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It’s Good to be Brave Headline News

Alan Cumming, Jane Lynch Join ‘The Bravest Knight’ Season 2 Voice Cast

The new season of Hulu’s GLAAD Media Award-winning 2D animated series will see the return of T.R. Knight as Cedric, Bobby Moynihan as Grunt, Wilson Cruz as Prince Andrew, Christine Baranski as the fearsome Red Dragon, Teri Polo as Saylor, and Steven Weber as The Head Knight, with Millie Davis stepping in to voice Nia.

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Nelvana Developing ‘Trapped in a Video Game’ Movie Adaptation

The kids’ content producer is teaming up with Andrews McMeel Entertainment to transform the popular books into animated films; the stories follow 12-year-old Jesse Rigsby, who discovers the dangers of video games and the people that make them.

It’s Wicked Cool! Headline News

Universal Shares a ‘Wicked’ Teaser Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 12, 2024 at 4:48pm

Based on the bestselling novel by Gregory Maguire and the hugely successful stage musical, Jon M. Chu’s upcoming musical fantasy adventure tells the untold story of the witches of Oz, Elphaba and Glinda; the film hits theaters November 2024.

R.L Returns! Headline News

‘Goosebumps’ Series Renewed for Season 2 at Disney+

The new eight-episode installment will unveil a fresh ‘Goosebumps’ chapter with an anthology twist: a brand-new story, setting and cast based upon R.L Stine’s worldwide bestselling Scholastic book series.

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9 Story Announces ‘Judy Moody’ Animated Series

The media group partners with Trustbridge to co-develop and adapt popular book series ‘Judy Moody’ by Megan McDonald and best-selling holiday picture book ‘Dasher’ by Matt Tavares, with animation by Brown Bag Films.

Community Outreach Headline News

Marvel & DC Writer’s ‘Fighting to Belong!’ Graphic Novel Kicks off Learning Initiative

TAAF, LAAUNCH and The Asian American Education Project launch Volume 1 of the new book, written by Amy Chu and Alexander Chang and illustrated by Louie Chin, that’s aimed at middle school kids to make AAPI history more accessible and provide curriculum support to educators, parents, and community groups.

Facing Your Fears ANIMATIONWorld

Tim Lamb and Christine Bian Talk ‘MacGyvering Our Way to Survival’ on ‘Orion and the Dark’

The production designer and art director approached the challenging, ‘scrappy indie project’ by honoring the hand-painted, watercolor feel of Emma Yarlett’s original book; written by Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman, the DreamWorks’ and Mikros Animation film debuts on Netflix February 2, 2024.  

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Aardman Inks Deals for ‘Pop Paper City’ and ‘Interstellar Ella’

The award-winning animation studio’s distribution arm scores worldwide deals for third-party animated series that share studio’s ‘values of quality and originality, with humor as a core theme.’

From the Cradle to the Screen Headline News

Hidden Gnome, Lex+Otis Team for Animated ‘Cradle’ Book Series Adaptation

A Kickstarter has been launched to fund the adaptation and give fans even greater connection to the stories, realms, and characters of Will Wight’s popular fable, with exclusive perks through donations; the grassroots fundraiser ends February 9.

Facing Your Fears Headline News

Netflix Drops Trailer for DreamWorks’ ‘Orion and the Dark’

Streamer also shares images and a casting announcement for the Charlie Kaufman-penned animated film, which tells the story of an average kid and his not-so-average all-consuming fears; starring Jacob Tremblay, Paul Walter, Angela Bassett, Colin Hanks and Natasia Demetriou, the film debuts February 2, 2024. 

indie animation Headline News

The NFB’s ‘Miserable Miracle’ Selected for Clermont ISFF Lab Competition

Ryo Orikasa’s animated short, inspired by Henri Michaux’s book of poetry and drawings, explores the limits of language and perception; accolades include ‘Grand Prize for Short Animation’ at OIAF 2023.

Wait… I’m a What? Headline News

DreamWorks and Netflix Share ‘Not Quite Narwhal’ Season 2 Trailer

Based on the New York Times bestseller by Jessie Sima, the animated preschool series about curious and fun-loving Kelp, who always believed he was a narwhal until he finds out he’s not, returns January 22 with all-new episodes.

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Filmmaker Janice Nadeau and NFB Producer Marc Bertrand Talk ‘HARVEY’

A conversation between the director and National Film Board of Canada producer takes us inside their collaboration on the award-winning NFB/Folimage animated short that examines bereavement and coping with the loss of a parent through the imaginative eyes of a child.

indie animation Headline News

Bill Plympton’s ‘Slide’ Sets LA Premiere at LAAF

The tale of a mythical cowboy showdown with eco-villains intent on paving over idyllic Sourdough Creek, the 2D animated film debuts December 9 at the Los Angeles Animation Festival; tickets are now available. 

More Spidey is on the Way! Headline News

Steve Lightfoot Joins ‘Spider-Man Noir’ Series as Co-Showrunner

Amazon Studios’ mysterious new show from ‘The Punisher’ developer and ‘The Lost City’ writer Oren Uziel will follow an older superhero in a 1930s New York City, although it will not be Peter Parker.

What We’ll Do for our First Crush ANIMATIONWorld

The Charming, Lyrical Sweetness of ‘The Day I Became a Bird’

Oscar-winning ‘The Lost Thing’ director Andrew Ruhemann and producer David Park talk about their soulful animated short, in which a young boy finds an unusual way to win the heart of his crush.

Holiday Magic ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ Captures Holiday Nostalgia with Stylized Animation Mix

Magic Light Pictures’ charming new special blends live-action, stop-motion, 3D, and 2D animation to reimagine Margery Williams’ classic story of a child who, with his new favorite toy, discovers lifelong friendship and a world of magic; now streaming on Apple TV+.

Facing Your Fears Headline News

Netflix Releases Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Orion and the Dark’ Teaser

The 3DCG feature from DreamWorks Animation, penned by the Oscar-winning writer and filmmaker, tells the story of an average kid and his not-so-average all-consuming fears, coming to the streamer in February 2024.

Holiday Magic Headline News

Apple TV+ Shares ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ Trailer

Based on the famed children’s book by Margery Williams, the live-action animated hybrid tells the story of a child who, with his new favorite toy, discovers lifelong friendship and a world of magic; the family holiday series streams November 22.

Defeat the Badjelly Headline News

Production Underway on ‘Badjelly’ Kids’ Animated Series

Mukpuddy Animation, Sphere Animation, and Cantilever Media team up on the show, based on the beloved 1973 story from legendary comedian Spike Milligan, starring the ‘Harry Potter’ film franchise’s Miriam Margolyes OBE; debut set for 2025. 

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 229: Mindy Johnson On Women in Animation & ‘Pencils Vs Pixels’

The award-winning author, historian, filmmaker, and educator discusses animation’s history and the upcoming documentary highlighting Disney’s transition from hand-drawn to CG animation.

A Must-Have Guide Headline News

VES Announces ‘The VES Handbook of Virtual Production’ Release

The comprehensive guide to techniques and best practices, gleaned from 82 experts in VR, AR, MR, and XR technology and edited by VFX professionals Susan Zwerman VES and Jeffrey A. Okun VES, is now available for pre-order.

Business Headline News

Nelvana Inks ‘Millie Magnificent’ Distribution Deals

Based on the popular kids’ book series by Ashley Spires, the new original 3DCG preschool series heads to Canal+ in France and Treehouse in Canada in 2024 – coming to MIPCOM this month.

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Lion Forge and Penguin Young Readers Sign Development Deal

The two companies will create a slate of children’s film and TV projects based on popular Penguin children’s titles including ‘Monster Juice,’ ‘The Pathfinders Society,’ ‘North Pole Ninjas,’ and ‘Wannabe Farms.’

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