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Meow! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Gabby’s Dollhouse’ Season 4 Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 3:27pm

The live-action hybrid preschool series returns to Netflix February 1 with 8 ‘cat-tastic’ new episodes; show invites kids to turn missteps and mistakes into something creative.

Business Headline News

AMC Networks Buys Anime Distributor Sentai

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 2:38pm

Deal includes company’s HIDIVE anime-focused subscription service and other brands, as well as its library of thousands of hours of popular titles including ‘Akame ga Kill,’ ‘Food Wars!’ and ‘Made in Abyss.’

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP143: How William Allinson Gets Stop-Motion Gigs in Toronto

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 1:24pm

The artist shares how he’s built his career working on animated on projects like ‘New Math,’ ‘Dad Fight,’ Canadian Tire spots, and ‘Ultra City Smiths.’

Danger Will Robinson! VFXWorld

Digital Domain Helps Solve an Alien Mystery in ‘Lost in Space’ Final Season

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:10pm

The Oscar-winning VFX studio creates a hostile planet, battling robots, and a lost civilization for Netflix’s hit sci-fi series about the inter-galactic adventures of the Robinson family… that’s always in danger!

animated shorts Headline News

Watch Mary Apick’s Powerful ‘The Cat’ Short

The award-winning filmmaker and activist’s hand-drawn, black and white animated film tells the story of a happy little girl determined to overcome the darkness and oppression consuming her.

You Think You Know Kaiju ANIMATIONWorld

‘Dawn of the Monsters’: A Smash ‘Em Up Game Honoring the Origins of Kaiju

13AM’s new 2.5D animated brawler, set to release early this year, is a story-driven, co-operative monster mashup that lets players collaborate to destroy an alien horde and save the planet.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Animation First 2022 Announces Festival Slate

FIAF’s event will be held in-person February 11-13, followed by an online edition from February 14-21; highlights include film premieres, a glimpse at highly anticipated works in progress as well as panels with leading animators.

Finger Snaps Please! Headline News

Watch Cinesite’s ‘The Addams Family 2’ Breakdown Reel and Images

Sole vendor on MGM’s ‘The Addams Family’ sequel used an open-source node-based app, Gaffer, along with Arnold ray tracing renderer to deliver a rich, stylized CG world, delivering over 1248 shots across 93 minutes.

Omniverse Has Arrived Headline News

NVIDIA Releases Free Version of Omniverse for Individual Creators and Artists

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 9:27am

The company’s real-time 3D design collaboration and simulation platform is now available to millions of NVIDIA GeForce Studio creators with RTX GPUs; new Omniverse Machinima and Omniverse Audio2Face platforms also revealed, as well as new platform features and 3D asset marketplaces.

Anime Headline News

Sentai Acquires ‘Teasing Master Takagi-san’ Season 3 and Upcoming Feature

Latest season of show, based on award-winning manga of the same name, will stream exclusively outside Asia on HIDIVE as part of Winter 2022 simulcast season.

indie animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘My Sunny Maad’ Explores Life and Love in Afghanistan

Award-winning Czech director Michaela Pavlátová discusses her first animated feature, about a Czech woman who marries an Afghan man with no idea what her life will be in post-Taliban Afghanistan, which won the Jury Award at Annecy and has been nominated for a Golden Globe.

Anime Headline News

Iconic ‘Akira’ Coming to 4K UHD Blu-Ray

Famed 1988 anime sci-fi feature, with remastered visuals and remixed audio, comes home January 18; also announced, Funimation’s home entertainment release line-up for January including ‘One Piece - Season 11 Voyage 6,’ ‘A3! - Season Autumn & Winter,’ and ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime - Season 1.’

Bond is Back VFXWorld

Framestore Lends Its Invisible Touch to ‘No Time To Die’ VFX

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 12:29pm

Leading visual effects studio delivered nearly 400 shots, adding CG elements to everything from icy lakes to forests and high-speed car chases, in MGM’s latest action-packed James Bond spy thriller.

Animated Feature Films ANIMATIONWorld

‘Poupelle of Chimney Town’ Challenges Us to Look Up, Not Down

Akihiro Nishino’s award-winning 3D/CG film features a young chimney sweep who hides his dream of seeing the stars - and world - beyond the smoke-filled town where he lives, until he meets an odd man made of garbage; film hits U.S. theaters December 30.

Kids Will Be Kids VFXWorld

Framestore Helps ‘Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage’ Visualize a Serial Killer’s Childhood

Leading VFX studio delivers carefully crafted animation sequence where Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady correspond through a series of letters depicting the notorious villain’s early memories.

Amphibia Fans Rejoice! Headline News

Indie Band Oh Geeez Drops ‘Amphibia’-Inspired ‘Coming Home’ Mixtape

The Milwaukee-based trio releases a collection of 16 songs of family, friends, and fantasy, inspired by the first 16 episodes of Season 3 of Disney’s hit animated series.

The Future of Dragons is Here! ANIMATIONWorld

How to Modernize Your Dragon

Supervising Producer Beth Sleven talks about the creation of DreamWorks Animation’s new CG series ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms,’ set 1,300 years after Hiccup and Toothless’ last adventures in the land of Berk; now streaming on Peacock and Hulu.

The Dark Knight Returns! Headline News

Warner Bros. Drops ‘The Batman’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 9:19am

Billed as ‘vengeance equals justice for both the Bat and the Cat,’ the Dark Knight – and Catwoman - return in the latest DC version of its famed Gotham City vigilante detective, with Robert Pattinson as the caped and rather moody crusader, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle, and ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchise director Matt Reeves at the helm; film hits theaters March 4, 2022.

Road Trip! Headline News

‘The Addams Family 2’ Coming to Blu-Ray and DVD

MGM’s CG animated ‘The Addams Family’ sequel that sees the famously mysterious and spooky family set out on a miserable road trip across the U.S. trying to reclaim its oddly special bond, will be available to own for the first time January 18; also available to own the same day, ‘The Addams Family 2-Movie Collection.’

TV Animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘Lucas the Spider’ Leaps onto Cartoonito from YouTube

After Disney-Pixar animator Joshua Slice’s 40-second shorts became on overnight streaming hit in 2017, Tom McGillis and his Fresh TV partners helped turn the adorable, kind-hearted, and lovable arachnid’s adventures into a fun, new series for Cartoon Network’s preschool animation block.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP142: How Isaac King Established a Stop-Motion Career in Toronto

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 27, 2021 at 9:05am

The artist shares how he built a career in Toronto, directing commercial shorts for nearly two decades while producing his own award-winning films including ‘Whatever Tree,’ ‘Fly Away,’ and ‘Sticks and Stones.’

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