October 30, 2014
AHOF Mourns the Loss of One of Its Greatest Supporters, International Animation Master, and Dearest Friend.

The passing of Larry Lauria

September 15, 2014
We are proud to formerly announce the signing with world renowned touring exhibit agency Landau Touring Exhibits for the first of several Animation Hall of Fame international touring exhibits. This first exhibit entitled "The World of Imagimation: A Hundred Years of Animation Art From Around the World" is made up of 137 pieces of rare and unique international animation art and artifacts that are from the 29,000 plus piece AHOF Directors Hal and Nancy Miles animation collection. It will be touring starting in March 2015 through the end of 2017. For further information and tour dates please visit the tours official web site at www.a-r-t.com/imagimation/.  

July 1, 2014
AHOF Purchases Additional David Dodd Hand Artifacts!
It is with extreme pleasure that we would like to announce the purchase of several David Dodd Hand artifacts that will added to the David Dodd Hand section of the AHOF museum and archives. The additions include part of David Dodd Hand's personal portfolio, his original Walt Disney Productions and Motion Picture Association identification cards, his birth certificate, and also his passports.  

April 19, 2014
SIAF 2014 Winners Screening!
We would like to thank everyone who attended this year's Savannah International Animation Festival winners screening, which this year was held at the Muse Arts Theater. This year's winners were a great mix of themes and technical styles.

Best In Show and Computer Animation: ED (2013) Directed by Gabriel Garcia

Traditional Animation: Monkey Rag (2013) Directed by Joanna Davdovich

Television Series Animation: Cuentos de viejos Capítulo 11 (2013) Directed by Marcelo Dematei and Carlos Smith

Stop Motion Animation: Dogonauts: Enemy Line (2013) Directed by Justin Rasch and Shel Rasch

Experimental Animation: The Rose of Turaida (2013) Directed by Ryan Grobins

Student Animation: Roadkill Redemption (2013) Directed by Karl Hadrika  

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March 2, 2014
And the Winners Are!
The Animation Hall of Fame proud to announce this year's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar winners for Best Animated Film and Best Animated Short Film. The winner for Best Animated Film was awarded to Frozen, which was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and produced by Peter Del Vecho. The winner for Best Animated Short Film was awarded to Mr Hublot, which was directed by Alexandre Espigares and Laurent Witz.  

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February 19, 2014
A Sad Day For The Animation World
The Animation Hall Of Fame sadly mourns the loss of Jimmy Murakami, who was one of the founding fathers of Irish animation. He sadly passed away on Sunday morning February 16th after a brief illness.

The 80-year old veteran played an invaluable role in developing Ireland's animation industry and directed numerous award-winning shorts and features, including 'When The Wind Blows' in 1986.

Born in San Jose, California Murakami attended the Chouinard Art Institute in the 1950s before being hired by United Pictures of America. After moving to New York to work with Pintoff Productions he worked in his homeland of Japan for six years before returning to Los Angeles in 1965 to launch his company Murakami-Wolf Productions with business partner Fred Wolf. Murakami settled permanently in Ireland while working as second-unit aerial director on Roger Corman's The Red Baron in 1971, where he set up the commercial studio Quateru Film.

His work with English illustrator and novelist Raymond Briggs on 1982's 'The Snowman' and the 1986 feature 'When the Wind Blows' produced some of the animator’s most acclaimed work with 'The Snowman' in particular remaining an enduring children's favorite to this day. Murakami Films opened in Dublin in 1989, with the studio producing popular television series such as 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' and 'Storykeepers'.

Murakami's unique vision and experience made him a key figure in the development of the Irish animation sector from its small beginnings to its present-day success.

Cathal Gaffney of Brown Bag Films, called Murakami "a founding father of Irish Animation"; Jason Tammemagi (Geronimo) said "He was a friend to us all in the Irish animation scene, supporting new talent and offering advice". Brown Bag Films have commented, "All of us in Brown Bag Films have many happy anecdotes and memories of Jimmy, and today we celebrate a life well-lived and mourn the passing of a friend who inspired an industry."

Jimmy Murakami is survived by his wife Ethna and his daughters Deirdre and Claire.  

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