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Squeaky Mayhem Abounds in New ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life’ Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 12:08pm

Produced by Xilam Animation and inspired by Disney’s iconic pair of troublemaking chipmunks, the 12-episode hand-drawn 2D show debuts today on Disney+.  

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New ‘Bridges’ Initiative Introduces African Talent to Global Animation Markets

Creative initiative mentors immerging African talent in the production of original animated shorts; ‘Red Ants,’ the first of 10 shorts to be produced within the program, premiered at the 2021 Annecy International Animation Festival.

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IMDb Acquires AVOD Rights for ‘100% Wolf – Legend of the Moonstone’

Set for an exclusive launch August 12, the CG animated series follows a young heir to a werewolf pack – but something goes terribly wrong during his ‘warfing;’ based on the books by Jayne Lyons, the series has been sold in 80 territories.

People Headline News

Academy Announces New Board of Governors

Casting director David Rubin re-elected AMPAS president; roster of officers increases by two with addition of the Equity and Inclusion Committee and the separation of Membership and Governance into two committees.

Giddy up! Headline News

Boat Rocker Greenlights ‘Dino Ranch’ Season 2

Season 1 of the popular animated preschool series now playing on Disney Junior, DisneyNOW, and Disney+; the series follows the Cassidy family who are charged with wrangling a lively herd of dinosaurs who are also their best friends.

New Vision Series Talks to Watch Headline News

Autodesk Explores the Future of VFX at SIGGRAPH 2021

Taking place August 10, Autodesk’s SIGGRAPH 2021 Vision Series includes six sessions with industry leaders who are pushing the boundaries to create new possibilities for film and TV digital artistry; programs include ‘Reimagining VFX Production in the Cloud,’ and ‘Marvel Studios: Adapting to Our New (Virtual) Normal.’ 

Hypothetically Speaking Headline News

Marvel’s Animated ‘What If…?’ Already Wowing Critics

The multiversal, hypothetical scenario exploration series rolls out August 11 on Disney+ with nine mind-bending episodes, including a super soldier Peggy Carter, T’Challa as Star-Lord, Marvel zombies, and more.

Boo! Headline News

Disney+ Reveals ‘LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales’ Cast and Key Art

Halloween is going to be scary this year when Vaderʼs loyal servant shares three creepy stories linked to ancient artifacts and iconic villains from across all eras of ‘Star Wars;’ starring Tony Hale and Christian Slater, the new animated special premieres exclusively on the streamer October 1.

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Disney Launching New Animation Studio in Vancouver

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 3:06pm

Set to open next January, facility will focus on long-form shows and projects for Disney+, starting with the ‘Moana’ musical series; Burbank studio plans to increase staff and remain exclusive home of feature film projects and shorter form series such as recently announced ‘Zootopia+.’

Masters of the Licensing Universe! Headline News

Netflix Reportedly Developing Live-Action ‘Pokémon’ Series

‘Lucifer’ executive producer and showrunner Joe Henderson is said to have already begun staffing a writers’ room as development begins on the show.

Puppies! Headline News

HBO Max Drops ‘Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy’ Teaser Trailer

Debuting August 5, the animated half-hour special produced by Sesame Street Workshop follows Elmo as he learns to care for his new puppy.

The Sweetest of Resurrections Headline News

Adult Swim Greenlights ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Season 3

With a third season pickup, the enormously popular show continues to shine in its successful resurrection from Netflix cancelation; catch Season 2’s final episodes August 8 and 15 - the millennial bird women continue with more of the same crazy antics as they each deal with their ghosts, each in a very different way.

Expanding the Real-Time Tool Universe Headline News

Real-Time Innovations Receives Epic MegaGrant

Award will facilitate the advanced development and integration of RTI’s Connext DDS simulation platform with Unreal Engine, expanding the breadth of visualizing real-time systems in action.

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Two New Xilam Original Animated Series Land on Global Platforms

Big streamers pick up studio’s 2D and CGI series; ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life’ now streaming on Disney+, ‘Oggy Oggy’ debuts on Netflix August 24.

AVGC Summit Headline News

CII SummitFX 2021 Coming August 25-29

The animation, VFX, gaming, and comics virtual event will focus on ‘The Reset - Growth & Opportunity in New Era’ with multiple tracks including interactive meetings and sessions with industry leader, keynotes, and masterclasses; full program coming soon.

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Unity Acquires SpeedTree Creator Interactive Data Visualization

Software platform for vegetation modeling and environment creation to become more deeply integrated within the Unity ecosystem; future benefits will include faster and better artist authoring workflows and creation capabilities.

The One Ring Headline News

Amazon Studios Reveals ‘Lord of the Rings’ First Look and Release Date

The highly anticipated, $500 million yet-to-be-named original ‘LOTR’ prequel series will debut September 2, 2022 exclusively on Prime Video

Surfs Up! Headline News

‘Waterworld’ Sequel Rising from the Deep

26 years after the post-apocalyptic film’s famous flop, a sequel series from producers John Davis and John Fox, and director Dan Trachtenberg, is poised to return us to our favorite climate change love story.

Virtual Conferences Headline News

ASWF Adds Maxon and Tangent Animation, Reveals Open Source Days Event Lineup

Academy Software Foundation adds two new general members as it heads into annual conference, a free virtual event running August 4-5 featuring the latest in open source tools and standards.

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NEP Group Buys Prysm Collective, Lux Machina and Halon Entertainment

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 2:32pm

Newly launched NEP Virtual Studios acquires leading real-time production companies to expand its growing virtual production business; former Digital Domain CEO Cliff Plumer named group leader.

Spies Ahoy! Headline News

First Smile of the Day: ‘Archer’ Season 12 Trailer Released

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 12:43pm

While remembering with sadness the recent passing of actress Jessica Walter, we nevertheless manage a smile hearing her tough-as-nails Malory once more barking the inappropriate; series returns for a new season of spycrafting foolishness August 25 on FXX.

Animated TV Series Headline News

PBS Greenlights ‘Nature Cat’ Seasons 4 and 5

The award-winning kid’s series, produced by Spiffy Pictures, features an all-star comedic cast including Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, and Kate Micucci; new episodes, plus two new movie specials, are set to debut in 2022.

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