Friday, December 2, 2016

Web Animation Watch: Overwatch Infiltration, Ouro and more

Advances in technology and the spread of the internet has made it easier than ever for animators to get their stuff out there. This also means it's easier than ever for the good stuff to get lost in the crowd. How do you know what's worth watching? That's where we come in! Welcome back to a little thing we like to call.. Web Animation Watch.

Watch Variety's Animation Director Roundtable

The 2016/17 awards season is now in full swing, as the film community celebrates this year's releases. It's widely believed that 2016 has been a particularly strong year for animation, meaning that the field is considerably more open than it has been in other years. Entertainment industry bible Variety gathered together the directors of several of the year's biggest animated contenders for a fascinating  roundtable discussion that you don't want to miss.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

'Dragon Ball Super' Dub Cast Announced

Dragon Ball fans outside Japan had been waiting for Dragon Ball Super for quite some time, before it finally started simulcasting earlier this year via Crunchyroll, Daisuki and Anime Lab (for fans down under). Shortly after, Funimation also started streaming the subtitled episodes- but also promised that an English dub was in the works.

The first details have now been announced about the dub as the cast has been revealed. Fans of the previous Funimation dubs will be relieved to see that most of the cast from Dragon Ball Z are reprising their roles in the latest installment of the franchise.  Seán Schemmel is back as Goku, Christopher Sabat is Vegeta, and Krillin will once again be voiced by Sonny Strait -reprising roles they have played for many years.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The AFA Podcast Episode 62: With Mark Osborne

In this very special episode Rachael, Chris and Dan are joined by director of The Little Prince and Kung Fu Panda, Mark Osborne. Mark talks about the production of The Little Prince, and his personal connection with the source material. We also hear about his earlier career and his favourite recent animated films. We're also treated to a few details on his next project - the animated adaptation of Jeff Smith's comic series Bone.

'Zootopia' and 'Kubo' Lead 44th Annie Award Nominations

Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs are all very well, but for the animation industry The Annies are where it's at. ASIFA-Hollywood's annual event awards excellence in every aspect of the industry, not only the expected Best Feature and Best Director, but also in the lesser appreciated areas such as storyboarding, editing and production design. The nominations have now been announced for The 44th Annie Awards.

This year's pack are lead by Disney's Zootopia (11 nominations) and LAIKA's Kubo and The Two Strings (10 nominations). Disney's other release of the year was not too far behind, with seven nominations bagged by Moana. Also faring well was Michael Dudok de Wit and Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle, scoring 5 nominations.  Surprisingly though, Pixar's Finding Dory only got 3 nominations, which is unusually modest by that Studio's standards.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Moon Man (2012)

Once upon a time there was a man who lived on the moon.  Night after night he saw joy and dancing on Earth so he caught a lift on the tail of a comet to experience life on our little blue planet.  This is his story.

Watching Moon Man left me quite conflicted in my opinion of it.  When I started out writing this I thought I had an opinion formed but then as I have committed that to "paper" (and the inevitable re-writes) my opinion changed and I began to appreciate it more than I had initially.  I'm getting ahead of myself, let's start at the beginning...

I came across Moon Man from seeing the trailer on the "if you looked at this you might like..." part of a popular video-sharing website.  The imagery looked pretty so I thought I would give it a go.

Can you help support AFA?

Next month Animation For Adults will celebrate its third birthday! In the time since we've launched the most gratifying thing is when people have told us that they believe in what we are doing or that they think that what we are doing is important to them. However, while the site has grown a great deal over that time we are still a small, independent site. It's hard to compete with bigger sites (animation focussed or general film and TV sites alike) that have a considerable budget.  And thanks to the widespread use of ad-blockers we can't support ourselves with advertising alone. We want to be able to afford to cover the animation world more fully. And if you believe in what we do, then perhaps you might consider helping us reach our goals- and there are a few different ways you can help out.

The most direct way is to support us on Patreon. For a small monthly donation (starting at just $1.00) you can help out and get access to the podcast before anyone else, extended versions of most episodes and bonus episodes too. Higher tiers offer more perks too. You can even become a Podcast sponsor, or pick a title for review. See more details here. Let us know if there are other perks that you think we should offer, and we'll see what we can do.