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‘Animanimals’ Season 2 Triggers Another Stampede of Deals

The 2D animated series created by Julia Ocker follows the absurd adventures of animals who learn important life lessons along the way; 2nd season scores multiple presales, with Season 1 relicensed by current broadcast partners while securing new deals as well.

Vikings and Dragons Oh My! Headline News

Peacock Teases ‘Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of The Sky’ Season 4 Trailer and Art

The final season of DreamWorks Animation’s original CG animated series, about Viking twins Dak and Leyla and their exciting adventures, comes to the streamer this month.

Hoot Hoot! Headline News

Disney Branded Television Kicks Off ‘The Owl House’ Final Series Specials

Award-winning animated series culminates with 3 specials following Luz's journey to save the Boiling Isles from the evil Emperor Belos and the unpredictable Collector; the 1st special debuts on Disney Channel and Disney XD next month, with the final 2 coming in 2023.

That’s a Lot of Views Headline News

Podcast EP 178: How Turkish Stop-Motion Animator Özgürcan Özdamar Got 4.5 Billion Views On YouTube

The self-taught animator discusses his transition from working on commercials to self-publishing his own work - creating funny stop-motion videos for kids - on YouTube.

Destination Torino! Headline News

DreamWorks to Present ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ and ‘The Bad Guys’ at VIEW 2022

VFX supervisors Mark Edwards and Matt Baer head to Torino to discuss the visual magic behind DWA’s latest animated features at Italy’s premiere animation conference, running October 16-21.

First Look? Headline News

MODOK Image from ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Allegedly Leaked

Twitter user Chuck the Conqueror stumbled upon an image of an official ‘Quantumania’ t-shirt emblazoned with the image of the large-craniumed villain.

Helping Artists Stay Competitive Headline News

Autodesk Launches Maya Creative

Now accessible via Flex pay-as-you-go product use system, the new, flexible version makes the industry standard 3D toolset more affordable and accessible to artists at smaller studios.

Animation via NFTs Headline News

Web3 Co Woodies to Premiere NFT-Based ‘The Woodies Origin’ Animated Short

The company’s NFT collection comes to life in its first animated short, revealing the Woodie’s unique and mystical origins; the 3-minute CGI film debuts September 19.

Festivals Headline News

SCAD AnimationFest 2022 Returns to Atlanta

Running September 22-24, the festival will feature screenings, panel discussions, presentations, and talent from Hulu and Netflix, SCAD Alumni, as well as the debut of SCAD Atlanta’s new XR stage; passes are now on sale.

Got an Idea for a Short? Headline News

A Young Ballet Dancer Battles Her Reflection in New Disney+ Short Circuit Film

‘Reflect,’ the latest addition to Walt Disney Animation Studio’s experimental short film program, debuts today.

Sinister Algorithm Alterations! Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Room Lottery’ from ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Episode 304

Is there a sinister plan to rig the lottery for better crew quarters? In tomorrow’s all-new episode on Paramount+, ‘Room for Growth,’ Mariner, Boimler, and Tendi clash with their arch-rivals as Delta Shift and the Cerritos engineers go on mandatory relaxation leave; get a jump on tomorrow's episode and watch AWN’s sneak peek ‘Room Lottery.’

People Headline News

Ryan Tudhope Joins Framestore as Creative Director and VFX Supervisor

Addition of the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ VFX supervisor, who touts experience on over 50 feature films and episodic projects including ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Rogue One,’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ bolsters the leading creative studio’s film and episodic team leadership.

Shadowy High Republic Intrigue Headline News

Main Cast Announced for ‘Star Wars’ Prequel ‘The Acolyte’

Amandla Stenberg will take the lead role in the Disney+ mystery-thriller series set during the final days of the High Republic era, with Jodie Turner-Smith in an undisclosed role and Lee Jung-jae set as the male lead.

Happy Birthday Mickey Headline News

Disney+ Drops ‘Mickey: The Story of a Mouse’ Teaser and Art

The Disney Original Documentary film examines the cultural significance of the nearly century old icon; movie includes new short, 'Mickey in a Minute,' and will hit the streamer on Mickey’s birthday this November 18.

The Dark Knight Goes to Mesoamerica Headline News

‘Batman Azteca: Choque De Imperios’ Finds Lead with Mexican Actor Horacio Garcia Rojas

The animated feature, an iteration of the Joker and Two Face set in Mesoamerica, adds the ‘Narcos: Mexico’ star to voice cast that includes Omar Chaparro as Yoka and Alvaro Morte as Hernán Cortés.

Aliens Do Halloween Headline News

‘Solar Opposites’ Gets Halloween Special – We Bet it’s a Scream!

Everyone’s favorite colorful alien... family?... heads into spooky territory with ‘A Sinister Halloween Scary Opposites Solar Special,’ streaming this October on Hulu.

Destination Torino! Headline News

Robert Zemeckis Joins VIEW 2022 Lineup

Italy’s premiere animation event adds the famed director to its packed program of industry speakers, including ILM’s Rob Bredow, Paramount’s Ramsey Naito, and Sony Pictures Animation’s Kristine Belson; the event runs October 16-21 in Torino, Italy.

Submit Your Work Headline News

SPARK ANIMATION Returns to Vancouver In-Person and Online

British Columbia’s only Oscar-accredited festival is back as a hybrid event, with an expansive program of talks, presentations, screenings, and career networking events, running October 27 – November 30; submissions still being accepted through September 16.

My God Such a Shower Headline News

Framestore Summons the God of the Sea for Kohler Spot

Poseidon is summoned from his hyper-realistic CG underwater kingdom to confront an unassuming man taking a shower who appears to have mastery over water in a manner reserved only for the gods.

Animated Love Headline News

Trailer for Kid Cudi and Netflix’s ‘Entergalactic’ Animated Special Arrives

We finally get a closer look at this beautifully stylized 92-minute special that tells the story of two young artists navigating love in New York City; show drops September 30 alongside the artist’s ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ album.

Celebrating The Best in Animation! Headline News

Call for Entries: 50th Annie Awards

ASIFA-Hollywood’s celebration honors excellence in animation and returns in-person to UCLA’s Royce Hall in February 2023; entry deadline is December 13.

D23 Highlights Abound! Headline News

Disney TV Shows Off Upcoming Slate at D23 Expo

Fans are treated to first-look images, teasers, and trailers for shows coming to Disney+, Disney Channel and Disney Junior, including ‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,’ ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’ Season 2, and ‘Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures.’

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