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Anime Headline News

Iconic ‘Akira’ Coming to 4K UHD Blu-Ray

Famed 1988 anime sci-fi feature, with remastered visuals and remixed audio, comes home January 18; also announced, Funimation’s home entertainment release line-up for January including ‘One Piece - Season 11 Voyage 6,’ ‘A3! - Season Autumn & Winter,’ and ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime - Season 1.’

Amphibia Fans Rejoice! Headline News

Indie Band Oh Geeez Drops ‘Amphibia’-Inspired ‘Coming Home’ Mixtape

The Milwaukee-based trio releases a collection of 16 songs of family, friends, and fantasy, inspired by the first 16 episodes of Season 3 of Disney’s hit animated series.

Road Trip! Headline News

‘The Addams Family 2’ Coming to Blu-Ray and DVD

MGM’s CG animated ‘The Addams Family’ sequel that sees the famously mysterious and spooky family set out on a miserable road trip across the U.S. trying to reclaim its oddly special bond, will be available to own for the first time January 18; also available to own the same day, ‘The Addams Family 2-Movie Collection.’

Anime Headline News

Funimation Unveils Winter 2022 Line-Up of 20+ Series

Ring in the new year with a slew of new and returning shows hitting the platform in January; new simulcasts streaming next month include ‘Tokyo 24th Ward,’ ‘My Dress-Up Darling,’ and ‘Akebi's Sailor Uniform;’ and several exclusives.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP142: How Isaac King Established a Stop-Motion Career in Toronto

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 27, 2021 at 9:05am

The artist shares how he built a career in Toronto, directing commercial shorts for nearly two decades while producing his own award-winning films including ‘Whatever Tree,’ ‘Fly Away,’ and ‘Sticks and Stones.’

Animated Movies Headline News

WarnerMedia Releases ‘Thomas & Friends: Race for the Sodor Cup’ Trailer

The one-hour movie event offers Cartoon Network’s youngest viewers an action-packed adventure with new characters and new songs; special premieres today, December 27 on Cartoonito.

events competitive festivals Blogs

14TH ANIMASYROS & THE 7TH AGORA : 22 – 26 September 2021, Syros, Greece

For five days each year the beautiful island of Syros Greece becomes the capital of Greek animation. Along with numerous screenings, the festival also encompasses a Media Literacy program and the Agora which is the market section of the festival.

Revisit the Dark Knight’s Early Years Headline News

‘The Batman: The Complete Series’ Flies Home to Digital and Blu-Ray

The Dark Knight returns with a whole new look as Warner Bros. Animation remasters the popular 2004 series; home entertainment release coming February 1, 2022.

Innovative CG Showcase Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia Wraps First Hybrid Edition in Tokyo

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 24, 2021 at 10:30am

2021 conference brought together over 3,000 computer graphics industry attendees from 41 countries, overcoming significant obstacles to attend the live program at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan.

The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Now Streaming

The future of dragons is NOW on Hulu and Peacock; the all-new CG animated series, set 1,300 years after the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise, follows a group of misfit kids who uncover, and then must protect, the secret of where dragons have been hiding.

Channel Your Inner Superhero Headline News

Apple TV+ Drops Trailer for ‘El Deafo’

The streamer kicks off the new year with a heartwarming 3-part animated series about a young girl who finds her inner superhero as she copes with losing her hearing; all episodes premiere January 7.

Home Entertainment Headline News

The Magical Casita Comes Home - ‘Encanto’ Hits Digital December 24th

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 60th animated feature will soon be available to enjoy at home starting tomorrow for digital and February 8th for 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD; includes all-new animated short, Far From The Tree, plus sing-along version with on-screen lyrics and never-before-seen bonus features.

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‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’: A Modern-Day Twist on the Boy-Meets-Dragon Tale

EP and showrunner John Tellegen pays homage to DreamWorks’ hugely successful franchise while bringing dragons into a contemporary world set 1,300 years after Hiccup and Toothless’ last adventures in the land of Berk; all-new series debuts today, December 23, on Peacock and Hulu.

Business Headline News

VlogBox Partners with Ya - Alisa to Attract New CTV/OTT Audiences

Deal with leading global CTV app and distribution platform will bring prominent kids’ YouTube channel content to Roku, Amazon, and Android TV, capturing new OTT viewers and revenue streams. 

Awards Headline News

VIEW Conference Announces 2021 View Award Winners

The Grand Prize goes to ‘Les Chaussures de Louis,’ with Special Achievement Awards going to Simone Giampaolo’s ‘Only a Child,’ and India Barnardo’s ‘Cat and Moth;’ the conference’s 2021 online edition is now available on demand.

The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Sneak Peek

Premiering December 23, the all-new animated series is inspired by and set 1,300 years after the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise; 3 clips share glimpses of what’s hitting Hulu and Peacock tomorrow… and the first rule of Dragon Club!

Supporting Unreal Innovations Headline News

New Epic MegaGrant Recipients Announced

Supporting over 1,600 recipients so far, Epic Games continues its commitment to furthering the progress of creators, anywhere, doing outstanding work with Unreal Engine or contributing to open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community; nearly 400 new recipients have been named in 2021 alone.

Business Headline News

OptiTrack Teams with StretchSense for Motion Capture Solution

Partnership will allow customers a simplified technology set through a single channel; integrations of mo-cap products create smoother workflows for game and film studios.

Claymation Xmas Wonderland Headline News

Watch: Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Christmas Saves the Year’ Stopmo Music Video

Made in 65 days with 40 pounds of clay, Mr. Oz’s Claymation Christmas wonderland brings the music duo’s holiday musical celebration to life.

Opportunity Knocks! Headline News

Walt Disney Animation Announces 2022 2D/Hand-Drawn Trainee Program

The 12-month program offers training across character animation, effects animation and cleanup under the mentorship of iconic masters such as Eric Goldberg, Mark Henn, Randy Haycock, and Rachel Bibb; deadline for applications is January 23, 2022.

Oscar Shortlists Headline News

Academy Announces Shortlists in 10 Categories for 94th Oscars

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 1:27pm

VFX category narrowed down to 10 films, while animated short category narrowed to 15; voting for nominations runs January 27 – February 1, 2022.

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