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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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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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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+.

virtual production Headline News

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.  

casting Headline News

Peter Dinklage, Rainn Wilson, and RuPaul Board Aniventure’s ‘Hitpig’

Voice cast and concept art released for upcoming futuristic, cyberpunk animated feature, helmed by Cinzia Angelini and Maurizio Parimbelli, from a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Bloom County’ cartoonist Berkeley Breathed.

Business Headline News

Corus’ Nelvana Inks Feature Development Deal with LA-Based Duncan Studio

Partnership allows companies to capitalized on growing demand for long-form animation; original CG animated film ‘Mother Nature,’ is first in the development queue under the agreement.

Animated Features Headline News

New Trailer and Images for Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:37am

Set in the fictional land of Kumandra, a lone warrior must find the last dragon that can help her save humanity in the studio’s upcoming animated feature release, helmed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada and scheduled to hit theatres next March.

People Headline News

Scanline VFX Adds Veterans Derek Spears and Nicolas Aithadi

Long-time VFX supervisors join studio’s Los Angeles and Vancouver offices, respectively; company bolsters team to deliver upcoming projects including ‘Eternals;’ ‘The Suicide Squad;’ ‘The Batman;’ ‘Lisey’s Story;’ ‘Fengshen Trilogy;’ ‘The Jade Earring;’ and ‘The Nevers.’

SVOD ANIMATIONWorld

‘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.

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.’

visualization Headline News

The Third Floor Opens New Soho Studio

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 19, 2020 at 2:18pm

Completing their separation from Framestore, the leading visualization company launches a new facility in the heart of Fitzrovia; company’s Pinewood Studios-based virtual production space also has re-opened.

Awards Headline News

2020 CEE Animation Forum Announces Winners

28 animated projects in 4 categories were considered in the 2020 pitching event; ‘The Garden of Heart’ wins in animated shorts with a special mention to ‘The Pet Named Stress;’ ‘Igi’ wins in feature films, ‘No Happy Ever After’ takes the TV award.

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ILM’s Dennis Muren to Receive VIEW 2020 Visionary Award

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 19, 2020 at 12:34pm

Legendary nine-time Oscar-winning senior VFX supervisor to be honored at this week’s conference; ‘Tenet’ VFX supervisor Andrew Jackson to deliver closing keynote Friday, October 23.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Bring ‘Lupin III: The First’ Home in Time for Christmas - Available on Digital Dec 15

The iconic anime superstar is back in a highly anticipated reimagined 3D/CG animated feature coming to Blu-ray + DVD combo pack January 12, 2021.

3X the Fun! Headline News

‘Spider-Man 3’ Reportedly Needs 3 Spider Men

While Tom Holland will return as Peter Parker in the upcoming web-slinger adventure, rumor has it that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will also be reprising their friendly neighborhood roles.

SVOD Headline News

Casting and Teaser Artwork Revealed for ‘LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special’

Animated adventure premieres on Life Day, November 17, exclusively on Disney +; returning cast includes fan favorites: Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico; Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian; and Anthony Daniels as C-3PO.

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VIEW 2020: Excellence in Animation, VFX and Visual Storytelling Now Free to Attend

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2:07pm

Though we’ll miss out annual trip to Turin, Italy, we’ll pretend our stale pop tart is a pistachio biscotti as we sit back and gush over the stellar roster of talent set to teach, talk, and share over the next seven days; starting tomorrow, VIEW 2020 runs through October 23.

SVOD Headline News

WATCH: Meet the Fam in New Clip from Glen Keane’s ‘Over the Moon’

A new clip features Chin and Croak, Fei Fei’s potential stepbrother-to-be and his pet frog; he can be annoying, but just like our heroine, he believes in the impossible.

Careers Headline News

Rising Sun Pictures and UniSA Create Hands-On VFX Training Program

South Australia’s booming movie industry has created a demand for skilled VFX artists; RSP and University partner to train and provide home-grown talent to bolster burgeoning industry.

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