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Helping Kids Read Headline News

‘To The Letter’ Highlights Challenges Unhoused Kids Face Learning to Read

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 28, 2021 at 9:43am

Non-profit School on Wheels releases new animated short, created by the CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge, to support ABC Literacy Program that helps unhoused K-3 students catch up in literacy and develop a love of reading.

Gaiman to the Rescue! Headline News

Cast Revealed for Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’

Patton Oswalt, voicing Matthew the Raven, joins David Thewlis, Jenna Coleman, and Stephen Fry in Netflix’s dark fantasy series based on the popular DC comic books; show follows people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends his cosmic and human mistakes.

Endless Storytelling Possibilities Headline News

Adobe Debuts its First Premiere Pro Commercial

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 2:42pm

Produced with 72andSunny Los Angeles, ‘Fantastic Voyage | Premiere Pro’ follows a creator’s escapist adventures spotlighting endless possibilities in storytelling.

Business Headline News

Lion Forge and BRON Team Up on ‘Heiress’ Animated Series and Games

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 1:41pm

Studios behind ‘Hair Love’ and ‘The Willoughbys’ will produce a kids’ series, interactive titles, and online community based on the story of a young prince determined to step out from the shadows of her brothers.

Happy Father’s Day! Headline News

‘Teen Titans Go! See Space Jam’ Movie Coming to Cartoon Network

This Father’s Day, the Teen Titans share commentary and hilarity at a ‘Space Jam’ watch party in their all-new 80-minute original movie; May 29 kicks off the ‘Teen Titans Go!’ weekend with ‘New Teen Titans’ creative team and DC Super Hero Girls crossover episode.

Can Humanity and Robots Coexist? ANIMATIONWorld

‘Eden’ Marries 2D and 3D in a Powerful Picture of Parental Love

Premiering today, Justin Leach’s new series, Netflix’s first original anime, explores the idea of robots showing the compassion needed to raise a child found alive in a post-apocalyptic world without humans.

The Academy Awards Get Pushed Headline News

Academy Announces Date Change for 94th Oscars

Ceremony moves to March 27, 2022; film eligibility window returns to standard December 31 deadline, though requirements remain unchanged from 2021 awards.

Let’s Talk Luca! Headline News

Next PreVIEW Set: A Conversation with ‘Luca’ Director Enrico Casarosa

Join a conversation with the director and creative team behind Disney and Pixar’s upcoming animated feature; the free June 21 event is offered in partnership with OGR and Pixar Animation Studios.

The Push for a Diverse Academy Headline News

Academy Cuts 2021 New Member Expansion in Half

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 8:32am

Noting the need to ensure proper staffing and infrastructure to support ongoing growth, the Academy announces invitee limits while reaffirming goals to cultivate membership that reflects the diverse film community.

Business Headline News

‘The BeatBuds, Let’s Jam!’ Will Soon Rock Out on Nick!

Co-produced by Scooter Braun’s SB Projects, new musical animated preschool series based on the kids’ music duo, The Beatbuds, features an original song each episode; show premieres June 7 with new episodes airing daily during the Nick Jr. Beat Bash week-long programming event.

Technology Headline News

Epic Announces Unreal Engine 5 Early Access

Now available for game developers, latest major release, expected to ship in early 2022, includes numerous new groundbreaking features including Nanite virtualized micropolygon and Lumen global illumination systems.

WIA at Annecy Headline News

Speakers Announced for 5th Women in Animation World Summit

Program lineup and list of presenters revealed for this year’s event, presented in collaboration with the Annecy International Animation Festival and Mifa 2021 hybrid editions, viewable beginning June 14; this year’s theme is ‘The Business Case for Diversity.’

Fun in the Sun! ANIMATIONWorld

Dialing In the Stylized Italian Riviera Waters of Pixar’s ‘Luca’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 11:38am

Effects supervisor Jon Reisch drew on his experience as a guitarist to develop ocean wave simulation controls, much like sliders on an equalizer, to hit director Enrico Casarosa’s mark for an expressive, lyrical Japanese woodblock look, in the studio’s upcoming animated feature.

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Special Events Set for Annecy Festival’s 60th Celebration

At Annecy 2021, first time screenings, masterclasses, and keynotes include a look back with ‘Mémoire d’une minute,’ a shorts collection for Annecy award-winning directors; a masterclass presented by Walt Disney and Kugali animation studios; and a keynote by Terrence Malick about VR ‘Evolver – Prologue.’

Awards Headline News

‘Migrants,’ ‘Meerkat,’ and ‘I am a Pebble’ Take SIGGRAPH 2021 Computer Animation Festival Honors

Short films from Pôle 3D, Weta Digital, and ESMA are the big winners among 37 works, including two world premieres, selected for this year’s virtual Electronic Theater, coming August 9.

Baby Got Boss! Headline News

‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’ Gets Simultaneous Peacock and Theatrical Release

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 24, 2021 at 4:13pm

Sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2017 blockbuster comedy moves up more than two months; film now set to hit streamer and U.S. theaters, as well as select international markets, on July 2.

They’re Back ANIMATIONWorld

‘Rugrats’ Returns with a 21st Century Facelift

Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica are back, now animated in CG, but still humorously exploring their world as only precocious youngsters can do; series premieres May 27 on Paramount+.

markets Headline News

Hybrid Mifa 2021 Revealed: Connect Online or In-Person

Industry leading market’s new, flexible format encourages attendee participation from anywhere; extensive program line-up includes pitches, on-line targeted meetings, and career recruitment; Annecy 2021 runs June 14-19.

Injustice League Headline News

DC's Animated ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ Adaptation in Development

The announcement appears inconspicuously in a list of bonus features on the upcoming animated ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two’ home entertainment release.

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