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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Headline News

Oscars Pushed to April 25, 2021

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:46pm

Film eligibility window extended for 93rd Academy Award consideration; museum opening postponed to coincide with new awards telecast date. 

Festivals Headline News

Masaaki Yuasa’s ‘INU-OH’ Just Added to Annecy 2020 Work in Progress Presentations

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 15, 2020 at 11:39am

Award-winning director discusses his latest film, an animated musical about a 14 century Japanese Sarugaku Noh performer, set for a 2021 release. 

Virtual Reality Headline News

Daisy Ridley Joins Baobab Studios’ ‘Baba Yaga’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 15, 2020 at 8:01am

‘Star Wars’ sequel trilogy star is cast in lead role of Magda in newest immersive experience from the Emmy Award-winning studio behind ‘Bonfire’ and ‘Crow: The Legend.’

You Know You Want It Dept. Headline News

Free DreamWorks’ ‘Trolls Pop’ Bubble Shooter Mobile Game Now Available

Inspired by ‘Trolls’ and ‘Trolls World Tour,’ Huuuge Games and Universal Games and Digital Platforms’ new game features Poppy, Branch, and many other colorful characters from the hit animated feature film franchise. 

animated shorts Headline News

New Trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Latest Short, ‘To: Gerard’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 12, 2020 at 1:45pm

Taylor Meacham’s love letter to his father tells how life’s greatest magic is inspiring someone else to follow their dreams, even if you haven’t achieved your own. 

SVOD ANIMATIONWorld

DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts’ Returns for Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:13pm

10 new episodes of Radford Sechrist and Bill Wolkoff’s post-apocalyptic adventure series reveal long-buried family secrets and newly discovered special abilities, available now on Netflix.

Business Headline News

Cinesite Bolsters Management Team with Three New Hires

Melissa Taylor, Siobhan Bentley and Tamara Boutcher will oversee feature animation and VFX services in London and Montreal studios.

Technology Headline News

ftrack Now Available with Real-Time Media Review Synchronization

Media review platform design improvements provide instant remote collaboration for global teams.

Disney Channel Headline News

Disney Releases New ‘Random Rings’ ‘Phineas and Ferb–Big City Greens’ Crossover Short

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 2:53pm

Next installment of animated ‘prank call’ show features Cricket and Tilly Green accidentally calling evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz; ‘Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe’ hits Disney+ this summer.

Community Outreach Headline News

BAAA Online Art Auction Supporting Equal Justice Initiative Now Open

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:13pm

Original works from Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, Kal Athannssov and other prominent industry creatives open for bids through June 14; all proceeds being donated to EJI.

VR Headline News

Disney’s ‘Myth: A Frozen Tale’ VR Short Released on Oculus Quest

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:22am

Jeff Gipson’s immersive cinematic exploration of the ‘Frozen 2’ world weaves together music and visuals to take viewers on a magical Arendelle forest experience.

WAKFU Headline News

Ankama Launches ‘WAKFU’ Season 4 Kickstarter Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:37am

Led by series creator Tot, the French studio behind the famed anime-inspired series looks to crowdsourcing for production support to give fans new, expanded adventures they’ve been waiting for. 

Business Headline News

Watch the First 4 BMO-Riffic Minutes of ‘Adventure Time: Distant Lands’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:29am

BMO joyfully strums and spuds in this extended clip from the first of four brand-new hourlong breakout ‘Adventure Time’ franchise specials coming June 25 on HBO Max.

Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Announces Women in Animation Virtual Summit Program for Annecy 2020 Online

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 8:48am

Summit will focus on the pandemic, the recently reinvigorated global call for social justice, and their tremendous effects on the animation industry.

Events Headline News

FunimationCon 2020 Reveals Program Highlights for July 3-4 Virtual Event

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 3:13pm

Free event will bring the anime community together for a virtual celebration featuring panels, cosplay, and special streamed performance from the 2019 SACRA Music Festival. 

SVOD Headline News

Problems with Cousins Effing Cousins Explained in Hulu’s ‘Crossing Swords’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 2:32pm

From the warped recesses of two Emmy Award-winning ‘Robot Chicken’ executive producers comes stop-motion medieval mayhem of the most bloody and hilarious kind; 10-episode Season 1 drops June 12.

People Headline News

Ava DuVernay, Rob Bredow Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:14pm

‘Selma’ director and Head of ILM, along with newcomers Debra Zane, Stephen Rivkin, Linda Flowers, and Lynette Howell Taylor, are part of newly elected 2020-2021 board.  

Animated Feature Films Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: The Vision Behind ‘Jungle Beat: The Movie’ Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 11:06am

Premiering June 15 as one of Annecy 2020’s 10 feature films in competition, Brent Dawes and Sandcastle Studios’ charming new animated family adventure will be released worldwide on VOD June 26. 

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