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SVOD Headline News

‘The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss’ Now on Kartoon Channel!

Genius Brands International acquires streaming and video-on-demand rights to the popular preschool series from The Jim Henson Company that features a hybrid of puppetry and CG animation.

live streaming Headline News

Animators Finding Twitch a Great Place to Teach and Mentor

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:45pm

The world’s largest live streaming platform for gamers has become home to a growing number of animation artists displaying their work, with many streaming instructional and tutorial-style content aimed at sharing their love and knowledge of the profession.

People Headline News

DreamWorks Inks Deal with ‘The Croods: A New Age’ Director Joel Crawford

Veteran director and story artist on ‘Trolls,’ ‘Shrek Ever After,’ ‘Rise of The Guardians,’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda 1, 2 & 3’ gets first-look development and directing deal.

SVOD Headline News

HBO Max Offers Up a Big Hug With ‘Love Monster’ Animated Preschool Series

Boat Rocker Studio’s new show, based on books of the same name by Rachel Bright, features an adventurous lovable monster that helps kids learn little life lessons.

Great Balls of Dragon Fire Headline News

Matt Smith Flies onto ‘House of the Dragon’ ‘GOT’ Prequel

The 11th Doctor Who is now set for winged battle as Daemon Targaryen, warrior and husband to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, in George R.R. Martin’s upcoming HBO Max series.

Business Headline News

Weta Digital Opens L.A. and San Francisco Offices, Adds to Board of Directors

Former Disney COO Tom Staggs, former Google executive Jeff Huber, and Peter Jackson’s longtime partner Ken Kamins appointed as part of company’s continuing expansion.                                                                                           

A New Film from the Indie Legend! Headline News

Bill Plympton’s ‘Slide’ Feature Film Kickstarter Ends December 17

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:20am

Indie legend hoping to speed up production on his new film about a guitar-playing cowboy who finds himself in a shady Oregon logging town run by a pair of evil twins.

Under the Sea Headline News

All-Star Cast Revealed for Live-Action / CGI ‘The Little Mermaid’

Halle Bailey is joined by Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, and Awkwafina in the new adaptation of the beloved Disney animated feature film musical classic, set to begin filming in 2021.

Technology Headline News

Unity Releases Unity 2020.2 TECH Stream

Now available for download, latest release features enhancements to improve productivity; upgrades include increased stability to artist, cinematic, and programmer tools as well as faster iteration and import times for editor and team workflows.

People Headline News

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Names Rob Saunders Executive Producer of Builds Division

Master puppeteer and creature effects veteran will bolster studio’s expansion; credits include iconic productions such as ‘Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Anomalisa,’ and ‘Robot Chicken.’

Unreal Engine Headline News

Epic Games Releases Free City and Sculpture Asset Downloads from FILFURY Short

Watch: ‘Unreal for All Creators' project by artist/director and his team at The Mill showcases real-time production tools for creators in games, film & television, architecture, and automotive; key assets used in the short’s production now available for download.  

Streaming Media Blues! Headline News

Backlash Over WarnerMedia’s HBO Max Movie Streaming Plans Continues

Warner Bros’ announcement that entire 2021 lineup of 17 films will stream on HBO Max simultaneously with their theatrical releases continues to raise the ire of directors and production houses

Home Entertainment ANIMATIONWorld

‘Lupin III: The First’ Bridges the 2D-3D Gap Between Eastern and Western Animation

Tomokazu Sakamoto and Tatsuya Akagi share their efforts, with support from the franchise’s late creator, Monkey Punch, to respectfully depict iconic 2D anime characters in the 3D/CG style more familiar to international audiences.

Life finds a way Headline News

‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Season 2 Debuts January 22 on Netflix

DreamWorks Animation drops trailer for the new season of their popular animated adventure series based on the ‘Jurassic World’ franchise.

People Headline News

Disney Inks Deal with ‘Proud Family’ EPs Bruce W. Smith and Ralph Farquhar

Multi-year agreement taps pair to produce and develop animated and live-action series and movies across Disney branded television.

More Drama on the High Seas Headline News

Johnny Depp Wanted Amber Heard Axed from ‘Aquaman’

According to an extensive Hollywood Reporter piece, the reign of terror stemming from Depp and Heard’s divorce may be more double-sided than originally thought, with both parties trying to get the other fired from high profile films.

Treat Yo-Self Headline News

Celebrate ‘New Beginnings’ with January’s Crunchyroll Crate

A new year of anime fun is yours with a visit from the doctor, a trip to the library, a fight with a dragon, and a visit to a strange new world with The Loot Company’s Crunchyroll crate.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

‘The Magician’s Elephant’ Animated Feature Underway at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:11am

Streamer announces production has begun on film based on two-time Newberry Award winner Kate DiCamillo’s novel of the same name.

TV Animation Headline News

Studio Wildcard Announces ‘ARK: The Animated Series’

Based on the popular dinosaur survival adventure video game ‘ARK: Survival Evolved,’ show features an all-star cast including Gerard Butler, Russell Crowe, Michelle Yeoh, and Vin Diesel as executive producer and the voice of the hero, Santiago; watch the trailer.

Mando! Headline News

‘Star Wars’ New Series Roundup: Expanding ‘The Mandalorian’ Timeline

New Disney+ Original series ‘Rangers of the New Republic’ and ‘Ahsoka’ will take place within the timeline of Jon Favreau’s hit series starring.

People Headline News

Trilith Studios Appoints Barry Williams Creative Director of Virtual Production

Award-winning visual artist to oversee technical and creative development of the studio’s extensive virtual production facilities, resources, and solutions.

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