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MeTV Network’s ‘The Best of Bugs Bunny Week’ Airs May 3 – 7

‘Toon in With Me’ morning cartoon show pays homage to ‘Bugs Bunny’ featuring special themed programs, classic episodes, stories, and insights into one of the world’s most popular rabbit; week will culminate with #1 Viewers’ Choice.

animation training Headline News

Free CelAction 2D Training Now Available in the UK

Online training course in popular 2D animation software is designed to prepare artists to work in the animation industry; animation course runs May 17-28, with rigging course running June 7-18.

A New Power Trio Headline News

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Sequel Snags Power Trio of Directors

‘The Legend of Korra’s Joaquim Dos Santos will be joined by ‘Soul’s Kemp Powers and the first ‘Spider-Verse’s Justin K. Thompson to direct the highly awaited Oscar-winning animated feature’s sequel.

Technology Headline News

The Future Group Releases Pixotope Version 1.5

With full access to Unreal Engine 4.26.1 and comprehensive integration and support for third-party plug-ins, the new release offers users endless opportunities for experimental XR graphics functionality.

Finn and Jake Return! Headline News

‘Adventure Time: Distant Lands - Together Again’ Premieres May 20

Coming to HBO Max, in an epic adventure of best buds, Finn the human and Jake the dog embark on a mysterious journey taking them far from home, where they unite to face off against a monstrous evil.

Animation Festivals Headline News

KingstOON is Coming! Festival and Conference Run April 21-25

The free online event starts tomorrow, using the latest technology to deliver a world class event to a global audience; attendees can participate in masterclasses, the perfect pitch boot camp, and discussions on industry trends – the event kicks off with a keynote by Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Bring the Blood Headline News

WATCH: First 7 Minutes of ‘Mortal Kombat’ Just Released

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:24am

With filmmaker promises not to shy away from the hugely popular video game’s iconic and gruesome killing blows, R-rated action-adventure hits theaters and HBO Max simultaneously on April 23.   

Don’t Spread the Truth About Me Headline News

Morrissey Takes Offense at ‘The Simpsons’ Parody

The eternally gloomy former The Smiths’ frontman has spoken out against the ‘harshly hateful tactics’ of a recent ‘The Simpsons’ episode, which pokes fun at his elitist and bigoted opinions.

More Dragons at Netflix! Headline News

Ava DuVernay Lands ‘Wings of Fire’ Animated Series at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 8:20am

Emmy Award-winning actor and producer to adapt Tui T. Sutherland’s best-selling book series about war between dragon tribes and the five young dragons trying to bring peace; Warner Bros. Animation to produce.

SVOD Headline News

‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ Launches April 23 on Kartoon Channel!

New animated action-adventure series, starring the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger, follows six young superheroes in training as they learn to use their superpowers for good.

Annecy Goes Hybrid!; The Annecy International Film Festival Headline News

Annecy 2021 Pivots to Hybrid Edition Running Onsite and Online June 14-19

Festival will celebrate animation from the African continent as well as belated 60th anniversary; the redesigned Mifa will run June 15-18.

See Who Made the Cut! Headline News

‘Soul,’ ‘Rick and Morty’ Take Top Honors at ACE Eddie Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 19, 2021 at 10:57am

Kevin Nolting and Lee Harting, respectively, win Eddies at 71st annual ceremony, held Saturday night, that recognizes outstanding editing in 14 categories of film, TV, and documentaries.

Awards Headline News

‘Soul’ and ‘Baba Yaga’ Take Home MPSE Golden Reel Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 19, 2021 at 10:23am

Disney/Pixar and Baobab Studios sound artists honored at 68th Annual awards ceremony; ‘The Last of Us Part II,’ ‘Tenet,’ ‘Greyhound,’ and ‘The Mandalorian’ also recognized.

We Want More Marvel! Headline News

Marvel Studios Drops ‘Shang-Chi’ Teaser and Poster

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 19, 2021 at 9:26am

Star Simu Liu shares reveal on social to celebrate his birthday; ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings,’ which also stars Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh, hits theaters September 3, 2021.

They’re Back! Headline News

MUST SEE! Netflix Drops ‘Love, Death & Robots’ Volume II Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 19, 2021 at 8:28am

With ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ and ‘3’ director Jennifer Yuh Nelson at the helm, new season of Tim Miller and David Fincher’s Emmy Award-winning animation anthology series premieres May 14.

Honoring the Best in Animation! Headline News

‘Soul,’ ‘Wolfwalkers’ Big Winners at 48th Annie Awards

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8:23am

Pixar leads evening with wins in seven categories; Bastien Dubois’ ‘Souvenir Souvenir’ wins for Best Animated Short.

Business Headline News

New Anime Slate Launches on Tubi

Content deal with Shout! Factory brings popular anime features to the streaming platform including ‘Millennium Actress,’ ‘Liz and the Blue Bird,’ and ‘Penguin Highway; award-winning ‘In This Corner of the World’ will join the line-up in 2022.

Archaeological Adventure Headline News

Mads Mikkelsen Joins Impressive ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Cast

The dastardly ‘Dr. Strange’ villain will star opposite Harrison Ford, as the titular relic hunter, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, in an undisclosed role.

Don’t Drive Distracted!; PSAs Headline News

New Animated PSAs Bring Home the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Design studio Brigade produced three spots for the New Mexico Dept of Transportation; crayon-like drawings were used, along with narration by children, to graphically illustrate what can result from dangerous driving - all seen from a child’s point of view.

Animation is Booming! Headline News

New White Paper Shows Adult Animation is More than Booming

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 16, 2021 at 1:56pm

According to veteran producer John Evershed, streamers and broadcasters have ordered more than 100 new series across different genres, an incredible 100% increase from a year ago.

Business Headline News

Spacetoon and eOne Extend Multi-Year Strategic Partnership

MENA families will be able to view ‘Transformers: Rescue Bots,’ ‘Power Rangers Beast Morphers,’ and ‘My Little Pony: Pony Life’ on Spacetoon T.V channel and Spacetoon GO.

Animation Festivals Headline News

KingstOON Animation and Film Festival Focusing on Diversity in Animation

Programs organized around the event’s theme include panels ‘Diversity in The Media Industry,’ ‘Black Women in the World of Animation,’ and ‘The Creation of ‘Hair Love’ – From Script to Screen;’ Free online programs kick off on April 21.

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