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Noggin Launches ‘Big Heart World’ Social Initiative

Featuring Nickelodeon fan-favorite characters, the campaign is designed to help kids meet social and educational challenges; ‘Big Heart Beats’ album provides empowering and catchy songs to bolster the campaign’s messages, and will also be available Nick Jr. and the Nick Jr. YouTube channel.

FMX Goes Virtual! Headline News

FMX 2021: Dive into ‘WandaVision’ and the Spectacle of ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

MARZ VFX supervisor Ryan Freer will share the often-invisible VFX on Marvel’s first Disney+ series; three presentations will peek behind the curtain surrounding the year’s first blockbuster VFX-driven tentpole to see monster making up close and personal.   

Chelsea Rocks! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Make a New Day’ Music Video from ‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:02am

Barbie’s youngest sister Chelsea and her friends jam away in CG video of lead track from the new film, launching this Friday on Netflix.

Business Headline News

Rumble VFX Officially Launches

The full-service VFX house’s recent projects include the delivery of multiple shots for VES award-winning episode of ‘The Crown;’ company also delivered 100 shots for the popular series, ‘Pennyworth.’

Training Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Unreal Engine Fundamentals Course

New five-week program covers an interactive introduction to the real-time 3D platform; features a range of artistic and technical tasks with each participant getting direct feedback from an assigned tutor. 

Screenwriting Headline News

Final Draft 12 Now Available

Upgrade is free for anyone who purchased V11 after February 15, 2021; company is donating free licenses to two non-profits that foster diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry.

Marvel’s New DP Marvel Headline News

Oscar-Nominated Sean Bobbitt Boards ‘Captain Marvel 2’

The ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ cinematographer is excited to join the project yet nervous to work on a film that relies heavily on CGI.

People Headline News

Sesame Workshop Names Olexa Hewryk VP & Head of Animation

Other recently announced promotions include Sal Perez to supervising producer and VP for Sesame Street Productions, and ‘Sesame Street’ EP Ben Lehmann to senior VP & head of live-action.

Makeup FX Headline News

MastersFX Celebrates 5 Years in Toronto

Since new studio launched in 2016, facility has done makeup FX for a number of popular TV series including ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Umbrella Academy,’ ‘The Boys’ and ‘Coroner;’ next up is SYFY series ‘Day of the Dead’ slated for release in Fall 2021.

More Zombie Fun! Headline News

Netflix Drops New Official ‘Army of the Dead’ Trailer

Zack Snyder’s live-action adventure follows a mercenary heist that goes awry during a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas; starring an all-star international cast, the movie hits theaters and Netflix May 21.

The New Mr. Mom Headline News

‘The Way of the Househusband’ Anime Style Divides Viewers

While the plot and voice acting of J.C. Staff and Netflix’s series are well done and entertaining, audiences are complaining the unconventional visuals feels more like a motion comic than an animated show.

Technology Headline News

NVIDIA’s GTC Kicks-Off with a View of the Omniverse

Founder and CEO Jensen Huang’s keynote shares breakthroughs in building virtual worlds through a convergence of technologies; new Omniverse Enterprise 3D design platform will soon be widely available, allowing for real-time global collaboration across multiple software suites.

Boom Ka Boom! Headline News

Hanging by a Thread on a Windy Day in Team Salut’s ‘Boom Bam’ Lyric Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 12, 2021 at 5:19pm

To capture the song’s beat and energy, artist Lauren Brems drew fast scribbles over video frames of her friends dancing, integrated with subtle word movement, in her 2D animation short for Universal Music Group’s °1824 division.

It’s Animezing! Headline News

Crunchyroll Announces New Slate of Spring Anime Dubs

Upcoming international line-up includes multi-language dubs of popular anime including ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime,’ ‘Re:ZERO − Starting Life in Another World,’ and ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero.’

Animation Festivals Headline News

KingstOON 2021 Announces Matthew Luhn to Keynote Festival Kick-off

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will also join the event opening; free virtual event runs April 21-25; Luhn is an industry veteran storyteller, writer, and animator whose credits include the ‘Toy Story’ films, ‘Monsters Inc.,’ ‘Finding Nemo,’ and ‘Cars.’

Age of Aquarius Headline News

WATCH: St. Vincent’s Groovy New ‘The Melting of the Sun’ Music Video

The most recent single from upcoming 70s-aesthetic album ‘Daddy’s Home’ features psychedelic 2D animation that is nostalgic yet gloomy.

Fighting Against Racism Headline News

Cartoon Network Launches ‘Be An Ally’ PSA

Final anti-racism campaign spot developed by ‘Steven Universe’ creator Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey discusses the importance of changing the racist system by standing up and speaking up when seeing what’s unfair. 

Puppies Save the Day! Headline News

Nickelodeon’s Interactive ‘PAW Patrol Live! At Home!’ Coming April 24-25

The 45-minute virtual event features interactive stage show, shared viewing rooms for family and friends, and an immersive pre-show experience.

Business Headline News

Mindshow Raises $10 Million, Names Sharon Bordas President

CG animation production company announces new round of funding, new executive hires as it expands its development in proprietary animation technology and production.

In Passing Headline News

Kunie Tanaka, Inspiration for Admiral Kizaru of ‘One Piece,’ Dies at 88

The beloved actor will be remembered through his memorable work in ‘Battles Without Honor,’ ‘Humanity,’ and ‘Kita no kuni kar’ (From the Northern Country), which ran on Japanese television for 20 years.

Prelude to the Oscars? Headline News

‘Tenet,’ ‘Soul’ Win 2021 BAFTA Awards

‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ wins for British Short Animation; ‘Mank’ awarded for production design. 

Get Your GoT On! Headline News

HBO ‘MaraThrone’ Celebrates ‘Game of Thrones’ 10th Anniversary

Marathon back-to-back airing of ‘every episode starting with Season 1 begins April 10th; interactive HBO Max spotlight page will have over 150 special videos.

People Headline News

BlueBolt Names Tracy McCreary Managing Director

VFX house promotes seasoned EP who will help push the active production slate; film and TV projects including ‘The Northman,’ ‘The Great - Season 2, and ‘Becoming Elizabeth.’

Halloween in Summer Headline News

WATCH: First Trailer for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

Experience Jensen Ackles in his debut foray as the Caped Crusader; the thrilling adventure uses ‘noir-ish’ styled animation with heavy outlining and cell shading.

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