Animation Link Roundup: February 12, 2022
A new video from Chad VanGaalen, behind the scenes of the opening credits of Netflix's The House, shakeups at the NFB, and other news from the world of animation
• Have you checked out Animation Nights New York's online screenings yet? You probably should, and package #68 on Feb. 20 looks like a doozy, with the theme Shadows & Strife
• CIFF 2021 selection Flee became the first film to pick up Oscar nominations for Best Documentary Feature, Best International Feature, and Best Animated Feature at the same time. If you missed it last September, it'll be playing at the Globe Cinema on March 9, 2022—don't make the same mistake twice
• Miyu Distribution, one of the premiere distributors of animated shorts, has launched a YouTube channel called Bang Bang to show off its archives, with nearly 70 films already available to stream. It joins Autour de Minuit's Animatic, which launched in 2020 and is closing in on 100,000 subscribers
• Last week we mentioned that the screenplay for Luca
was available online. Now, Encanto, Raya and the Last Dragon, and The Mitchells vs. the Machines have joined that list, and most of them are offering online art books, too
• In a major shake-up of its operating structure, the National Film Board of Canada's English Program is merging its animation and interactive studios, evidence of the increased importance of interactive experience to the NFB's artistic strategy
• VFX legend Douglas Trumbull, who worked on sci-fi touchstones 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner has died at age 79
• Skwigly has a roundup of Netflix's 2022 animation slate, and it looks like there's a lot to be excited about
• And it's hard to believe the day has come, but yes, it's true: that Gumby you like is going to come back in style
• Calgary animator Chad VanGaalen has a wonderfully trippy new video for Calgary ex-pat Yves Jarvis' one-minute single, "Prism Through Which I Perceive"
We really should've recognized Nicolas Ménard's fingerprints on the opening credits of stop-motion anthology The House (co-directed by Manshen Lo). Animation Magazine has a breakdown of their creative process.