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Heavens to Mergatroyd! Headline News

Warner Drops ‘Jellystone!’ Key Art

Yogi Bear is back and heading to Comic-Con@Home on July 24 with a sneak peek of his all-new series; catch the famed Hanna-Barbera gang, including Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, and Wally Gator, when the series premieres July 29 on HBO Max.

Events Headline News

Line-Up Announced for Maxon’s ‘3D & Motion Design Show’

Free July 21 virtual event to focus on character animation; professional digital artists will share tips and tricks for Maxon’s creative tools.

You Had Us At Gelato! Headline News

‘Luca’ Comes Home August 3

Disney and Pixar bring a coming-of-age story about one young boy/sea monster experiencing an unforgettable summer, set on the beautiful Italian Riviera, to Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD; release features never-before-seen featurettes, deleted scenes and two alternate openings.

Vidcasts Headline News

‘Between the Keyframes’ Motion Design Vidcast Launches

New biweekly show from industry experts Erin Sarofsky and Austin Shaw gives an insider’s look and insights into process, practice, and culture.

Talent development Headline News

‘Universal Animation Writers Program’ 2021 Selections Revealed

5 participants chosen for first-of-its-kind paid one-year program, in partnership with DreamWorks and Illumination, to develop underrepresented voices in film and TV animation through workshops, seminars, sponsorship, and roundtable discussions.

The Dark Knight Returns Headline News

New Clip Drops for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two’

The two-part animated DC Universe Movies thriller concludes as the Dark Knight battles a unified front of super villains while solving a murder mystery; feature-length film comes to Digital July 27, and Blu-ray August 10.

Business Headline News

SPP 2021: Asia’s Premier B2B Animation Event Now Underway

Taking place online this year, Korea's annual international content market brings together buyers, sellers, financiers, and animation lovers from all over the globe.

Business Headline News

Development Begins on Matthew A. Cherry’s ‘Battu’

The Oscar winning ‘Hair Love’ director, Cartoon Network Studios, and award-winning director Chaz Bottoms start work on a 2D animated musical comedy series celebrating the creative arts culture of Chicago.

Where Exactly is Arcadia? Headline News

Guillermo del Toro Shares First Minutes of ‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 9:06am

The DreamWorks Animation adventure, coming to Netflix July 21, pits heroes from ‘Trollhunters,’ ‘3Below,’ and ‘Wizards’ against the Arcane Order in the franchise’s final battle for control over the magic that binds them all.

Animated Features Headline News

‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’ Return to the Big Screen

Fathom Events, LAIKA, Shout! Factory and Park Circus team up to bring the highly acclaimed stop-motion movies back to theaters; screenings will also feature exclusive bonus 'making of' content.

Barbie Heads to the Big Apple! Headline News

Watch ‘Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams’ Teaser Trailer

The next chapter in Mattel’s storied franchise finds Barbie embarking on a musical summer adventure in the Big Apple, where she meets her new best friend, Barbie!; coming to Netflix in September.

Animation Festivals Headline News

The 20th Animafest Cyprus Reveals Official Selections

33 films have been chosen for this year’s competition; festival, which runs August 11-14 in the village of Salamiou, will also feature a 20th anniversary tribute to Cypriot animation.

Awards Headline News

TV Academy Announces 73rd Emmy Award Nominations

‘Big Mouth,’ ‘Bob's Burgers,’ ‘Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ and ‘South Park: The Pandemic Special’ are nominated for Outstanding Animated Program; ceremony will be held Sunday, Sept. 19 on the CBS Television Network and streamed live and on demand on Paramount+.

Red Panda Go Poof! Headline News

Pixar Drops ‘Turning Red’ Trailer and Poster

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7:25am

Growing up can be a beast, amply demonstrated in Oscar-winning ‘Bao’ director Domee Shi’s new comedy about an overbearing mom and her young daughter who ‘poofs’ into a red panda whenever she gets too excited; film releases March 11, 2022.

Animating the Atrocities of Dictators Headline News

Six Point Harness Animates the Horrors of Dictators in ‘How to Become a Tyrant’

Studio’s animated sequences, used in place of archival footage and re-creations, provide compelling depictions of brutality that might otherwise be unwatchable, in Netflix’s powerful new documentary series.  

Live-Action / Animated Documentary Headline News

‘The Witches of the Orient’ Hits Theaters July 16

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 12, 2021 at 3:56pm

Check out the trailer for Julien Faraut’s fascinating live-action / animated documentary about Japan’s 1964 Olympic gold medal women’s volleyball team, the direct inspiration for Chikako Urano’s ‘Attack No. 1’ manga and subsequent anime series.  

Fellowships Headline News

Dark Slope Studios Launches Paid Virtual Production Fellowship

The studio will provide mentorship, guidance, and $5,000 CAD for up to three applicants with compelling storytelling and visionary series concepts; submissions open July 19.

Wanda and Cosmo Return! Headline News

Production Begins on ‘The Fairly OddParents’ Live-Action – Animated Series

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 12, 2021 at 1:08pm

Debuting later this year on Paramount+, the new show, based on Nick’s Emmy-winning animated series, picks up years after the original story as Wanda and Cosmo help Timmy Turner’s cousin Viv and her new stepbrother navigate life in Dimmsdale.

Training Headline News

‘Summer of Unreal’ Free Four-Week Online Bootcamp Announced

The program, a collaboration between Epic Games, Escape Studios, and six European university partners, provides experience in practical applications of Unreal Engine including previsualization, layout, rigging, animation, and integration of real-time workflows.

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