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Narration Rules... Sometimes! ANIMATIONWorld

How ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Crafts its Message Through the Power of Narration

Narration in film doesn't need to be a context dump; LAIKA’s hit film exemplifies how narration can elevate storytelling in animation and beyond.

Road Trip! ANIMATIONWorld

Cue the Finger Snaps! ‘The Addams Family 2’ Debuts

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 1, 2021 at 2:25pm

Directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan return to helm MGM’s CG animated sequel that sees the famously mysterious and spooky family set out on a miserable road trip across the U.S. in an attempt to reclaim its oddly special bond, released today in theaters and via PVOD.

TV Animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘Amphibia’: A Hero’s Journey to a Lesser-Known Los Angeles - with Frogs

Series creator and executive producer Matt Braly talks about the show’s third season, debuting Saturday, Oct. 2, on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.

Animated TV Series ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Ghost and Molly McGee’: A Supernatural Take on Real Friendship

Bill Motz and Bob Roth’s new 2D kids’ series, about an energetic young girl and a grouchy ghost, brings heart, humor, and a bit of horror in the grand Disney tradition; series premieres today on Disney Channel and next week on Disney+.

Turning Loss into Hope ANIMATIONWorld

The Touching, Personal Journey of Joe Mateo’s ‘Blush’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 1, 2021 at 8:38am

Written and directed by the Emmy Award winning artist, the CG film, based on a tragic loss, follows a horticulturist-astronaut trying to survive after crash landing on a desolate dwarf planet; it debuts today on Apple TV+

Animated Features ANIMATIONWorld

The Creative Harmony Behind Disney’s ‘Encanto’

Director Byron Howard, director/co-writer Jared Bush, and co-director/co-writer Charise Castro Smith discuss their collaborative process and the making of a magical musical, opening in theaters November 24.

Cake is Tasty! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Swan Boy’ Serves a Hilarious New Slice of FXX’s ‘Cake’

For Augenblick Studios’ Aaron Augenblick, Branson Reese’s new series of animated shorts, about a twenty-something swan of low station and medium intelligence, is one of the funniest shows of his 20+ year career; Season 5 of the short film anthology premieres today on FXX.

Adults Can Be The Worst! ANIMATIONWorld

Flawed Grown-Ups Provide Big and Biting Laughs In ‘Ten Year Old Tom’

Creator Steve Dildarian talks about his new adult animated comedy, about a kid trying to understand his world, who isn’t exactly helped by the adults in his life, which premieres today on HBO Max.

Life finds a way Headline News

DreamWorks’ ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Season 4 Set at Netflix

Studio’s popular CG animated series returns December 3 for an all-new season; show follows six teens chosen for an exciting adventure of a lifetime… which becomes way more than they bargained for.

Accidents Happen! Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘The Great North - Wanted: Delmer Alive Adventure’

In the new episode airing October 17 on Fox, the Tobins tell their favorite stories about Delmer, determined to keep him awake and alive after he suffers a concussion from a dreadful ‘soup’ accident.

Community Outreach Headline News

Guereza Animation Working to Educate Kids Across Africa About COVID

Watch the trailer for ‘Umoja,’ the Nigerian-based studio’s animated miniseries about a group of kids working to keep two villains from spreading misinformation about the virus.

Reptile Jail Break! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Back to the Outback’ Teaser Trailer

Isla Fisher, Tim Minchin, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Miranda Tapsell, Angus Imrie, Keith Urban and Jacki Weaver star in the all-new animated comedy adventure that sets out to prove just because something is different, doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful; coming to the streamer December 10.

Events Headline News

TMS Entertainment Presents ‘Women in Anime’ Virtual Event

The free online program, part of the 17th Annual LA Femme International Film Festival, runs October 14-17; panel features TMS producer and ‘Megalobox’ creator Minako Fujiyoshi and producer Jinko Gotoh.

People Headline News

Nexus Studios Welcomes Kim Adams

Oculus Story Studio and Google Spotlight Stories alum brings experience in emerging production platforms; will support studio’s focus on growth in real-time animation and immersive storytelling.

People Headline News

Michael Stein Named New Framestore CTO

The former director, technology studio at Walt Disney Imagineering is a proven leader in the implementation of cutting-edge technology; he'll be tasked with driving the company’s global strategy and R&D across real-time, machine learning and cloud-based technology.

Commercials Headline News

DiMassimo Goldstein Taps Taylor James for Animated Spots

Animation-based campaign for educational subscription service Wondrium, blends various 2D styles to create whimsical spots ‘Bird’ and ‘IWonder,’ showcasing the subscription services’ variety of offerings.

Stop Bullying! Headline News

Cartoon Network Drops ‘Stop Bullying Speak Up - Craig of the Creek’ PSA

Marking National Bullying Prevention Month CN teams up with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center with ‘Kids Take on Bullying Challenge,’ a program/challenge to help kids take on bullying whenever and wherever they see it.

Conferences Headline News

FMX Returns to Stuttgart for In-Person 2022 Conference

Centered on the theme ‘Changing the Game,’ storied event heads back to Haus der Wirtschaft this coming May 3-5, with a virtual program following on May 6; director and producer Hasraf 'HaZ' Dullul joins as first ever program chair.

Business Headline News

‘A Bear Named Wojtek’ Animated Special Secures Funding

Filmograf and The Illuminated Film Company ink co-production deal on project about the fantastic journey of an orphaned Syrian brown bear; Iain Gardner will direct, drawing inspiration from Frédéric Back’s ‘The Man Who Planted Trees.’

The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Drops ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Teaser

The future of dragons is here in the all-new animated series, inspired by and set 1,300 years after the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise; show hits Hulu and Peacock on December 23.

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