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It’s PANDA-MONIUM! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight’ Celebrates a Special Lunar New Year

Writer Felicia Ho and co-executive producers/writers Chris Amick and Ben Mekler discuss the essence of Po, cultural inspiration, and their collaboration process on the ‘Epic Lunar New Year’ episode capping Season 2 of DreamWorks Animation’s hit series, now streaming on Netflix.

Let’s Dance – After the Apocalypse ANIMATIONWorld

Adult Swim SMALL’s ‘Hot Future’: ‘Step Up’ Meets ‘Mad Max’ in Bollywood

Animation duo Mike Anderson and Ryan Dickie’s 10-minute animated short taps Unreal Engine 5 for a post-apocalyptic adventure set 1,000 years in the future, where dance is violent, everything is hot… and no one is safe when the beat drops; film joins the network’s other original short-form content commissioned from emerging animators and comedic voices from around the world.

Helping Kids Build Friendships ANIMATIONWorld

Bix Pix Brings Great ‘Form’ to Apple TV+’s ‘Shape Island’ Kids’ Series

The Emmy and Annie Award-winning animation studio behind 'Tumble Leaf' helps creators Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen embrace the charm and limitation of stop-motion on their ‘Shapes’ book trilogy adaptation; the show, now streaming, follows Serious Square, Intrepid Circle, and Tricky Triangle’s silly adventures as the trio searches for answers and builds on their friendship.

Watt We Should be Watching! ANIMATIONWorld

‘City Island’: Aaron Augenblick’s Most Autobiographical Project Yet

After more than 2 decades in adult animation, the director pays homage to impactful shows like ‘Sesame Street’ in his first kids’ series; featuring civics lessons involving a diverse citizenry of trees, cars, and buildings, each with its own name and personality, the show debuts 10 new episodes on January 23.

Modernizing Ancient Folklore ANIMATIONWorld

‘New Gods: Yang Jian’ Fuses Ancient Chinese Folklore with Steampunk CG

Light Chaser’s second animated feature in their ‘New Gods’ series, hitting U.S. theaters January 20, aims to make Chinese mythology more engaging for young audiences, humanizing and contemporizing deities that have dominated folklore for centuries.

F**k S**t up! ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ Team Talks Chroma Conclave Chaos for Season 2

Debuting on Prime Video today, new episodes of the hit adult animated fantasy-adventure series, based on stories and characters developed by Critical Role, promise viewers more wonderful ass-kickery, assuring they’ll be ‘lured in with slap-dickory and butt stuff, only to bring you in and break your hearts.’

Musical Joyrides! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Jam Van’: Living Postcards, Hybrid Animation, and Music-Loving Best Friends

Global Mechanic’s Bruce Alcock discusses YouTube’s all-new, ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’-inspired preschool series – mixing stop-motion, motion graphics, 2D, and live-action - about besties Lamb and Anne the Alligator on their musical travels around the U.S.; series premieres January 19.

Gimme More SpongeBob! ANIMATIONWorld

‘SpongeBob SquarePants Presents The Tidal Zone’: a Hilarious First-Time Crossover

EPs Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller discuss the long awaited, multidimensional tale of comedy and caution, satire and stupidity, premiering January 13 on Nickelodeon with encores through the weekend.

Daydreaming and I’m Thinking of You! ANIMATIONWorld

In ‘New Moon,’ a Celebrated Actor Recalls a Magical Moment in a Troubled Childhood

Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo and co-writer and co-director Raúl Domingo talk about their animated short film, dedicated to Black mothers and sons and the love that sustains them through numerous hardships, which has been shortlisted for an Oscar.

It’s PANDA-MONIUM! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight’: Averting ‘Baditude,’ Achieving ‘Awesomeness’

Showrunner and executive producer Peter Hastings talks about the exciting new season of DreamWorks Animation’s hit series that finds our reluctant kung fu master, his noodle-making dad, a chivalrous warrior, and a master thief leaving China for the first time, traveling the world in pursuit of two evil weasels bent on revenge; new episodes premiere January 12 on Netflix.

Where’s Scooby? ANIMATIONWorld

‘Velma’ Celebrates ‘Scooby-Doo’ with an Adult Spin on a Classic Cartoon Character

Mindy Kaling’s animated series mixes old school and new school hijinks as it explores the origin story of Mystery Inc.’s brainiest, most underappreciated member, Velma Dinkley; show debuts January 12 on HBO Max.

On the Road to the Oscars ANIMATIONWorld

Oscar Shortlisted ‘Save Ralph’ Delivers an Emotional Punch About Animal Testing

Spencer Susser’s stop-motion short, featuring the voice talents of Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, and Zac Efron, features a compelling and relatable bunny who delivers a genuinely impactful performance, part of the Humane Society International’s global campaign to ban animal testing for cosmetics.

Meow! ANIMATIONWorld

‘SuperKitties’: Problem-Solving Felines Making the World More 'Pawesome’

Premiering January 11, the new animated preschool series blends campy humor, feel-good themes, and vibrant colors to bring two popular character-types together: cats and superheroes.

You Know You Want It! Headline News

First Look: ‘South Park’ Season 26 Debut

We got images and a clip… the boys are back in the new season premiere, ‘Cupid Ye,’ on Wednesday, February 8; Cartman, jealous of the friendship that’s developed between Kyle and Tolkien, decides to do something about it.

You Said Wood Headline News

‘Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head’ Sets Comedy Central Debut

From Mike Judge and MTV Entertainment Studios, the newest iteration of the iconic 1993 series airs February 8 following ‘South Park’s 26th season premiere.

Sci-Tech Awards Headline News

8 Scientific and Technical Achievements to be Honored at Academy Sci-Tech Awards

19 individuals to be awarded at upcoming February 24, 2023 ceremony at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures; Iain Neil will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for extraordinary technological contributions.

Diversity in Artistic Development Headline News

Nickelodeon Reveals New Writing and Artist Program Participants

Programs align with ‘Content for Change’ initiative, a commitment to foster inclusive and diverse talent while developing tools needed to launch careers; 4 writers and 8 artists join the annual programs.

Now We’re In the Know! Headline News

Mike Judge and Zach Woods' ‘In the Know’ Snags Voice Cast

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 6, 2023 at 12:23pm

Caitlin Reilly, Charlie Bushnell, J. Smith-Cameron, and Carl Tart join the stop-motion show, the streamer’s first adult animated series, about NPR’s third most popular host - a puppet who interviews real world humans - with a diverse crew of puppets… and nimrods.

People Headline News

DNEG Names Philippe Gluckman Creative Director – India

The former DreamWorks exec joins the studio’s growing creative leadership team that includes recent hire Angi Dyste as Senior Vice President, Episodic, and recently promoted Archie Donato as Head of VFX and Eoin Murphy as Head of CG.

Thank You Very Much! Headline News

The King Lives! Netflix Drops ‘Agent Elvis’ Teaser

Yes, there’s now a video and poster! Academy Award Winner Matthew McConaughey stars as Elvis in the new adult animated comedy - he’s a global superstar by day and ass-kicking vigilante by night; the show hits the streamer next month.

Business Headline News

Guillermo Del Toro to Helm ‘The Buried Giant’ Animated Adaptation

The dark storyteller shares new stop-motion project; will co-write and direct new film based on Nobel Prize-winning novel about a memory challenged elderly British couple on a quest to find their long-lost son.

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