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‘Bombay Rose’ Paints an Intimate Portrait of India’s Past and Present

For writer and director Gitanjali Rao, the ‘love’ within a simple rose inspired her compelling and beautifully hand-painted animated film about people in India living unfulfilled lives as they struggle to survive.

Business Headline News

Netflix Acquires ‘Teddy and the Guardian of the Night’

Dwayne Johnson to produce family adventure film from Seven Bucks Productions and FlynnPictureCo that tells the story of stuffed teddy bears coming to life to protect kids from all things that go bump in the night; Josh Stolberg and Bobby Florsheim have been tapped to pen the screenplay.

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‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Premieres Today on Paramount+

‘Aye-aye, Captain!’ – the latest CG movie adventures of the Bikini Bottom gang hits the interwebs as ViacomCBS’ new streaming service launches with an under the sea splash; stop any important work and descend into wackiness with three zany clips.

Our Favorite Starfish Returns! Headline News

‘SpongeBob’ Spinoff ‘The Patrick Star Show’ Nabs Nickelodeon Greenlight

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:37am

Bill Fagerbakke will reprise his role in the new 2D animated family sitcom starring the famed starfish, his wild whims, and surreal imagination, set to air on Nick this summer.

Our Favorite Sponge Returns! ANIMATIONWorld

An Endless Summer of Cartoon Fun: ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:41am

Executive producers Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller discuss Nickelodeon’s first-ever ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ spinoff series, a prequel that follows 10-year-old SpongeBob, his pals, and their summertime sleepaway camp hijinks, premiering today on the new Paramount+ streaming platform.

5 Seconds of Pure Joy Headline News

Titmouse's Virtual ‘5 Second Animation Night’ Screening Begins March 5

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:21pm

Can’t miss 2021 virtual edition of the studio’s famed ‘5 Second Day’ annual in-house animated shorts program screening will be available through midnight on March 7.

Business Headline News

Korean Webtoon ‘Dr. Brain’ Nabs Live-Action Series Order at Apple TV+

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:44pm

Sci-fi thriller based on the popular webtoon is the first Korean-language project for the streamer; ‘Parasite’s Lee Sun-Kyun to star, with Kim Jee-Woon writing and directing.

Animated Feature Films ANIMATIONWorld

Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is Finally Here

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 1:47pm

After pushing its original November 25, 2020 release date because of the COVID-19 pandemic as it quickly pivoted hundreds of artists to produce the bulk of the film from home, the studio delivers a beautiful and emotionally fulfilling epic adventure; the film releases simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+ this Friday, March 5.

Cops Getting Animated Headline News

A Now Animated Season 4 of ‘No Activity’ Debuts April 8 on Paramount+

CBS Studios drops trailer for the popular, previously live-action original comedy series that gets an all-new CG animated format. 

Animated Political Satire Returns! Headline News

‘Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News’ Debuts March 4 on Paramount+

New season of the satirical animated series kicks off with a half-hour special to celebrate the streaming service’s rebranding; Season 2 welcomes several new analysts and two new segments.

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

48th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:29am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Onward,’ ‘Soul,’ ‘The Croods: A New Age,’ ‘The Willoughbys,’ and ‘Trolls World Tour’ top the huge list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony set to stream live on Friday, April 16.

International Women’s Day Headline News

‘Women Make Animation: Animated Shorts’ Virtual Program Coming March 13

In honor of International Women’s Day 2021, WOW Women’s Film Club is hosting a free screening curated by Eiko Meredith of the Kotatsu Festival; a free drawing workshop by Japanese animator and illustrator Chie Arai will also be offered.

I Need a Hunky Hero Headline News

‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Pic Adds ‘Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page

The breakout star joins Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Justice Smith in Paramount and eOne's highly anticipated fantasy table-top game adaption penned by Johnathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley.

animated documentaries ANIMATIONWorld

‘Flee’: An Animated Documentary Recounts a Harrowing Personal Trauma

Jonas Rasmussen’s intimate and powerful 2D film tells the untold story of his long-time friend Amin’s life as a gay child growing up in Kabul before his escape via Russia to Denmark.

Awards Headline News

‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Soul’ Top VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00am

‘Project Power’ and ‘The Witches’ lead the list of feature film field nominees; winners in 25 categories will be announced at a virtual ceremony streaming worldwide on April 6/7 depending upon time zone.

Anime-zing! Netflix Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘DOTA: Dragon’s Blood’ Official Trailer and Character Art

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4:42pm

Premiering March 25, the fantasy anime series based on Valve’s popular video game ‘DOTA 2,’ tells the story of Davion, the Dragon Knight, bent on wiping the scourge from the face of the earth.  

It’s Barbie! Headline News

All-New CG Animated ‘Barbie’ Specials Coming Spring and Fall 2021

TV movie ‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday’ features Barbie’s younger sister Chelsea on a quest to save her birthday; ‘Barbie Princess Adventure’ is a musical special following Barbie and her friends on an adventure to New York City.

XR Innovations Headline News

Shocap Awarded Second Epic MegaGrant for Live XR-Circus Production

The grant furthers development of proprietary technology that combines live cross-reality entertainment with real-time VFX technology - delivering true XR experience to online audiences via headsets, gaming PCs, and video streaming services.

Virtual Events Headline News

Call for Entries: SIGGRAPH 2021 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater

Premier CG conference is looking for innovative works in computer graphics-based storytelling for its second-ever virtual Electronic Theater showcase; the submission deadline is March 23.

Ready for More Superhero Drama? Headline News

Netflix Drops Images and ‘Official First Look’ for ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:00am

Well, we finally get to see some superheroes in new images and a ‘From Comic to Screen’ featurette about the upcoming live-action series adaptation of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s epic graphic novel series, streaming May 7.  

People Headline News

DNEG Feature Animation Expands Leadership Team

Industry veteran Archie Donato heads to London as VFX supervisor on new studio project; Ted Ty brings 25+ years of 2D and 3D animation experience to Montreal as new global head of character animation.

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