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Annie Awards: ‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ Sweep Feature Animation Honors

Pixar’s “Soul” and Cartoon Saloon’s “Wolfwalkers” swept Asifa-Hollywood’s 48th Annie Awards Friday night, with the former grabbing seven animated feature awards and the latter capturing five (plus the sponsored prize for “There’s a Monster in My Kitchen”).The Black-led, existential fantasy “Soul” took best feature, writing, music, character animation, FX, storyboarding, and editorial. The hand-drawn Irish […]

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‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ Take Top Honors at Annie Awards

Pixar’s “Soul” continued its awards season dominance on Friday by winning seven Annie Awards, including feature. The jazzy look at the before-life also won for music, writing (Pete Docter. Mike Jones and Kemp Powers), character animation (Michal Makarewicz), FX, storyboarding (Trevor Jimenez) and editorial.“Wolfwalkers,” from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Prods. for Apple and […]

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‘Wolfwalkers’: How Cartoon Saloon Experimented with the ‘Wolfvision’ Pov for the Irish Folktale

For directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, their hand-drawn “Wolfwalkers” Irish folktale demanded something special to convey the Pov of running with the wolves. That’s because Wolfwalkers are humans that possess a spiritual connection with the wolves and roam among them at night as avatars. And Wolfvision, according to Moore, was “an attempt to show […]

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‘Wolfwalkers’: How Cartoon Saloon Created a Gamechanger with its Hand-Crafted Oscar Contender

When tackling “Wolfwalkers,” the last of Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated triptych about Irish folklore, there was no holding back for director Tomm Moore and art director-turned director Ross Stewart. Cartoon Saloon could be more daring after their success on “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea,” which turned them into the Irish Studio Ghibli […]

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‘Wolfwalkers’ Directors’ Long Run To Finish An Irish Folklore Trifecta [Interview]

There are two massively acclaimed animated feature films arriving in viewers’ homes this month. One of them, Pixar’s “Soul,” premieres on Disney+ on Christmas Day. The other, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s “Wolfwalkers,” is in select theaters now and debuting on Apple TV+ on Friday. You can’t go wrong with either picture, but the former […]

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Animation Directors Nora Twomey and Kris Pearn Set for Free View Conference Virtual ‘Meet the Masters’ Conversation

“The Breadwinner” director Nora Twomey will join “The Willoughbys” director Kris Pearn for a free “Meet the Masters” virtual conversation presented by the View Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 24, beginning at 10 a.m. Pt.Twomey, who is co-founder and creative director of Ireland’s animation studio Cartoon Saloon, produced the studio’s current film, “Wolfwalkers,” was head of […]

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‘Wolfwalkers’ Trailer: Is The ‘Secrets Of Kells’ Followup Another Animated Oscar Player?

We’ve seen the Best Picture race slowly come into view thanks to a pandemic delayed deadline, but other categories are also coming into play. Best Animated Feature film already has a number of contenders that found audiences on PVOD with “Onward,” “Trolls World Tour” and “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run” while “Over the […]

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‘Wolfwalkers’ Trailer: Hand-Drawn Surreal Wonder Is One of the Year’s Best Animated Films

One of the year’s finest animated features is also one of its most technically impressive, as directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s animated Irish folktale “Wolfwalkers” is hand-drawn. That’s rare in the days of CGI, and fitting for the case of this mystical period adventure about two young girls saving the hunted wolf population of […]

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