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‘Us Again’ and ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Now on Digital

Catch a sneak peak of Disney Animation's latest short, now available with the digital purchase of Disney’s all-new animated epic adventure.

The Finale We’ve Been Waiting For! ANIMATIONWorld

‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’s Big, Beautiful Lesbian Love Finale

Nominated for two Annie Awards, Noelle Stevenson and DreamWorks Animation’s hit series may have ended its five-season Netflix run, but it’s unflinching support for lifestyle diversity, and message that love and friendship will conquer the fear of failure, will continue to positively impact audiences well into the future.

Insights into TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: Part 1 of AWN-FuseFX VFX Artist Interview Series

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 2, 2021 at 11:31am

VFX supervisors Ariel Altman and Josh Miyaji share insights into their innovative visual effects work on shows like ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Barry,’ and ‘I Know This Much is True.’

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Ánima’s ‘Cranston Academy: Monster Zone’ Opens Down Under April 7

The animated family adventure and finalist for the Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards opens soon in Australia and New Zealand; Double Dutch International will release it theatrically in Mexico, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Italy, CIS & Baltics, Vietnam, Middle East, UK, and South Africa.

Belle-adonna Headline News

WATCH: First Trailer for Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu’s ‘Belle’

The music-driven and reality-bending animated film from the Oscar-nominated ‘Mirai’ director boasts a talented Japanese and international crew that includes ‘Frozen’ and ‘Tangled’ concept artist Jin Kim.

Interactive Special Headline News

Atomic Cartoons Drops Trailer for ‘Last Kids on Earth’ Interactive Special

Coming to Netflix April 6, the 70-minute special produced by Atomic Cartoons lets viewers use their remotes to decide what the ‘Last Kids,’ will do; first series graphic novel, ‘The Last Kids on Earth: Thrilling Tales,’ hits store shelves the same day.

Running with the Pack! ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s ‘Wolfwalkers’

This beautifully designed film, a story of conflict between civilization and nature, stands in defiance of individualism, reminding us that despite our own strength and resolve, we still need the energy and healing power of the community.

Honor Has A New Name! Headline News

Netflix Unveils ‘Yasuke’ Teaser Trailer and Poster

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 6:11pm

Bound by honor, compelled to defend; debuting globally on April 29, the reimagined story of the first African samurai is directed by LaSean Thomas and stars LaKeith Stanfield, with animation by ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ production studio MAPPA and music by Flying Lotus.  

There’s More to Life Than Bits and Bytes Headline News

DreamWorks’ ‘Doug Unplugs’ Returns April 2 with All-New Episodes

Doug the robot is back, unplugged, and on an adventure to discover the wonders of the human world firsthand; the animated series streams globally only on Apple TV+.

Acting! Headline News

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and AMC Announce ‘Ultra City Smiths’ Cast

Created by Steve Conrad, the stop-motion animated series is slated for Summer 2021 release; all-star voice lineup includes John C. Reilly, Da’vine Joy Randolph, Jimmi Simpson, Bebe Neuwirth, Melissa Villaseñor, and Jason Mantzoukas.

Grrrrrrr! Headline News

‘Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal: The Complete First Season’ Comes Home June 1

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment delivers all 10 episodes from Adult Swim’s Season 1 of the iconic director’s tale of an unlikely friendship between a caveman and a dinosaur trying to survive in a violent, primordial world; the Blu-ray and DVD feature exclusive behind the scenes interviews – now available in Digital.

Tatooine Tango Headline News

Disney+ ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Series Adds A-List Cast

Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie have joined the show in mystery roles alongside Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars and Bonnie Piesse as Beru Lars.

SpongeBob Doesn’t Go Viral Headline News

‘SpongeBob’ Flu Episode Pulled Over Sensitive Pandemic Themes

‘Kwarantined Crab’ removed from Paramount+ and Amazon Prime libraries; follows an outbreak of ‘Clam Flu’ at the Krusty Krab that forces patrons to stay quarantined in the restaurant.

Spread Your Wings and Fly! Headline News

'Birdgirl' Soars Onto Adult Swim

Spin-off series from the hilarious world of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law follows a CEO Superhero trying to right the wrongs of her not so ‘green’ family business; new half-hour comedy series premieres April 4.

People Headline News

DNEG Names Roy C. Anthony Global Head of Research

Industry trailblazer tapped to lead innovation across company’s VFX and animation teams, with a focus on emerging technologies, real-time technology, and the use of AI; previous SIGGRAPH chair will also nurture relationships with SIGGRAPH, VES and other industry organizations.

Achievements in Entertainment Technology Headline News

The Third Floor, Digital Domain Lead Lumiere Awards Honorees

The Advanced Imaging Society’s 11th annual awards honored technical achievements currently accelerating the entertainment industry; 12 distinguished technical achievements were recognized for cutting-edge technology having ‘Impact through Innovation.’

Nominated for an Annie! ANIMATIONWorld

Storyboarding the Crazy Hijinks of DreamWorks’ ‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing’

With an Annie Award nomination for the ‘Baritone Tea Part 1’ episode, artist Ben McLaughlin discusses how a brave, sweater-clad chicken’s unending optimism helped him board one wild, epic musical adventure.    

Hmmmmmm Headline News

LAIKA Expands into Live-Action

The cutting-edge studio known for their innovations in stop-motion and CG on features including ‘Coraline,’ ‘ParaNorman,’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ announces plans to bring screenwriter John Brownlow’s first novel ‘Seventeen’ to the big screen.

Otaku! Headline News

Taking on the Yakuza, Plagues, and Mechs in ‘Killtopia’ Cyberpunk Saga

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1:55pm

Transmedia startup Voltaku, fueled by an Epic MegaGrant, begins development on animated series about two siblings’ adventures in a futuristic megacity, directed by Oscar-nominee Ruairi Robinson and penned by ‘Spine of Night’ director Philip Gelatt.

Murder on Broadway Headline News

George R.R. Martin Penning ‘Game of Thrones’ Broadway Prequel

Author teams with playwright Duncan MacMillan on stage play set 16 years prior to the now infamous book and HBO series, during The Great Tourney at Harrenhal, and may feature familiar characters.

Run Wild Run Free! ANIMATIONWorld

DreamWorks Animation Returns to the Frontier in ‘Spirit Untamed’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 12:06pm

Elaine Bogan directs the latest chapter in the ‘Spirit’ franchise, about a headstrong girl who finds a kindred spirit in a wild Mustang, being released by Universal exclusively in theatres on June 4.

Celebrating Canadian Animation Excellence! Headline News

2021 Canadian Screen Awards Nominations Announced

Nominated animated shorts include ‘I, Barnabé,’ ‘The Great Malaise,’ and ‘4 North A;’ winners will be announced and honored at a series of events set for May 17-20.

Thundercats Assemble Headline News

Adam Wingard to Helm CG Animated ‘Thundercats’ for Warner Bros.

The ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ director will pen the script alongside Simon Barrett, assuring audiences the film will not follow in the ill-fated footsteps of ‘Cats.’

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