When the Motion Picture Academy launched its animated feature category 15 years ago, innovations in computer animation were breaking fast. CG looked so enticing that pundits predicted it would…
Even successful animation pros have admitted that sometimes they've felt relegated to "the kids' table" on the awards circuit. But that doesn't happen at Annecy, the world's longest-running festival…
Not long ago, the main road to animation careers ran through art schools, and while many young animators still follow that path, other avenues are emerging. Just ask Jenna Boyd, Nickelodeon's senior…
Already a Golden Globe winner, the Oscar-nominated "How to Train Your Dragon 2" displays a level of sophistication beyond anything DreamWorks Animation has achieved before.
BOXTROLLS Oregon-based Laika is heading into awards season with the stop-motion "The Boxtrolls." Having earned Oscar nominations for its first two efforts, "Coraline" (2009) and "ParaNorman" (2012)…
Some people go on vacation in June. Bill Plympton goes to Annecy. The man dubbed the King of Indie Animation is a popular draw at the famed French animation festival, which he's attended since 1985…
If Pixar's "Monsters University" scores an Oscar nomination for animated feature, producer Kori Rae will be celebrating with a spouse who knows firsthand what that feels like.
Though tiny toons face tough road, creators take opportunity to shine
Oscar is smiling on the Mouse House this season, bestowing no fewer than four nominations on Disney-branded animated films. A nod to Pixar's "Brave" isn't surprising, given Pixar's track record, and…
Lensers adopt live-action techniques to make stop-motion more animated
One-off teams vie with entrenched, but evolving, studios