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Magic Light Pictures’ ‘Superworm’ Coming for Christmas

Check out the trailer for the delightful new animated family special about a long, strong worm with amazing skills and a big heart; featuring the voices of Oscar winner Olivia Colman and Emmy nominee Matt Smith, and based on the popular picture book of the same name, the show airs on BBC One December 25.

Mysteries of the Unknown Headline News

Walt Disney Animation Drops ‘Strange World’ Concept Art

In the studio’s new original animated feature, viewers will experience uncharted and dangerous lands, led by a legendary family on a critical mission; helmed by Oscar-winning director Don Hall, the film is slated for release on November 23, 2022.

Float Away! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Bubble’ Teaser Trailer and Art

Upcoming anime feature is set in a Tokyo turned upside by gravity-defying bubbles, leaving the city cut off from the world; from director Tetsuro Araki and WIT Studio, the film streams April 28, 2022.

Free Virtual Events Headline News

Nelvana and AWN Present ‘A Cosmic Christmas Special’ Screening and Q&A

Celebrate Nelvana’s 50th anniversary with a free virtual screening of its classic, 1977 award-winning animated film, followed by a discussion with industry legends Clive Smith, John Celestri, Lenora Hume and Bill Speers; this not to be missed event is coming December 9 – register now.

Technology Headline News

Isotropix Clarisse 5.5 Now Available

Early release includes new Angie renderer, enabling CPU and GPU final render based on NVIDIA OptiX; includes full support for OSL allowing greater customization, taking users one step closer to working in real-time.

The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Releases ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Trailer and Full Cast

Studio’s new CG animated series, inspired by, and set 1,300 years after, the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise, premieres December 23 on Hulu and Peacock.

Move Your Content to Connected TV Headline News

New VlogBox Webinar Tackles Key Obstacles Kids’ Content Creators Face

Live virtual event series continues with December 20 panel discussion for kids’ content creators looking for distribution strategies designed to maximize earning potential and brand awareness through connected TV / OTT channels.

holiday specials Headline News

Apple TV+ Releases Peanuts Special ‘For Auld Lang Syne’ Teaser

After a disappointing Christmas, Lucy plans a New Year’s Gala and Charlie struggles with his list of resolutions; the ‘Peanuts’ Apple Original, produced in partnership with WildBrain, premieres globally December 10.

Awards Headline News

Cartoons On the Bay Announces 2021 Pulcinella Award Winners

Top winners at festival’s 25th edition include ‘The Game Catchers’ for Best Preschool TV Series; ‘Mila’ for Best Short Film; and Cartoon Saloon’s ‘The Wolfwalkers’ for Best Feature.

Commercials Headline News

The-Artery’s David Yurman Holiday Collection Spot Takes Flight

Design company sends an owl soaring through Central Park in ‘Magical Menagerie,’ using wintery 2D and 3D animation to showcase the park’s iconic statues as well as the brand’s latest collection.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends’ Swings into Homes Everywhere

The popular Disney children’s show is now available on DVD featuring all 12 episodes from the first season and 11 bonus shorts.

Not Your Average Teenage Superheroes ANIMATIONWorld

‘Young Justice: Phantoms’ Fashions New Take on Adolescent Heroes

For executive producers / showrunners Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti, their Emmy Award-winning series is about teenagers first, spies second, and superheroes a distant third; new Season 4 episodes air each week through December 30 on HBO Max.

Dare to Dream! Headline News

Kukua Releases ‘Super Sema’ Holiday Special Teaser

Sema comes together with family and friends to celebrate their hopes and dreams in ‘The Day of Dreams’ episode, executive produced by Lupita Nyong’o; the YouTube Original animated series is produced by the Nairobi-based edutainment studio’s award-winning female team.

Awards Headline News

Academy Announces 26 Animated Features Eligible for Oscar Consideration

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 6, 2021 at 12:28pm

Members will vote to determine five nominees for best animated feature film award; films also qualify for other categories including best picture.

game cinematics Headline News

Digital Extremes Drops Blur Studio’s ‘The New War’ Trailer

CG cinematic uses bold visuals, strong emotion, and intense action to preview the newest expansion of the popular ‘Warframe’ action game; release is slated for December 15.

Technology Headline News

Keanu Hints in ‘The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience' Teaser

In the lead up to The Game Awards coming December 9, Epic Games and the original movie team, led by director Lana Wachowski, offer a glimpse into the future of storytelling created with UE5.

Business Headline News

Genius Brands Takes Stake in YFE

With Canada’s WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. firmly in the company’s stable, media company moves to increase European and global streaming foothold by acquiring 28.6% of Your Family Entertainment AG; former Disney executive Paul Robinson tapped to guide and oversee international growth of Kartoon Channel!

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How Your Animation Studio’s Review Process Could be More Efficient

A rock-solid review process is essential for a smooth-running production pipeline, especially with typically lengthy render times; using Nuke alongside Hiero and HieroPlayer helps ensure projects meet deadlines and client demands.

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Watch ‘JG and the BC Kids’ Feature Trailer

Breaking stereotypes with characters from diverse backgrounds and cultures, the 2D animated film, co-produced by Toonz Media Group, Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment and Elijah Rock Productions and slated for a March/April 2022 release, features two Black central characters - a schoolboy and a young science whiz, plus a female superhero who encourages kids to believe in themselves.

Anyone Can Wear the Mask Headline News

Sony Drops ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)’ Teaser

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7:07am

We finally get our first real look at the sequel to Sony Pictures Animation’s 2018 Oscar-winning animated feature; highly anticipated follow-up set to hit theaters October 7, 2022.

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