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The Woods are Dark and Deep Headline News

LAIKA Announces ‘Wildwood’ as Next Animated Feature

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7:58am

Currently in production with studio CEO Travis Knight directing, film tells a tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and secrets set in an enchanted forest beyond Portland’s city limits.

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Patrick Osborne Takes Billie Eilish on a Dreamy Iconic LA Tour

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 4:42pm

Given only three months, the Oscar-winning animation director worked quickly to capture the Grammy-winning artist’s signature moves, weaving a hazy, noirish 80s journey through her hometown into ‘Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles,’ her cinematic concert experience performed on stage at the Hollywood Bowl, now streaming on Disney+.

Trick or Treat! Headline News

Spooky Animated Treats Coming to Disney Channel and Disney Junior

Network’s October line-up of Halloween-themed animation includes a brand-new short-form series inspired by Disney's popular ZOMBIES franchise, and special episodes of ‘Marvel's Spidey and his Amazing Friends,’ ‘Big City Greens,’ ‘The Chicken Squad,’ ‘Puppy Dog Pals,’ ‘Muppet Babies’ and the new supernatural animated series ‘The Ghost and Molly McGee.’ 

Animation Trivia Headline News

Nickelodeon’s ‘Tooned In’ Season 2 Premieres September 17

The ultimate trivia gameshow challenges kids to prove their knowledge of Nick cartoons; the slime-filled competition is co-hosted by Jerry Trainor and Nicky, the A.I. supercomputer voiced by Rama Vallury.

9 Chapters are Coming! Headline News

Netflix Drops New ‘Maya and the Three’ Clip and Trading Cards

Watch Maya and Acat, the goddess of Tattoos, battle it out on the way to the magical land of wizards in a sneak peek from Jorge R. Gutiérrez’s highly anticipated 9-chapter tale of a Mesoamerican-inspired warrior princess on an epic quest to save humanity from the vengeful gods of the underworld; series premieres October 22.

Who’s the Boss? Headline News

‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’ Now Available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD

Hit sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2017 blockbuster, ‘The Boss Baby,’ reunites the now adult Templeton brothers, who uncover the dark secrets of a prestigious grade school while rediscovering the meaning of family; bonus materials include all new ‘Precious Templeton: A Pony TALE’ short.

Your Voice Can Change the World Headline News

Netflix Shares Animated ‘Welcome to Karma’s World’ Music Video

The new CG series, a coming-of-age story about a young Black girl finding her voice and using it to change her world, is created by American rapper, actor, and producer Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges; show hits the streamer October 15.

Business Headline News

‘Masha and the Bear’ Hits Another YouTube Milestone

Animaccord’s beloved animated preschool series hits 100 billion worldwide views, and holds Guinness World Record for most watched cartoon on the streamer; channel subscribers doubled in last year to over 28 million.

My Kingdom for a Trident! Headline News

WarnerMedia Reveals ‘Aquaman: King of Atlantis’ Trailer

In the undersea adventure of a lifetime, it’s Aquaman’s first day on the job, and he has a lot of catching up to do! 3-part animated miniseries features the voice talent of Cooper Andrews, Gillian Jacobs, Thomas Lennon and Dana Snyder – first episode debuts October 14 on HBO Max.

What Are You… Chicken? Headline News

Peacock Drops ‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here!’ Season 4 Trailer

A brand-new season of Emmy Award winner Tony Hale and DreamWorks Animation’s 2D animated comedy, about the misadventures of a curious, loveable chicken who always finds his way back home, premieres October 4.

Consume Responsibly Headline News

Axis Delivers Unique, Painterly Horror in ‘Love, Death + Robots’ ‘The Tall Grass’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, September 13, 2021 at 2:30pm

Under veteran DreamWorks Animation alum Simon Otto’s direction, the short film adaptation of Joe. R. Lansdale Lovecraftian story treats every frame as a painting in a living, breathing illustration.  

Animated TV Series Headline News

Brand-New ‘Tom and Jerry Time’ Coming to Cartoonito

Warner Media Kids & Family greenlights preschool animated series based on the famous cat and mouse rivals; reimagined for young viewers, the show will introduce kids to the comical antics of the iconic duo, while teaching key social and emotional skills.

People Headline News

Cartoonito’s ‘Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Underground Rock Experience’ Voice Cast Revealed

WarnerMedia Kids & Family and Stampede Ventures upcoming CGI animated rock opera, based on Mo Willems’ best-selling book, will feature the voices of Jordan Fisher, Yvette Nicole Brown, Kate Micucci, Kevin Michael Richardson and Carol Kane; the musical adventure hits the newly launched preschool animation block on HBO Max in 2022.

The Emmy Goes to? Headline News

TV Academy Announces Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners

‘Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal,’ ‘Love, Death + Robots,’ and ‘The Mandalorian’ are among the honorees at this weekend’s three separate awards ceremonies; FXX will broadcast edited highlights on Saturday, September 18, with the 73rd Emmys telecast airing September 19 on CBS.

Business Headline News

Cartoon Forum 2021 Spotlights Portugal

One of the industry’s most important TV pitching and co-production conference, this year’s event runs September 20-23, and will celebrate Portuguese animation and its emergence in global markets.

Anime Headline News

7 New ‘Anpanman’ Films Debut Exclusively on Tubi

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 10, 2021 at 4:28pm

New titles from TMS Entertainment’s hugely successful anime franchise, featuring the beloved superhero whose head is a popular Japanese pastry (an anpan), are now available on FOX Entertainment’s free streaming service.

Anime Headline News

Funimation Shares Science SARU’s ‘The Heike Story’ First Look Trailer

Directed by Nako Yamada, the all-new anime series about a prayer that transcends 800 years launches September 15 – a full season ahead of its planned Japanese broadcast.

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Paul Lasaine Talks the Not So 3D World of ‘What If…?’

The production designer on Marvel Studios’ and Disney+’s first-ever animated series discusses the difficult, tireless work his ‘five-headed Hydra’ team performs poring over every detail of the stylized, mostly 2D show’s environments, lighting, color, and cinematography.

The Ring Awaits! Headline News

‘Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms’ Now on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD

The fate of the universe again hangs in the balance in the new animated feature based on the hit videogame franchise; now available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

TV Animation Headline News

HBO Max Drops All-New ‘Little Ellen’ Trailer

Upcoming animated series celebrates individuality and imagination while following the hilarious antics of a 7-year-old Ellen DeGeneres; headlining the launch of Warner Media’s Cartoonito Kids & Family’s preschool block, the show debuts Monday September 13.

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‘Twenty Something’ Plumbs Adulthood Insecurities… in a Good Way

Director Aphton Corbin explains how a love of drawing and a fear of imposter syndrome led to her funny and poignant 2D short for Pixar’s SparkShorts program.

People Headline News

Tonko House’s ‘ONI’ Series Lands Anime Screenwriter Mari Okada

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 10, 2021 at 9:43am

Currently in production at Netflix, the project, inspired by Japanese folklore, features a unique, handcrafted style designed by studio co-founder and show creator Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi; join production team for big reveal at today’s 9:00 pm Lightbox Expo talk, ‘Journey of Tonko House.’

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