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Dandelooo’s ‘Little Bear’ Heading Out Across the Globe

The 2D animated preschool series, commissioned by France Televisions and produced by Supamonks Studio, gets Season 2 greenlight; new deals bringing show to U.S.A., Russia, France, Nigeria, Sweden and host of other countries.

Live-Action / CGI Hybrid Filmmaking Headline News

Juice Releases ‘The Liberator’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 19, 2021 at 3:08pm

Polish VFX studio shares a video of their work using revolutionary Trioscope EHA live-action / CGI hybrid animation technology in Netflix and Trioscope Studios’ gripping four-episode WWII miniseries.

Kids’ TV Channel Headline News

Sandbox Kids Launches Hopster English Learning Channel

The on-demand kids entertainment channel is now available on Amazon Prime Video in Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands; service helps teach children English using popular animated characters.

Open Source Headline News

Academy Software Foundation Adds MaterialX as Hosted Project

Initially developed by Lucasfilm, the open source platform is a key technology in the portability and transfer of look development assets between various applications and renderers.

People Headline News

Framestore Montreal Adds VFX Supervisor Damien Stumpf

Company continues to expand its teams across creative and production departments to service growing slate of film and TV projects; new hire brings 20+ years of visual effects experience to his new role.

Who Doesn’t Love a Slacker Teen? Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Duncanville – Stan In The Place Where You Live’

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 8:00am

In the new episode airing July 19 on Fox, Duncan skips the PSATs to hang out with his grifter Uncle Stan, to his parents’ disappointment, while Jack, Kimberly and Jing clean the creepy attic to stay on Annie’s good side.

Business Headline News

Artlist Acquires Software Company FXhome

Company adds video, VFX and image editing software tools to its already extensive catalog of high-quality creative assets, increasing its service offerings to creators.

It’s Both Fast and Furious! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Fast & Furious: Spy Racers’ Season 5 Trailer

This season, the action-packed animated adventure series follows the crew on a world saving mission in the South Pacific; all-new episodes stream on Netflix August 13.

Technology Headline News

OptiTrack Releases Motive 3.0

The new, rebuilt version of the performance capture and motion tracking software provides real-time motion tracking, Digital Delsys EMG systems integration, and advanced customization with a redesigned UI.

People Headline News

Netflix Adds Paul Debevec as Director of Research

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8:20am

The Academy Award-winning computer graphics pioneer joins streamer’s Data Science and Engineering team to oversee new technology development across VFX, virtual production, and animation production.

Festivals Headline News

SCAD Savannah Film Festival Returns In-Person and Online

Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the annual festival, set for October 23-30, will feature film screenings, panel discussions, and workshops.

People Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Names Bill Ballew CTO

25-year studio veteran and previous VP of R & D steps up to role previously held by Jeff Wike, who is retiring; new responsibilities include technology-related strategic and creative planning as well as operations of the studio's animation production platforms. 

Heavens to Mergatroyd! Headline News

Warner Drops ‘Jellystone!’ Key Art

Yogi Bear is back and heading to Comic-Con@Home on July 24 with a sneak peek of his all-new series; catch the famed Hanna-Barbera gang, including Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, and Wally Gator, when the series premieres July 29 on HBO Max.

Events Headline News

Line-Up Announced for Maxon’s ‘3D & Motion Design Show’

Free July 21 virtual event to focus on character animation; professional digital artists will share tips and tricks for Maxon’s creative tools.

You Had Us At Gelato! Headline News

‘Luca’ Comes Home August 3

Disney and Pixar bring a coming-of-age story about one young boy/sea monster experiencing an unforgettable summer, set on the beautiful Italian Riviera, to Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD; release features never-before-seen featurettes, deleted scenes and two alternate openings.

Vidcasts Headline News

‘Between the Keyframes’ Motion Design Vidcast Launches

New biweekly show from industry experts Erin Sarofsky and Austin Shaw gives an insider’s look and insights into process, practice, and culture.

Talent development Headline News

‘Universal Animation Writers Program’ 2021 Selections Revealed

5 participants chosen for first-of-its-kind paid one-year program, in partnership with DreamWorks and Illumination, to develop underrepresented voices in film and TV animation through workshops, seminars, sponsorship, and roundtable discussions.

The Dark Knight Returns Headline News

New Clip Drops for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two’

The two-part animated DC Universe Movies thriller concludes as the Dark Knight battles a unified front of super villains while solving a murder mystery; feature-length film comes to Digital July 27, and Blu-ray August 10.

Business Headline News

SPP 2021: Asia’s Premier B2B Animation Event Now Underway

Taking place online this year, Korea's annual international content market brings together buyers, sellers, financiers, and animation lovers from all over the globe.

Business Headline News

Development Begins on Matthew A. Cherry’s ‘Battu’

The Oscar winning ‘Hair Love’ director, Cartoon Network Studios, and award-winning director Chaz Bottoms start work on a 2D animated musical comedy series celebrating the creative arts culture of Chicago.

Where Exactly is Arcadia? Headline News

Guillermo del Toro Shares First Minutes of ‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 9:06am

The DreamWorks Animation adventure, coming to Netflix July 21, pits heroes from ‘Trollhunters,’ ‘3Below,’ and ‘Wizards’ against the Arcane Order in the franchise’s final battle for control over the magic that binds them all.

Animated Features Headline News

‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’ Return to the Big Screen

Fathom Events, LAIKA, Shout! Factory and Park Circus team up to bring the highly acclaimed stop-motion movies back to theaters; screenings will also feature exclusive bonus 'making of' content.

Barbie Heads to the Big Apple! Headline News

Watch ‘Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams’ Teaser Trailer

The next chapter in Mattel’s storied franchise finds Barbie embarking on a musical summer adventure in the Big Apple, where she meets her new best friend, Barbie!; coming to Netflix in September.

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