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Netflix Scraps Film Adaptations of Rick Riordan’s ‘The Kane Chronicles’

The young adult trilogy’s author, also known for ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians,’ revealed the disheartening news on Goodreads, stating that the project’s future ‘depends on whether another studio would like to step in, assume the pre-production costs, and move forward.’ 

Book Adaptations Oh My! Headline News

Roku Drops Teaser Trailer For ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ Series

The live-action project stars Christian Slater as the evil ogre Mulgarath, Joy Bryant as loving matriarch Helen Grace, and Lyon Daniels and Noah Cottrell as twins Jared and Simon; all eight episodes will be available to stream on April 19.

It’s Pawsome! Headline News

Disney Branded TV Greenlights ‘SuperKitties’ and ‘Pupstruction’ Season 3

The popular animated series, renewed ahead of their Season 2 debuts, gives the fearsome foursome of Kitties more time to make their town ‘pawsome’ while the all-dog construction crew keeps their town in tip-top shape. 

Answer the Call Headline News

Exclusive: ‘Migration – How the Animation is Designed’ Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 11:18am

Director Benjamin Renner, production designer Colin Stimpson, and other members of the creative team share insights into the animation design and how 2D art transforms onto the big-screen in Illumination’s 3DCG animated comedy, available today, February 27, on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.

Have Anime Your Way Headline News

McDonald's to Bring Fictional Anime Restaurant to Life in Four Episodic Shorts

Embark on an epic journey at ‘WcDonald's’ with original episodic short from Studio Pierrot, manga-inspired packaging by Japanese manga artist/illustrator Acky Bright, a new savory chili sauce.

In Passing Headline News

Famed Character Sculptor Kent Melton Passes at 68

Known for his work on multiple high profile animated films including ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Mulan,’ ‘The Incredibles,’ and ‘Coraline,’ the artist dies last Thursday from Lewy body dementia.

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 242: Keith Pakiz on How to Become an Animation Director

The director, story artist, writer, and animator shares his journey, which took him from Cleveland to LA in pursuit of an animation career and how he rose in the ranks working on a variety of shows. 

Technology Advancing Art Headline News

NVIDIA Announces NVIDIA RTX 500 and 1000 Ada Generation Laptop GPUs

Generative AI and hybrid work environments are requiring increasingly powerful laptops; new NVIDIA GPUs will be available in highly portable mobile workstations from partners including Dell, HP, Lenovo and MIS this spring. 

Animation Gets Its Do Headline News

The Academy to Split Short Films and Feature Animation Branch

Short Films and Feature Animation part ways; Board of Governors votes to create 2 new distinct branches: the Animation Branch and Short Films Branch.

We Want More Po Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Sand and Spice Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 26, 2024 at 11:49am

He who controls the spice… controls the Skadoosh! It's possible that consuming properly spiced dim sum will lead you down the path of even greater destiny – or maybe just into battle with the greatest, and smallest, foe you’ve ever faced; Jack Black returns as Po, coming to theaters March 8, 2024.

Awards Headline News

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Producers Guild Award

Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg were honored for their work on Sony Pictures Animation’s Oscar-nominated hit film.

Preschool Fun Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Gabby’s Dollhouse’ Season 9 Trailer

The new season of the hit animated preschool series sees the Gabby Cats back, moving and grooving through cat-tastic adventures; all-new episodes premiere on Netflix March 25.

Business Headline News

DNEG Launches DNEG IXP

New immersive experience division, helmed by managing director Josh Mandel, crafts creative experiences for businesses, brands, and game publishers; will focus initially on gaming, virtual concerts, and theme park ride experiences.

One Last Batch ANIMATIONWorld

‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Returns for a Third and Final Season

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 23, 2024 at 3:13pm

EPs Brad Rau and Jennifer Corbett talk about the show’s epic, action-packed Season 3, which tests the limits of the Batch in the fight to reunite with Omega, now streaming its first 3 episodes on Disney+.

Anyone Can Wear the Mask VFXWorld

Mike Lasker Breaks Down the Breakdown of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ VFX

The visual effects supervisor on Sony Pictures Animation’s Oscar-nominated, VES and Annie Award-winning animated masterpiece discusses how artistic and technical innovations were pushed to the limit to take audiences into visual storytelling realms they’ve never experienced before.

Madness of Two Headline News

Director Todd Phillips Shares New Images For ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’

In what is now a franchise tradition, the ‘Joker’ director once again shared new images of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and Lady Gaga’s Harley Quinn on Valentine’s Day, as a ghoulish gift to fans; the film dances into theaters October 4.

Oddly Magical Headline News

Nick Announces ‘The Fairly OddParents’ Reimagined

‘Fairly OddParents: A New Wish,’ coming to Nickelodeon this spring, features the return of the Emmy Award-winning series’ lovable Wanda and Cosmos, a recently retired fairy couple, and introduces their new neighbor, 10-year-old Hazel; streaming internationally on Netflix later this year.

Health Care in Space! ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Second Best Hospital In the Galaxy’: Tentacle Hair, Beak Kisses and Chronic Anxiety

Creator Cirocco Dunlap and EPs/stars Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne talk about their new adult animated comedy that follows Dr. Sleech and Dr. Klak - aliens, best friends, and intergalactically renowned surgeons - as they tackle anxiety-eating parasites, illegal time loops, and deep-space STIs; premieres February 23 on Prime Video.

On the road to Annecy Headline News

Wes Anderson Set as Annecy 2024 Special Guest

Festivalgoers will be treated to a screening of the famed director's animated features ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ and ‘Isle of Dogs’ and get a chance to attend his exclusive masterclass; festival returns to the lakeside city June 9-15.

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