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US TRAILER for Sony Classics “Ruben Brandt, Collector”

Sony Pictures Classics dropped the first trailer for their release of Ruben Brandt Collector. Written and directed by Milorad Krstic, this English language animated feature from Hungary has been winning acclaim on the festival circuit – and was just nominated attend for an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature – Independent. The film will be opening in NY on Feb. 8th and in Los Angeles on Feb. 15th. Here’s the trailer:

Krstic’s earlier short film My Baby Left Me was awarded the Golden Berlin Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival and the Award for a First Film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist, is forced to steal 13 paintings from the world’s renowned museums and private collections to prevent his suffering from terrible nightmares he has as a result of subliminal messaging he received as a child. Accompanied by his four patients, he and his band of thieves strike regularly and with great success: the Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, MoMA…

“The Collector” quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. Gangsters and headhunters chase him around the world while the reward for his capture keeps rising, approaching a hundred million dollars. A cartel of insurance companies entrusts Mike Kowalski, a private detective and leading expert on art theft, to solve the “Collector Case.”

Written and directed by Krstic, RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR was produced by Péter Miskolczi, Radmila Roczkov. Hermina Roczkov and Janos Kurdy-Feher.

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TEASER: Illumination’s “The Secret Life Of Pets 2”

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. The Secret Life of Pets 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel. With great power comes great adorability – here’s the teaser:

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LAZY TOWN | You Are A Pirate Music Video for Kids | Full Episodes

LAZY TOWN | You Are A Pirate Music Video for Kids | Full Episodes

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► Lazy Town – We Are Number One: http://bit.ly/2p0evZp

► Lazy Town – Karaoke/Sing-a-long HD: http://bit.ly/2oup9qj

► Lazy Town – Let’s Get Healthy: http://bit.ly/2nA3rC7

► Lazy Town – Friendship in Lazy Town: http://bit.ly/2nzQ05h

► Lazy Town – We Love Sport and Exercise: http://bit.ly/2nzUZTm

► Lazy Town – Best of Robbie Rotten: http://bit.ly/2oupidB

► Lazy Town – Best of Sportacus: http://bit.ly/2omlLxx

► Lazy Town – Best of Stephanie: http://bit.ly/2olJoV7

► Visit the LazyTown website: http://www.lazytown.com

► Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lazytown

Things are upside-down in LazyTown. Stephanie, an optimistic girl with bright pink hair, comes to live in LazyTown and meets a zany mix of townspeople, including the world’s laziest super-villain, Robbie Rotten. Fortunately for Stephanie, LazyTown is also under the watchful eye of Sportacus, an athletic, super-active, slightly-above-average hero, who runs, jumps, flips and flies to the rescue in his futuristic AirShip. Sportacus always manages to save the day and to help the kids of LazyTown foil Robbie’s latest lazy schemes.

The other kids of LazyTown are inquisitive, adventurous, playful, and like Stephanie, just trying to figure out their own worlds. Each of them has strengths and weaknesses that all kids can identify with Ziggy loves the sweet things in life but struggles to make healthy choices. Stingy has a hard time seeing the benefits of sharing. Pixel is learning how to respect his mind and body by moderating his computer and TV use. Trixie is learning how to make friends by not hurting others and respecting social conventions, and Stephanie is trying to stay true to what feels right for her.

LazyTown is all about promoting a healthy lifestyle for children, in a positive, entertaining and catchy way and is recognized world-wide through channels such as the successful television series, live events and branded consumer products. This way LazyTown encourages kids to be more active and lead healthier lives. We know that LazyTown resonates because raising healthy, well-adjusted children is an objective we share with parents all across the world! There is a lot of different advice out there about how to succeed in raising happy, healthy kids but everyone can agree that having a healthy body, eating a balanced diet and being physically active are excellent ways to start.
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Oscar’s Animated Short Film Nominees – The Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars in the category of Animated Short Film. Ten films were selected out of Eighty-one films qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Age of Sail” (Google Spotlight Stories, Broad Reach Pictures) John Kahrs
“Animal Behaviour” Alison Snowden and David Fine
“Bao” – (Pixar) Domee Shi – watch the complete film here
“Bilby” (Dreamworks) Pierre Perifel, Juan Pablo Sans, Liron Topaz
“Bird Karma” (Dreamworks) William Salazar
“Late Afternoon” – Louise Bagnall
“Lost & Found” (Wabi Sabi Studios) – Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe
“One Small Step” (Taiko Studiosd) Andrew Chesworth & Bobby Pontillas
“Pépé le Morse” (Caïmans Productions) Lucrèce Andreae
“Weekends” (past lives productions) Trevor Jimenez

Nominations voting begins on Monday, January 7, 2019 and concludes on Monday, January 14th, 2019.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019.

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24th, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network.

from Animation Scoop http://www.animationscoop.com/oscars-animated-short-film-nominees-the-shortlist/
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Disney•Pixar Short Film “Bao”

Disney•Pixar Short Film “Bao”
In “Bao,” an aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever. This short film from Pixar Animation Studios and director Domee Shi explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.

The Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 3 is now on Digital, Movies Anywhere, and Blu-ray: http://di.sn/6003DL8n1

“Bao” is also available on Digital, Movies Anywhere, and Blu-ray with Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2”: http://di.sn/6008DIJx4

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Emily Hubley on “The Faith Journal Project”

Filmmaker Emily Hubley has announced her next project: The Faith Journal Project, a 3-part undertaking (short film, an installation and an application) related to the 7000+ self-portraits (in 49 journals) created by her mom, artist/filmmaker Faith Hubley, in the final decades of her life.

“This has long been in the works,” says Hubley. “and now we are committing full time to the completion of these elements, for the purpose of creating an in-depth and expansive portrait of Faith, and with the determination to re-kindle more widespread interest in her work.”

A brief overview:

Faithy, hey will be a short personal animated film focusing on specific memories and a relationship altered by death. Discoveries and dreams unfold, while woe arrives at acceptance. With music by Georgia Hubley

Face the Day will be a six-screen installation. The faces appear in chronological order, punctuated by hundreds of captions from associated entries, and pieces of art (still and animated) from the given time. The portraits will be scanned, cleaned and positioned; captions and art, selected and edited. These will all combine to present a multi-layered depiction of an artist sharing her wisdom, fears, joy and vision. With music by Georgia Hubley

Sundays with Faith, a playful app in which faces from 1000+ Sundays fly by, and can be paused to reveal the date they were made and a distinct fun/poignant caption from that day’s entry.

The Faith Journal Project will take two years to produce. Our initial goal is to raise $35,000 to finish Faithy, hey in early 2019 and to scan all the journals for Face the Day. We will release the short, undertake a wider crowd-funding campaign and construct a website.”

Co-Producers, Emily Hubley and Linda Moroney hope you will consider donating at this early and critical juncture.

– To make an online, tax-deductible donation by credit card, link HERE to our fundraising page

– To donate by check, please mail contributions to Emily Hubley at 377 South Harrison Street, Apt 11B, East Orange, NJ 07018. Checks should be made payable to Fractured Atlas, with THE FAITH JOURNAL PROJECT in the memo line.

The Faith Journal Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of THE FAITH JOURNAL PROJECT must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

from Animation Scoop http://www.animationscoop.com/emily-hubley-on-the-faith-journal-project/
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#90 Carbonated Champagne hard Candy, and why do we do a count down for new years? 🍭

#90 Carbonated Champagne hard Candy, and why do we do a count down for new years?
To buy our candy: http://www.pd.net
Go to http://www.ties.com and use the code LOFTY15 to save 15%

Today we make champagne candy that will bubble in your mouth. It’s bubbly right? While we do this, we talk about the origin of the New Years count down, and the ball drop. This takes us past Werner von Braun, Alan Shepard, Greenwich Mean time and a whole host of other rabbit holes.

Tom Lehrer’s “Werner von Braun” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6il4yNRUN4

Video links for lost love videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLMXWn_Pjmo

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LAZY TOWN MEME THROWBACK | Time To Play | Lazy Town Songs for Kids

LAZY TOWN MEME THROWBACK | Time To Play | Lazy Town Songs for Kids

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► Lazy Town – Let’s Get Healthy: http://bit.ly/2nA3rC7

► Lazy Town – Friendship in Lazy Town: http://bit.ly/2nzQ05h

► Lazy Town – We Love Sport and Exercise: http://bit.ly/2nzUZTm

► Lazy Town – Best of Robbie Rotten: http://bit.ly/2oupidB

► Lazy Town – Best of Sportacus: http://bit.ly/2omlLxx

► Lazy Town – Best of Stephanie: http://bit.ly/2olJoV7

► Visit the LazyTown website: http://www.lazytown.com

► Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lazytown

Things are upside-down in LazyTown. Stephanie, an optimistic girl with bright pink hair, comes to live in LazyTown and meets a zany mix of townspeople, including the world’s laziest super-villain, Robbie Rotten. Fortunately for Stephanie, LazyTown is also under the watchful eye of Sportacus, an athletic, super-active, slightly-above-average hero, who runs, jumps, flips and flies to the rescue in his futuristic AirShip. Sportacus always manages to save the day and to help the kids of LazyTown foil Robbie’s latest lazy schemes.

The other kids of LazyTown are inquisitive, adventurous, playful, and like Stephanie, just trying to figure out their own worlds. Each of them has strengths and weaknesses that all kids can identify with Ziggy loves the sweet things in life but struggles to make healthy choices. Stingy has a hard time seeing the benefits of sharing. Pixel is learning how to respect his mind and body by moderating his computer and TV use. Trixie is learning how to make friends by not hurting others and respecting social conventions, and Stephanie is trying to stay true to what feels right for her.

LazyTown is all about promoting a healthy lifestyle for children, in a positive, entertaining and catchy way and is recognized world-wide through channels such as the successful television series, live events and branded consumer products. This way LazyTown encourages kids to be more active and lead healthier lives. We know that LazyTown resonates because raising healthy, well-adjusted children is an objective we share with parents all across the world! There is a lot of different advice out there about how to succeed in raising happy, healthy kids but everyone can agree that having a healthy body, eating a balanced diet and being physically active are excellent ways to start.
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TRAILER: “PlayMobil: The Movie”

Here comes The Lego Movie’s younger cousin — PlayMobil: The Movie takes audiences on an epic comedy adventure through a sprawling imaginative universe in the first-ever feature film inspired by the award-winning German Playmobil role-play toys. Directed by Lino DiSalvo (head of animation on Disney’s Frozen), It is currently scheduled for a August 16th, 2019 release by Global Road Entertainment. Here’s out first look:

When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of Playmobil, unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home. As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends – the smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot, an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor) and many more. Through their vibrant adventure, Marla and Charlie realize that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself!

Featuring the voices of Anya- Taylor Joy, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Bateman, Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor and Daniel Radcliffe.

from Animation Scoop http://www.animationscoop.com/trailer-playmobil-the-movie/
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Sonic Dash by SEGA

Sonic Dash by SEGA Download on the App Store.

Price: Free
Rating: 4.5
Category: Games
Version: 4.0.1
Created: December 13, 2018 at 09:12AM

Description:
How fast can the world’s fastest hedgehog run?

Play as Sonic the Hedgehog as you dash, jump and spin your way across stunning 3D environments. Swipe your way over and under challenging obstacles in this fast and frenzied endless running game.

SONIC…
The world famous Sonic the Hedgehog stars in his first endless running saga – how far can you go?

…DASH!
Unleash Sonic’s incredible dash move that allows you to run at insane speed and destroy everything in your path!

AMAZING ABILITIES
Utilise Sonic’s powers to dodge hazards, jump over barriers and speed around loop de loops. Plus defeat enemies using Sonic’s devastating homing attack!

STUNNING GRAPHICS
Sonic’s beautifully detailed saga comes to life on mobile and tablet – never has an endless runner looked so good!

MULTIPLE CHARACTERS
Choose to play as one of Sonic’s friends, including Tails, Shadow and Knuckles.

EPIC BOSS BATTLES
Face off against two of Sonic’s biggest rivals, the always scheming and cunning Dr. Eggman and the devastatingly deadly Zazz from Sonic Lost World! Use all of Sonic’s agility and speed to take down these villains before it’s too late!

POWERUPS
Unlock, win or buy ingenious power-ups to help you run further. Including head starts, shields, ring magnets and unique score boosters!

KEEP ON RUNNING
Get more rewards the more you play! Level up your score multiplier by completing unique missions, or win amazing prizes including Red Star Rings & additional characters by completing Daily Challenges and playing the Daily Spin.

SOCIALLY CONNECTED
Challenge your friends on the leader boards or invite your friends through Facebook to prove who the best speed runner is…

COMING SOON
We’re working hard to bring you future FREE updates!

Sonic Dash supports iPhone 4 and higher, iPad 2 and higher, and iPod touch v5 and higher.
PLEASE NOTE: iPod Touch 4th generation devices are currently not supported.

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Privacy Policy: http://www.sega.com/mprivacy
Terms of Use: http://www.sega.com/Mobile_EULA

Game apps are ad-supported and no in-app purchases are required to progress; ad-free play option available with in-app purchase.

This game may include “Interest Based Ads” (please see http://www.sega.com/mprivacy#3IBADiscolure for more information)​ and may collect “Precise Location Data” ​(please see http://www.sega.com/mprivacy#5LocationDataDisclosure ​for more information)​.

© SEGA. All rights reserved. SEGA, the SEGA logo, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and SONIC DASH are registered trademarks or trademarks of SEGA Holdings Co., Ltd. or its affiliates.

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LAZY TOWN MEME THROWBACK | Take A Vacation Music Video | Lazy Town Songs for Kids

LAZY TOWN MEME THROWBACK | Take A Vacation Music Video | Lazy Town Songs for Kids

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► More Lazy Town Videos

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► Lazy Town – We Are Number One: http://bit.ly/2p0evZp

► Lazy Town – Karaoke/Sing-a-long HD: http://bit.ly/2oup9qj

► Lazy Town – Let’s Get Healthy: http://bit.ly/2nA3rC7

► Lazy Town – Friendship in Lazy Town: http://bit.ly/2nzQ05h

► Lazy Town – We Love Sport and Exercise: http://bit.ly/2nzUZTm

► Lazy Town – Best of Robbie Rotten: http://bit.ly/2oupidB

► Lazy Town – Best of Sportacus: http://bit.ly/2omlLxx

► Lazy Town – Best of Stephanie: http://bit.ly/2olJoV7

► Visit the LazyTown website: http://www.lazytown.com

► Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lazytown

Things are upside-down in LazyTown. Stephanie, an optimistic girl with bright pink hair, comes to live in LazyTown and meets a zany mix of townspeople, including the world’s laziest super-villain, Robbie Rotten. Fortunately for Stephanie, LazyTown is also under the watchful eye of Sportacus, an athletic, super-active, slightly-above-average hero, who runs, jumps, flips and flies to the rescue in his futuristic AirShip. Sportacus always manages to save the day and to help the kids of LazyTown foil Robbie’s latest lazy schemes.

The other kids of LazyTown are inquisitive, adventurous, playful, and like Stephanie, just trying to figure out their own worlds. Each of them has strengths and weaknesses that all kids can identify with Ziggy loves the sweet things in life but struggles to make healthy choices. Stingy has a hard time seeing the benefits of sharing. Pixel is learning how to respect his mind and body by moderating his computer and TV use. Trixie is learning how to make friends by not hurting others and respecting social conventions, and Stephanie is trying to stay true to what feels right for her.

LazyTown is all about promoting a healthy lifestyle for children, in a positive, entertaining and catchy way and is recognized world-wide through channels such as the successful television series, live events and branded consumer products. This way LazyTown encourages kids to be more active and lead healthier lives. We know that LazyTown resonates because raising healthy, well-adjusted children is an objective we share with parents all across the world! There is a lot of different advice out there about how to succeed in raising happy, healthy kids but everyone can agree that having a healthy body, eating a balanced diet and being physically active are excellent ways to start.
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TRAILER: Dreamworks/Netflix “3Below: Tales Of Arcadia”

DreamWorks Animation Television has released the full trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated Netflix original series 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, bringing an out-of-world experience exclusively to Netflix December 21st.

Featuring an all-star voice cast including Diego Luna (Narcos: Mexico), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Glenn Close(The Wife) and more, 3Below: Tales of Arcadia follows two royal teenage aliens, Aja (Maslany) and Krel (Luna), and their bodyguard Vex (Offerman), as they flee a surprise takeover of their home planet and crash-land on Earth – in Arcadia, the same town where the events of Trollhunters take place. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they must blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all while attempting to repair their shipt to return to and defend their home planet.

From the seven-time Emmy Award-winning team behind Trollhunters, 3Below is created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro. Rodrigo Blaas, Marc Guggenheim and Chad Hammes also serve as executive producers. The star studded voice cast also includes Andy Garcia, Nick Frost, Alon Aboutboul, Chris Obi, Uzo Aduba, Cheryl Hines, Tom Kenny, Haley Atwell, Danny Trejo, and Ann Dowd. Additionally, The Crystal Method created the main title theme that can be heard in the main title sequence. Returning talent fromTrollhunters includes Emile Hirsch, Charlie Saxton, Lexi Medrano, Steven Yeun, Cole Sands, Kelsey Grammer and more in epic crossover episodes that bridge the events of Trolhunters and 3Below in surprising ways.

All 13 half-hour episodes of 3Below’s first season will become available to Netflix members worldwide on December 21st, 2018.

from Animation Scoop http://www.animationscoop.com/trailer-dreamworks-netflix-3below-tales-of-arcadia/
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INTERVIEW: Trevor Jimenez on his Annie-nominated Short “Weekends”

Pixar story artist Trevor Jimenez worked on his Annie-nominated short Weekends, on and off, for the past 10 years. Some would call that a ‘passion project’. But for the Canadian filmmaker, this story of a young boy dealing with life following the divorce of his parents is even more personal than that.

Jackson Murphy: Where were you when you found out you got the Annie nomination?

Trevor Jimenez: I was at the dentist, actually. I just started getting texts from friends. (laughs)

JM: Were you in the middle of surgery?

TJ: It was just a clean-up. I was in the chair checking my phone and started seeing text messages.

JM: That dentist must’ve been a little surprised.

TJ: If you’re in the animation community, you know about the Annies. But my dentist wouldn’t know. So I didn’t really tell him.

JM: Well maybe now you can convince your dentist to watch the Annie Awards livestream on Feb. 2nd to see if you’ll win. How do you think you’re going to feel that night?

TJ: Probably nervous. Those events are exciting. It’s definitely an honor to be included and nominated. It’s gonna be fun. I feel like I’m in really great company. The shorts in the category are all amazing. At this point I’m just happy to be a part of it – and whatever happens happens.

Trevor Jimenez

JM: You were previously Annie nominated two years ago for your storyboarding on “Finding Dory”. You also worked on Pixar’s “Coco”. Those films have very intimate family stories – and so does “Weekends”. What do you learn while making the Pixar films that you applied into “Weekends”?

TJ: They’re different processes. And “Weekends” has been a project that’s been on my table for 10 years. So this story and tone has been there with me. It’s all based on a lot of personal experiences. I would say that definitely working with some of the people I did on both of those films helped me as a filmmaker: the craft of it – the editing, and how I’m composing shots… cutting stuff out. It was all beneficial watching people that are really good at what they do.

JM: This is a story about a boy dealing with the separation of his parents and having to go back and forth – living in two different places. You say it’s based on personal experiences. What kind of real-life inspiration was there for you?

TJ: I grew up with divorced parents, like a lot friends I know. I did a drawing about 10 years ago for an animation portfolio – trying to get a job as a storyboard artist – of a kid walking from his mom’s house to his dad’s car. And that was based on a lot of specifics from my parents’ house – how it looked, how the parents looked, what kind of car the dad was driving, and based on the very strong feeling I had for my experiences.

And then from that point on, I started sharing memories from being at my dad’s, who lived in Toronto, at this apartment with antique samurai armor everywhere and paintings. And they made people laugh – they were amused. The [paintings] were a little quirky to them. I started to see this combination of this quirky, mundane feeling with this emotional experience as a kid going through a divorce and how disorienting that can be. So that was really the genesis, and then I started writing and developing for the last 10 years – on and off – whenever I could find spare time.

JM: Wow. I congratulate you on this short. I felt a lot of emotions while watching it. You’re with the boy – and at times situations are awkward. At times they’re sad. At times they’re scary (with those dream sequences). And there are hopeful moments. Because this has been so personal for you, what kinds of emotions were you experiencing during the process of making “Weekends”?

TJ: Thank you. Yeah, all the ones you mentioned. I think that divorce – it can be sad, obviously, because you’re breaking apart a family. But it’s so much more than that. You get into these unique situations that you would never get into if you had your family sticking together or your parents staying married. So these scenarios happen that would never occur. They’re surprising. I actually like treating the story like a mystery.

When my parents divorced, I was two, so everything that was happening was inexplicable. I didn’t understand things right away and then would figure out what they meant later. I really like that as a storytelling device and treating things like a mystery. Things would just happen, and you catch up to them after the fact. Growing up in a divorced family isn’t just sad. It’s funny. There are a lot of really great things that come out of it, too. You get a unique perspective.

JM: And you’re right how unique it is. Something very unique you see in “Weekends” is a horse. What is it about a horse that allows for so much depth and symbolism?

TJ: The horse is actually based on a childhood experience as well. My dad’s home is full of antiques, and in my bedroom I actually had a lacker wood red horse that I could sit on. I didn’t face out to the city skyline, but it was in my room. And it was kind of mine in a way. So for me, it was just this strange symbol that represented my relationship with my dad. And I thought it could be the same in this film – like this icon throughout the film.

JM: Story-wise: was it difficult to think about if you want both parents to have new partners? Only one? Neither? How did you come to that ultimate decision?

TJ: That’s a good question. Initially my first concept to this film was several different weekends over the course of a year with seasonality. And then when I actually went down to write a script that I could animate and storyboard and did my first cut, I tried to do one weekend – just to be able to finish it. The kid lived at the mom’s, went to the dad’s, had this insane nightmare about this man with a candle on his head burning everything to the ground – and came back to the mom’s and found the dad’s horse back.

And a lot of people didn’t understand what was going on because there wasn’t context. A lot of people thought that nightmare was about the dad. There were clarity issues. So that made me aware that I had to go back and basically plot out the parents’ lives so people had context – and kind of go back to what I initially intended, even though it was going to make the film longer and maybe harder to finish and execute. But I knew I wanted their lives to progress and see how two people change after a divorce. And that obviously involves finding new partners. So just finding the storylines for each one was part of the writing process.

JM: And you mention the man with the candle. That’s a big element. There’s a sequence involving that – as I was watching it – I was thinking that this had to be the most challenging thing you had to do in terms of animation and sound. Was it?

TJ: Yeah, easily. The hardest character with all the details to animate. The camera’s more dynamic. There’s effects animation. That was the most, technically, challenging. I had some help, too. My friend Xavier helped me animate that scene. We did it together. And I had a really great compositor, Philip Graham. He did all the comping for that sequence. And I had a whole team of artists helping me with the backgrounds, led by Chris Sasaki. Maria Yi is a great artist – actually keyed out that whole scene – all the paintings were mostly hers.

JM: And with “Weekends”, you’ve been able to go to all these film festivals. And you’ve been winning at Annecy, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, San Francisco… how has all of this been, and what have you seen from the audience and festival jury reactions?

TJ: It’s a trip, man. It’s overwhelming. I had this idea 10 years ago that was based on my childhood. And there was a point in time where I didn’t think anyone would really care because it was too specific to my own upbringing. And I didn’t want to make it. So to be here now and have it play so many places and be received so well, it’s incredible. Definitely a memorable year – one that I’ll never forget.

JM: So what’s next for you? Do you have any ideas that are as personal as “Weekends”?

TJ: Yeah, I have a few ideas that I’m developing right now. They’re all personal in some way – not as explicitly personal, but they definitely have elements that hit home. I can’t really help myself. I definitely want to do something else, and I’m trying to figure out which idea I want to pursue wholeheartedly.

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TEASER TRAILER: A New Shaun The Sheep Movie “Farmageddon”

It’s close encounters of the herd kind in brand new Shaun The Sheep movie from Aardman Animation. Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is directed by Richard Phelan and Will Becher, Written by Jon Brown and Mark Burton, Produced by Paul Kewley with Executive Producers Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, Peter Lord, Nick Park and David Sproxton. It’ll be out May 2019 via Studiocanal. Here’s our first look:

Strange lights over the quiet town of Mossingham herald the arrival of a mystery visitor from far across the galaxy… but at nearby Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun has other things on his mind, as his mischievous schemes are continually thwarted by an exasperated Bitzer.

When an impish and adorable alien with amazing powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun soon sees an opportunity for alien-powered fun and adventure, setting off on a mission to shepherd the intergalactic visitor home before a sinister organisation can capture her…can Shaun and the flock avert Farmageddon on Mossy Bottom Farm before it’s too late?

Hold on to your seats as we blast off on an exciting and heart-warming sci-fi comedy adventure that takes us from Mossy Bottom all the way into deep space, via a car wash!

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