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Carl and Dug Return: ‘Up’s Beloved Canine Gets His Own Miniseries

Writer/director/voice actor Bob Peterson and producer Kim Collins talk Pixar’s ‘Dug Days’ and the joys and challenges of reviving two legendary characters.

Technology Headline News

Maxon’s Redshift Now Subscription-Based

Distribution shift for GPU rendering software will keep customers up to date, ensuring functionality with third-party hardware and software solutions; customers can expand licenses at new initial subscription pricing.

online education Headline News

IBM and Adobe Team up on ‘SkillsBuild for Students’

Free online design courses equip teens with valuable skills to bolster future academic and professional success; coursework includes ‘Adobe Photoshop for Beginners,’ ‘Basic Principles of Design,’ as well as self-assessments to help students discover their creative strengths.

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Secret Agents for Change: Netflix’s ‘Q-Force’ Finally Arrives

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 5:44pm

Executive producer Gabe Liedman's new animated superspy series may have begun life with the phrase ‘Gay James Bond,’ but it quickly blossomed into so much more - a fun, unabashedly ‘queer’ workplace ensemble comedy about a group of loveably annoying misfit LGBTQ+ geniuses.

The Master Occultist Gets a Special; Business Headline News

'Adventure Time: Distant Lands – Wizard City’ Now Streaming on HBO Max

Based on the animated series by Pendleton Ward, the fourth and final ‘Adventure Time: Distant Lands’ special explores the backstory of mild-mannered occultist and loyal Princess Bubblegum assistant Peppermint Butler.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Coraline’ and ‘The Boxtrolls’ Available Now as Blu-ray+DVD Combos

High-definition studio editions of LAIKA’s acclaimed animated films include interviews, behind-the-scenes looks, feature-length storyboards, and featurettes;ParaNorman’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Blu-ray+DVD release follows on September 14.

online events Headline News

Festival Stop Motion Montréal Returns with Spotlight on Indigenous Artists

The 13th edition runs September 10-19, and features the panel discussion, ‘Indigenous Stop-Motion Productions—Voices and Images,’ and a stop-motion character workshop by Jean-François Lévesque.

People Headline News

Frank Zhu Named Managing Director Riot Games' China Entertainment

Former CEO of Pearl Studio and executive producer of Netflix’s ‘Over the Moon’ will head up new division to develop and expand existing IP, building on relationships with key Chinese partners to launch entertainment products targeting Chinese audiences.

Community Outreach and Support Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Announces New AEF Grants

Nine educators from the UK, US, India, Ireland, Brazil and the Netherlands receive faculty grants, awarded annually to individuals or groups, providing support for research, scholarly activity, or creative projects in the field of animation.

Truly DC Fan-Tastic! Headline News

DC FanDome Returns with Epic New Streaming Event

Free global DC Multiverse immersive gathering will include huge array of WB games, film, TV and comic announcements, cast and creator presentations, and exclusive preview footage.

PSAs Headline News

Wonder Media Addresses Teen Suicide in ‘My Life is Worth Living’ Animated Series

Produced in partnership with the Cook Center for Human Connections, project provides a safe, nonjudgmental platform using relatable teen stories to teach suicide prevention strategies; episodes available on show’s YouTube channel.

Diversity in Animation Headline News

FLAMIN Animations Announces Four Artist Commissions

Sponsored by Film London and Arts Council England, the program aims to support black-identifying animators living in the UK; selected artists will receive £2,500 each along with mentoring opportunities, development support, and advice, to create 1–3-minute animations that will premiere on the Film London website in Winter 2021.

Business Headline News

Netflix Acquires ‘The Summit of the Gods’

A 2021 Official Selection in Cannes, the animated feature, based on the manga series by Jiro Taniguchi, hits select US theaters November 24 and UK theaters November 26 prior to streaming on Netflix starting November 30.

Move Your Content to Connected TV Headline News

Register for VlogBox’s ‘Get-Together’ Webinar on CTV Apps and Channel Monetization

First live virtual event in series is devoted to video content creators looking to maximize earning potential through their own connected TV / OTT channels.

Family Programming Headline News

New ‘ACME Night’ Program Block Coming to Cartoon Network

Warner Kids & Family launches entertainment block dedicated to family viewing, kicking off September 19 with the DC superhero film, ‘Shazam;’ weekly lineup, including new originals, will hit HBO Max next year.

People Headline News

DNEG Animation Names Tom Jacomb President

Previous managing director will now oversee the studio’s worldwide expansion efforts; five new senior hires include VFX supervisors Freddy Chaleur and Yancy Lindquist, animation director Jay Boose, head of look development Sonja Burchard, and producer Audrey Ford.

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Re-VIEW: ‘Vivo’ – the Magic of the Mambo

Fueled by a cascade of original Lin-Manuel Miranda songs, Sony Pictures Animation and Netflix’s animated musical adventure is a celebration of life and love powered by energetic music and dance.  

Animated TV Series Headline News

Disney Channel Renews ‘The Ghost and Molly McGee’ Ahead of Season 1 Premiere

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 2:00pm

Trailer also dropped for the 2D animated comedy that just snagged second season greenlight ahead of October 1 series debut; first season guest stars include Kelsey Grammer, Natasha Rothwell, Greta Gerwig, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jane Lynch.

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Michaela Pavlátová Talks ‘My Sunny Maad’

The legendary award-winning director discusses her jump from animated shorts into feature films with the poignant tale of a Czech woman who marries an Afghan man with no idea what her life will be in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Community Outreach Headline News

Netflix Launching Animation Foundations Mentorship Program

Kicking off next month, the program will broaden opportunities for underrepresented talent and bring new voices and stories to the animation space; creatives in both the Latinx and neurodiverse communities have been selected by program partners to participate in the inaugural Fall 2021 group.

TV Animation Headline News

‘Octonauts: Above & Beyond’ Coming to Netflix

Silvergate’s global hit eco-series spins-off an all-new CG animated show extending the team’s adventures beyond the sea and onto land; Season 1 hits the streamer on September 7 with Season 2 coming in 2022. 

Business ANIMATIONWorld

Riki Group’s ‘The Fixies’ and ‘Kikoriki’ Open New CTV Audience Frontiers with VlogBox

Leading edutainment studio is moving quickly to tap into growing international and US appetite for streaming kids’ content through new connected TV channels outside the Google-owned platform world.

Try to Get Along Please! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops Trailer and Images for ‘The Croods: Family Tree’ Series

Coming to Peacock and Hulu on September 23, the new CG animated comedy, inspired by the hit film, ‘The Croods: A New Age,’ follows the Croods and the Bettermans as they learn to live with each other on prehistory’s most idyllic farm.

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