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Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 155: How Meaghan Hettler Got Into Puppet Fabrication

The stop-motion animator turned puppet, set, and prop fabricator shares how she switched gears from animator to puppet maker, where she learned her craft, and how much a felted puppet can cost.

My Kingdom for a Trident! Headline News

‘Aquaman: King of Atlantis’ on Digital and DVD April 26

The HBO Original animated mini-series comes home as a feature-length movie; that tale of Aquaman’s first adventures as King of Atlantis starts off with Day 1 on the job… and he’s got a lot of catching up to do.

Jaegers and Kaijus Oh My! Headline News

Netflix Teases Fans With ‘Pacific Rim: The Black’ Season 2 Key Art

Based on Legendary Entertainment and Guillermo del Toro’s popular ‘Pacific Rim’ film franchise, new episodes of Kaiju vs. Jaeger battles debut April 19; second and final season trailer hits in 2 days. 

Events Headline News

ITFS 2022 Announces Films in Competition and More Festival Highlights

2,028 films were submitted from 80 countries in the hopes of sharing over 65,000 euros in prizes; upcoming hybrid event runs in person and online May 3-8, featuring screenings, presentations, talks, workshops, and a free film program every day on Stuttgart's Schlossplatz.

It’s Happening in Stuttgart! Headline News

Another Great Set of FMX 2022 Program Highlights Revealed

Conference confirms more talks, presentations, and masterclasses including a look at rendering challenges behind ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines,’ creation of Mixed Reality with Microsoft’s Darren Cosker, and Machine Learning with Foundry’s Mairéad Grogan; the event runs onsite May 3-5, online May 6 and on demand through May 31.

Anime Headline News

GKIDS Drops ‘Pompo the Cinephile’ Teaser

Directed Takayuki Hirao, the animated feature is an ode to the power of movies and the joys and heartbreak of the creative process; in partnership with Fathom events, the preview screening comes to theaters nationwide April 27-28.

In Competition Headline News

Annecy 2022 Announces Graduation, TV, and Commissioned Film Selections

99 films were chosen for competition in the festivals latest category announcements; more than 1,530 films were submitted this year from 64 countries; festival runs June 13-18 in Annecy, France.

animated shorts ANIMATIONWorld

‘Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit’: Careening Across the Multiverse

FutureDude Entertainment’s Jeffrey Morris expands upon his comic and mobile game with a CG short that leaps from humanoid dino clans to polluted, steampunk cities in a sci-fi tale of commandos, stolen tech, and alternate Earths.

Face Returns Headline News

90s Nick Jr. Mascot ‘Face’ Returns in New Preschool Show

Live-action / animation hybrid ‘Face’s Music Party’ stars Cedric Williams and features kid-friendly music videos, remix sing-alongs of nursery rhymes, and a high energy dance-along finale; the new show hits Nickelodeon’s preschool platforms this summer.

What’s in the Can? Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘The Great North - Nobody Knows What Is Inside This Can’

In the all-new episode airing March 27 on FOX, Ham befriends an older woman who loves to party; meanwhile, Judy takes up pottery and is not great at it.

Arthur Returns! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Arthur,’ PBS’s Beloved Aardvark-Centric Series, Gets a New Digital Life

Dan Flynn, associate creative director of Hero4Hire Creative and lead animator on ‘Arthur’ digital productions, talks about the future of the long-running children’s animated series.

Business Headline News

Nickelodeon Greenlights ‘Bossy Bear’

The new animated preschool series follows the misadventures of a ‘Bossy Bear’ and his bestie, Turtle; the show is slated to debut in 2023 on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and Nick Jr. channels internationally.

TV VFX VFXWorld

Ingenuity Studios Delivers More Than Anxiety with ‘Dollface’ VFX

Visual effects house produces 494 shots across 10 episodes on Season 2 of the Hulu comedy, helping to visualize Kat Dennings’ wild imagination and insecurities, a Disney 2D animated fairy tale parody, and of course… the Cat Lady.

Technology Headline News

The Third Floor Launches TTF Anim Animation Suite

New toolset brings real-time capabilities to creators of cinema-quality, stylized animated content; developed on top of Unreal Engine, pipeline features custom-developed visualization tools that introduce game engine rendering to features of traditional animation.

Business Headline News

Nickelodeon Announces Franchise Strategy at 2022 Upfront Presentation

Animation remains key as network reveals plans for expanding franchises such as ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and ‘PAW Patrol;’ new series including ‘Face’s Music Party,’ ‘Bossy Bear,’ and ‘HexVet;’ and a ‘Blue’s Clues & You! Live Tour’ starting this fall in the U.S.

People Headline News

Mercury Filmworks Names Guillaume Dubois VP of Production

The veteran animation exec and co-founder of Caribara Montreal is tapped to manage studio’s production pipeline, including ‘Pangors of Puddle Peak,’ ‘Octicorn,’ and ‘Bad Jelly the Witch.’

People Headline News

Guru Studio Announces Key Hires Across Talent Acquisition and Recruiting

Babita Jassal has been promoted to VP of People and Culture, and Hetal Shah joins as senior talent acquisition specialist; staff additions come as the company seeks new creative talent to work across a range of 2D and 3D projects.

Slate includes 50 new and returning series; ‘Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These’ Season 3 and ‘Estab Life: Great Escape’ now available Headline News

Crunchyroll Reveals Massively Huge Spring 2022 Anime Lineup

Expansive slate includes 50 new and returning series; ‘Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These’ Season 3 and ‘Estab Life: Great Escape’ now available, with new titles dropping throughout April.

Machines Rule! ANIMATIONWorld

Who Knew the Robot Apocalypse Would Be Such a Crowd Pleaser?

As Sony Pictures Animation’s ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ continues its seemingly inexorable march toward the Oscars, director and co-writer Mike Rianda reflects on what it all means.

Great Things Come in Small Packages Headline News

Exclusive: ‘Polly Pocket Season 4: Summer of Adventure’ Trailer

It's summer vacation and Polly and pals want to make this the best summer ever! All-new episodes of the animated series premiere on Netflix April 1.

Animated Features Headline News

‘Charlotte’ Trailer and Poster Released

The 2D animated drama tells the tale of a young German-Jewish artist who comes of age on the eve of the Second World War; from Good Deed Entertainment and starring Keira Knightley, the film hits theaters April 22.

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