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Kids’ TV Channel Headline News

Sandbox Kids Launches Hopster English Learning Channel

The on-demand kids entertainment channel is now available on Amazon Prime Video in Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands; service helps teach children English using popular animated characters.

The Dark Knight Rises Headline News

Trove of New Images Drop for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

Check out 11 new snaps showing some of the action, grim reaction, and memorable moments to come, in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s next entry in the DC Universe movie series, coming to Blu-ray and Digital June 22.

Business Headline News

Moonbug and Amazon Kids+ Team Up on ‘Arpo Robot Babysitter’

As part of new kids’ content partnership, companies will develop new original animated series and mobile game, both based on ‘Arpo,’ a popular YouTube show ‘Arpo.’

Fighting for Displaced Kids Headline News

KEPYR’s ‘Kindred Spirits’ Campaign - UNICEF Aid for Displaced Kids Now Underway

The month-long online fundraiser runs through June 20 - World Refugee Day; campaign supports UNICEF’s work aiding displaced children around the world.

People Headline News

Outpost VFX Adds Jeremy Fernsler

Emmy-nominated as a VFX supervisor on ‘Westworld’ Season 3, the industry veteran joins company’s new L.A. studio, where he will work with directors, producers, and showrunners to deliver visual effects on TV and films.

Business Headline News

More ‘Masha and the Bear’ Coming to Mexico

Mexican TV network Televisa has picked up Season 5 of the popular kids’ series as well as Animaccord’s new educational musical project ‘Nursery Rhymes,’ starring the popular Masha character; the new animated shows will launch in August 2021.

The Dark Knight Rises Headline News

First Clip Drops for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 21, 2021 at 10:23am

It’s the calm before the storm at Wayne Manor – on Halloween night – in the first official clip from the soon to be released feature-length film; next entry in the DC Universe movie series comes to Blu-ray and Digital June 22.

indie animation Headline News

Trailer Drops for Solo Animated ‘Coriander & A Penny’s Worth of Lonesome’

Created by filmmaker Julian Grant as a tribute to movies of a bygone era, the award-winning film is now streaming on multiple platforms including Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon, Xfinity, and Vudu.

The Dark Knight Rises Headline News

New Images Released for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

Next entry in the DC Universe movie series comes to Blu-ray and Digital June 22; special bonus features include ‘The Losers’ DC Showcase animated short.  

Creating Animation for Video Games Headline News

‘Game Anim: Video Game Animation Explained’ 2nd Edition Now Available

The practical guide teaches the fundamentals of video game animation; new edition covers 2D and pixel art animation as well the latest in mocap and motion matching.

A Digital Shave and a Hair Cut! VFXWorld

Crafty Apes is ‘My-T-Sharp’ in ‘Coming 2 America’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4:28pm

Led by VFX supervisor Aldo Ruggiero, the visual effects studio helped recreate the signature barbershop storefront, a library, and other New York environments that couldn’t be shot due to the pandemic, in Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ sequel now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Education Headline News

Producer Ted Hope Joins ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management

The former Amazon Movie exec will co-lead the school’s new LA-based ‘Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management in the Creative Industries’ program, designed for individuals pursuing global leadership and management careers in film/television/new media and other creative industries.

Anime Headline News

‘Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train’ Coming to Theatres

On April 23, Aniplex of America and Funimation will release the hit anime feature in North American cinemas, including 4DX and IMAX; available on digital June 22.

Manga Badassery Headline News

Derek Kolstad to Write and Produce ‘Hellsing’ Manga Film Adaptation

The ‘John Wick’ scribe will team with Amazon studios for live-action take on the popular comic, a reimagining of the familiar Dracula / Van Helsing dynamic.

Events Headline News

VFXRIO Presents Pixar Co-Founder Alvy Ray Smith February 7

To celebrate the special free upcoming online presentation VFX Rio launched an original video created by director Matteo Moriconi and XCave Studios founder Rodrigo Hurtado.

Technology Headline News

LoUPE Simplifies Storytelling with Technology ‘For Artists, By Artists’

Tangent Labs co-founder Jeff Bell shares how their platform integrates asset management, production and task management, review and collaboration, sketching, draw overs, and note taking to enable transparent, accessible, and innovative animation and VFX creativity.

VFX breakdowns Headline News

VFX Legion Brings on the Nightmares in Amazon Prime’s ‘Black Box’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:18am

Studio delivers over 200 shots on the latest entry in the ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse’ psychological thriller film anthology; dark story centers on an amnesiac desperate to regain his memory.

Business Headline News

Animaccord and Amazon Ink ‘Masha and the Bear’ European Distribution Deal

Company’s strike collaborative, multi-territory deal expanding reach on Prime Video of popular animated series and its spin-offs, ‘Masha's Spooky Stories’ and ‘Masha's Tales.’

Talk Radio Revenge! Headline News

Dog Den Films’ 2D Animated ‘FISH’ Comes to Amazon and iTunes February 5

Indie film company partners with ContentoNY and animator Juan Mont on a new adult comedy series that follows a failed radio host who seeks revenge.

Holy Animated Short Film Anthologies! Headline News

‘DC Showcase - Batman: Death in The Family’ Coming to Blu-Ray and Digital October 13

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC’s compilation of 2019-2020 animated shorts includes acclaimed titles ‘Sgt. Rock,’ ‘Adam Strange,’ ‘Death,’ and ‘The Phantom Stranger;’ interactive film spotlight panel set for NY Comic Con October 10

Festivals Headline News

Virtual SCAD AnimationFest 2020 Coming September 25-26

The acclaimed two-day event, being held online for the first time, will feature exclusive screenings, panels, and presentations from top talent like ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ creator Mike McMahan and ‘Undone’ co-creators Raphael Bob-Waksberg & Kate Purdy.

Technology Headline News

Weta Goes All-in on AWS for Animation and VFX in the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:26am

Pioneering visual effects company, known for ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ has chosen Amazon Web Services to create a new, cloud-based visual effects workflow.

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