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Storyboarding the Crazy Hijinks of DreamWorks’ ‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing’

With an Annie Award nomination for the ‘Baritone Tea Part 1’ episode, artist Ben McLaughlin discusses how a brave, sweater-clad chicken’s unending optimism helped him board one wild, epic musical adventure.    

Anime-zing! Headline News

Eiichiro Hasumi and Yugo Kanno Board ‘RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:09pm

Netflix reveals series director and composer as well as character trailer of Leon and Claire, and zombies, as the White House suddenly goes dark; highly anticipated anime series to premiere exclusively on the streaming giant this July.

Science Rules Headline News

Find Out Why ‘Science’ Rules with May’s Crunchyroll Crate

The nerdy-chic crate contains officially licensed wear and gear from ‘Food Wars,’ ‘ReLIFE,’ ‘Dr. Stone,’ and ‘Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it.’

Boo! Headline News

‘Hotel Transylvania’ Theme Park Attraction Opens in Moscow

Dream Island Theme Park partnered with Sony on new attraction that offers visitors an authentic ‘scary’ experience worthy of the franchise; ‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania,’ the film franchise’s final entry, hits theaters Summer 2021.

Sweet Dreams Headline News

Netflix’s ‘Headspace Guide to Sleep’ Coming April 28

Want to get a good night’s sleep; tuck yourself in and watch this innovative animated series as it addresses the myths and facts around the sometimes-elusive necessity – sleep.

Motion Capture for iOS Gear Headline News

Moves by Maxon Update Now Available

Mobile facial and body motion-capture iOS app for motion designers and VFX artists capitalizes on Apple’s AR-Toolkit; motion sequences can easily be brought into Cinema 4D.

New Animated Shorts Initiative Headline News

Cartoon Network Launches ‘Cartoon Cartoons’ Animated Shorts Program

Studio’s latest effort to nurture animation talent will give voices to a new and diverse generation of artists with mentorship and support; program’s creative council will include veteran producers Pete Browngardt, Manny Hernandez, Katie Rice, and Aminder Dhaliwal.

It Must Be Love! Headline News

CLIP: Steve Trevor Proposes to Wonder Woman in ‘Justice Society: World War II’

This time it might be love; Steve Trevor’s relentless pursuit of Wonder Woman’s heart takes the ultimate next step.

You Gotta Have Heart! Headline News

Noggin Launches ‘Big Heart World’ Social Initiative

Featuring Nickelodeon fan-favorite characters, the campaign is designed to help kids meet social and educational challenges; ‘Big Heart Beats’ album provides empowering and catchy songs to bolster the campaign’s messages, and will also be available Nick Jr. and the Nick Jr. YouTube channel.

FMX Goes Virtual! Headline News

FMX 2021: Dive into ‘WandaVision’ and the Spectacle of ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

MARZ VFX supervisor Ryan Freer will share the often-invisible VFX on Marvel’s first Disney+ series; three presentations will peek behind the curtain surrounding the year’s first blockbuster VFX-driven tentpole to see monster making up close and personal.   

Chelsea Rocks! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Make a New Day’ Music Video from ‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:02am

Barbie’s youngest sister Chelsea and her friends jam away in CG video of lead track from the new film, launching this Friday on Netflix.

animated short films Headline News

Apple and Skydance Announce ‘Blush’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:00am

Written and directed by Emmy Award winner Joe Mateo, the CG film follows a horticulturist-astronaut trying to survive after crash landing on a desolate dwarf planet; short is first under new Apple/Skydance animated film and TV partnership.

Training Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Unreal Engine Fundamentals Course

New five-week program covers an interactive introduction to the real-time 3D platform; features a range of artistic and technical tasks with each participant getting direct feedback from an assigned tutor. 

Fully Rigged Digital Humans from the Clouds! Headline News

Epic Games’ MetaHuman Creator Early Access Now Open

Program now open for anyone to create unique MetaHumans for direct use in Unreal Engine; new innovative cloud-based app can create digital humans - in minutes - almost indecipherable from the real thing.

A Step in the Right Direction Headline News

Hank Azaria Apologizes for Portrayal of Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

The actor is reaching out to make amends for his inherently racist and insulting voice work as the show’s Kwik-E-Mart owner, which for three decades he portrayed with an outrageously exaggerated Indian accent.

Screenwriting Headline News

Final Draft 12 Now Available

Upgrade is free for anyone who purchased V11 after February 15, 2021; company is donating free licenses to two non-profits that foster diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry.

People Headline News

Sesame Workshop Names Olexa Hewryk VP & Head of Animation

Other recently announced promotions include Sal Perez to supervising producer and VP for Sesame Street Productions, and ‘Sesame Street’ EP Ben Lehmann to senior VP & head of live-action.

The New Mr. Mom Headline News

‘The Way of the Househusband’ Anime Style Divides Viewers

While the plot and voice acting of J.C. Staff and Netflix’s series are well done and entertaining, audiences are complaining the unconventional visuals feels more like a motion comic than an animated show.

Technology Headline News

Maxon Releases Cinema 4D S24

New subscription-only version lets users easily browse and intuitively place assets within scenes; includes key animation workflow enhancements and sneak peek at new scene nodes and manager interface.

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