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The Shins ‘The Great Divide’ Takes a Reverse Zoom Journey Through the Big Bang

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:09pm

Producer Jen Alvares and her Hunters House team deliver a stunning, complex CG music video for the Grammy-nominated indie rock band’s latest single.

SVOD Headline News

Netflix Releases Official Trailer and Key Art for “The Liberator”

The 4-part animated series is the true story of US Army officer Felix Sparks who in WWII led the 157th Infantry Battalion on a 500-day fight to liberate Europe; the series premieres on Veteran’s Day, November 11.

Awards Headline News

‘Wolfwalkers,’ ‘Tiger and Ox,’ and ‘Umbilical’ Snag Wins at AFI Fest 2020

Tom Moore’s new animated feature took home the Audience Award for Narrative Feature; Seunghee Kim and Danski Tang films awarded Grand Jury Prize – Animation and Special Mention, respectively.

Wear a Mask! Headline News

‘South Park’ Returns to Mile High Stadium October 25

Socially distanced and wearing masks, the gang from the popular animated series’ ‘Pandemic Special’ hits the stands Sunday for the Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs football game.

Hug a Snowman! Headline News

Olaf Returns with an Identity Crisis in All-New ‘Once Upon A Snowman’ Animated Short

Discover the origins of the irascible, playful, summer-loving snowman from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s award-winning ‘Frozen’ franchise; Josh Gad returns to voice everyone’s favorite snowman in search of more than just a nose, now streaming on Disney+.

Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Scholarship Program Welcomes Autodesk, Unity, Animation Mentor, and Toon Boom Partnerships

Women in Animation continues to expand its annual grants program with new and returning partners for 2021 that will help provide deserving college student with educational workshops, animation software, and cash awards.

casting Headline News

Peter Dinklage, Rainn Wilson, and RuPaul Board Aniventure’s ‘Hitpig’

Voice cast and concept art released for upcoming futuristic, cyberpunk animated feature, helmed by Cinzia Angelini and Maurizio Parimbelli, from a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Bloom County’ cartoonist Berkeley Breathed.

Business Headline News

Corus’ Nelvana Inks Feature Development Deal with LA-Based Duncan Studio

Partnership allows companies to capitalized on growing demand for long-form animation; original CG animated film ‘Mother Nature,’ is first in the development queue under the agreement.

Awards Headline News

‘Ciervo’ Takes Domestic Animation Gold Medal at 2020 Student Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 10:54am

Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma’s 2D animated short takes top Domestic Film Schools honor as medalists are announced at the 47th annual awards ceremony, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calling Mr. Schultz! Peanuts Headline News

‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ Moves to Apple TV+ from ABC

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:24am

54 years after its 1966 TV premiere, the iconic Halloween special won’t be airing this month on TV, instead moving exclusively to the world of digital distribution; it will be available free on the streaming platform from October 30 – November 1.

Animated Features Headline News

New Trailer and Images for Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:37am

Set in the fictional land of Kumandra, a lone warrior must find the last dragon that can help her save humanity in the studio’s upcoming animated feature release, helmed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada and scheduled to hit theatres next March.

Virtual Events Headline News

A Conversation with ‘Rick and Morty’ Stars and Co-Creators Set for PaleyFest NY

Insanity and psychopathic science are on the docket at The Paley Center for Media’s 8th annual TV festival; talent behind Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s hugely popular Adult Swim animated series scheduled for October 27; event kicks off October 23.

Animated TV Series Headline News

One Animation Inks Disney Channel US Deal for ‘Oddbods’ Seasonal Specials

Halloween-themed special ‘Party Monsters’ and Christmas themed ‘The Festive Menace’ will air on Disney XD, Disney Junior and in Disney Now; Season 3 of the animated series was recently shortlisted for an International Emmy Kids Award.

SVOD Headline News

WATCH: Netflix Drops Trailer for Max Keane’s ‘Trash Truck’ CG Preschool Series

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:14pm

The first-time showrunner and ‘Dear Basketball’ production designer’s new animated show follows the adventures of six-year-old Hank, a dirt-covered kid, and his best pal, a giant honking trash truck.

Community Outreach Headline News

Disney and Lucasfilm Teaming with Nonprofit FIRST Robotics on New Challenges Season

Studios’ 2020-2021 youth robotics collaboration, FIRST Game Changers, powered by ‘Star Wars: Force for Change,’ helps expand STEM learning for students around the world.

Festivals Headline News

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Coming Online October 24-25

Celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary, the event will include four short film programs featuring award-winning and emerging talent in Japanese animation; highlights include Koji Yamamura’s ‘Water Dreams/Dreams into Drawing.’

Business Headline News

Sky Signs Long Term DreamWorks Animation TV Series Deal

New partnership with NBCUniversal includes hundreds of hours of animated programming, including a number of first looks and exclusives for the network’s customers in Ireland and the UK.

visualization Headline News

The Third Floor Opens New Soho Studio

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 19, 2020 at 2:18pm

Completing their separation from Framestore, the leading visualization company launches a new facility in the heart of Fitzrovia; company’s Pinewood Studios-based virtual production space also has re-opened.

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