes up a voice-over session like the guy next door trimming his trees with a chainsaw," says Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants.
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You wouldn't recognize Disney without the work of these women

Oct 23, 2019
A new book details the rise and fall of female animators and storytellers in the early days of Walt Disney Studios.
Portrait of Retta Scott working on Bambi
Ben Worcester

How long can Disney keep "The Lion King" franchise going?

Jul 23, 2019
With the release of the latest Lion King movie, Disney is pushing forward a brand that’s been around for more than a quarter of a century.
The cast of Disney's The Lion King performs onstage at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton in 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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How to be an animator

Nov 22, 2018
Shannon O'Connor talks about her career working in animation, from "Space Jam" to "The Simpsons" and beyond.
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Ten years later, what we learned from WALL-E

“It's a wicked satire of American consumerism and of environmental degradation, but it also has this cheerful little character," according to sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson.
Wall-E arrives at the world premiere of Disney-Pixar's film Wall-E held at the Greek Theater on June 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. 
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"Good ideas never die at Disney"

Aug 29, 2016
Disney almost shut down in the 1940s, but they were also the studio's most creative time.
Sylvia Holland's concept painting for the "Pastoral Symphony" sequence in Fantasia.  
They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Musical Years: The 1940s by Didier Ghez

Hasbro deal enhances its animation potential

Jul 18, 2016
The toymaker's acquisition of Irish animation firm Boulder Media will pay off.
Optimus Prime attends the opening of a Transformers ride at Universal Orlando. 
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