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November 5, 2015

Don Bluth and Gary Oldman are teaming up once again to produce Dragon’s Lair: The Movie, which is based on a well loved 1980’s arcade game. The two creators have provided audiences with some great animated films like An American Tail, The Land Before Time, Anastasia and many others, so it will be exciting to see what they have planned for their next venture.

You could get a great sense of what they have in store by viewing the film‘s Kickstarter campaign, which launched last week; here Bluth and Oldman present their goals for the film and provide many perks for backers that range from limited animation drawings & Blue-ray copies of Dragon’s Lair: The Movie to character maquettes and animation master classes.

If you had to choose one film project to help support this year,  Dragon’s Lair: The Movie is definitely worth a look; please check out the campaign and help independent animation via donations and link sharing.

Legends Animated has been provided tickets to a special screening of Hotel Transylvania 2  (courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation) which we would like to give away to you, our supporters. If interested please send an email to

Tickets are limited and the screening is this Saturday, September 26th, at 11am in Hollywood (address will be provided via email): act now to claim your ticket!

This animated music video was created for one of Scarlett Parade‘s songs titled “White River”. The music video was animated by Manddy Wyckens, Anthony Lejeune, and Léa Justum, and co-directed by these 3 animators as well as Scarlett Parade.

Canadian animator Lynn Dana Wilton is visiting Los Angeles and screening a program of animated shorts (including some of her own) from the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) with whom she frequently works.

Join us at the Echo Park Film Center ( at 8pm on Saturday, June 6th for the screening and a discussion afterwards on the challenges of independent filmmaking in the changing cultural landscape, as well as the benefits of surviving long enough to see your favorite techniques fade in and out of (and in) fashion.

Visit to learn more about TAIS!

This month we’re featuring a stop motion film titled Dangerously Ever After, which is based on a children’s book of the same title by Dashka Slater. Its heroine is Princess Amanita, who isn’t your average princess: she has a collection of swords, a pet scorpion, and loves to tend to her dangerous garden of thrones and other prickly plants.

Help director Alba Garcia bring this fun and unique character to life via stop motion animation; there are 7 days left to be a part of this amazing project, plus there are great prizes for those who help Alba reach her goal, so please support independent animation by sharing this post and/or making a contribution through her Indiegogo campaign.

YourFaceBill Plympton has teamed up with Bella Fe Films to create Your Face Global Jam, a production where animators worldwide can reanimate and showcase a three second segment of Plympton’s Oscar-Nominated short film, Your Face.

Submissions are being accepted now until August 8th, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your work featured on this amazing international project.

Visit for details; if you’re planning to attend Comic-Con this week, you can visit the Bella Fe Films booth for more information (Booth #1532).

Mr. HuboltCongratulations to Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares for winning an Academy Award for Mr. Hublot. The film had some tough competition from Disney’s Get A Horse, but there was no denying the heart and craftsmanship that the European duo put into their short.

Another beautifully made Oscar nominated indie animated short, Room on a Boom, is now fully streaming online: enjoy!


October 5, 2012 — Leave a comment

“Sita Sings the Blues” by Nina Paley

I was recently asked what was my inspiration behind starting up Legends Animated: I think after watching Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley I began to fully appreciate how moving, hilarious, and visually stunning animation can be. I’ve enjoyed watching cartoons for as long as I can remember: many of my childhood memories were about my siblings and I watching shows like Tiny Toon Adventures and Rescue Rangers. But it was Nina Paley that made me realize that animation could be so much more than entertainment, so from then on I started exploring this whole new world of independent animation by attending animation festivals like LAAF and visiting websites like Indie Animator.

I believe what got me from simply being an animation fan to actually producing animation was working at Stop n Go Productions to create a claymation short film for the 168 Hour Film festival. Due to the nature of the festival, we only had a week (168 hours) to complete and submit our film Dragon Season, so needless to say the production process was bananas (it’s difficult enough for live action films, but to do an animated film in one week is virtually unheard of). Thanks to producers Michael Mitchell and Sarah Abel as well as their wonderful production crew, we were able to not only submit the short film on time but also win the Best Animation award. I’ve worked in indie filmmaking a few years before joining Stop n Go Productions, but after that experience I knew animation production was all I ever wanted to do.