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Jamaican Animators Chosen to Produce Short for ‘Sesame Street’

KingstOOn Festival and Sesame Workshop announce winning pitch team; UWI animation students, Chevon Irving and Tajha Winkle chosen to animate their ‘11 Robot Reggae Band’ film for iconic show’s Season 52, with local animator George Hay set to mentor and advise.

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Virtual OIAF Pitch THIS! Now Accepting Entries from Canadian Creators

Festival and Mercury Filmworks announce the second ever virtual competition, offering wider reach and accessibility to new creative voices; entry deadline is June 15.

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Guru Studio’s ‘Pikwik Pack’ Now Streaming on Hulu

The animated preschool series features four animal friends who deliver surprises to their neighbors; kids learn gentle life lessons about community, responsibility, and teamwork.

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VIEW Conference Presents ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines' Creative Team

Coming May 14, the free, online conversation with the film’s key talent, including writer/director Mike Rianda and writer/co-director Jeff Rowe, is being produced in cooperation with OGR, Sony Pictures Animation, and Netflix.

Art Contests Headline News

Winners Announced for Celsys’ 27th International Illustration Contest

The Clip Studio Paint software developer’s illustration competition received 3,800 entries from across the globe; prizes include cash and an NVIDIA RTX 3070 GPU Graphics Card.

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The Cartel Adds Kimberley Mooney, Launches Field Day Entertainment

Veteran development exec will bolster company’s plans to expand its kids, family, and animation business; company teams up with former Netflix and Nickelodeon exec Jenna Boyd to launch new talent-centric production company.

New Voices in Animation Headline News

SVA Hosts MFA Thesis Project Screenings

The May 11-12 programs will feature over 30 graduate projects showcasing unique approaches to creative self-expression; first program includes 2D and motion graphics projects, while second features experimental art and 3D.

Finn and Jake Return! Headline News

Key Art Revealed for ‘Adventure Time: Distant Lands – Together Again’

It’s almost here! Best buds Finn the human and Jake the dog embark on an epic adventure taking them far from home, where they unite against a monstrous evil; third installment of the popular series streams May 20 on HBO Max.

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‘VS’ Animated Series Shows Female Olympic Athletes Overcoming Adversity

Using a range of visual styles, SK-II STUDIO’s 6-part anthology highlights real-life stories of the challenges faced by athletes including Simon Biles, Liu Xiang, and Ishikawa Kasumi; now streaming at SK-II CITY.

Defend the Silver Crystal Headline News

2-Part ‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie’ Coming to Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11:42am

‘The Way of the Househusband’ director Chiaki Kon helms the new adventures of Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians as they battle to prevent the Silver Crystal from being used to rule the Earth and dominate the universe.

Overturn the Ban! Headline News

Powerful Caster Semenya Short Explores Biology, Beauty, and Bans

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 3:51pm

Dynamic animated film for Lux’s ‘Born This Way’ campaign supports banned South African athlete’s bid to compete at the world’s leading track events.

On Wednesdays We Watch Tom Headline News

‘Loki’ Series Coming 2 Days Early

The mischievous horned God’s Disney+ series will now premiere Wednesday June 9, moving back from June 11, avoiding competition with subsequent Friday ‘The Bad Batch’ releases as well as ‘Black Widow’s July 9 launch.

Fostering Diversity in Animation Headline News

Netflix Hosting Free ‘Asian Creatives in Animation’ Virtual Event

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, seven top creative professionals will participate in a panel discussion on creating community and fostering diversity in the animation industry.

Insane Arcane Headline News

Jinx and Vi Blow Stuff Up in ‘Arcane’ Teaser Trailer

Netflix’s upcoming animated series, based on Riot’s popular MOBA game ‘League of Legends,’ is set in a utopian region of Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun, following the origins of two ‘League’ champions.

Coming in Hot Headline News

HBO Releases First ‘House of the Dragon’ Images

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:05am

It’s official… George R.R. Martin’s long-awaited ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series has taken flight, ready to incinerate hapless armies, helpless civilians, and eager TV screens in 2022.

Go Behind the Scenes Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines' Animation Featurette

Take an exclusive look at the innovative techniques used to bring Mike Rianda’s animated comedy to life with VFX supervisor Michael Lasker and character designer Lindsey Olivares; film now streaming on Netflix.

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Anima2021 Submissions Deadline Coming May 30

Submissions now being accepted for the 2021 Córdoba International Animation Festival, running October 6-8; held every two years since 2001, the festival promotes and celebrates the artistic and technological aspects of the art form, and is the main animation event in Argentina.

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Cinedigm and Fantawild Launch Kids’ Streaming Channel

The linear streamer will feature the animation studio’s popular ‘Boonie Bears,’ bringing the Asian hit franchise to North American markets; new content will be released monthly and include the popular ‘Kung Fu Masters of the Zodiac.’

People Headline News

Andrea Miloro Tapped as Mikros Animation President

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2:55pm

Former Fox Animation co-president’s appointment reinforces Technicolor’s commitment to expand the company’s feature film and TV production efforts under the Mikros brand.

Business Headline News

Streamline Media Finalizes Technicolor Post Acquisition

First announced this past January, deal brings new artists, technical experts, and strategic locations to the company’s expanding base of business units.

Bogie at 12 O’Clock! Headline News

Who Knew Road Runner Cartoons Inspired Hollywood’s First Jet Plane Film?

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:14pm

Watch a clip of Oscar winners Ben Burtt and Craig Barron sharing insights into the groundbreaking special effects on Humphrey Bogart’s 1950 film, ‘Chain Lightning,’ his last at Warner Bros.

Virtual Events Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2021 Announces Virtual Art Gallery

The gallery features 14 virtual installations representing an international slate of artists; highlights include Academy Award-nominee ‘Opera,’ Best in Show ‘Cangjie’s Poetry,’ and interactive lighting installation ‘Isle of Reflections.’

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