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Madeline Sharafian ‘Digs’ Her 2D World in Pixar’s ‘Burrow’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 7:56am

The studio’s new SparkShorts film director forgoes 3D/CG, choosing instead a charming, hand-drawn, classic children’s book design to tell a young rabbit’s story of learning it’s OK to ask others for help.

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Walt Disney Studios Drops New Trailer and Images for ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Highly anticipated new animated adventure about a lone warrior who must track down the legendary last dragon to save her world releases March 5, 2021 simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+; all-star voice cast includes Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, and Daniel Dae Kim.

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‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing is Here’ Flies the Coop and Heads to Peacock

The latest chapter of Emmy Award winner Tony Hale and DreamWorks Animation’s 2D animated comedy, about the misadventures of a curious, loveable chicken, moves over to NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform, premiering February 18.

TV Animation Headline News

Sneak Peek Weekend: ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ Episode 1 Premiere

The exclusive Kartoon Channel! event runs January 29-31 and will feature an introduction from series co-executive producer and star, Arnold Schwarzenegger; the shows officially debuts Spring 2021.

Go Electric! Headline News

Mark Ruffalo Stars in Veloz’s ‘Electric for All’ Culture Change Campaign

Creative studio Laundry’s ‘40 Million Reasons to Go Electric’ features bright, avant-garde 2D animation paired with music by LA-based singer Ayoni.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP95: Clyde Henry Productions Talks About Animation, Storytelling, Puppets, and Snails

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:02pm

Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, who produced ‘Madame Tutli-Putli’ and ‘Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life’ with the National Film Board of Canada, discuss their upcoming NFB film and how they created strange hats for Cirque du Soliel.

Music for TV Headline News

Gareth Coker to Score Studio Wildcard’s ‘ARK: The Animated Series’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2:37pm

The BAFTA-nominated composer is known for scoring Ubisoft’s ‘Immortals: Fenyx Rising and Microsoft’s upcoming ‘Halo Infinite.’

Submit Your Films! Headline News

Call for Entries: 2021 Animest Bucharest International Animation Film Festival

The 16th edition of the festival, being held October 8-17, is accepting submissions in the following competitive categories: feature film, short film, anidoc, student film, music video, children’s film, and VR film.

People Headline News

Guru Studio Names Jody Jessop Head of Recruiting and Community Engagement

20-year industry veteran will be tasked with leading creative talent recruitment as the company continues a period of unprecedented growth; will also promote the studio’s community initiatives including mentorship and training programs for artists.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Mondo TV and MOPI to Co-Produce New Season of ‘MeteoHeroes’

The popular environmentally themed animated series will begin Season 2 production in first quarter 2021; show follows the adventures of six superpowered kids using science to save Earth.

Politics Headline News

Did ‘The Simpsons’ Once Again Predict the Future?

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:52pm

The iconic series, known for its uncanny prescience, showed Lisa Simpson succeeding Donald Trump as President back in a 2000 episode… wearing an outfit eerily similar to VP Kamala Harris’ inauguration suit and pearls.

Careful What You Wish For Headline News

‘Wish Dragon’ Opens with $7.15 Million at China Box Office

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:49pm

The Sony Pictures Animation animated adventure, set to premiere later this year on Netflix, is Chinese studio Base Animation’s first original feature; movie tells the story of a working-class student and a cynical dragon in pursuit of a long-lost friend.

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘Beyblade Burst Surge’ Season 5 Premieres February 20 on Disney XD

New episodes include new characters as well as fan favorites; season’s opening theme song ‘We Got the Spin’ now on the series official YouTube channel.

People Headline News

Augenblick Studios Appoints Carrie Miller COO

Industry veteran brings expertise in digital production and original IP development; will be tasked with advancing the studio’s vision and distinct approach to animation.

Life finds a way Headline News

‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Season 2 Now Streaming on Netflix

All-new episodes of the hit DreamWorks Animation adventure series find the kids forced deep into the jungle when T.Rex takes over Main Street; watch some teaser clips from the new season.

Virtual Events Headline News

Toei’s ‘World Trigger’ Global Livestream Watch Party January 30

Studio invites fans to join a special online event celebrating the popular sci-fi series featuring video and messages from the Japanese cast, screenings of episodes 1 & 2 of the new season, and post-episode discussions and giveaways.

People Headline News

The Visual Effects Society Announces 2021 Board of Directors’ Officers

Lisa Cooke was named board chair and is the first woman elected to lead the organization; other officers include Emma Clifton Perry, David Tanka, Jeffrey Okun, and Gavin Graham.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Rémi Chayé’s ‘Calamity Jane’ Kicks Off FIAF’s 2021 Animation First Festival

February 5 opening night will feature the Annecy Crystal winning film’s US premiere; the festival will also feature two recently announced special programs highlighting animation from Africa.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Jiang Ziya’ Coming to Digital, Blu-ray and DVD February 9

The action-packed second chapter in the Fengshen Cinematic Universe follows a celestial army commander trying to earn his place amongst the gods.

People Headline News

Millimages Names Marina Narishkin Director General

New appointment will spearhead strategic studio transformation through diversification, development of new IP for TV and film, and creation of new global licensing network.

Machines Rule! Headline News

Netflix Buys Lord and Miller’s ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ from Sony Pictures Animation

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:11am

Previously titled ‘Connected’ and slated for an October 23, 2020 theatrical release before being unset, the animated comedy from the Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ producers will be released later in 2021.

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Call For Submissions: The Animattikon Project organizes the journal “Animation in Times of Plague”.

The Animattikon Project, the international animation festival of Paphos, Cyprus, produced annually since 2017 by Kimonos Art Center, is organizing the edition of a collection of articles on the subject of “Animation in Times of Plague”.

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