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Technology Headline News

New Features Announced Across Adobe Creative Cloud

Updates to all applications include enhanced speed and flexibility allowing for seamless collaboration; updates to Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Premiere Rush increase tool functionality and accelerate workflows with an overall increase in cross-app abilities and support.

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Disney+ Pulls Three Classic Animated Films Due to Racist Stereotypes

Kids will no longer be able to watch ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘The Aristocats,’ and ‘Dumbo’ on the streamer, though the films will still be available to adults with added advisory warnings.

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Derek Kolstad to Write and Produce ‘Hellsing’ Manga Film Adaptation

The ‘John Wick’ scribe will team with Amazon studios for live-action take on the popular comic, a reimagining of the familiar Dracula / Van Helsing dynamic.

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View Conference and VFX Festival 2021 Present Kris Pearn ‘Art vs Story’ Discussion

Join a virtual conversation about the intersection of good/bad story and good/bad design with ‘The Willoughbys’ director and Escape Studios’ Saint John Walker.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 2021 BAFTA Awards

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:10am

‘Onward,’ ‘Soul,’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ get nods in the Animated Film category; ‘Greyhound,’ ‘The Midnight Sky,’ ‘Mulan,’ ‘The One and Only Ivan,’ and ‘Tenet’ nominated for Special Visual Effects.

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‘Moana’ Director John Musker Talks Story with the ‘Kapaemahu’ Team

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5:54pm

Watch Disney’s legendary Oscar-nominated director as he and the Oscar-shortlisted film’s producers discuss bringing Pacific stories alive through animation. 

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Sony Pictures Animation Reveals ‘K-POP: Demon Hunters’ Animated Musical

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 1:58pm

Development on the feature has begun with Maggie Kang and Chris Appelhans directing alongside Oscar-winning ‘Shrek’ producer Aron Warner.

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Producers Guild Announces 2021 Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11:45am

‘The Croods: A New Age,’ ‘Onward,’ ‘Over the Moon,’ ‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ to contend in animated movie category; ‘Bridgerton,’ ‘Mank,’ ‘The Mandalorian,’ and ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ among top producer award nominees.

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The Rookie Awards Launches 2021 Global Competition

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:14am

11th annual contest is now open for entries; all amateur creatives in film, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics, and 3d visualization are welcome to submit their work. 

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‘Tenet,’ ‘Soul’ Take Home Critics Choice Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:17am

Warner Bros.’ reverse-action sci-fi thriller and Pixar’s look at a Black jazz musician’s reflection on his own life and what makes it worth living were honored by the Critics Choice Association at their 26th annual ceremony.

Independent Animation Blogs

‘Bombay Rose’ – Viewpoint and Vision

VIEW Conference executive director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez shares her thoughts on the complex vision of reality, and ultimate celebration of life, in Gitanjali Rao’s debut hand-painted animated feature film, premiering today on Netflix.

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9th Street Films’ Flame Post Pipeline Helps Deliver High-End VFX on Indie Budget

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:27pm

Full service creative shop’s innovative workflow helps deliver time and money-saving VFX, color, and editorial on projects like ‘Sixth of June’ and ‘Love 40.’

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Discreet Arts Opens U.S. Office, Names Steven Wendland President

India-based studio opens in Los Angeles with plans to expand the studio’s 2D and CGI-animated work-for-hire services while developing current and new original IP.

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‘The Runaway Bunny’ Animated Special Debuts March 25 on HBO Max

Musical performance and narration by Tracee Ellis Ross and songs by Grammy winning artists Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Rosanne Cash, Ziggy Marley and Kimya Dawson highlight new  2D hand-drawn special, based on the classic children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown.

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Ariana Greenblatt Joins ‘Borderlands’ as the Explosive Tiny Tina

The talented actress is no stranger to uncouth humor and action films, but just how vulgar will director Eli Roth allow the 13-year-old to be in her portrayal of the wild and insane character?

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Behind the Martial Arts and Motifs of ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Striving to create distinct, authentic, and believable fight choreography, artists on Disney’s new animated action fantasy were determined to show emotion-packed action quite different from what audiences are used to seeing on screen.

Home Entertainment Headline News

New Teaser and Images Released for DC Universe’s ‘Justice Society: World War II’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 4:24pm

Next chapter in the popular animated movie series is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray on May 11 and digital on April 27.

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Netflix Honors International Women’s Day

The streaming giant earmarks the first $5 million of their recently announced Creative Equity Fund for programs that support and promote women in the global entertainment industry; watch the Women’s Day Netflix video, narrated by Janet Mock, honoring groundbreaking women in entertainment history.

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‘Bombay Rose’ Paints an Intimate Portrait of India’s Past and Present

For writer and director Gitanjali Rao, the ‘love’ within a simple rose inspired her compelling and beautifully hand-painted animated film about people in India living unfulfilled lives as they struggle to survive.

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Netflix Acquires ‘Teddy and the Guardian of the Night’

Dwayne Johnson to produce family adventure film from Seven Bucks Productions and FlynnPictureCo that tells the story of stuffed teddy bears coming to life to protect kids from all things that go bump in the night; Josh Stolberg and Bobby Florsheim have been tapped to pen the screenplay.

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‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Premieres Today on Paramount+

‘Aye-aye, Captain!’ – the latest CG movie adventures of the Bikini Bottom gang hits the interwebs as ViacomCBS’ new streaming service launches with an under the sea splash; stop any important work and descend into wackiness with three zany clips.

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‘SpongeBob’ Spinoff ‘The Patrick Star Show’ Nabs Nickelodeon Greenlight

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:37am

Bill Fagerbakke will reprise his role in the new 2D animated family sitcom starring the famed starfish, his wild whims, and surreal imagination, set to air on Nick this summer.

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An Endless Summer of Cartoon Fun: ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:41am

Executive producers Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller discuss Nickelodeon’s first-ever ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ spinoff series, a prequel that follows 10-year-old SpongeBob, his pals, and their summertime sleepaway camp hijinks, premiering today on the new Paramount+ streaming platform.

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Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is Finally Here

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 1:47pm

After pushing its original November 25, 2020 release date because of the COVID-19 pandemic as it quickly pivoted hundreds of artists to produce the bulk of the film from home, the studio delivers a beautiful and emotionally fulfilling epic adventure; the film releases simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+ this Friday, March 5.

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