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‘Light & Magic’: Doc Series on the VFX Artists of ‘Star Wars’ Hits Disney+ in July

Seasoned ‘Star Wars’ scribe Lawrence Kasdan directs an inside look at the craftspeople who played a pivotal role in cementing the series’ legacy.

That Bunny’s Dynamite! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Samurai Rabbit:’ A Futuristic Take on Bushido and Stan Sakai’s Hit Comics

Premiering today on Netflix, the new CG animated series, based on the five-time Eisner winning comic ‘Usagi Yojimbo,’ pits the cotton-tailed warrior, Yuichi, and his team of fighters against monsters, ninjas, and evil aliens threatening the city of Neo Edo.

People Headline News

‘Chernobyl’ Director to Helm First 2 Episodes of ‘Dune’ Prequel Series

Emmy Award winner Johan Renck will replace ‘Dune’ film director Denis Villeneuve, who exited the HBO Max project due to scheduling conflicts.

Business Headline News

LAIKA and ‘Ozark’ Creator Bill Dubuque Teaming Up on ‘The Night Gardener’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 9:22am

Studio CEO and president Travis Knight will direct the stop-motion feature, a gritty neo-noir folktale centered on a young man in rural Missouri fighting to keep his family together in the wake of a tragedy.

People Headline News

Disney Television Animation Ups David H. Wright III to SVP, Casting and Talent Relations

Veteran Disney exec will continue to oversee casting for animated series and movies at the TV animation studio; credits include 100s of animated films, from ‘Lion King II: Simba's Pride’ to Emmy Award-winning ‘Gravity Falls.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Netflix Reveals ‘My Father’s Dragon’ Cast and First Look Image

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 8:02am

An all-star acting lineup joins Oscar-nominated director Nora Twomey’s upcoming animated feature about a young boy who runs away to rescue a young dragon.

Business Headline News

Andy Serkis to Direct ‘Animal Farm’

Aniventure and The Imaginarium have teamed up on the CG animated adaption of George Orwell’s iconic 1945 book, currently in production at Cinesite; famous tome tells how 'all animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.'

People Headline News

Disney Branded Television Adds Bardo S. Ramírez, Ups Chris Hutchison

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 9:06am

Tony Award-winning former Disneytoon Studios and Imagineering exec returns to Disney as Vice President, Studio Strategy and Operations, while Disney Television Animation exec promoted to Vice President, Production.

Business Headline News

Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ Adds 2 Directors and Ryan Coogler as EP

The ‘Black Panther’ helmer’s Proximity Media boards the Disney+ series, which follows a teen prodigy first introduced in ‘Iron Man’ comics in 2016.

People Headline News

Baobab Studios Expands its Creative Team

New hires at the multiple Emmy Award-winning studio include Oscar nominee Erick Oh and Jony Chandra as directors, Brian Tinsman and Michael McCormick as games creative directors, and Hayley Porter as director of marketing.

People Headline News

Break+Enter Adds Camille Geier as Executive Producer

Former BOT VFX exec will lead studio’s creative, production, and sales teams while setting strategic direction; plans include increasing company profile and recruiting high-level creative and production talent.

Commercials Headline News

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.

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.

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.

People Headline News

Pixar Promotes ‘Turning Red’ Filmmakers Domee Shi and Lindsey Collins

The Oscar-winning director joins the studio’s Braintrust, while the producer takes a leadership position in development.

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.

People Headline News

Apple and Skydance Animation’s ‘Spellbound’ Finds its Princess

‘West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler snags lead role in the upcoming animated musical about a princess on a daring quest to save her family and kingdom.

animated shorts ANIMATIONWorld

‘Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit’: Careening Across the Multiverse

FutureDude Entertainment’s Jeffrey Morris expands upon his comic and mobile game with a CG short that leaps from humanoid dino clans to polluted, steampunk cities in a sci-fi tale of commandos, stolen tech, and alternate Earths.

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