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Sergio Pablos’ ‘Ember’ Will Not Proceed at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 19, 2022 at 1:40pm

The streamer reportedly is no longer moving forward with the Oscar-nominated ‘Klaus’ director and his SPA Studios on the 2D hand-drawn feature, which it announced just this past June as part of its current European slate of animated features and series.

Watch Disney Animation This Christmas! Headline News

Disney’s ‘Strange World’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD

After hitting Disney+ and all major digital platforms on December 23, the animation studio’s newest feature, about a family of explorers as they attempt to navigate a treacherous new land, comes to home entertainment with a slew of bonus features on February 14.

Animated Shorts of the Month ANIMATIONWorld

The Animation Pimp Presents - Binocular Briefs HO HO HO HO HO HO Edition

AWN’s monthly survey of under the radar animated shorts currently – or in this case, previously - traveling the festival circuit – that this month should put everyone in the holiday spirit!

The Day They Almost Caught Captain Jack Sparrow Headline News

Margot Robbie Out, Johnny Depp In for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Spinoff?

In a wild game of musical ships, it seems as though the two fan-favorite actors are contending for the title of Captain.

For the Emperor Headline News

Henry Cavill Boards ‘Warhammer’ Project with Amazon

No stranger to action adventure and franchises with large and demanding fanbases, the previous ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘The Witcher’ actor will now play an integral part in creating a live-action cinematic universe for the beloved tabletop and video game IP.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

Crunchyroll Announces Winter Anime Season Lineup

Check out the massive list… the anime streaming platform debuts largest simulcast lineup ever, including’ TRIGUN STAMPEDE,’ ‘VINLAND SAGA,’ ‘Bungo Stray Dogs,’ and many others.

People Headline News

Former Crunchyroll Execs Kristin Parcell and Stacy Burt Join Toho

Pair will lead the Japanese entertainment production giant’s U.S. expansion, including its first E-Commerce platform outside of Tokyo, launching in 2023.

TV Animation Headline News

Video Game-Embedded Animated Series ‘Hello Neighbor: Welcome to Raven Brooks’ Launches

tinyBuild hopes to pioneer cross-media storytelling, with the series debuting inside their ‘Hello Neighbor 2’ video game that launched December 6.

A Lovecraftian Dark Knight? Headline News

Voice Cast Revealed for ‘Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham’ Feature

David Giuntoli will star as the eponymous hero in an animated adventure of Lovecraftian proportions, set in a 1920s Gotham where the caped crusader accidentally unleashes an evil spirit.

No Cavill for You Headline News

New DCU to Focus on Young Superman, Sans Henry Cavill

Co-CEO of DC Studios James Gunn reveals the new DCU will include a ‘Young Superman’ feature penned by Gunn, with the possibility for the ‘Man of Steel’ actor to re-enter the franchise in the future.

Tiny Bubbles… Not! VFXWorld

Wētā Forever: The Esteemed VFX Studio Dives Deep on ‘Black Panther 2’

In an extensive Q & A, Senior Animation Supervisor Sidney Kombo-Kintombo and VFX Supervisor Chris White talk about water, swimming, beards, and bubbles – all part of their work on Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ now in theaters.

Business Headline News

‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ Feature Film Prequel in the Works at Baboon Animation

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 16, 2022 at 11:02am

The famed bear and pals from A. A. Milne’s classic book are headed to the big screen, with DreamWorks alum Mike de Seve directing and co-writing with fellow alum John Reynolds.

Who Did This? ANIMATIONWorld

Animated Characters: Sequence 2 – My New York Times Part 1

Animator, director, character designer, teacher, and writer Nancy Beiman shares her introduction to 'commercial' animation, when she snagged her first job, at Jack Zander’s Animation Parlour in NYC, while still managing to graduate Cal Arts, in the second of an ongoing series of articles - and eventual blog - she’s penning for AWN.

Holy Shatterverse! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Sonic Prime’: Same Sega Flair with Some Redemptive Introspection

Sonic returns with a brand-new ‘universe-shattering’ 3DCG series, where after a run-in with Dr. Eggman, the Blue Blur must race to save more than just the friends he’s taken for granted; now streaming on Netflix.

Who ya gonna call? Headline News

Gil Kenan to Direct ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Live-Action Sequel

Jason Reitman, ‘Afterlife’ director and son of original ‘Ghostbusters’ director Ivan Reitman, has passed the torch to co-writer Kenan while still retaining his roles as producer and co-writer alongside Jason Blumenfeld.

F**k S**t up! Headline News

Prime Video Releases ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ Season 2 Trailer

A 12-episode sophomore season of the highly anticipated adult animated fantasy-adventure series, based on stories and characters developed by Critical Role, hits the streamer in January.

Innovations in Virtual Production Headline News

Watch On-Demand: PNY, Vū, NVIDIA, and Puget Systems’ ‘How Vū is Revolutionizing Virtual Production’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 1:05pm

Free virtual presentation explores how Vū’s virtual production environment, coupled with NVIDIA RTX™ A6000 professional GPUs, optimizes workflows, pushing the boundaries of creative possibilities.

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 189: Eliott Deshusses' Stop-Motion Journey in Germany

The stop-motion animator discusses industry job opportunities in Germany, how he got a rep and shares a behind-the-scenes look at his grad film.

Animation to be Proud Of! Headline News

Disney+ Drops ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder – Guest Cast’ Featurette

Season 2 of the popular animated series, based on the Disney Original ‘The Proud Family,’ debuts on the streamer in February.

animated short films ANIMATIONWorld

Loundraw’s ‘Summer Ghost’: An Intense Journey of Self Discovery

In his animation directorial debut, the manga illustrator and character designer on anime like ‘I Want to Eat Your Pancreas’ and ‘I Fall in Love With You Through a Robot’ explores the mystery and fragility of life and death through the story of three troubled teenagers who summon a spirit that can answer any question.

It’s PANDA-MONIUM! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight’ Season 2 Trailer

Jack Black and Rita Ora return as Po and Wandering Blade, who, along with their motley crew of warriors, embark on new adventures, facing danger at every turn; the all-new 12-episode season comes to Netflix next month.

Education Headline News

Exclusive: LAIKA and Bowie State University Celebrate Stop-Motion Studio Opening

The award-winning ‘Coraline’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ studio’s head of animation, Brad Schiff, was on hand for the launch of the first stop-motion studio at a historically Black college and university (HBCU), as well as first at an institution of higher learning in the state of Maryland.

It’s Unreal! Headline News

Epic MegaGrants Shares Latest Recipients and 2022 Recap

New film and TV recipients include animated shorts - Bit Film’s ‘Little Bird,’ Westworld’s ‘The Silent Sea,’ and Chromosphere’s ‘Mall Stories;’ since its inception 4 years ago, 1,800 recipients across 6 continents have been awarded grants.

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