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Black Lives Matter Headline News

Kickstarter for ‘Art of Change’ Book by 100 Artists to Support Black Lives

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:19pm

Animation executives Dawn Yamazi and Deb Stone are publishing a collection of themed works from animation, illustration, and fine artists designed to support and inspire a narrative through art.

Under the Sea Headline News

All-Star Cast Revealed for Live-Action / CGI ‘The Little Mermaid’

Halle Bailey is joined by Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, and Awkwafina in the new adaptation of the beloved Disney animated feature film musical classic, set to begin filming in 2021.

Technology Headline News

Unity Releases Unity 2020.2 TECH Stream

Now available for download, latest release features enhancements to improve productivity; upgrades include increased stability to artist, cinematic, and programmer tools as well as faster iteration and import times for editor and team workflows.

People Headline News

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Names Rob Saunders Executive Producer of Builds Division

Master puppeteer and creature effects veteran will bolster studio’s expansion; credits include iconic productions such as ‘Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Anomalisa,’ and ‘Robot Chicken.’

Unreal Engine Headline News

Epic Games Releases Free City and Sculpture Asset Downloads from FILFURY Short

Watch: ‘Unreal for All Creators' project by artist/director and his team at The Mill showcases real-time production tools for creators in games, film & television, architecture, and automotive; key assets used in the short’s production now available for download.  

Streaming Media Blues! Headline News

Backlash Over WarnerMedia’s HBO Max Movie Streaming Plans Continues

Warner Bros’ announcement that entire 2021 lineup of 17 films will stream on HBO Max simultaneously with their theatrical releases continues to raise the ire of directors and production houses

Home Entertainment ANIMATIONWorld

‘Lupin III: The First’ Bridges the 2D-3D Gap Between Eastern and Western Animation

Tomokazu Sakamoto and Tatsuya Akagi share their efforts, with support from the franchise’s late creator, Monkey Punch, to respectfully depict iconic 2D anime characters in the 3D/CG style more familiar to international audiences.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Nickelodeon’s ‘The Legend of Korra’ Steelbook Collection Coming March 16

4-book limited edition collection of Emmy Award-winning series features new artwork by Caleb Thomas, with only 10,000 copies produced: available for preorder now.

Life finds a way Headline News

‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Season 2 Debuts January 22 on Netflix

DreamWorks Animation drops trailer for the new season of their popular animated adventure series based on the ‘Jurassic World’ franchise.

game trailers Headline News

Squeeze Collaborates with Scavengers Studio on ‘Season’ Game Trailer

Using highly stylized and artistic 2D, the trailer captures the cinematic creative vision of the game using original and innovative techniques.

People Headline News

Disney Inks Deal with ‘Proud Family’ EPs Bruce W. Smith and Ralph Farquhar

Multi-year agreement taps pair to produce and develop animated and live-action series and movies across Disney branded television.

Meow! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Gabby’s Dollhouse’ Mixed-Media Series Hits Netflix January 5

Watch the trailer for the studio’s new live-action hybrid preschool series that invites preschoolers to turn missteps and mistakes into something creative.

Home for the Holidays! Headline News

Toyotathon’s CG ‘The Journey’ Spot Delivers a Holiday Message

Conill and LOBO collaborate on animated commercial aimed at a cross-cultural audience; short promotes a unified message of family, love, and togetherness featuring a Toyota RAV4 on a road trip with a boy and his dad.

Treat Yo-Self Headline News

Celebrate ‘New Beginnings’ with January’s Crunchyroll Crate

A new year of anime fun is yours with a visit from the doctor, a trip to the library, a fight with a dragon, and a visit to a strange new world with The Loot Company’s Crunchyroll crate.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

‘The Magician’s Elephant’ Animated Feature Underway at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:11am

Streamer announces production has begun on film based on two-time Newberry Award winner Kate DiCamillo’s novel of the same name.

TV Animation Headline News

Studio Wildcard Announces ‘ARK: The Animated Series’

Based on the popular dinosaur survival adventure video game ‘ARK: Survival Evolved,’ show features an all-star cast including Gerard Butler, Russell Crowe, Michelle Yeoh, and Vin Diesel as executive producer and the voice of the hero, Santiago; watch the trailer.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Reimagined ‘Pinocchio and Friends’ CG Series Coming in 2021

From Italian animation pioneer Iginio Straffi, Pinocchio is transported to a contemporary world that combines old stories with traditional adventure and Italian locals, creating magic events that clash with modern everyday life.

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Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart Talk ‘Wolfwalkers’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 14, 2020 at 2:07pm

The directors of Cartoon Saloon’s stunning new animated feature discuss the film’s metaphorical look at Ireland’s wolves and folklore extinctions, tempering new ideas with old wisdom, and their ongoing love of hand-drawn 2D animation.

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