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Jellyfish Pictures Promotes Matthew Bristowe and Sarah Tanner

Newly named managing director and director of operations, respectively, bolster company’s leadership during period of rapid global growth; new head of infrastructure, Martin Weaver and HR manager, Eva Kilikitas, will support the directors in their new roles.

SVOD Headline News

Guru Studio’s ‘Pikwik Pack’ Hits Disney Junior and DisneyNOW November 7

New animated series follows four adorable animal friends who deliver magical surprises to the citizens of their town; series teaches young viewers simple life lessons including community, responsibility, and teamwork.

Animated Music Video Headline News

FINKEL and UK Grime Artist Kamakaze Release ‘Bleach Vial’ Music Video

New short film, animated in Photoshop, aims to lighten the lyrics’ serious commentary about ongoing chaos by drawing inspiration from John Dilworth’s animated horror comedy ‘Courage the Cowardly Dog.’

Home for the Holidays! Headline News

‘The Jolliest Elf’: A New Holiday Tradition Coming to YouTube Thanksgiving Day

From Chad Eikhoff, director of ‘The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story,’ with animation by Trick 3D, the new short/pilot features the North Pole’s creative inhabitants in a first-of-its-kind animated talent competition.

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Spire Animation Studios Gears Up for First Feature ‘Century Goddess’ with New Hires

Studio adds top creative and technological talent it begin work on inaugural animated feature; hires include Shawn Krause, Michael Surrey, David Alexander Smith, John Kreidman, Andrea Paul, Phillip Brochu, and J.J. Blumenkranz.

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‘KKUM:’ How Kangmin Kim Created His Oscar-Qualified Short with an $80 Micro-Budget

Seoul-born, Los Angeles-based independent stop-motion filmmaker employs Styrofoam and cinematic lighting to create a moving and intimate tribute to his mother.

Bring on the Creepy! Headline News

WATCH: Grotesque Zombies, Battles, and Injuries in Alkemy X Halloween Reel

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 4:45pm

Leading VFX and animation studio creeps us all out with a compilation of some of their most grotesque and horrifying VFX creations from top series and films like ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ ‘Blindspot,’ ‘Mr. Mercedes,’ ‘The Kitchen,’ and ‘Power.’

Virtual Event Headline News

Register NOW: Robert Zemeckis Joins ‘Unreal Build: Virtual Production’ Event Lineup

Free online conference adds a virtual fireside chat with the Academy Award-winning director and his longtime VFX supervisor Keven Baillie to the November 10 free virtual event program.

Boo! Headline News

Trick or Treat! Adult Swim Halloween Marathon Begins October 30

Starting at 9:00 PM ET/PT, your evening of creepy fun will include premiere of Jack Stauber’s ‘OPAL’ at midnight followed by ‘Smalls-O-Ween’ bite sized shorts on Adult Swim Smalls.

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Glen Keane’s ‘Over the Moon’ Artfully Illustrates Healing from Grief Through Play

With vibrant colors, gelatinous creatures and an unreal Lunarian moonscape, Sony Pictures Imageworks helps visualize a young girl’s emotional journey to a whole new world, in Pearl Studios’ new animated musical, now showing on Netflix.

Cops Getting Animated Headline News

Previously Live-Action ‘No Activity’ Renewed for Animated Fourth Season

CBS All Access decides to animate a new season of its half-hour comedy series about a pair of low-level cops who spend far too much time together in their squad car; from Funny Or Die, Jungle, and Gary Sanchez Productions.

More Adventures in Space! Headline News

Netflix Greenlights CG Series ‘My Dad the Bounty Hunter’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 10:31am

New animated project from Everett Downing and Patrick Harpin, about a tough galactic bounty hunter whose family knows nothing about his job, stars Russell Hornsby, Yvonne Orji, Priah Ferguson, Yvette Nicole Brown, JeCobi Swain, Leslie Uggams, Rob Riggle, and Jim Rash.

Virtual Reality Headline News

Baobab Studios Drops ‘Baba Yaga’ Teaser Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 8:59am

Leading interactive studio’s newest work, starring Kate Winslet, Daisy Ridley, Jennifer Hudson, and Glenn Close, blends theater, cinema, and animation for an immersive experience that allows viewers to be the main character in a haunting, reimagined fairytale world.

Feast Your Eyes! Headline News

You Might Get Bitten by New ‘Wolfwalkers’ Legendary Prologue

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 8:02am

Anything wild must be the work of the devil, and the wolves of the forest have mysterious, magical powers to heal… and turn humans into wolves with their bite, in Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s beautiful new animated feature, coming soon to U.S. theatres and Apple TV+.

Technology Headline News

DeepMotion Launches ‘Animate 3D’ AI-Powered Platform

3D animation cloud service gives users the ability to capture human motion by converting 2D video files to 3D animations; the platform accepts .MP4 .MOV or .AVI files and generates high fidelity .FBX or .BVH animations.

Home for the Holidays! Headline News

Sneak a Peek at Netflix’s Stop-Motion ‘Alien Xmas’ Holiday Special Trailer

Get ready to snuggle up with some hot cocoa, because on November 20, a new holiday special will warm your heart; only the gift-giving spirit of Christmas and a small alien can save the world from a race of kleptomaniac aliens determined to take over the planet.

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A Digital Woman Discusses Society’s Perception of Femininity in ‘I.D.A’ CG Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4:45pm

VFX studio Nu Boyana FX’s first inhouse animated short, based on a spoken word poem, started as an R&D project before blossoming into a film asking fundamental questions about what makes a girl real; the fully keyframed film’s production toolkit included Zbrush, Mari, Maya, and Nuke.

Bring on the Creepy! Headline News

WATCH: Ghastly Creatures and Terrifying Encounters - Zoic Studios' Halloween Reel!

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 3:30pm

Emmy Award-winning studio scares up a compilation of some of their most grotesque and horrifying VFX creations from films like ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor,’ ‘Legion,’ and ‘N0S4A2.’

Business Headline News

Toonz Media and SMF Studio to Co-Produce ‘Aliens in My Backpack’

Studios enter strategic partnership to produce, distribute, and license a new CGI series that follows a family of aliens who share their ecological secrets to help make earth a greener planet.

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‘Mistfall’ Animated Series Coming to YouTube in December

Ferly and Star Stable Entertainment producing short-form series featuring all-new storylines, narratives and characters that parallel those in the original game; long form scripted series is also in development.

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Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Unicorn: Warriors Eternal’ Gets HBO Max and Cartoon Network Greenlight

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 11:01am

On the heels of his ‘Primal’ Season 2 Adult Swim pickup, director returns to his ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ home with new series inspired by myths and lore from around the world.

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Spielberg’s ‘Tiny Toon Looniversity’ Gets 2 Season HBO Max and Cartoon Network Pickup

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10:23am

Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation to produce new half hour animated comedy series featuring characters from the Emmy Award-winning ‘Tiny Toons Adventures.’

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HBO Max and Cartoon Network Greenlight 3 New Mo Willems Projects

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10:03am

Award-winning author and playwright expands his existing deal with new animated series ‘Unlimited Squirrels!,’ animated special ‘Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Special,’ and live-action immersive series ‘Cat the Cat’s Show the Show Show with YOU the YOU!’

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