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‘Shooom’s Odyssey’ Awarded Best in Show at SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival

‘Migrants,’ and ‘Box Assassin’ take Jury Special and Best Student Project honors; virtual festival’s annual Electronic Theatre and Animation Theatre showcase an additional 44 top CG animation projects chosen from 577 submissions.

VFX Headline News

Territory Studio Transports ‘Mank’ Viewers to LA’s Wilshire Blvd. in 1934

Studio’s creative recreated the iconic street for David Fincher’s new Netflix biopic; archival footage, maps, and old photos, along with new imagery, were integrated to portray the famous boulevard as it was 80 years ago.

SVOD Headline News

‘Henchmen’ Animated Feature Premieres December 25 on Tubi

All-star voice cast includes Thomas Middleditch, James Marsden, Rosario Dawson, and Alfred Molina; film will stream exclusively on the free family-friendly platform that features over 1,600 movies and TV shows.

People Headline News

Scanline VFX Appoints New Execs for European Expansion

Jasmin Hasel promoted to executive producer, Europe, and Lauren McCallum appointed head of production, Europe; key appointments will focus on company’s growth in the European market and management of decentralized production pipeline.

animated short films Headline News

WATCH: Psyop’s ‘Lost & Crowned’ CG Animated Short

Borja Peña Gorostegui’s film, inspired by the Supercell ‘Clash’ universe, garnered over 100 million views online in the 2 months after its September 12 release.

animated series Headline News

‘Angry Birds Bubble Trouble’ Animated Series Released on YouTube

Newly established Latin American animation collective, The Los Amigos Group, created the show with real-time production integration of members in Brazil, Chile, and Peru.

Don’t Be Racist Even if it Rhymes Headline News

Paul W.S. Anderson’s ‘Monster Hunter’ Vanishes from Chinese Theaters

Constantin Film apologizes for overt racist dialogue in new action-adventure which alienated the entire Chinese audience and is getting review-bombed to hell.

Business Headline News

Disney Animation Unleashes Aggressive New Project Slate

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:14am

Investor meeting announcements by CCO and 'Frozen' film franchise director Jennifer Lee reveal both original and spin-off projects releasing in theatres and on Disney+ through 2023.

10 + 10! Headline News

20 New Series Coming to Disney+ in ‘Next Few Years’

Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy reveals plans for 10 ‘Star Wars’ and 10 Marvel series to stream on Disney+ in the next few years, along with other enticing programming tidbits.

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Frank Abney III’s ‘Canvas’ Paints a Story of Grief and Healing

Premiering tomorrow on Netflix, the poignant and moving animated short draws directly from the director’s childhood loss; he hopes his film encourages storytellers in the Black community to get their voices heard.   

Business Headline News

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Getting Simultaneous Disney+ and Theatrical Release

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:16pm

Disney Animation’s upcoming animated fantasy-adventure will be available to subscribers of the streaming platform for a premium fee on March 5, 2021, the same day it hits cinemas.

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Method Scares Up the Boogeyman in ‘A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting’

Led by VFX supervisor Hamish Schumacher, the Vancouver studio designs and produces three digital monsters, known as Toadies, bringing frighteningly-good fun to Netflix’s new film, based on the Joe Ballarini’s book series.

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Epic Games Releases Weta’s ‘Meerkat’ Hair and Fur Sample Project

VFX powerhouse has worked closely with Epic to fine-tune Unreal Engine’s strand-based Hair and Fur system; downloadable scene gives users a firsthand look at the production tool in action.

Business Headline News

AT&T Selling Crunchyroll to Sony’s Funimation for $1.175 billion

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 4:42pm

Deal brings leading anime content platform’s 3 million+ SVOD subscribers and 90 million registered users into the Sony entertainment fold.  

Virtual Events Headline News

VES Honors 2020 – Gone Virtual Coming December 15 - 16

The online event celebrates industry’s innovators, artists and professionals; Ray Scalice, Ken Ralston, Irwin Allen, and Mary Blair among the Founders Award, Lifetime Members, Honorary Members, VES Fellows, and Hall of Fame honorees.

Say It Ain’t So Headline News

Fans Already Disgruntled with Studio Ghibli’s ‘Earwig and the Witch’

The first 3D/CG offering from the famed Japanese animation studio is already making waves, with many claiming it looks low budget and of dated quality.

Pilkey Returns! Headline News

Dav Pilkey’s ‘Dog Man’ Feature Greenlit at DreamWorks Animation

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12:46pm

Peter Hastings to direct, as studio begins development on new movie based on prolific ‘Captain Underpants’ author and illustrator’s #1 global bestselling series about a loveable canine superhero and his friends.

Do it in the Cloud! Headline News

‘BobbleHeads: The Movie’: First Film Finished Remotely with Nvidia GPUs and Azure

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:12am

Cher, Jennifer Coolidge, and Luke Wilson star in animated film completed remotely, during the COVID-19 pandemic, with leading cloud-based technology including Chaos Group’s V-Ray renderer.

Technology Headline News

Autodesk Announces Maya 2020.4

Update to Bifrost visual programming environment brings richer, procedural workflows to more areas of the pipeline and provides artists with powerful new scattering and instancing capabilities, along with volumetrics and FX tools.

People Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Announces New Officers for Executive Board of Directors

Veteran board member Sue Shakespeare named president; other appointees include Jerry Beck as VP, Brooke Keesling as 2nd VP, David Derks as 3rd VP, Jeff Wike as CFO, and Jeanette Bonds as secretary.

Madmartigans Rule! Headline News

‘Willow’ to Cast Magic Once Again in New Disney+ Series

Warwick Davis to reprise his role as Willow Ufgood, along with three new female leads, as Lucasfilm will continue, not reboot, the story from Ron Howard’s 1988 dark fantasy.

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