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Santiago-Based Believe Signs with BLAH! blah? (Blah…)

Move by Latin American animation studio, along with recent Saarinen & Pico and Sharon & Perry representation signings, boosts its presence in US commercial market.

Awards Headline News

‘Something to Remember’ Named Best Film at Fantoche 2020

Festival confirms its commitment to parity and inclusion with women filmmakers accounting for more than half the films screened. 

#BoycottMulan Headline News

Controversy Grows As ‘Mulan’ is Released on Disney+

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 12:59pm

Criticism continues to mount in response to the film’s end credits ‘special thanks’ to Xinjiang government organizations reportedly involved in refuting Western claims of massive forced incarceration and human rights abuses of over 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Exclusive: Christina Chang’s Sequence Pitch on Cartoon Network’s ‘We Bare Bears: The Movie’

One of the film’s storyboard artists makes her first pitch of the ‘bears running through the city’ sequence from the new animated movie based on the popular series, now available on DVD and digital.

Feast Your Eyes! Headline News

Apple TV+ Drops Teaser Trailer for Tomm Moore’s ‘Wolfwalkers’

With all the stylized 2D artistry you’d expect, the latest feature from the twice Oscar-nominated ‘Song of the Sea’ and ‘The Secret of Kells’ director tells of a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves.

More Anime! Headline News

Crunchyroll and Sentai Filmworks Sign Home Video Distribution Deal

Anime distributer and merchandiser will distribute 'Food Wars! The Fourth Plate,' 'Ascendance of a Bookworm,' 'Granbelm,' and 'World Trigger,' bringing anime to more fans in the U.S. and Canada.

Virtual Festivals Headline News

HBO Max Presents RTX at Home Animation Festival September 15-25

Global virtual celebration of creators and talent from popular animated Rooster Teeth shows will stream live on RoosterTeeth.com and Rooster Teeth apps. 

Prepare to Die Mr. Bond! Headline News

Mr. Bond Returning to Theaters November 2020

MGM drops the second action-packed trailer for their next highly anticipated iconic spy thriller franchise installment, ‘No Time To Die,’ though time will tell if, and when, its theatrical release is possible.

I've Got the Spins! Headline News

WATCH: Pixomondo’s ‘Euphoria’ Rotating Hallway VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 4, 2020 at 5:27pm

Overall VFX supervisor David Van Dyke and PXO VFX supervisor Nhat Phong Tran detail the production of the HBO series’ drug-induced gravity-defying spinning hall sequence from Episode 1.

Covid-19 Headline News

Cartoon Network Launches ‘In This Together’ Family Initiative

Global initiative begins rolling out September 7, featuring on-air spots with kids and their favorite CN characters, providing information and reassurance as people worldwide band together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

SVOD Headline News

Peacock Original ‘Curious George: Go West’ Premieres September 8

Streaming platform to release multiple movies, specials and series episodes marking ‘Curious George’s’ birthday, celebrated annually in September as ‘Curiosity Month.’

Copyright Controversy Headline News

Nickelodeon Pulls ‘Made by Maddie’ Over Reported ‘Hair Love’ Similarities

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:27pm

Move comes in response to controversy over claims that characters on Silvergate Media’s new animated kids’ series are strikingly like those in Matthew A. Cherry’s Oscar-winning short.

2D Ice Cream Headline News

Animated Soft-Serve Meets Metaphysical Thriller in ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’

Oscar-nominated animation producer Rosa Tran teamed with Oscar-winning director Charlie Kaufman to create a 1930’s style 2D animated ice-cream commercial as the pièce de résistance in his new film, dropping today on Netflix.

Virtual Festivals Headline News

Choose Your Pass for OIAF 2020 Virtual Festival – Available NOW!

Watch this year’s retrospectives featuring a celebration of Estonian animator, Elbert Tuganov; unique perspectives from Norwegian animation studio, Mikrofilm; and the work of Métis filmmaker, Terril Calder.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP80: Kat Alioshin's Work on Some of the Biggest Stopmo Films of All Time

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 4:15pm

The talented producer, who’s worked on films like Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Monkey Bone, talks about her career focused on bringing stop-motion projects to life.

GRRRRRRAWRRR! Headline News

‘Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal’ Returns October 4, Renewed for Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 1:43pm

5 new episodes from Season 1 continue the iconic director’s tale of an unlikely friendship between a caveman and a dinosaur trying to survive in a violent, primordial world; show renewed by Adult Swim for 10-episode second season.

More Zombies! Business Headline News

Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’ Expands with Prequel Film and Anime Series

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 11:39am

Netflix reveals plans for both new projects, being penned by Shay Hatten, based on characters from the upcoming action adventure feature set to premiere on the streaming giant in 2021.

People Headline News

Osnat Shurer to Present Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ at VIEW 2020

The Oscar-nominated ‘Moana’ producer will discuss Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada’s upcoming animated feature at the 21st edition of annual conference, being held October 18-23, online and on-site in Torino, Italy.

Technology Headline News

Sony Pictures Animation and RISE CoE Partnering on Pre-Production Innovation R&D

The studio behind Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is teaming with Cyprus-based CG research center to explore new front-end animation production technology using machine learning and advanced 3D.

Technology Headline News

Weta Goes All-in on AWS for Animation and VFX in the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:26am

Pioneering visual effects company, known for ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ has chosen Amazon Web Services to create a new, cloud-based visual effects workflow.

Virtual Reality Headline News

Jon Favreau’s ‘Gnomes & Goblins’ VR Experience Coming September 23

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 10:45am

20-minute partial build of highly anticipated immersive project debuts today as part of the Venice VR Expanded lineup for the Venice Film Festival.

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