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New Season of ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ Premieres July 8

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:02am

Coming to HBO Max, the 10-episode first installment of Season 2 mayhem, featuring Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Tweety, and other famous Tunes, promises laughs, groans, and all-around fun.

Awards Headline News

Nominees Announced for 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

The Disney Channel’s ‘Elena of Avalor’ leads all animated shows with eight nominations; awards for Children’s & Animation categories will be presented in a standalone show streaming July 17, 2021 on the Emmy OTT platform.

Virtual Events Headline News

Academy Museum to Host ‘The Work of Black VFX Artists’ Virtual Discussion

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 7:09am

Lyndon Barrois, Lauren Ellis, Audrea Topps-Harjo, Greg Anderson, Andrew Roberts, and Corey Turner will talk about their creative processes and shared experiences in online event coming July 8.

Home Entertainment Headline News

The Babies Are Back in Force in ‘Rugrats: The Complete Series’

Celebrate 30 years of ‘Rugrats’ with the full 26-disc series collection; special bonus features include ‘Runaway Reptar,’ ‘All Growed Up,’ and ‘Babies in Toyland.’

Business Headline News

Great Wolf Resorts Moves into Animation with ‘The Great Wolf Pack’

The family vacation brand forms Great Wolf Entertainment, revealing slate of animated projects based on its popular signature woodland characters; first animated film due in early 2022.

Heavens to Mergatroyd! Headline News

Yogi and Boo Boo Return in ‘Jellystone!’ Animated Series

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 28, 2021 at 12:56pm

Yes, there's a trailer! Premiering July 29 on HBO Max, an ensemble cast of epic Hanna-Barbera characters will again grace our TV screens, after a 30-year hiatus, once more finding silly ways to destroy their town in a new show helmed by ‘Chowder’s C.H. Greenblatt and produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Business Headline News

‘MeteoHeroes’ Video Game Coming to PlayStation in 2022

Mondo TV Iberoamerica teams up with SIE España and Gammera Nest to adapt the popular environmentally themed animated series; game will launch on PlayStation in Spring 2022, followed by other platforms later in the year.

Let the Game Adaptations Begin Headline News

‘Halo’ Showrunner Steven Kane to Leave Series After Season 1

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 28, 2021 at 11:33am

With production well under way on the high-profile, fan-favorite sci-fi shooter game adaptation, Kane reportedly will leave after post-production completes, even if show gets renewed as expected.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

GKIDS Brings 11 Acclaimed Titles to The Criterion Channel

Oscar-nominated animated features ‘Chico & Rita,’ ‘Ernest & Celestine’, and ‘A Cat in Paris’ among films being featured during the channel’s ‘Persistence of Vision’ Animated Features Showcase, Saturday Matinees, and the weekly Women Filmmaker/Artist Spotlight.

Commercials Headline News

Artificial Ingredients Take a Beating in New Burger King Spot

Production house LANDIA and agency We Believers show the true power of a gang of natural ingredients against the likes of Sodium Benzoate, Monosodium Glutamate, and Polysorbate 80, in their VFX-driven commercial for the fast-food giant.

We Want More Marvel! Headline News

Marvel Studios Drops New ‘Shang-Chi’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:46pm

Are you strong enough to wear the 10 rings? That’s the question facing Simu Liu in the upcoming ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings,’ also starring Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh, hitting theaters September 3, 2021.

#StopAsianHate Headline News

WEBTOON Launches ‘Illuminated’ to Spotlight Asian Women in Entertainment

New webcomic series from 88Rising and Asian Americans Advancing Justice showcases the experiences of Asian women in high-profile fields to dispel false narratives surrounding their identities.

Who Doesn’t Love a Slacker Teen? Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Duncanville – That Jing You Do’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:56am

In the new episode airing June 28 on Fox, Jing and Jack start a child birthday band together and Annie takes on managing them, while Duncan and his friends try to raise money to buy a massage couch they tried out at the mall, by charging scooters; author Stephen King guest stars.

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The Legendary Charles Schulz Explored in ‘Who Are You, Charlie Brown?’

New Apple TV+ documentary paints a compelling picture of the iconic cartoonist and his beloved characters through animation, film clips, cartoon clippings, family photos, and audio commentary from the artist himself.

Are We Dreaming or Awake? ANIMATIONWorld

Visualizing a New Mother’s Eerie Sleeplessness in ‘Six to Six’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 2:26pm

For Israeli artist Neta Cohen, childhood memories that her home had a life of its own fueled her 2D/3D animated short about the long, sometimes sinister hours between wakefulness and sleep, reality and imagination.

Good v Evil! VFXWorld

Creating the Post-Apocalyptic World of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 1:08pm

Overall VFX supervisor Jake Braver, with the help of ILM VFX supervisor Laurent Hugueniot, delivers 2,800 VFX shots depicting a world decimated by plague and a city ruled by supernatural evil, in the 9-part series from CBS Television Studios now streaming on Paramount+.

Education Headline News

CG Spectrum College Becomes Official Unreal Academic Partner

The online school offers courses in game design, game programming, game art, and animation; with new Epic Games academic partnership, school plans increased game development training offerings to better prepare students for a competitive and changing job market.

An Even Merrier Christmas 2021 Headline News

Illumination Drops ‘Sing 2’ Trailer and First Look Character Posters

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 9:27am

An all-star cast led by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson joins Buster Moon in his next, and most dazzling stage extravaganza yet; the animated musical comedy sequel to 2016’s ‘Sing’ hits theaters Christmas 2021.

Fighting Against Evil in West Hollywood Headline News

All-Star Cast Boards Netflix’s ‘Q-Force’ Adult Animated Comedy

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 8:44am

Sean Hayes, Gary Cole, David Harbour, Patti Harrison, Laurie Metcalf, Matt Rogers, Wanda Sykes, and Gabe Liedman join the upcoming series about a misfit squad of LGBTQ+ geniuses who solve cases on their own terms for the American Intelligence Agency.

Virtual Events Headline News

Next PreVIEW Set: A Conversation with Director Brenda Chapman

Join the director of ‘The Prince of Egypt’ and ‘Brave’ in a free July 2 online discussion with ASIFA-Hollywood executive director Frank Gladstone.

Technology Headline News

Maxon Releases Universe 4.0

Now available, the latest version includes new stylize tools Electrify, Texturize Motion, and Analog, Support for Metal, and 200+ new presets for Array Gun and Typographic; other Maxon updates include Redshift with support for OpenColorO, streamlined new Maxon App, and fixes and optimization of FX Suite and Cinema 4D S24.

The Future Perfect Project Headline News

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

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 3:34pm

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

The Transformative Power of Animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘Luca’s Innovative Back and Forth Transformations from Sea Monster to Human

Character supervisors Laura Beth Albright and Sajan Skaria discuss how they fully embraced, rather than hid or obscured, the potentially scary metamorphosis of their lead characters moving in and out of the water, in Pixar’s new animated feature now streaming on Disney+.

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