Battle of the Steve Jobs companies: Pixar beats Apple TV+ at Oscars


Apple TV+ enters the world of auteur animation with new animated film Wolfwalkers.
Close but no cigar for Apple.
Image: Apple TV+

Apple came up short at Sunday night’s Oscars, losing its Best Animated Feature nomination (for the great animated movie Wolfwalkers) to Pixar’s Soul.

As brilliant as it was (and Cult of Mac‘s resident reviewer hailed it as the best animated flick of the year) Wolfwalkers was very much a long shot. This would have been Apple TV+’s first Oscar. Instead, it was scuppered by Pixar winning its 11th (!!) award in the Best Animated Feature category.

Step into the hand-drawn world of Wolfwalkers


‘Wolfwalkers’ is available now to watch on Apple TV+.
Despite being an Apple TV+ production, a surprising amount of Wolfwalkers was hand drawn or painted.
Image: Apple

A new behind-the-scenes video on the making of Wolfwalkers shows that much of the animated movie was sketched and painted the traditional way. Kind of surprising — one might think an Apple TV+ film would be an intensely computer-driven production.

Watch the amazing video now:

Apple TV+ scores 2 Oscar noms as streaming dominates


Apple TV+ enters the world of auteur animation with new animated film Wolfwalkers.
Wolfwalkers was one of the Apple movies to get a nomination.
Image: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has picked up its first ever Oscar nominations — although it still looks like a bit of an underachievement for the Cupertino tech company.

With Academy Award noms now announced, Apple has picked up two: Best Animated Feature Film for Wolfwalkers and Sound Design for Greyhound. The results will be announced April 25.

Wolfwalkers fetches 10 animation award nominations


Wolfwalkers is headed for Apple TV+ in late 2020
Wolfwalkers sniffed out ten nominations in the Annie Awards.
Photo: Cartoon Saloon

Apple TV+’s Wolfwalkers received a whopping ten nominations for the 48th Annie Awards, which celebrate excellence in animation. That put it in a tie for most nominations with Pixar’s Soul.

Wolfwalkers also scored a Golden Globe nomination, and is widely expected to be nominated for an Oscar later in March.

Ted Lasso and 2 Apple TV+ movies earn Golden Globes nominations


Jason Sudeikis plays a clueless college football coach in the comedy series.
Jason Sudeikis, center, plays a clueless college football coach in the Apple TV+ comedy.
Photo: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ hit Ted Lasso, animated movie Wolfwalkers and Bill Murray — one of the stars of On the Rocks — all received nominations Wednesday for the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards.

Rewarding the best movies and TV shows of the past year, as voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the prizes will be handed out at an awards show on February 28.

AirPods … to the Max! [Cult of Mac Magazine 379]


AirPods Max: Apple takes AirPods to the Max!
Apple's high-end headphones sold out fast.
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Apple’s new over-the-ear headphones are kind of over the top. From the high-end design to the sky-high price tag, AirPods Max certainly made quite a splash this week.

They sold out almost immediately after Tuesday’s unveiling. And that weird AirPods Max case got mercilessly mocked online, as people compared it to a bra and a sleep mask, among other things.

It’s not all AirPods Max this week, though: Apple TV+ started streaming Wolfwalkers, which our reviewer called the “best animated film of the year.” Plus, Apple’s mysterious self-driving car project raced back into the rumor fast lane.

Read up in this week’s free edition of Cult of Mac Magazine. Download it now for your iOS device. Or use the links below to get to the stories on the web.

Wolfwalkers is the best animated film of the year [Apple TV+ review]


Apple TV+ enters the world of auteur animation with new animated film Wolfwalkers.
Apple TV+ enters the world of auteur animation with new animated film Wolfwalkers.
Image: Apple TV+

Wolfwalkers, the animated movie that arrives on Apple TV+ today, is the best animated film of 2020. A fiery mix of folklore and feminism, it’s one of the most astonishing works of visual art you’re likely to see this year.

It comes from the makers of gorgeous animated features The Secret of Kells and The Breadwinner — and it marks their strongest work to date.

Beautiful video preview will get you howling for Wolfwalkers


‘Wolfwalkers’ is headed for theaters and Apple TV+.
Wolfwalkers, from a highly-decorated animation studio, debuts on Apple TV+ in December.
Screenshot: Apple/Cartoon Saloon

To get audiences primed for Wolfwalkers, Apple debuted on Thursday a “Legendary Prologue” for what will be first animated movie on Apple TV+. It introduces viewers to a medieval world where humans can transform into wolves.

Watch the video preview now.

Wolfwalkers animated adventure strides onto Apple TV+ on December 11


Wolfwalkers launch date on Apple TV+ is December 11, 2020.
Put Wolfwalkers on the list of potential Academy Award nominees.
Screenshot: Apple

Apple TV+ finally named a release date for its first animated feature film. Wolfwalkers will debut exclusively on Apple’s streaming video service December 11, 2020.

The film is from the studio that created Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells. It’s set in medieval Ireland, and tells the story of two girls who transform into wolves.

A full-length trailer was released by Apple on Thursday.

Beguiling Wolfwalkers trailer teases first Apple TV+ animated movie


Apple's new animated movie looks intriguing.
Photo: Apple TV+

The world got its first glimpse of upcoming Apple TV+ animated movie Wolfwalkers, thanks to a trailer dropped Tuesday.

The movie, directed by Oscar-nominated Tom Moore (Song of the Sea) and Ross Stewart, follows the adventures of a young apprentice hunter named Robyn Goodfellowe. She travels to Ireland in the 1600s to help her father in pursuit of a wolf pack — only to meet a girl who is part of a tribe rumored to turn into wolves at night.