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An Evil Queen that Sings! VFXWorld

Pixomondo Hits the High Note with ‘The Magic Flute’ Operatic VFX

Leading visual effects studio delivers 420 shots, including a massive, sinister 3D snake, on Florian Sigl’s feature film adaptation of Wolfgang Mozart’s 232-year-old opera, which hits U.S. theaters today, March 10, courtesy of Shout! Factory.

Calling All Digital Artists Headline News

The Rookie Awards 2023 Competition Now Open

The 13th annual global contest for aspiring creative media and entertainment artists is accepting entries now through June 1.

100 Years of Disney Headline News

Preorder ‘Cars’ Special Edition SteelBook

Celebrate Disney's 100th anniversary with re-releases of classic films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm studios – take an exclusive first look at the unique ‘Cars’ edition design.

Mush! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Titina’: A Polar Hero’s Story Resurfaces Through the Eyes of a Tiny Terrier

A new 2D animated feature co-production from Norway’s all-women owned Mikrofilm and Belgian producer Vivi Film tells the real-life tale of Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile’s 1926 airship expedition to the North Pole that included the Italian engineer’s feisty little dog.

On the Road to the Oscars Headline News

‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ Heading to Peacock

The Oscar-nominated and Annie Award-winning 3DCG animated comedy adventure, a follow-up to the studio’s 2011 hit, ‘Puss in Boots,’ hits the streamer exclusively on March 10.

Trouble in a Galaxy Far Far Away Headline News

Multiple ‘Star Wars’ Film Projects Now on Ice

Patty Jenkins’ ‘Rogue Squadron’ and Kevin Feige’s untitled effort have been shelved indefinitely during an uncertain era for the sci-fi franchise; all may be revealed at next month’s Star Wars Celebration convention in London.

Solidarity! Headline News

Production Workers at Walt Disney Animation Studio Unionize

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 11:12am

IATSE Local 839 claims the studio has denied its request to voluntarily recognize the group of workers, preferring a NLRB election where it is attempting to exclude production supervisors and production managers from voting based on their job titles.

Heading to the Galápagos Headline News

Real-Life Tortoise Lonesome George is Getting Animated

A 3DCG film telling the story of the famed giant Galápagos Islands tortoise, the rarest creature on Earth, is being developed by James Leon’s 8th Gear Entertainment and Ted Field’s Radar Pictures.

indie animation Headline News

Animated Feature ‘Lamya's Poem’ Now Available

The 2D film, one of 27 eligible for this year’s Oscars, tells the story of a young Syrian refugee who, in a dream world, meets the 13th-century poet who writes the poem that will one day save her life; now available on digital and DVD.

Inclusion & Diversity in Entertainment Headline News

Read: ‘State of the Industry: Visualizing a New Landscape for Artists’ Report

How far have we come? In a just released report, The Center for Scholars & Storytellers, BRIC Foundation and the Concept Art Association explore the race/ethnicity and gender identity of concept and visual development artists across animation, live-action, games, series, and movies/feature films.

On the Road to the Oscars Headline News

Exclusive: Behind the Legend – Goldi’s Wish Breakdown Reel from ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 2:15pm

Director Joel Crawford, producer Mark Swift, and head of story Heidi Jo Gilbert talk about the emotion and heart they put into the arc of Goldilocks, who heads the Three Bears Crime Family, and the real meaning of her true wish, in DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar-nominated action adventure.

Red Balloons All Around Headline News

‘IT’ Prequel Series ‘Welcome to Derry’ Coming to HBO Max

The new spooky drama series from Warner Bros. Television is being developed by Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, and Jason Fuchs.

Business Headline News

GKIDS Acquires ‘Ernest & Celestine: A Trip to Gibbertia’ U.S. Distribution Rights

The recently released sequel to the Oscar-nominated ‘Ernest & Celestine’ follows Ernest the bear and his friend Celestine the mouse as they travel to Ernest’s home Gibbertia. 

Silence Was Not an Option Headline News

Roberto Saviano to Direct ‘I’m Still Alive’ Animated Feature

The Italian mob exposé ‘Gomorrah’ author will helm the adaptation of his graphic novel exploring life as an anti-mob activist living with police protection.

On the Road to the Oscars ANIMATIONWorld

She Moves Shoed Shells on the Wee Floor

Animation director Kirsten Lepore discusses the herculean challenges of working with a miniscule mollusk in the Oscar-nominated, Annie Award-winning Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, now in theaters and streaming on Showtime.

Catch ‘Em All Headline News

Has ‘Detective Pikachu 2’ Caught Its Director?

‘Portlandia’ co-creator Jonathan Krisel is reportedly in talks to helm the sequel to Legendary Entertainment’s extremely popular hybrid live-action-CG film ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.’

When You Put Forever Teenagers in Charge… Headline News

Paramount Drops ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’ Trailer and Poster

The famed brothers set out for New York years after their last contact with the human world; Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver produce for Point Grey Production; film arrives in theaters August 4.

Foolish Mortals Headline News

Disney Drops ‘Haunted Mansion’ Teaser Trailer and Poster

The comically creepy adventure inspired by the classic theme park attraction features an all-star cast including Lakeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Chase W. Dillon and Dan Levy, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Jared Leto; film hits theaters July 28.

And the Winner Is! Headline News

‘Cyberpunk: Edgerunners’ Named Anime of the Year at 2023 Anime Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 6, 2023 at 9:11am

The Netflix series about a street kid trying to survive in a technology and body modification-obsessed future metropolis leads all winners with 6 awards, while ‘JUJUTSU KAISEN 0’ takes best film along with 3 others, in this weekend’s ceremony livestreamed from Tokyo.

And the Oscar Goes to…? VFXWorld

On the Road to the 95th Oscars: The Visual Effects Nominees

'All Quiet on the Western Front,' 'Avatar: The Way of Water,' 'The Batman,' 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,' and 'Top Gun: Maverick' vie for this year’s Best Visual Effects Oscar.

Skipper to the Rescue! Headline News

‘Barbie: Skipper and The Big Babysitting Adventure’ Feature Coming to Netflix

Mattel's all-new 3DCG film, debuting March 16, stars Barbie’s little sister Skipper as she struggles with self-confidence and overcoming difficulties through her summer jobs.

Headed Back to Neverland Headline News

Disney Drops First Official Trailer for ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’

The latest Mouse House live-action adaptation stars dual protagonists Alexander Molony as Peter and Ever Anderson as Wendy, launching exclusively on Disney+ April 28, 2023.

Too Cute and Too Spot On! ANIMATIONWorld

Dean Fleischer Camp Talks ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 1:53pm

The director and co-creator shares his seven-year journey to produce the Oscar nominated, Annie Award-winning stop-motion animated film about a tiny, googly eyed, tennis shoe-wearing seashell hoping to one day reconnect with his long-lost family.

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