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Iconic Muppets Get Supersized in ‘Sesame Street Mecha Builders’

New CG animated series from Guru Studio reimagines Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby as mecha robot superheroes-in-training who use STEM to help solve wacky, larger-than-life problems; show premieres today, May 9, on Cartoon Network’s Cartoonito and May 10 on HBO Max.

Awards Headline News

‘Bestia’ and ‘Flee’ Take Top Honors at ITFS 2022

The festival wrapped with its May 8 award ceremony honoring winners of the main competitions; the Trickstar Professional Awards were presented May 7, with the Tricks for Kids Awards on May 4.

Ham gets a redo Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘The Great North - Say It Again, Ham Adventure’

In the all-new episode airing tonight on FOX, Ham wants to redo his coming out moment with more drama, and less loving acceptance, so he seeks to make his theatrical dreams come true.

Duncan Finds a Knife Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Duncanville - Clothes and Dagger’

Duncan finds a knife while Jack and Annie discover they can sell their clothes online; singer Jessica Simpson and journalist Jake Tapper make guest-voice appearances in the new episode airing May 8 on FOX.

Business Headline News

Technicolor Creative Studios Releases Q1 Earnings report

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 6, 2022 at 10:04am

MPC, The Mill, Mikros Animation, and Technicolor Games each saw significant revenue increases despite continued pandemic-related impacts; strong overall growth was reported, largely driven by demand for original content.

It’s PANDA-MONIUM! Headline News

Netflix Reveals ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight’ Cast

James Hong joins Jack Black in the new series, reprising his role as Mr. Ping, Po's adoptive, over-protective father, with Rita Ora as Wandering Blade in her first major voice acting role; the DreamWorks Animation CG show is coming… we just don’t know when!

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 160: How DM Galloway Animates Action Figures for a Living

The independent stop-motion animator discusses how he grew his YouTube following, how he manages to get brand deals, and what goes into the creation of figure stop-motion animation.

Judgment Day is Coming Headline News

Annecy 2022 Juries Announced

Judging at this year’s festival will be handled by 18 notable industry experts from 13 countries; awards will be revealed at the event’s June 18 closing ceremony.

It's Not Always an Event ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Great North’: Coming Out Doesn’t Have to Be Dramatic

For writer Charlie Kelly, May 8th’s episode, about Ham wanting to redo his ‘being gay’ announcement to elicit a more ‘theatrical’ reaction, shows that the unconditional love of family, however uneventful, makes for the best ‘reveal’ anyone could ask for.

This is Not Ariel’s Under the Sea VFXWorld

‘Oceanus: Act One’: Underwater Live-Action / VFX / Animation Sci-Fi on a Budget

FutureDude’s Jeffrey Morris has finally released his 30-minute short made with almost no money, a few actors, and a glass of water, fulfilling his long-time desire to tell a ‘deep sea’ story with compelling characters and hybrid filmmaking techniques that audiences relate to and enjoy.

Coming in Hot Headline News

HBO Drops ‘House of the Dragon’ Trailer and Posters

Inspired by George R. R. Martin’s 2018 book ‘Fire & Blood,’ the highly anticipated prequel to the iconic ‘Game of Throne’ series debuts Sunday, August 21 on HBO and HBO Max.

Business Headline News

Tippett Studio Opens New VFX/Animation Production Office in Toronto

The new facility will be run by company veteran Gary Mundell, and will utilize a full-service post studio to deliver for its marquee clients.

A Tasty New Series Headline News

Disney TV Animation Serves Up ‘Cookies & Milk’

Laurence Fishburne to executive produce original animated series inspired by Shawn Amos’ semi-autographical look at growing up the son of Wallace "Wally" Amos, Jr., founder of the Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie brand.

Get a Glimpse of Cool FutureTech! Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2022: NVIDIA to Present Record 16 Research Papers

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 10:50am

The global leader of cutting-edge graphics tech will showcase work from collaboration with with top academics at 14 universities on the latest advancements in content creation, VR, real-time rendering, and 3D simulation at the upcoming conference, running August 8-11 in Vancouver.

Legends of ILM Headline News

‘Light & Magic’: Doc Series on the VFX Artists of ‘Star Wars’ Hits Disney+ in July

Seasoned ‘Star Wars’ scribe Lawrence Kasdan directs an inside look at the craftspeople who played a pivotal role in cementing the series’ legacy.

diversity and inclusion Headline News

FIAPF and WIA Announce ‘Stories x Women’ Program Participants

Initiative provides mentoring and coaching sessions from industry experts to prep women animators from emerging animation communities in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America to pitch projects at Annecy 2022.

Happy Star Wars Day! Headline News

Disney+ Drops Official ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Trailer and New Images

The streamer marks ‘Star Wars Day’ by more teasing of the highly anticipated series that begins 10 years after the saga of ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith;’ mark your calendar for the May 27 premiere.

Animation Festivals Headline News

ASIFA Austria Announces Best Austrian Animation 2021 Online Screening

Free program of award-winning animated films runs May 2-9; Best Film category tied with awards going to ‘Crisis’ by Leopold Maurer and ‘Zakar - Überdenken des öffentlichen Raums in Zeiten von AI,’ by OUT!.

Faster Digital Asset Creation Headline News

Pixomondo Tackles Complex Worldbuilding with KitBash3D Assets

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 5:30am

Premium model kits help VFX studio quickly create new futuristic sci-fi environments for IPs such as ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘Halo;’ easily customizable assets work with Unreal, Maya, VRay, and Arnold.

Feature Film VFX Headline News

Watch: Union VFX ‘Operation Mincemeat’ Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 4:45am

Innovative visual effects add drama and authenticity to John Madden’s WWII thriller; historically accurate shots using countless matte paintings and a fully CG sub recreate a 1943 backdrop; starring Colin Firth, Kelly MacDonald, Matthew MacFadyen and Penelope, the film hits theaters May 6.

Different Day Different Doomsday

Netflix Reveals ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3 First Look Images

What happens when you mess around with time and space? The dysfunctional superhero family returns home and finds out… the Sparrow Has Landed and things aren’t exactly how they left them; all new episodes stream June 22.

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