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Dept. of Had to Be Done ANIMATIONWorld

The Absurd, Surreal, Metaphysical Creation of a No-Budget Animated Feature

Over 15 years, more than 200 volunteers, and several brave firemen, assisted in the production of Oliver Simonsen’s CG animated film, ‘The Absurd, Surreal, Metaphysical and Fractured Destiny of Cerebus the Aardvark,’ based on Dave Sim’s celebrated comic series.

Machines Rule! Headline News

Netflix Releases Free ‘The Art of The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ Digital Book

The streamer offers an inside look at the art behind the multi award-nominated CG animated movie about a chaotic family road trip that turns into an apocalyptic adventure… with robots!

TV VFX VFXWorld

Folks VFX Helps 'Empower' Young DC Heroes in ‘Titans’ Season 3

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 10, 2022 at 3:53pm

Studio creates new and even more amazing superhero powers, as well as a photoreal green tiger and CG environments like the Amazons' island of Themyscira, for the HBO Max series, recently renewed for Season 4.

People Headline News

Genius Brands and ChizComm Founders Part Ways Under Contradictory Claims

Harold and Jennifer Chizick are out less than a year after their company was acquired by the growing kids’ media company; business will continue under the leadership of Donna MacNeil and Kathleen Campisano.

Business Headline News

It’s Game On as Take-Two Interactive Acquires Mobile Gaming Giant Zynga

$12.7 billion deal will create a diversified video game, interactive, and mobile entertainment giant; popular titles from the two companies range from ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘Red Dead Redemption’ to ‘Harry Potter: Puzzles and Spells’ and ‘Words With Friends.’

Awards Blogs

‘Encanto’ Wins for Best Animated Feature at 79th Golden Globe Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 10, 2022 at 11:19am

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest musical, which tells the story of a family where each child is blessed with a magic gift, except for one, beats out ‘Flee,’ ‘Luca,’ ‘My Sunny Maad,’ and ‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ to win the season’s first big animation award.

Take the challenge Headline News

Sony Talent League by THU Finalists Announced

3 teams have been chosen for the 2nd edition of Sony and THU’s creative challenge, each receiving mentoring by leading industry creators, up to 10.000€ in funding and the chance to present their project at the next THU event.

Dept. of You Knew it Might Happen Headline News

COVID-19 Sends Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ to Disney+

With cinema attendance still threatened by the ongoing pandemic, the studio’s highly anticipated new 3D/CG animated feature will skip theaters and head directly to the streamer on March 11.

Their Appeal is Timeless ANIMATIONWorld

‘Hilda and the Mountain King’: Why We Love Our Trolls

Director Andy Coyle and executive producer Kurt Mueller talk about their new 2D animated movie special, now streaming on Netflix, that picks up where the Season 2 cliff-hanger finale of the Annie, BAFTA, and Daytime Emmy Award-winning series ‘Hilda’ left off.

It’s Always the Shy Ones to Look Out For Headline News

Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Belle’ Hits Theaters January 14

Produced by Japan’s Studio Chizu, the Annie-nominated animated feature tells the heartfelt story of a shy high school student growing up in the age of Social Media; GKIDS is releasing the film in cinemas next week, with IMAX previews beginning January 12.

Business Headline News

TwentyOne14 Media Teams with Pat & Mike, Dan Abnett and Team Legend Studios

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 7, 2022 at 10:09am

Group's first project is animated series, ‘The Adventures of Skelly;’ strategic partnership includes former Cartoon Network Studios SVP Brian Miller, and will emphasize shows that feature and target underrepresented BIPOC audiences.

It's so Crunchy! Headline News

Crunchyroll Drops ‘Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 3:21pm

Premiering January 9, new episodes from the show’s fourth and final season follow the emotional journeys of Eren, Mikasa, and Armin as the war for Paradis zeroes in on Shiganshina just as the Jaegerists seize control.

Stay Pufty My Friends VFXWorld

MPC Film Creates S’More Great VFX for ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 2:40pm

Leading visual effects studio designs new ghosts, brings Harold Ramis back as Dr. Egon Spengler, and animates a horde of mini Stay-Puft marshmallows wreaking havoc on a Walmart, in Jason Reitman and Sony’s long awaited ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel.

Smile! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Smiling Friends’ Provides Big Laughs in a Small, Suspicious-Looking Package

Creators Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel guarantee that their new animated comedy series, premiering January 9 on Adult Swim, will make you feel better… unless, you know, it doesn’t.

Best of the 80’s Headline News

Apple TV+ Drops ‘Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock’ Trailer

A reboot of the 80’s classic, the new series debuts January 21, joining the streamer’s ‘Fraggle Rock’ line-up including the classic series as well as new specials ‘Down at Fraggle Rock,’ ‘Doozer Music’ and ‘Fraggle Songs.’

TV Animation Headline News

Disney Junior Sets ‘Alice’s Wonderland Bakery’ Premiere

New animated preschool series, inspired by the world of ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ will launch February 9 with simulcast on Disney Channel, with episodes streaming on Disney+ the same day; Craig Ferguson, Eden Espinosa, Bobby Moynihan, and Ana Gasteyer lead all-star cast.

Meow! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Gabby’s Dollhouse’ Season 4 Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 3:27pm

The live-action hybrid preschool series returns to Netflix February 1 with 8 ‘cat-tastic’ new episodes; show invites kids to turn missteps and mistakes into something creative.

Business Headline News

AMC Networks Buys Anime Distributor Sentai

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 2:38pm

Deal includes company’s HIDIVE anime-focused subscription service and other brands, as well as its library of thousands of hours of popular titles including ‘Akame ga Kill,’ ‘Food Wars!’ and ‘Made in Abyss.’

Danger Will Robinson! VFXWorld

Digital Domain Helps Solve an Alien Mystery in ‘Lost in Space’ Final Season

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:10pm

The Oscar-winning VFX studio creates a hostile planet, battling robots, and a lost civilization for Netflix’s hit sci-fi series about the inter-galactic adventures of the Robinson family… that’s always in danger!

animated shorts Headline News

Watch Mary Apick’s Powerful ‘The Cat’ Short

The award-winning filmmaker and activist’s hand-drawn, black and white animated film tells the story of a happy little girl determined to overcome the darkness and oppression consuming her.

You Think You Know Kaiju ANIMATIONWorld

‘Dawn of the Monsters’: A Smash ‘Em Up Game Honoring the Origins of Kaiju

13AM’s new 2.5D animated brawler, set to release early this year, is a story-driven, co-operative monster mashup that lets players collaborate to destroy an alien horde and save the planet.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Animation First 2022 Announces Festival Slate

FIAF’s event will be held in-person February 11-13, followed by an online edition from February 14-21; highlights include film premieres, a glimpse at highly anticipated works in progress as well as panels with leading animators.

Finger Snaps Please! Headline News

Watch Cinesite’s ‘The Addams Family 2’ Breakdown Reel and Images

Sole vendor on MGM’s ‘The Addams Family’ sequel used an open-source node-based app, Gaffer, along with Arnold ray tracing renderer to deliver a rich, stylized CG world, delivering over 1248 shots across 93 minutes.

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