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Festivals Headline News

Festival Stop Motion Montréal 2021 Issues Call for Entries

The event, running September 10-19, is accepting short film projects using puppet animation, object animation and/or pixilation; deadline for submissions is July 2.  

In Space No One Hears You Render Headline News

Milk VFX Goes ‘Intergalactic’ for Sky

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 3:51pm

Visual effects studio delivers 850 shots across eight episodes of the sci-fi prison break drama, spanning complex planet and city environments, a spaceship crash, hyperspace travel, creatures, and character enhancements.

Commercials Headline News

Framestore Uses Deep Fake Tech for Kiyan Prince Anti-Knife Campaign

Leading VFX studio provides cutting-edge AI and art support that brings back to life a young football prodigy tragically killed in a 2006 stabbing, showing him 15 years later at age 30.

People Headline News

Freefolk Reveals New Division Name, Hires, and Promotions

Soho VFX studio renames longform team Freefolk Film & Episodic, promoting Steve Murgatroyd and Meg Guidon to lead the new group.

Fun in the Sun! ANIMATIONWorld

Dialing In the Stylized Italian Riviera Waters of Pixar’s ‘Luca’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 11:38am

Effects supervisor Jon Reisch drew on his experience as a guitarist to develop ocean wave simulation controls, much like sliders on an equalizer, to hit director Enrico Casarosa’s mark for an expressive, lyrical Japanese woodblock look, in the studio’s upcoming animated feature.

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Special Events Set for Annecy Festival’s 60th Celebration

At Annecy 2021, first time screenings, masterclasses, and keynotes include a look back with ‘Mémoire d’une minute,’ a shorts collection for Annecy award-winning directors; a masterclass presented by Walt Disney and Kugali animation studios; and a keynote by Terrence Malick about VR ‘Evolver – Prologue.’

Awards Headline News

‘Migrants,’ ‘Meerkat,’ and ‘I am a Pebble’ Take SIGGRAPH 2021 Computer Animation Festival Honors

Short films from Pôle 3D, Weta Digital, and ESMA are the big winners among 37 works, including two world premieres, selected for this year’s virtual Electronic Theater, coming August 9.

Baby Got Boss! Headline News

‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’ Gets Simultaneous Peacock and Theatrical Release

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 24, 2021 at 4:13pm

Sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2017 blockbuster comedy moves up more than two months; film now set to hit streamer and U.S. theaters, as well as select international markets, on July 2.

They’re Back ANIMATIONWorld

‘Rugrats’ Returns with a 21st Century Facelift

Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica are back, now animated in CG, but still humorously exploring their world as only precocious youngsters can do; series premieres May 27 on Paramount+.

Injustice League Headline News

DC's Animated ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ Adaptation in Development

The announcement appears inconspicuously in a list of bonus features on the upcoming animated ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two’ home entertainment release.

The Dark Knight Returns Headline News

New Trailer Released for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two’

Action-packed conclusion to the two-part animated DC Universe Movies thriller sees the Dark Knight battle a unified front of super villains and solve a murder mystery; feature-length film comes to Digital July 27, and August 10 on Blu-ray.

Phase Four MCU Headline News

Marvel Drops ‘Eternals’ Teaser and Poster

The third MCU Phase Four film promises a brand-new set of immortal superheroes who must come out from the shadows after thousands of years to battles mankind’s oldest enemy; written and helmed by Oscar-winning ‘Nomadland’ director Chloé Zhao, the film opens November 5, 2021.

People Headline News

DNEG Adds Erika Burton as EVP, VFX - Global Head of Studios

Former Method Studios senior executive will be based in company’s Los Angeles office, working closely with Merzin Tavaria, President, Global Production and Operations.

Life finds a way Headline News

Season 3 of ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Now Streaming on Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 21, 2021 at 2:30pm

Our six intrepid campers are still stranded on Isla Nublar, where they uncover a lethal threat that imperils their escape; 10 new episodes of DreamWorks Animation’s Annie Award-winning series premiere today.

A Villainous Midlife Crisis Headline News

‘Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.’ Now Streaming on Hulu

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 21, 2021 at 1:51pm

Animated by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, and written, created, and executive produced by Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt, who also stars as the titular bad guy, the stop-motion comedy series, about a megalomaniacal supervillain who gets ousted from his own evil organization, shows that even a sinister villain can suffer a mid-life crisis.

Attack of the Trolls Headline News

Sony Trolls ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Fans with Official ‘Trailer’

The film’s official social-media team cheekily teased fans by releasing a photo of a large semi-tractor-trailer with the film’s title emblazoned on the side, instead of an actual promotional video.

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

10 Animated Features Selected for Annecy 2021 Competition

Nine additional features selected to screen in the Contrechamp program at upcoming festival, running both online and onsite from June 14-19.

animated short films Headline News

World Premiere of Disney’s ‘Far From the Tree’ Set for Annecy

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:21am

Studio’s latest animated theatrical short, about a raccoon whose frustrated parent tries to keep them both safe, will run alongside upcoming musical comedy, ‘Encanto,’ later in 2021.

The Dark Knight Rises Headline News

First Clip Drops for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 21, 2021 at 10:23am

It’s the calm before the storm at Wayne Manor – on Halloween night – in the first official clip from the soon to be released feature-length film; next entry in the DC Universe movie series comes to Blu-ray and Digital June 22.

Anime-zing! Headline News

Netflix Releases ‘Trese’ Trailer and Full Voice Cast

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 21, 2021 at 9:48am

Darren Criss, Jon Jon Briones, and Nicole Scherzinger join Shay Mitchell and Liza Soberano in the highly anticipated anime series, based on Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo’s graphic novel, premiering June 11, 2021.

The Ultimate Crossover Headline News

Is a Studio Ghibli and Pixar Crossover Project in the Works?

The beloved studio responsible for ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ and ‘Ponyo,’ home to iconic Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, recently posted an image on Twitter featuring Totoro with iconic characters from the Pixar Universe.

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