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More Monkey Business is Afoot! Headline News

Hulu Drops Marvel’s ‘Hit-Monkey’ Season 2 Announcement

It’s official, the badass monkey and his pal, the assassin ghost, will return with all-new episodes of Yakuza-killing fury; they’re on a mission, and it’s taking them to New York City.

Such a Cute Little Critter… Doing What? ANIMATIONWorld

‘Natural Habitat Shorts’: Like ‘Ranger Rick,’ But for Adults

Brennan Brinkley, Nicole Low, and Tyler Kula’s series of 3D shorts, all under 1 minute, throw various anthropomorphic animals - always cute, sometimes quite naughty - into contemporary human situations that play off fun facts about that specific animal, now playing on YouTube and other socials.

It Was Only a Matter of Time Headline News

Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Pen ‘Tomb Raider’ Series for Prime Video

The project, based on the popular franchise spanning multiple video games, films, and an anime series, is the latest in an overall deal between the streaming giant and the ‘Fleabag’ author.

An Unlikely Duo Headline News

Nickelodeon’s Animated Series ‘Bossy Bear’ Debuts March 6

The all-new preschool show follows Bossy Bear and Turtle, two unlikely friends, as they navigate their childhood (mis)adventures; Season 1 features Lance Bass and Michael Turchin in recurring guest voice roles.

Artsy Star Wars Shorts Return! Headline News

Disney+ Drops ‘Star Wars: Visions’ Volume 2 Lineup and Release Date

Lucasfilm’s unique anthology returns May 4 with nine new shorts created by an international line-up of award-winning filmmakers and animation studios, including Cartoon Saloon, Aardman, and Triggerfish, harnessing different animation styles, each offering a new take on the mythos of ‘Star Wars.’  

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 194: Spiridon Giannakis and Everything About Art Book Publishing

The German art book publisher/magazine editor discusses the world of print media, his career journey, which culminated with establishing his own publishing business, and the ins and outs of the business.

Awards Headline News

73rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards Nominees Revealed

‘The Bad Guys,’ ‘Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio,’ ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,’ ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ and ‘Turning Red’ are nominated in the animated features category; winners will be announced at the March 5 awards ceremony.

The New DCU Headline News

Details Aplenty Revealed for New DC Universe Slate

Co-Chairmen and CEOs of DC Studios Peter Safran and James Gunn dive a bit deeper into the next generation of DC films and television series, and how the new core continuity will work.

TV VFX VFXWorld

Framestore Sets Sail on ‘1899’ with New Virtual Production Tools

The award-winning VFX studio’s team, led by Connor Ling and Freddy Salazar, created tools integrated with Unreal Engine 5.1 to render and project realistic backgrounds onto an LED wall using 18 different machines with dual GPUs, for the Netflix series about an ocean liner diverted to answer a distress signal from a long-lost sister ship.

The New DCU Headline News

DC Studios Reveals Release Date for ‘The Batman – Part II’

The sequel to Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ will hit theaters October 3, 2025 under the DC Elseworlds banner, separate from the new DC Universe core continuity just revealed by James Gunn and Peter Safran.

Mando! Headline News

This is the Way! Disney+ Teases ‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian’ Season 3

The streamer shares key art and a featurette to tide fans over until the new 8-episode season’s March 1 release; Lucasfilm’s original live-action series follows the continuing journeys of Din Djarin through the Star Wars galaxy.

It’s Unreal Headline News

Impossible Objects Illustrates the Power of Sustainable Virtual Production

Tapping NantStudio’s advanced LED stage powered by Unreal Engine for its ‘auto demo’ project, the studio demonstrates the sustainability impact of harnessing the cutting-edge technology, both in financial and environmental costs.

Marvel-ous VFX Headline News

Cinesite Shares ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ VFX Breakdown Reel

The studio delivered almost 400 visual effects shots, with its London facility producing a single 10-minute sequence and Montreal facility creating a range of sequences, including full water simulations, integrating CG ships, digi-doubles and a helicopter crashing into the ocean.

Business Headline News

WGA West Blasts Warner Bros. Discovery Merger for Repercussions to Writers and Diversity

Showrunners of ‘Tuca & Bertie,’ ‘Gordita Chronicles,’ and ‘Whistleblower’ contributed personal accounts for the “Broken Promises Bulletin,” an addendum of a larger 2021 report showcasing the creative carnage caused by corporate mega-mergers.

The New DCU Headline News

New DCU Slate Touts 10 Interconnected Film and Television Projects

The upcoming shows – almost all live-action - make up ‘Chapter 1’ of the new core, interconnected DC Universe; the first film, ‘Superman: Legacy,’ hits theaters July 11, 2025.

Meeting a True Master ANIMATIONWorld

Animated Characters: The Art of Babbitt – Part 1

Animator, director, character designer, teacher, and writer Nancy Beiman shares Part 1 of her extensive, 2-part, 1979 interview with famed animator Art Babbitt, whom she met as a 21-year-old Cal Arts student after visiting Richard Williams’ L.A. studio on a dare.

Technology Headline News

Silver Spoon Rewrites XR Playbook for Nick Simulcast of CBS Christmas Day Game

The NY-based real-time animation and virtual production studio’s immersive ‘Nickified’ game day viewing experience included technological firsts in AI, real-time AR graphics, and mixed reality resulting in record-breaking viewership.

People Headline News

Aardman Appoints Laura Taylor-Williams as Head of Digital and Strategic Development

In the newly created role, exec will lead a team covering commercial and creative strategies in digital publishing, as well as the strategic direction of digital monetization across AVOD, FAST and EST.

Animation to be Proud Of! ANIMATIONWorld

Bruce Smith and Ralph Farquhar Talk ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’ Season 2

According to the executive producers, the sophomore season is even ‘louder and prouder,’ with new characters and deeper stories centered on culturally significant experiences within the Black community such as interracial dating and Juneteenth; new season debuts February 1 on Disney+.

It’s Happing on Hulu Headline News

Hulu Orders ‘King of the Hill’ Reboot

After getting turned down at FOX, co-creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels have taken their series resurrection plans elsewhere, along with the original voice cast that includes Kathy Najimy and Pamela Adlon; still set in the fictional town of Arlen, Texas, the show takes place in present-day U.S.A.

People Headline News

VisualCreatures Names Ian Unterreiner President

Former Zoic exec to helm AGBO’s recently acquired virtual production studio, specializing in real-time applications in visual effects and animation, to be housed at its downtown Los Angeles creative campus.  

Engage! Headline News

Paramount+ Drops ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Final Season Trailer

The iconic admiral is forced to confront the legacy of his past and new revelations that may alter the fate of the Federation; Season 3 premieres February 16 exclusively on Paramount+.

Stop-Motion Exhibition Headline News

‘Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA’ Exhibition Opening at Seattle’s MoPOP

The multi-award-winning stop-motion studio's newest and largest exhibit features immersive displays, film artifacts, and interactives spotlighting ‘Coraline;’ ‘ParaNorman;’ ‘The Boxtrolls;’ ‘Kubo and the Two Strings;’ ‘Missing Link;’ and the upcoming ‘Wildwood;’ show kicks off in March and runs through Summer 2024.

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