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Virtual Events Headline News

Bilibili Hosting China’s First Live Concert Featuring All VTuber Entertainers

Coming to Shanghai December 19, the ‘Bilibili Macro Link-Virtual Release 2020’ will feature anime, comics, and game-oriented acts as well as holograms in the first-of-its-kind livestream event.

Dancin to the Beat! ANIMATIONWorld

‘TrollsTopia’ Celebrates Comedy and Candor with Refreshing 2D Animation

Executive producer Matthew Beans rethinks the entire ‘Trolls’ world, bringing all the tribes together with a new visual style in DreamWorks Animation’s new series, now available on Hulu and Peacock.

Yakko Wakko and Dot! Headline News

They’re Back! Hulu Launches All New ‘Animaniacs’ November 20

Steven Spielberg returns as executive producer a new edition of his popular animated variety show that originally ran from 1993-1998; joining Yakko, Wako and Dot are Pinky and the Brain, who return to continue their quest for world domination.

All That Jazz! Headline News

Historic Vancouver Club Restored for Virtual 1930s Jazz Performance

On November 20, Shocap’s XR concert event with singer Jill Barber marries live music, greenscreens, mocap cameras, Unreal Engine, and proprietary technology to transport audiences back 90 years.

Music Videos Headline News

Confronting Racism and Injustice in Yoke Lore’s ‘Fade Away’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 5:02pm

2D Animated short, directed by Aishwarya Sadasivan, explores two characters forced to determine whether their differences outweigh their similarities.

The Hindu Festival of Lights! Headline News

A Special Diwali Greeting from ‘Mira Royal Detective’ Stars

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 9, 2020 at 12:33pm

Interspersed with show clips, Kal Penn, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aasif Mandvi, Karen David, Parvesh Cheena, Sonal Shah, and Leela Ladnier talk about the upcoming Diwali holiday and what it means to them.

Trolls! Headline News

Trolls Get LEGO Make-Over for All New ‘Trolls World Tour’ Music Video

Just in time for the holidays, LEGO building sets feature everyone’s favorite loveable Trolls’ minifigures including Poppy, Branch, Barb, Tiny Diamond, Cloud Guy and many more.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP85: ‘Tigtone’ Co-Creators Share Their Epic 15-Year Journey to Get it on TV

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 9:54am

Andrew Koehler and Benjamin Martian discuss the origins of their Adult Swim series, the decade and a half it took to reach the screen, and the most ridiculous joke they put into Season 2.

Business Headline News

HBO Max and Cartoon Network Greenlight 3 New Mo Willems Projects

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10:03am

Award-winning author and playwright expands his existing deal with new animated series ‘Unlimited Squirrels!,’ animated special ‘Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Special,’ and live-action immersive series ‘Cat the Cat’s Show the Show Show with YOU the YOU!’

Let the Games Begin! Headline News

T-Pain and DragonForce guitarist Herman Li Compete in Animated ‘Art of the Duo’ Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 4:38pm

Kingdom of Something and artist Rafael Varona team up with the musicians, competing head to head, using ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 laptops to produce music and animation for four 30-second videos being judged by fans on Republic of Gamers.

Animated Short Film Headline News

Animated Musical Short ‘Everybody Gets a Vote’ Debuts on Disney Junior and DisneyNOW Oct 25

‘Ready for Preschool’ series teaches kids ages 2-7 to be positive about themselves and their communities.

Animated Feature Films ANIMATIONWorld

Glen Keane Talks Believing the Impossible in ‘Over the Moon’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 23, 2020 at 12:10pm

The Oscar-winning director discusses his beautiful and charming animated musical tale about a smart young girl’s determination to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess, out today on Netflix

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

Focus on My ‘Vote:’ Six Point Harness Delivers Election-Themed Animated Music Video for ABC’s ‘Black-ish’

Channeling Golden Age UPA cartoons, Childish Gambino’s ‘Feels Like Summer’ and ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ director Musa Brooker and Six Point Harness — the studio behind Oscar winner ‘Hair Love’ — create an animated music video for the two-part ‘Black-ish’ election special.

GRRRRRRAWRRR! ANIMATIONWorld

Genndy Tartakovsky Talks ‘Primal’ and Telling Stories Without Words

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:06pm

With a second season renewal now in hand, the storied creator of ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ and ‘Samurai Jack’ discusses his viscerally gripping and beautifully animated Adult Swim series about a caveman, a T-Rex, and the bond that helps them survive.  

Save the Planet! ANIMATIONWorld

A Brave Young Girl Fights to Save the Planet in ‘Astronaut Spaceman’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1:00pm

Emmy Award-winning ‘Game of Thrones’ artist Patrick Gehlen crafts a charming, thought-provoking animated music video that rallies voters to fight against climate change.

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

The Shins ‘The Great Divide’ Takes a Reverse Zoom Journey Through the Big Bang

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:09pm

Producer Jen Alvares and her Hunters House team deliver a stunning, complex CG music video for the Grammy-nominated indie rock band’s latest single.

Diversity in Storytelling Headline News

Three New Diverse Animated Shorts Coming Soon to Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 3:29pm

‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ ‘Canvas,’ and ‘Cops and Robbers’ each tell a unique, socially relevant story through varied animation techniques.

SVOD Headline News

Netflix Greenlights Ludacris’ ‘Karma’s World’ Animated Musical Kids’ Series

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 11:00am

9 Story Media, Brown Bag Films, and Karma's World Entertainment are teaming on show about a young Black girl finding her voice and using it to change the world.

Music Videos Headline News

Smashing Pumpkins Drop Third ‘In Ashes’ Animated Series Episode

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 12, 2020 at 2:01pm

Frontman Billy Corgan and Portland studio Deep Sky release the latest entry in their highly stylized five-part 2D music video project in support of upcoming 20-track double album, ‘CYR,’ coming November 27.

Disney Television Animation Headline News

Disney Channel Greenlights Dan Povenmire’s ‘Hamster & Gretel’

Network orders new animated sibling superhero comedy series from Emmy Award-winning ‘Phineas and Ferb’ co-creator.

Yay Another Pete Docter Film! ANIMATIONWorld

Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Deftly Tackles the Risky Constructs of Life, Death, and How We Enter the World

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:23am

Pete Docter and Kemp Powers’ new film skillfully embraces complex issues of religion, culture, and race, with the studio’s first Black leading character struggling to answer the question, ‘What makes you…YOU?’

We’re all in this together! Headline News

WATCH: The 39 Languages of ‘Just Sing’ in New ‘Trolls World Tour’ Music Video

With the fate of the world in their hands, Poppy and Branch set out with their friends to unite the Trolls; New multi-language version of Justin Timberlake’s unifying message reminds us that we’re all in this together!

Music Videos Headline News

Watch: Jorja Smith x Popcaan’s Neon-Drenched ‘Come Over’ Music Video

Vividly animated cyberpunk-fueled homage to classic 90’s anime is directed by Amber Grace Johnson of Object & Animal, in collaboration with Future Power Station.

Make Sure Your Ballot Counts! Headline News

Spread the Vote PSA Implores Us to ‘Read the F*ing Directions’

Hundreds of thousands of ballots get thrown out because they’re not filled out correctly; new short uses humor to emphasize that everyone should pay attention when voting by mail, because every ballot counts.

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