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Bakshi Would be Proud! ANIMATIONWorld

The Spirit of Bakshi Returns in ‘The Spine of Night’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 3:28pm

Directors Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King’s raucous new rotoscoped fantasy epic takes us back to the days when animated tales of swords and sorcerers didn’t always have fairy tale endings.

People Headline News

ArsenalFX Color Expands Team

Cortney Haile named VP of business development, Albert Soto named chief engineer, and J.R. Benson senior colorist; new hires will support increased offerings including scripted VFX and on-set supervision.

Online Festivals Headline News

TAAFI 2021 Announces Online Festival Program Line-Up

Virtual program running March 24-27 will showcase over 100 animated features and shorts; online screenings of animated features include ‘Wolfwalkers,’ ‘Nahuel and the Magic Book,’ ‘Violence Voyager,’ and Sony Pictures’ classic hit ‘Heavy Metal.’

We Dig this Film! Blogs

Re-VIEW: Madeline Sharafian’s Pixar Short, ‘Burrow’

If the goal of the studio’s SparkShorts incubator program is to identify young artists who have directing potential, then producing this wonderful film was an overwhelming success.

I’m Twisted Up Inside! Headline News

Next PreVIEW Set: ‘CG Tornados, Jet Engines and Cows - the VFX of Twister’

Join a free conversation with a panel of the famed VFX practitioners and filmmakers behind Jan De Bont’s 1996 disaster thriller and Oscar nominee for Best Visual Effects; April 8 event will include an audience Q&A.

music for animation Headline News

WATCH: Scoring Netflix’s Fantasy Spy Mystery ‘Secret Magic Control Agency’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:20am

For composer Gabriel Hays, the new CG film’s merging of fairy tale and spy thriller storytelling let him explore themes of uncertainty, adventure, and discovery to create a score that is fun, whimsical, and has heart.

It’s Barbie! Headline News

‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday’ Hits Netflix April 16

All-new CG animated TV movie features Barbie’s younger sister Chelsea on a quest to save her birthday; ‘Chelsea’s Top Tracks’ album featuring music from the film also drops April 16 on digital outlets.

Animation Short Films Events

Cape Town International Animation Festival & Cardiff Animation Festival Online Collaboration.

By CTIAF 2021 | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:25am
Begins: April 12, 2021

Cape Town International Animation Festival and Cardiff Animation Festival announce an exciting collaboration celebrating animation in both South Africa and Wales with a week long online festival including curated shorts screenings, workshops and live Q+As, supported by the British Council Digital Collaboration Fund 

Virtual Concerts Headline News

Jon Batiste to Host ‘Soul’ Virtual Jazz Concert Celebrating Film’s Retail Release

Fans are invited to a special event featuring the music of ‘Soul’ hosted by the famed Jazz composer and musician, marking today’s home entertainment release on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD; Disney and Pixar’s virtual concert premieres March 25.

Friendship Magic and Harmony! Headline News

‘My Little Pony: Pony Life’ Returns for Season 2 on Discovery Family

Premiering April 10, eOne’s 2D animated kids’ series again follows the Mane 6 riding out life’s challenges and solving them together with friendship, magic, and laughs.

Get a Move On! Headline News

‘Black Widow’ to Hit Theatres and Disney+ Premier Simultaneously

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:40pm

Release of highly anticipated Marvel tentpole pushed to July 9; ‘Cruella’ gets May 28 dual launch, while Disney / Pixar’s ‘Luca’ is now scheduled for an exclusive Disney+ release on June 18.

TV Animation Headline News

Hulu Greenlights Justin Roiland and Michael Cusack’s ‘Koala Man’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:31pm

The ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘Solar Opposites’ co-creator teams with ‘YOLO: Crystal Fantasy’s creator on a new family animated comedy about an Aussie dad living a not too secret life as a suburban superhero – he has no powers, but he does have passion! 

animated shorts Headline News

Ataboy Kicks a Goal for LA Galaxy Fans

Studio's 2D animated short, ‘Amor Eterno’ pairs the sunny LA energy to a warm, congenial animation style; spot pays homage to the teams’ local fans and the community surrounding the club.

People Headline News

Games Workshop Names Finn Arnesen Head of Entertainment Development

Group taps former Hasbro Studios exec to expand the company’s extensive ‘Warhammer’ IP with new live-action and animated content; three animated shows are nearing completion with a half dozen still under development.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Animafest Zagreb 2021 Announces Official Selections

Festival releases list of entries chosen to compete in short film, student film, and Croatian film categories; annual festival takes place June 7-12.

Technology Headline News

Megaport Helps Framestore with On-Demand Rendering in the Cloud

To support the Oscar-winning creative studio, leading Network as a Service provider quickly and efficiently enables on-demand multi-cloud connections that access cost effective computing power for VFX projects.  

Mimic This Headline News

‘Hawkeye’ Spinoff with Native American Character Echo in Early Development

Soon to be introduced in Disney+’s ‘Hawkeye’ series, the deaf fighter, aka Maya Lopez, can mimic any movements or fighting styles she sees and held the moniker of ‘Ronin’ before passing it off to Clint Barton for ‘Endgame.’

Stop the Hate Headline News

An Open Letter from WIA President Marge Dean

Women in Animation’s president addresses important issues surrounding last week’s Atlanta shootings and the need to stand against hate-based violence of all kinds.

Art Imitates Life Headline News

Keanu Reeves’ ‘BRZRKR’ Live-Action Film and Anime Series Land at Netflix

Streamer will develop two new projects based on the comic book series co-written and co-created by Reeves and Matt Kindt, which follows the gruesome journey of immortal warrior ‘B’ as he attempts to discover a means to his own end.

Charting the Spectrum of Lusts! ANIMATIONWorld

Gritty, Visceral Noir: The Foo Fighters’ ‘No Son of Mine’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:06pm

Inspired by Frank Miller’s ‘Sin City’ graphic novel, Emlyn Davies takes audiences on a hard and fast ride, charting the spectrum of lusts – blood, money, drugs, and alcohol – while poking fun at self-righteous hypocrisy.

Business Headline News

‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ EP Inks Development and Production Deal

Under terms of agreement, Emmy-nominated Pete Browngardt will produce original animated programming across Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, with access to both studios’ extensive IP libraries, for viewing on all WarnerMedia platforms.

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