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85th Batman Anniversary Headline News

The Folio Society Releases ‘DC: Batman’ in Collaboration with DC

In celebration of the 85th anniversary of the first comic book appearance of Batman, the new project, curated by former DC Comics President Jennette Kahn, presents a dozen of the greatest Batman comics of all time, including a replica copy of ‘Batman #1.’

Here’s to Second Chances Headline News

‘Wings of Fire’ Animated Series Moves to Amazon

Adaptation of the popular children’s books by Tui T. Sutherland has found a new home at Amazon MGM Studios after being shelved at Netflix in 2022 amid company layoffs.

The Layoffs Continue Headline News

Sony Interactive Entertainment Lays Off 900 Employees

The division responsible for PlayStation devices and multiple game development studios has ‘concluded that tough decisions have become inevitable,’ says CEO Jim Ryan.

Journey to a Futuristic Nigeria ANIMATIONWorld

Weaving Through the Fabric of Disney and Kugali’s ‘Iwájú’

Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pan-African entertainment company Kugali’s 6-part original series about a young girl’s coming-of-age story living in a futuristic Lagos, Nigeria, ‘wraps’ viewers in vibrantly colored and patterned clothing that captures the show’s cherished African heritage, debuting today, February 28, on Disney+.

5 Seconds of Fun Headline News

Titmouse Announces Annual ‘5 Second Night’ Screenings

Don’t miss this year’s showcase of the studio’s in-house animated shorts program, screening live in theaters once again; coming to Los Angeles March 27, Vancouver April 3 and New York April 5 – tickets now on sale.

We Want More Po Headline News

Exclusive: ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Behind the Animation Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 11:08am

It’s the biggest, most action-packed ‘Kung Fu Panda’ movie ever seen! Watch director Mike Mitchell, co-director Stephanie Ma Stine, and their team talk paint splashes; all-new character designs; creepy, supernatural shape-shifting transformations; terrifying kid bunnies with no social inhibitors; and a Chameleon rig with 8,130 controls! DreamWorks Animation's gorgeous new film hits theaters March 8, 2024.  

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 243: Lee Griffin On Picking Up Blender and Going Viral

The 25-year-old data analyst shares how he picked up Blender as a hobby, created a unique animation style and subsequently saw his short animations go viral on social. 

People Headline News

Warner Bros. Animation Expands Executive Team

Kim Mackey and Jessie Carbonaro join the studio as EVP of Production Talent and VP of Production Talent, respectively, while company executive Susan Akinbola is promoted to VP of Development. 

Heading into Turnaround Headline News

Netflix Scraps Film Adaptations of Rick Riordan’s ‘The Kane Chronicles’

The young adult trilogy’s author, also known for ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians,’ revealed the disheartening news on Goodreads, stating that the project’s future ‘depends on whether another studio would like to step in, assume the pre-production costs, and move forward.’ 

Book Adaptations Oh My! Headline News

Roku Drops Teaser Trailer For ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ Series

The live-action project stars Christian Slater as the evil ogre Mulgarath, Joy Bryant as loving matriarch Helen Grace, and Lyon Daniels and Noah Cottrell as twins Jared and Simon; all eight episodes will be available to stream on April 19.

It’s Pawsome! Headline News

Disney Branded TV Greenlights ‘SuperKitties’ and ‘Pupstruction’ Season 3

The popular animated series, renewed ahead of their Season 2 debuts, gives the fearsome foursome of Kitties more time to make their town ‘pawsome’ while the all-dog construction crew keeps their town in tip-top shape. 

Answer the Call Headline News

Exclusive: ‘Migration – How the Animation is Designed’ Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 11:18am

Director Benjamin Renner, production designer Colin Stimpson, and other members of the creative team share insights into the animation design and how 2D art transforms onto the big-screen in Illumination’s 3DCG animated comedy, available today, February 27, on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.

Have Anime Your Way Headline News

McDonald's to Bring Fictional Anime Restaurant to Life in Four Episodic Shorts

Embark on an epic journey at ‘WcDonald's’ with original episodic short from Studio Pierrot, manga-inspired packaging by Japanese manga artist/illustrator Acky Bright, a new savory chili sauce.

On the Road to the Oscars ANIMATIONWorld

On the Road to the 96th Oscars: The Animated Shorts Nominees

Take a deeper look at ‘Letter to a Pig,’ ‘Ninety-Five Senses,’ ‘Our Uniform,’ ‘Pachyderme,’ and ‘War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John and Yoko,’ all vying for the Best Animated Short Film Oscar at the 96th Academy Awards coming March 10, 2024.

On the Road to the Oscars VFXWorld

On the Road to the 96th Oscars: The Visual Effects Nominees

Take a deeper look at ‘The Creator,’ ‘Godzilla Minus One,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,’ and ‘Napoleon,’ all vying for the Best Visual Effects Oscar at the 96th Academy Awards coming March 10, 2024.

In Passing Headline News

Famed Character Sculptor Kent Melton Passes at 68

Known for his work on multiple high profile animated films including ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Mulan,’ ‘The Incredibles,’ and ‘Coraline,’ the artist dies last Thursday from Lewy body dementia.

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 242: Keith Pakiz on How to Become an Animation Director

The director, story artist, writer, and animator shares his journey, which took him from Cleveland to LA in pursuit of an animation career and how he rose in the ranks working on a variety of shows. 

Technology Advancing Art Headline News

NVIDIA Announces NVIDIA RTX 500 and 1000 Ada Generation Laptop GPUs

Generative AI and hybrid work environments are requiring increasingly powerful laptops; new NVIDIA GPUs will be available in highly portable mobile workstations from partners including Dell, HP, Lenovo and MIS this spring. 

Animation Gets Its Do Headline News

The Academy to Split Short Films and Feature Animation Branch

Short Films and Feature Animation part ways; Board of Governors votes to create 2 new distinct branches: the Animation Branch and Short Films Branch.

We Want More Po Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Sand and Spice Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 26, 2024 at 11:49am

He who controls the spice… controls the Skadoosh! It's possible that consuming properly spiced dim sum will lead you down the path of even greater destiny – or maybe just into battle with the greatest, and smallest, foe you’ve ever faced; Jack Black returns as Po, coming to theaters March 8, 2024.

Awards Headline News

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Producers Guild Award

Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg were honored for their work on Sony Pictures Animation’s Oscar-nominated hit film.

Pushing the Filmmaking Envelope VFXWorld

ILM’s Ian Comley and Charmaine Chan Talk ‘The Creator’ VFX

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 4:51pm

The VFX supervisors explain director Gareth Edward’s innovative, slightly radical new approach to filmmaking, a type of ‘reverse engineering,’ including the integration of visual effects, when during the process they’re created, and when it’s best not to use them, on his multiple VES Award-winning sci-fi thriller that’s been nominated for a Best Visual Effects Oscar. 

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