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Celebrating Canadian Animation Excellence! Headline News

2021 Canadian Screen Awards Nominations Announced

Nominated animated shorts include ‘I, Barnabé,’ ‘The Great Malaise,’ and ‘4 North A;’ winners will be announced and honored at a series of events set for May 17-20.

Machines Rule! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:44am

Premiering April 30th, animated comedy from the Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ producers tells the story of a dysfunctional family’s fight to reconnect… and save the world from a robot apocalypse.

Multiverse Holiday Declared! Headline News

New Season Almost Here - June 20 Declared ‘Rick and Morty’ Day

Season 5 will hit the Adult Swim airwaves on the newly named Multiverse Holiday; fans can get a look at sneak peeks, behind the scenes footage and digital surprises; watch the new trailer for a run-down of special events on this special day.

What’s up with the Easter Eggs? Headline News

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Season 1 Comes Home May 18

The debut season of Paramount+’s new original animated comedy is being released on Blu-ray, DVD, and limited edition SteelBook with two hours of special features including ‘Lower Decktionary’ shorts and ‘Hiding in Plain Sight,’ that addresses the burning question… ‘What’s up with the Easter eggs?’

Even Their Genes are Bad! Headline News

Lucasfilm Drops ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Trailer

New original animated series kicks off with a 70-minute special Disney+ premiere on May 4; the new show stars an elite squad of experimental clones, introduced in the final season of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army… and they’re BAD.

Autism awareness Headline News

Autism Acceptance Month on PBS KIDS Starts April 2

‘Hero Elementary’ kicks off on World Autism Awareness Day with a half-hour special; other special series episodes highlight autism acceptance including ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ and ‘Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.’

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘Piper’s Pony Tales’ Preschool Series Launching on YouTube

Epic Story Media teams up with Milkcow Media on an all-new stop-motion / CG show that illustrates the power of roleplay and imagination; in the series, Piper and her friends make up stories about their toy horses, that magically come to life.

Business Headline News

Marci Proietto to Lead 20th Television Animation for Disney

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:51pm

29-year Fox TV veteran, who has worked on over 2,400 episodes at the studio, will lead Disney TV’s newly formed production unit devoted entirely to the studio’s animated TV properties, including ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Central Park,’ ‘Solar Opposites,’ and upcoming ‘Koala Man.’

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

Josh Gad, Matthew Rhys, and Philippa Soo to Present at 48th Virtual Annie Awards

Streaming live on April 16, the event honors overall excellence and achievement in 36 animation categories; presenters announced also include Eva Whittaker; composer Michael Giacchino; director Sergio Pablos; DreamWorks director Jill Culton; producer Nora Twomey; and the cast of the web series, ‘Critical Role.’

People Headline News

Glassworks Promotes Amsterdam-Based Leadership

Belén Palos is named head of production and Chris Kiser is named COO; Kiser will remain active in creative efforts while mapping out the strategic growth opportunities for the studio.

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Official Short Form Selections Unveiled for Annecy 2021 Festival

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:29am

44 shorts, 47 graduate films, 26 TV films and 32 commissioned films will compete; the hybrid virtual/physical event is set for June 14-19, as festival organizers continue to weigh options for how best to provide a safe and enjoyable on-site experience.

All Aboard! Headline News

HBO Max Shares Art and Synopsis for ‘The Infinity Train: Book Four’ Final Season

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 29, 2021 at 3:40pm

In the show’s final episodes, old friends Mini-Gi and Ryan must explore the inner puzzles of the Infinity Train – and their relationship – in order to return home, together.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Final Selections Announced for the Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards

Winners will be revealed at a May 29 ceremony; event will also honor the Cuban cartoonist and animation film director Juan Padrón.

 

VFX with Teeth to It! Headline News

Freefolk Creates Devouring VFX for New Toolstation Spot

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:41pm

Creative studio produces wall-to-wall bathroom aquarium complete with rocky seafloor, dense schools of tropical fish, and massive, unexpected and rather toothy great white shark.

Casting Extravaganza Headline News

‘The Witcher’ Season 2 Casts Seven New Characters

Familiar favorites Nenneke, Philippa Eilhart, Dijkstra, Rience, and Codringher will appear alongside original character Ba’lain and a gender swapped Fenn.

TV VFX Headline News

RISE FX Shares ‘Lovecraft Country’ VFX Breakdown Reel and Images

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 29, 2021 at 10:05am

German visual effects studio's new highlight reel showcases their work on funky ‘60s planet, menacing robots, and White Room prison cell from hit HBO horror fantasy series.

Advertising Headline News

Calabash Reels It in With New Starkist Ad

‘Stair Climb 500’ freshens up the 60-year-old iconic Charlie the Tuna fresh in the animated/live-action hybrid spot; new ad is first of two collaborations planned for 2021 with PA-based agency Quench.

Pull The Trigger Headline News

Pull the ‘Trigger’ on April’s Loot Anime Crate

The latest action-packed crate contains officially licensed collectibles and wearables from ‘Trigun: Badlands Rumble!,’ ‘Darling in the Franxx,’ ‘Kiznaiver,’ and ‘Space Patrol Luluco!’

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

Netflix Goes Big with New Anime Line-Up

Streaming giant doubles down on commitment to worldwide anime fans; up to 40 titles coming this year including the highly anticipated global release of ‘Record of Ragnarok’ and ‘RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness.’

Events Headline News

SIGGRAPH Celebrates Women of Influence Panel Coming March 31

Join the conversation; virtual event features a discussion with women who shaped the organization and continue to blaze new trails in the computer graphics industry.

The Magic of VFX! VFXWorld

Method Studios Brings VFX ‘Magic’ to Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’

Using Unreal Engine-based virtual production tools, VFX supervisor Kevin Baillie helps the Oscar-winning director pre-shoot every live-action scene needing digital characters, including mice, chickens, and a cat.   

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