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Awards Headline News

Nominees Announced for 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

The Disney Channel’s ‘Elena of Avalor’ leads all animated shows with eight nominations; awards for Children’s & Animation categories will be presented in a standalone show streaming July 17, 2021 on the Emmy OTT platform.

Events Headline News

Cartoon Forum Announces 2021 Line-up

Running in person September 20-23, the high-profile pitching and networking event will feature 84 EU projects selected from 141 submissions; France leads with 33 selections from notable production companies including Dandelooo, Cyber Group Studios, and Studio 100 Animation.

Virtual Events Headline News

Academy Museum to Host ‘The Work of Black VFX Artists’ Virtual Discussion

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 7:09am

Lyndon Barrois, Lauren Ellis, Audrea Topps-Harjo, Greg Anderson, Andrew Roberts, and Corey Turner will talk about their creative processes and shared experiences in online event coming July 8.

Business Headline News

Xentrix Launches Melbourne Studio, Acquires Viskatoons

India-based animation house enters the competitive Australian animation industry with studio expansion; newly acquired Victoria-based animation studio includes 30 years of IP and ties to Film Victoria, Film Finance Corporation, and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Home Entertainment Headline News

The Babies Are Back in Force in ‘Rugrats: The Complete Series’

Celebrate 30 years of ‘Rugrats’ with the full 26-disc series collection; special bonus features include ‘Runaway Reptar,’ ‘All Growed Up,’ and ‘Babies in Toyland.’

Business Headline News

Great Wolf Resorts Moves into Animation with ‘The Great Wolf Pack’

The family vacation brand forms Great Wolf Entertainment, revealing slate of animated projects based on its popular signature woodland characters; first animated film due in early 2022.

Heavens to Mergatroyd! Headline News

Yogi and Boo Boo Return in ‘Jellystone!’ Animated Series

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 28, 2021 at 12:56pm

Yes, there's a trailer! Premiering July 29 on HBO Max, an ensemble cast of epic Hanna-Barbera characters will again grace our TV screens, after a 30-year hiatus, once more finding silly ways to destroy their town in a new show helmed by ‘Chowder’s C.H. Greenblatt and produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Business Headline News

‘MeteoHeroes’ Video Game Coming to PlayStation in 2022

Mondo TV Iberoamerica teams up with SIE España and Gammera Nest to adapt the popular environmentally themed animated series; game will launch on PlayStation in Spring 2022, followed by other platforms later in the year.

Let the Game Adaptations Begin Headline News

‘Halo’ Showrunner Steven Kane to Leave Series After Season 1

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 28, 2021 at 11:33am

With production well under way on the high-profile, fan-favorite sci-fi shooter game adaptation, Kane reportedly will leave after post-production completes, even if show gets renewed as expected.

Cool CGI from Bristol Headline News

Aardman and CITV Reveal ‘Lloyd of the Flies’ Voice Cast

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 28, 2021 at 9:31am

New CGI comedy series about a housefly – a middle child of 453 – his little sister, and their ongoing misadventures is the flagship project for the government's Young Audiences Content Fund; show set to air Autumn 2022.

Commercials Headline News

Artificial Ingredients Take a Beating in New Burger King Spot

Production house LANDIA and agency We Believers show the true power of a gang of natural ingredients against the likes of Sodium Benzoate, Monosodium Glutamate, and Polysorbate 80, in their VFX-driven commercial for the fast-food giant.

We Want More Marvel! Headline News

Marvel Studios Drops New ‘Shang-Chi’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:46pm

Are you strong enough to wear the 10 rings? That’s the question facing Simu Liu in the upcoming ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings,’ also starring Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh, hitting theaters September 3, 2021.

#StopAsianHate Headline News

WEBTOON Launches ‘Illuminated’ to Spotlight Asian Women in Entertainment

New webcomic series from 88Rising and Asian Americans Advancing Justice showcases the experiences of Asian women in high-profile fields to dispel false narratives surrounding their identities.

Who Doesn’t Love a Slacker Teen? Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Duncanville – That Jing You Do’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:56am

In the new episode airing June 28 on Fox, Jing and Jack start a child birthday band together and Annie takes on managing them, while Duncan and his friends try to raise money to buy a massage couch they tried out at the mall, by charging scooters; author Stephen King guest stars.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP118: Steve Angel on Running Head Gear Animation For 24 Years

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:20am

The Toronto studio’s co-founder and director shares how he quickly went from animator to director to starting his own award-winning company in 1997, and how he’s faced many ups and downs over the last two decades.

Peanuts Returns ANIMATIONWorld

The Legendary Charles Schulz Explored in ‘Who Are You, Charlie Brown?’

New Apple TV+ documentary paints a compelling picture of the iconic cartoonist and his beloved characters through animation, film clips, cartoon clippings, family photos, and audio commentary from the artist himself.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Anibar Animation Festival Announces 2021 Program

Festival’s 2021 theme of ‘isolation’ reflects challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting solitude and claustrophobia; hybrid event runs in-person and online July 23-30.

Developing New African Storytellers Headline News

Call For Entries: Triggerfish and Netflix Launch Pan-African Story Artist Lab

One of several recent initiatives to help develop the African animation industry, the program is open to African citizens; shortlisted applicants will have three months of paid skills development – submission deadline is July 23.

Are We Dreaming or Awake? ANIMATIONWorld

Visualizing a New Mother’s Eerie Sleeplessness in ‘Six to Six’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 2:26pm

For Israeli artist Neta Cohen, childhood memories that her home had a life of its own fueled her 2D/3D animated short about the long, sometimes sinister hours between wakefulness and sleep, reality and imagination.

Good v Evil! VFXWorld

Creating the Post-Apocalyptic World of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 1:08pm

Overall VFX supervisor Jake Braver, with the help of ILM VFX supervisor Laurent Hugueniot, delivers 2,800 VFX shots depicting a world decimated by plague and a city ruled by supernatural evil, in the 9-part series from CBS Television Studios now streaming on Paramount+.

Education Headline News

CG Spectrum College Becomes Official Unreal Academic Partner

The online school offers courses in game design, game programming, game art, and animation; with new Epic Games academic partnership, school plans increased game development training offerings to better prepare students for a competitive and changing job market.

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