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A New Season of Backyard Hijinks! ANIMATIONWorld

Lynne Naylor and Sunil Hall Talk ‘The Mighty Ones’ Season 2

A new, high-energy season of DreamWorks Animation’s kids’ comedy about the hilarious misadventures of a twig, a pebble, a leaf, and a strawberry, living in the unkempt backyard of a trio of equally unkempt humans, premieres today on Hulu and Peacock.

UK Funding for Animated Shorts Headline News

BFI Short Form Animation Fund Now Open for Project Submissions

Applications now being accepted through August 16 for short form animation project financing; new partnership with The StoryFutures Academy supports two additional immersive projects in AR or VR.

Monsters Unite! Headline News

See ‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania’ First Look Images and Trailer

Drac and the pack are back in the final ‘Hotel T’ franchise chapter; Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg reprise their roles as Mavis and Johnny in Sony Pictures Animation’s animated comedy coming to theatres October 1.

Technology Headline News

Pixar Releases Next Generation RenderMan 24 with XPU

The software’s biggest update ever introduces a new shading system, stylized looks, and XPU, which provides live rendering capabilities for immediate feedback on assets.

Down Boy! Headline News

See ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ First Look Images and Teaser

Everyone’s favorite big red dog is almost here! Paramount Pictures’ CGI/live-action hybrid movie about a little puppy that becomes a 10-foot hound hits theaters September 17.

The Ponyverse Beckons! Headline News

‘My Little Pony: A New Generation’ Voice Cast Revealed

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 9:28am

Vanessa Hudgens and James Marsden among stars boarding eOne’s new animated adventure about the unimaginable – Equestria losing its magic! A new set of best friends hits the ‘ponyverse’ and Netflix this coming September 24.

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

Stimulated-Inc. Launches Stimulated.Works Production Service

The proprietary workflow and management solution provides in-house creative teams with a scalable digital asset creation system - animation, motion, development, and design – from concept to final project delivery.

Ultraman Day! Headline News

‘Ultraman’ Celebrates 55th Anniversary with All-Day Streaming Event

On July 10, Shout! Factory TV and TokuSHOUTsu host a full-day streaming event filled with fan-favorite episodes, giveaways, and a brand-new special; program includes 19 hand-picked episodes across 9 ‘Ultraman’ series, culminating the debut of ‘Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial.’

The Whispers of Scoundrels and Swindlers ANIMATIONWorld

Look Behind-the-Scenes of Riot Games’ ‘Rise of the Underworlds’ Cinematic Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:29am

To support the expansion’s June 30 release, the game studio provided AWN with exclusive access to sequences and strategies from the new short film, the third in their anthology-like set of ‘Legends of Runeterra’ stories.

Cartoons Headline News

New Season of ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ Premieres July 8

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:02am

Coming to HBO Max, the 10-episode first installment of Season 2 mayhem, featuring Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Tweety, and other famous Tunes, promises laughs, groans, and all-around fun.

Awards Headline News

Nominees Announced for 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

The Disney Channel’s ‘Elena of Avalor’ leads all animated shows with eight nominations; awards for Children’s & Animation categories will be presented in a standalone show streaming July 17, 2021 on the Emmy OTT platform.

Events Headline News

Cartoon Forum Announces 2021 Line-up

Running in person September 20-23, the high-profile pitching and networking event will feature 84 EU projects selected from 141 submissions; France leads with 33 selections from notable production companies including Dandelooo, Cyber Group Studios, and Studio 100 Animation.

Business Headline News

Xentrix Launches Melbourne Studio, Acquires Viskatoons

India-based animation house enters the competitive Australian animation industry with studio expansion; newly acquired Victoria-based animation studio includes 30 years of IP and ties to Film Victoria, Film Finance Corporation, and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Home Entertainment Headline News

The Babies Are Back in Force in ‘Rugrats: The Complete Series’

Celebrate 30 years of ‘Rugrats’ with the full 26-disc series collection; special bonus features include ‘Runaway Reptar,’ ‘All Growed Up,’ and ‘Babies in Toyland.’

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.

Heavens to Mergatroyd! Headline News

Yogi and Boo Boo Return in ‘Jellystone!’ Animated Series

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 28, 2021 at 12:56pm

Yes, there's a trailer! Premiering July 29 on HBO Max, an ensemble cast of epic Hanna-Barbera characters will again grace our TV screens, after a 30-year hiatus, once more finding silly ways to destroy their town in a new show helmed by ‘Chowder’s C.H. Greenblatt and produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Business Headline News

‘MeteoHeroes’ Video Game Coming to PlayStation in 2022

Mondo TV Iberoamerica teams up with SIE España and Gammera Nest to adapt the popular environmentally themed animated series; game will launch on PlayStation in Spring 2022, followed by other platforms later in the year.

Let the Game Adaptations Begin Headline News

‘Halo’ Showrunner Steven Kane to Leave Series After Season 1

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 28, 2021 at 11:33am

With production well under way on the high-profile, fan-favorite sci-fi shooter game adaptation, Kane reportedly will leave after post-production completes, even if show gets renewed as expected.

Cool CGI from Bristol Headline News

Aardman and CITV Reveal ‘Lloyd of the Flies’ Voice Cast

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 28, 2021 at 9:31am

New CGI comedy series about a housefly – a middle child of 453 – his little sister, and their ongoing misadventures is the flagship project for the government's Young Audiences Content Fund; show set to air Autumn 2022.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

GKIDS Brings 11 Acclaimed Titles to The Criterion Channel

Oscar-nominated animated features ‘Chico & Rita,’ ‘Ernest & Celestine’, and ‘A Cat in Paris’ among films being featured during the channel’s ‘Persistence of Vision’ Animated Features Showcase, Saturday Matinees, and the weekly Women Filmmaker/Artist Spotlight.

We Want More Marvel! Headline News

Marvel Studios Drops New ‘Shang-Chi’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:46pm

Are you strong enough to wear the 10 rings? That’s the question facing Simu Liu in the upcoming ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings,’ also starring Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh, hitting theaters September 3, 2021.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP118: Steve Angel on Running Head Gear Animation For 24 Years

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:20am

The Toronto studio’s co-founder and director shares how he quickly went from animator to director to starting his own award-winning company in 1997, and how he’s faced many ups and downs over the last two decades.

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