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A Kid’s Night at the Museum! ANIMATIONWorld

A Young Girl’s Hero’s Journey Begins in Chris Nee’s ‘Ridley Jones’

Netflix’s new animated musical preschool series from the prolific Peabody, Humanitas, NAACP, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Doc McStuffins’ creator brings diversity, inclusivity, and representation to the adventures of a courageous and curious kid living inside a natural history museum.  

Animation Festivals Headline News

The 20th Animafest Cyprus Reveals Official Selections

33 films have been chosen for this year’s competition; festival, which runs August 11-14 in the village of Salamiou, will also feature a 20th anniversary tribute to Cypriot animation.

Awards Headline News

TV Academy Announces 73rd Emmy Award Nominations

‘Big Mouth,’ ‘Bob's Burgers,’ ‘Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ and ‘South Park: The Pandemic Special’ are nominated for Outstanding Animated Program; ceremony will be held Sunday, Sept. 19 on the CBS Television Network and streamed live and on demand on Paramount+.

Red Panda Go Poof! Headline News

Pixar Drops ‘Turning Red’ Trailer and Poster

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7:25am

Growing up can be a beast, amply demonstrated in Oscar-winning ‘Bao’ director Domee Shi’s new comedy about an overbearing mom and her young daughter who ‘poofs’ into a red panda whenever she gets too excited; film releases March 11, 2022.

Animating the Atrocities of Dictators Headline News

Six Point Harness Animates the Horrors of Dictators in ‘How to Become a Tyrant’

Studio’s animated sequences, used in place of archival footage and re-creations, provide compelling depictions of brutality that might otherwise be unwatchable, in Netflix’s powerful new documentary series.  

Live-Action / Animated Documentary Headline News

‘The Witches of the Orient’ Hits Theaters July 16

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 12, 2021 at 3:56pm

Check out the trailer for Julien Faraut’s fascinating live-action / animated documentary about Japan’s 1964 Olympic gold medal women’s volleyball team, the direct inspiration for Chikako Urano’s ‘Attack No. 1’ manga and subsequent anime series.  

Fellowships Headline News

Dark Slope Studios Launches Paid Virtual Production Fellowship

The studio will provide mentorship, guidance, and $5,000 CAD for up to three applicants with compelling storytelling and visionary series concepts; submissions open July 19.

Wanda and Cosmo Return! Headline News

Production Begins on ‘The Fairly OddParents’ Live-Action – Animated Series

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 12, 2021 at 1:08pm

Debuting later this year on Paramount+, the new show, based on Nick’s Emmy-winning animated series, picks up years after the original story as Wanda and Cosmo help Timmy Turner’s cousin Viv and her new stepbrother navigate life in Dimmsdale.

Training Headline News

‘Summer of Unreal’ Free Four-Week Online Bootcamp Announced

The program, a collaboration between Epic Games, Escape Studios, and six European university partners, provides experience in practical applications of Unreal Engine including previsualization, layout, rigging, animation, and integration of real-time workflows.

Harmon Coming to the Con Headline News

‘Rick and Morty’ Headlines Adult Swim’s Comic-Con@Home 2021 Line-Up

Go behind the scenes of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hit show, along with ‘Tuca & Bertie,’ ‘Blade Runner: Black Lotus,’ and ‘Teenage Euthanasia;’ program set for Friday July 23.

Virtual Reality Headline News

‘Madrid Noir’ VR Adventure Now on Oculus Quest 1 & 2

The 45-minute interactive virtual reality caper invites viewers to solve puzzles in a city lost to time, blending animation with classic noir in an immersive environment driven by Unreal Engine.

Animation Festivals Headline News

OIAF 2021 Announces Retrospectives and Screenings

The upcoming festival reveals special retrospectives on animators Mariusz Wilczyński and Jodie Mack; the 2021 Ottawa International Animation Festival runs online September 22 - October 3.

Who Doesn’t Love a Slacker Teen? Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Duncanville – Crimes and Misters Demean Her’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 9, 2021 at 12:40pm

In the new episode airing July 12 on Fox, Jack coaches Jing’s little league soccer team, but feeling he’s too easy on the kids, gets Duncan to yell at the team; Annie takes Kimberly to work with her after having a falling out with her friends.

Get Geeked! Headline News

Netflix Plans to Get Geeky at COMIC-CON@HOME

The streaming giant’s ‘Geeked’ sessions feature sneak peaks of ‘Masters of The Universe: Revelation,’ ‘Fear Street Trilogy,’ ‘The Last Mercenary,’ ‘Lucifer,’ and ‘Army of Thieves;’ the official line-up runs from July 23–25.

Dept. of Can’t Wait! Headline News

Marvel Drops ‘Black Widow’ Featurette

Watch stars Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, and producer Kevin Feige dive into the past and future role of Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; MCU Phase Four action flick hits theaters and Disney+ with Premier Access today.

Online VFX Education Headline News

Amarillo College Begins Enrollment for Innovative New VFX Program

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 2:12pm

VFX certificate and A.A.S. degree students receive hands-on mentorship and learn essential skills from industry experts that prepare them for future careers in the thriving VFX industry.

3DCG Anime Zombies Arrive! ANIMATIONWorld

Bringing Live-Action Directing to 3DCG in ‘RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness’

Director Eiichiro Hasumi discusses producing his first animated project, and how a career spent outside animation helped him bring realism and drama to Capcom and Netflix’s new animated series, which premieres today.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Disney Drops ‘Encanto’ Teaser Trailer and Images

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming animated feature stars Stephanie Beatriz as the voice of Mirabel, a 15-year-old girl living in a magical Columbian town; film hits theaters November 24, 2021.

A Star is Born! Headline News

‘The Patrick Star Show’ Table Read Set for Comic-Con@Home

Bill Fagerbakke, Tom Wilson, Cree Summer, Jill Talley, and Dana Snyder will treat viewers to an exclusive conversation and performance on July 24 from an original episode of Nickelodeon’s upcoming ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ spin-off; new series premieres July 9.

Get Tooning! Headline News

‘Tooning Out The News’ Segment and ‘The Harper House’ Panel Set for Comic-Con@Home

Paramount+ announces July 23 panel with inaugural cast of new adult animated comedy; Stephen Colbert’s animated satirical news show plans special screening on Comic-Con’s YouTube channel.

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