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Animated Political Satire Returns! Headline News

‘Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News’ Debuts March 4 on Paramount+

New season of the satirical animated series kicks off with a half-hour special to celebrate the streaming service’s rebranding; Season 2 welcomes several new analysts and two new segments.

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

48th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:29am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Onward,’ ‘Soul,’ ‘The Croods: A New Age,’ ‘The Willoughbys,’ and ‘Trolls World Tour’ top the huge list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony set to stream live on Friday, April 16.

Business Headline News

Uncharted Territory and RISE Pictures Ink Production Deal

The companies will co-produce ‘Igraine The Brave Based,’ a 3D animated feature based on Cornelia Funke's magical fantasy novel; additional collaborations in the pipeline include other live-action and animated films and features.

International Women’s Day Headline News

‘Women Make Animation: Animated Shorts’ Virtual Program Coming March 13

In honor of International Women’s Day 2021, WOW Women’s Film Club is hosting a free screening curated by Eiko Meredith of the Kotatsu Festival; a free drawing workshop by Japanese animator and illustrator Chie Arai will also be offered.

Awards Headline News

‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Soul’ Top VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00am

‘Project Power’ and ‘The Witches’ lead the list of feature film field nominees; winners in 25 categories will be announced at a virtual ceremony streaming worldwide on April 6/7 depending upon time zone.

Anime-zing! Netflix Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘DOTA: Dragon’s Blood’ Official Trailer and Character Art

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4:42pm

Premiering March 25, the fantasy anime series based on Valve’s popular video game ‘DOTA 2,’ tells the story of Davion, the Dragon Knight, bent on wiping the scourge from the face of the earth.  

Behind the scenes Headline News

Go Behind-the-Scenes with Kelly Marie Tran Recording ‘Raya’ at Home

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:50pm

Disney drops a new featurette, ‘Kelly’s Production Diaries,’ with the ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ star sharing her humorous production stories; animated epic will simultaneously hit theatres and Disney+ on March 5.

It’s Barbie! Headline News

All-New CG Animated ‘Barbie’ Specials Coming Spring and Fall 2021

TV movie ‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday’ features Barbie’s younger sister Chelsea on a quest to save her birthday; ‘Barbie Princess Adventure’ is a musical special following Barbie and her friends on an adventure to New York City.

XR Innovations Headline News

Shocap Awarded Second Epic MegaGrant for Live XR-Circus Production

The grant furthers development of proprietary technology that combines live cross-reality entertainment with real-time VFX technology - delivering true XR experience to online audiences via headsets, gaming PCs, and video streaming services.

Virtual Events Headline News

Call for Entries: SIGGRAPH 2021 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater

Premier CG conference is looking for innovative works in computer graphics-based storytelling for its second-ever virtual Electronic Theater showcase; the submission deadline is March 23.

Animation Festivals Headline News

20th Countryside Animafest Cyprus Names Artist in Residence

Photographer and filmmaker Gerco de Ruijter’s residence will take place in July, prior to the festival program, which runs from August 11-14.

People Headline News

DNEG Feature Animation Expands Leadership Team

Industry veteran Archie Donato heads to London as VFX supervisor on new studio project; Ted Ty brings 25+ years of 2D and 3D animation experience to Montreal as new global head of character animation.

Awards Headline News

‘Soul’ Wins Best Animated Feature and Original Score at 78th Golden Globes

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:28am

Pixar took home its ninth feature film golden globe for their latest gem, featuring their first Black leading character, that skillfully embraces complex issues of religion, culture, and the struggle to answer the question, ‘What makes you…YOU?’

Events Headline News

SPARK FX 2021 – A Virtual Conference Coming March 4-14

Online platform for VFX industry to feature eight streams with programs on the creative teams behind popular productions such as ‘The Monster Hunter,’ ‘Bridgeton,’ ‘The Expanse,’ and ‘The Umbrella Academy;’ streams will also include VFX sessions on Reel-Time, AI, and the latest technologies for the visual effects community.

Artist Development Headline News

Nine Participants Chosen for Nickelodeon’s Annual Writing and Artist Programs

Programs provide an opportunity to develop and hone creative skills, focusing on cultivating talent through hands-on experience.

Did you say Q..? Headline News

‘South ParQ Vaccination Special’ Premieres Wednesday March 10

A new militant group in South ParQ may be conspiring to stop the boys from getting their teacher vaccinated; one-hour special follows-up 2020's ‘South ParQ’s The Pandemic Special.’

Oh Shepard My Shepard Headline News

Henry Cavill ‘Secret Project’ May Be ‘Mass Effect’

‘The Witcher’ star recently teased a secret project on his Instagram account, and internet sleuths believe it to be an adaptation of EA’s epic Sci-Fi shooter.

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