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TV VFX Headline News

Goodbye Kansas Shares ‘The Irregulars’ VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 4:34pm

The company’s London and Stockholm offices delivered 229 VFX shots and 20 assets for the Netflix crime drama about the Baker Street Irregulars, based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP119: VFX Production Manager Wahid Ibn Reza's Career Move from Bangladesh to Canada

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 2:40pm

The writer, director, and VFX/animation production manager talks about how he became an accomplished actor before giving up everything to pursue a film career in Vancouver.

Who’s the Boss? ANIMATIONWorld

Tom McGrath Talks ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 5, 2021 at 1:51pm

The Oscar-nominated director returns to helm his sixth DreamWorks Animation feature, a sequel to his blockbuster 2017 comedy, ‘The Boss Baby;’ the now adult Templeton brothers reunite to uncover the dark secrets of a prestigious grade school while rediscovering the meaning of family.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘The Rise of Ultraman Collection’ Coming on Blu-Ray July 10

Set features 9 episodes from the original ‘Ultraman’ series, a collectible booklet and episode guide, and a 5-part bonus feature, ‘Secrets of The Rise of Ultraman.’

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Mortal Kombat’ Out July 13 on 4K, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD

From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the upcoming action-adventure release features deleted scenes, a look at fan favorite characters, and ‘Into the Krypt: Easter Eggs of Mortal Kombat;’ film is currently available on premium digital.

Let’s Get Civical! ANIMATIONWorld

‘We The People’ Gets Us Groovin’ About Civics on Independence Day

Debuting July 4, Chris Nee and Netflix’s vibrant and compelling new series of 10 animated music videos, executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, beautifully combines music and animation to educate a new generation of young Americans about the power of the people.

By the Power of Grayskull! Headline News

Behold the Lord of Destruction in ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 2, 2021 at 3:17pm

Netflix drops the Official Trailer, additional voice cast, and new image set from Part 1 of Mattel TV’s upcoming epic animated series about a heroic barbarian trying to do right, and inquiring minds want to know: ‘Will the Guardians of Grayskull save Eternia and the Fate of the Entire Universe?’

Commercials Headline News

Displaying Great Ingenuity on Spotify’s ‘Today’s Top Hits’ Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 2, 2021 at 11:01am

Ingenuity Studios delivers 65 shots in five stylized, fantastical CG worlds, each for a different starring musical act, for a new campaign highlighting the streaming music platform’s largest playlist.

Business Headline News

Saturday Animation to Develop ‘Chase and CATCH’ with Unreal Pipeline

Studio announces its first original animated action series for global distribution; CGI show being produced using DDEG’s proprietary real-time technology.

Motion Picture Academy Headline News

Academy Invites 395 New Members

Short Film and Feature Animation branch adds 39 new members, with 34 added to the Visual Effects branch; Academy cuts number of new invitees while reaffirming goals to cultivate membership that reflects the diverse film community.

animated comedy Headline News

HBO Releases Trailer for ‘Tig Notaro: Drawn’ Animated Special

The celebrated comedian returns in a groundbreaking, first-ever fully animated stand-up show, produced by Six Point Harness, debuting July 24.

The Dark Knight Returns Headline News

New Images Drop for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two’

The highly anticipated conclusion to the two-part animated DC Universe Movies thriller sees the Dark Knight battle a unified front of super villains while solving a murder mystery; feature-length film comes to Digital July 27, and Blu-ray on August 10.

A New Season of Backyard Hijinks! ANIMATIONWorld

Lynne Naylor and Sunil Hall Talk ‘The Mighty Ones’ Season 2

A new, high-energy season of DreamWorks Animation’s kids’ comedy about the hilarious misadventures of a twig, a pebble, a leaf, and a strawberry, living in the unkempt backyard of a trio of equally unkempt humans, premieres today on Hulu and Peacock.

Monsters Unite! Headline News

See ‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania’ First Look Images and Trailer

Drac and the pack are back in the final ‘Hotel T’ franchise chapter; Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg reprise their roles as Mavis and Johnny in Sony Pictures Animation’s animated comedy coming to theatres October 1.

Technology Headline News

Pixar Releases Next Generation RenderMan 24 with XPU

The software’s biggest update ever introduces a new shading system, stylized looks, and XPU, which provides live rendering capabilities for immediate feedback on assets.

Fun in the Italian Sun! ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: The Fabulous Journey of ‘Luca’

Enrico Casarosa’s heartwarming story of a shy young sea monster, whose insatiable curiosity helps him discover the magic in the everyday, is as complex as the ocean is deep.

VES Headline News

Visual Effects Society Names 2021 Special Honorees

Recipients of the Founders Awards and/or Designated Lifetime Members include VFX producer Mike Chambers, business/marketing consultant Rita Cahill, VFX historian Gene Kozicki, and cinematic director Richard Winn Taylor II, VES.

The Future Perfect Project Headline News

Final ‘How Life Is: Queer Youth Animated’ Shorts Released

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 3:08pm

Finishing out their Pride Month 2021 celebration, The Future Perfect Project shares the last two films in their series of 10 personal stories from LGBTQIA+ youth, aged 13-22, about the challenges they routinely face.

Commercials Headline News

1stAveMachine Buenos Aires Scores with ESPN App Commercial

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 2:26pm

Production company’s new spot for ESPN and BSSP’s ‘One App, One Tap’ campaign, featuring music by urban pop duo Domino Saints, reimagines iconic athletic moments with added touches of colorful motion graphics and animation.

Down Boy! Headline News

See ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ First Look Images and Teaser

Everyone’s favorite big red dog is almost here! Paramount Pictures’ CGI/live-action hybrid movie about a little puppy that becomes a 10-foot hound hits theaters September 17.

Paying Homage to Sci-Fi and Disco! ANIMATIONWorld

The Retro-Futuristic Cyberpunk of Purple Disco Machine’s ‘Playbox’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 9:53am

London-based Juppi Juppsen and Mathias Lemaitre Sgard’s new animated short pays vibrant homage to classic sci-fi and disco with a story about a space superhero, his female droid, and their search for an ancient artifact holding the essence of music.

The Ponyverse Beckons! Headline News

‘My Little Pony: A New Generation’ Voice Cast Revealed

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 9:28am

Vanessa Hudgens and James Marsden among stars boarding eOne’s new animated adventure about the unimaginable – Equestria losing its magic! A new set of best friends hits the ‘ponyverse’ and Netflix this coming September 24.

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