Since 1972, animators, producers, writers and more have come together every year for the Annie Awards. The awards show celebrates the best work in animation across the U.S. This year, at the 45th annual Annie Awards, Pixar’s “Coco” earned 13 nominations and took home 11 wins.
Anthony Gonzalez, the voice actor for Miguel in “Coco”, was very excited to be at the Annie Awards.
“Coco” took home a total of 11 awards – only two short away from dominating all of their 13 nominations. The team who made “Coco” come to life was awarded Best Animated Feature, along with Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects, Character Animation, Character Design, Directing, Music, Production Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting, Writing and Editorial in an Animated Feature Production.
After the awards show, Gonzalez was beyond thrilled that his “Coco” team had swept up a total of 11 trophies. He expressed his love and appreciation for his team in a separate Instagram post, saying, “Congratulations to all the nominees and the Disney Pixar Coco team for receiving 11 Annie Awards last night!” Gonzalez shared this Instagram post with the hashtags #family, #team, #love, and #togetherwecan.
Congratulations to the Disney Pixar “Coco” team! ❤️
For the full show of the Annie Awards, check out the video below:
If you are a film buff saddened by the fact that you can’t go to your favorite film festivals, fear not. The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is going to be completely digital and free to anyone who wants to enjoy this year’s film roster.
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is going to be free and online for everyone.
In-person participation at LALIFF has been canceled because of obvious reasons (COVID-19). However, the organizers wanted to make sure that everyone who wanted to enjoy the films could. Plus, the festival is a way for these small, independent filmmakers to get their names and projects out there. Being online opens it up to a lot more people to enjoy these films.
The festival, founded by Edward James Olmos, is a very important event for Latino films.
While COVID-19 is keeping people in their homes, LALIFF doesn’t want it to keep them away from enjoying these films. It is the 21st century and that offers filmmakers and organizers a new way to connect with their fans and cinephiles.
“We are living in unprecedented times and we must find unprecedented solutions to continue to support our Latino filmmakers and provide them with a platform to showcase their work,” Edward James Olmos, founder of LALIFF, said in a statement. “Working together with our filmmakers, musicians, partners and sponsors we will be able to celebrate our festival virtually to continue to showcase some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking Latino films of 2020 and share with cinephiles everywhere, from the safety of their homes.”
LALIFF is an integral part of highlighting and promoting Latino talent and their quick pivot to go online will give these artists more opportunity to shine.
The film festival organizers made news when they announced their virtual experience. LALIFF Connect is going to let everyone enjoy the 2020 films as well as the 2019 retrospective highlighting last year’s work. You can currently watch all of the 2019 films and shorts featured last year at LALIFF. The new films will be available from May 5 – 31.
“We are proud to advocate for Latinx artists and musicians, especially at a time where they have been hit the most and share their beautiful sounds. Be sure to dance in your living rooms and don’t worry about the door fee—LALIFF has you covered,” Managing Director of LALIFF, Alexis de la Rocha, said in a statement.
Now is a great time to watch some of the previous LALIFF features, like “Suicidrag.”
The short film is about a group of Mexican drag queens who are taking to the streets and clubs of Mexico to highlight the issues of gender stereotypes. The queens are showing the dangers those stereotypes cause when they are imposed on the consumer culture that controls so much in our societies.
They are also showing “I’ll See You Around.”
Director Daniel Pfeffer explores the complexities of a family when drugs and betrayal derail a relationship. In the film, one brother has to figure out how to salvage a relationship with his brother after he finds out his brother stole his laptop to buy drugs. This film is a tough reminder of the difficulties families must face.
Update May 14, 2020, 11:52 p.m. PST: “One Day At A Time” is making an animation special to give their fans some love via the television. COVID-19 has halted production in Hollywood as Los Angeles fights the deadly viral outbreak. We now know who is going to be making the animation special even more special.
We finally know who is going to be joining the Alvarez family for the “One Day At A Time” animated special.
We were devastated when we first heard that ODAAT was getting canceled by Netflix. We were even more upset when we learned that Netflix was blocked the show from being carried on other streaming platforms. Fortunately, Pop TV came through and saved the show. Now, we will get a little more of the Alvarez family thanks to a new animated special.
Gloria Estefan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Melissa Fumero will join the Alvarez family for the special.
Miranda had a big hand in saving the show about a Cuban family in Los Angeles. He took to social media after the show was canceled to rally his fans to get the show saved. The campaign worked and the show found a new home with Pop TV.
Fans are clearly very excited and can’t wait for the show to air.
We could all use something to brighten our spirits and moods. This animated special will be that for so many fans who can’t wait for the animated version of their favorite family.
Original: We’re never truly surprised when news that the team behind Pop TV’s “One Day At A Time” is cooking up something special. But the latest update about the show’s production truly has us floored, elated. You know: muy muy excited.
That’s right mi gente, One Day At A Time is getting the animation treatment!
The new take on the Norman Lear sitcom announced that it will produce an animated special available for viewing this spring.
Similar to most film and television productions, the current season of One Day At a Time, set to be it’s fourth, was suspended this past March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Deadline, “Shortly after that, One Day At a Time executive producer/co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett, whose husband is a cartoonist, brought the idea of an animated episode with fellow executive producer/co-showrunner Mike Royce. The two took it to ODAAT producing studio Sony Pictures TV, which helped get the ball rolling.”
“In my 97 years, I’ve never known of a multicam comedy to animate a single episode as a special. Even this I get to experience,” Norman Lear, the creator of the original 1975 series and executive producer of the current reimagining said in a statement to Deadline.
The One Day At a Time animated special will center around the arrival and visit of Penelope’s conservative family.
“Penelope dreads that with the election coming up, they won’t be able to avoid fighting over politics,” reports Deadline. “The Alvarez family spends the episode discussing strategies of how to get through it, illustrated through fantasy sequences. Jonas Diamond, Executive Producer and Co-Owner of Smiley Guy Studios in Toronto will be overseeing the animation. The cast will all voice their own characters and will be joined by celebrity guests to be announced at a later date.”
The special episode will not be connected to any of the storylines introduced in the new season.
“As we all know, it’s hard to keep One Day At a Time off the air. During this unprecedented time, we wanted to find a way to keep our family – on camera and behind the scenes – together and create more entertaining content for our fans who are self-distancing at home,” said Kellett, who has been leading an industry conversation to find solutions for safely restarting TV production. “This animated special gives us an exciting opportunity to imagine the Alvarez family in a colorful new way while continuing to tell important and relevant stories.”
There’s no doubt One Day At A Time has proven its perseverance since the start of its run.
With its current fourth season in the works, the ability of the show to persevere through times thick and thin. Last year, news that the sitcom following followed the life of a Cuban American family been canceled by Netflix brought out various criticisms from the show’s fans. The series was brought back by Pop TV.
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