Skybound Revives Spike & Mike’s Animation Pageant Showcase

Throughout this weekend’s Toronto Animation Business Convention, Invincible firm Skybound Entertainment revealed it’s acquired the rights to Spike & Mike’s Pageant of Animation.

Older followers could bear in mind the occasion—named after Craig “Spike” Decker and the late Mike Gribble—as a showcase for animated shorts outlined as “innovative, daring, and sometimes hilarious.” Beginning with the 1977 Pageant of Animation and increasing with the respective Sick & Twisted and New Gen festivals of the Nineties and 2000s, they featured works by those that would finally turn into recognized names in animation right now—Pete Docter (Soul), Matt Stone & Trey Parker (South Park), and Mike Decide (King of the Hill), to call a number of. For many who weren’t alive (or conscious of) Spike & Mike’s again then, the closest equal could be the anthology sequence What a Cartoon! from Cartoon Network (or Oh Yeah! Cartoons from Nickelodeon), each of which led to beloved 90s cartoons like Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Ladies, and My Life as a Teenage Robotic.

Skybound Presents: Spike & Mike’s Pageant of Animation Announcement!

With a brand new revival of Spike & Mike’s underway, Skybound goals to spotlight present and up-and-coming expertise within the animation house. Submitted shorts shall be made obtainable digitally, and the corporate is engaged on securing improvement alternatives, challenge stipends, and acquisitions as potential awards. At time of writing, submissions are open to the US, Canada, and the UK, and might be might be put into one among three classes: the aforementioned Pageant of Animation (for common audiences) and Sick & Twisted (something “positively NSFW”), and the model new class of Arty Farty (principally the animated equal of Oscar bait).

“I’m extremely appreciative of Skybound’s respect and understanding of what the Spike & Mike model has achieved,” wrote Decker, “and what we will proceed to supply. I’m excited to see what they’re in a position to do for current Spike & Mike work and stay up for creating a brand new chapter with them.”

“Spike & Mike has been a seminal platform for artistic voices in animation,” continued Skybound Leisure studio head Marge Dean. “There could be no place for exhibits like Invincible to exist with out their efforts to develop a secure house for creators to precise each the uplifting and introspective or ‘sick and twisted’ in an extremely progressive, complicated, and boundless artwork type.”

The total record of guidelines and necessities to undergo the brand new Spike & Mike’s pageant, together with a common FAQ, might be learn here.


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