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In Passing Headline News

Kelly Asbury, ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ Director, Dies at 60

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:40pm

The CalArts alum and well-respected animation veteran spent almost 40 years as a writer, story artist, and designer on some of the industry's most successful shows. 

Business Headline News

3BLACKDOT and Starburns Teaming on ‘Alpha Betas’ Animation Series

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:52am

Gaming culture entertainment studio and production house behind ‘Rick and Morty’ to develop animated comedy starring gaming influencers VanossGaming, BasicallyIDoWrk, I AM WILDCAT and Terroriser.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

‘Jungle Beat: The Movie’ Released Today

Brent Dawes and Sandcastle Studios’ charming new animated family adventure now available worldwide on VOD; watch Natasha Bedingfield perform end title song ‘Together in This.’  

SVOD Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Solar Opposites – The Lost Recordings’ Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 4:33pm

Long lost footage of stars Justin Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone and Mary Mack recording together sheds light on origins of the show’s ‘sexually hard sexy fun-buckets’ and ‘baby biscuits.’

SVOD ANIMATIONWorld

John Harvatine IV and Tom Root Get Medieval in ‘Crossing Swords’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 3:31pm

The Emmy Award-winning ‘Robot Chicken’ executive producers bring their signature fast-paced, raucous and violence-driven humor to a stop-motion world of evil kings, insatiable queens, and peasants caught in the crossfire.

Music ANIMATIONWorld

Composer Carl Johnson Comes Home to ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’

Musician picks up where Carl Stalling left off, returning to Warner Bros. more than 25 years after composing on ‘Animaniacs’ and ‘Pinky and the Brain.’ 

BLM Headline News

‘Big Mouth’ and ‘Central Park’ Will Recast Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell with Black Actors

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:11pm

Creators of both animated comedies apologize for casting white actors in roles for people of color, promising to make changes and be more responsible on such issues moving forward.  

Business Headline News

Technicolor Statement Concerning Debt Restructuring and Ongoing Operations

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 3:33pm

The French multi-national media company, owner of leading creative studios MPC, The Mill, Mr. X and Mikros, issues statement concerning AWN’s June 23 news report.

Podcasts Headline News

Animation Industry Podcast EP71: Aaron Hazouri’s Harsh Reality of Pursuing Storyboard Artist Work In LA

The latest installment of Terry Ibele’s in-depth interview series with guests including JJ Villard, John Musker, Tina Nowracki, and Fred Seibert, who share their stories, insights, and career advice.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Trolls World Tour’ Dance Party Edition Now Available on Digital

Special edition with bonus content, song lyrics and interactive dance party mode also coming to 4k Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD on July 7, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Disney Channel Headline News

Disney Channel Greenlights ‘Amphibia’ Season 3 Ahead of Season 2 Premiere

Animated comedy, created and executive produced by Matt Braly, joins new Saturday night animation programming block starting July 11. 

SIGGRAPH Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2020 Announces Virtual Conference Dates and Program

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3:08pm

After shifting to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic and conference center unavailability, organizers reveal online conference dates and additional details. 

Festivals Headline News

Cannes XR Virtual Set for June 24-26

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 2:06pm

A free program of 55 pieces, selected by the Tribeca Film Festival, Veer VR and Positron, including 23 in the Development Showcase, will be open to VR users through the Museum of Other Realities.

Business Headline News

Technicolor Files for Chapter 15 in US Citing COVID-19 Impact

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 12:54pm

French owner of key creative studios and VFX brands including MPC, The Mill, Mr. X and Mikros, reaches a restructuring agreement in Paris with creditors; Texas court filing will protect US assets.

VIEW Conference Blogs

Free Online PreVIEW Session with ‘The Mandalorian’ Animation Director Hal Hickel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:51am

On June 27, the Oscar-winning director, along with VFX journalist Ian Failes, will talk about ILM’s new virtual production technology used on the hit Disney+ series, kicking off the VIEW Conference’s 21st season. 

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Aardman and Netflix Announce ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 9:16am

20 years after release of UK studio’s hit comedy, the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time, we learn from filmmaker’s Annecy presentation that director Sam Fell and team will begin production next year on Ginger and Rocky’s new adventure. 

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Annecy Adds Glen Keane’s ‘Over the Moon’ Work in Progress and Live Q&A Sessions

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7:30am

Now available online, the presentation includes the Oscar-winning director, Oscar-winning co-director John Kahrs, and producers Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou; live Q&A set for June 24.

SVOD Headline News

First Look: Netflix Releases Trailer for Glen Keane’s ‘Over the Moon’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:29am

Oscar-winning ‘Dear Basketball’ director’s new animated musical adventure, co-directed by Oscar-winner John Kahrs and produced at China’s Pearl Studios, will be released this fall.

AVOD Headline News

Tubi Expands Animation Library with 'LEGO Masters,' LEGO, Mattel, 'Garfield' and 'Anpanman' Properties

FOX Entertainment’s AVOD platform division announces new animated content deals and advertising technology tools during inaugural Newfront presentation.

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