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F is for Flake: The (Not So) Great Animation Robbery?

The indie animation community is confronted by scandal, of sorts, involving a short film, recently submitted to animation festivals, that appears to be a copy of a short made a decade ago.

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Cinesite Tapped to Animate Upcoming Untitled ‘Smurfs’ Feature

Project is the studio’s second theatrical production for Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation; new entry to the iconic property’s universe is slated for a February 2025 release.

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WildBrain Inks Global Distribution Deal for Animated Series ‘Ray of Sunshine’

The new preschool show from Daily Madness follows Ray, a talkative seven-year-old boy living in Dublin, and highlights the importance of community and diversity.

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub! Headline News

‘Rick and Morty: Season 6’ Steelbook Blu-ray Box Set Coming March 28

Adult Swim’s two-time Emmy award winning series’ complete sixth season offering comes with all 10 episodes and special features including an all-new featurette ‘Rick and Morty: Inside Season 6.’

Girl Power! Headline News

Exclusive: Netflix Shares ‘Princess Power’ Featurette

Drew Barrymore and authors Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheimer reflect on their new animated preschool series’ core messages of inclusivity, diversity, community, teamwork, and friendship; the show is now streaming on Netflix. 

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3D Sparrow Scores New Deals for ‘Booba’ Animated Series

Show’s fourth season just debuted on Netflix; ITVX, STAR, 9GO! and Pro Plus pick up the non-dialogue family show centered on a joyful and curious little hobgoblin.

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Stuttgart Animation Festival Celebrates 30 Years

Launched in 1982, the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film - ITFS - continues to provide a gathering place for the international animation community while acting as a career springboard for young talent; the event runs April 25-30.

More Monkey Business is Afoot! Headline News

Hulu Drops Marvel’s ‘Hit-Monkey’ Season 2 Announcement

It’s official, the badass monkey and his pal, the assassin ghost, will return with all-new episodes of Yakuza-killing fury; they’re on a mission, and it’s taking them to New York City.

It Was Only a Matter of Time Headline News

Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Pen ‘Tomb Raider’ Series for Prime Video

The project, based on the popular franchise spanning multiple video games, films, and an anime series, is the latest in an overall deal between the streaming giant and the ‘Fleabag’ author.

An Unlikely Duo Headline News

Nickelodeon’s Animated Series ‘Bossy Bear’ Debuts March 6

The all-new preschool show follows Bossy Bear and Turtle, two unlikely friends, as they navigate their childhood (mis)adventures; Season 1 features Lance Bass and Michael Turchin in recurring guest voice roles.

Artsy Star Wars Shorts Return! Headline News

Disney+ Drops ‘Star Wars: Visions’ Volume 2 Lineup and Release Date

Lucasfilm’s unique anthology returns May 4 with nine new shorts created by an international line-up of award-winning filmmakers and animation studios, including Cartoon Saloon, Aardman, and Triggerfish, harnessing different animation styles, each offering a new take on the mythos of ‘Star Wars.’  

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 194: Spiridon Giannakis and Everything About Art Book Publishing

The German art book publisher/magazine editor discusses the world of print media, his career journey, which culminated with establishing his own publishing business, and the ins and outs of the business.

Awards Headline News

73rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards Nominees Revealed

‘The Bad Guys,’ ‘Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio,’ ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,’ ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ and ‘Turning Red’ are nominated in the animated features category; winners will be announced at the March 5 awards ceremony.

The New DCU Headline News

Details Aplenty Revealed for New DC Universe Slate

Co-Chairmen and CEOs of DC Studios Peter Safran and James Gunn dive a bit deeper into the next generation of DC films and television series, and how the new core continuity will work.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Mickey & Minnie’ Animated Short Collection Celebrates 100 Years of Disney

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new compilation, including ‘Steamboat Willie,’ which first introduced Mickey Mouse, along with ‘Brave Little Tailor,’ ‘Mickey’s Delayed Date,’ ‘Hawaiian Holiday,’ ‘On Ice,’ and 5 others, comes to Blu-ray and DVD February 7.

Technology Advancing Art Headline News

NVIDIA Updates ‘Instant NeRF’ to Transform 2D Images into 3D/VR

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 1:02pm

The app can now use real or rendered images - from smartphones, game screenshots, and design applications - to create a virtual reality scene.

The New DCU Headline News

DC Studios Reveals Release Date for ‘The Batman – Part II’

The sequel to Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ will hit theaters October 3, 2025 under the DC Elseworlds banner, separate from the new DC Universe core continuity just revealed by James Gunn and Peter Safran.

Mando! Headline News

This is the Way! Disney+ Teases ‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian’ Season 3

The streamer shares key art and a featurette to tide fans over until the new 8-episode season’s March 1 release; Lucasfilm’s original live-action series follows the continuing journeys of Din Djarin through the Star Wars galaxy.

It’s Unreal Headline News

Impossible Objects Illustrates the Power of Sustainable Virtual Production

Tapping NantStudio’s advanced LED stage powered by Unreal Engine for its ‘auto demo’ project, the studio demonstrates the sustainability impact of harnessing the cutting-edge technology, both in financial and environmental costs.

Marvel-ous VFX Headline News

Cinesite Shares ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ VFX Breakdown Reel

The studio delivered almost 400 visual effects shots, with its London facility producing a single 10-minute sequence and Montreal facility creating a range of sequences, including full water simulations, integrating CG ships, digi-doubles and a helicopter crashing into the ocean.

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