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9th Street Films’ Flame Post Pipeline Helps Deliver High-End VFX on Indie Budget

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:27pm

Full service creative shop’s innovative workflow helps deliver time and money-saving VFX, color, and editorial on projects like ‘Sixth of June’ and ‘Love 40.’

People Headline News

Discreet Arts Opens U.S. Office, Names Steven Wendland President

India-based studio opens in Los Angeles with plans to expand the studio’s 2D and CGI-animated work-for-hire services while developing current and new original IP.

Animated Tales for Kids Headline News

‘The Runaway Bunny’ Animated Special Debuts March 25 on HBO Max

Musical performance and narration by Tracee Ellis Ross and songs by Grammy winning artists Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Rosanne Cash, Ziggy Marley and Kimya Dawson highlight new  2D hand-drawn special, based on the classic children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown.

The Roth Adaptation is Coming! Headline News

Ariana Greenblatt Joins ‘Borderlands’ as the Explosive Tiny Tina

The talented actress is no stranger to uncouth humor and action films, but just how vulgar will director Eli Roth allow the 13-year-old to be in her portrayal of the wild and insane character?

Africa’s First Kid Superhero Headline News

Kukua and Lupita Nyong’o Launching ‘Super Sema’ on International Women’s Day

The Nairobi-based female-led kids’ edutainment studio partners with Oscar-winning actress and author on a new YouTube Kids & Family Original animated series featuring Africa’s first kid superhero; ‘Black Panther’ star lends her voice to the upcoming two-part episode as well as the series’ trailer.

Holy Fight Choreography! ANIMATIONWorld

Behind the Martial Arts and Motifs of ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Striving to create distinct, authentic, and believable fight choreography, artists on Disney’s new animated action fantasy were determined to show emotion-packed action quite different from what audiences are used to seeing on screen.

Supporting Women in Entertainment Headline News

Netflix Honors International Women’s Day

The streaming giant earmarks the first $5 million of their recently announced Creative Equity Fund for programs that support and promote women in the global entertainment industry; watch the Women’s Day Netflix video, narrated by Janet Mock, honoring groundbreaking women in entertainment history.

Independent Animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘Bombay Rose’ Paints an Intimate Portrait of India’s Past and Present

For writer and director Gitanjali Rao, the ‘love’ within a simple rose inspired her compelling and beautifully hand-painted animated film about people in India living unfulfilled lives as they struggle to survive.

Business Headline News

Netflix Acquires ‘Teddy and the Guardian of the Night’

Dwayne Johnson to produce family adventure film from Seven Bucks Productions and FlynnPictureCo that tells the story of stuffed teddy bears coming to life to protect kids from all things that go bump in the night; Josh Stolberg and Bobby Florsheim have been tapped to pen the screenplay.

Aye-aye Headline News

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Premieres Today on Paramount+

‘Aye-aye, Captain!’ – the latest CG movie adventures of the Bikini Bottom gang hits the interwebs as ViacomCBS’ new streaming service launches with an under the sea splash; stop any important work and descend into wackiness with three zany clips.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Nickelodeon’s ‘Baby Shark’s Big Show!’ Debuts March 26

The series follows Baby Shark and his best friend William on their adventures in their underwater community of Carnivore Cove; following premiere, the episode will be available on Nick Jr. On Demand and Download-To-Own services, as well as Noggin.

Our Favorite Starfish Returns! Headline News

‘SpongeBob’ Spinoff ‘The Patrick Star Show’ Nabs Nickelodeon Greenlight

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:37am

Bill Fagerbakke will reprise his role in the new 2D animated family sitcom starring the famed starfish, his wild whims, and surreal imagination, set to air on Nick this summer.

Our Favorite Sponge Returns! ANIMATIONWorld

An Endless Summer of Cartoon Fun: ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:41am

Executive producers Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller discuss Nickelodeon’s first-ever ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ spinoff series, a prequel that follows 10-year-old SpongeBob, his pals, and their summertime sleepaway camp hijinks, premiering today on the new Paramount+ streaming platform.

5 Seconds of Pure Joy Headline News

Titmouse's Virtual ‘5 Second Animation Night’ Screening Begins March 5

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:21pm

Can’t miss 2021 virtual edition of the studio’s famed ‘5 Second Day’ annual in-house animated shorts program screening will be available through midnight on March 7.

Business Headline News

Korean Webtoon ‘Dr. Brain’ Nabs Live-Action Series Order at Apple TV+

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:44pm

Sci-fi thriller based on the popular webtoon is the first Korean-language project for the streamer; ‘Parasite’s Lee Sun-Kyun to star, with Kim Jee-Woon writing and directing.

Animated Feature Films ANIMATIONWorld

Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is Finally Here

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 1:47pm

After pushing its original November 25, 2020 release date because of the COVID-19 pandemic as it quickly pivoted hundreds of artists to produce the bulk of the film from home, the studio delivers a beautiful and emotionally fulfilling epic adventure; the film releases simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+ this Friday, March 5.

Cops Getting Animated Headline News

A Now Animated Season 4 of ‘No Activity’ Debuts April 8 on Paramount+

CBS Studios drops trailer for the popular, previously live-action original comedy series that gets an all-new CG animated format. 

Animated Political Satire Returns! Headline News

‘Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News’ Debuts March 4 on Paramount+

New season of the satirical animated series kicks off with a half-hour special to celebrate the streaming service’s rebranding; Season 2 welcomes several new analysts and two new segments.

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

48th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:29am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Onward,’ ‘Soul,’ ‘The Croods: A New Age,’ ‘The Willoughbys,’ and ‘Trolls World Tour’ top the huge list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony set to stream live on Friday, April 16.

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