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It’s Done: Unity Completes Weta Digital Acquisition

The real-time content development platform finalizes its US$1.625 billion purchase of the legendary VFX studio’s digital tools, pipeline and engineering talent; VFX teams now operating as standalone WetaFX under CEO Prem Akkaraju and majority owner Sir Peter Jackson. 

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GIRAF 2021 Winners Announced

The Quickdraw Animation Society’s annual event showcases Canadian and International animation; winners include ‘My Head Aches When I Look Too Long’ named Best Canadian Short Film and ‘Boxballet’ honored as Best International Short Film.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Aardman’s ‘The Very Small Creatures’ Premieres on Sky Kids

The stop-motion preschool show, a spin-off of the hugely popular ‘Morph’ series, follows 5 toddler-like clay creatures who explore a child’s play area when they’re alone; special holiday episode, ‘A Very Small Christmas,’ drops December 19.

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‘Twenty Something’ Takes Best in Show at SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival

‘Le Retour des Vagues’ and ‘Les larmes de la Seine’ each awarded Best Student Project in first-ever tie; ‘Only a Child,’ a visual poem created by over 20 animation directors, wins Jury Special award.

Animated TV Series Headline News

CN Drops ‘We Baby Bears’ Show Open Video

A spin-off of the popular ‘We Bare Bears,’ the all-new animated comedy features the lovable siblings as their baby selves, traveling in search of a home; the series premieres January 1 on Cartoon Network.

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‘Flee’ Named Best Animated Feature at Manchester Animation Festival

Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s film takes top honors alongside Best Short ‘Navozande, The Musician’ and Best Student Film ‘BusLine35A;’ Industry Excellence Awards also announced.

Enter Your Project Pitch Now Headline News

Call for Submissions: Mifa Pitches 2022

Selected pitch projects receive unique opportunities including meeting with and access to key players in the animation sector; submission deadline set for February 8, 2022; Annecy Festival runs June 13-18, with Mifa running June 14-17.

TV VFX Headline News

VFX Legion Shares ‘Just Beyond’ VFX Before & After Reel

VFX house tackles complex mix of shots to create feats of digital sorcery for the Disney+ supernatural anthology, inspired by R.L. Stine’s graphic novels, now streaming.

Music Videos Headline News

Guru Studio Drops ‘Big Blue’ First Look Music Video

Featuring a theme song produced by Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland and his Beatclub team, the all-new animated sci-fi comedy premieres on CBC Kids Canada December 4.

Technology Headline News

Cinesite Renders ‘The Addams Family 2’ in the Cloud

Morticia, Gomez and crew give ‘Road Trip’ a new meaning; in showcasing iconic North American locales, the studio turned to AWS to manage the extensive assets and complex visual effects needed to coordinate the largely remote work.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Gintama THE VERY FINAL’ Coming Home January 25

Releasing in North American for the first time, the conclusion of the popular manga franchise drops on digital January 25 and Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on February 8; preorder now from Shout! Factory to receive an exclusive poster.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Seek the Spice as ‘Dune’ Comes to Digital and Blu-Ray

Denis Villeneuve’s hit sci-fi epic, based on the seminal Frank Herbert books, arrives for digital ownership on December 3 and 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on January 11, 2022, complete with special bonus features.

animated films Headline News

OnOff Studio Releases ‘Zako’ Teaser

The innovative animated film follows the story of Soviet Armenian painter Sargis Mangasaryan, who used his skills, drawing portraits of his captors, to survive a Nazi POW Camp; based on a graphic novel ‘Zako - Crude Fruit,’ the film is slated for release by 2025.

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Did I Err Productions Acquires Sergio Aragonés’ ‘Groo the Wanderer’

Josh Jones licenses animated film and TV rights to famed cartoonist’s award-winning comic, now in its 40th year of publication; property follows the exploits of an invincible barbarian warrior who negotiates his days with an I.Q. three points lower than a boulder.

Mixing Music with Melodies Headline News

Hype Animation Awarded Epic Mega Grant

The Brazilian animation studio will use Unreal Engine and AI to animate and generate music for the upcoming preschool series ‘Kaia's Discoveries;’ the show promotes diversity, empathy, technology and science with music and melodies.

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FuseFX Announces Virtual Production Alliance with Digital Nation Entertainment

VFX company and volumetric studio team up to accelerate adoption of cutting-edge real-time technology; new effort will facilitate collaboration and R&D to expand virtual productions and volumetric technologies for visualizations and traditional visual effects.

animated short films Headline News

Exclusive Premiere: ‘Nuevo Rico’ Explores Latinx Futurism

Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s multi-award-winning short boldly explores Puerto Rican identity in a new way, a defiant gesture of representation that looks at the island’s commercialization and colonial status.

Commercials Headline News

Nexus Studios ‘A Future Begins’ Gets Thanksgiving Kick-Off

The charming stop-motion spot, created by award-winning animator John Kelly, focuses on Chipotle’s commitment to sustainable farming and human welfare; with a soundtrack by Grammy-award winning singer Kacey Musgraves, the commercial is a patchwork quilted love letter to the restaurants’ supply chain and the people behind it.

Can You Remember the 60s? Headline News

‘Cryptozoo’s Legendary Cryptids Now Available on Blu-Ray and VOD

Dash Shaw’s visually stunning Sundance award-winning animated film follows the hallucinatory world of cryptozookeepers as they struggle to capture a legendary dream-eating baku.  

Business Headline News

Stampede Ventures and UTA Launch HappyNest

Former MGA Entertainment VP and executive producer Sadaf Cohen Muncy will helm new independent animation production company and creative incubator; company will guide IP development while enabling artists to maintain financial and creative control.

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