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Call for Entries: Animatricks 21st International Animation Festival

Submissions now being accepted in International Competition, National Competition, Junior Competition, Experimental Competition, and Documentary Competition; deadline for entries is January 31, 2021.

Commercials Headline News

‘Clash of Clans’ Stop-Motion ‘Merry Logmas’ Features U.K. Bake-Off Queen Prue Leith

Blinkink director Sam Gainsborough unleashes Supercell’s hit game characters to wreak havoc on Leith’s perfectly constructed gingerbread village.

Woof Woof! Headline News

FOX Drops New Denis Leary ‘Dogs Playing Poker’ Short

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 18, 2021 at 9:30am

Check out the second of two animated shorts from Fox Entertainment and the famed comedian, based on Icebox’s ‘Poker Night,’ about five dog friends playing cards and shooting the sh@t about sports. 

Anime Headline News

Fan Voting Opens for Fifth Annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards

With nominations announced, fans can now vote on all their favorites - every day in every category - through January 22; winners to be revealed on February 19.

At the Movies! Headline News

Tickets on Sale for Studio Ghibli’s ‘Earwig and The Witch’ in U.S. Theaters February 3

Fathom Event screenings will feature special interviews with director Goro Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki; studio’s first entirely 3D/CG animated film also begins streaming February 5 on HBO Max.

Cutting Edge VFX Headline News

WATCH: ‘Stick Figure War’ Showcases Blackmagic Cameras and Unreal Engine

SoKrispyMedia’s hilarious and slickly produced ‘Stick Figure Battle’ sequel skillfully displays their innovative and cost-effective use of virtual production, 3D tools, CGI, and real-time rendering.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Headline News

Cartoon Network’s ‘Drawn to Change’ Premieres January 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day episode features King’s granddaughter discussing her goals to continue her grandfather’s legacy; new monthly vignettes featuring inspirational stories from real-life kids to be released throughout the year.

People Headline News

Adobe Names Pixar Veteran Guido Quaroni Senior Director of Engineering on 3D & Immersive Team

Tech giant taps animation industry veteran to drive innovation across 3D and immersive tools; ‘Substance & 3D News’ livestream to offer glimpse of upcoming releases on Tuesday, January 28.

People Headline News

John Agbaje Joins Bad Robot as Senior VP, Animation

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 4:54pm

Former FX executive, who helped launch network’s ‘Cake’ animation and live-action anthology series, will oversee animated feature and short film slate for J. J. Abrams' production company, including Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’

Business Headline News

Post-Production Shake-Up: Streamland Media to Acquire Technicolor Post

Acquisition will expand global talent base throughout company’s diverse global business units; deal will bolster its service offerings in regions including U.S., Canada, Europe and the U.K.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?: The Complete First Season’ Available On DVD January 19

Scooby-Doo and the gang teams up with celebrities and pop culture icons to solve some of their toughest mysteries yet; special appearances include NBA superstar Chris Paul, recording artist Halsey, George Takei, Christian Slater, and Kenan Thompson.

Wear a Mask! Headline News

UK Screen Alliance Issues Post-Production and VFX Pandemic Safety Updates

Organization strengthens recommendations based on new government regulations issued in response to the more infectious coronavirus strain recently discovered in the UK.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-4’ Boxed Set Coming March2

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release all 41 episodes of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s hit Emmy Award-winning animated adult comedy on Blu-ray and DVD; special features include featurettes, ‘Inside the Episode’ segments, animatic sketches and more.

People Headline News

Cinesite Adds VFX Supervisor Artemis Oikonomopoulou

The 20-year industry veteran comes full circle as she returns to the studio where she began her career armed with an impressive list of film credits.

themed entertainment Headline News

‘Octonauts’ Family Entertainment Experience Opens in China

Silvergate Media and Merlin Entertainment launch themed attraction at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai; ‘Octonauts: Above & Beyond’ spin-off series coming in fall of 2021.

VR experience Headline News

Baobab Studios’ ‘Baba Yaga’ Now Available on Oculus Quest

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:41am

Leading interactive studio’s latest VR experience is released today; first-ever live virtual reality red carpet premiere for the short was the ultimate socially distanced event, with attendees using Oculus Quest headsets to interact in real-time as avatars.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Nickelodeon and iQIYI’s ‘Deer Squad’ Premieres January 25 in the U.S.

New CG-animated series, a collaboration between the leading Chinese entertainment service and VIS Kids, marks Nick’s first time partnering on a Chinese original from the concept phase.

Business Headline News

Animaccord and Amazon Ink ‘Masha and the Bear’ European Distribution Deal

Company’s strike collaborative, multi-territory deal expanding reach on Prime Video of popular animated series and its spin-offs, ‘Masha's Spooky Stories’ and ‘Masha's Tales.’

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