Matthew A. Cherry is expanding the Hair Love cinematic universe with a new HBO series.
The premium cable channel has ordered Young Love, a 12-episode animated series which will follow the characters introduced in Cherry’s 2019 short film Hair Love, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Cherry will serve as the co-showrunner of this new series along with Carl Jones, whose previous credits include shows like The Boondocks and Black Dynamite. Check out the original short film and get details about the new show below. Read More »
It’s a classic Hollywood underdog story: a rising animation studio produces an animated short that goes viral, and which goes on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Short. Lion Forge Animation has had a banner year with the Oscar win of the acclaimed animated short Hair Love, and they’re continuing that streak with a new multipicture deal with China’s Starlight Media, the company behind Crazy Rich Asians.
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This year, Sony Pictures Animation broke Disney and Pixar’s iron grip on the Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars, and next year, they’re making a strong bid for the Best Animated Shorts category as well. The animation company behind last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has just released one of its most moving and heartwarming animated shorts online, presumably to drum up some support for an Oscar campaign in the most crowded animated shorts year ever.
Hair Love, directed by Matthew Cherry, tells the story of a father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time in a short comedy film that gives way to unexpected melancholy. You can watch the entirety of Hair Love below.
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