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HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’ Officially Begins Production

See snap from show's first socially distanced table read; long-awaited prequel series, based on George R. R. Martin’s 2018 book, ‘Fire & Blood,’ follows the fiery exploits of the oft-mad House Targaryen.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Ottawa Animation Festival Going Online for 2021

With the pandemic still to be reckoned with, event will go virtual again this year, with an extended run set for September 22 – October 3; the best of the usual ‘in person’ activities will be featured and available from the safety and comfort of home; submissions still being accepted through May 31.

It’s National Superhero Day! Headline News

Scarlett Johansson Talks ‘Black Widow’ Role in New Marvel Featurette

To celebrate National Superhero Day, the actor looks back at the career of alter ego Natasha Romanoff; highly anticipated action-packed spy thriller hits theaters and Disney+ with premier access on July 9.

The Future is Real-Time Headline News

Spire Animation Receives ‘Unreal Shorts’ Program Grant

Epic Games’ new grant and fellowship program aims to fund filmmakers who utilize Unreal Engine for real-time projects.

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bulbKIDZ Launches with Development of ‘Gopher It!’ Preschool Series

New kids’ entertainment company teams up with Canadian creators Andrew Sabiston and Ron Rubin to develop original kids’ show where adventure, learning, laughter, and music are at the heart of every episode.

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Jetpack Inks Distribution Deal for ‘Clangers’

ZDF to bring the BAFTA Award-winning stop-motion animated series to Europe and Asia; other distribution deals take the series to Singapore, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Croatia.

Coming Soon to a Family Room Near You! Headline News

A Summer - and Spring - of Animated Films Set to Hit Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:32am

The streaming giants shares release dates, teaser trailers, and new images from their upcoming slate – including Lin-Manual Miranda’s ‘Vivo’ - that starts this Friday with Mike Rianda’s ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines.’

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Pebbles Flintstone Animated Comedy ‘Bedrock’ in Development at Fox

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:01am

Elizabeth Banks to produce and star as Fred and Wilma’s now 20-something daughter in the continuing stories of everyone’s favorite modern Stone Age Family.

Honor Has A New Name! Headline News

Netflix Unveils ‘Yasuke’ Official Trailer and Key Art

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 26, 2021 at 4:53pm

The reimagined story of the first African samurai - bound by honor, compelled to defend – debuts globally April 29; directed by LaSean Thomas, the anime series stars LaKeith Stanfield, with animation by ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ production studio MAPPA and music by Flying Lotus.  

Awards Headline News

Winners Announced for KingstOOn 2021

Martinique’s ‘TOL’ named Best Caribbean Short Film, South African ‘The Sugarcane Man’ named Best International Student Film, and Malaysian ‘Biji’ named Best International Short Film, as Jamaica’s premier animation conference and festival came to a close Sunday night.

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Annecy 2021 Announces VR Works Selections

Nine projects selected out of 75 submissions include a diverse group of films with varied themes; festival runs from June 14-19.

Business Headline News

Juice Merges with PixelBox, Opens VFX Studio in Shanghai

The visual effects and sound studio’s new branch makes previously remote services more hands-on for its China-based clients; PixelBox deal increases the studio’s resources and capabilities.

Khaleesi Returns Headline News

Emilia Clarke to Join Marvel’s ‘Secret Invasion’

The GoT star will join Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, along with newcomers Kingsley Ben-Adir and Olivia Colman, on the upcoming Disney+ series.

Events Headline News

ITFS’ AniMovie 2021 Competition Running Online May 4-9

Program highlights include feature film animation competition, screenings, film talks, and free live-streams; notable speakers include Oscar-nominated ‘Wolfwalkers’ director Tomm Moore and David Silverman, director of ‘Extinct.’

And the Oscar Goes to…? Headline News

‘Soul,’ ‘If Anything Happens I love You,’ and 'Tenet' Take Home Oscar Gold

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 26, 2021 at 8:19am

‘Soul’ also wins for Best Musical Score, while ‘Mank’ wins for Best Cinematography, in the final ceremony of the 2021 awards season.

Finding Strength in Simplicity Headline News

New Animated Short Challenges Misconceptions About Down Syndrome

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:00pm

Intellectual disability charity L’Arche, animation studio Tonic DNA, and musician Jordan Hart’s powerful new 2D film, ‘Freebird,’ asks the important question, “Why does the world assume that a disabled life is not profoundly beautiful?”

The Oscar goes to… Headline News

Nvidia Powers 13 Years of Oscar-Winning VFX

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 2:18pm

Once again, the technology company’s professional GPUs are behind all five VFX Oscar nominees; the 93rd annual Academy Awards take place this Sunday, April 25.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band at 50! Headline News

Sean Ono Lennon’s Animated ‘I Am the Egbert’ Loops Launch on Spotify

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:04pm

Inspired by his father’s illustrations and produced by the team behind the Oscar-nominated ‘I Met the Walrus’ short, the artist’s Canvas animation shorts celebrate today’s release of the 50th anniversary edition of ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.’

Animation Festivals Headline News

Animatricks 2021 Announces Competition Nominees

In addition to the competition and screenings, the virtual event will explore women and animation, freedom of speech, social criticism, and satire; the conference will run online from May 20-23.

Felt-Ality Headline News

Adult Swim Releases Hilarious ‘Felt Band’ ‘Mortal Kombat’ Trailer

Enjoy a puppet Sonya Blade, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion pop some threads in a safe-for-work trailer for the upcoming theatrical blood bath that releases in theaters and on HBO Max today.

Justice for George Floyd Headline News

Ray Fisher Slams Warner Bros. Over George Floyd Tweet

The ‘Justice League’ actor, who has a long history battling the studio and its executives with accusations of racism and on-set mistreatment, has criticized their supposed ‘performative gesture’ in response to the verdict.

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