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‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Creators Walk from Netflix Live-Action Adaptation

Original Nickelodeon series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have exited the streaming giant’s production, citing an ‘unsupportive environment.’

Technology Headline News

VEGAS Pro 18 Update Now Available

Upgrade to company’s flagship video/audio editing, color grading and FX platform include AI-driven effects, GPU accelerated workflows, advanced motion tracking and other major enhancements. 

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Marona’s Fantastic Tale’ on Blu-ray DVD and Digital November 10

Cartoonist Brecht Evens, and background artists Gine Thortensin and Sara Mazetti, along with a team of animators in France, Romania and Belgium, help director Anca Damian create a bold and moving viewing experience.   

BAFTA Awards Headline News

‘Sous La Glace,’ Wins 2020 GSA BAFTA Film Award in Animation

Other notable short-listed films in the animation category included ‘Daughter,’ by Daria Kashcheev, and ‘The Sugarcane Man,’ by Tina Obo and Leroy Le Roux.

People Headline News

VIEW 2020 Announces Ed Catmull to Deliver Keynote

Pixar co-founder and CG pioneer will speak at the 21st edition of annual conference, being held October 18-23, online and on-site in Torino, Italy.

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Spinoff ‘The Patrick Star Show’ Coming to Nickelodeon

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:40pm

Network has reportedly greenlit a new series centered on SpongeBob’s best friend, Patrick, with Bill Fagerbakke reprising his role as the excitable starfish.

Virtual Event Headline News

GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO Begins August 20

12-day digital event to feature exclusive figures never before available in the US, AR tour of THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO, and special video content including instructional painting sessions with professional modeler Katsumi ‘Meijin’ Kawaguchi.

Stop-Motion Headline News

Online Festival Stop Motion Montreal Coming September 14-20

‘Home Sweet Home’ 12th edition will connect the international stop-motion animation community virtually.

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Titmouse Shoots for the Nebulas in ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 7, 2020 at 1:33pm

Prolific studio known for ‘Big Mouth’ and ‘Midnight Gospel’ joins the ranks of Starfleet, handling production on the inaugural season of Mike McMahan’s CBS All Access series, the first adult animated ‘Star Trek’ comedy in franchise history.

Virtual Event Headline News

Crunchyroll Announces V-CRX Programming and Free Registration

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, streaming from September 4-6, brings together the anime community to celebrate the best and brightest in Japanese animation

SVOD ANIMATIONWorld

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Wizards’ Brings His ‘Tales of Arcadia’ Trilogy to a Close

For executive producers Chad Quandt and Aaron Waltke, the third and final series, now available on Netflix, sadly concludes their work on the ambitious science fantasy that began life as a live-action feature project almost a decade ago.

SVOD Headline News

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’ Animated Feature Coming in 2021

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 7, 2020 at 6:36am

The Oscar-winning director and DreamWorks reveal they’re now in production on a new film, set in the ‘Trollhunters’ world, premiering next year on Netflix.

Studio Headline News

LAIKA Animation Celebrates 15 Years of Stop-Motion Animation

Studio’s award-winning features, ‘Coraline,’ ‘ParaNorman,’ ‘The Boxtrolls,’ ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ and ‘Missing Link’ now available on demand, with special anniversary pricing, to rent or own. 

Technology Headline News

V-Ray 5 for Maya Now Available

Updated production renderer allows users to composite renders, incorporate light path expressions, and interactively relight scenes in the new V-Ray Frame Buffer. 

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP77: How Ian Boone Got 2 Internships at Laika and Worked on ’Tumble Leaf’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 10:56am

The animator shares his story of interning, twice, at the famed Portland studio, tricks he learned on the Amazon Prime kid’s show, and whether it’s worth pursuing a career in stop-motion.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Doug the Pug Boards Lord and Millers’ ‘Connected’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 9:52am

Canine social media star joins cast of Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming animated comedy about a family’s struggles as technology takes over the world, scheduled for release October 23.

Animated Feature Films ANIMATIONWorld

Using Puppets, ‘Dollhouse’ Lays Bare the Pop World’s Sleazy Misogyny

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 9:14am

Nicole Brending discusses her savage animated satire, ‘Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity from American Popular Culture,’ which hits digital platforms August 11.

SVOD Headline News

‘Sea Level 2: Magic Arch’ Animated Feature Trailer Released

Lionsgate’s family “double feature” release of ‘Sea Level’ and ‘Sea Level 2: Magic Arch,’ will be available on DVD, Digital, and On Demand September 29.

#SIGGRAPHAsia2020 Headline News

August 15 Entry Deadline Almost Here for SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Computer Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 3, 2020 at 11:32am

Submit your animated shorts, commercials, game cinematics, trailers, motion graphics, VFX sequences and reels now; if computers played a key role in production, CAF wants to see your work!

Business Headline News

Moonbug Acquires YouTube’s ‘Blippi’ and ‘CoComelon’

Entertainment company boosts subscriptions to over 235M across 100+ digital platforms, harnessing the increasing call for widely accessible kids’ content.

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