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‘Blossom’ Depicts Young Girl’s Struggle to Cope with Gun Violence

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1:39pm

Oscar-winning ‘Hair Love’ production house Lion Forge Animation teams with Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund on poignant animated short in support of the 7th annual Wear Orange campaign and National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

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Disney Channel Greenlights ‘Kiff’ Buddy Comedy

The “nutty” animated series about an optimistic but prone to chaos squirrel and her best friend Barry the Bunny, from South African creators Lucy Heavens and Nic Small, was revealed today at Annecy 2021; series set to debut in 2023.

Who let the Dogs Out? Headline News

Paramount+ Lets the Dogs Out in a ‘Paw Patrol’ Summer!

The incredibly popular franchise kicks off its summer of fun with ‘Paw Patrol Live! At Home,’ now streaming, followed by ‘Paw Patrol: The Movie’ in theaters and streaming August 20; Seasons 1-5 of the animated preschool also now available.

I’ve Never Felt this Way About Stop-Motion! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Robin Robin’ First look Teaser and Art

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 3:29pm

Produced by Aardman Animation and featuring puppets made from felt, the stop-motion musical special, starring Gilliam Anderson and Richard E Grant, hits the streamer in time for the holidays this year; directors share project insights at Annecy 2021 work in progress panel.

People Headline News

FuseFX Adds Julian Sarmiento as Global Director of Virtual Production and Real-Time

Industry veteran will lead VFX house’s integration of innovative and emerging technologies as key pre-production to final shot service offerings.

Playing Cat and Mouse in the Big Apple Headline News

HBO Max Drops ‘Tom and Jerry in New York’ Trailer

The crazy duo brings their ‘Cat & Mouse’ antics to the Big Apple, where they leave chaos in their wake; Warner Bros. Animation’s all-new 2D animated series premieres July 1.

Brand-New Tales of Starfish and Talking Clouds Headline News

Nick Sets Back-to-Back ‘The Patrick Star Show’ and ‘Middlemost Post’ Debuts

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 9:00am

Journey to Bikini Bottom and Mount Middlemost in trailers for the network’s all-new series, filled with colorful characters, silly stories, and plenty of physical comedy, premiering July 9.

Technology Headline News

Weta Digital and Autodesk Team on WetaM Creative Cloud Service

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7:37am

New subscription service productizes Weta’s Oscar-winning Maya-based proprietary VFX tools, providing artists access to one complete stage to screen Maya-based pipeline.

#CreateWithMarbles: Marvelous Machines Headline News

NVIDIA Omniverse Design Challenge Now Live

#CreateWithMarbles: Marvelous Machines invites participants to design an outrageous race-track-style contraption for marbles; submission deadline is July 30.

Technology Headline News

Lenovo Launches New ThinkPad Workstations for Post-Pandemic Work Environments

The next generation ThinkPad P1, P15, and P17, teamed with new ThinkVision P34w-20 monitor and Thunderbolt 4 workstation dock, provide professional users the flexibility to work from anywhere.

A Marvel-ous and Sugary Delight Headline News

Calabash Creates Mischievously Delicious ‘Loki Charms’ Spot for Marvel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 1:38pm

The long-time Lucky Charms commercial production house magically transforms Lucky the Leprechaun into something much darker in cross-promotion campaign for the new Disney+ series.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP117: Stop-Motion Director Sinem Sakaoglu on Building a Career In Germany

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 12:10pm

The film, commercial, and music video director shares what it was like moving from Turkey to the U.S., and finally Germany, in pursuit of a creatively fulfilling animation career.

animated series Headline News

Disney Junior Reveals New ‘Spidey’ and ‘Mickey Mouse’ Preschool Series

‘Marvel's Spidey and his Amazing Friends’ and ‘Mickey Mouse Funhouse’ premiere in August, starring iconic characters set in new stories for kids and families; both series will be simulcast on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Reveal ‘Fena: Pirate Princess’ Trailer and Art

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 10:13am

Coming this summer from Kazuto Makazawa and Production I.G., anime series follows a young girl and her samurai crew, on the run from pirates and the English Navy, as they hunt for unimaginable treasure and adventure.

Let’s Get Civical! Headline News

Netflix Shares New Images from ‘We the People’ Music Video Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 9:04am

In their Annecy 2021 panel, creator Chris Nee and directors Peter Ramsey, Trisha Gum, and Jorge R. Gutiérrez harken back to ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ as they discuss the project, executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, that combines music and animation to educate a new generation of young Americans about the power of the people.

People Headline News

WildBrain CPLG Names Jasen Wright North America VP

In newly created role, veteran licensing executive will drive global expansion of entertainment brands and original IP including ‘Strawberry Shortcake,’ ‘Caillou,’ ‘Teletubbies,’ and ‘Chip & Potato.’

Sneak Peeks at Stuff! Headline News

Netflix Reveals ‘Arcane League of Legends’ First Look Images and Clip

Co-creators Christian Linke and Alex Yee talk world building and mythology; based on Riot’s hugely popular MOBA game, the highly anticipated animated series hits Netflix this Fall.

Business Headline News

UK Animation Trends and Opportunities Highlighted at Annecy

During an online panel, industry agencies, including Film London, Animation UK, BFI, and Screen Scotland, renewed their sector commitment while sharing business development, investment, and government support insights and strategies in the wake of COVID-19.

Finding Talent in the Middle Kingdom Headline News

Fred Seibert’s FredFilms and DeZerlin Joins Forces to Find Chinese Talent

Company’s new China-based animation incubator project, Hot Pot! Cartoons, seeks innovative creatives and content from the Middle Kingdom to develop for global markets.

Mentoring Women in Animation Headline News

Netflix and WIA Vancouver Expand Animation Career EXCELerator Program

Women in Animation Vancouver’s ACE program mentors, supports, and trains women to help develop and create their own original IP; applications for 2022-2024 program open at the Spark Animation Festival 2021.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

4 New Anime Series Coming to Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10:42am

Day 2 of Annecy 2021 brought more great reveals from the streamer, including four upcoming anime titles, with initial concept art, presented during their Tuesday Studio Focus Panel.

Moving Day! Headline News

Paramount+ Drops Brad Neely’s ‘The Harper House’ First Look Trailer and Art

The ‘China, IL’ creator’s all-new 2D adult comedy follows a single mom in Arkansas forced to move to the ‘other side’ of town; series will run exclusively on the streamer in Fall 2021.

Where Exactly is Arcadia? Headline News

Guillermo del Toro Shares ‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 8:37am

In his Annecy 2021 reveal, the Oscar-winning director and his filmmaking team talk about their upcoming animated feature, the DreamWorks’ ‘Trollhunters’ franchise finale, premiering July 21 on Netflix.

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