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‘Centaurworld’ Shares Megan Nicole Dong’s Love of Animation and Musical Theater

The former ‘Pinky Malinky’ supervising director’s new series, about a war horse magically transported to a strange land of silly, singing centaurs of all species, shapes, and sizes, premieres July 30 on Netflix.

What's a Kinkajou? Headline News

Netflix Shares New ‘Vivo’ Trailer and Images

Sony Pictures Animation’s new musical adventure stars Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda as Vivo, a musically gifted kinkajou who must find his way from Havana to Miami to deliver a song to his cherished owner’s long-lost love; film hits the streamer August 6.

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Shaquille O’Neal’s ‘Headnoise’ Examines the Pressure to Succeed

Legendary former NBA star to co-write, produce, and narrate new CG animated short about two young basketball hopefuls, the stresses they face as they follow their true passions, and the anxiety that can come from listening to your internal ‘head noise.’

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Steve Aoki and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Launching ‘Dominion X’ on Blockchain

Stop-motion animated series, set to original music, is the first that allows the public to own a piece of the show, both digitally and physically; watch the debut short ‘Level 1’ for an introduction to the world of Character X.

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‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’ Now Streaming on Netflix

Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation’s 3DCG feature unites the heroes from the ‘Trollhunters,’ ‘3Below,’ and ‘Wizards’ series as they team-up to fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all; soundtrack and game also now available.

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Netflix Drops New Clip, Sets ‘Vivo’ Release Date

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 6:33am

Sony Pictures Animation’s new musical adventure, which follows a musically gifted kinkajou who must find his way from Havana to Miami to deliver a song to his cherished owner’s long-lost love, hits the streamer August 6.

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‘Baby Shark’ Movie in Development at Nickelodeon

The network and SmartStudy are co-producing the brand-new original animated film; the popular ‘Baby Shark’s Big Show!’ series also gets a Season 2 greenlight.

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Artlist Acquires Software Company FXhome

Company adds video, VFX and image editing software tools to its already extensive catalog of high-quality creative assets, increasing its service offerings to creators.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP120: What 26 Years at Pixar Taught Shawn Krause

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 1:00pm

The creative director of animation and story at Spire Studios talks about his experience as an animator and animation supervisor at the legendary home of ‘Toy Story.’

Hot Tub Animation Headline News

Watch a Dry Erase Board-Animated Umphrey’s McGee ‘You Walked Up’ Origin Story

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 12:03pm

Pete Herzog’s hand-drawn short, produced with his wife in a hot tub, illustrates band member Jake Cinninger’s tale of how they named their upcoming album filled with selections from decades of their concert ‘walk-on’ music.

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Development Begins on Matthew A. Cherry’s ‘Battu’

The Oscar winning ‘Hair Love’ director, Cartoon Network Studios, and award-winning director Chaz Bottoms start work on a 2D animated musical comedy series celebrating the creative arts culture of Chicago.

Barbie Heads to the Big Apple! Headline News

Watch ‘Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams’ Teaser Trailer

The next chapter in Mattel’s storied franchise finds Barbie embarking on a musical summer adventure in the Big Apple, where she meets her new best friend, Barbie!; coming to Netflix in September.

A Kid’s Night at the Museum! ANIMATIONWorld

A Young Girl’s Hero’s Journey Begins in Chris Nee’s ‘Ridley Jones’

Netflix’s new animated musical preschool series from the prolific Peabody, Humanitas, NAACP, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Doc McStuffins’ creator brings diversity, inclusivity, and representation to the adventures of a courageous and curious kid living inside a natural history museum.  

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Studio Chizu Drops New Teaser for Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Belle’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 1:39pm

Highly anticipated animated musical fantasy will debut as an official selection in upcoming Cannes Premiere section July 15 before hitting Japanese theaters July 16; GKIDS to release theatrically in North America this winter, both in Japanese and English dubbed versions.

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Nexus Studios Reimagines Tokyo for BBC’s Olympics 2020 Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 11:13am

Leading creative studio teams with Factory Fifteen and broadcaster’s in-house agency to take viewers through a dynamic tour of street signs, shops, an arcade, and a J-Pop music video packed with athletes and sports references.

Let’s Get Civical! ANIMATIONWorld

‘We The People’ Gets Us Groovin’ About Civics on Independence Day

Debuting July 4, Chris Nee and Netflix’s vibrant and compelling new series of 10 animated music videos, executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, beautifully combines music and animation to educate a new generation of young Americans about the power of the people.

Fun in the Italian Sun! ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: The Fabulous Journey of ‘Luca’

Enrico Casarosa’s heartwarming story of a shy young sea monster, whose insatiable curiosity helps him discover the magic in the everyday, is as complex as the ocean is deep.

Paying Homage to Sci-Fi and Disco! ANIMATIONWorld

The Retro-Futuristic Cyberpunk of Purple Disco Machine’s ‘Playbox’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 9:53am

London-based Juppi Juppsen and Mathias Lemaitre Sgard’s new animated short pays vibrant homage to classic sci-fi and disco with a story about a space superhero, his female droid, and their search for an ancient artifact holding the essence of music.

Awards Headline News

Nominees Announced for 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

The Disney Channel’s ‘Elena of Avalor’ leads all animated shows with eight nominations; awards for Children’s & Animation categories will be presented in a standalone show streaming July 17, 2021 on the Emmy OTT platform.

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Illumination Drops ‘Sing 2’ Trailer and First Look Character Posters

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 9:27am

An all-star cast led by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson joins Buster Moon in his next, and most dazzling stage extravaganza yet; the animated musical comedy sequel to 2016’s ‘Sing’ hits theaters Christmas 2021.

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Cartoon Network India Launching ‘Ekans – Ek Se Badhkar Snake’

The WarnerMedia channel’s first local superhero and CGI series, about a 13-year-old ‘chosen one’ with serpent-like powers and heart of gold, debuts June 27.

VR technology Headline News

Soundscape VR Launches Magic Mirror ‘Digital Drive-in’ Platform

Launching with special performances including The Desert Dwellers, Desert Hearts Mikey Lion, Porky, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, RYBO, and Carlo, the new, scalable VR technology brings 2D content into virtual reality with no limit to the number of music lovers who can share the experience.

Luca ANIMATIONWorld

‘Luca’ Delights with the Sounds of an Italian Summer of Fun

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 18, 2021 at 12:27pm

Director Enrico Casarosa and composer Dan Romer expertly blend 50s-60s pop music with opera and a Felliniesque vibe for a lively, energetic, and emotionally satisfying score; Disney and Pixar’s latest gem premieres today on Disney+.

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Disney Channel Greenlights ‘Kiff’ Buddy Comedy

The “nutty” animated series about an optimistic but prone to chaos squirrel and her best friend Barry the Bunny, from South African creators Lucy Heavens and Nic Smal, was revealed today at Annecy 2021; series set to debut in 2023.

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