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WUBBA LUBBA DUB-DUB! Headline News

‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 Blu-Ray Coming December 7

The just concluded season of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s Emmy Award-winning animated comedy gets its home entertainment release, complete with a bunch of special features.

Animated TV Series ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Ghost and Molly McGee’: A Supernatural Take on Real Friendship

Bill Motz and Bob Roth’s new 2D kids’ series, about an energetic young girl and a grouchy ghost, brings heart, humor, and a bit of horror in the grand Disney tradition; series premieres today on Disney Channel and next week on Disney+.

Festivals Headline News

Manchester Animation Festival Reveals Program Line-Up

The 7th edition returns as a hybrid event offering content online and in person November 14-30; new events include a keynote by the BBC’s Patricia Hidalgo and a feature film competition showcasing 4 international filmmakers.

Turning Loss into Hope ANIMATIONWorld

The Touching, Personal Journey of Joe Mateo’s ‘Blush’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 1, 2021 at 8:38am

Written and directed by the Emmy Award winning artist, the CG film, based on a tragic loss, follows a horticulturist-astronaut trying to survive after crash landing on a desolate dwarf planet; it debuts today on Apple TV+

Have I gotta Pitch! Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘The Great North – The Great Punkin’ Adventure’

In the new episode airing October 3 on Fox, Ham is invited to audition for a punk band after they hear him scream, while Honeybee and Wolf get their first directing gig.

Animated Features ANIMATIONWorld

The Creative Harmony Behind Disney’s ‘Encanto’

Director Byron Howard, director/co-writer Jared Bush, and co-director/co-writer Charise Castro Smith discuss their collaborative process and the making of a magical musical, opening in theaters November 24.

People Headline News

WarnerMedia Ups Brian Robillard for its Adult Swim and Kids & Family Business Operations

Newly promoted assistant GM and VP of business operations will also lead new music strategy arm for kids, Young Adults and Classics group; he is joined by new hire Michael Akiko who will run the new unit.

Cake is Tasty! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Swan Boy’ Serves a Hilarious New Slice of FXX’s ‘Cake’

For Augenblick Studios’ Aaron Augenblick, Branson Reese’s new series of animated shorts, about a twenty-something swan of low station and medium intelligence, is one of the funniest shows of his 20+ year career; Season 5 of the short film anthology premieres today on FXX.

Fun New Shows for Kids Headline News

Netflix Renews ‘Ridley Jones’ and ‘Ada Twist, Scientist’

Both new shows get Season 2 pickup: streamer also adds 4 new fun and educational animated shows to its 2022 preschool line-up.

Adults Can Be The Worst! ANIMATIONWorld

Flawed Grown-Ups Provide Big and Biting Laughs In ‘Ten Year Old Tom’

Creator Steve Dildarian talks about his new adult animated comedy, about a kid trying to understand his world, who isn’t exactly helped by the adults in his life, which premieres today on HBO Max.

9 Chapters are Coming! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Maya and the Three’ Final Trailer and New Images

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 7:25am

Watch as three outcasts – Chimi, Rico, and Picchu – join Princess Maya on her epic quest to defeat Lord Mictlan in Jorge R. Gutiérrez’s highly anticipated 9-chapter tale of a Mesoamerican-inspired warrior princess; series premieres October 22.

Anime Headline News

Crunchyroll to Stream ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’ Story Arcs

Based on the manga by Koyoharu Gotoge, ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc’ premieres October 10 with ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc’ coming December 5.

Newly Honored VFX Titans! Headline News

VES Announces 2021 Honorary Members and VES Fellows

This year’s group of distinguished VFX practitioners will be recognized at a special event this fall; also announced were VES 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees - legendary contributors to VFX and film including Roy Field, John P. Fulton, Phil Kellison, the Lumière brothers, and John Whitney, Sr.

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘Blippi Wonders’ Now Playing on YouTube

Debuting today, Moonbug’s new 3D animated series follows the contagiously curious character embarking on fun and funny adventures in his Blippimobile; the educational show inspires kids to learn through discovery and play.

Animated Features Headline News

Disney Drops ‘Encanto’ Official Trailer and Poster

The new animated musical feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios tells the story of a family where each child is blessed with a magic gift, except for one; John Leguizamo joins the cast as Bruno, the uncle no one talks about – film opens in theaters November 24, 2021.

Living LA Cool Headline News

Prime Video Reveals Adult Animated Comedy ‘Fairfax’ Cast

Amazon drops first look images along with the voice cast list for their new series about four middle school friends’ never-ending quest to be cool in LA; all 8 episodes premiere October 29.

Who’s Your Favorite Scaredy Pooch! Headline News

Don’t Miss Scooby-Doo’s ‘Scoobtober’ on HBO Max and Cartoon Network

Everyone’s favorite mystery solving pooch celebrates the month of October with a spooky line-up of all things ‘Scooby-Doo!’

Aren’t You a Bit Curious? Headline News

Peacock Original ‘Curious George: Cape Ahoy’ Premieres September 30

Watch exclusive clip of The Man with the Yellow Hat trying to get George ready for a fun trip to the beach; new animated movie features original songs written by Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom.

Hypothetically Speaking ANIMATIONWorld

The Forward-Looking, Retro Visual Style of ‘What If…?’

Head of Visual Development and Character Design Ryan Meinerding talks about early twentieth-century influences for the character designs in Marvel Studios’ acclaimed new animated series, now playing on Disney+.

Animated Music Videos Headline News

Fleet Foxes’ ‘Featherweight’ Music Video Takes Flight

Director Sean Pecknold used hand-crafted stop-motion animation and a multiplane camera to capture a young hawk’s struggle to fly with a broken wing; short premiered September 21 at a GRAMMY Museum retrospective featuring band frontman Robin Pecknold.

Finding Wonder in the Every Day ANIMATIONWorld

‘Ada Twist, Scientist’ Explores the Diversity of Family and Accessibility of Science

Premiering today on Netflix, Chris Nee’s brand-new CG animated series about an eight-year-old scientist, produced with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions, celebrates the magic of adventure in our own backyards.

Try to Get Along Please! ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Croods: Family Tree’: A Modern Take on Prehistoric Domestic Bliss

DreamWorks Animation’s hilarious new CG series continues mining comedy gold from the trials, tribulations, and shenanigans of the cohabitating Crood and Betterman families; now streaming on Peacock and Hulu.

Cheers! Headline News

FXX Renews ‘Archer’ for Season 13

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 2:45pm

Thanksgiving comes early this year, as we learn Sterling Archer will return for a new season filled with his lackadaisical, often inebriated and always hilarious navigation of the ever-changing spy world; Adam Reed’s Emmy Award-winning FXX animated series will be back in 2022 with 8 all-new episodes!

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