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Who Doesn’t Love a Slacker Teen? Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Duncanville - Who’s Vroomin’ Who?’

Airing May 31 on Fox in the show’s Monday time period debut, Duncan starts racing stock cars to escape his mom, but they make a great racing team; Jing demands a room renovation to secretly spend more time with Kimberly, while Jack struggles with the project.

Our Favorite Starfish Returns! Headline News

Nickelodeon Drops Teaser Trailer for ‘The Patrick Star Show’

Bill Fagerbakke reprises his role in new 2D animated family sitcom starring the famed starfish in his younger days, living at home, his wild whims and surreal imagination constantly disrupting his family; new series debuts this July on Nick.

Who Dunnit? Headline News

Suspects Outnumber Victims: New Images from ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

Who is the Holiday Killer? It’s up to Batman, Captain Gordon, and DA Harvey Dent to decipher the clues in the upcoming DC Universe movie, coming to Blu-ray and Digital June 22.

Business Headline News

Corus Ventures into Adult Animation with ‘Psi Cops’

Production and distribution giant reveals first original series for Adult Swim, as part of its 2021/2022 programming slate; four new animated series plus fan-favorite re-up also greenlit, including ‘Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe,’ ‘Toopy and Binoo – The Movie.’

Animation Festivals Headline News

LALIFF Animation Day Short Film Slate Revealed

8 shorts will be featured at the LA Latino International Film Festival’s debut day-long animation event, set for June 4, which includes premieres, panel discussions, an animated shorts contest, and masterclasses; festival runs June 2-6.

Helping Kids Read Headline News

‘To The Letter’ Highlights Challenges Unhoused Kids Face Learning to Read

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 28, 2021 at 9:43am

Non-profit School on Wheels releases new animated short, created by the CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge, to support ABC Literacy Program that helps unhoused K-3 students catch up in literacy and develop a love of reading.

Gaiman to the Rescue! Headline News

Cast Revealed for Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’

Patton Oswalt, voicing Matthew the Raven, joins David Thewlis, Jenna Coleman, and Stephen Fry in Netflix’s dark fantasy series based on the popular DC comic books; show follows people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends his cosmic and human mistakes.

Endless Storytelling Possibilities Headline News

Adobe Debuts its First Premiere Pro Commercial

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 2:42pm

Produced with 72andSunny Los Angeles, ‘Fantastic Voyage | Premiere Pro’ follows a creator’s escapist adventures spotlighting endless possibilities in storytelling.

Business Headline News

Lion Forge and BRON Team Up on ‘Heiress’ Animated Series and Games

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 1:41pm

Studios behind ‘Hair Love’ and ‘The Willoughbys’ will produce a kids’ series, interactive titles, and online community based on the story of a young prince determined to step out from the shadows of her brothers.

Happy Father’s Day! Headline News

‘Teen Titans Go! See Space Jam’ Movie Coming to Cartoon Network

This Father’s Day, the Teen Titans share commentary and hilarity at a ‘Space Jam’ watch party in their all-new 80-minute original movie; May 29 kicks off the ‘Teen Titans Go!’ weekend with ‘New Teen Titans’ creative team and DC Super Hero Girls crossover episode.

Submit Your Films! Headline News

Last Call for Ottawa International Animation Festival Submissions

Don’t forget to enter your film by May 31st; North America’s leading animation festival runs online September 22 – October 3.

The Academy Awards Get Pushed Headline News

Academy Announces Date Change for 94th Oscars

Ceremony moves to March 27, 2022; film eligibility window returns to standard December 31 deadline, though requirements remain unchanged from 2021 awards.

Let’s Talk Luca! Headline News

Next PreVIEW Set: A Conversation with ‘Luca’ Director Enrico Casarosa

Join a conversation with the director and creative team behind Disney and Pixar’s upcoming animated feature; the free June 21 event is offered in partnership with OGR and Pixar Animation Studios.

The Push for a Diverse Academy Headline News

Academy Cuts 2021 New Member Expansion in Half

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 8:32am

Noting the need to ensure proper staffing and infrastructure to support ongoing growth, the Academy announces invitee limits while reaffirming goals to cultivate membership that reflects the diverse film community.

Business Headline News

‘The BeatBuds, Let’s Jam!’ Will Soon Rock Out on Nick!

Co-produced by Scooter Braun’s SB Projects, new musical animated preschool series based on the kids’ music duo, The Beatbuds, features an original song each episode; show premieres June 7 with new episodes airing daily during the Nick Jr. Beat Bash week-long programming event.

Technology Headline News

Epic Announces Unreal Engine 5 Early Access

Now available for game developers, latest major release, expected to ship in early 2022, includes numerous new groundbreaking features including Nanite virtualized micropolygon and Lumen global illumination systems.

WIA at Annecy Headline News

Speakers Announced for 5th Women in Animation World Summit

Program lineup and list of presenters revealed for this year’s event, presented in collaboration with the Annecy International Animation Festival and Mifa 2021 hybrid editions, viewable beginning June 14; this year’s theme is ‘The Business Case for Diversity.’

Festivals Headline News

Festival Stop Motion Montréal 2021 Issues Call for Entries

The event, running September 10-19, is accepting short film projects using puppet animation, object animation and/or pixilation; deadline for submissions is July 2.  

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