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The Spirit of Bakshi Returns in ‘The Spine of Night’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 3:28pm

Directors Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King’s raucous new rotoscoped fantasy epic takes us back to the days when animated tales of swords and sorcerers didn’t always have fairy tale endings.

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ArsenalFX Color Expands Team

Cortney Haile named VP of business development, Albert Soto named chief engineer, and J.R. Benson senior colorist; new hires will support increased offerings including scripted VFX and on-set supervision.

It’s Barbie! Headline News

‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday’ Hits Netflix April 16

All-new CG animated TV movie features Barbie’s younger sister Chelsea on a quest to save her birthday; ‘Chelsea’s Top Tracks’ album featuring music from the film also drops April 16 on digital outlets.

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Jon Batiste to Host ‘Soul’ Virtual Jazz Concert Celebrating Film’s Retail Release

Fans are invited to a special event featuring the music of ‘Soul’ hosted by the famed Jazz composer and musician, marking today’s home entertainment release on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD; Disney and Pixar’s virtual concert premieres March 25.

Friendship Magic and Harmony! Headline News

‘My Little Pony: Pony Life’ Returns for Season 2 on Discovery Family

Premiering April 10, eOne’s 2D animated kids’ series again follows the Mane 6 riding out life’s challenges and solving them together with friendship, magic, and laughs.

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‘Black Widow’ to Hit Theatres and Disney+ Premier Simultaneously

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:40pm

Release of highly anticipated Marvel tentpole pushed to July 9; ‘Cruella’ gets May 28 dual launch, while Disney / Pixar’s ‘Luca’ is now scheduled for an exclusive Disney+ release on June 18.

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Hulu Greenlights Justin Roiland and Michael Cusack’s ‘Koala Man’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:31pm

The ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘Solar Opposites’ co-creator teams with ‘YOLO: Crystal Fantasy’s creator on a new family animated comedy about an Aussie dad living a not too secret life as a suburban superhero – he has no powers, but he does have passion! 

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Games Workshop Names Finn Arnesen Head of Entertainment Development

Group taps former Hasbro Studios exec to expand the company’s extensive ‘Warhammer’ IP with new live-action and animated content; three animated shows are nearing completion with a half dozen still under development.

Technology Headline News

Megaport Helps Framestore with On-Demand Rendering in the Cloud

To support the Oscar-winning creative studio, leading Network as a Service provider quickly and efficiently enables on-demand multi-cloud connections that access cost effective computing power for VFX projects.  

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‘Hawkeye’ Spinoff with Native American Character Echo in Early Development

Soon to be introduced in Disney+’s ‘Hawkeye’ series, the deaf fighter, aka Maya Lopez, can mimic any movements or fighting styles she sees and held the moniker of ‘Ronin’ before passing it off to Clint Barton for ‘Endgame.’

Stop the Hate Headline News

An Open Letter from WIA President Marge Dean

Women in Animation’s president addresses important issues surrounding last week’s Atlanta shootings and the need to stand against hate-based violence of all kinds.

Art Imitates Life Headline News

Keanu Reeves’ ‘BRZRKR’ Live-Action Film and Anime Series Land at Netflix

Streamer will develop two new projects based on the comic book series co-written and co-created by Reeves and Matt Kindt, which follows the gruesome journey of immortal warrior ‘B’ as he attempts to discover a means to his own end.

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‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ EP Inks Development and Production Deal

Under terms of agreement, Emmy-nominated Pete Browngardt will produce original animated programming across Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, with access to both studios’ extensive IP libraries, for viewing on all WarnerMedia platforms.

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WATCH: ‘Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Mexico’ Season 4 Trailer

Based on Universal’s live-action ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, the Netflix Original Series journeys on a perilous mission to Mexico City when it returns with all new episodes April 16.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP99: Matt Fernandes Shares How He Created 'Dino Ranch' From Sketch to Greenlight

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 22, 2021 at 8:50am

The co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Toronto’s Industrial Brothers discusses developing, funding, and selling an animated TV series.

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The Carlyle Group and Epic Games Take Equity Positions in xR Leader disguise

Investment firm and Unreal Engine creator become stakeholders in extended reality technology company; partnerships will accelerate growth, with focus on international expansion, continued innovation, and enhanced support and product offerings for its customers.

They’re Back! Headline News

New ‘Rugrats’ Series Fills Out Voice Cast

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:15am

Tony Hale, Natalie Morales, Anna Chlumsky, and Michael McKean among actors joining the original voice cast on Nickelodeon’s reimagined CG show, premiering this Spring on Paramount+, with a network release planned later in the year.

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Nickelodeon Announces Its Biggest Animation Slate in 40 Years

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:48am

Network unveils aggressive set of greenlights and new series announcements at virtual upfront show, as it continues to expand across the kids and families entertainment space.

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3 More ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs in Development at HBO

Streamer expanding the GoT universe with ‘9 Voyages,’ ‘10,000 Ships,’ and a series set in Flea Bottom, in addition to ‘House of the Dragon,’ ‘The Tales of Dunk and Egg,’ and a rumored animated series.

Making a Splash Headline News

‘Aquaman 2’ Production to Begin This Summer

The highly anticipated DCEU sequel is expected to start production this coming June under the working title ‘Necrus,’ with returning cast members Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, and Amber Heard as Mera.

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