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Art Imitates Life Headline News

Keanu Reeves’ ‘BRZRKR’ Live-Action Film and Anime Series Land at Netflix

Streamer will develop two new projects based on the comic book series co-written and co-created by Reeves and Matt Kindt, which follows the gruesome journey of immortal warrior ‘B’ as he attempts to discover a means to his own end.

Business Headline News

‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ EP Inks Development and Production Deal

Under terms of agreement, Emmy-nominated Pete Browngardt will produce original animated programming across Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, with access to both studios’ extensive IP libraries, for viewing on all WarnerMedia platforms.

Awards Headline News

‘BoJack Horseman’ Takes Top Animation Honors at 2021 Writers Guild Awards

Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s hit Netflix tragi-comedy beats out ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Bob’s Burgers’ at Sunday’s virtual ceremony.

A Pirates Life for Me Headline News

Netflix’s ‘One Piece’ Live-Action Manga Adaptation Still in the Works

Showrunner Steven Maeda assures fans that despite the show’s COVID-19 hiatus, his team ‘hasn’t stopped working’ on the highly anticipated series.

Awards Headline News

‘Nuevo Rico’ Wins Best Animated Short at 2021 SXSW Film Festival

Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s dystopian tragedy takes top animated film honors; ‘KKUM’ recognized for innovation and “Your Own Bullshit” for storytelling.

Virtual Events Headline News

VFXRIO Live Kicks Off March 21

Free digital event opens with ‘Digital Humans’ keynote by Pinscreen founder Hao Li, a leader in deepfake art and technology, who will discuss the evolution of virtual living triggered by the global pandemic.

They’re Back! Headline News

New ‘Rugrats’ Series Fills Out Voice Cast

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:15am

Tony Hale, Natalie Morales, Anna Chlumsky, and Michael McKean among actors joining the original voice cast on Nickelodeon’s reimagined CG show, premiering this Spring on Paramount+, with a network release planned later in the year.

Business Headline News

Nickelodeon Announces Its Biggest Animation Slate in 40 Years

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:48am

Network unveils aggressive set of greenlights and new series announcements at virtual upfront show, as it continues to expand across the kids and families entertainment space.

Animation Festivals Headline News

KingstOON Virtual 2021 Generates Record Number of Submissions

The free virtual event received over 2,100 entries from more than 100 countries, the largest numbers in its history; conference and festival runs April 21-25.

Events Headline News

ITFS21 Online and Onsite Coming May 4-9

Highlights for this year’s Stuttgart Animation Festival include the international competition for short films; German premieres of ‘Wolfwalkers’ and ‘Josee, the Tiger and the Fish;’ ‘Creating*Diversity and Pandemic Animation’ film compilations hitting on current social and political topics; and ‘Wonderwomen – Women in Games & Animation.’

Virtual Events Headline News

CAF and CTIAF Hosting Joint Online Festival April 12-18

Cardiff Animation Festival and Cape Town International Animation Festival are collaborating on a virtual event that features a week of curated screenings, workshops, and Q+As; programs will feature Welsh and African animated shorts previously screened at the respective festivals over the past 5 years.

Animation Festivals Events

KingstOOn Virtual 2021 – April 21-25

Begins: April 21, 2021

The free virtual event will celebrate ‘Diversity in Animation;’ the conference will begin on April 21, with the film festival starting April 15 – films will be available on demand after they are aired.

Submit Your Pitch! Headline News

Submit Your Pitch to KingstOOn Virtual 2021 and Sesame Workshop

Jamaican animators are invited to submit pitches for animated and mixed media shorts for consideration on ‘Sesame Street’s Season 52; proposals must be received by March 31.

He Can Fly! Headline News

Principal Photography Begins on ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’

The ‘Pete’s Dragon’ team of David Lowery and Jim Whitaker will direct and produce the star-studded live-action remake of Disney’s 1953 animated classic; film to premiere on Disney+ in 2022.

Dancin to the Smoooth Groove! ANIMATIONWorld

‘TrollsTopia’ Season 2: Jazz Troll Tropes, Hairicanes, and Runaway Trains

Executive producer Matthew Beans builds on Season 1 themes of harmony and positivity to explore issues of vulnerability, perfectionism… and what a jazz troll’s lair looks like; a new season of DreamWorks Animation’s ‘hair-raising’ adventures premieres today on Hulu and Peacock.

Arlo is in the House! Headline News

Netflix Drops Trailer and Images for ‘Arlo the Alligator Boy’ Animated Musical

Coming to Netflix April 16, the 80-minute 2D film launches Arlo’s journey that lands him in New York City; soundtrack gets Capitol Records release the same day; ‘I Heart Arlo’ animated series will continue his adventures as he and his newfound crew setup shop and bring a neighborhood back to life.

TV Animation ANIMATIONWorld

How Musa Brooker Animated ‘Waffles + Mochi’s Wondrous Culinary World

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3:38pm

For the Six Point Harness creative director, producing hundreds of animated segments for Michelle Obama and Netflix’s new live-action series meant bringing a fun, colorful, and meaningful world of food and nutrition to kids and families.

Ho Ho Ho! ANIMATIONWorld

Everyday Family Dysfunction Heads North in SYFY’s ‘The Pole’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 10:35am

For series creators Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman, druggie penguins, workshop politics, and a ‘dick pic’ scandal are mere foreplay in the twisted power struggle over the Red Suit; their new animated comedy about an extremely flawed Santa premieres tonight on SYFY.

Return to Xadia! Headline News

‘The Dragon Prince: Battlecharged’ Board Game Coming in June

Based on the immensely popular Emmy Award-winning Netflix original animated series ‘The Dragon Prince,’ and set in the fantasy world of Xadia, the game combines tactical miniatures with fast-paced card battles, and customized decks give every character a unique play style.

call for entries Headline News

Call for Entries: The Ottawa International Animation Festival

Submissions are being accepted for the 2021 festival, which runs September 22-26; the competition’s entry deadline is May 31.

call for entries Headline News

Call for Entries: 36th Edition of the Guadalajara Film Festival

The event, which promotes Mexican and Ibero-American cinema, is accepting both feature and short film animations for its official competition; the event runs October 1-9 - submission deadline is May 28.

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