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Walt Disney Studios Drops New Trailer and Images for ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Highly anticipated new animated adventure about a lone warrior who must track down the legendary last dragon to save her world releases March 5, 2021 simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+; all-star voice cast includes Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, and Daniel Dae Kim.

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‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing is Here’ Flies the Coop and Heads to Peacock

The latest chapter of Emmy Award winner Tony Hale and DreamWorks Animation’s 2D animated comedy, about the misadventures of a curious, loveable chicken, moves over to NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform, premiering February 18.

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'Kapaemahu’ Helps Revive Hidden Hawaiian History of Healing and Aloha

Beautifully animated, award-winning 2D short celebrates the long-suppressed, centuries-old story of Waikiki’s mysterious four-boulder monument to the gentle people, both male and female in mind and body, who brought science and healing to the island.

TV Animation Headline News

Sneak Peek Weekend: ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ Episode 1 Premiere

The exclusive Kartoon Channel! event runs January 29-31 and will feature an introduction from series co-executive producer and star, Arnold Schwarzenegger; the shows officially debuts Spring 2021.

Go Electric! Headline News

Mark Ruffalo Stars in Veloz’s ‘Electric for All’ Culture Change Campaign

Creative studio Laundry’s ‘40 Million Reasons to Go Electric’ features bright, avant-garde 2D animation paired with music by LA-based singer Ayoni.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP95: Clyde Henry Productions Talks About Animation, Storytelling, Puppets, and Snails

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:02pm

Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, who produced ‘Madame Tutli-Putli’ and ‘Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life’ with the National Film Board of Canada, discuss their upcoming NFB film and how they created strange hats for Cirque du Soliel.

Music for TV Headline News

Gareth Coker to Score Studio Wildcard’s ‘ARK: The Animated Series’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2:37pm

The BAFTA-nominated composer is known for scoring Ubisoft’s ‘Immortals: Fenyx Rising and Microsoft’s upcoming ‘Halo Infinite.’

People Headline News

Guru Studio Names Jody Jessop Head of Recruiting and Community Engagement

20-year industry veteran will be tasked with leading creative talent recruitment as the company continues a period of unprecedented growth; will also promote the studio’s community initiatives including mentorship and training programs for artists.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Mondo TV and MOPI to Co-Produce New Season of ‘MeteoHeroes’

The popular environmentally themed animated series will begin Season 2 production in first quarter 2021; show follows the adventures of six superpowered kids using science to save Earth.

Technology Headline News

LoUPE Simplifies Storytelling with Technology ‘For Artists, By Artists’

Tangent Labs co-founder Jeff Bell shares how their platform integrates asset management, production and task management, review and collaboration, sketching, draw overs, and note taking to enable transparent, accessible, and innovative animation and VFX creativity.

Politics Headline News

Did ‘The Simpsons’ Once Again Predict the Future?

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:52pm

The iconic series, known for its uncanny prescience, showed Lisa Simpson succeeding Donald Trump as President back in a 2000 episode… wearing an outfit eerily similar to VP Kamala Harris’ inauguration suit and pearls.

Careful What You Wish For Headline News

‘Wish Dragon’ Opens with $7.15 Million at China Box Office

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:49pm

The Sony Pictures Animation animated adventure, set to premiere later this year on Netflix, is Chinese studio Base Animation’s first original feature; movie tells the story of a working-class student and a cynical dragon in pursuit of a long-lost friend.

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Augenblick Studios Appoints Carrie Miller COO

Industry veteran brings expertise in digital production and original IP development; will be tasked with advancing the studio’s vision and distinct approach to animation.

Santa GOT My Letter! Headline News

New ‘GOT’ Project ‘Tales of Dunk and Egg’ in Development at HBO

The series will chronicle a sequence of novellas set about 90 years before the events of Game of Thrones, and will follow the exploits of Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and a young Aegon V Targaryen (Egg).

Life finds a way Headline News

‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Season 2 Now Streaming on Netflix

All-new episodes of the hit DreamWorks Animation adventure series find the kids forced deep into the jungle when T.Rex takes over Main Street; watch some teaser clips from the new season.

People Headline News

The Visual Effects Society Announces 2021 Board of Directors’ Officers

Lisa Cooke was named board chair and is the first woman elected to lead the organization; other officers include Emma Clifton Perry, David Tanka, Jeffrey Okun, and Gavin Graham.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Rémi Chayé’s ‘Calamity Jane’ Kicks Off FIAF’s 2021 Animation First Festival

February 5 opening night will feature the Annecy Crystal winning film’s US premiere; the festival will also feature two recently announced special programs highlighting animation from Africa.

VFX breakdowns Headline News

VFX Legion Brings on the Nightmares in Amazon Prime’s ‘Black Box’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:18am

Studio delivers over 200 shots on the latest entry in the ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse’ psychological thriller film anthology; dark story centers on an amnesiac desperate to regain his memory.

People Headline News

Millimages Names Marina Narishkin Director General

New appointment will spearhead strategic studio transformation through diversification, development of new IP for TV and film, and creation of new global licensing network.

Machines Rule! Headline News

Netflix Buys Lord and Miller’s ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ from Sony Pictures Animation

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:11am

Previously titled ‘Connected’ and slated for an October 23, 2020 theatrical release before being unset, the animated comedy from the Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ producers will be released later in 2021.

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