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Global Gender Parity and Inclusion in Animation Headline News

UNESCO to Support WIA’s Stories x Women Program

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 11, 2024 at 12:03pm

The first official collaboration between the two groups was announced in connection with International Women’s Day; the UN organization joins Disney as a supporter of the women’s creative initiative with an emphasis on projects from Africa. 

Wahoo! Headline News

Illumination and Nintendo to Produce New ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Movie

Chris Meledandri and Shigeru Miyamoto take to YouTube to share the news - while plot details are still firmly under wraps, the new animated film project doesn’t appear to be a sequel but rather a fresh take on Mario’s world; the release is set for April 3, 2026.

Awards Headline News

‘The Boy and the Heron,’ ‘Godzilla Minus One’ Take Home Oscar Gold

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 9:03pm

The two films finish out the 2024 awards season with wins for Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects, respectively, on a night that also saw ‘WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko’ win for Best Animated Short Film and ‘Oppenheimer’ take home 7 statues, including Best Picture and Best Cinematography. 

VR Headline News

Watch: Immersive ‘The Imaginary Friend’ Animation and Development Sneak Peek

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 8, 2024 at 1:33pm

In their SXSW in-person XR Spotlight section experiences set for March 9, the Studio Biarritz team, led by VR director Steve Hallema, producer Corine Meijers, and lead designer Koen Koopman, will showcase their latest project about a grieving child struggling to separate reality from fantasy, who creates ‘You’ – his imaginary friend, to fight the monsters in his mind. 

Business Headline News

Ionart Studio Ltd. Rebrands as Ionart Studios as it Eyes Expansion

Budapest-based full-service animation and VFX company set sights on expanded global identity; LA-based VFX professional Mark Nazal will lead the studio’s North American efforts.

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Jack Black and Awkwafina Talk ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’

The award-winning actors behind the film’s eventual dynamic duo of Po and Zhen discuss the appeal of voice acting, their creative process, and what was most challenging in the booth; DreamWorks Animation’s all-new ‘Kung Fu Panda’ adventure hit theaters today, March 8. 

What Me Worry? Headline News

Pixar Drops ‘Inside Out 2’ Trailer – New Digs and Unexpected Guests!

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 8, 2024 at 9:32am

It’s the feel good / sad / angry / anxious movie of the summer; Disney / Pixar’s highly anticipated sequel to Pete Docter’s Oscar-winning 2015 ‘Inside Out will hit theaters June 14. 

In Passing Headline News

‘Dragon Ball’ Creator Akira Toriyama Passes at 68

The internationally beloved artist, who left a permanent mark on the manga and anime industry after a legendary career spanning over 45 years, passed away on March 1 of an acute subdural hematoma.

The Best in U.K. Animation Headline News

‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ Leads All Winners at the 2024 British Animation Awards

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 2:49pm

Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry’s drama of a young boy swept overboard on a family sailing trip, who washes ashore on a remote island, takes home three awards, including Best Feature Film, at the ceremony held today at London’s BFI Southbank.

Young Vampire Love! Headline News

‘Twilight’ Animated Series in Development at Lionsgate

While the series remake may adapt each of author Stephanie Meyer’s four ‘The Twilight Saga’ novels, it could also take a different approach by adapting the ‘Twilight’ retellings ‘Midnight Sun’ or ‘Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined.’

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Javadoodles Goes Full-Time with Plans to Take Over the Internet

From a fun Tumblr side-project posting simple drawings on coffee cups to collaborating on stop-motion shorts and creating a YouTube series with 2D blobs sharing awkward silences and thoughts on life, the artist and animator has taken the big career leap and launched full speed into an expansive slate of projects. 

Mikey and Sulley Return! Headline News

Billy Crystal and John Goodman Return in ‘Monsters at Work’ Season 2 Teaser

Inspired by the popular movie franchise, the series features the ‘Monsters, Inc.’ stars reprising their fan-favorite roles; new season kicks off April 5 with a special 2-episode premiere, coming to Disney+ in May.

Pitching Blogs

CEE Animation Forum 2024: Call for entries is OPEN - Submission deadline: April 30, 2024

The CEE Animation Forum is the leading regional pitching, financing and co-production event. It aims to boost the projects´ international potential, visibility and access to a wider European market.

Say it Ain’t So! Headline News

Rooster Teeth Shutting its Doors After 21 Years

Parent company Warner Bros. Discovery will sell off the Austin-based studio’s content and intellectual property and lay off 150 full-time employees as well as dozens of contractors and content creators.

Bye Bye Jodie Headline News

MTVE Studios Drops ‘Daria’ Spin-off Feature ‘Jodie’

The animated film, which began as a series, had a complete voice cast attached, and had been in development since 2020; no word yet if the project will be shopped to other networks.

Cowabunga Forever Headline News

Jeff Rowe Signs Multi-Year First-Look Deal with Paramount Animation

The ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’ director and co-writer’s agreement includes the development, directing, producing, and executive producing work on both animated and live-action projects, including the upcoming ‘Mutant Mayhem’ sequel.

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 244: Lachlan Pendragon and How His Stop-Motion Film Scored an Oscar Nom

The Australian animator discusses making his short ‘An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It’ and his journey to the Academy Awards. 

In Passing Headline News

‘The Backyardigans’ Creator Janice Burgess Passes at 72

The long-time Nickelodeon creative executive began her career in craft services before joining the network, eventually overseeing Nick Jr. shows such as ‘Blue’s Clues’ and ‘Gullah Gullah Island;’ her development and writing work included ‘Winx Club and’ ‘Bubble Guppies.’

Business Headline News

Nickelodeon Animation Workers Ratify TAG Union Contract

After nearly 1 year of negotiations, the studio’s animation production workers ratified a new contract prioritizing their well-being and professional development. 

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

Crunchyroll Expands Spring 2024 Lineup

More anime coming to the platform in April includes ‘KONOSUBA -God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3,’ ‘A Condition Called Love, Kurayukaba,’ and ‘Kuramerukagari;’ preview screenings at ‘La Mole’ fan event coming to Mexico City March 15-17.

Not The Cat’s Meow Headline News

Sony Drops New ‘The Garfield Movie’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 10:37am

He was incredibly cute long before he was insufferably indifferent… but then he got bigger; directed by Mark Dindal, the new 3DCG animated film finds the eponymous feline (voiced by Chris Pratt), the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, as he is about to have a wild outdoor adventure, clawing its way into theaters May 24.

Robots and Otters Oh My! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘The Wild Robot’ Official Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 9:28am

From the brilliant mind of Chris Sanders, writer/director of ‘Lilo & Stitch’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ comes a new adaptation of Peter Brown’s NYT bestseller, starring Lupita Nyong’o and Pedro Pascal… and robots… and otters! In theaters September 20.