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Kelly Asbury, Director of ‘Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron’ and ‘Shrek 2,’ Dies at 60

Kelly Asbury, an animator who directed Oscar-nominated films such as “Shrek 2” and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” has died. He was 60.Asbury died Friday morning in Los Angeles following a long battle with abdominal cancer, a representative for Asbury, Nancy Newhouse Porter, told Variety.Asbury, who started his career at Walt Disney Feature Animation in […]

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Netflix secures Aardman sequel ‘Chicken Run 2’

Oscar-winning animation outfit reveals plot details on film’s 20th anniversary.Netflix has swooped on stop-motion animation sequel Chicken Run 2, which UK animation powerhouse Aardman will begin making in 2021.The streaming giant will release the film globally, excluding China, and was announced during an ’Annecy Making Of’ panel on the animation festival’s digital platform.It also marks […]

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Annecy 2020 Online’s Masterclasses and Previews, from ‘Spider-Verse’ Follow-Up to ‘Frozen 2’ Doc

Annecy 2020 Online’s second wave of special programming for its world-class French animation festival (June 15-30) will include a preview from the highly anticipated “Connected”, the latest feature from “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and a Masterclass from stop-motion director Henry Selick and composer Bruno Coulais, who collaborated on Netflix’s […]

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Film Review: ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’

No asteroids are hurtling toward Earth in “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” though a flying frozen pizza does softly slice the top off an elderly shopper’s hairdo: That’s roughly the level of quirky peril we’re talking about in the latest outing from Aardman Animations, and as usual, the British stop-motion masters cheerfully prove that […]

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‘Early Man’ Review: Cavemen & Soccer A Match In Aardman’s Latest Delight

For me, if an animated film has Aardman’s name behind it, I’m there. Even if bigger entities like Disney/Pixar, DreamWorks and others are guaranteed box office, Aardman is guaranteed delight. The force behind films including Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, Shaun The Sheep Movie, and Pirates! have taken their stop-motion […]

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