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Wait… I’m a What? ANIMATIONWorld

‘Not Quite Narwhal’ Tells a Story for All of Us

Co-executive producers Brian K. Roberts, Nakia Trower Shuman, and Sarah Katin talk about their all-new 3DCG kid’s series, based on Jessie Sima’s NYT bestseller, about a curious, fun-lowing narwhal who one day discovers he’s actually a unicorn; show debuts today, June 19, on Netflix.

Facing Your Fears Headline News

DreamWorks Shares ‘Orion and the Dark’ First Look at Annecy 2023

Nighttime doesn’t have to be frighttime… written by Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman, the 3DCG animated feature tells the story of an average kid and his not-so-average all-consuming fears; coming to Netflix in 2024.

Business Headline News

Max Greenlights ‘Hop’ Kids’ Animated Series

Based on ‘Arthur’ creator Marc Brown’s children’s book, the new show is grounded in emotional reality but soars into a fantasy world populated by dragons, trolls, talking banjos, and magic crayons.

Headed Back to Neverland VFXWorld

Cinesite Talks Invisible Magic and the Lost Boys’ Lair in ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’

VFX supervisor Damien Hurgon and his team delivered 354 shots – 80% of which were complex set extensions – on David Lowery’s reimagined J.M. Barrie classic, now streaming on Disney+.

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 208: How Jake Friedman Became Friends with Art Babbitt's Wife When Writing 'The Disney Revolt'

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 22, 2023 at 8:28pm

The writer, artist, and current animation history professor at RISD discusses his book, ‘The Disney Revolt: The Great Labor War of Animation's Golden Age.’

Zen for Kids ANIMATIONWorld

‘Stillwater:’ Teaching Children to Slow Down in a World That’s Speeding Up

Mindfulness expert Mallika Chopra talks about kids’ post-pandemic struggles and how the Apple TV+ animated series is an important part of a repertoire of resources that can help them better understand their feelings while providing tools to face daily challenges; Season 3’s all-new episodes roll out globally May 19.

Zen for Kids Headline News

Watch: Apple TV+ ‘Stillwater’ Season 3 Sneak Peek

Based on the award-winning and bestselling Scholastic ‘Zen’ book series by Jon J Muth, the animated series helps kids learn about mindfulness and better understand their feelings, while providing tools to help them face their daily challenges; all-new episodes roll out globally May 19.

Wait… I’m a What? Headline News

DreamWorks and Netflix Drop ‘Not Quite Narwhal’ Trailer and Art

The animated preschool series, about curious and fun-loving Kelp, who has always believed he was a narwhal until he finds out he’s not, comes to the streamer next month.

The Saga Continues Headline News

Exclusive: Angel Studios Reveals 'The Wingfeather Saga' Season 2 Cast

‘The Lord of the Rings’ Billy Boyd, ‘Wolfwalker’s’ Eva Whittaker and ‘Downton Abbey’s Lesley Nicol join the returning cast for the new season of the top crowdfunded animated family series based on the ‘The Wingfeather Saga’ fantasy-adventure books by Andrew Peterson.

Kids Want to Know Everything ANIMATIONWorld

‘Harriet the Spy’s Emotional Season 2 Arrives on Apple TV+

The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson and Titmouse’s Niko Guardia and Allison Craig discuss the show’s titular, ‘unapologetic’ 11-year-old amateur sleuth, the hurt feelings her secret notes cause once revealed, and how a show about New York, made in New York, was especially meaningful to the production crew.

From Local to Global ANIMATIONWorld

‘Nelly Jelly’ Continues Global Expansion with Animated Film and Series Plans

The Lithuanian IP, about a five-year-old girl and her wild imagination, continues to grow its licensing business that includes more than 100 publications, home market sales of over 1.9 million consumer products in 2022 alone, a live theatrical show, and a new movie; company looking to bring these and a planned series to new international markets.

Kids Want to Know Everything Headline News

Apple TV+ Shares ‘Harriet the Spy’ Season 2 Trailer

The outspoken and perpetually curious 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch returns May 5 in all-new episodes of the hugely popular animated series based on Louise Fitzhugh’s iconic novel.

This Aint No Pleasure Cruise Headline News

First Trailer Drops for Horror Flick ‘The Last Voyage of the Demeter’

Based on a single chilling chapter from Bram Stoker’s Dracula,’ the film tells the terrifying story of the merchant ship ‘Demeter,’ which was chartered to carry private cargo and one infamous vampire, out in theaters August 11.

Celebrating our Differences Headline News

Apple TV+ Shares ‘Frog and Toad’ Trailer

Based on the award-winning book series by Arnold Lobel, the new animated series follows two best friends, Frog and Toad, who enjoy what they have in common while learning to embrace what they don’t; the show hits the streamer April 28.

Experience the Magic… Again Headline News

It’s Official – Max Orders ‘Harry Potter’ Reboot as a TV Series

The scripted show will be a faithful adaptation of the original wizarding world novels by J.K. Rowling, with each season portraying the events from one of the seven books.

SVOD VFXWorld

Getting Lots of Painting Practice on ‘His Dark Materials’

The Cardiff-based design studio, led by co-founders Joel Collins and Daniel May, along with company creative director Erica McEwan, produced visdev, previs, artvis, and UI design, along with virtual scouting, on HBO’s fantasy drama, based on Philip Pullman’s award-winning book trilogy of the same name.

Dunk and Egg Gets a New Name Headline News

HBO Announces ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight’ ‘GoT’ Prequel

The series, which will stream on the newly minted Max platform, is set a century before the events of ‘Game of Thrones’ when two unlikely heroes, Ser Duncan the Tall and his diminutive squire Egg, explore Westeros.

On the road to Annecy Headline News

‘Red Iron Road’ Anthology Season 2 to Premiere at Annecy

New second season episode, ‘In The Heat,’ has been selected in the TV competition; animated thriller based on Russian ‘Queen of Horror’ Anna Starobinets’ short story follows a team of detectives as they interrogate a man disguised as Santa Clause about a horrific crime.

Experience the Magic… Again Headline News

‘Harry Potter’ Reboot TV Series Reportedly Moving Forward

According to sources close to Bloomberg, Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. is about to close a deal for the series, with different seasons each following one of the seven novels; series author J.K. Rowling will reportedly be involved, but not as a primary creator or showrunner.

Where Did Hmmmmm Come From? VFXWorld

Conjuring VFX Magic for Netflix’s ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’

Visual effects supervisor John Moffatt reveals some of ‘The Witcher’ prequel’s magical sequences, roughly 1,000 shots that include portals, creatures, and the startling human transformation into the original monster hunting Witcher prototype.

Homeroom is Finally Cool VFXWorld

Framestore Brings Home a Great VFX Report Card on ‘The School for Good and Evil’

The leading visual effects company delivers 328 shots from its Montreal facility, with another 233 from its London facility, including heavy magical element simulations, a swarm of bees transforming into a human, and the wish fish girl, on the Paul Feig fantasy adventure now streaming on Netflix.

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