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2 Animated Shorts Help Nickelodeon Highlight ‘World Environment Day 2022’

In concert with the United Nations in India, the kids’ entertainment network is leveraging the popularity of ‘Nicktoons’ to reach kids and empower them to work towards a greener tomorrow; the films are part of an initiative that also features social media marketing and other digital activities.

All is not what it seems… Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Farzar’ Trailer and Images

The animated sci-fi comedy follows Prince Fichael and his crew who venture out of their doomed city to fight evil aliens who want to kill and/or eat them; animated by Bento Box, the show drops all 10 episodes July 15.

Business Headline News

MotorTrend+ Greenlights ‘Super Turbo Story Time’ Adult Animated Series

Titmouse to co-produce new 2D animated show bringing car lovers together to share their wildest automotive stories, all while riffing and lobbing jokes at one another; release set for Q1 2023.

Get Geeked! Headline News

Geeked Week ’22 Reveals New ‘Masters of The Universe: Revolution’ Series

From Kevin Smith, Mattel TV and Powerhouse Animation comes the next chapter of the storied franchise; in the series, it’s technology versus magic as He-Man and the heroic warriors face the forces of Skeletor.

More Netflix Animation! Headline News

Netflix Reveals European Slate of Animated Films and Series

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 9:12am

Ahead of next week’s Annecy 2022 festival, the streamer announces a set of new projects including Sergio Pablos’ ‘Klaus’ follow-up, ‘Ember,’ and the animated musical, ‘Scrooge: A Christmas Carol.’

Business Headline News

All-New ‘Hello Kitty: Super Style’ Series Coming in 2022

Kids First Distribution has inked a number of deals across Europe and Latin America for the original 3D animated series, based on Sanrio’s iconic franchise; commissioned by Amazon Kids+, the show is produced by Watch Next, Monello and Maga Animation Studio.

Who Ya Gonna Call Headline News

‘Ghostbusters’ Animated Series in the Works at Netflix

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ co-writers Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan are the first two names attached to the project, from Sony Pictures Animation, which will mark the third animated show spawned by the franchise.

People ANIMATIONWorld

Art in the Time of War

Ukrainian sand animators and colleagues Olga Kryzhanovska and Svitlana Danylchenko left behind their homes, families, and work to escape the Russian invasion, both now hoping to reunite in Italy to continue performing their particular form of animated magic - the Ukrainian Golden Lion Sand Animation Theatre.

Happy Ghostbusters Day Headline News

MPC Marks ‘Ghostbusters Day’ With Dr. Spengler VFX Breakdown

Tasked with recreating the late Harold Ramis in ‘Ghost Busters: Afterlife,’ the VFX studio referenced earlier movies, concept art, and libraries of skin maps and photos, to deliver a digital character that was satisfying to both audiences and the actor’s family.

Live Talks Headline News

Next PreVIEW Set: A Talk with the ‘Lightyear’ Creative Team

Join the virtual conversation with director Angus MacLane, producer Galyn Susman, and other key talent on Pixar’s new animated feature, the next chapter in the ‘Toy Story’ franchise; the free online panel is on June 28 – register now.

Feast Your Eyes and Mind ANIMATIONWorld

Break Out the Popcorn: Features to Watch at Annecy 2022

AWN’s Animation Pimp and Ottawa Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson takes a look at five feature films worth your hungover attention at this year’s Annecy International Animation Festival, which runs June 13-18.

People Headline News

Adriano Schmid Named VP of PBS Kids Content

Hailing from Warner Bros. Discovery, the exec comes onboard June 13, tasked with driving expansion of the kids’ multi-platform content strategy while developing new approaches to production for emerging platforms and overseeing the PBS Kid’s content team.

The Worlds of Film and Games Collide Headline News

Epic Games Drops ‘The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience’ Tech Demo

Behind-the-scenes making-of video spotlights how far we’ve come since the 1999 release of ‘The Matrix;’ creation of photorealistic virtual worlds with tools like MetaHuman Creator and procedural city generation systems open new possibilities in filmmaking.

Rawwwrrrr! VFXWorld

‘Prehistoric Planet’: Visualizing Our Best Guess at the Late Cretaceous Period

Director Adam Valdez and animation supervisor Andy Jones walk us through five dinosaur-filled biomes as imagined, 66 million years ago on Earth, in the new series from Jon Favreau and the famed BBC Studios Natural History Unit, now streaming on Apple TV+.

People Headline News

Framestore Pictures Adds Director Ivan Bird

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 11:56am

Company to represent the internationally recognized filmmaker in the US and Canada; recent commercial directorial credits include the ‘zero carbon-powered’ ad for Hitachi and McDonald’s ‘Simply Timeless’ retro spot.

Counting Minions Headline News

Illumination Releases ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Trailer

Steve Carell stars as Gru, the master of evil, whose origin story will be revealed, complete with how he met the hapless yellow jesters; the next installment of the ‘Despicable Me’ animated franchise comes to theaters on July 1.

When Monsters Roamed the Seas! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘The Sea Beast’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 9:05am

Geeked Week 2022 Day 3 treats fans to a look at Oscar-winning director Chris Williams’ highly anticipated all-new animated feature starring Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dan Stevens, and Kathy Burke, set to stream July 8.

Feature Film VFX Headline News

Union Shares VFX Breakdown Reel for WWII Thriller ‘Operation Mincemeat’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 8:27am

Studio was the sole visual effects vendor on the Warner Bros. feature - about Great Britain’s successful deception operation prior to the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily - providing key CG ships and vehicles, wartime London environments, and troops storming into battle.

preschool animation Headline News

Nickelodeon Shares ‘Kiri and Lou’ Promo Video

The stop-motion preschool series follows the friendship between a feisty dinosaur Kiri and her best friend Lou as they explore the world of feelings; Season 1 lands on Nick Jr. June 13.

Tales of Indian Folklore Headline News

Reel FX’s Animated Feature ‘Diya’ Lands Director and Executive Producer

The project's folkloric elements have drawn early comparisons to ‘The Book of Life’ -- the studio's 2014 animated tale from director Jorge R. Gutiérrez and producer Guillermo del Toro.

Journey Past Time and Space! Headline News

Walt Disney Animation Studios Teases ‘Strange World’ Trailer and Art

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the all-new action-adventure promises to take viewers on a fantastical visual journey past space and time; helmed by Oscar-winning ‘Big Hero 6’ director Don Hall, the CG animated feature is slated for release on November 23, 2022.

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