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Spread Your Wings and Fly! Headline News

'Birdgirl' Soars Onto Adult Swim

Spin-off series from the hilarious world of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law follows a CEO Superhero trying to right the wrongs of her not so ‘green’ family business; new half-hour comedy series premieres April 4.

People Headline News

DNEG Names Roy C. Anthony Global Head of Research

Industry trailblazer tapped to lead innovation across company’s VFX and animation teams, with a focus on emerging technologies, real-time technology, and the use of AI; previous SIGGRAPH chair will also nurture relationships with SIGGRAPH, VES and other industry organizations.

Achievements in Entertainment Technology Headline News

The Third Floor, Digital Domain Lead Lumiere Awards Honorees

The Advanced Imaging Society’s 11th annual awards honored technical achievements currently accelerating the entertainment industry; 12 distinguished technical achievements were recognized for cutting-edge technology having ‘Impact through Innovation.’

Nominated for an Annie! ANIMATIONWorld

Storyboarding the Crazy Hijinks of DreamWorks’ ‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing’

With an Annie Award nomination for the ‘Baritone Tea Part 1’ episode, artist Ben McLaughlin discusses how a brave, sweater-clad chicken’s unending optimism helped him board one wild, epic musical adventure.    

Hmmmmmm Headline News

LAIKA Expands into Live-Action

The cutting-edge studio known for their innovations in stop-motion and CG on features including ‘Coraline,’ ‘ParaNorman,’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ announces plans to bring screenwriter John Brownlow’s first novel ‘Seventeen’ to the big screen.

Otaku! Headline News

Taking on the Yakuza, Plagues, and Mechs in ‘Killtopia’ Cyberpunk Saga

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1:55pm

Transmedia startup Voltaku, fueled by an Epic MegaGrant, begins development on animated series about two siblings’ adventures in a futuristic megacity, directed by Oscar-nominee Ruairi Robinson and penned by ‘Spine of Night’ director Philip Gelatt.

Run Wild Run Free! ANIMATIONWorld

DreamWorks Animation Returns to the Frontier in ‘Spirit Untamed’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 12:06pm

Elaine Bogan directs the latest chapter in the ‘Spirit’ franchise, about a headstrong girl who finds a kindred spirit in a wild Mustang, being released by Universal exclusively in theatres on June 4.

Celebrating Canadian Animation Excellence! Headline News

2021 Canadian Screen Awards Nominations Announced

Nominated animated shorts include ‘I, Barnabé,’ ‘The Great Malaise,’ and ‘4 North A;’ winners will be announced and honored at a series of events set for May 17-20.

Thundercats Assemble Headline News

Adam Wingard to Helm CG Animated ‘Thundercats’ for Warner Bros.

The ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ director will pen the script alongside Simon Barrett, assuring audiences the film will not follow in the ill-fated footsteps of ‘Cats.’

Run Wild Run Free! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Drops Official ‘Spirit Untamed’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 9:06am

Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Andre Braugher, and Walton Goggins star in director Elaine Bogan’s animated adventure about a headstrong girl longing to belong; coming to theatres June 4.

Machines Rule! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:44am

Premiering April 30th, animated comedy from the Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ producers tells the story of a dysfunctional family’s fight to reconnect… and save the world from a robot apocalypse.

Multiverse Holiday Declared! Headline News

New Season Almost Here - June 20 Declared ‘Rick and Morty’ Day

Season 5 will hit the Adult Swim airwaves on the newly named Multiverse Holiday; fans can get a look at sneak peeks, behind the scenes footage and digital surprises; watch the new trailer for a run-down of special events on this special day.

What’s up with the Easter Eggs? Headline News

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Season 1 Comes Home May 18

The debut season of Paramount+’s new original animated comedy is being released on Blu-ray, DVD, and limited edition SteelBook with two hours of special features including ‘Lower Decktionary’ shorts and ‘Hiding in Plain Sight,’ that addresses the burning question… ‘What’s up with the Easter eggs?’

Even Their Genes are Bad! Headline News

Lucasfilm Drops ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Trailer

New original animated series kicks off with a 70-minute special Disney+ premiere on May 4; the new show stars an elite squad of experimental clones, introduced in the final season of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army… and they’re BAD.

Autism awareness Headline News

Autism Acceptance Month on PBS KIDS Starts April 2

‘Hero Elementary’ kicks off on World Autism Awareness Day with a half-hour special; other special series episodes highlight autism acceptance including ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ and ‘Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.’

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘Piper’s Pony Tales’ Preschool Series Launching on YouTube

Epic Story Media teams up with Milkcow Media on an all-new stop-motion / CG show that illustrates the power of roleplay and imagination; in the series, Piper and her friends make up stories about their toy horses, that magically come to life.

Business Headline News

Marci Proietto to Lead 20th Television Animation for Disney

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:51pm

29-year Fox TV veteran, who has worked on over 2,400 episodes at the studio, will lead Disney TV’s newly formed production unit devoted entirely to the studio’s animated TV properties, including ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Central Park,’ ‘Solar Opposites,’ and upcoming ‘Koala Man.’

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

Josh Gad, Matthew Rhys, and Philippa Soo to Present at 48th Virtual Annie Awards

Streaming live on April 16, the event honors overall excellence and achievement in 36 animation categories; presenters announced also include Eva Whittaker; composer Michael Giacchino; director Sergio Pablos; DreamWorks director Jill Culton; producer Nora Twomey; and the cast of the web series, ‘Critical Role.’

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Official Short Form Selections Unveiled for Annecy 2021 Festival

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:29am

44 shorts, 47 graduate films, 26 TV films and 32 commissioned films will compete; the hybrid virtual/physical event is set for June 14-19, as festival organizers continue to weigh options for how best to provide a safe and enjoyable on-site experience.

All Aboard! Headline News

HBO Max Shares Art and Synopsis for ‘The Infinity Train: Book Four’ Final Season

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 29, 2021 at 3:40pm

In the show’s final episodes, old friends Mini-Gi and Ryan must explore the inner puzzles of the Infinity Train – and their relationship – in order to return home, together.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Final Selections Announced for the Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards

Winners will be revealed at a May 29 ceremony; event will also honor the Cuban cartoonist and animation film director Juan Padrón.

 

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