Announcing: Ronia, The Robber’s Daughter (Official Japanese Site)
Keep your eyes peeled for this female protagonist coming soon to a TV near you in Japan, autumn 2014! Based on the book by Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking), the TV series will be directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro Miyazaki (Tales of Earthsea; From Up on Poppy Hill). Production will be completed by Polygon Pictures.

Announcing: Ronia, The Robber’s Daughter (Official Japanese Site)

Keep your eyes peeled for this female protagonist coming soon to a TV near you in Japan, autumn 2014! Based on the book by Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking), the TV series will be directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro Miyazaki (Tales of Earthsea; From Up on Poppy Hill). Production will be completed by Polygon Pictures.

Annie Awards 2014 Recap
This year was generally a great success for women in the animation industry. Please see below for all female winners, and consider looking at the nominees for more fantastic work to peruse [here].
June Foray Award – Alice DavisBest Feature Film – “Frozen” directed by Jennifer Lee & Chris BuckBest Short Film – “Get a Horse!” directed by Lauren MacMullanBest Student Film – “Wedding Cake” by Viola Baier / Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
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Character Animation – Kureha Yokoo (Toy Story of Terror)
Editorial – Illya Owens (Mickey Mouse)
Production Design – Angela Sung, Christine Bian, Emily Tetri et. al. (The Legend of Korra)

FEATURE PRODUCTIONS
Production Design – Lisa Keene et. al. (Frozen)
Music – Kristen Anderson-Lopez et. al. (Frozen)
Directing – Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck (Frozen)

Annie Awards 2014 Recap

This year was generally a great success for women in the animation industry. Please see below for all female winners, and consider looking at the nominees for more fantastic work to peruse [here].

June Foray AwardAlice Davis
Best Feature Film – “Frozen” directed by Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck
Best Short Film – “Get a Horse!” directed by Lauren MacMullan
Best Student Film – “Wedding Cake” by Viola Baier / Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

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FEATURE PRODUCTIONS

Featured Feminist – Yuri Kochiyama, human rights activist
More about her work on NPR [here].

Featured FeministYuri Kochiyama, human rights activist

More about her work on NPR [here].

Featured Feminist – Grace Lee Boggs

Featured FeministGrace Lee Boggs

What We’re Watching – Me and My Shadow?

What appears to be a gorgeous pencil test for DreamWorks’ Me and My Shadow has somehow mysteriously made it to the internet! @ YouTube

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Heroine of the DayDiane Disney Miller

Supporter of the arts, philanthropist, and Walt Disney’s eldest daughter. Founder of The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco.

Normally, as you have probably already realized, I try to keep work out of this project as much as possible. In many ways it is easy to dodge politics because I have no ties to a studio, and I work independently. However, today I feel compelled to share with you my love for Diane Disney-Miller.

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What We’re WatchingDía de los Muertos
by Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds, & Lindsey St. Pierre

A touching senior thesis film about the chance to be with those you love.

Heroine of the Day – Caroline Thompson, Screenwriter & Director
Happy Halloween! Best known for her work on both The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, Thompson is also an accomplished writer for live-action films. I would love to see her adaptation of The Master and Margarita animated! Read an article on her work [here] or a short interview with her [here].

Heroine of the Day – Caroline ThompsonScreenwriter & Director

Happy Halloween! Best known for her work on both The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, Thompson is also an accomplished writer for live-action films. I would love to see her adaptation of The Master and Margarita animated! Read an article on her work [here] or a short interview with her [here].

What We’re WatchingTrusts and Estates, by Jeanette Bonds

It’s easy to see these men as repulsive. But the ending is delightful, and the facial expressions Jeanette uses are subtly precise for each moment. Let this short film guide you through the mid-week work hump!

Animated Heroine of the Day – Edna ModeThe Incredibles

Did you recognize the star of today’s Google Doodle? Based on renowned fashion icon Edith Head, the design of Edna Mode shown above is by Teddy Newton, and the sketches below come from Lou Romano. Luck favors the prepared!