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The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Now Streaming

The future of dragons is NOW on Hulu and Peacock; the all-new CG animated series, set 1,300 years after the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise, follows a group of misfit kids who uncover, and then must protect, the secret of where dragons have been hiding.

Feature Film VFX Headline News

Scanline Comes up Roses with ‘Eternals’ VFX

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 1:19pm

Leading visual effects studio delivers 233 shots across 12 sequences, including the action-packed battle through Camden between the deviant Kro and Eternals Sersei and Sprite, turning a double decker bus into rose petals, and extensive cosmic FX work including suns, big bang explosions, and supernovas, on Marvel’s latest MCU adventure.

Channel Your Inner Superhero Headline News

Apple TV+ Drops Trailer for ‘El Deafo’

The streamer kicks off the new year with a heartwarming 3-part animated series about a young girl who finds her inner superhero as she copes with losing her hearing; all episodes premiere January 7.

Home Entertainment Headline News

The Magical Casita Comes Home - ‘Encanto’ Hits Digital December 24th

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 60th animated feature will soon be available to enjoy at home starting tomorrow for digital and February 8th for 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD; includes all-new animated short, Far From The Tree, plus sing-along version with on-screen lyrics and never-before-seen bonus features.

Business Headline News

VlogBox Partners with Ya - Alisa to Attract New CTV/OTT Audiences

Deal with leading global CTV app and distribution platform will bring prominent kids’ YouTube channel content to Roku, Amazon, and Android TV, capturing new OTT viewers and revenue streams. 

Nothing Up My Sleeve! Headline News

Marvel Drops ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Trailer and Poster

The MCU expands further into the dark arts with Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, and Elizabeth Olsen up to old, and new tricks; the highly anticipated sequel to studio’s 2016 hit, ‘Doctor Strange,’ makes its way to U.S. theaters May 6, 2022.

Do It in the Cloud Headline News

DeadDrop Labs Helps WeFX ‘See’ with the Power of AWS

Cloud specialists help Toronto-based VFX studio adopt a scalable hybrid cloud-based infrastructure built on Amazon Web Services to tackle visual effects work on Apple TV+’s hit futuristic series.  

Awards Headline News

VIEW Conference Announces 2021 View Award Winners

The Grand Prize goes to ‘Les Chaussures de Louis,’ with Special Achievement Awards going to Simone Giampaolo’s ‘Only a Child,’ and India Barnardo’s ‘Cat and Moth;’ the conference’s 2021 online edition is now available on demand.

The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Sneak Peek

Premiering December 23, the all-new animated series is inspired by and set 1,300 years after the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise; 3 clips share glimpses of what’s hitting Hulu and Peacock tomorrow… and the first rule of Dragon Club!

Supporting Unreal Innovations Headline News

New Epic MegaGrant Recipients Announced

Supporting over 1,600 recipients so far, Epic Games continues its commitment to furthering the progress of creators, anywhere, doing outstanding work with Unreal Engine or contributing to open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community; nearly 400 new recipients have been named in 2021 alone.

Business Headline News

OptiTrack Teams with StretchSense for Motion Capture Solution

Partnership will allow customers a simplified technology set through a single channel; integrations of mo-cap products create smoother workflows for game and film studios.

Claymation Xmas Wonderland Headline News

Watch: Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Christmas Saves the Year’ Stopmo Music Video

Made in 65 days with 40 pounds of clay, Mr. Oz’s Claymation Christmas wonderland brings the music duo’s holiday musical celebration to life.

Opportunity Knocks! Headline News

Walt Disney Animation Announces 2022 2D/Hand-Drawn Trainee Program

The 12-month program offers training across character animation, effects animation and cleanup under the mentorship of iconic masters such as Eric Goldberg, Mark Henn, Randy Haycock, and Rachel Bibb; deadline for applications is January 23, 2022.

Oscar Shortlists Headline News

Academy Announces Shortlists in 10 Categories for 94th Oscars

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 1:27pm

VFX category narrowed down to 10 films, while animated short category narrowed to 15; voting for nominations runs January 27 – February 1, 2022.

Coming to Amerika! Headline News

Comedy Central’s Animated Channel Launches ‘Momo’s Amerika’

The new four-part animated series, about an Egyptian immigrant who settles in the OC in search of his own version of the ‘American Dream,’ is now streaming on the networks’ new dedicated animation channel on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Band of Drunken Misfits Arrives Soon! Headline News

Prime Video Drops ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ Clip and Image

Based on Critical Role’s first livestreamed RPG campaign and born of a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, the highly anticipated adult animated fantasy-adventure series hits the streamer January 28.

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

49th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 9:09am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Encanto,’ ‘Luca,’ ‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ ‘Sing 2,’ and ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ top the expansive list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony is scheduled to return live on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Events Headline News

FMX 2022 Announces First Program Confirmations

The hybrid onsite/online event, running May 3-6, includes presentations from Apple TV+ on their space saga ‘Foundation,’ the story behind Steven Appleby’s first graphic novel ‘Dragman,’ and a keynote by program chair Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull.

GoT Meets Invaders from Mars Headline News

George R.R. Martin and Trioscope Release ‘Night of the Cooters’ Trailer

The new short, directed by and starring Vincent D’Onofrio, employs the studio’s unique hybrid live-action/animation process where the visuals immerse the viewer in what feels like a moving graphic novel.

Commercials Headline News

Nexus Studios Creates Stop-Motion Gift Cards for Airbnb

Four charming vignettes depict real places and experiences available on the platform; featured characters had pre-shoot journeys from pencil sketch through to 3D modelling and printing before coming to life with stop-frame 'replacement animation' technique.

streaming entertainment Headline News

Season 2 of ‘Cartoon Punch’ Launches on Twitch

Frederator Media’s interactive game show gives contestants audience prompts and challenges; the digital event will raise money for ‘Feed the Children’ with viewers able to make donations via a link on Twitch.

animation markets Headline News

Submissions Now Open: Animation Production Days 2022

A joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and FMX, ADP takes place May 4-6; projects in the fields of film, TV series, mobile content, games, cross- and transmedia will be accepted until February 21.

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