‘Babylon 5’ Animated Film in Development at Warner Bros.
The upcoming project, based on one of the best sci-fi franchises of all time, comes from Warner Bros. Animation & WB Home Entertainment with original series creator J. Michael Straczynski attached.
‘Swan Princess: A Fairytale is Born’ Comes to Digital and DVD May 23
From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, the 3DCG animated feature shows how the Swan Princess’ journey truly began, following Uberta’s rise to royalty and all she learned along the way.
Nelvana and Polygon Pictures to Develop Japanese Animation for Kids
Development deal will focus on content for young audiences drawing from both legacy content and new perspectives on lifestyle and design.
Disney Branded Television Shares ‘Pupstruction’ Trailer
The all-new 3DCG animated kids’ series follows a ‘doggone hard-working’ doggy construction crew of irresistibly cute and playful pups; the series debuts June 14 on multiple Disney platforms.
Annecy 2023 Spotlights Mexican Animation
Nine animation programs highlight techniques, themes, and the divergence of the country’s multi-faceted culture, with selections highlighting the beginnings of Mexican animation, its indigenous people’s influences on the art form, the emergence of Mexican television content and the untold stories of the country’s structural violence.
GKIDS Acquires ‘The First Slam Dunk’ Distribution Rights
The Japan Academy Prize-winning feature, directed by original manga creator Takehiko Inoue, arrives in U.S. and Canadian theaters this summer.
Michael Hirsh to Receive Animaze’s Lifetime Achievement Award
The Nelvana co-founder and Canadian animation industry leader will also deliver the event’s Keynote; the Montreal International Animation Festival takes place September 17 – 19.
Disney Branded Television’s ‘Hailey's On It!’ Coming This June
The animated comedy-adventure series follows Hailey, a risk-averse but resourceful teen, on her mission to save the world; star-studded guest and recurring voice cast includes Julie Bowen, Sarah Chalke, Jo Koy, Natasha Rothwell, Nico Santos and Al Yankovic.
Maggie Simpson Returns to ‘Star Wars’ in ‘Rogue Not Quite One’ Short
Travel to a galaxy far, far away in the newest cross-promotional gem following the youngest Simpson as she hops in Grogu’s hovering pram for a hyperspace-bopping adventure, streaming exclusively on Disney+ May 4th.
How ‘Star Wars: Visions’ Volume 2 Celebrates New Worlds and Unique Cultures
For executive producers James Waugh, Jacqui Lopez, and Josh Rimes, nine original shorts from a roster of top animation studios - created with 2D, 3DCG, stop-motion, and different fusion techniques - embrace global perspectives not always explored in Western narratives; new season debuts May 4 on Disney+.
CAFÉ Reveals 2023 Program
The 2-day event for VFX and animation professionals, running May 16-17 in Quebec, will feature panels, discussions, and presentations by industry leaders from Sony Pictures Imageworks, DNEG, Marvel Studios and DreamWorks Animation.
Netflix Drops ‘Human Resources’ Season 2 Teaser
Florence Pugh, Miley Cyrus, Eugene Levy, and Sam Richardson lead a stellar guest star line-up in the new season of the “edgier and adult-ier” ‘Big Mouth’ spin-off hitting the streamer in June.
Annecy 2023 Official Feature Film Selections Revealed
11 animated features have been chosen to compete at this year's festival, including ‘Art College 1994’ by Liu Jian, ‘La Sirène’ by Sepideh Farsi and ‘Sirocco and the Kingdom of Air Streams’ by Benoît Chieux; the 47th edition of the festival runs June 11-17.
NVIDIA Bringing Major AI Advancements to SIGGRAPH 2023
The tech giant will present 20 research papers advancing generative AI and neural graphics — including collaborations with over a dozen universities in the U.S., Europe and Israel – at the computer graphics conference coming to LA this August.
Tribeca Festival 2023 Announces ‘A Cow in the Sky’ Premiere
Whoopi Goldberg hosts the June 10 presentation and screening - based on a true story of the murder of an Ethiopian college student killed by racist skinheads, the film is about the pain and personal triumph of a son left behind; the screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors.
Chris Pine to Star in Walt Disney Animation’s ‘Wish’
The studio's upcoming epic musical-comedy adds the ‘Into the Woods’ actor as King Magnifico of Rosas, a magical kingdom where wishes really do come true, alongside Ariana DeBose as the young lady Asha, opening in theaters November 22.
NVIDIA Studio Highlights NVIDIA Broadcast AI Noise Removal
YouTube channel host shares how he uses the NVIDIA Studio Suite AI-powered noise-canceling and echo removal app in ‘Remove ALL Background Noise with One Click!’ – watch it here.
It’s On – The Writers Guild of America Goes on Strike
For the first time since 2007, the WGA has ordered a work stoppage on all film and TV script writing, with pickets beginning this afternoon to protest wage and residual pay level inequalities exacerbated by the rise of streaming platforms.
‘Dog Apartment,’ ‘Nayola’ Take Top Honors at ITFS 2023
The festival wrapped its 30th edition with an April 30 ceremony honoring winners of the main competitions, with Priit Tender and José Miguel Ribeiro, respectively, taking home the big awards.
Walt Disney Studios Dazzles at CinemaCon 2023
The star-studded presentation included highlights from an upcoming theatrical slate featuring titles from Disney Live Action, Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Searchlight Pictures, and 20th Century Studios.
Podcast EP 206: Art Director Matt Haworth and the Animation Industry in New Zealand
The Auckland-based art director and background supervisor discusses the challenges of finding freelance work and building a career in animation in NZ, and shares how he subsequently helped in MukPuddy animation studio’s evolution from a small group to a roster of over 50.
Disney Television Animation Reveals Annecy 2023 Panels
Presentations on June 13 and 14 will showcase Disney’s 100-year legacy, including ‘Building on the Legacy’ and a look forward at ‘Learning the Ropes: A Guide to Creating the Next Big Disney Hit;’ other highlights include an exclusive screening of the animated anthology ‘Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire,’ and reveals from DBT President Ayo Davis and Disney EMEA VP of Animation Orion Ross.
3Dconnexion and Maxon Collaborate on New Cinema 4D Navigation Solution
The innovative integration enables all 3Dconnexion features on all devices including SpaceMouse, CadMouse, Keyboard Pro, and Numpad.
‘Nelly Jelly’ Continues Global Expansion with Animated Film and Series Plans
The Lithuanian IP, about a five-year-old girl and her wild imagination, continues to grow its licensing business that includes more than 100 publications, home market sales of over 1.9 million consumer products in 2022 alone, a live theatrical show, and a new movie; company looking to bring these and a planned series to new international markets.
Warner Bros. Discovery to Revive ‘Totally Spies!’ with Seventh Season
The soft reboot will see totally adorable secret agents Sam, Clover, and Alex once again in high school in a new city with a fresh crop of villains to fight.