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Silvergate Media Drops ‘Hilda and the Mountain King’ Official Trailer

Following the ‘Hilda’ Season 2 cliff hanger, the animated special picks up with Hilda stuck in the body of a troll, stranded in troll country, in her quest to return to human form; the epic story launches on Netflix December 30.

The Tree is Smokin Hot! Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘The Great North – Dip the Halls Adventure’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 17, 2021 at 3:58pm

In the all-new holiday-themed episode airing December 19 on FOX, when Jerry's Bigfoot costume gets stolen a few days before Christmas, Beef helps him track it down… and the Tobin kids try to build an elaborate gingerbread village.

Professional training Headline News

EPI Launching ‘Virtual Production Lab’ Workshop

In association with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the online training program for professional filmmakers offers practical training in virtual production; applications are now open – deadline for submission is January 31, 2022.

Technology Headline News

Pixomondo Creates ‘McDonald’s Friends’ Via Virtual Production

LED Volume technology moves from otherworldly to Main Street with real-time CG digital environments that eliminate production cost overages common in on site shoots.

More to Come! Headline News

TBS Picks Up ‘American Dad! for Seasons 18 and 19

Ahead of its January 24 Season 17 premiere, the hugely popular animated adult comedy from 20th Television Animation gets renewed for 2 more seasons; brace yourselves for more comic misadventures of Stan Smith and his family.

The Space Cowboys are Back! Headline News

Ingenuity Studios Has a Blast with ‘Cowboy Bebop’ VFX

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 11:23am

Studio shares visual effects breakdown reel showcasing rockets, explosions, fire and other action graphics replacement work they delivered across 516 shots on Netflix’s live-action sci-fi neo-noir adaptation of the famed anime.

Lucha Libre! Headline News

‘Rey Mysterio vs. The Darkness’ Action-Comedy Coming to Cartoon Network Latin America

The all-new animated series follows Oscar, a wrestling fan who teams up with his wrestling idol to combat supernatural forces of evil; featuring WWE wrestler Óscar Gutiérrez, show will debut in 2022.

Commercials Headline News

Photorealistic CG Hamsters Take Center Stage in Albert Heijn Holiday Campaign

TBWA\NEBOKO tapped creative studio Ambassadors to bring human emotion to the family pet in the Dutch supermarket chain’s annual seasonal short; Harry, the hamster, feels displaced by the arrival of a new baby – not truly forgotten, he finds love and meaning.

Home Sweet Home! Headline News

Netflix Drops Trailer for ‘The House’ Stop-Motion Anthology Series

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 8:20am

We finally get our first look at the animation from Nexus Studios’ highly-anticipated dark comedy about a house and the surreal tales surrounding people who lived there; series premieres January 14.      

Biscuits… and Mustaches Headline News

Roy Kent’s Eyebrows Steal the Show in ‘Ted Lasso’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 5:21pm

Just in time for the holidays, Apple TV+ drops a cute, stop-motion short featuring the Emmy Award-winning series’ ensemble cast helping star Jason Sudeikis’s Ted search for something dear he’s suddenly lost that makes him realize what’s really important.

Business Headline News

Disney Branded TV Teams with Baobab Studios on ‘The Witchverse’

New animated anthology dives into the cultural phenomena of witches, and is based on the award-winning interactive experience ‘Baba Yaga’ that serves as a starting point for Episode 1; show is produced in collaboration with Disney Television Animation for Disney+.

Business Headline News

Pearl Studio Launches Dream Frame Program

The Chinese animation studio has announced new animated features in development, in conjunction with newly launched initiatives to exploring new genres, promote Chinese culture and authentic storytelling while seeking, cultivating and supporting emerging industry talent.

Grrrrrr! Headline News

Disney Drops ‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Teaser

Trailer features executive producer and cast member Laurence Fishburne introducing the highly anticipated 2D series, based on the Marvel comic books, about the adventures of young super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her 10-ton T-Rex; the series is set for release Summer 2022.

Technology Headline News

Adobe Releases Video and Audio Tools Updates Across Creative Cloud

New features and tool updates improve performance and enhance productivity with Premiere Pro and Character Animator, including faster ProRes on Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max, title graphics upgrades for improved search and replace tool, and puppet maker to give animators new ways to create, customize and animate characters

In-Passing Headline News

Famed Historian Giannalberto Bendazzi Passes at 75

The prolific author of more than 30 books, including must-haves ‘Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation’ and the three-volume ‘Animation – A World History’ passed away on Monday, December 13.

Technology Headline News

Autodesk Releases Unreal Live Link Maya Plugin

Developed in collaboration with Epic Games, the new plugin supports seamless animation data exchange between Maya and Unreal Engine to expedite virtual production and game development workflows.

Can Bad Guys Go Good? Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘The Bad Guys’ Trailer Because… It’s Good to be Bad!

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 4:10pm

Studio’s new action comedy about a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws attempting to become model citizens, starring Sam Rockwell, Craig Robinson, and Awkwafina, hits theaters April 22, 2022.

Smile! Headline News

Adult Swim’s ‘Smiling Friends’ Turns Frowns Upside Down

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 3:23pm

Co-creators Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel’s new adult animated comedy features a company tasked with bringing happiness to a bizarre yet colorful world; start 2022 with a smile - series debuts January 9.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ Now on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD

A family road trip evolves into a quest to save the world from a machine apocalypse in the hit CG animated comedy adventure; bonus features include Katie Mitchell’s hilarious sock puppet parody short, ‘Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter,’ a look into her filmmaking process, a look behind the making of the movie, as well as tutorials on how to make sock puppets and Katie face cupcakes.

Navigating 6th Grade in Style Headline News

Paramount+ Announces ‘Big Nate’ Voice Cast

The all-new animated series, based on the kids’ books and comics by Lincoln Peirce, will hit the streamer in 2022; voice actors include Rob Delaney, Dove Cameron, and Bryce Charles.

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