Animation Link Roundup: January 22, 2022
The Calgary-shot Fraggle Rock reboot is out! Plus trailers for Inu-Oh, Shenmue the Animation, and The Cuphead Show, animated GLAAD Media Award nominees, and other news from the world of animation
• The Calgary-shot reboot Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock premieres this weekend on Apple TV. Critics have been raving about it (it has a 100% fresh rating of writing this post), which must be satisfying for the local artists who worked on it, including QAS friend and animatronix wizard Leo Wieser of Bleeding Art Industries. Listen to executive producer John Tartaglia brag to the CBC about the Calgary crew
• The 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards has announced its 2022 nominees, which includes some fantastic animated features and series, like The Mitchells vs. the Machines (up for Outstanding Film), Flee (Outstanding Documentary), criminally underappreciated series City of Ghosts and Summer Camp Island (Outstanding Children's Programming), and plenty more. See Animation Magazine's breakdown for a summary
• Animation World Network has shared a three-part spotlight on the new stop-motion anthology The House, featuring interviews with filmmakers Marc James Roels & Emma de Swaef, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, and Paloma Baeza
• Continuing its push for animation dominance, Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee writer Nicole Silverberg's darkly comic FBI procedural, Bad Crimes, with Mike Judge and Greg Daniels producing
• In a rare overlap between indie animation and mainstream TV, 'Shark Tank' recently featured Black Sands Entertainment, an entertainment company focused on sharing stories from Black creators and perspectives
• We've already mentioned animator Robert Valley's impressive ongoing tutorials on his YouTube channel, but now he's also added his 2016 epic Pear Cider and Cigarettes, along with a director's commentary
Crunchyroll and Adult Swim have dropped the trailer for Shenmue the Animation, a 13-episode anime adaptation of the video game.
The new trailer for video game adaptation The Cuphead Show looks like a fun tribute to classic animation, with lots of nods to its influences and subtle touches in its aesthetic.
Masaaki Yuasa and Science Saru have released a teaser for their new feature INU-OH. It's real short, but we'll take what we can get for now