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Toonz Media Begins Pre-Production on ‘JG & the BC Kids’

TMG teams with Elijah Rock Productions and Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment on animated 2D feature and TV series about a super intelligent and athletic scientist who travels the world finding special kids.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Pixar Releases New ‘Soul’ Teaser Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 29, 2020 at 12:19pm

Watch sneak teaser and virtual conversation with filmmakers Pete Docter, Kemp Powers, Dana Murray, anthropologist Dr. Johnnetta Cole and renowned jazz pianist Jon Batiste, produced as part of the Essence Festival of Culture panel, ‘Finding Soul.’

Quirino Awards Headline News

‘Klaus’ Named Best Animated Feature at Third Annual Quirino Awards

‘Tainá and the Amazon's Guardians’ wins best animated series; ‘The Cubicbird’ wins best animated short film at the virtual ceremony closing out the online Ibero-American Animation ‘Quirino month.’

In Passing Headline News

Kelly Asbury, ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ Director, Dies at 60

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:40pm

The CalArts alum and well-respected animation veteran spent almost 40 years as a writer, story artist, and designer on some of the industry's most successful shows. 

Technology Headline News

Making Myth Real: Breathing Light Into ‘White Snake’

For Beijing-based Light Chaser Animation, Foundry has played an essential role in the studio’s growing success in producing visually compelling and beautifully designed CG animated feature films. 

Business Headline News

3BLACKDOT and Starburns Teaming on ‘Alpha Betas’ Animation Series

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:52am

Gaming culture entertainment studio and production house behind ‘Rick and Morty’ to develop animated comedy starring gaming influencers VanossGaming, BasicallyIDoWrk, I AM WILDCAT and Terroriser.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

‘Jungle Beat: The Movie’ Released Today

Brent Dawes and Sandcastle Studios’ charming new animated family adventure now available worldwide on VOD; watch Natasha Bedingfield perform end title song ‘Together in This.’  

SVOD Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Solar Opposites – The Lost Recordings’ Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 4:33pm

Long lost footage of stars Justin Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone and Mary Mack recording together sheds light on origins of the show’s ‘sexually hard sexy fun-buckets’ and ‘baby biscuits.’

film animation festivals competition Blogs

Call for Entries for the Short Film competitions: 27th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima (17th - 22nd November 2020)

ANIMA COMPETITION – festival competition allows the applicants to submit animated films (including professional and independent films as well as student etudes) which do not exceed 30 minutes in length and were made between years 2018-2020.

Business Headline News

Technicolor Statement Concerning Debt Restructuring and Ongoing Operations

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 3:33pm

The French multi-national media company, owner of leading creative studios MPC, The Mill, Mr. X and Mikros, issues statement concerning AWN’s June 23 news report.

TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: RISE FX’s ‘Babylon Berlin’ Season 3 VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 12:10pm

German visual effects studio releases new video highlighting their fantastic environment work recreating life in Berlin, circa 1929, in the political crime drama now playing on Netflix.

Podcasts Headline News

Animation Industry Podcast EP71: Aaron Hazouri’s Harsh Reality of Pursuing Storyboard Artist Work In LA

The latest installment of Terry Ibele’s in-depth interview series with guests including JJ Villard, John Musker, Tina Nowracki, and Fred Seibert, who share their stories, insights, and career advice.

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Animation UK and BFI Promote British Animation at Annecy 2020

Lupus Film’s ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ was honored as best TV Special at the YouTube livestream of the official Annecy Awards. 

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Trolls World Tour’ Dance Party Edition Now Available on Digital

Special edition with bonus content, song lyrics and interactive dance party mode also coming to 4k Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD on July 7, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Disney Channel Headline News

Disney Channel Greenlights ‘Amphibia’ Season 3 Ahead of Season 2 Premiere

Animated comedy, created and executive produced by Matt Braly, joins new Saturday night animation programming block starting July 11. 

SIGGRAPH Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2020 Announces Virtual Conference Dates and Program

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3:08pm

After shifting to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic and conference center unavailability, organizers reveal online conference dates and additional details. 

Festivals Headline News

Cannes XR Virtual Set for June 24-26

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 2:06pm

A free program of 55 pieces, selected by the Tribeca Film Festival, Veer VR and Positron, including 23 in the Development Showcase, will be open to VR users through the Museum of Other Realities.

Business Headline News

Technicolor Files for Chapter 15 in US Citing COVID-19 Impact

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 12:54pm

French owner of key creative studios and VFX brands including MPC, The Mill, Mr. X and Mikros, reaches a restructuring agreement in Paris with creditors; Texas court filing will protect US assets.

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