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They Took the Challenge Headline News

24 HOURS Animation Contest Winners Revealed

Watch the winning films - 300 student teams from 17 countries took part in the annual challenge to produce a 30-second animation in under 24 hours; over $150K in prize packs and cash were awarded to 7 teams.

Born to be a Villain Headline News

TMS Entertainment Drops ‘Lupin Zero’ Official Trailer

The newly announced series dives into the youthful days of the world’s greatest thief, Lupin III; premiering at the Anime NYC convention in November, it streams on HIDIVE in the U.S. this December.

Are More Cuts Coming? Headline News

Judge and Daniels’ ‘Bad Crimes’ Cancelled Mid-Production at Netflix

The Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus led series, which follows two FBI agents traveling the country solving gruesome crimes, has become another casualty of the streamer’s animation leadership changeup.

Crushing it On Social ANIMATIONWorld

Javadoodles: ‘Talks Over Drinks’ with Friends in Funny Animated Shorts

The artist and animator’s Tumblr posts of simple drawings on coffee cups expanded into fun, humorous animated shorts of the cups, and cocktail glasses, sometimes using audio submitted by fans, generating millions of video views.  

Fighting Food Poverty Headline News

Studio AKA Creates Spot for Climate Healers and World Food Healers Day

Featuring Vega the cow, the studio’s 60-second animated ‘Food Healers’ began with simple drawings, then used Maya and Houdini to create a fun, colorful animated short promoting themes of ‘climate catastrophe’ and ‘food poverty’ without trivializing the issues.

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 182: NASA Video Producer and Animator James Tralie

The Planetary Science video producer and animator shares how he took a U-turn from geophysics into animation and also manages to run a YouTube channel teaching Blender.

Religious Persecution Still Felt Today ANIMATIONWorld

‘Eternal Spring’ Revisits 2 Decades of Religious Persecution Through a Survivor’s Drawings

Jason Loftus’ live-action and animated documentary uses lead concept artist Daxiong’s evocative art – based on his own experiences – to tell the story of the Falun Gong’s 2002 hijacking of a Chinese TV station and the swift, bloody, and deadly police response still felt today.

Treasure and Vampires Oh My! ANIMATIONWorld

Graphic Novel ‘SILVER Of Treasures and Thieves’ Available Next Week

The Annie Award-nominated director Stephan Franck crafts a story set in the noir-pulp era of the 1930s; his book invites readers on an adventure where Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ is a tale of fact, not fiction, while he weaves a tale inspired by gothic horror and heist tropes.

The Fast Just Got Faster Headline News

BOXX APEXX S3 Ups the Game with Next-Gen Processors

New 13th Gen Intel Core processors power the purpose-built workstations, optimizing workflows across multiple industries, expanding to 24 CPU cores and accelerating to 5.8ghz; creative applications and render times get a significant boost during otherwise time-intensive tasks.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Watch ‘Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm’ Never-Before-Seen Clip

Lock the doors, close the windows! Everyone’s favorite rascals, the Aqua Teens, continue their crazy antics in your living room – coming to Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray in November.

Supporting the Animation Community Headline News

Applications Open: WIA Scholarship Program 2023

Program ups the bounty for prospective recipients with new industry supporters, including Animation Focus, Animation Mentor, ArtStation, Autodesk, Foundry, and LAIKA, contributing workshops, tutoring sessions, software packages, hardware, and cash prizes for the 2023 cycle.

Oddball Gods and Monsters of Japanese Mythology ANIMATIONWorld

‘ONI: Thunder God’s Tale’: Treasured Japanese Craft with a Universal Message

Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, and Sara K. Sampson’s exquisite and fun 4-part series debuts today on Netflix; set in a world of Japanese mythology, it follows an oddball creature’s free-spirited daughter and her determination to carry on the legacy of the mighty heroes of lore.

Move over Jack Skellington! ANIMATIONWorld

Constructing ‘Wendell & Wild’: A Conversation with the Legendary Henry Selick

The director talks about collaborating with Jordan Peele on his latest stop-motion epic, a scary – but not too scary – fantasy adventure, hitting select theaters October 21 before streaming October 28 on Netflix.

Close the Literary Gap Headline News

Nine PBS and Lion Forge Animation Team Up on ‘Drawn In’

The multi-media initiative aims to close the literary gap with educational games, digital comic books, resources for grownups, and an animated series that follows the epic comic adventures of 4 Midwest kids who LOVE comic books.

Take a Ride in the Aquaverse Headline News

Columbia Pictures Aquaverse Theme Park Opens in Thailand

Studio’s first fully branded movie theme park includes attractions from ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Jumanji,’ ‘Bad Boys,’ ‘Zombieland,’ ‘The Emoji Movie,’ ‘Surfs Up,’ ‘Hotel Transylvania,’ and ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.’

digital shorts Headline News

PBS KIDS' ‘City Island’ Digital Shorts Coming December 26

In the new animated series, created by Aaron Augenblick, kids get a civics lesson featuring a diverse citizenry of trees, cars, and buildings, each with its own name and personality; next month, new ‘Molly of Denali: The Big Gathering’ shorts also launch.

Who You Calling a Wimp? Headline News

Disney+ Drops ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules’ Trailer

Based on Jeff Kinney’s hugely popular book series, the animated movies follows the continued riotous antics of angst-ridden, disaster-prone middle school student Greg Heffley; coming to the streamer in December.

Business Headline News

Production Kicks Off on ‘Digital Girl’ Animated Series

A Productions and Cyber Group Studios’ new animated-comedy superhero adventure follows 13-year-old best friends in a futuristic city overcoming the challenges of the digital world; slated for delivery in 2024.

Horror from del Toro! Headline News

Netflix Teases ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities’

The curated horror anthology from the acclaimed filmmaker debuts later this month with 2 themed episodes streaming daily for 4 nights; brand new motion art and debut dates tease fans, heightening anticipation for the series that’s coming soon, but not soon enough!

Scottish Scandals Headline News

Watch 2022 Sundance Selection ‘My Old School’ Official Trailer

From filmmaker Jono McLeod, the animation-embellished live-action documentary tells the true story of a mysterious student who enrolled in a Glasgow school in the 1990s; film available on-demand today.

Submit Your Latest Work Headline News

Call for Entries: Annecy 2023

Animation’s premier festival now accepting submissions in multiple categories, including short films, TV films, commissioned films, graduation films, feature films and VR works; registration dates for Mifa Pitch Sessions coming soon.

Fox Hamms it Up! Headline News

FOX Renews ‘Grimsburg’ for Season 2 Ahead of Season 1 Premiere

John Hamm to EP and star in the new animated comedy series about Marvin Flute, a misanthropic detective trying to redeem himself; produced by Bento Box Entertainment, the show debuts next year on FOX.

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