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Gettin Janky With It ANIMATIONWorld

‘Rock Paper Scissors’: What’s a Dust-up or Three Among Friends?

Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman’s new Nickelodeon animated comedy, developed from the first short in Nick’s Intergalactic Shorts Program ever picked up for series, follows best friend and roommate trio Rock, Paper and Scissors, who compete over everything in hilarious and wildly absurd ways; series premieres on Nickelodeon February 12. 

Really Dad? ANIMATIONWorld

The ‘Invincible: Atom Eve’ Special Episode: Actions Have Consequences

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 9, 2024 at 4:57pm

Director Haylee Herrick, supervising director/producer Dan Duncan, and supervising producer/art director Shaun O’Neil discuss how their show’s characters cope with the ‘collateral damage’ of their decisions as superheroes, in ‘Invincible’s Season 2 prequel episode, nominated for a Best Special Production Annie Award, now streaming on Prime Video. 

Who Doesn’t Love Alien Love - Or The Wall? ANIMATIONWorld

‘Solar Opposites’ Stars Riff on their V-Day Special, Jimmy Buffet, and Aging Pinots

Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone, and Mary Mack sat for a rather unconventional interview to discuss their ‘An Earth Shatteringly Romantic Solar Valentine’s Day Opposites Special,’ premiering today, February 5, on Hulu. 

Meow! ANIMATIONWorld

Raman Hui Talks ‘The Tiger’s Apprentice’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 5, 2024 at 1:30pm

The ‘Monster Hunt’ director’s all-new, original 3DCG animated adventure, based on Laurence Yep’s children’s book of the same name, follows Chinese American teenager Tom Lee, whose life changes forever when he discovers he is part of a long lineage of magical protectors known as the Guardians; now streaming on Paramount+.

I Want a Pet T-Rex! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Returns for Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 2, 2024 at 2:36pm

EP Steve Loter and Co-EP Rodney Clouden talk about their fun, wonderfully stylized Emmy-nominated series about Lunella Lafayette, a quirky and capable super-genius - and her 10-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur - whose secret identity and super hero-ing on the Lower East Side continue to weigh heavily on her personal life; the 2-episode premiere hits Disney Channel and Disney XD February 2, Disney+ on February 3. 

Facing Your Fears ANIMATIONWorld

Tim Lamb and Christine Bian Talk ‘MacGyvering Our Way to Survival’ on ‘Orion and the Dark’

The production designer and art director approached the challenging, ‘scrappy indie project’ by honoring the hand-painted, watercolor feel of Emma Yarlett’s original book; written by Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman, the DreamWorks’ and Mikros Animation film debuts on Netflix February 2, 2024.  

A Refugees’ Journey of Healing ANIMATIONWorld

Digitales Champions Healing from Trauma with ‘Saleem,’ Jordan’s First Animated Feature

Studio co-founders Cynthia Madanat Sharaiha and husband Shadi Sharaiha discuss their 3DCG film that’s ‘not a war story’ but instead focuses on a 9-year-old boy’s recovery and hopes for his future after losing his father and living as a refugee with his mother and two sisters.

Essays from the Master Animation Historian ANIMATIONWorld

Help! I Love Watching Animated Shorts

By Karl Cohen | Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 1:08pm

The first of three essays written by noted historian, author, and educator Karl Cohen to bring awareness to the present state of indie animated shorts and to stimulate a discussion that might lead to improvements; we start with a discussion of the ways these shorts have reached the public since the decline of theatrical cartoons.

Diversity in Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Phillip Boutté Jr. and Michael Uwandi Talk ‘Building Character: Sketch to Screen’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 3:54pm

At their January 20 Academy Museum presentation, moderated by Oscar-winning director Peter Ramsey, the 9B Collective co-founders discussed concept design, building great characters, and how they strive to support and inspire young BIPOC artists with the conceptual creativity that will fuel their imaginations for years to come.

Professional Animation Tools Even Beginners Can Master ANIMATIONWorld

Real-time Animation Made Easy with ActorCore and iClone Omniverse Live Sync

3D animator and Cineshare CEO Pekka Varis shares his 3D crowd generation workflow for a cinematic night scene utilizing iClone Live Sync to NVIDIA Omniverse™, integrating ActorCore 3D characters and mocap animations to create a dynamic and engaging experience.

Animated Oil Paintings ANIMATIONWorld

DK and Hugh Welchman Talk ‘The Peasants’

The team behind 2017’s Oscar-nominated ‘Loving Vincent’ returns with a vibrant new oil painted and rotoscoped animated feature about a young woman, Jagna, whose determination to forge her own path puts her on a tragic collision course with her 19th century Polish village community, opening in U.S. theaters on January 26, 2024.

Now We’re In the Know! ANIMATIONWorld

‘In the Know’: Zach Woods and Brian Hansen Talk Stop-Motion Comedy Magic

The new adult animated parody, co-created by Woods with Mike Judge and Brandon Gardner and produced by Oscar-winning ShadowMachine, follows NPR’s third most popular host, a well-meaning puppet - and nimrod - interviewing real celebrity guests with no knowledge of what they’ll be asked, premieres January 25 on Peacock. 

Awards Headline News

‘The Creator,’ ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ and ‘The Last of Us’ Top VES Awards

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 10:59pm

Gareth Edwards’ innovative sci-fi drama set during a future global war between mankind and AI simulants takes home 5 awards, while the hit ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ sequel takes home 4; HBO’s critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning game adaptation series also garners 4 awards. 

Business Headline News

DeAPlaneta Entertainment Inks ‘Mia & Codie’ Licensing Deal

The animated series, created by Emmy Award winner Don Moody, follows Mia and her sidekick Codie, who both love to code, premiering next month on Canadian broadcaster TVOKids.

Cricket Please Pass the Puck! Headline News

ESPN Goes Real-Time Again for 2nd ‘NHL Big City Greens Classic’

Cricket, Remy, and other show characters will join ESPN, Disney Branded Television, and the NHL for a live, animated game telecast of the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins that will feature real-time technology recreating the action on the ice with series’ characters skating alongside animated versions of the players; telecast coming March 9.

Anyone Can Wear the Mask Headline News

Watch Just Completed ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 2:31pm

See how the artistic and technical innovations on the Oscar-nominated and Annie Award-winning animated masterpiece were pushed to the limit in this thrilling new video, narrated by Sony Imageworks VFX supervisor Michael Lasker.

Commercials Headline News

Nexus Help Progressive Take Flight in 3 New Animated Spots

Director Conor Finnegan taps his stop-motion roots to bring texture and personality to new feathered friends Chuck and Gina featured in the insurance company’s first 3D animated campaign. 

Business Headline News

Nelvana Developing ‘Trapped in a Video Game’ Movie Adaptation

The kids’ content producer is teaming up with Andrews McMeel Entertainment to transform the popular books into animated films; the stories follow 12-year-old Jesse Rigsby, who discovers the dangers of video games and the people that make them.

Business Headline News

Blue Zoo to Create ‘Fugglers’ Entertainment Universe

A 5-year deal with Libertas Brands tasks the animation studio with launching the popular plush characters into the entertainment realm via multiple digital platforms: online, on-screen, and in-game.

Digitally Funded Animation Headline News

Blockchain Animated Series ‘Cyko KO’ to Reunite ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Cast

The tech-backed project, which launched its pilot on Rewarded.tv exclusively for NFT holders, reunites the iconic show’s stars, including Jon Heder, who voices Cyko KO, Tina Majorino, Jon Gries, Efren Ramirez, and Haylie Duff. 

Meow! Headline News

Internet Sensation ‘Nora the Piano Cat’ Inspires Animated Series

Emmy Award-winning production company All That's Good Productions has released an official teaser for its new culturally diverse and educational animated children's series for all ages, inspired by one of Philadelphia's first viral animal stars. 

Business Headline News

Pro Gamers Sue Activision for $100M Over ‘Call of Duty’ Tournament Monopoly Claims

Pro esports players Hector ‘H3cz’ Rodriguez and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner allege the company violated federal antitrust laws by coercing players and team owners to compete under ‘extortionate financial terms’ at the threat of exclusion from the Activision CoD league. 

Awards Headline News

‘The Boy and the Heron’ and ‘Poor Things’ Nab Wins at 2024 BAFTA Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 19, 2024 at 8:51am

Hayao Miyazki’s first film in 10 years, and Yorgos Langthimos’ dark comedy were two of the big winners at last night’s 2024 EE British Academy Film Awards; Christopher Nolan's 'Oppenheimer' led all films with 7 wins.

And the Winner Is... Headline News

'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' Leads All Winners at 51st Annie Awards

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 10:50pm

In what may serve as a prelude to the Oscars, Sony Pictures Animation's hit 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' sequel, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, took home 7 awards, including best animated feature; Netflix's 'Blue Eye Samurai' took home six, including best TV/Media - Mature, while Pablo Berger's 'Robot Dreams' snagged best indie feature, and Dave Mullins' 'WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko' won for best animated short. 

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