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Animated Feature Films Headline News

GKIDS Drops English Dub Trailer for Studio Ghibli’s ‘Earwig and the Witch’

Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves sings the English language version of the film’s theme song, ‘Don’t Disturb Me.’

Podcasts Headline News

New ‘Masters of Motion’ Podcast with Emmy Winner Jo Boag

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:23pm

‘Creating Emmy Award-Winning Animation Series & How to be a Top Director’ episode features SLR Production’s creative director discussing topics including production pipelines and equipment; writing strong briefs; directing voice talent; handling failures; and directing for the first time.

People Headline News

Bono, Halsey, and Pharrell Williams Join ‘Sing 2’ Cast

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:26am

A host of new characters and actors board the sequel to Illumination’s 2016 hit animated musical comedy sequel, ‘Sing,’ set for a December 22, 2021 theatrical release.

This is the Way Headline News

‘The Mandalorian’ Adds ‘Stop-Motion’ to Impressive Practical Effects Roster

‘Star Wars’ effects veteran Phil Tippett reveals the use of stop-mo animation for scrapwalkers in ‘The Believer’ episode of the hit Disney+ series.

In-Passing Headline News

Terrytoons and Hanna-Barbera Animator Doug Crane Dies at 85

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 21, 2020 at 9:56am

The veteran cartoonist, animator, and teacher’s career spanned 65 years and included stops at a number of well-known studios as well as New York’s School of Visual Arts.

People Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Announces Juried Award Recipients for 48th Annie Awards

Willie Ito, Sue Nichols, and Bruce Smith among group being honored for career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation at upcoming ceremony.

People Headline News

DreamWorks Inks Deal with ‘The Croods: A New Age’ Director Joel Crawford

Veteran director and story artist on ‘Trolls,’ ‘Shrek Ever After,’ ‘Rise of The Guardians,’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda 1, 2 & 3’ gets first-look development and directing deal.

Animated Feature Films ANIMATIONWorld

The Personal Story Behind Guy’s Opening Sequence in ‘The Croods: A New Age’

For story artist Colin Jack, boarding the heartbreaking backstory meant dealing with his own recent loss, made easier by enlisting the help of his son Gabriel.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Weta Creates a Cute and Crazy Winter Wonderland in ‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:18pm

The VFX powerhouse delivers a bustling Santa’s village, both North and South Poles, and cute and quirky digital characters including Belsnickel, his Jack-a-lotes, reindeer, a Yule Cat Jola, and 641 elves, in the Netflix holiday adventure.

virtual conference Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Wraps Up First-Ever Live Digital Event

Registration remains open with all content available on-demand through March 2021; highlights included 400 talks and presentations on the latest technologies in computer graphics, visual effects, virtual reality, augmented reality, and interactive techniques.

Business Headline News

Weta Digital Opens L.A. and San Francisco Offices, Adds to Board of Directors

Former Disney COO Tom Staggs, former Google executive Jeff Huber, and Peter Jackson’s longtime partner Ken Kamins appointed as part of company’s continuing expansion.                                                                                           

A New Film from the Indie Legend! Headline News

Bill Plympton’s ‘Slide’ Feature Film Kickstarter Ends December 17

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:20am

Indie legend hoping to speed up production on his new film about a guitar-playing cowboy who finds himself in a shady Oregon logging town run by a pair of evil twins.

People Headline News

Award-Winning Actress Nancy Cartwright Launches Voice Acting MasterClass

The voice behind Bart Simpson from ‘The Simpsons’ and Chuckie from the ‘Rugrats’ shares her vocal techniques with live-action demonstrations and custom animation; class is designed for voice-actors and non-actors alike.

Under the Sea Headline News

All-Star Cast Revealed for Live-Action / CGI ‘The Little Mermaid’

Halle Bailey is joined by Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, and Awkwafina in the new adaptation of the beloved Disney animated feature film musical classic, set to begin filming in 2021.

Technology Headline News

Unity Releases Unity 2020.2 TECH Stream

Now available for download, latest release features enhancements to improve productivity; upgrades include increased stability to artist, cinematic, and programmer tools as well as faster iteration and import times for editor and team workflows.

Streaming Media Blues! Headline News

Backlash Over WarnerMedia’s HBO Max Movie Streaming Plans Continues

Warner Bros’ announcement that entire 2021 lineup of 17 films will stream on HBO Max simultaneously with their theatrical releases continues to raise the ire of directors and production houses

Home Entertainment ANIMATIONWorld

‘Lupin III: The First’ Bridges the 2D-3D Gap Between Eastern and Western Animation

Tomokazu Sakamoto and Tatsuya Akagi share their efforts, with support from the franchise’s late creator, Monkey Punch, to respectfully depict iconic 2D anime characters in the 3D/CG style more familiar to international audiences.

Life finds a way Headline News

‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Season 2 Debuts January 22 on Netflix

DreamWorks Animation drops trailer for the new season of their popular animated adventure series based on the ‘Jurassic World’ franchise.

People Headline News

Disney Inks Deal with ‘Proud Family’ EPs Bruce W. Smith and Ralph Farquhar

Multi-year agreement taps pair to produce and develop animated and live-action series and movies across Disney branded television.

More Drama on the High Seas Headline News

Johnny Depp Wanted Amber Heard Axed from ‘Aquaman’

According to an extensive Hollywood Reporter piece, the reign of terror stemming from Depp and Heard’s divorce may be more double-sided than originally thought, with both parties trying to get the other fired from high profile films.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

‘The Magician’s Elephant’ Animated Feature Underway at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:11am

Streamer announces production has begun on film based on two-time Newberry Award winner Kate DiCamillo’s novel of the same name.

People Headline News

Trilith Studios Appoints Barry Williams Creative Director of Virtual Production

Award-winning visual artist to oversee technical and creative development of the studio’s extensive virtual production facilities, resources, and solutions.

Apple TV+ ANIMATIONWorld

Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart Talk ‘Wolfwalkers’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 14, 2020 at 2:07pm

The directors of Cartoon Saloon’s stunning new animated feature discuss the film’s metaphorical look at Ireland’s wolves and folklore extinctions, tempering new ideas with old wisdom, and their ongoing love of hand-drawn 2D animation.

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