Skybound Amusement, the corporation guiding animated Tv collection “Invincible,” has obtained the historic Spike & Mike’s animation occasions, with designs for a revival. Marge Dean, head of studio at Skybound Leisure, introduced the news at Toronto’s Animation Sector Meeting (TAAFI) on Saturday.
Spike & Mike began in the 1970s as a curator of animated shorts. “Spike & Mike’s Unwell and Twisted Festival of Animation,” which showcased out-of-the-box animated shorts, is acknowledged right now for launching the occupations of business pros these kinds of as Pete Docter (“Inside Out”), Matt Stone and Trey Parker (“South Park”) and John Lasseter (“Toy Story”).
Skybound claimed it will request to honor the treasured brand name by relaunching the animation gatherings, making animated shorts offered digitally, highlighting present-day expertise in the animation marketplace as a result of collaborations and reintroducing the Spike & Mike library. Specifics of the festival are however in the performs, but planned awards initiatives involve growth chances, venture stipends and acquisitions.
Festival types incorporate the unique “Spike & Mike’s Competition of Animation,” “Spike & Mike’s Unwell & Twisted” (for NSFW/adult animated information) and “Spike & Mike’s Arty Farty” (for bold written content).
“I’m very appreciative of Skybound’s respect and understanding of what the Spike & Mike model has achieved, and what we can proceed to offer you. I’m enthusiastic to see what they’re equipped to do for present Spike & Mike work and search ahead to producing a new chapter with them,” reported Craig “Spike” Decker, co-founder of Spike & Mike.
“Spike & Mike has been a seminal platform for inventive voices in animation,” explained Dean. “There would be no put for displays like Invincible to exist without the need of their attempts to acquire a safe and sound area for creators to specific each the uplifting and introspective or ‘sick and twisted’ in an very progressive, elaborate, and boundless artwork sort.”
In his evaluate of the Spike & Mike documentary “Animation Outlaws,” Wide range‘s Peter Debruge described Spike & Mike as the “razor blades” to Disney’s “candied apples” at the time.
“Spike and Mike sent the counterprogramming, encouraging indie toon creators to build their additional subversive aspect, and gratifying them with national publicity — and in-man or woman appearances — as section of a perfectly-publicized theatrical software,” wrote Debruge.
For animators interested in staying showcased as section of “Skybound Offers: Spike & Mike’s Competition of Animation,” submissions for animated shorter films are now open up online by way of (U.S., Canada and U.K. only). Submissions for “Skybound Presents: Spike & Mike’s Library of Animation” are open to world contributors.
Much more information and facts about submission suggestions can be identified at skybound.com/spikeandmikefest.