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‘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.

Virtual Events Headline News

CAF and CTIAF Hosting Joint Online Festival April 12-18

Cardiff Animation Festival and Cape Town International Animation Festival are collaborating on a virtual event that features a week of curated screenings, workshops, and Q+As; programs will feature Welsh and African animated shorts previously screened at the respective festivals over the past 5 years.

He Can Fly! Headline News

Principal Photography Begins on ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’

The ‘Pete’s Dragon’ team of David Lowery and Jim Whitaker will direct and produce the star-studded live-action remake of Disney’s 1953 animated classic; film to premiere on Disney+ in 2022.

TV Animation ANIMATIONWorld

How Musa Brooker Animated ‘Waffles + Mochi’s Wondrous Culinary World

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3:38pm

For the Six Point Harness creative director, producing hundreds of animated segments for Michelle Obama and Netflix’s new live-action series meant bringing a fun, colorful, and meaningful world of food and nutrition to kids and families.

Animated Features Headline News

DreamWorks’ ‘The Bad Guys’ and ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ Get Release Dates

Adaptation of Aaron Blabey’s book series about notorious bad guys going good debuts April 15, 2022; Antonio Banderas reprises his role as the suave feline outlaw in the new sequel premiering September 23, 2022.

Technology Headline News

Foundry Releases Nuke 13

New version introduces flexible machine learning toolset, Hydra 3D viewport renderer and extended monitor out functionality, enhanced workflows for collaborative review, and Python 3 support.

Dept. of Had to Happen Headline News

Mike and Sulley Return in ‘Monsters At Work’ Disney+ Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 12:03pm

Kid’s laughter, not screams, now fuels Monstropolis; Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Bonnie Hunt, and Mindy Kaling lend their voices to characters old and new in the highly anticipated show, which premieres July 2.

Return to Xadia! Headline News

‘The Dragon Prince: Battlecharged’ Board Game Coming in June

Based on the immensely popular Emmy Award-winning Netflix original animated series ‘The Dragon Prince,’ and set in the fantasy world of Xadia, the game combines tactical miniatures with fast-paced card battles, and customized decks give every character a unique play style.

Business Headline News

‘Peppa Pig’ Gets Massive 104 Episode Greenlight, New Animation Studio

Hugely popular animated preschool series will see fresh content through at least 2027; Astley Baker Davies passes the production torch to British animation studio Karrot, with director Andrea Tran at the helm.

TV Animation Headline News

‘Birdgirl’ Flies onto Adult Swim

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:02pm

There’s a new CEO at Sebben & Sebben… and her misfit superhero clan promises droll humor and witty banter as they fight against irresponsible 20th century products; new half-hour comedy series premieres April 4.

Anime Headline News

‘Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train’ Coming to Theatres

On April 23, Aniplex of America and Funimation will release the hit anime feature in North American cinemas, including 4DX and IMAX; available on digital June 22.

You’re Invited! Headline News

‘Descendants: The Royal Wedding’ Animated Special Coming to Disney Channel

Auradon's epic social event of the season, Mal and King Ben's wedding, premieres this summer, with the original live-action cast back to handle voice acting duties.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Arrives on Digital April 2

Disney’s animated epic adventure features the voice talents of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina; the Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD release, available May 18, includes never-before-seen bonus footage and deleted scenes.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Peter Ramsey Joins ‘Master’ as Executive Producer

Steamroller Studios and Pop Willy Production to co-produce new 3DCG animated feature about a once promising martial arts champion on a journey to guide her family to what she believes is a better life.

Crikey! Headline News

Bento Box and Princess Pictures Launch New Studio Down Under

New animation studio, Princess Bento Studio, will produce animated content for distribution in the US, Australia, and Australian co-production treaty countries around the globe.

Sugar Spice and Everything Nice Headline News

‘Powerpuff Girls’ Pilot Nabs its Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup

With Maggie Kiley now at the helm, Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron Yana Perrault join the live-action adaptation of the hugely popular animated series.

Business Headline News

Russia-Based SMF Studio Inks Deal with Vietnam-based FPT Telecom

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1:42pm

The Russian production company is expanding its geographical audience with the sale of five original new animated series for broadcast via the Telecom company’s IPTV and OTT services in Vietnam.

Slam into the Jam Headline News

Fans Not Happy with ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Design Changes

Pepé Le Pew gets the axe and Lola Bunny is desexualized as director Malcolm D. Lee attempts to cure the Warner Bros. Entertainment franchise of its political incorrectness.

Run Wild Run Free! Headline News

DreamWorks Reveals Cast, Images, and Spot for ‘Spirit Untamed’

Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Andre Braugher and Walton Goggins lead the voice cast; animated feature about a headstrong girl longing to belong hits theatres June 4.

Business Headline News

52 Projects Selected for Animation Production Days 2021

Selected films, series, and cross media projects for the upcoming May 4-7 event represent a variety of genres and animation technique ranging from adult gothic thrillers to topics focusing on diversity and sexuality; an additional eight projects were selected to participate in the APD talent program for young creatives and producers.

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