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Photorealistic CG Hamsters Take Center Stage in Albert Heijn Holiday Campaign

TBWA\NEBOKO tapped creative studio Ambassadors to bring human emotion to the family pet in the Dutch supermarket chain’s annual seasonal short; Harry, the hamster, feels displaced by the arrival of a new baby – not truly forgotten, he finds love and meaning.

Home Sweet Home! Headline News

Netflix Drops Trailer for ‘The House’ Stop-Motion Anthology Series

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 8:20am

We finally get our first look at the animation from Nexus Studios’ highly-anticipated dark comedy about a house and the surreal tales surrounding people who lived there; series premieres January 14.      

Biscuits… and Mustaches Headline News

Roy Kent’s Eyebrows Steal the Show in ‘Ted Lasso’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 5:21pm

Just in time for the holidays, Apple TV+ drops a cute, stop-motion short featuring the Emmy Award-winning series’ ensemble cast helping star Jason Sudeikis’s Ted search for something dear he’s suddenly lost that makes him realize what’s really important.

Another Monstrous Piledriver! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Rumble’ Pays Homage to WWE and Kaiju... with Monsters

Director Hamish Grieve talks about his new 3D/CG action adventure, with piledriving, monster wrestlers and a young girl trying to follow in her late, great, wrestling coach father’s footsteps, debuting today, December 15, on Paramount+.

Business Headline News

Disney Branded TV Teams with Baobab Studios on ‘The Witchverse’

New animated anthology dives into the cultural phenomena of witches, and is based on the award-winning interactive experience ‘Baba Yaga’ that serves as a starting point for Episode 1; show is produced in collaboration with Disney Television Animation for Disney+.

Business Headline News

Pearl Studio Launches Dream Frame Program

The Chinese animation studio has announced new animated features in development, in conjunction with newly launched initiatives to exploring new genres, promote Chinese culture and authentic storytelling while seeking, cultivating and supporting emerging industry talent.

Grrrrrr! Headline News

Disney Drops ‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Teaser

Trailer features executive producer and cast member Laurence Fishburne introducing the highly anticipated 2D series, based on the Marvel comic books, about the adventures of young super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her 10-ton T-Rex; the series is set for release Summer 2022.

Technology Headline News

Adobe Releases Video and Audio Tools Updates Across Creative Cloud

New features and tool updates improve performance and enhance productivity with Premiere Pro and Character Animator, including faster ProRes on Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max, title graphics upgrades for improved search and replace tool, and puppet maker to give animators new ways to create, customize and animate characters

In-Passing Headline News

Famed Historian Giannalberto Bendazzi Passes at 75

The prolific author of more than 30 books, including must-haves ‘Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation’ and the three-volume ‘Animation – A World History’ passed away on Monday, December 13.

Technology Headline News

Autodesk Releases Unreal Live Link Maya Plugin

Developed in collaboration with Epic Games, the new plugin supports seamless animation data exchange between Maya and Unreal Engine to expedite virtual production and game development workflows.

Can Bad Guys Go Good? Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘The Bad Guys’ Trailer Because… It’s Good to be Bad!

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 4:10pm

Studio’s new action comedy about a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws attempting to become model citizens, starring Sam Rockwell, Craig Robinson, and Awkwafina, hits theaters April 22, 2022.

Smile! Headline News

Adult Swim’s ‘Smiling Friends’ Turns Frowns Upside Down

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 3:23pm

Co-creators Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel’s new adult animated comedy features a company tasked with bringing happiness to a bizarre yet colorful world; start 2022 with a smile - series debuts January 9.

Finding Strength in Simplicity ANIMATIONWorld

‘Freebird’: Changing Hearts and Minds on the Realities of Down Syndrome

Writer/director Michael McDonald talks about the breakthrough animated short film that uses simple means for a powerful purpose.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ Now on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD

A family road trip evolves into a quest to save the world from a machine apocalypse in the hit CG animated comedy adventure; bonus features include Katie Mitchell’s hilarious sock puppet parody short, ‘Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter,’ a look into her filmmaking process, a look behind the making of the movie, as well as tutorials on how to make sock puppets and Katie face cupcakes.

Machines Rule! ANIMATIONWorld

Katie Mitchell Hits Her Stride in ‘Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter’

In the parody short directed by Caitlin VanArsdale, ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ filmmaker heroine creates a sock-puppet action film featuring a redoubtable canine; short releases today as an exclusive bonus feature on the film’s Blu-ray release.

Navigating 6th Grade in Style Headline News

Paramount+ Announces ‘Big Nate’ Voice Cast

The all-new animated series, based on the kids’ books and comics by Lincoln Peirce, will hit the streamer in 2022; voice actors include Rob Delaney, Dove Cameron, and Bryce Charles.

People Headline News

Genius Brands Adds Zrinka Dekic as CFO, Head of Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions

Entertainment industry and financial markets exec bolsters brands’ international operations following acquisitions of Canada’s WOW! Unlimited Media Inc and stake in Germany’s Your Family Entertainment AG; previous CFO Bob Denton named executive vice president of finance and accounting.

Technology Headline News

Foundry Releases Katana 5.0

Latest update focuses on artist collaboration and interoperability with render upgrades, workflow improvements, and support of render partners with a new render delegate ‘AVP.’

Awards Headline News

‘Dune,’ ‘Flee,’ and ‘Big Mouth’ Lead Critics Choice Award Nominations

Denis Villenueve’s sci-fi epic nabs 10 nominations, followed by Guillermo del Toro’s neo-noir thriller with 8, and both ‘Encanto’ and ‘Flee with two each for the upcoming 27th annual awards.

Down Boy! Headline News

‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Coming to Digital December 14

Check out an exclusive clip featuring ‘Clifford’ book series author Norman Bridwell talking about the building of a giant red dog franchise; the CGI/live-action movie follows everybody’s favorite canine and his adventures in NYC – also out n Blu-ray and DVD February 1.

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