Saturday, March 25, 2017

ANNY Animator Interviews #2: Scott Renk

Next up in our series is an interview with Scott Renk. We interview Scott Renk at the Sheraton in New York City during the Nation Art Education Association National Convention.

Scott Renk is a urban sketcher, award-winning animator/film maker/artist, and teacher of at-risk students.

Animation Nights New York screened Scott Renk's film, "Baron" last year, at our New Year Pics screening event (Program #5), at 192 Front St.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Animation Nights New York presents April Animation

The Alan Dimension by Jac Clinch

Animation Nights New York (ANNY), a monthly animation event held in the Seaport District of New York City is announcing the program for Wed, April 12! ANNY shows animated short films and virtual reality animation experiences from all around the world. This month they are particularly excited to feature the BAFTA Nominated film “The Alan Dimension,” by Jac Clinch.

A complete list of the featured animation for April is both listed below and linked here. Admission to the event is free. Refreshments are available for purchase on site.

Now Streaming: Voltron Classic, Coraline, One Punch Man and More..

Welcome back to our regular round-up of new animated content added to Netflix. This time new additions include a selection of episodes of the original 1984 Voltron, plus a pair of new Netflix Originals- Buddy Thunderstruck and Legend Quest (the first animated original from Latin America).  A number of older favourites including Anastastia, The Iron Giant and Ferngully have arrived for US subscribers, while in the anime world the popular One Punch Man has arrived on the US and Canadian services.

Note: Some new additions may already be available in other regions, and includes renewals  All information correct to the best of our knowledge but subject to change.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Samurai Jack Season 5 (2017) - Episodes 1 and 2: First Impression

“Got to get back…back to the past…”

Possibly one of the greatest shows on Cartoon Network, Samurai Jack told tales of the legendary battle between a young prince and the demon wizard Aku in a universal fight for justice and harmony. From its initial release in 2001 to its end in 2004, the show garnered a massive following and was praised for its groundbreaking animation and heart-pounding cycle between comedy and drama. Now, after thirteen years of waiting…

Jack is back. And he’s better than ever.

Toonami Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

For Cartoon Network, Toonami has been one of the most celebrated blocks on the channel. It has been responsible for introducing popular Japanese anime (shows such as Dragon Ball Z,  Sailor Moon and Gundam Wing just to name a few) to wider audience in the west and providing a home for a slew of top tier animated action shows ( Justice League, Megas XLR, and Samurai Jack).

Which is why, when the block's 20th anniversary came around on March 17th, 2017, Adult Swim and Toonami decided to celebrate the special occasion.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Leeds Young Film Festival Returns April 10th-20th

Leeds Young Film Festival (LYFF) is one of the United Kingdom's leading film festivals for young people and families. The 2017 iteration is set to take place from April 10th-20th, and as usual is set to feature a great deal of animation and animation related events.

This year's festival boasts screening of all this year's Oscar-nominated animated features- Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) , Kubo and The Two Strings, My Life As A Courgette, The Red Turtle and Moana. A number of other recently released animated films will also be getting screenings including Your Name, LEGO Batman, Long Way North and Finding Dory.

The AFA Podcast: Episode 71

Believe it! This week Rachael, Dan and Chris get their ninja on and take a look back at the phenomenon that is the Naruto franchise!

Before that though we've got our regular news update (0:02), which this week includes new trailers for Pixar's Coco, Aardman's Early Man and the first footage from Tomm Moore's Wolfwalkers, and the news of Darkmouth signing its directors.  Then we tool up to take on Naruto in our main topic! (0.45)

Running time 1:56 aprox