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Hari Seldon Arrives! Headline News

Apple TV+ Drops ‘Foundation’ Series Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 10:08am

Based on Isaac Asimov’s famed Hugo Award-winning trilogy, the all-new show follows a band of exiles who must defy the Galactic Empire in order to save it; first two episodes premiere September 24.

Civil Rights Icon Ruby Bridges Headline News

Cartoon Network Debuts ‘Circle Time with Miss Ruby & Jessica’ Interstitial

The short features an animated Jessica from ‘Craig of the Creek’ talking to Ruby Bridges, civil rights icon and activist, about her experience as the first Black child integrated into an all-white school, and asking what kids can do to be peace makers.

Business Headline News

IMDb Acquires AVOD Rights for ‘100% Wolf – Legend of the Moonstone’

Set for an exclusive launch August 12, the CG animated series follows a young heir to a werewolf pack – but something goes terribly wrong during his ‘warfing;’ based on the books by Jayne Lyons, the series has been sold in 80 territories.

Masters of the Licensing Universe! Headline News

Netflix Reportedly Developing Live-Action ‘Pokémon’ Series

‘Lucifer’ executive producer and showrunner Joe Henderson is said to have already begun staffing a writers’ room as development begins on the show.

The One Ring Headline News

Amazon Studios Reveals ‘Lord of the Rings’ First Look and Release Date

The highly anticipated, $500 million yet-to-be-named original ‘LOTR’ prequel series will debut September 2, 2022 exclusively on Prime Video

Where Exactly is Arcadia? ANIMATIONWorld

An Epic Fantasy Franchise Concludes with ‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 30, 2021 at 12:46pm

After 88 action-packed episodes spread across Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation’s Emmy Award-winning ‘Trollhunters,’ ‘3Below,’ and ‘Wizards’ series trilogy, a collection of heroes from all three team-up in a final 3DCG feature to fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all.  

Can Bad Guys Go Good? Headline News

DreamWorks Animation’s ‘The Bad Guys’ Lands All-Star Cast

Awkwafina, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Emmy Award winner Alex Borstein among stars added to upcoming animated feature film adaptation of Aaron Blabey’s book series about notorious bad guys going good; movie debuts April 15, 2022.

Gimme Gaiman! Headline News

Amazon Studios Orders Neil Gaiman’s ‘Anansi Boys’ Series Adaptation

Based on the prolific author’s 2005 book of the same name, the limited series, about a young boy who discovers his recently deceased father was the trickster god of stories, begins shooting in Scotland later this year.

People Headline News

Tim Erickson Named Head of Peanuts Worldwide

Former Disney and DreamWorks executive will work closely with Charles M. Schulz’s family and Wildbrain’s content teams to drive licensing strategy and growth.

Business Headline News

Wattpad and WEBTOON Merge Studio Divisions

New Wattpad WEBTOON Studios will create multi-platform, data-driven TV, film, and book content; parent company Naver commits $100M for production development and financing.

Business Headline News

Great Wolf Resorts Moves into Animation with ‘The Great Wolf Pack’

The family vacation brand forms Great Wolf Entertainment, revealing slate of animated projects based on its popular signature woodland characters; first animated film due in early 2022.

Peanuts Returns ANIMATIONWorld

The Legendary Charles Schulz Explored in ‘Who Are You, Charlie Brown?’

New Apple TV+ documentary paints a compelling picture of the iconic cartoonist and his beloved characters through animation, film clips, cartoon clippings, family photos, and audio commentary from the artist himself.

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Apple TV+ Orders Animated ‘Strange Planet’ from Dan Harmon and Nathan Pyle

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 1:11pm

Apple Studios’ series, based on Pyle’s popular webcomic and #1 New York Times Bestselling graphic novel, will feature profound and heartfelt stories about beings on a distant planet not unlike our own.

Business Headline News

Vivi Film and Dandelooo Team Up on ‘The Upside Down River’

2D animated series, based on the children’s novel ‘La rivière à l’envers’ by Jean Claude Mourlevat, follows the quest of a young girl and the boy whose world she turns ‘Upside Down;’ production to begin late 2021 with delivery in 2023.               

Gritty and Mythical Anime Noir ANIMATIONWorld

‘Trese’ Vividly Brings Mythical Beasts of Filipino Folklore to Life

Premiering June 11, Netflix’s 2D animated series adaptation of Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s gritty horror and crime comics is a highly original, noirish take on the culture’s deeply-rooted supernatural lore and superstitions.

TV VFX Headline News

Watch the Grishaverse Come Alive in ‘Shadow and Bone’ VFX Reel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:56pm

Netflix has shared a breakdown reel from their critically acclaimed magical fantasy series, based on Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling novels, just renewed for a second eight-episode season.

Gaiman to the Rescue! Headline News

Go Behind-the-Scenes with Neil Gaiman on ‘The Sandman’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 9:02am

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the upcoming Netflix series based on the prolific writer and producer’s DC comic book series, now in production.

Good Grief Charlie Brown! Headline News

‘Who Are You, Charlie Brown?’ Coming to Apple TV+

Lupita Nyong’o narrates new documentary celebrating the iconic cultural phenomena which is ‘Peanuts’ and its creator, Charles M. Schulz; premiering June 25, show features interviews with Jean Schulz, Drew Barrymore, Al Roker, Kevin Smith, Billie Jean King and Noah Schnapp.

The Latest in CG Research Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2021 Reveals Technical and Art Papers Selections

The extensive line-up includes 191 research projects from 22 countries, covering numerous subfields of computer graphics and interactive techniques; live conference events run August 9-13, with on-demand available August 2 – October 29.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Acclaimed LAIKA Films Coming in HD on Blu-ray this Fall

Combo pack of ‘Coraline’ and ‘The Boxtrolls’ drops August 31, with ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ following September 20; bonus features include interviews, behind the scenes looks, feature-length storyboards, and featurettes.

Gaiman to the Rescue! Headline News

Cast Revealed for Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’

Patton Oswalt, voicing Matthew the Raven, joins David Thewlis, Jenna Coleman, and Stephen Fry in Netflix’s dark fantasy series based on the popular DC comic books; show follows people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends his cosmic and human mistakes.

The Cat King of Rats! Headline News

David Tennant Joins 'The Amazing Maurice' Animated Feature

The prolific ‘Doctor Who’ actor will lend his voice to the fanciful adaptation of the 28th of Sir Terry Pratchett's 41 ‘Discworld’ series novels, which follows a cat con artist and his horde of rats.

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