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Outpost VFX Adds Jeremy Fernsler

Emmy-nominated as a VFX supervisor on ‘Westworld’ Season 3, the industry veteran joins company’s new L.A. studio, where he will work with directors, producers, and showrunners to deliver visual effects on TV and films.

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Imira Entertainment Launches ‘Zoonicorn’ CG Preschool Series

New show empowers kids using dreamtime adventures to teach important social-emotional and problem-solving skills; the brand includes interactive plush toys and music videos, available on YouTube and other streamers.

Fantasy and Reality Collide Headline News

Studio Chizu Releases New Trailer for Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Belle’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 1:47pm

Animated musical fantasy from the Oscar-nominated ‘Mirai’ director boasts a talented Japanese and international crew that includes ‘Frozen’ and ‘Tangled’ concept artist Jin Kim as well as ‘Wolfwalkers’ co-directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart.

The Latest in CG Research Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2021 Reveals Technical and Art Papers Selections

The extensive line-up includes 191 research projects from 22 countries, covering numerous subfields of computer graphics and interactive techniques; live conference events run August 9-13, with on-demand available August 2 – October 29.

Let’s Get Civical! Headline News

Netflix Drops Trailer and Images for ‘We the People’ Music Video Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10:04am

Created by Chris Nee and executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, animated shorts cover basic U.S. civics in an anything-but-basic way; Peter Ramsey, Trisha Gum, Jorge Gutierrez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Digs and Amanda Gorman are just some of the artists participating.

Baby Got Boss! Headline News

Universal Drops New ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’ Trailer

Kids will be kids, unless they’re CEOs; DreamWorks Animation’s sequel to their 2017 blockbuster comedy premieres on Peacock and in U.S. theaters, as well as select international markets, on July 2.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP116: Stop-Motion Animator Max Winston on Running an Independent Studio

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 8:11am

Famed for ‘I Live in the Woods,’ the artist shares the journey that led to launching his own company, RatBat Studios.

Countdown to Annecy 2021 Headline News

Annecy 2021 Announces Juries and More Special Programs

Festival reveals new judges, along with more must see/do special activities, programs, previews, and professional conference sessions; activities run June 14-19 online and in-person.

Recruiting ANIMATIONWorld

Creative Career Coach: Spring Clean Your Portfolio and Reel

Tailor your portfolio and reel to the position you hope to win, making sure to include memorable pieces that reflect your mastery and strength.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Acclaimed LAIKA Films Coming in HD on Blu-ray this Fall

Combo pack of ‘Coraline’ and ‘The Boxtrolls’ drops August 31, with ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ following September 20; bonus features include interviews, behind the scenes looks, feature-length storyboards, and featurettes.

Animation Festivals Headline News

40 Animated Shorts to Compete at Palm Springs International ShortFest

295 films across animation, live-action, and documentary were selected from over 5,500 entries; in-theatre screenings of 49 curated programs run June 22-28.

pride month Headline News

Cartoon Network Debuts ‘Drawn to Expression’

Celebrating Pride Month, new episode recognizes kidsand families in the LGBTQIA+ community and how they express themselves and their individuality through various creative outlets.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Aardman Greenlights ‘The Very Small Creatures’

The preschool series, commissioned by Sky Kids, features five small clay toddler-like creatures who learn about friendship, empathy, and the world; show launches this November on Sky Kids and NOW.

Run Wild Run Free! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Spirit Untamed’ Recaptures the ‘Spirit’ of the Cimarron

Opening in theaters June 4, director Elaine Bogan and DreamWorks Animation’s next entry in the film and TV franchise uses CG to beautifully capture both the majestic splendor of the American frontier and the emotional bond between a headstrong girl and a wild stallion.

The Best in Ibero-American Animation Headline News

‘A Costume for Nicholas,’ ‘Homeless Home,’ and ‘Petit’ Lead 4th Quirino Awards

Works from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Spain, Mexico, and Portugal are honored across nine categories at May 29 in-person gala event and closing ceremony recognizing achievements in Ibero-American animation.

People Headline News

Pixotope Adds to Global Staff

Mixed reality software company taps industry veterans Juan Rubio, Brad Rochon, and David Dowling as new project specialist, VP of sales and marketing, and chief revenue officer, respectively.

Support Bold Indie Animation Headline News

Expanded GLAS Animation Grants Program Open for Applications

New sponsorships have enabled larger awards for 2021; applications being accepted from U.S.-based individual filmmakers/artists through August 1.

Make a World of Difference Headline News

‘Cartoon Network Climate Champions’ Initiative Launches Across EMEA

New 18 language campaign looks to educate kids about climate change, empowering them to join a community of young people to take on small changes that can ‘Make a World of Difference.’

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘Dabangg – The Animated Series’ Heads to Cartoon Network India

WarnerMedia and Cosmos-Maya collaborate on Bollywood-inspired animated series launching on Cartoon Network India May 31; previous joint projects include ‘Titoo – Har Jawaab Ka Sawaal Hu’ and ‘Lambu-G Tingu-G.’

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More ‘Masha and the Bear’ Coming to Mexico

Mexican TV network Televisa has picked up Season 5 of the popular kids’ series as well as Animaccord’s new educational musical project ‘Nursery Rhymes,’ starring the popular Masha character; the new animated shows will launch in August 2021.

Summer Fun! Headline News

Play and Watch this Summer with PBS KIDS Weekend Family Night Slate

Kid-centric network offers fun activities and resources for the hot summer months; special weekend programming kick off June 4, followed by fan favorite specials ‘Molly of Denali: Molly and the Great One’ on June 7 and ‘Wild Kratts: Cats and Dogs’ on July 12.

Education Headline News

Teen Animators Get an Online Club with YAY UK

AccessVFX and ScreenSkills launch Young Animator of the Year club and award program for aspiring young animators ages 13-18; teens will complete hands-on challenges set by UK animation studios with chance to compete for prizes.

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