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Protecting the Rainforests ANIMATIONWorld

‘Koati’s Timeless 2D Captures the Heart of Latin America’s Biodiversity

Hitting theaters today, Rodrigo Perez-Castro’s new hand-drawn animated feature, starring and executive produced by Sofia Vergara, beautifully portrays the region’s vibrant but steadily disappearing rainforests alongside a message of hope for a more environmentally sustainable future.

It’s Awesome and It’s Free! ANIMATIONWorld

VIEW 2021: The Can’t Miss Animation, VFX, and Storytelling Event is Here

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 15, 2021 at 8:44am

For the second year in a row, we can’t attend the famed Turin conference in-person, but we’ll be glued to our screens, wearing dark turtlenecks and dreaming of agnolotti and chocolate pudding thicker than Bay Area fog, for a week of diverse, compelling, and inspiring presentations on the latest and greatest from the world of computer generated visuals.  

Reptile Jail Break! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Back to the Outback’ Teaser Trailer

Isla Fisher, Tim Minchin, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Miranda Tapsell, Angus Imrie, Keith Urban and Jacki Weaver star in the all-new animated comedy adventure that sets out to prove just because something is different, doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful; coming to the streamer December 10.

Fly the Unfriendly Skies! VFXWorld

Scanline Delivers an Abrupt Change in Travel Plans for ‘Blood Red Sky’

Visual Effects studio produces 527 shots on Peter Thorwarth’s harrowing tale of an airplane hijacking gone astray because of one passenger with an unnatural thirst for blood.

Anime ANIMATIONWorld

‘Bright: Samurai Soul’: A Hardened Ronin’s Fight to Trust Amidst Betrayal

Director Kyohei Ishiguro beautifully fuses Japanese woodblock print art with 3DCG in the emotional story of a melancholy, one-eyed masterless samurai who must suddenly protect a fiery ‘special’ elf child with immense powers, in the all-new ‘Bright’ spin-off premiering today on Netflix.

Fan Fests Headline News

2021 Adult Swim Festival Coming to Screens Everywhere

The free two-day global virtual event, set for November 12-13, will host panels and watch parties featuring fan-favorite animated series including ‘Rick and Morty,’ ‘Squidbillies,’ ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force,’ and highly anticipated new series ‘Blade Runner: Black Lotus’ and ‘Smiling Friends.’

Happy 30th! Headline News

Cinesite Releases Showreel Celebrating 30 Year Anniversary

The VFX and animation studio credits the dedication of talented artists, engineers, and support staff as its highlights some of the company’s most memorable work.

Truly DC Fan-Tastic! Headline News

Virtual DC ‘Fandome’ Coming October 16

DC’s free, virtual fan-first experience will be filled with epic content from the studio’s biggest movies, games, shows and comics; just released teaser trailers give fans a sneak peak of what’s in store for kids, families, and audiences of all ages.  

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Rising Sun Pictures Recreates Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Projects for ‘Candyman’

Studio delivers more than 100 VFX shots, focusing on the photorealistic rebuild of Chicago’s notorious public housing complex circa 1992, as well as the ghostly killer’s prosthetic hand, Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s spiritual sequel to the 1992 cult horror classic.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Animation Is Film Reveals Jurors and Special Events

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 8, 2021 at 1:02pm

Taking place October 22-24, the festival kicks-off with the North American premiere of Netflix’s feature, ‘The Summit of The Gods;’ virtual program will be free to view during the event – tickets are now available.

It’s Free! Headline News

Free VIEW Conference 2021 Registration Now Open

Renown animation, VFX, virtual production, and games conference reveals massive program of free events featuring master filmmakers and top industry professionals, including Sir Roger Deakins and the Badass Women Production Designers; event runs in person and online October 17-22 in Torino, Italy.

Business Headline News

Cinesite Welcomes New London HQ GM and VFX Supervisor Hires

Joce Capper will oversee London studio, working in tandem with her Montreal colleagues; Rebecca Manning joins visual effects team following tenure at FuseFX as digital effects supervisor & head of 2D.

We Want More Marvel! VFXWorld

Digital Domain Pulls Off Great ‘Fortress’ Escape in ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

Leading VFX studio delivers almost 250 shots, including digital doubles, CG cars, and an unforgettable race to elude capture in Marvel Studios’ thrilling new MCU adventure.

Home Entertainment Headline News

GKIDS and Cartoon Saloon Announce ‘Irish Folklore Trilogy’ Box Set

Coming December 14, the famed animation studio’s three critically-acclaimed Oscar-nominated animated films, ‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘Song of The Sea,’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ will be released as the ‘Irish Folklore Trilogy,’ a 4-Disc Blu-ray pack loaded with special features.

Spend the Holidays with Mickey ANIMATIONWorld

Disney Embraces Themes of Family, Optimism and Love in 2 New Holiday Films

‘Mickey's Tale of Two Witches,’ premiering today on Disney Junior and tomorrow on Disney+, and ‘Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas,’ coming later this year, continue the company’s tradition of fun, festive, and heartwarming animated holiday offerings.

Anime Headline News

Funimation Drops ‘My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission’ Official Trailer

Special manga booklet created for opening weekend; the highly anticipated animated movie hits theaters in the U.S. and Canada on October 29; tickets are on sale now.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Halon Gets its Previs Game On for ‘Free Guy’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 3:56pm

Led by Ryan McCoy, the studio’s team provided previs, techvis, and postvis on Shawn Levy’s sci-fi comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he’s a character in an open-world video game.

Parking’s a Bitch Headline News

Lexus Taps Framestore and ‘Eternals’ Kingo for New Lexus Commercial

Kumail Nanjiani gets the keys in the 2-minute ‘Parking Spot’ advert, as the superhero from the upcoming MCU feature faces a real-life problem: safely parking his brand-new car when he heads downtown for work.

I Got a Rock! Headline News

All-New ‘Peanuts’ Holiday Special ‘For Auld Lang Syne’ Coming to Apple TV+

The Apple Original, produced in partnership with WildBrain, premieres globally December 10; Apple and PBS teaming up to offer classic ‘Peanuts’ specials ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,’ ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ for ad-free viewing on PBS and PBS KIDS.

The Drac Pack is Back! Headline News

‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania’ Heads Exclusively to Prime Video

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:27am

The fourth film in Sony Pictures Animation’s successful ‘Hotel T’ franchise will bypass theaters, opting instead for a January 14, 2022 premiere in an exclusive global streaming deal with Amazon.

Festivals Headline News

SCAD Savannah Film Festival 2021 Schedule Announced

Phil Lord and Chris Miller to be honored for Outstanding Achievement in Animation for ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines;’ hybrid event runs in-person and virtually October 23-30

Unlocking the Future Headline News

Autodesk Shares Vision of Cloud-Based M&E Workflows

Announcements made today, as Autodesk University 2021 begins, outline an industry forward look at Cloud production, open standards, and machine learning; shift to the cloud in response to global pandemic means opportunities to build a more resilient future, unlocking new levels of creator collaboration and efficiency to meet growing content demand.

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