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Fancy VFX Gets All Emoji-nal on FedEx Spot

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 8, 2022 at 11:51am

Visual effects studio designs and produces a series of increasingly numerous and whimsical emojis to show how NFL star Derrick Henry’s tweeted mistyped hashtag makes a small kitchenware store’s business explode, requiring immediate ecommerce help to handle the surge.

visualization Headline News

PXO London Assembles A-list Previs Team

Global VFX studio adds previsualization services to its pre-production offerings following push into virtual production and launch of LED stages; ex-Framestore exec Alex Webster takes the reigns with veteran previs supervisor Matt Perrin heading the team.

Sam I Am! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Serves Up a Tasty Second Season

Executive Producer Helen Kalafatic talks about the new season of the beloved Dr. Seuss-based series, debuting April 8 on Netflix, and encourages LatinX and other underrepresented groups to find their place in the animation industry.

Animation is a Medium Not a Genre Headline News

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Say Animation Isn’t Getting its Due in Hollywood

The Oscar-winning creative powerhouses penned an urgent op-ed on the Academy’s failure to treat animated features as seriously as their live-action counterparts.

Transforming Digital Creativity ANIMATIONWorld

Join PNY and NVIDIA’s ‘How NVIDIA Is Advancing the Future of Digital Storytelling’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 1:03pm

This free presentation on April 14 will explore how the latest NVIDIA® RTX™ solutions, NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise, NVIDIA Virtual GPU (vGPU), and GPU-accelerated software applications are transforming Media & Entertainment production.

Doing it in Real-Time ANIMATIONWorld

Nexus Studios Helps ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ Characters Go Live

Executive producer Julia Parfitt and director Patrick Osborne talk about how they brought a real-time animated Grog and Scanlan to the Season 1 Finale Watch Party for the hit Prime Video series.

Too Cute! Headline News

A24 Releases ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On’ Trailer and Poster

Based on a 2010 short of the same name, the documentary style stop-motion feature marks the return of Marcel, an adorable seashell outfitted with a single googly eye and a pair of miniature shoes; the cuteness commences in theaters June 24.

Girl Power! Headline News

WarnerMedia Kids & Family EMEA Nabs ‘Jade Armor’ Broadcast Rights

TeamTO’s original series follows a teenage heroine who uncovers unexpected family secrets; show is slated for release on HBO Max and Cartoon Network in EMEA later this year.

Business Headline News

Quantum Storey and Hasbro Ink Multi-Year XR Content Deal

Company’s extended reality platform brings immersive and experiential storytelling to children’s entertainment company’s popular franchises; ‘My Little Pony-Virtual Magic’ will launch in spring 2022

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 156: How Laurie Rowan Made His Unique Animation Style Super Sought-After

The 3D animator, artist, and director discusses how to brand yourself to get noticed, how he broke away from the mainstream industry to do his own thing, and the post that made his work go viral.

Awards Headline News

‘Stowaway’ Takes Top Honors in Animation at 41st College Television Awards

Brigham Young University student team wins for animated series about a money-grubbing pirate and his oaf of a first mate; judged by Television Academy members, winners awarded a $3,000 cash prize.

Ponies! Headline News

New ‘My Little Pony: Tell Your Tale’ Series to Debut on YouTube

Premiering April 7, the kids’ toon will stream free on the ‘My Little Pony’ channel with new episodes releasing weekly; animated special ‘My Little Pony: Make Your Mark’ hits Netflix May 26 and ‘My Little Pony: Winter Wishday’ drops November 21.

call for entries Headline News

Only 2 Days Left to Apply for WIA and FIAPF ‘Stories x Women’

Women animators from emerging animation communities in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America are invited to apply for the program that runs June 11-18 in Annecy; deadline for entries is April 8. 

Gasp…! MCU Headline News

Marvel Drops ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ TV Spot and Poster

Mystical allies help confront a new mysterious adversary in the highly anticipated sequel to studio’s 2016 hit, ‘Doctor Strange,’ which premieres in U.S. theaters May 6, 2022.

Business Headline News

Cyber Group Studios Inks 3-Series Deal with Gulli

The French kids’ channel picks up 2 of the studio's new series -‘The McFire Family’ and ‘George Moby and Co.’ - as well as Season 3 of the popular cartoon ‘Taffy;’ the shows are slated to start production this year.

The Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights ANIMATIONWorld

OPINION: Disney’s Betrayal of its LGBTQ+ Fans

By Will Craig | Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 10:34am

The company’s financial support of Governor Ron DeSantis and other backers of Florida’s just-signed ‘Parental Rights’ Bill has helped normalize continued distrust and hatred of gay and trans people.

Barbies in the Big Apple! Headline News

Exclusive: ‘Barbies Rising’ Clip from Upcoming ‘Barbie: It Takes Two’

Hitting Netflix April 8, the new animated series focuses on Barbie BFFs ‘Malibu’ and ‘Brooklyn;’ caught in the bustle of the Big Apple they soon discover the necessity of having friends and family to lean on if they’re going to make their dreams a reality.

Here’s Johnny! Headline News

Exclusive First Look: ‘Puffins Impossible’ Official Trailer

Jonny Depp reprises his role as Johnny Puff in the new spin-off of the popular ‘Puffins’ 3D animated series; the 18-episode web series will be available on Apple TV app, Amazon Prime Video and Google Play starting April 9.

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

Musical Comedy Collaborators’ New Rock Band Shadow Academy Gets Animated

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 4:09pm

Music producer Jim Roach and Ninja Sex Party singer Dan Avidan’s pandemic-inspired new project, showcased in two music videos directed and animated by Simon Macko, channels the pair’s shared love for big music, big guitars, and even bigger songs.

Ready set go! Headline News

Sonic and Tails Crash a Wedding in New ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Clip

Latest snippet features a small sampling of the film’s large-scale action visual effects; Paramount Pictures’ ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ sequel hits theaters April 8.

Nothing Like What We Learned in School ANIMATIONWorld

Animation Helps ‘The Principles of Pleasure’ Demystify the Complex World of Sex

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 2:15pm

Women and queer-owned animation studio Mighty Oak deftly integrates stop-motion, collage, motion-graphics and different 2D styles on Netflix’s docuseries that tackles the myths of sex education and how pleasure occurs in the mind.

Mmmmm Indeed Headline News

Netflix Unveils Frosty First Photo From ‘The Witcher’ Season 3 Set

Filming on the next chapter of the hit show, starring Henry Cavill as the famed monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, is currently underway in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Technology Headline News

‘City Sample’ and ‘Lyra Starter Game’ Projects Drop with UE5 Release

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 11:13am

Free sample projects now ready for download along with the brand-new Unreal Engine 5 next-gen real-time 3D content production platform technology released today by Epic Games.

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