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Nominations Announced for the 95th Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 7:01am

No real surprises, at least in the animation-related categories, with ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,’ ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ ‘The Sea Beast,’ and ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ among the best animated feature and best visual effects nominees for this year’s 95th Oscars, coming March 12.

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Studio Ghibli and LOEWE Partner for ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ Collection

The final collaboration between the beloved animation studio and luxury designer will feature images and inspiration from Hayao Miyazaki’s favorite creation.

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Podcast EP 193: How Turkish Set Designer Merve Çaydere Got to Work at Laika

The animation director, designer and model maker discusses her journey from Turkey to the U.S. and how she scored a spot as a set designer at the iconic stop-motion studio.

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VFX Breakdown: BlueBolt Adds Futuristic Visuals to ‘The Peripheral’

The studio transforms London into a dilapidated landscape dwarfed by towering statues of Greek Gods, creating the backdrop for the sci-fi series starring Jack Reynor and Chloë Grace Moretz, now streaming on Prime Video.

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Genius Brands Partners with China’s StarTimes to Launch Kartoon Channel! Africa

The channel will offer originals ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten;’ ‘Rainbow Rangers;’ ‘Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab;’ and ‘Llama Llama’ as well as weekend movies such as ‘Stan Lee’s Mighty 7;’ ‘Ella Bella Bingo;’ ‘Toys and Pets;’ and ‘Boonie Bears.’

Another Two Bite the Dust Headline News

HBO Max Decision to Pull ‘Titans’, ‘Doom Patrol’ Precedes DC Studios Takeover

While the cancelation of both series after their fourth seasons came as a shock to fans, James Gunn claims he and DC Studios co-CEO Peter Safran are blameless.

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Escape Studios Students Contribute VFX to ‘Borderland’ Indie Thriller

Students at the Pearson College school helped deliver more than a dozen shots on the upcoming feature about a retired Irish paramilitary who witnesses an SAS officer’s fatal shooting of his pregnant wife.

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FOX Renews ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Family Guy,’ and ‘Bob’s Burgers’

The network orders two new seasons for each of the hugely popular Animation Domination series, all from 20th Television Animation, cementing the longest-running primetime animation block’s continued airing through the 2024-25 broadcast cycle.

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Adult Swim Orders ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ Season 12

As a follow-up to the animated comedy ‘Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm,’ which debuts on HBO in February and Adult Swim in March – Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, the ‘creative geniuses’ behind the franchise, will produce 5 all-new episodes. 

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Disney TV shares ‘Kiff’ Premiere Date, Cast and Theme Song

The Cape-Town inspired animated series follows optimistic squirrel Kiff and best friend Barry the bunny on their adventures in Table Town, where animals and magical oddballs live side by side.

The End of an Era Headline News

Justin Roiland Resigns as Squanch Games CEO

Move comes after the ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator was dropped this week from his shows with Adult Swim and Hulu; the status of his production company, Justin Roiland’s Solo Vanity Card Productions! is unknown.

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‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ and Zoe Saldaña Hit Major Box Office Milestone

The visually stunning sequel from James Cameron becomes the sixth film in history to earn over $2 billion in global sales, his third, and the star’s fourth.

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‘PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Snags Star-Studded Cast

Kristen Bell, Christian Convery, Mckenna Grace, Lil Rel Howery, James Marsden, and Serena Williams join previously announced Taraji P. Henson and returning cast members Kim Kardashian, Marsai Martin, and Ron Pardo on the animated film from Nick, Spin Master, and Paramount, hitting theaters this October 13.

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Disney TV Shares February Slate of All-New Animated Kids' Series Episodes

Next month, Disney Channel and Disney Junior are brimming with episode premieres of popular original series, including ‘Superkitties,’ ‘Firebuds,’ and ‘Monsters at Work;’ ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’s Josh Keaton and ‘Respect’s Jennifer Hudson guest star on ‘Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.’

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Pink Floyd Animation Contest Stirs Controversy by Exploiting Artists

The animation community is calling foul play on an animated music video competition being held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the legendary English rock band’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ album.

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Amazon Studios Greenlights ‘Mighty Nein’ with ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ Creators

Critical Role signs overall multiyear TV and first-look film agreement with the streamer; new animated series, being created with Titmouse, is based on the 2nd campaign of the popular ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ web series.

That’s a Lot of Kids’ Shows! Headline News

Apple TV+ Expands ‘Kids & Family’ Animation Slate

The streamer's Spring lineup kicks off with new seasons of ‘Pinecone & Pony,’ ‘Pretzel and the Puppies,’ and ‘Stillwater’ and the launch of all-new series ‘Eva the Owlet,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Frog and Toad;’ seven new ‘Peanut’ classics join the streamer with ‘Peanuts Anthology III’ and ‘Sago Mini Friends’ celebrates Earth Day.

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CoSA VFX Goes Invisible for ‘Your Honor’ Season 2 Visual Effects

The VFX studio helps enhance the drama, add realism, and ensure continuity on Showtime’s legal drama starring Bryan Cranston as a disgraced judge, now airing and also streaming on Paramount+.

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Eric Roth to Receive VES Board of Directors Award

The Visual Effects Society Board of Directors honors former VES Executive Director for his 19 years of leadership; the award will be presented next month at the 21st Annual VES Awards.

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Watch an Exclusive Movie Clip - ‘The Amazing Maurice’

Following its North American premiere at Sundance, the animated adventure about a sassy, street-smart talking cat inspired by the award-winning novel by the late Sir Terry Pratchett - starring Hugh Laurie, Emilia Clarke, David Tennant, and Ariyon Bakareon – hits U.S. theaters next month.

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‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight - Epic Lunar New Year’ Episode Now Streaming

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 10:56am

In the new Netflix special episode of the DreamWorks Animation hit animated series, to keep his gang's spirits up on their difficult voyage, Po tells the tale of a hunter who helped protect a village from a dragon on the first Lunar New Year.

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