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Anime Headline News

Funimation Shares Science SARU’s ‘The Heike Story’ First Look Trailer

Directed by Nako Yamada, the all-new anime series about a prayer that transcends 800 years launches September 15 – a full season ahead of its planned Japanese broadcast.

Hypothetically Speaking ANIMATIONWorld

Paul Lasaine Talks the Not So 3D World of ‘What If…?’

The production designer on Marvel Studios’ and Disney+’s first-ever animated series discusses the difficult, tireless work his ‘five-headed Hydra’ team performs poring over every detail of the stylized, mostly 2D show’s environments, lighting, color, and cinematography.

The Ring Awaits! Headline News

‘Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms’ Now on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD

The fate of the universe again hangs in the balance in the new animated feature based on the hit videogame franchise; now available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

TV Animation Headline News

HBO Max Drops All-New ‘Little Ellen’ Trailer

Upcoming animated series celebrates individuality and imagination while following the hilarious antics of a 7-year-old Ellen DeGeneres; headlining the launch of Warner Media’s Cartoonito Kids & Family’s preschool block, the show debuts Monday September 13.

Another Great SparkShort ANIMATIONWorld

‘Twenty Something’ Plumbs Adulthood Insecurities… in a Good Way

Director Aphton Corbin explains how a love of drawing and a fear of imposter syndrome led to her funny and poignant 2D short for Pixar’s SparkShorts program.

People Headline News

Tonko House’s ‘ONI’ Series Lands Anime Screenwriter Mari Okada

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 10, 2021 at 9:43am

Currently in production at Netflix, the project, inspired by Japanese folklore, features a unique, handcrafted style designed by studio co-founder and show creator Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi; join production team for big reveal at today’s 9:00 pm Lightbox Expo talk, ‘Journey of Tonko House.’

Listen to the Experts Headline News

New ‘Masters of Motion’ Podcast with Creative Director Jon Gorman

Veteran Buck NY designer shares advice for mid-level creatives, including early career building; pitching, briefing & idea development; moodboards, storyboards, style frames & concept art; and reflection on the future.

The Best in Immersive VR Headline News

Baobab Studios’ ‘Baba Yaga’ Wins Daytime Emmy for Interactive Media

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 4:13pm

Leading independent interactive studio takes home its ninth Emmy; latest award, for immersive VR portrayal of Eastern European legend, adds to project’s previous Emmy wins for directing and character design.   

Crushing is Not Fun! Headline News

Disney Releases ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Final Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 2:00pm

New CG animated comedy about a socially awkward middle-schooler and his faulty robot, starring Zach Galifianakis and Jack Dylan Grazer, opens in theaters this October.

The Small Blue Wrecking Crew is Back! ANIMATIONWorld

40 Years in the Making: ‘The Smurfs’ Return to TV

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 1:05pm

Head writers Peter Saisselin and Amy Serafin discuss the iconic franchise’s first all-new animated television series in nearly four decades; the ‘Smurf-tacular’ CG animated show premieres Friday, September 10 on Nickelodeon

Events Headline News

Foundry Live Returns September 21-29

Celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary, the online sessions will feature a peek at future product releases and innovations, including Nuke, Kitana, and Flix, as well as a look back at defining moments from the last quarter-century; registration is now open.

TV Animation Headline News

Apple TV+ Reveals ‘Wolfboy and the Everything Factory’ Trailer

All-new 2D animated series follows the epic adventures of Wolfboy, an imaginative oddball who discovers a strange realm at the center of the earth; all 10 episodes hit the streamer Friday, September 24.

Business Headline News

Netflix Drops Animated Comedy ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 9:16am

New series, based on Adam Gidwitz’s best-selling books, follows Hansel and Gretel as they run away from home searching for better parents who won’t chop off their heads.

Happy Star Trek Day! Headline News

‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ Official Trailer and Key Art Released

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 9:00am

Series star Kate Mulgrew and executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman unveiled the materials at yesterday’s Star Trek Day celebration; show debut set for October 28 with a one-hour premiere.

Business Headline News

Walt Disney Animation Taps Cinesite for ‘Iwájú’ 3DCG Work

Directed by Kugali co-founder Ziki Nelson, the new animated series will feature authentic stories inspired by African culture; show is set to premiere in 2023 on Disney+.

Animated Music Videos Headline News

Balázs Simon Animates Bastille’s New Single ‘Thelma & Louise’

Blinkink director overcame optimization and rendering hurdles to create the music video’s immersive 3D animated digital landscape, transforming the group’s music into an audiovisual experience.

I Live My Life A Quarter Mile At A Time VFXWorld

Defying the Laws – or Mere Suggestions – of Physics in ‘F9’

VFX supervisor Daniel Rauchwerger and his DNEG teams in London, Montreal, and Mumbai delivered 2,200 gravity defying visual effects shots, from flipping multiple trailers to shooting rocket car into space, in Justin Lin and Universal Pictures’ latest ‘Fast & Furious’ feature film franchise outing.

Road Trip! Headline News

MGM Drops New ‘The Addams Family 2’ Trailer

Any positively awful trips planned? Check out the Summer Vacation Greetings from everyone’s favorite mysterious, spooky, and uniquely odd road warrors; the highly anticipated ‘The Addams Family’ sequel hits both cinemas and VOD rental channels this coming October 1.

Technology Headline News

Mold3D Shares Windwalker Echo Unreal Engine Hero Character

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11:43am

Available now for download and free use in UE 4.27 and UE5 Early Access, the nimble 3DCG warrior stars in studio’s upcoming content sample project, ‘Slay,’ which will be downloadable later this month.

Hispanic Heritage Month Headline News

Funimation Adding 1,000+ New Spanish Dubbed Anime Episodes

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the streamer is releasing a trove of content with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles and dubs; titles include ‘My Hero Academia,’ ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba,’ and ‘Attack on Titan.’   

People Headline News

StretchSense Names Mike Riley Executive Chair of the Board

Other key appointments made by the MoCap Pro Glove creator include Chris Komatas as chief operating officer and Charles Pludthura as chief marketing officer; new team bolsters company’s emergence as a key player in motion capture animation, industry applications, and premium gaming glove technology.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Watch ‘Victor and Valentino’ Season 3 Trailer

The popular Cartoon Network animated series finds our favorite duo sniffing out sinister happenings in Monte Macabre; guest stars include George Lopez, wrestler Oscar Gutierrez, comedian Felipe Esparza and Mariachi Reynas de Los Angeles.

Make Some Nosie! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation's ‘Trolls: TrollsTopia’ Season 4 Now Streaming

Make some noise! and check out the new season trailer and get ready for nonstop fun and new friends in an all-new set of hair-raising adventures; watch new episodes now on Peacock and Hulu.

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