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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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How Your Animation Studio’s Review Process Could be More Efficient

A rock-solid review process is essential for a smooth-running production pipeline, especially with typically lengthy render times; using Nuke alongside Hiero and HieroPlayer helps ensure projects meet deadlines and client demands.

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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.

Hand-Crafted Animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘Namoo’: An Artist Reflects on Life, Death, and Everything In-between

Using frames hand-painted with Quill and VR headsets, Oscar-nominated director Erick Oh and his production team at Emmy Award-winning Baobab Studios expertly crafted a thought-provoking and emotional 3D animated short that follows the beautiful and heartbreaking moments of a man’s life.

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Look Inside Development on Riot Games’ ‘Teamfight Tactics: Gizmos and Gadgets’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 3, 2021 at 3:45pm

Jonathan Santoro and Ashley Samour share exclusive visuals and insights into the design and animation of the company’s cinematic - that includes fan-favorite characters Pengu, Chroncc, and Jinx - for the launch of its new ‘Battle of the Bots’ set. 

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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.

Life finds a way ANIMATIONWorld

‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Balances Heavy with Heart in Season 4

Executive producer Scott Kreamer shares how the show’s resourceful campers finally escape Isla Nublar, only to shipwreck on a mysterious island filled with more genetically altered dinosaurs, plus robots… and a budding romance; the new season of DreamWorks Animation’s Annie Award-winning series premieres today, December 3, on Netflix.

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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.

Awards Headline News

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.

Animated Features ANIMATIONWorld

‘Encanto’ Pushes Animation Boundaries While Celebrating the Fundamentals of Family

Director Byron Howard, director/co-writer Jared Bush, co-director/co-writer Charise Castro Smith, and producers Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer offer their filmmaking insights on Disney’s new computer-animated musical, now in theaters.

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‘F’ is for ‘Family,’ ‘Forgiving’ and ‘Effing Funny’

As the fifth and final season of Netflix’s expletive-laden animated comedy series ‘F Is for Family’ finally premieres, co-creator and showrunner Michael Price reflects on what it all means to him and the Murphys.

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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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‘Twenty Something’ Takes Best in Show at SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival

‘Le Retour des Vagues’ and ‘Les larmes de la Seine’ each awarded Best Student Project in first-ever tie; ‘Only a Child,’ a visual poem created by over 20 animation directors, wins Jury Special award.

Animated TV Series Headline News

CN Drops ‘We Baby Bears’ Show Open Video

A spin-off of the popular ‘We Bare Bears,’ the all-new animated comedy features the lovable siblings as their baby selves, traveling in search of a home; the series premieres January 1 on Cartoon Network.

Awards Headline News

‘Flee’ Named Best Animated Feature at Manchester Animation Festival

Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s film takes top honors alongside Best Short ‘Navozande, The Musician’ and Best Student Film ‘BusLine35A;’ Industry Excellence Awards also announced.

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