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  • Sparks return with ‘Hippopotamus’ animated music video

    Sparks return with ‘Hippopotamus’ animated music video

    Californian sibling duo Ron and Russell Mael, known collectively as Sparks, are gearing up to release their new album Hippopotamus via BMG in September of this year. In anticipation of the new release the band, whose prior hits include ‘This …

  • Magic Wilderness: El Apóstol

    Magic Wilderness: El Apóstol

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the release of the world’s first animated feature film, so I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate this with a series of articles on selected films. As we all know, Disney’s Snow …

  • Intimate Animation: Kim Noce (‘Love in Idleness’)

    Intimate Animation: Kim Noce (‘Love in Idleness’)

    Continuing the second season of Intimate Animation – the Skwigly podcast in which we explore, discuss and interview the talents behind animation that deals with adult themes of love, relationships and sexuality – we welcome UK-based Italian artist/filmmaker Kim Noce …

  • Stranger Things: A Conversation with Kirsten Lepore

    Stranger Things: A Conversation with Kirsten Lepore

    Since her promising beginnings with the viral hit Story From North America (co-directed with Garrett Michael Davis in 2007) and breakthrough student short Bottle (that to date has picked up 39 awards and counting) in 2010, Kirsten Lepore‘s animation career …

  • WATCH: Mend and Make Do by Bexie Bush

    WATCH: Mend and Make Do by Bexie Bush

    Today sees the online release of Mend and Make Do the graduation film directed by Bexie Bush which you can watch below.

    The documentary film was created at the NFTS and retells the story of Lyn Schofield, who regales the …

  • Watch: Aidan McAteer’s ‘Deadly’ released online

    Watch: Aidan McAteer’s ‘Deadly’ released online

    Today sees the online premiere of Deadly by Irish director Aidan McAteer. On top of his TV credits that span major animated preschool series such as Peppa Pig, My Little Pony, Boj, The Secret Show and Ben and Holly’s Little …

  • Nick Park’s Early Man – New Teaser Debuts

    Nick Park’s Early Man – New Teaser Debuts

    After offering a tantalising glimpse as the film entered production last October a full teaser trailer for Aardman director Nick Park’s upcoming feature Early Man has been released.

    The film, to be released in cinemas next year, takes the viewer …

  • Podcast: Graham Annable (Grickle)

    Podcast: Graham Annable (Grickle)

    In episode 69 of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome back Graham Annable, Oscar-nominated co-director of LAIKA‘s 2014 feature The Boxtrolls.

    As well as his involvement with LAIKA Studios, Graham is also the creator of the comic/animation series Grickle, sustained …

  • Annecy announces first guests & events for 2017 edition

    Annecy announces first guests & events for 2017 edition

    The Annecy International Animated Film Festival has revealed a first look at what’s in store for this year’s edition. Leading with the announcement of two of its prominent keynote speakers Kristine Belson (President of Sony Pictures Animation) and Eric Coleman …

  • Interview with ‘We Bare Bears’ creator Daniel Chong

    Interview with ‘We Bare Bears’ creator Daniel Chong

    Grizz, Pan Pan and Ice Bear are returning for all-new episodes of We Bare Bears on Cartoon Network. The lovable trio of brotherly bears are back to their old tricks, learning more about the world and eating everything in sight. …

  • “Seth’s Dominion” – Review & Director Interview

    “Seth’s Dominion” – Review & Director Interview

    An area we find ourselves returning to time and again here on Skwigly is the unique strength animation brings as a component of – or driving force behind – non-fiction storytelling. With animation and documentary becoming increasingly intertwined of late, …

  • Bill Plympton launches Plympton Animation University

    Bill Plympton launches Plympton Animation University

    New York-based animator and director Bill Plympton has this week launched a new online animation production course – Plympton Animation University. The eight part series was filmed during a live class held between January and March of this year.

    The …

  • When Popeye was Popular Without His Punch!

    When Popeye was Popular Without His Punch!

    It was reported on October 13-19, 1973 in the TV Guide: “Citizen’s groups bent on ridding TV of what they regard as objectionable kiddy fare have won a major victory: Metromedia-owned station KTTV in Los Angeles has agreed to ban …

  • ‘We Bare Bears’ returns to Cartoon Network UK this Monday

    ‘We Bare Bears’ returns to Cartoon Network UK this Monday

    Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears will be returning to the UK with new episodes weekdays at 6pm from this Monday (March 13th). The series, created by Annie-Award winner Daniel Chong (whose credits include Toy Story of Terror!) features the escapades …

  • ‘Sing’ Review

    ‘Sing’ Review

    A grey, drizzly day seems just as good as any to take in the newest film from firm family favourites Illumination Entertainment, makers of Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise. Written and directed by Garth Jennings (Hitchhiker’s …

  • WATCH: Isabella by Ross Hogg and Duncan Cowles

    WATCH: Isabella by Ross Hogg and Duncan Cowles

    Isabella, the documentary by animator Ross Hogg (Spectators, Scribbledub) and film maker Duncan Cowles (Directed by Tweedie) has been released online in full.

     

    The BAFTA winning short (Best Scottish Short 2016) features a  blend of animation and live action …

  • Participants sought for touring workshop ‘World in (Stop) Motion’

    Participants sought for touring workshop ‘World in (Stop) Motion’

    Award-winning director Chloé Alliez (whose short film work includes last year’s Toutes Nuancées) and fellow La Cambre graduate Violette Delvoye have recently joined forces for World in (Stop) Motion, an “itinerant and participative animated series, entirely made in stop-motion”.

    Each …

  • Watch: Kaada/Patton’s ‘Red Rainbow’ directed by Rune Spaans

    Watch: Kaada/Patton’s ‘Red Rainbow’ directed by Rune Spaans

    In association with TIDAL, Ipecac Recordings has today announced the launch of the CG animated music video for the 2016 Kaada/Patton album Bacteria Cult, set to the opening track ‘Red Rainbow’.

    The video is directed by Norwegian VFX artist Rune …

  • Disney Dominate the 2017 Academy Awards

    Disney Dominate the 2017 Academy Awards

    The 89th Academy Awards has announced its winners. Whilst best picture was anyones guess right up until they handed the award to the wrong guy, here on Skwigly we thought we would stick to the mishap free animation highlights.

    This …

  • DepicT! 2017 submissions now open

    DepicT! 2017 submissions now open

    DepicT!, the ultra-short competition strand of Bristol’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival has today opened its call for submission. As with prior editions, the contest is open to films of any nationality, genre, budget and level of professionalism, so …

  • Oscars 2017: Thoughts on the Animated Shorts

    Oscars 2017: Thoughts on the Animated Shorts

    There is no doubt that the Oscars are the biggest film awards ceremony of the year, that time where the vast majority of the movie industry is treated to a spectacle of glossy advertisements for elaborate dresses and overpriced jewellery. …

  • Podcast: Interview with ‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’ director Robert Valley

    Podcast: Interview with ‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’ director Robert Valley

    In episode 68 of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome Robert Valley, director of the original Vimeo animated documentary short Pear Cider and Cigarettes.

    Developed from Valley’s own self-published graphic novels and produced by Cara Speller of Passion Pictures, the …

  • WATCH: ‘Fulfilament’ by Rhiannon Evans now online!

    WATCH: ‘Fulfilament’ by Rhiannon Evans now online!

    Following a festival run that includes 80 international screenings and 20+ awards, Rhiannon Evans’s NFTS short Fulfilament is now online to watch in full.

    The stop-motion film, produced in 2015, follows the journey of a lost, wandering thought manifested as …

  • Animation Tips: 48 FPS for *Lower* Frame Rates

    Animation Tips: 48 FPS for *Lower* Frame Rates

    For many working in animation, we generally limit our choice of frame rate to 1s or 2s depending on what time and budget allow. New Skwigly contributor Simmon Keith Barney offers up some alternative approaches.

    When people talk about film …

  • Interview with Eva Cvijanović (“Hedgehog’s Home”)

    Interview with Eva Cvijanović (“Hedgehog’s Home”)

    A graduate of Concordia University, director/animator Eva Cvijanović’s independent film work includes 2010’s Once Upon a Many Time and 2013’s Seasick. Her work with the National Film Board of Canada began with her participation in the seventh edition of the …