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Dis­ney Ju­nior re­freshes Mickey and pals for a new gen­er­a­tion of young view­ers with a clas­sic-car premise in By Tom McLean.

No word bet­ter de­scribes the Amer­i­can icon Mickey Mouse than “clas­sic,” and noth­ing de­fines clas­sic Amer­i­cana bet­ter than car cul­ture — mak­ing the merger of the two in the new preschool an­i­mated se­ries Mickey and the Road­ster Rac­ers some­thing of a per­fect match.

“We love cars and car shows and are big fans of Big Daddy Roth and that kind of thing,” says Mark Sei­den­berg, co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and su­per­vis­ing story ed­i­tor on the new se­ries, pro­duced by Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion An­i­ma­tion and due to pre­miere Jan. 15 on Dis­ney Ju­nior. “And we, through this, would be putting two loves of ours to­gether: cars and Mickey.”

That pitch from Sei­den­berg and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Rob LaDuca — both pre­vi­ously of Jake and the Never Land Pi­rates and Mickey Mouse Club­house — earned a go-ahead from ex­ec­u­tive VP of orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming Nancy Kan­ter, and they were off to the races. Sup­port­ing the de­ci­sion was the pop­u­lar­ity of an episode of Mickey Mouse Club­house ti­tled “Mickey’s Club­house Road Rally” that fea- tured the char­ac­ters rac­ing cars. “It turned out to be one of the best sell­ing DVDs for Dis­ney,” says LaDuca.

The 52 x 11 se­ries — air­ing as 26 half-hours — fo­cuses on the ad­ven­tures of Mickey, Min­nie Mouse, Goofy, Don­ald Duck, Daisy Duck and Pluto in the town of Hot Dog Hills. Mickey runs a garage and all the char­ac­ters have cars that trans­form into road­ster rac­ers that re­flect their per­son­al­i­ties — a con­cept that was a lot of fun to de­velop, LaDuca says.

“Mickey has a clas­sic hot rod, like they used to make from Model T’s — very Amer­i­can,” he says. “Min­nie’s car, she’s a bit more el­e­gant and maybe a bit more in­ter­na­tional, so we de­signed her car, it looks like a bow, but it came from the de­sign of a French car from the ’30s, called a De­la­haye.”

“And then for Goofy’s car, we were in­spired very much by Big Daddy Roth, so we thought, what’s bet­ter for Goofy than a bath­tub on wheels with a work­ing shower head?” adds Sei­den­berg.

“And then Don­ald, be­cause he’s a sailor, we gave him a boat on wheels: the Cabin Cruiser,” says LaDuca. “And then Daisy loves flow­ers, so we wanted a smok­ing drag­ster for her, so we call that one Snap­dragon.”

Re­search­ing th­ese de­signs led the pro­duc­ers di­rectly to the renowned car col­lec­tion of for­mer Tonight Show host Jay Leno, who per­son­ally toured them around his garage.

“By the end of the tour, we said we have a char­ac­ter we’re de­vel­op­ing called Billy Bea­gle who’s like the race an­nouncer,” says LaDuca. “And he did a voice, he goes, ‘Would he sound like this?’ And we said, you’re hired!”

‘Di­rectly from Walt’ Telling tales of race af­ter race, how­ever, would quickly get repet­i­tive, so the ap­proach to sto­ry­telling draws heav­ily on the iconic stars of the show. “They’re the dream team,” says LaDuca. “They come di­rectly from Walt, and we have a big re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep them as their char­ac­ters.”

Stein­berg says the sto­ries are al­ways about the char­ac­ters. “Some­times there is a race,

house Club- around the world to some fa­mous cities that got a sub­tle car­toon makeover. “We will be go­ing to Lon­don, Rome, Madrid — and we’re very care­ful to not make fun of the na­tional icons like the Eif­fel Tower or the Colos­seum,” says Stein­berg.

The main set­ting is the garage, which was in­spired by the visit to Leno’s garage and is dec­o­rated with rac­ing car posters, tro­phies and ad­ver­tise­ments. Other key set­tings in­clude the Hot Dog Diner and a free­way whose ex­its form the fa­mil­iar out­line of Mickey’s head when seen from above.

With an­i­ma­tion done by Technicolor, writ­ing of the se­ries is over­all script-driven due to sched­ul­ing de­mands. “But then we don’t pull back on the board guys if they want to have fun with a gag,” says LaDuca.

“When we’re go­ing along with a race, we have five or six char­ac­ters with cars, and the chore­og­ra­phy of fig­ur­ing out who’s in first, sec­ond, third at any point — that’s prob­a­bly the big­gest chal­lenge we have,” says Stein­berg.

Fa­mous Voices In ad­di­tion to Leno, Mickey’s Road­ster Rac­ers has pulled in some other fa­mous faces and voices. Three NASCAR driv­ers lend their voices and their like­nesses to Dis­ney-fied ver­sions of them­selves: Jim­mie John­son plays Jiminy John­son, Dan­ica Pa­trick is Danni Sue, and Jeff Gor­don plays Gor­don Gear.

“All three of them were hav­ing a ball, es­pe­cially when they saw what they were go­ing to look like on screen,” says Stein­berg. “They re­ally put a lot of en­ergy into their per­for­mance.”

Com­ple­ment­ing the guest voices — also in­clud­ing Tim Gunn, Gor­don Ram­say, Tia Car­rere, Pat­ton Oswalt, Fred Wil­lard and Jane Leeves — are the estab­lished voices of the main char­ac­ters: Bret Iwan as Mickey Mouse, Russi Tay­lor as Min­nie Mouse, Bill Farmer as Goofy and Pluto, Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck and Daniel Ross as Don­ald Duck.

“But ba­si­cally ev­ery­body is hav­ing fun: board guys, back­ground de­sign­ers — it’s been a re­ally smooth pro­duc­tion,” says LaDuca. [

DreamWorks’ new Netflix se­ries Troll­hunters digs into a rich mythol­ogy mixed with scary mo­ments, humor and char­ac­ter de­vel­oped by cre­ator and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Guillermo del Toro. By Tom McLean.

caught his eye; Stein­berg, who worked with del Toro as pro­ducer on the 2012 fea­ture Rise of the Guardians; DC Comics su­per­star showrun­ner Marc Guggen­heim ( Ar­row, Leg­ends of To­mor­row, the Green Lan­tern movie), orig­i­nally slated to script the movie and now also an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer; and writer and co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Dan Hage­man of The LEGO Movie fame. The movie went through sev­eral it­er­a­tions — del Toro wrote a novel ver­sion with Daniel Kraus that’s due out in con­junc­tion with the se­ries’ de­but — be­fore land­ing at DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion Tele­vi­sion as a se­ries un­der the com­pany’s over­all deal with Netflix.

“With the movie, when you know Guillermo’s sto­ries, they have this mythol­ogy and this re­ally deep well of knowl­edge and ref­er­ences that he’s us­ing,” says Blaas. More than any other DreamWorks se­ries to date, Troll­hunters pushes the en­ve­lope on se­ri­al­iza­tion; there are no Scooby-Doo- like “bot­tle episodes” you can watch out of or­der and have ev­ery­thing still make sense. That helped put fo­cus on char­ac­ters and their arcs through­out the se­ries. “We re­ally wanted to show a long story that felt like a re­ally long, se­ri­al­ized movie al­most,” he says.

While the se­ries al­lows episodes that fo­cus on sec­ondary char­ac­ters, such as Jim’s friends Toby (Char­lie Sax­ton) or Claire (Lexi Me­drano), the over­all story is firmly fo­cused on Jim. “It’s re­ally Jim’s story and we are sort of watch­ing a young boy grow from a boy into an adult and hav­ing to take on re­spon­si­bil­ity,” says Stein­berg. “But also I think — we’re all par­ents — it’s about be­ing able to let go of your child and ac­cept that they’re grow­ing up and ac­cept that they’re go­ing to get into dan­ger and you can’t con­trol them.”

Us­ing the Best Ideas Blaas says while there were more than enough sto­ries to take the show way be­yond the ini­tial batch of 26 episodes, they de­cided to hold back noth­ing. “We were think­ing, if we’re go­ing to go make 26, we’re go­ing to take all the great ideas we’ve had from our movie scripts and put them into the story we’re go­ing to tell,” he says.

That said, Stein­berg says they do have an end­ing planned for the se­ries. “It was re­ally won­der­ful to have that,” she says. “We knew where we needed to go with the char­ac­ters, what their fates were go­ing to be, where all the other char­ac­ters were go­ing to end up, so it was re­ally help­ful to work to­ward that and to craft the 26 episodes to­ward that.”

Hav­ing been de­vel­oped as a fea­ture, del Toro and his team strived for a look that is more cin­e­matic and deeper than typ­i­cally found on an an­i­mated se­ries. With crea­tures such as gnomes and changelings com­ing into the pic­ture, and a darker race of trolls ban­ished to an­other di­men­sion that travel via spe­cial tun­nels, and the ev­ery­town look of Ar­ca­dia, the se­ries has a very wide scope.

“One of the fun things for me was find­ing out what the troll worlds look like and what the trolls are made of,” says Blaas. “Go­ing back to what the mythol­ogy of trolls are, we use a lot of that — when they are hit by sun­light, they turn into stone stat­ues, etc.”

The trolls also had to look dif­fer­ent from other ver­sions of trolls (in­clud­ing those ap­pear­ing in a re­cent fea­ture film also un­der the DreamWorks ban­ner). Blaas says the look crys­tal­ized for him dur­ing a visit with his young daugh­ter to the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in Los An­ge­les, which in­cluded di­nosaur fos­sils, dio­ra­mas

Sean Don­nelly and Alessan­dro Mi­noli are the first to ad­mit their new an­i­mated com­edy se­ries Jeff & Some Aliens is not in any way weighty sub­ject mat­ter, but they do take mak­ing the show — and mak­ing it funny — very se­ri­ously

“We don’t think of this show as a car­toon,” says Mi­noli. “We think of it more of like if this is a live­ac­tion drama be­ing turned into a fun like mad­cap an­i­mated show. Hav­ing those two sen­si­bil­i­ties through­out all this time has been im­por­tant.”

De­but­ing Jan. 11 with the first of 10 half-hour episodes on Com­edy Cen­tral, the premise of Jeff & Some Aliens is as sim­ple as the ti­tle: An ev­ery­day joe who works as a man­ager at a mall smoothie shop lives with a trio of aliens who were sent to eval­u­ate “Earth’s most av­er­age guy” to de­cide whether hu­mans are worth sav­ing or should all be killed.

Voiced by Brett Gel­man, Jeff en­dures all sorts of em­bar­rass­ing mo­ments and takes on im­pos­si­bly ridicu­lous tasks — like hav­ing to kill a hu­man, in a very spe­cific way that in­volves spit­ting on peo­ple and pu­bic hair, to make up for ac­ci­den­tally shoot­ing the ar­chi­tect of ga­lac­tic peace.

“I would say a lot of it is story-based humor,” says Don­nelly. “A lot of shows, peo­ple come up with funny jokes and they just look for ways to drop them in, like pop-cul­ture ref­er­ences and more ‘joke’ jokes. And I feel like a lot of our jokes aren’t jokes you could just tweet or post; they only make sense if you know the story and what’s hap­pen­ing.”

“We spend most of our time try­ing to fig­ure it out,” adds Mi­noli. “We have a sit­u­a­tion where we’ve got a nor­mal, mun­dane thing — which is Jeff — and then we have a mag­i­cal thing — which is the aliens — and we’re mix­ing those things to­gether. … I think the way the story un­folds is where the com­edy lies.”

Park Origins The duo came up with the idea dur­ing a brain­storm­ing ses­sion one day in New York’s Cen­tral Park, and spent sev­eral years de­vel­op­ing and elab­o­rat­ing on the idea.

Both creators are in­flu­enced by the 1990s com­edy an­i­ma­tion boom of their youth, as ex­em­pli­fied by, first, The Simp­sons and, later, Beavis and Butt-head. As adults, their in­flu­ences widened to in­clude YouTube videos, the work of in­de­pen­dent an­i­ma­tors like Don Hertzfeldt, graphic nov­els, and live-ac­tion com­edy shows such as Louie and The Col­bert Re­port. Tank Jeff & Some Aliens.

With 30 years’ per­spec­tive, it’s easy to see the key points in the de­vel­op­ment of any in­dus­try, and an­i­ma­tion is no ex­cep­tion. An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine’s 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ues with a look back at the early 1990s, clearly among the most ex­cit­ing times for the world­wide scene.

Af­ter the dol­drums of the early 1980s, an­i­ma­tion was on the rise again with fea­tures — most no­tably Dis­ney’s — bring­ing qual­ity back to the big screen, and the ex­plo­sion of ca­ble tele­vi­sion net­works cre­at­ing new out­lets for more and more in­no­va­tive an­i­mated shows of all types.

In 1990, Dis­ney was on an ob­vi­ous roll with the fea­ture Res­cuers Down Un­der, and suc­cess­fully trans­lated its hit TV se­ries into Duck­Tales: The Movie — Trea­sure of the Lost Lamp. On the tele­vi­sion side of things, Steven Spiel­berg had stepped into the field as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on Warner Bros.’ Tiny Toon Ad­ven­tures, which was a smash for the stu­dio in syndication.

But 1991 was re­ally the ban­ner year of this pe­riod for an­i­ma­tion. Most ob­vi­ously be­cause of the re­lease of Dis­ney’s Beauty and the Beast, which fea­tured a suc­cess­ful com­puter-an­i­mated se­quence that helped prove that tech­nol­ogy’s fea­si­bil­ity. In ad­di­tion to strong box of­fice re­sults, Beauty and the Beast be­came the first an­i­mated fea­ture to be nom­i­nated for Best Pic­ture at the Academy Awards — a feat not du­pli­cated un­til the nom­i­nee field was ex­panded to 10 fea­tures nearly two decades later.

While Beauty didn’t win, the best an­i­mated short cat­e­gory gave a big break to English an­i­ma­tor Nick Park, who won the first of his many Os­cars with Crea­ture Com­forts and helped put Aard­man on the global an­i­ma­tion map.

Spiel­berg’s in­flu­ence con­tin­ued to be felt as he pro­duced the se­quel Amer­i­can Tail: Fievel Goes West, an­other hit for Am­blin.

But the real ac­tion was hap­pen­ing else­where: Hayao Miyazaki’s de­but fea­ture, The Cas­tle of Cogliostro, was re­leased in an English dub in the United States. And in shorts, a di­rec­tor named John Las­seter at a com­pany called Pixar put out two suc­cess­ful com­puter-an­i­mated shorts star­ring the stu­dio’s now-fa­mous mas­cot, Luxo Jr.: Sur­prise and Light & Heavy.

Mike Judge also was start­ing to dip his toe into the an­i­ma­tion world, with

The An­nie Awards spread around a lot of love in this year’s nom­i­na­tions, in which Dis­ney’s Zootopia came out on top with 11 nom­i­na­tions, fol­lowed by 10 for LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings. Both films are in the race for the best an­i­mated fea­ture tro­phy, along with Pixar’s Find­ing Dory, DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 and an­other Dis­ney en­try, Moana.

The An­nie Awards cover 36 cat­e­gories, plus hon­orary Juried Awards. The win­ners will be an­nounced at a black-tie cer­e­mony Feb. 4 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. A pre-re­cep­tion and press line be­gins at 5 p.m. with the awards cer­e­mony fol­low­ing at 7 p.m.

The full list of nom­i­nees fol­lows: • • Au­drie & Daisy — A pro­duc­tion of AfterI­mage Pub­lic Me­dia in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ac­tual Films, for Netflix. • Kung Fu Panda: Se­crets of the Scroll —

DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion. • Lit­tle Big Awe­some — Tit­mouse and Ama­zon

Stu­dios. • Mid­dle School: The Worst Years of My Life — CBS Films, J.P. En­ter­tain­ment and Par­tic­i­pant Me­dia. • Pear Cider and Cig­a­rettes • Swerve Stu­dios and Pas­sion Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion. Blind Vaysha Canada. • Deer Flower — Stu­dio Zazac. • The Path Ti­tle Se­quence — Acme Film­works. • Pearl — Google Spot­light Sto­ries and Evil

Eye Pic­tures. • Piper — Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios. Duelyst — Pow­er­house An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens trailer — Plas­tic Wax. • Lily & the Snow­man — Hor­net. • Lo­te­ria “Night Shift” — Pas­sion Pic­tures. • The Im­por­tance of Pay­ing At­ten­tion: Teeth

Bill Plymp­ton Stu­dio. • • — Na­tional Film Board of Ask the Sto­ryBots — Episode: “Why Do I Have to Brush My Teeth?” — JibJab Bros. Stu­dios, for Netflix. • Peg + Cat — Episode: “The Dis­ap­pear­ing Art Prob­lem” — The Fred Rogers Com­pany and 9ate7 Pro­duc­tions. • Puf­fin Rock — Episode: “The First Snow” — Car­toon Sa­loon, Dog Ears and Pen­guin Ran­dom House. • The Stinky & Dirty Show — Episode: “Squeak” — Ama­zon Stu­dios and Brown Bag Films. • Tum­ble Leaf — Episode: “Mighty Mud Movers / Hav­ing a Ball” — Ama­zon Stu­dios and Bix Pix En­ter­tain­ment. Ad­ven­ture Time — Episode: “Bad Ju­bies” — Bix Pix En­ter­tain­ment, Car­toon Net­work and Fred­er­a­tor Stu­dios. • DreamWorks Voltron Le­gendary De­fender — Episode: “Re­turn of the Glad­i­a­tor” — DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion Tele­vi­sion. • Elena of Avalor — Episode: “A Day to

Re­mem­ber” — Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion An­i­ma­tion. • Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles — Episode: “Trans-Di­men­sional Tur­tles” — Nick­elodeon An­i­ma­tion Stu­dio. • Wan­der Over Yon­der — Episode: “My Fair Hatey” — Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion An­i­ma­tion. Bob’s Burg­ers — Episode: “Glued, Where’s My Bob?” — Bento Box En­ter­tain­ment. • BoJack Horse­man — Episode: “Fish Out Of

Wa­ter” — Tor­nante Pro­duc­tions for Netflix. • Long Live the Roy­als — Episode: “Punk

Show” — Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios. • The Simp­sons — Episode: “Bart­hood” — Gra­cie Films in as­so­ci­a­tion with 20th Cen­tury Fox Tele­vi­sion. • The Ven­ture Bros. — Episode: “Hos­tile

Makeover” — Tit­mouse. Ci­ti­pati — An­dreas Feix and Francesco Faranna. • FISHWITCH — Adri­enne Dowl­ing. • The Abyss — Liy­ing Huang and Wu Zheng. • The Wrong End of the Stick — Terri

Matthews. • Twid­dly Things Kubo and the Two Strings — LAIKA — Lead Ef­fects Artist: David Hors­ley; CG Look De­vel­op­ment Lead: Eric Wacht­man; Se­nior Com­pos­i­tor: Timur Khodzhaev; Com­pos­i­tor: Daniel Leatherdale; Lead CG Lighter: Ter­rance Tomberg. • Kung Fu Panda 3 — DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion — Ef­fects Se­quence Leads: Matt Ti­tus, Jeff Buds­berg, Carl Hooper, Louis Flores and Ja­son Mayer. • Moana — Walt Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios — Head of Ef­fects An­i­ma­tion: Mar­lon West; Ef­fects Leads: Erin V. Ramos, Blair Pier­pont and John M. Kos­nik; Foun­da­tion Ef­fects Lead: Ian J. Coony.

• • • • Zootopia — Walt Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios — An­i­ma­tor: Chad Sell­ers; Char­ac­ters: Mr. Big, Koslov, Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, Flash.

Coun­ter­feit Cat — Episode: “28 Sec­onds Later” — Tri­con Kids & Fam­ily, Wild­seed Kids — Art Di­rec­tor: Raphaël Chabas­sol, Char­ac­ters: Max, Gark, Betty — full cast. • DreamWorks Troll­hunters — Episode: “Win, Lose or Draal” — DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion Tele­vi­sion — Char­ac­ter De­sign­ers: Vic­tor Mal­don­ado, Al­fredo Tor­res and Jules Rigolle, all char­ac­ters. • Pig Goat Ba­nana Cricket — Episode: “It’s Time to Slum­ber Party” — Nick­elodeon — Char­ac­ter De­signer: Jen­nifer Wood, Char­ac­ter: Cricket with Tur­bine Nose, Burg­er­stein Nose Pick­ing, Pig Win­dow Squished, Moms Raisin, An­gry Old Raisin Tooth­less, An­gry Old Raisin Fall­ing, Pig Melt­ing, In­ci­den­tal Adult 0014, Army Sergeant Broseph Red Eyes, Gen­eral Potato, Goat Sol­dier Dizz. • Rain or Shine — Google Spot­light Sto­ries, Nexus Stu­dios — Char­ac­ter De­signer: Robin Davey, mul­ti­ple char­ac­ters. • Wan­der Over Yon­der — Episode: “The Night Out” — Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion An­i­ma­tion — Char­ac­ter De­signer: Ben­jamin Bal­istreri, mul­ti­ple char­ac­ters. Kubo and the Two Strings — LAIKA — Char­ac­ter De­signer: Shan­non Tin­dle, mul­ti­ple char­ac­ters. • Moana — Walt Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios — Art Di­rec­tor of Char­ac­ters: Bill Sch­wab, Char­ac­ters: Moana, Maui, Pua, Hei­hei, Tam­a­toa, Kakamora, Lalotai Char­ac­ters (Realm of Mon­sters); Visual De­vel­op­ment Artist: Jin Kim, Char­ac­ters: Moana, Maui, Gramma Tala, Sina, An­ces­tor, Wayfind­ers, Lalotai Char­ac­ters (Realm of Mon­sters), Te Ka. • The Se­cret Life of Pets — Il­lu­mi­na­tion En­ter­tain­ment — Char­ac­ter De­sign by: Eric Guil­lon; all char­ac­ters. • Trolls — DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion — Art Di­rec­tor: Tim Lamb, Char­ac­ters: Trolls; Char­ac­ter De­signer: Craig Kell­man, Char­ac­ters: Ber­gens • Zootopia — Walt Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios — Char­ac­ter De­signer: Cory Loftis, Char­ac­ters: Nick Wilde, Judy Hopps, Flash, Chief Bogo, Clawhauser, Mr. Big, Fru Fru, Koslov, Bell­wether, Yax, Fin­nick, Doug, Mr. and Mrs. Ot­ter­ton, Duke Weasel­ton, miscellaneous char­ac­ters. A Love Story Unseld. • Ad­ven­ture Time Episode: “Bad Ju­bies” —

Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios — Kirsten Le­pore. • Open Sea­son: Scared Silly — Sony Pic­tures

An­i­ma­tion — David Feiss. • Pearl — Google Spot­light Sto­ries, Evil Eye

Pic­tures — Pa­trick Os­borne. • Wan­der Over Yon­der Episode: “My Fair Hatey” — Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion An­i­ma­tion — Dave Thomas, Ed­die Trigueros and Justin Ni­chols. Kubo and the Two Strings Knight. • My Life as a Zuc­chini — Rita Pro­duc­tions, Blue Spirit Pro­duc­tions, Ge­beka Films, KNM — Claude Bar­ras. • The Red Tur­tle — Stu­dio Ghi­bli, Wild Bunch, Why Not Pro­duc­tions — Michael Du­dock de Wit. • Your Name.

Shinkai. • Zootopia — Walt Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios

— By­ron Howard and Rich Moore. Bob’s Burg­ers Episode: “Glued, Where’s My Bob?” — Bento Box En­ter­tain­ment — Com­posers: Loren Bouchard, John Dy­lan Keith. • Dis­ney Mickey Mouse Episode: “Dance­v­i­daniya” — Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion An­i­ma­tion — Com­poser: Christo­pher Wil­lis. • DreamWorks Troll­hunters Episode: “Be­com­ing, Part 1” — DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion Tele­vi­sion — Com­posers: Alexan­dre De­s­plat, Tim Davis. • Pearl — Google Spot­light Sto­ries, Evil Eye Pic­tures — Com­poser: Scot Stafford; Com­posers/ Lyri­cists: Alexis Harte, J.J. Wiesler. • Star Wars Rebels Episode: “Twi­light of the Ap­pren­tice” — Lucasfilm, Dis­ney XD — Com­poser: Kevin Kiner. Bat­man: Re­turn of the Caped Cru­saders — Warner Bros. An­i­ma­tion — Com­posers: Kristo­pher Carter, Lolita Rit­ma­nis, Michael McCuis­tion. • Sing — Il­lu­mi­na­tion En­ter­tain­ment —

Com­poser: Joby Tal­bot. • The Lit­tle Prince — Netflix, ON An­i­ma­tion

• • • • — LAIKA — Art •

Three of the five nom­i­nees for Best Orig­i­nal Song — Mo­tion Pic­ture came from an­i­mated fea­tures: “Can’t Stop the Feel­ing!” from Trolls “City of Stars” from La La Land “Faith” from Sing “Gold” from Gold “How Far I’ll Go” from

Much of Road­ster Rac­ers cen­ters on Mickey’s Garage, the top auto shop in Hot Dog Hills.

The Troll­hunters cre­ative team has de­vel­oped a deep mythol­ogy for the show and its hid­den worlds of crea­tures and char­ac­ters.

Sean Don­nelly Alessan­dro Mi­noli

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