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Animating the Essence of Nature in Ayumu Watanabe’s ‘Children of the Sea’

The director discusses bringing Daisuke Igarashi’s 2006 manga to life in a dazzling, iridescent, and beautifully animated film that captures the complex bonds between all living things.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Call for Entries: ITFS 2021 Now Open for Submissions

Entries are being accepted for competition in five categories; submission deadline is December 1, 2020.

Virtual Conferences Headline News

VIEW Conference 2020 Announces Full Program Line-Up

Upcoming conference, running October 18-23 both in Turin, Italy and online, will stream all sessions to a global audience; presentations by industry experts will live stream and be available for subsequent viewing through December 31. 

Awards Headline News

47th Student Academy Awards Winners Announced

18 student winners were chosen from 1,474 entries; medal placements in the seven award categories will be announced in a virtual program on Wednesday, October 21. 

Music Videos Headline News

Horrorshow and Ziggy Alberts Drop ‘Heaven Pt. II’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 3:34pm

Australian Hip-Hop duo and singer-songwriter collaborate on new track that takes soulful look at star-crossed lovers separated by the boundaries of heaven and hell.

Respect My Social Distancing Headline News

‘South Park’ Takes on COVID-19 in New ‘Pandemic Special’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 2:00pm

Comedy Central's one-hour supersized episode airs September 30; as the kids head back to school, nothing is remotely normal, including Eric Cartman.

Casting Magic Headline News

Jonathan Majors is Marvel-ous in New ‘Ant-Man 3’ Villain Role

The ‘Lovecraft’ darling has joined the cast of the third ‘Ant-Man’ franchise pic, rumored as the villainous Kang the Conqueror, a previously Fox-exclusive character.

Business Headline News

AMC Greenlights Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ ‘Mega City Smiths’ Stop-Motion Series

Creator Steve Conrad will serve as showrunner on new show, which uses baby dolls as grown up characters investigating a famous magnate’s mysterious disappearance.

Emmy Awards Headline News

Nominees Announced for the 2020 International Emmy Kids Awards

‘Ico Bit Zip,’ ‘Oddbods,’ ‘Moominvalley’ and ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ are nominated in the Kids: Animation category.

Vote Safe Headline News

Watch NOW: 'Dream of Poll Workers' Animated Call to Action!

The #WorkThePolls nonpartisan campaign goes live with its first animated PSA, encouraging young people to become poll workers for the upcoming election.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

MPC Film’s Digital Gorilla Delivers the Emotion in ‘The One and Only Ivan’

Studio handles 1,055 VFX shots, using virtual production tools to help produce photorealistic talking animals, full CG environments and digital set extensions in Thea Sharrock and Disney+’s tale of a gorilla who tries to piece his past together so he can hatch a plan to escape from captivity.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

‘Riverdance: The Animated Adventure’ Voice Cast Announced

Aniventure’s new film, based on the popular stage show, features the voices of Pierce Brosnan, John Kavanagh and Brendan Gleeson as well as an all new musical score by Grammy winner, Bill Whelan.

Josh Gad Returns Headline News

Olaf Stars in ‘Once Upon A Snowman’ Short Coming to Disney+

New animated video reveals the origins of the playful, summer-loving snowman from Disney’s award-winning ‘Frozen’ franchise.

Even More Good Times Headline News

Norman Lear’s Animated ‘Good Times’ Greenlit at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Monday, September 14, 2020 at 1:22pm

‘Black Dynamite’s Carl Jones will serve as creator, executive producer and showrunner on new series; other executive producers include Seth MacFarlane and Stephen Curry.

Virtual Conferences Headline News

‘Pictoplasm in Isolation’ Goes Virtual September 18-19

Reimagined Berlin tradition offers free 2-day livestream broadcast featuring conversations and talks with artists, animators, designers, activists, and academics.

Mickey and Pals Return Headline News

‘The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse’ Shorts Series Coming to Disney+

By Dan Sarto | Monday, September 14, 2020 at 11:22am

10 new classic-styled 2D shorts, starring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, will debut this November.

The Universe Just Might Make Sense ANIMATIONWorld

Inside the Trippy and Complex Universe of ‘The Midnight Gospel’

Co-creator Duncan Trussell explains the process of marrying interviews from his ‘The Duncan Trussell Family Hour’ podcasts with animated visuals from the mind of ‘Adventure Time’ creator Pendleton Ward and the talented hands of Titmouse studio artists.

Say it Aint So Headline News

DC’s ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Again… Now in Time for Christmas

Warner Bros. once more moves the release date - hopefully it sticks this time - of their highly anticipated kick-ass superhero film, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot.

Commercials Headline News

Blinkink Creates Colorful Trip Through Nature in 2D Nestle Spot

Director Alex Grigg takes viewers through a fluid, vibrant and unpredictable world capturing expressions of nature and life while communicating the essence of the client’s sustainable and environmentally friendly new product line.

virtual production Headline News

ILM Expands Virtual Production Services, Global Trainee Program

StageCraft expansion plans include additional LED volume installations in LA, London and Australia, along with new Jedi Academy program aimed at underrepresented VFX talent.

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