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‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ Launches April 23 on Kartoon Channel!

New animated action-adventure series, starring the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger, follows six young superheroes in training as they learn to use their superpowers for good.

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Re-VIEW: ‘If Anything Happens I Love You’

Two parents’ sudden, heartbreaking loss becomes ours in Michael Govier and Will McCormack’s animated short that ultimately fulfills us with the healing power of hope.

Anime-zing! Headline News

Eiichiro Hasumi and Yugo Kanno Board ‘RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:09pm

Netflix reveals series director and composer as well as character trailer of Leon and Claire, and zombies, as the White House suddenly goes dark; highly anticipated anime series to premiere exclusively on the streaming giant this July.

A Red-Headed Bayou Crooner ANIMATIONWorld

‘Arlo the Alligator Boy’ Celebrates the Beauty in the Bizarre

Ryan Crego spent over a decade developing his red-headed bayou crooner, who stars in a new animated musical alongside a group of misfits all looking for a place to belong, premiering on Netflix April 16.

Chelsea Rocks! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Make a New Day’ Music Video from ‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:02am

Barbie’s youngest sister Chelsea and her friends jam away in CG video of lead track from the new film, launching this Friday on Netflix.

Robots in Space Headline News

‘Kong: Skull Island’ Director to Helm ‘Gundam’ Live-Action Feature

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is teaming with Brian K. Vaughn on new Netflix movie adapted from popular anime franchise set in a future where independent human colonies fight the greater population of Earth via giant robots called Mobile Suits.

Reviews ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘Soul’ and the Cinematic Empathy Machine

Directors Pete Docter and Kemp Powers invite audiences to ponder their own life choices, forging a link between storyteller and spectator that reaffirms the emotional power of cinema.

The New Mr. Mom Headline News

‘The Way of the Househusband’ Anime Style Divides Viewers

While the plot and voice acting of J.C. Staff and Netflix’s series are well done and entertaining, audiences are complaining the unconventional visuals feels more like a motion comic than an animated show.

A Kaleidoscope of VFX! VFXWorld

Framestore Helps ‘WandaVision’ Find its Wonderful Hue

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 12, 2021 at 4:13pm

VFX supervisor John Kilshaw’s NY team produced the color blossom transformation from initial black and white format, as well as various magic effects and photoreal CG characters like a stork and kaleidoscope of butterflies, on the hit Marvel Studios and Disney+ series.

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Goodbye Kansas Brings VFX to the Astral Plane in ‘Behind Her Eyes’ Mini-Series

Studio delivers 268 shots as primary vendor on the Netflix drama, helping visualize souls leaving their bodies with innovative 2.5D approach.

Puppies Save the Day! Headline News

Nickelodeon’s Interactive ‘PAW Patrol Live! At Home!’ Coming April 24-25

The 45-minute virtual event features interactive stage show, shared viewing rooms for family and friends, and an immersive pre-show experience.

Get Your GoT On! Headline News

HBO ‘MaraThrone’ Celebrates ‘Game of Thrones’ 10th Anniversary

Marathon back-to-back airing of ‘every episode starting with Season 1 begins April 10th; interactive HBO Max spotlight page will have over 150 special videos.

Halloween in Summer Headline News

WATCH: First Trailer for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

Experience Jensen Ackles in his debut foray as the Caped Crusader; the thrilling adventure uses ‘noir-ish’ styled animation with heavy outlining and cell shading.

Bewitching Visual Effects! VFXWorld

MR. X Provides Bewitching VFX on Marvel Studios’ ‘WandaVision’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:22pm

Led by VFX supervisor Ralph Maiers, the studio helped ‘energize’ the magical battle between Agnes/Agatha and her coven of witches in the final episode of the hit Disney+ series.

Nominated for an Annie! ANIMATIONWorld

Breaking Down DreamWorks Animation’s Annie Nominations

The studio’s exceptional talent is recognized in 14 different categories, 20 noms in all, for nine different shows, including their latest franchise efforts with the ‘The Croods,’ ‘Trolls,’ ‘She-Ra,’ Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Tales of Arcadia,’ and the dinosaurs of ‘Jurassic World.’

My Dad’s a Superhero! Headline News

Netflix Drops Official ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Trailer

The live-action adaptation of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s graphic novel follows the world's first generation of superheroes that must look to their children to continue their legacy and keep mankind safe; series premieres globally on May 7.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

Pushing the FX Pedal to the Metal in ‘Fast & Furious: Spy Racers’

Smoking wheels and burning rubber barely scratch the visual effects surface of DreamWorks Animation and Netflix’s high-horsepower street racing thriller, nominated for a Best FX for TV/Media Annie Award for the third season ‘Sirocco Fire Explosion’ finale.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

FX Artists Put the Dinosaur Spittle into ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’

Whether its dramatic water splashes, dino drool, or bioluminescent beasts, DreamWorks Animation and Netflix’s adventure series, nominated for a Best FX for TV/Media Annie Award, strives for realistic visual effects that push the story forward through color and lighting.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

Creating the ‘Smokin’ FX Magic of ‘DreamWorks Wizards’

By using distinctive visual effects as a core series element, almost as a ‘character’ itself, Guillermo del Toro and Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning animated series has garnered an Annie Award nomination for Best FX for TV/Media.   

Cute but Violent Headline News

‘Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly’ Anime Series Premieres April 12

The cute, lovable, but violent characters, Gloomy and Pity, jump from the toy shelf to the screen in new animated series; set to air on Tokyo MX station in Japan, global fans can check out the episodes on Gloomy’s YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

Whedon’t Want Him Headline News

Joss Whedon Reportedly Threatened Gal Gadot’s Career During ‘Justice League’ Filming

While reports remain unconfirmed by the ‘Wonder Woman’ star, sources claim the disgraced director clashed with the actor after she expressed doubts about aggressive dialogue.

Events Headline News

Upcoming Stuttgart Animation Festival Moves Completely Online

The planned live/online hybrid event makes decision to go all virtual due to continuing coronavirus restrictions; the program runs May 4-9 and will offer a new ITFS VR Hub accessible by VR headset or browser, with media library viewing extended until May 16.

Tesseractin’ Up Headline News

Disney+ Releases New ‘Loki’ Time-Bending Trailer and Stills

The MCU’s favorite trickster must work alongside the Time Variance Authority to fix his Tesseract-related, time-altering mistakes; series debuts June 11.

The Dark Knight Rises Headline News

‘Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles to Voice Bruce Wayne in ‘The Long Halloween’

Actor is joined by the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Troy Baker as Joker, and others as the Caped Crusader hunts down the Holiday killer.

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