The coronavirus has created much temporary disruption in the animation industry. It will also leave permanent legacies. How can we tell the two apart?
As governments map out lockdown exit strategies and some countries start regaining a semblance of normality, eyes are increasingly looking to the long-term future. This month’s biggest stories evidence the continuing migration online of films, events, work life, social life, and even — in the case of a new Wallace and Gromit work — urban exploration. Is this shift a quick fix in a crisis, or a glimpse of the new normal? Meanwhile, good news from Ireland signals the industry’s underlying growth potential. Can that growth be sustained in the trying times ahead?
Streaming boomed as viewers remained housebound. Warner Bros.’s Scoob! skipped the theatrical window in favor of a VOD release, becoming the second animated feature from a major studio to do so. Indie heavyweight GKIDS announced that it will take the same route with Marona’s Fantastic Tale. Meanwhile, HBO Max launched with animation aplenty, and ViacomCBS gave details about its revamped streamer CBS All Access. It also hinted that its forthcoming feature The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run could potentially follow Scoob! in skipping theaters, though the situation remains fluid and the film may still get a theatrical release.