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An­i­ma­tion Li­ba­tion Stu­dios and An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine have an­nounced the awards win­ners for the 2015 World An­i­ma­tion Cel­e­bra­tion in­ter­na­tional short film fes­ti­val, which took place Oct. 24-25 at the Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion lot in Cul­ver City, Calif.

This year’s fes­ti­val re­ceived more than 250 sub­mis­sions from 45 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, which were nar­rowed down to the top three judges’ picks in sev­eral cat­e­gories.

The win­ners and run­ners-up are: Stu­dent 2D Com­puter An­i­ma­tion

DODOBA, by Yon Hui Lee (CalArts, U.S.)

Breathe, by Jode­lyne C. Arias (School of Vis­ual Arts, U.S.)

In Black, by Lai Wei (Univer­sity of Arts Lon­don, U.K.) Stu­dent CG An­i­ma­tion

None of That, by Is­abel Littger, Anna Hinds Pad­dock & Kriti Kaur (Rin­gling Col­lege of Art & De­sign, U.S.)

Es­car­face, by Eva Navaux, Burcu Sankur, Vin­cent Me­u­nier, Lionel Arnold, Dario Sa­bato, Pierre Plouzeau (Supin­fo­com, France)

Tak­ing the Plunge, by El­iz­a­beth Ku-Her­rero, Thad­deus An­dreades, Ni­cholas Man­fredi, Marie Raoult (School of Vis­ual Arts, U.S.) Stu­dent Stop Mo­tion

by Martin Smatana (Acad­emy of Per­form­ing Arts, Bratislava, Slo­vakia)

Night of the Liv­ing Chef, by Sarah Watkins (Colum­bus Col­lege of Art & De­sign, U.S.)

The Planet of Cheese, by Matisse Gon­za­lez (Fil­makademie Baden-Wuert­tem­berg, Ger­many) Stu­dent Tra­di­tional An­i­ma­tion

Ri­f­lesso, by Alice Guzzo (The Arts Univer­sity, Bournemouth, U.K.)

Sev­enth Heaven, by Or Tilinger (Min­shar for Art, Is­rael)

Clown with the In­grown Frown, (School of Vis­ual Arts, U.S.) Stu­dent Ex­per­i­men­tal An­i­ma­tion

Threaded, by Ta­tiana Pin­zon Salavar­ri­eta (Univer­sity of Bo­gota, Colom­bia)

Chocolate Dar­win, by Rein­hold Oh­ngemach (Fil­makademie Baden-Wuert­tem­berg, Ger­many)

Fleis­chwelt, by Ara Joe (Fil­makademie Baden-Wuert­tem­berg, Ger­many) Pro­fes­sional 2D Com­puter An­i­ma­tion

Claire and the Keys, by John Lud­wick (U.S.) Lonely Sound, by Sand­hya Prab­hat (In­dia) Moon Cakes, by Chang Liu (U.S.) Pro­fes­sional CG An­i­ma­tion

Lost Senses, by Marcin Wasilewski (Poland)

Three Fools, by Sno­bar Avani & Peter Hausner (Den­mark)

Two Worlds, by Andy Lefton (U.S.) Pro­fes­sional Ex­per­i­men­tal An­i­ma­tion

Morn­ing Cof­fee, by Tracy Miller-Robins (U.S.) Grey El­egy, by James Duesing (U.S.) 121, by Denes Ruzsa & Fruzsina Spitzer (Hun­gary) Pro­fes­sional Stop Mo­tion by Tsu­neo Goda (Ja­pan) Junk, by Wal­ter Tournier (Uruguay) The Grim Reaper Has the Blues, by Max­i­m­il­ian Zenk & Flo­rian Ha­zler (Ger­many) Pro­fes­sional Tra­di­tional An­i­ma­tion Cooped, by Mike A. Smith (U.S.) Mu­vfilms, by Ro­drigo Germano (Brazil) Ar­me­nian Geno­cide, by Pablo Gosta­nian (Ar­gentina)

Car­toon Net­work will be ex­pand­ing its orig­i­nal an­i­ma­tion line-up in 2016 with sev­eral new projects pro­duced in Aus­tralia that will use a vir­tual stu­dio model to tap tal­ent from across the coun­try. The projects are: • Ex­change Stu­dent Zero, cre­ated by Pa­trick Craw­ley, Bruce Kane and Mau­rice Ar­giro, is a 13-part com­edy-ad­ven­ture that fuses anime and Western an­i­ma­tion.

• Bill & Tony, from Fly­ing Gherkin, and The Sketchy Show, from Brisbane’s Ludo Stu­dio are short-for­mat come­dies com­mis­sioned by Car­toon Net­work.

• Lasso & Comet has been ac­cepted by Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios’ in­ter­na­tional shorts pro­gram and will go into pro­duc­tion soon. From Mel­bourne’s Rub­ber House Stu­dios, the ac­tion-ad­ven­ture-com­edy cen­ters on a 13-year-old boy with a magic rope and a talk­ing comet who live in a world filled with gi­ant mon­sters.

CN Aus­tralia also has green­lit a pi­lot for Mon­ster Beach: The Se­ries, based on the tele­vi­sion movie that nabbed an AS­TRA award this year from Bo­gan En­ter­tain­ment So­lu­tions.

Magic Light Pic­tures will an­i­mate the mod­ern clas­sic pic­ture book Stick Man for a Christ­mas sea­son spe­cial on BBC One in the United King­dom.

Based on the 2008 book writ­ten by Ju­lia Don­ald­son and il­lus­trated by Axel Scheffler, the half-hour Stick Man project marks Magic Light’s fourth col­lab­o­ra­tion with the au­thor-il­lus­tra­tor team, pre­ceded by the Os­car nom­i­nated Room on the Broom and multi-award win­ning The Gruf­falo and The Gruf­falo’s Child.

The voice cast fea­tures Martin Free­man as Stick Man, Hugh Bon­neville as Santa and Jen­nifer Saunders nar­rat­ing, with Rus­sell Tovey, Rob Bry­don and Sally Hawkins.

An­i­ma­tion and live-ac­tion pro­duc­tion com­pany Water­man En­ter­tain­ment — founded by Stu­art Lit­tle and Alvin & The Chip­munks ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Steve Water­man — has ac­quired the Bur­bank-based Film Ro­man stu­dio.

Un­der the new struc­ture, Film Ro­man’s Dana Booton has been pro­moted from gen­eral

man­ager to pres­i­dent of pro­duc­tion, and will con­tinue to oversee day-to-day busi­ness in ad­di­tion to new co-pro­duc­tion and de­vel­op­ment man­age­ment du­ties.

Stu­dio founder Phil Ro­man is re­turn­ing as chair­man emer­i­tus, serv­ing in an ad­vi­sory ca­pac­ity and work­ing closely with Booton, Water­man and the de­vel­op­ment team on the com­pany’s cre­ative vi­sion and sub­se­quent projects.

Para­mount An­i­ma­tion an­nounced a March 18 bow for Mark Os­borne’s The Lit­tle Prince and up­dated its release plans through 2019.

Mon­ster Trucks, the live-ac­tion/an­i­ma­tion hy­brid project di­rected by Blue Sky vet­eran Chris Wedge, will now open Jan. 13, 2017. SpongeBob SquarePants 3 is sched­uled for Feb. 8, 2019. Paul Tib­bitt will once again direct.

Amuse­ment Park has been set for March 22, 2019. For­mer Pixar artist Dy­lan Brown, who was su­per­vis­ing an­i­ma­tor on Rata­touille and Find­ing Nemo, is di­rect­ing.

Los An­ge­les-based Le Vi­sion Pic­tures USA has en­tered into a two-pic­ture deal with The Lion King di­rec­tor Rob Minkoff and pro­duc­ing part­ner Pi­etro Ven­tani to code­velop and pro­duce the an­i­mated fea­ture Wolf Totem and the live-ac­tion com­edy Silk­worms.

Le Vi­sion Pic­tures USA is the Los An­ge­les-based arm of China’s Le Vi­sion Pic­tures, the third largest non-gov­ern­men­towned film stu­dio in China by to­tal box of­fice.

The pro­duc­ers of up­com­ing an­i­mated fam­ily com­edy Blaz­ing Sa­mu­rai (slated for Aug. 4, 2017) have cast Sa­muel L. Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks. The cast also in­cludes Ge­orge Takei, Gabriel Igle­sias, Aasif Mandvi, Dji­mon Houn­sou, Michelle Yeoh, San­dra Ts­ing Loh, Mel B. and new­comer Heav­enly Joy Jerkins, a 5-year-old singing sen­sa­tion who ap­peared on sea­son 10 of Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent.

Blaz­ing Sa­mu­rai is be­ing pro­duced by Mass An­i­ma­tion, Huayi Broth­ers Me­dia Corp., Fly­ing Tigers En­ter­tain­ment and GFM Films. It is di­rected by Chris Bai­ley ( Kim Pos­si­ble, Clerks) and fel­low an­i­ma­tion vet­eran Mark Koet­sier from a screen­play by Ed Stone and Nate Hop­per.

Open Road Films has ac­quired U.S. dis­tri­bu­tion rights for Blaz­ing Sa­mu­rai. Arc Pro­duc­tions ( Gnomeo & Juliet) is the lead an­i­ma­tion ser­vice stu­dio on the film.

DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion has tapped Edgar Wright ( Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pil­grim vs. the World) to direct an orig­i­nal an­i­mated fea­ture cen­tered on the con­cept of shad­ows. Wright is also co-writ­ing the screen­play with co­me­dian and au­thor David Wal­liams ( Lit­tle Bri­tain). The yet to be dated release is not a re­boot of the lan­guish­ing Me and My Shadow project, but an orig­i­nal con­cept. ... Fox TV has or­dered the an­i­ma­tion and live-ac­tion hy­brid com­edy se­ries Son of Zorn, ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, with a planned pre­miere in the 2016-17 sea­son. ... The Vis­ual Ef­fects So­ci­ety will honor Ri­d­ley Scott with the VES Life­time Achieve­ment Award in recog­ni­tion of his enor­mous con­tri­bu­tions to filmed en­ter­tain­ment. The award will be pre­sented Feb. 2 at the 14th an­nual VES Awards at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel. ... Tele­vi­sion and fea­ture an­i­ma­tion vet­eran Peilin Chou has been named head of cre­ative for fea­ture an­i­ma­tion at Oriental DreamWorks. ... Seth MacFar­lane, cre­ator of Fam­ily Guy, Amer­i­can Dad! and The Cleve­land Show, re­ceived the 2015 life­time achieve­ment award from the Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica West’s An­i­ma­tion Writ­ers Cau­cus. ... Brenda Gil­bert has been ap­pointed pres­i­dent of Bron An­i­ma­tion, ex­pand­ing on her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on the Bron Me­dia board. She ap­pointed three vice pres­i­dents: Adam Wood, VP Cre­atives; Te­u­nis de Raat, VP Dig­i­tal; and Luke Car­roll, VP Pro­duc­tion & De­vel­op­ment. ... Has­bro and Lionsgate have an­nounced that My Lit­tle Pony: The Movie will be hoof­ing it into the­aters Nov. 3, 2017. ... Johnny Depp will voice the tit­u­lar role of Para­mount An­i­ma­tion and MGM’s Sher­lock Gnomes — a se­quel to in­die an­i­mated hit Gnomeo and Juliet from El­ton John’s Rocket Pic­tures. The film is slated for release Jan. 12, 2018. ... Reese Wither­spoon, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son and Seth MacFar­lane will be join­ing head­liner Matthew McConaughey in the voice cast for Sing, an an­i­mated mu­si­cal com­edy com­ing next year from Il­lu­mi­na­tion En­ter­tain­ment. ... Adult Swim has green­lit an an­i­mated com­edy from di­rec­tor Daniel Stessen: Dream Corp LLC. John Krasin­ski and Stephen Merchant from The Of­fice are exec pro­duc­ers along with Allyson Seeger. ... Os­car-win­ning ac­tress Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette is in talks to voice a new char­ac­ter in Toy Story 4, cur­rently slated for June 15, 2018. ... An­i­ma­tion Block Party will present its 13th an­nual edi­tion July 28 to 31, 2016, with screen­ings and events at Brook­lyn’s Rooftop Films and BAMcin­e­matek. .... Canada’s Kids’ CBC has green­lit Dot., a 52 x 11 an­i­mated se­ries from Toronto-based In­dus­trial Broth­ers ( Yup Yups) in as­so­ci­a­tion with The Jim Hen­son Co. ... Stu­dio 100 Me­dia has be­gun pro­duc­tion on Maya the Bee 2 - The Honey Games set to ar­rive in the­aters in 2017 or 2018. ... Warner Bros. An­i­ma­tion cre­ative ex­ec­u­tive Jay Bas­tian has been pro­moted to se­nior VP se­ries, and oper­a­tions chief Ed Adams has been pro­moted to se­nior VP and gen­eral man­ager. ... Monty Python alum­nus Terry Jones is di­rect­ing SC Films In­ter­na­tional’s 3D an­i­mated fam­ily fea­ture Sher­lock Hound and the Case of the Miss­ing Santa Claus. ... Vis­ual ef­fects and cre­ative stu­dio Zero VFX has opened a new 5,000 square foot of­fice West Coast post in Venice Beach, Calif. [

26On disc: One Piece Sea­son 7 Voy­age 5, Corpse Party — Tor­tured Souls (BD), Daniel Tiger’s Neigh­bor­hood: Su­per Daniel!, King­dom; Com­plete First Sea­son, Su­per Why! The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

It seems like ev­ery month we have a new ex­plo­ration of the fa­bled Mouse House hit­ting shelves. But with such a driven fig­ure as Walt Dis­ney be­hind its suc­cess, it’s no won­der that the stu­dio’s many se­crets con­tinue to sur­prise, in­trigue and in­spire gen­er­a­tions of an­i­ma­tors and film­mak­ers. In this 400-plus-page tome, writer, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Don Hahn ( The Lion King) and Tracey Miller-Zarneke present pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished lec­ture notes from the stu­dio’s ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions.

Aug­mented by pe­riod pho­to­graphs and draw­ings, the col­lec­tion shows how Walt cre­ated a cul­ture of learn­ing and im­prove­ment to pre­pare his artists for their first fea­ture-length project: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Walt hand-picked in­struc­tors from the Chouinard Art In­sti­tute to hold classes, screened films for study, has his best artists give live cri­tiques and brought in an ar­ray of in­spir­ing tal­ent — from ar­chi­tect Frank Lloyd Wright to chore­og­ra­pher Ge­orge Balan­chine to hu­morist Alexan­der Wooll­cott. The col­lected tran­scripts are both an im­por­tant in­struc­tion for an­i­ma­tors and a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal look at stu­dio cul­ture on the cusp of a new era.

Brenda Gil­bert

Peter Lord

Seth MacFar­lane

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