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Barbie Heads to the Big Apple! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Before Us’ Music Video from Upcoming ‘Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 23, 2021 at 10:07am

Hitting Netflix September 1, 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!

Technology Headline News

Weta Digital and SideFX Bringing Houdini to the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 23, 2021 at 9:03am

New WetaH collaboration marks leading VFX company’s second move to integrate top commercial and proprietary applications in a single cloud-based service.

The Space Cowboys are Back! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Cowboy Bebop’ First Look Images and Release Date

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 23, 2021 at 8:27am

Live-action adaptation of the beloved sci-fi neo-noir anime, starring Daniella Pineda, John Cho and Mustafa Shakir, debuts globally on November 19.

Who Doesn’t Love a Slacker Teen? Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Duncanville – Jurannie Park’

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 9:00am

In the new episode airing August 23 on FOX, Annie is suspended from her job and bonds with a group of birds that soon invade her home, while Kimberly tries to ask a boy out over the phone and Duncan struggles to jump up to a high branch like his friends.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Ritzy Animation’s ‘Obki’ Coming to Sky Kids and Now TV

The Sky Original TV series about a little orange alien here to save the planet helps kids learn about climate change, inspiring them to become the next generation of eco-warriors.

The Cat’s Meow Headline News

DC’s ‘Catwoman: Hunted’ Anime Feature Snags Badass Female Voice Cast

The latex-infused heist adventure officialy begins pre-production, adding Elizabeth Gillies as Catwoman, Stephanie Beatriz as Batwoman, and Lauren Cohan as Julia Pennyworth; release planned in early 2022.

Festivals Headline News

Manchester Animation Festival Going Hybrid, Shares Festival Poster

The online event will run November 1-30 with live events and screenings running November 14-19; 2021 poster artwork was designed by award-winning animator Matthew Lee.

Fresh from the Void Headline News

Netflix’s ‘The Three-Body Problem’ Revived, Derek Tsang to Direct

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ ill-fated series is back on track after facing serious scandal when producer Lin Qi died after being poisoned by Yoozoo Group senior executive Xu Yao.

Festivals Headline News

SCAD AnimationFest Returns Virtually September 23-25

The acclaimed event will offer online access to a global audience of creatives and enthusiasts; program includes panels with industry professionals from Nickelodeon, Fox Animation, Paramount+, Bento Box, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

City-scale AR experience Headline News

‘Wallace & Gromit’s ‘Fix Up the City’ AR App Launches Today

Aardman and Fictioneers’ new city-scale augmented reality experience transforms Bristol and Cardiff in the UK, and San Francisco in the US, into virtual stages; for a limited time, the app is free on iOS and Android devices in the UK.

Annie Awards Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Now Accepting Recommendations for Juried Awards

Suggestions now being solicited for nominations honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation, to be presented at the 49th Annie Awards; submission deadline is November 16, 2021.

Business Headline News

Adobe to Buy Frame.io for $1.275 Billion

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 2:20pm

Acquisition will pair leading end-to-end cloud-based video collaboration platform with industry standard Creative Cloud software such as Premiere Pro and After Effects to power the video editing process.

Out From the Shadows Headline News

Marvel Studios Shares ‘Eternals’ Final Trailer and Poster

The MCU’s immortal superheroes come out from the shadows after thousands of years to battle mankind’s oldest enemy; written and helmed by Oscar-winning ‘Nomadland’ director Chloé Zhao, the film opens November 5, 2021.

Sing-along With 3 Birdie Buddies! Headline News

Prime Video Releases ‘Do, Re & Me’ Musical Trailer

Kristen Bell’s new CG animated sing-along preschool series premieres September 17 on the streamer and Amazon Kids+; Kids and families can also enjoy the world of ‘Do, Re & Mi’ through toys, a book, a mobile game, and a teacher and family guide.

People Headline News

CoSA VFX Names Devon Irete Associate Executive Producer

Visual effects and post-production veteran joins LA-based business development team, working with U.K.-based executive producer Stephanie Winslow to spearhead studio’s continuing global expansion.

Hari Seldon Arrives! Headline News

Apple TV+ Drops ‘Foundation’ Series Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 10:08am

Based on Isaac Asimov’s famed Hugo Award-winning trilogy, the all-new show follows a band of exiles who must defy the Galactic Empire in order to save it; first two episodes premiere September 24.

The Master Occultist Gets a Special; Business Headline News

HBO Max Drops 'Adventure Time: Distant Lands – Wizard City’ Clip and Images

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 9:06am

The fourth and final ‘Adventure Time’ franchise special explores the backstory of mild-mannered occultist and loyal Princess Bubblegum assistant Peppermint Butler; show premieres September 2 on HBO Max.

Business Headline News

Ferly and Wild Child Animation Team Up on ‘Butthole Biscuits’

Studios will co-create and develop a new animated adult comedy series that poses the important question, ‘What’s it like for the biscuits at the bottom of the biscuit barrel?’ We can’t wait to find out!

This Update is Unreal! Headline News

Unreal Engine 4.27 is Here!

Now available, the latest update to Epic Games' real-time game engine boasts improvements for creators across multiple industries such as game development, film and television, and architecture; enhanced features include improved VFX workflows, faster light baking, integrated RAD game tools, and production-ready pixel streaming.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Watch… If You Dare: ‘Night of the Animated Dead’ Trailer

Which is scarier, the dead or the ‘Animated’ dead? Find out on September 21 when the 2D feature based on George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic comes to digital; Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD drops October 5.

Spies Ahoy! Headline News

FX Networks Drops New ‘Archer’ Clip

In a Season 12 prelude, Sterling Archer establishes a basic truth that ‘Yes, champagne is the breakfast of alcohol;’ the self-absorbed spy and his chronically dysfunctional spymaster colleagues return to bungle a new set of missions starting August 25 on FXX, the next day on FX on Hulu.

People Headline News

FuseFX’s Brian Kubovcik and Lindsay Seguin Head to Atlanta

Long-time leaders from VFX company’s New York facility go south, bolstering team at growing Georgia location; Kubovick assumes role as head of studio and senior VFX supervisor with Seguin serving as head of production and executive producer at her new post.

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