“Annedroids” creator J.J. Johnson talks to Cartoon Brew about science-based kids programming, the challenges of making live-action/animation hybrids, and why not understanding the animation process can work to a producer’s benefit.
Netflix’s slate of original animated programming continues to grow with the recent announcements of three new series: “The Knights of Sidonia,” “Ever After High” and “Dinotrux.”
Just when you thought Netflix was gobbling up all of the high quality kids programming, Amazon Prime Instant Video announces a licensing agreement with Aardman Animations for online streaming in the United States.
To toast the release of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at a private studio party, DreamWorks commissioned boutique cake maker Fernanda Abarca, who is also an artist at the company, to create this four-foot tall, seventy-pound statute of Toothless the Dragon.
Television execs seems to be stuck in a neverending nostalgia loop. In just the past week, reboots or spinoffs have been announced for “The Lion King,” “The Magic School Bus,” “The Powerpuff Girls”…and now, “Danger Mouse.” The iconic U.K. cartoon series, which was produced by British studio Cosgrove Hall from 1981 to 1992, is returning to the small screen next year with 52 eleven-minute episodes.
In a sign of changing times, animated programming produced for both Netflix and YouTube has begun to earn a significant number of Emmy Award nominations, competing alongside traditional broadcast and cable series.
Last night Adult Swim premiered its first exclusively online animated series “King Star King.” A punk psychedelic space adventure about a He-Man-esque sci-fi figure who works in a waffle restaurant, the show was created by J.J. Villard, a former DreamWorks story artist (“Shrek the Third,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens”) who’s also known for his CalArts student films “Son of Satan” and “Chestnuts Icelolly.”
Just in case you were worried that Netflix’s slate of upcoming animated programming was looking a little too Dreamworks heavy, the streaming site has announced plans to launch an updated version of the Scholastic Media educational series “The Magic School Bus.”
“It’s kind of like “The Lion King” meets “The Avengers,” says Nancy Kanter, general manager of Disney Junior, when describing their upcoming preschool series “The Lion Guard.”
Joanna Davidovich is a freelance animator based in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, she has been working as an animator, designer, and storyboard artist on commercials, on-air content, and TV shows since 2005. Her animated short film “Monkey Rag”, which debuts online this afternoon, has been making the festival rounds since it was completed last July.