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Cartoons On the Bay Announces 2021 Pulcinella Award Winners

Top winners at festival’s 25th edition include ‘The Game Catchers’ for Best Preschool TV Series; ‘Mila’ for Best Short Film; and Cartoon Saloon’s ‘The Wolfwalkers’ for Best Feature.

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The-Artery’s David Yurman Holiday Collection Spot Takes Flight

Design company sends an owl soaring through Central Park in ‘Magical Menagerie,’ using wintery 2D and 3D animation to showcase the park’s iconic statues as well as the brand’s latest collection.

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‘Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends’ Swings into Homes Everywhere

The popular Disney children’s show is now available on DVD featuring all 12 episodes from the first season and 11 bonus shorts.

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Kukua Releases ‘Super Sema’ Holiday Special Teaser

Sema comes together with family and friends to celebrate their hopes and dreams in ‘The Day of Dreams’ episode, executive produced by Lupita Nyong’o; the YouTube Original animated series is produced by the Nairobi-based edutainment studio’s award-winning female team.

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Academy Announces 26 Animated Features Eligible for Oscar Consideration

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 6, 2021 at 12:28pm

Members will vote to determine five nominees for best animated feature film award; films also qualify for other categories including best picture.

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Digital Extremes Drops Blur Studio’s ‘The New War’ Trailer

CG cinematic uses bold visuals, strong emotion, and intense action to preview the newest expansion of the popular ‘Warframe’ action game; release is slated for December 15.

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Keanu Hints in ‘The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience' Teaser

In the lead up to The Game Awards coming December 9, Epic Games and the original movie team, led by director Lana Wachowski, offer a glimpse into the future of storytelling created with UE5.

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Genius Brands Takes Stake in YFE

With Canada’s WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. firmly in the company’s stable, media company moves to increase European and global streaming foothold by acquiring 28.6% of Your Family Entertainment AG; former Disney executive Paul Robinson tapped to guide and oversee international growth of Kartoon Channel!

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Watch ‘JG and the BC Kids’ Feature Trailer

Breaking stereotypes with characters from diverse backgrounds and cultures, the 2D animated film, co-produced by Toonz Media Group, Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment and Elijah Rock Productions and slated for a March/April 2022 release, features two Black central characters - a schoolboy and a young science whiz, plus a female superhero who encourages kids to believe in themselves.

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Sony Drops ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)’ Teaser

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7:07am

We finally get our first real look at the sequel to Sony Pictures Animation’s 2018 Oscar-winning animated feature; highly anticipated follow-up set to hit theaters October 7, 2022.

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Mighty Coconut Staffs Up in Wake of ‘Walkabout Mini Golf’ VR Success

Entertainment studio bolsters leadership team with trio of new hires; Don Carson named Senior Art Director, Michèle Martell, Licensing & Legal Counsel and David Wyatt, Head of Communications & Business Strategy.

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Peacock Reveals ‘Supernatural Academy’ Premiere Date and Cast

Streamer bolsters animation line-up with YA 3D/CG fantasy series about otherworldly sisters separated at birth and reunited at a school for the supernatural; series drops January 20 with all 16 episodes.

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EXCLUSIVE: Listen to ‘Christmas Fizz’ From Aardman’s ‘Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas’

Give a holiday cheer for an Aardman double header featuring today’s arrival of the digital Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and animated special; the quirky fresh tracks by Tom Howe are available on Lakeshore Records, while the stop-motion winter’s tale and its all-star sheepy cast is now streaming on Netflix.

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SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Hybrid Conference to Continue as Planned

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 3, 2021 at 10:27am

With a comprehensive range of onsite safety and hygiene measures in place, event will welcome attendees in-person at the Tokyo International Forum from December 14-17; international attendees will join virtually from all over the world.

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‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Season 4 Now Streaming on Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 3, 2021 at 7:03am

Our six intrepid campers finally escape Isla Nublar, only to discover grave new dangers when shipwrecked on a mysterious island; all-new episodes of DreamWorks Animation’s Annie Award-winning series premiere today, December 3.

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GIRAF 2021 Winners Announced

The Quickdraw Animation Society’s annual event showcases Canadian and International animation; winners include ‘My Head Aches When I Look Too Long’ named Best Canadian Short Film and ‘Boxballet’ honored as Best International Short Film.

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Animated Short ‘On/Off’ and Frida Kahlo Take ‘Shape’ in Paint

Writer, director, and animator Nicolás P. Villarreal brings the famed artist to San Francisco via an outdoor mural to explore the ‘shapes’ of his vision; his seven-minute award-winning 2D animated film celebrates the structure and discipline needed to achieve our dreams.

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It’s Done: Unity Completes Weta Digital Acquisition

The real-time content development platform finalizes its US$1.625 billion purchase of the legendary VFX studio’s digital tools, pipeline and engineering talent; VFX teams now operating as standalone WetaFX under CEO Prem Akkaraju and majority owner Sir Peter Jackson. 

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Aardman’s ‘The Very Small Creatures’ Premieres on Sky Kids

The stop-motion preschool show, a spin-off of the hugely popular ‘Morph’ series, follows 5 toddler-like clay creatures who explore a child’s play area when they’re alone; special holiday episode, ‘A Very Small Christmas,’ drops December 19.

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