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Fighting for Displaced Kids Headline News

KEPYR’s ‘Kindred Spirits’ Campaign - UNICEF Aid for Displaced Kids Now Underway

The month-long online fundraiser runs through June 20 - World Refugee Day; campaign supports UNICEF’s work aiding displaced children around the world.

Discover Ecology in Your Own Backyard! Headline News

Fred Rogers Productions’ ‘Through the Woods’ Launches on PBS Kids

The series of 3-minute animated shorts inspires young viewers to explore and discover ecosystems in their own backyards; show airs beginning June 4 following episodes of ‘Donkey Hodie.’

Medical Animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘When It’s Risky’ Immortalizes a Beloved Aunt and Educates About COVID-19

As a follow-up to ‘3 Teaspoons of Sugar,’ their animated short about diabetes, South Africa’s Cabblow Studios releases new film about staying safe during the pandemic, starring the filmmaker’s aunt, who lost her life in the second wave.

I’m Proud to Be Merican! Headline News

Netflix Drops F-Bomb Loving Trailer for ‘America: The Motion Picture’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 12:52pm

Come June 30, the world will finally learn the ‘real’ story of the fight for American independence, complete with colonial AT-ATs, energy weapons, and plenty of salty language.

Get Geeked! Headline News

Get Geeked With New Netflix Teaser

Geeked Week, the streamers free virtual event, runs June 7-11 across the @NetflixGeeked social channels; catch exclusive news, trailers, art, and drop-ins from stars of popular shows including ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Castlevania,’ and ‘The Old Guard.’

virtual production Headline News

NVIZ Shows its Virtual Side in ‘The Irregulars’ Previs and VFX

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 11:07am

Leading visualization company provides crucial virtual production support that helped the Netflix mystery thriller’s creative team remotely view work, brainstorm, and make creative decisions shot by shot during the pandemic.  

VFX Headline News

WATCH: Pixomondo’s ‘Star Trek: Discovery' Season 3 Breakdown Reel and Images

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 8:53am

Led by VFX supervisor Phil Jones and VFX producer Matthew Pellar from their Toronto facility, the studio shifted into warp speed during the pandemic to deliver 570 shots for the hit Paramount+ sci-fi drama.

Virtual Events Headline News

Fest Anča International Animation Festival Moves Online

Slovakia’s only animation festival targeted to mature audiences, running July 1-4, will feature online streaming of animated films via the Festhome.com streaming platform; film viewing will be available for one week after the program’s conclusion.

People Headline News

Outpost VFX Adds Jeremy Fernsler

Emmy-nominated as a VFX supervisor on ‘Westworld’ Season 3, the industry veteran joins company’s new L.A. studio, where he will work with directors, producers, and showrunners to deliver visual effects on TV and films.

Business Headline News

Imira Entertainment Launches ‘Zoonicorn’ CG Preschool Series

New show empowers kids using dreamtime adventures to teach important social-emotional and problem-solving skills; the brand includes interactive plush toys and music videos, available on YouTube and other streamers.

Fantasy and Reality Collide Headline News

Studio Chizu Releases New Trailer for Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Belle’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 1:47pm

Animated musical fantasy from the Oscar-nominated ‘Mirai’ director boasts a talented Japanese and international crew that includes ‘Frozen’ and ‘Tangled’ concept artist Jin Kim as well as ‘Wolfwalkers’ co-directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart.

The Latest in CG Research Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2021 Reveals Technical and Art Papers Selections

The extensive line-up includes 191 research projects from 22 countries, covering numerous subfields of computer graphics and interactive techniques; live conference events run August 9-13, with on-demand available August 2 – October 29.

Let’s Get Civical! Headline News

Netflix Drops Trailer and Images for ‘We the People’ Music Video Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10:04am

Created by Chris Nee and executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, animated shorts cover basic U.S. civics in an anything-but-basic way; Peter Ramsey, Trisha Gum, Jorge Gutierrez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Digs and Amanda Gorman are just some of the artists participating.

Baby Got Boss! Headline News

Universal Drops New ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’ Trailer

Kids will be kids, unless they’re CEOs; DreamWorks Animation’s sequel to their 2017 blockbuster comedy premieres on Peacock and in U.S. theaters, as well as select international markets, on July 2.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP116: Stop-Motion Animator Max Winston on Running an Independent Studio

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 8:11am

Famed for ‘I Live in the Woods,’ the artist shares the journey that led to launching his own company, RatBat Studios.

Countdown to Annecy 2021 Headline News

Annecy 2021 Announces Juries and More Special Programs

Festival reveals new judges, along with more must see/do special activities, programs, previews, and professional conference sessions; activities run June 14-19 online and in-person.

Recruiting ANIMATIONWorld

Creative Career Coach: Spring Clean Your Portfolio and Reel

Tailor your portfolio and reel to the position you hope to win, making sure to include memorable pieces that reflect your mastery and strength.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Acclaimed LAIKA Films Coming in HD on Blu-ray this Fall

Combo pack of ‘Coraline’ and ‘The Boxtrolls’ drops August 31, with ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ following September 20; bonus features include interviews, behind the scenes looks, feature-length storyboards, and featurettes.

Animation Festivals Headline News

40 Animated Shorts to Compete at Palm Springs International ShortFest

295 films across animation, live-action, and documentary were selected from over 5,500 entries; in-theatre screenings of 49 curated programs run June 22-28.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Aardman Greenlights ‘The Very Small Creatures’

The preschool series, commissioned by Sky Kids, features five small clay toddler-like creatures who learn about friendship, empathy, and the world; show launches this November on Sky Kids and NOW.

Run Wild Run Free! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Spirit Untamed’ Recaptures the ‘Spirit’ of the Cimarron

Opening in theaters June 4, director Elaine Bogan and DreamWorks Animation’s next entry in the film and TV franchise uses CG to beautifully capture both the majestic splendor of the American frontier and the emotional bond between a headstrong girl and a wild stallion.

The Best in Ibero-American Animation Headline News

‘A Costume for Nicholas,’ ‘Homeless Home,’ and ‘Petit’ Lead 4th Quirino Awards

Works from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Spain, Mexico, and Portugal are honored across nine categories at May 29 in-person gala event and closing ceremony recognizing achievements in Ibero-American animation.

People Headline News

Pixotope Adds to Global Staff

Mixed reality software company taps industry veterans Juan Rubio, Brad Rochon, and David Dowling as new project specialist, VP of sales and marketing, and chief revenue officer, respectively.

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