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Netflix Releases Official Trailer and Key Art for “The Liberator”

The 4-part animated series is the true story of US Army officer Felix Sparks who in WWII led the 157th Infantry Battalion on a 500-day fight to liberate Europe; the series premieres on Veteran’s Day, November 11.

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‘Wolfwalkers,’ ‘Tiger and Ox,’ and ‘Umbilical’ Snag Wins at AFI Fest 2020

Tom Moore’s new animated feature took home the Audience Award for Narrative Feature; Seunghee Kim and Danski Tang films awarded Grand Jury Prize – Animation and Special Mention, respectively.

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‘South Park’ Returns to Mile High Stadium October 25

Socially distanced and wearing masks, the gang from the popular animated series’ ‘Pandemic Special’ hits the stands Sunday for the Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs football game.

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Olaf Gets His Bambi Moment in ‘Once Upon a Snowman’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 23, 2020 at 3:20pm

Written and directed by Dan Abraham and Trent Correy, the new animated short confirms that behind Olaf’s bouncy silliness is a character filled with optimism, joy, and concern for others.

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Glen Keane Talks Believing the Impossible in ‘Over the Moon’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 23, 2020 at 12:10pm

The Oscar-winning director discusses his beautiful and charming animated musical tale about a smart young girl’s determination to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess, out today on Netflix

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Focus on My ‘Vote:’ Six Point Harness Delivers Election-Themed Animated Music Video for ABC’s ‘Black-ish’

Channeling Golden Age UPA cartoons, Childish Gambino’s ‘Feels Like Summer’ and ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ director Musa Brooker and Six Point Harness — the studio behind Oscar winner ‘Hair Love’ — create an animated music video for the two-part ‘Black-ish’ election special.

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Olaf Returns with an Identity Crisis in All-New ‘Once Upon A Snowman’ Animated Short

Discover the origins of the irascible, playful, summer-loving snowman from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s award-winning ‘Frozen’ franchise; Josh Gad returns to voice everyone’s favorite snowman in search of more than just a nose, now streaming on Disney+.

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One of Us VFX Sets the Italian Scene for HBO’s ‘We Are Who We Are’

Theo Demiris and his team created a variety of Italian environments, from marshland to an Army base, while in lockdown, for Academy Award-nominated Luca Guadagnino’s series about two American kids living at a U.S. military base in Italy.

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Mels Studios Launches Virtual Production Stage in Montreal

New facility, built in collaboration with Solotech, is powered by Unreal Engine, and will provide state-of-the-art resources for real-time, in-camera visual effects production.

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Genndy Tartakovsky Talks ‘Primal’ and Telling Stories Without Words

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:06pm

With a second season renewal now in hand, the storied creator of ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ and ‘Samurai Jack’ discusses his viscerally gripping and beautifully animated Adult Swim series about a caveman, a T-Rex, and the bond that helps them survive.  

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MR. X Delivers Otherworldly VFX for Ridley Scott’s ‘Raised by Wolves’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 3:04pm

Visual effects house’s Toronto and Bangalore studio’s tackle the Necromancer and its scream as they produce 476 shots on the hit HBO Max sci-fi thriller.

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A Brave Young Girl Fights to Save the Planet in ‘Astronaut Spaceman’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1:00pm

Emmy Award-winning ‘Game of Thrones’ artist Patrick Gehlen crafts a charming, thought-provoking animated music video that rallies voters to fight against climate change.

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‘Ciervo’ Takes Domestic Animation Gold Medal at 2020 Student Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 10:54am

Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma’s 2D animated short takes top Domestic Film Schools honor as medalists are announced at the 47th annual awards ceremony, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ Moves to Apple TV+ from ABC

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:24am

54 years after its 1966 TV premiere, the iconic Halloween special won’t be airing this month on TV, instead moving exclusively to the world of digital distribution; it will be available free on the streaming platform from October 30 – November 1.

Virtual Events Headline News

A Conversation with ‘Rick and Morty’ Stars and Co-Creators Set for PaleyFest NY

Insanity and psychopathic science are on the docket at The Paley Center for Media’s 8th annual TV festival; talent behind Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s hugely popular Adult Swim animated series scheduled for October 27; event kicks off October 23.

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One Animation Inks Disney Channel US Deal for ‘Oddbods’ Seasonal Specials

Halloween-themed special ‘Party Monsters’ and Christmas themed ‘The Festive Menace’ will air on Disney XD, Disney Junior and in Disney Now; Season 3 of the animated series was recently shortlisted for an International Emmy Kids Award.

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‘Trash Truck’: Max Keane’s Personal, Precious, and Nostalgic Preschool Series

The show’s creator never understood his son Henry’s love for garbage trucks, until it inspired him to develop a CG animated kids’ series, set to premiere November 10 on Netflix.

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WATCH: Netflix Drops Trailer for Max Keane’s ‘Trash Truck’ CG Preschool Series

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:14pm

The first-time showrunner and ‘Dear Basketball’ production designer’s new animated show follows the adventures of six-year-old Hank, a dirt-covered kid, and his best pal, a giant honking trash truck.

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The Shins ‘The Great Divide’ Takes a Reverse Zoom Journey Through the Big Bang

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:09pm

Producer Jen Alvares and her Hunters House team deliver a stunning, complex CG music video for the Grammy-nominated indie rock band’s latest single.

Festivals Headline News

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Coming Online October 24-25

Celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary, the event will include four short film programs featuring award-winning and emerging talent in Japanese animation; highlights include Koji Yamamura’s ‘Water Dreams/Dreams into Drawing.’

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