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Covid-19 Headline News

‘Whatever Gets You Talking’ Music Video Encourages Young People to Discuss Mental Health

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11:09am

‘Seize the Awkward’ campaign releases animated short inspiring young people to check in with friends and support their mental health; video features rapper Akinyemi, pop icon Meghan Trainor and music and digital stars Addison Rae, Avery Cyrus, Bryce Xavier, James Henry, The McFarlands, Molly Burke, mxmtoon and brothers Zach Valentine and Pat Ramirez.

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Kevin Kolde Talks ‘Castlevania’s Unapologetic Violence and Season 3 Finale

For the executive producer of Netflix’s hit animated medieval fantasy, great characters are key, but the show’s brutal vampire world wouldn’t be the same without the gore.

Business Headline News

‘Astroboy’ and ‘Black Jack’ to Stream on RetroCrush Beginning June 5

Digital Media Rights inks deal for North American rights to line-up of Tezuka Productions’ classic anime titles.

Home Entertainment Headline News

GKIDS and Shout! Factory Bringing Remastered ‘Tokyo Godfathers’ Home June 2

Now available on digital, pre-orders being taken for Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, with first-time English dub and bonus features, plus limited edition lithograph while supplies last.   

SVOD Headline News

Netflix Sets June 12 ‘F is for Family’ Season 4 Debut

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 3:00pm

Comedian Bill Burr’s hilariously raunchy, expletive-enhanced animated comedy returns with 10 new episodes; Emmy-nominated ‘Breaking Bad’ fixer Jonathan Banks joins cast as Big Bill Murphy.

Commercials Headline News

Framestore Puts Pedal to the Metal for LEGO ‘Drive What You Love’ Spot

Oscar-winning creative studio builds full-throttle VFX for The LEGO Agency’s latest commercial, where a high-speed race brings imagination to life.

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Nviz’s Gravity Flip Makes Yoga Much More Exhilarating in HBO’s ‘Avenue 5’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 1:51pm

VFX studio handles previs, visual effects, postvis, and graphics production for the inaugural season of Armando Iannucci’s space tourism comedy

Festivals Headline News

Cannes Migrating Extended Reality Event Programming to New Cannes XR Virtual

Digital event, running June 24-26, will bring together XR artists, traditional filmmakers, tech companies, indie producers and investors to help shape the future of immersive entertainment. 

Festival Headline News

21 Top Film Festivals Co-Curate Online We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Free 10-day digital festival, featuring 100 films, including DreamWorks shorts and Annecy animation selections, begins May 29 on YouTube.  

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Chinese Artist Sun Xun Invites Everyone to Contribute Art to His Animated Feature

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 22, 2020 at 2:25pm

To celebrate being active in the face of the pandemic, famed painter and animator is looking for artists everywhere to participate in a special sequence within his new 90-minute film. 

Covid-19 Headline News

KEPYR Announces ‘Kindred Spirits 2020’ UNICEF Fundraiser

Running May 20 – June 20, in support of UNICEF’s COVID-19 emergency and relief campaign, organization seeks to raise $50,000 in donations from the international children’s entertainment industry.

animated short films Headline News

‘Zenimation’ Animated Short Film Soundscape Compilations Now Available on Disney+

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 22, 2020 at 7:28am

Iconic scenes from Disney classics, with enhanced audio and no dialogue or music, have been edited together into 10 shorts designed to help audiences unplug, relax and refresh.

Business Headline News

This Thing of Ours Launches Digital Presence with Trio of Animated Vignettes.

New London-based animation and design studio defines itself with surreal animations exploring 3D and 2D illustrated textures and places.

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How Proof’s Fully Animated Previs Helped Save the ‘The Blacklist’ Season Finale

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 1:57pm

With production shutdown due to COVID-19, the hit NBC series finished its final Season 7 episode by integrating 20+ minutes of toon-shaded animation with live-action.

TV Animation Headline News

‘The Loud House & The Casagrandes Hangin’ At Home’ Virtual Animated Special Airs May 23

Using Adobe Character Animator and voice actors recording from home, Nickelodeon creates animated half-hour special hosted by Lincoln and Ronnie Anne; ‘The Loud House SmartyPants Challenge trivia competition follows beginning May 25.

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