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Books Headline News

New Book Chronicles Inspiring Life and Tragic Death of Chris Buck’s Son Ryder

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 2:25pm

‘Leave Your Light On,’ by Shelley Buck, artist and wife of the Oscar-winning Frozen and Frozen 2 director, shares the story of her son’s valiant battle against an unrelenting illness, the rich life he lived, and the love he shared with his family and friends.

Business Headline News

Toonz Media Begins Pre-Production on ‘JG & the BC Kids’

TMG teams with Elijah Rock Productions and Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment on animated 2D feature and TV series about a super intelligent and athletic scientist who travels the world finding special kids.

Quirino Awards Headline News

‘Klaus’ Named Best Animated Feature at Third Annual Quirino Awards

‘Tainá and the Amazon's Guardians’ wins best animated series; ‘The Cubicbird’ wins best animated short film at the virtual ceremony closing out the online Ibero-American Animation ‘Quirino month.’

In Passing Headline News

Kelly Asbury, ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ Director, Dies at 60

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:40pm

The CalArts alum and well-respected animation veteran spent almost 40 years as a writer, story artist, and designer on some of the industry's most successful shows. 

Technology Headline News

Making Myth Real: Breathing Light Into ‘White Snake’

For Beijing-based Light Chaser Animation, Foundry has played an essential role in the studio’s growing success in producing visually compelling and beautifully designed CG animated feature films. 

Business Headline News

3BLACKDOT and Starburns Teaming on ‘Alpha Betas’ Animation Series

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:52am

Gaming culture entertainment studio and production house behind ‘Rick and Morty’ to develop animated comedy starring gaming influencers VanossGaming, BasicallyIDoWrk, I AM WILDCAT and Terroriser.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

‘Jungle Beat: The Movie’ Released Today

Brent Dawes and Sandcastle Studios’ charming new animated family adventure now available worldwide on VOD; watch Natasha Bedingfield perform end title song ‘Together in This.’  

Business Headline News

Technicolor Statement Concerning Debt Restructuring and Ongoing Operations

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 3:33pm

The French multi-national media company, owner of leading creative studios MPC, The Mill, Mr. X and Mikros, issues statement concerning AWN’s June 23 news report.

Podcasts Headline News

Animation Industry Podcast EP71: Aaron Hazouri’s Harsh Reality of Pursuing Storyboard Artist Work In LA

The latest installment of Terry Ibele’s in-depth interview series with guests including JJ Villard, John Musker, Tina Nowracki, and Fred Seibert, who share their stories, insights, and career advice.

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Animation UK and BFI Promote British Animation at Annecy 2020

Lupus Film’s ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ was honored as best TV Special at the YouTube livestream of the official Annecy Awards. 

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Trolls World Tour’ Dance Party Edition Now Available on Digital

Special edition with bonus content, song lyrics and interactive dance party mode also coming to 4k Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD on July 7, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

SIGGRAPH Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2020 Announces Virtual Conference Dates and Program

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3:08pm

After shifting to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic and conference center unavailability, organizers reveal online conference dates and additional details. 

VIEW Conference Blogs

Free Online PreVIEW Session with ‘The Mandalorian’ Animation Director Hal Hickel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:51am

On June 27, the Oscar-winning director, along with VFX journalist Ian Failes, will talk about ILM’s new virtual production technology used on the hit Disney+ series, kicking off the VIEW Conference’s 21st season. 

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Aardman and Netflix Announce ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 9:16am

20 years after release of UK studio’s hit comedy, the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time, we learn from filmmaker’s Annecy presentation that director Sam Fell and team will begin production next year on Ginger and Rocky’s new adventure. 

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Annecy Adds Glen Keane’s ‘Over the Moon’ Work in Progress and Live Q&A Sessions

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7:30am

Now available online, the presentation includes the Oscar-winning director, Oscar-winning co-director John Kahrs, and producers Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou; live Q&A set for June 24.

SVOD Headline News

First Look: Netflix Releases Trailer for Glen Keane’s ‘Over the Moon’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:29am

Oscar-winning ‘Dear Basketball’ director’s new animated musical adventure, co-directed by Oscar-winner John Kahrs and produced at China’s Pearl Studios, will be released this fall.

AVOD Headline News

Tubi Expands Animation Library with 'LEGO Masters,' LEGO, Mattel, 'Garfield' and 'Anpanman' Properties

FOX Entertainment’s AVOD platform division announces new animated content deals and advertising technology tools during inaugural Newfront presentation.

SVOD Headline News

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Heading Straight to On Demand

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 22, 2020 at 2:12pm

Latest ‘SpongeBob’ franchise effort will skip theatres, opting instead for a premium VOD release in early 2021 before moving exclusively to CBS All Access.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Makoto Sinkai’s ‘Weathering With You’ Coming to Digital August 4

GKIDS and Shout! Factory Blu-ray + DVD and SteelBook releases coming September 15; limited-edition collector's set being released in November.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Watch: ‘Just Sing’ Music Video Features Everyone’s Favorite Trolls

Universal zooms in on upcoming ‘Trolls World Tour’ digital and DVD release with announcement of its official motion picture soundtrack, now available.

People Headline News

Johnny Depp Cast as Johnny Puff in ‘Puffins’ Mobile-First Animated Series

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 22, 2020 at 11:01am

Iervolino Entertainment plans 250 five-minute episodes of kid’s show about five puffins dealing with small, fun problems of everyday life.

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