‘The Simpsons’ Leads 2023 WGA Awards Nominations for Animation
FOX’s iconic series once again nabs multiple noms, with ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ last year's winner ‘Tuca & Bertie,’ and ‘Undone’ rounding out the list; winners to be honored at March 5 WGA awards ceremony.
Fans Create Multiple Petitions to Save Just Cancelled ‘Inside Job’
More than 12 Change.org petitions have been created to save the series, axed at Netflix after one season despite a Season 2 renewal; 20,000+ signatures were collected in a single day.
‘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.
‘Vinland Saga Season 2’ Now Available on Crunchyroll
The epic Viking anime’s second season follows Thorfinn trying to find meaning in life after the death of his nemesis Askeladd; new episodes available every Monday.
Is Illumination Developing a ‘Legend of Zelda’ Feature?
The studio behind the upcoming ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ may also be hard at work on an animated movie adaptation of the franchise touting the best video game ever made.
'Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ Named Best Animated Feature at 80th Golden Globes
The Oscar-winning director’s stop-motion passion project, 15 years in the making, beats out ‘Inu-Oh,’ ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,' ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ and ‘Turning Red’ to win the season’s first big animation award.
Netflix’s ‘Inside Job’ Cancelled After One Season
The adult-animation comedy was the first in-house series for Netflix Animation Studios, as well as the first project produced through creator and showrunner Shion Takeuchi’s overall Netflix deal.
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.
Foundry Launches Nuke Annual License Subscriptions
New plan offers lower upfront costs with the same benefits as perpetual licenses; reduced costs provide affordable entry for growing businesses.
Gutsy Animation’s ‘Moominvalley’ Nabs Season 4 Greenlight
The award-winning animated series centers on a whimsical coming-of-age story inspired by the importance of sustainability and caring for the environment.
Long-time NFB Animation Champion Hélène Tanguay Passes Away
The former Marketing Manager of the organization’s English Program Animation Studio, a passionate, tireless, and unwavering ambassador for animated films, died January 7.
RISD Welcomes New Donors for Recently Launched Movement Lab
The Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation will fund two fellows at new center based in the Film / Animation / Video department; Cheryl Henson will support a visiting puppeteer.
PixCap Launches Browser-Based 3D Design Platform Update
More intuitive interface, extensive 3D template library, and collaboration tools make content creation faster and easier for use across social media, games, graphic design, and the metaverse.
Apple TV+ Drops ‘Shape Island’ Trailer
The stop-motion animated series teaches kids that people and friendships take many different shapes; based on the best-selling trilogy of ‘Shapes’ picture books by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, the show kicks off January 20.
First Poster Revealed for ‘Agent Elvis’ Animated Series
Originally called ‘Agent King,’ Sony Pictures Animation and Netflix’s adult animated action-comedy follows the infamous rock and roller, now re-imagined as an undercover spy.
‘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.
Animated Sci-Fi Series ‘Pantheon’ Cancelled by AMC
Despite a fully produced second season, the promising show and first traditionally 2D animated venture for the network was axed due to corporate cost-cutting.
Tim Miller to Direct Reshoots for ‘Borderlands’ Feature
The ‘Deadpool’ director takes over directorial duties on video game adaptation, as previous director Eli Roth focuses on ‘Thanksgiving’ feature.
Toonz Media Group and ELE Animations Create ‘Drac and Skeletons’
The animated kids’ comedy series follows two netherworld rivals, three prankster skeletons, and Drac the vegan vampire as they all try to outwit and outrun one another in Count Dracula Junior’s Castle.
‘Retour à Hairy Hill’ Short Showcases Stop-Motion-Styled CG
Inspired by a ‘Frozen’ documentary, director Daniel Gies digitally created the film’s folded paper styled stop-motion-like animation with tools such as Maya, Houdini, and Unreal Engine; his animated short debuts later this year.
YouTube Originals Drops ‘Jam Van’ Trailer
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Brandi Carlile among the guest stars in the all-new animated / live-action preschool series that features best friends Lamb and Alligator, who meet up with musical talents each week; the first two episodes debut January 19.
Chris Williams Reveals ‘The Sea Beast’ Sequel is Happening at Netflix
Oscar-winning ‘Big Hero 6’ director signs overall deal with the streamer that includes both a follow-up to his 2022 seafaring tale, the streamer’s most successful animated feature ever, and an original fantasy in the vein of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Princess Bride.’
A Look at ‘My Year of Dicks’
Created and written by Pamela Ribon, and directed by Sara Gunnarsdóttir, the Annecy Cristal winner and Oscar-shortlisted animated short, a refreshing tale of a 15-year-old girl’s discovery of sexuality and her fearless rite of passage, is now a Staff Pick on Vimeo.
From Villainous Masterminds to Rubbish Bin Miscreants, Koala Man Is on the Job
Writers and showrunners Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez provide the low-down on ‘Koala Man,’ the new Down Under animated series, a Hulu Original from Michael Cusack, Justin Roiland, and 20th Television Animation, premieres January 9.
HBO Max Cuts Hundreds of ‘Looney Tunes,’ ‘The Flintstones’ Shorts, Episodes
Due to an expired licensing agreement with Warner Bros., the mega streamer has axed Seasons 16-31 of ‘Looney Tunes,’ and Seasons 4-6 of ‘The Flintstones.’