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We Want More Peanuts! Headline News

Apple TV+ Shares ‘Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin’ Trailer

Coming Friday February 16, the all-new ‘Peanuts’ special tells the origin story of one its most beloved characters, Franklin, and his struggles to fit in.

In Passing Headline News

Stop Motion Animator and Director Mark Gustafson Passes at 63

The Oscar, Annie, Emmy, and BAFTA-winning creative, known for his work on ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,’ ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ ‘Meet the Raisins,’ and many other stop-motion projects, has died of a heart attack.

A Refugees’ Journey of Healing ANIMATIONWorld

Digitales Champions Healing from Trauma with ‘Saleem,’ Jordan’s First Animated Feature

Studio co-founders Cynthia Madanat Sharaiha and husband Shadi Sharaiha discuss their 3DCG film that’s ‘not a war story’ but instead focuses on a 9-year-old boy’s recovery and hopes for his future after losing his father and living as a refugee with his mother and two sisters.

Business Headline News

Alibaba Pictures, Studio Ghibli Forge Strategic Partnership

After meeting on January 5, both studios have signed an agreement to co-develop involving ‘The Boy and the Heron,’ as well as an immersive exhibition of Hayao Miyazaki's numerous works. 

Multi-Platform Entertainment Headline News

Catherine Winder Launches ‘Future Chicken’

New Canadian multi-platform digital resource teaches kids about climate change without ‘Doom and Gloom;’ fun short and long-form animated videos and immersive Roblox experiences star ‘Potato the Chicken: AKA the Future Chicken!’ 

Like a Moth to a Flame Headline News

Trunk Animation Crafts Villagers’ ‘That Golden Time’ Music Video

The studio creates stunning visuals that capture lead vocalist Conor O’Brien’s ‘algorithm blues;’ a moth’s unyielding attraction to a flame becomes a metaphor for people’s unyielding attraction to technology.

A Lineup of Animation Bursting at the Seams! Headline News

‘Orion and The Dark’ Kicks Off Netflix’s 2024 Feature Animation Lineup

This year’s slate, which begins February 2 with the new DreamWorks and Charlie Kaufman comedy, includes spring release dates for ‘The Casagrandes Movie,’ ‘Thelma the Unicorn,’ and ‘Woody Woodpecker Goes to Camp;’ dates for ‘Ultraman: Rising,’ ‘The Imaginary,’ ‘Saving Bikini Bottom: The Sandy Cheeks Movie,’ ‘That Christmas,’ and ‘Spellbound’ yet to be announced.

Megamind Returns Headline News

Peacock Drops ‘Megamind vs. The Doom Syndicate’ Trailer

DreamWorks' new animated kids’ film picks up after the event of the 2010 movie with the return of Megamind’s ‘The Doom Syndicate;’ the film and its all-new companion series, ‘Megamind Rules!’ premiere with all 8-episodes on March 1.

People Headline News

William Shatner to Receive VES Award for Creative Excellence

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 8:16am

The acclaimed actor-producer-director, famed for his portrayal of ‘Star Trek’s James T. Kirk across numerous TV and film projects, will be honored at the 22nd Annual VES Awards on February 21.

People Headline News

Corus Restructures Original Content Leadership Team

Original Programming and Corus Studios VP Lisa Godfrey, Nelvana president Pam Westman, and head of Waterside Studios Jeff Norton exit the company as Rachel Nelson and Mellany Welsh are appointed to key leadership roles.

Events Headline News

SCAD TVfest Coming to Atlanta

The annual celebration of television and streaming is set for February 7-10, with TV creators, showrunners, producers and voice talent from shows such as Prime Video’s adult animated series ‘Hazbin Hotel,’ Netflix’s ‘Scott Pigrim Takes off,’ and Prime’s upcoming ‘The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy’ slated to attend. 

Essays from the Master Animation Historian ANIMATIONWorld

Help! I Love Watching Animated Shorts

By Karl Cohen | Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 1:08pm

The first of three essays written by noted historian, author, and educator Karl Cohen to bring awareness to the present state of indie animated shorts and to stimulate a discussion that might lead to improvements; we start with a discussion of the ways these shorts have reached the public since the decline of theatrical cartoons.

Business Headline News

Aardman Inks Deals for ‘Pop Paper City’ and ‘Interstellar Ella’

The award-winning animation studio’s distribution arm scores worldwide deals for third-party animated series that share studio’s ‘values of quality and originality, with humor as a core theme.’

Business Headline News

Walt Disney Studios’ VFX Workers Vote to Unionize

Group includes artists working across James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment productions, including the ‘Avatar’ films; the group wins IATSE representation through an NLRB election, a first for U.S. vendor-side VFX artists. 

The Power of the Saxophone Headline News

GKIDS’ ‘Blue Giant’ Releasing on Digital and Blu-Ray

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 9:23am

Watch the trailer! From Shout! Studios, Yuzuru Tachikawa’s critically acclaimed anime comes home on April 30, with special features including a Q&A with Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara. 

Business Headline News

Baobab Studios Announces ‘Momoguro’ TV Series

The multiple Emmy Award-winning interactive animation studio teams up with 9 Story Media Group to co-produce and launch a kids’ series based on its hugely popular game-based IP; the franchise features a magical universe with contrasting creatures who use the magical power of ‘Momoguro.’

Diversity in Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Phillip Boutté Jr. and Michael Uwandi Talk ‘Building Character: Sketch to Screen’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 3:54pm

At their January 20 Academy Museum presentation, moderated by Oscar-winning director Peter Ramsey, the 9B Collective co-founders discussed concept design, building great characters, and how they strive to support and inspire young BIPOC artists with the conceptual creativity that will fuel their imaginations for years to come.

Competitive Festivals Events

MONSTRA – Lisbon Animation Festival

Begins: March 7, 2024

The 23rd edition of the animation festival returns to Lisbon March 7 – 17 to present and promote the best international animated film; this year, the festival will celebrate the creative legacy of Irish animation. 

Diversity in Animation Headline News

4th Annual AfroAnimation Summit Returns to Burbank

The conference, running April 10-12, promotes diversity and inclusion throughout the entertainment industry, welcoming a coalition of industry speakers, studio execs, students, creatives and young professionals.

That Ian Fleming? Headline News

Watch Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ Official Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 11:00am

The ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Wrath of Man’ helmer is back, this time with tough guys Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, and Henry Golding, in an action-comedy about the UK’s first-ever special forces organization formed during WWII by Churchill and a small group of military officials including author Ian Fleming; hitting theaters on April 19.

Health Care in Space! Headline News

Prime Videos Shares ‘The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy’ Trailer

Emmy Award-winning creator Cirocco Dunlap’s adult animated comedy 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; watch it February 23.

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