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Locksmith Taps DNEG Animation for ‘That Christmas’

Based on the kids’ books series by Richard Curtis, the animated feature brings the companies together again following the success of Locksmith’s first film, ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong;’ DNEG Animation will host 2 sessions on June 16 at next month’s Annecy Film Festival.

We love surprises! Headline News

Netflix Drops Surprise ‘Love, Death + Robots’ Episode Premiere

Ahead of the official May 20 Volume 3 release, the streamer treats fans to a full episode - ‘3 Robots: Exit Strategies’ - of the Emmy Award-winning animated anthology… watch it now!

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Netflix Axes More Animated Projects Amid Company Layoffs

The streamer has cancelled its plans to produce Ava DuVernay’s ‘Wings of Fire,’ as well as two children’s titles based on the works of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, while also laying off 150 staff primarily in its U.S. operations.

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Apple TV+ Drops ‘Lovely Little Farm’ Trailer

ILM tapped to produce visuals for the new live-action / CG animated hybrid kids’ series that follows 2 sisters caring for the animals on their family farm; the show premieres globally on June 10.

A Giant in Kids’ Streaming Headline News

Moonbug Entertainment Launches ‘It’s Cody Time’

CoComelon’s first YouTube spinoff channel kicks off with 2 episodes of the popular musical preschool series; the show features diverse characters, inclusive storytelling and aspirational role modeling.

Who Doesn’t Love a Town of Fools? Headline News

Sacha Baron Cohen, Mike Judge and Greg Daniels’ Special Greenlit at HBO Max

Trio teaming with Michael Koman to develop ‘Chelm: The Smartest Place on Earth,’ a family-friendly animated comedy set in the mythical ‘Town of Fools.’

More Rick and Morty Anime Headline News

Adult Swim Greenlights ‘Rick and Morty: The Anime’ and ‘Ninja Kamui’

The hugely popular show gets its own series following the success of anime shorts ‘Rick and Morty vs. Genocider’ and ‘Summer Meets God (Rick Meets Evil);’ both series will premiere on Adult Swim and HBO Max.

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DNEG’s Toronto Studio Now Open

Studio’s doors opened May 13 with 150+ new hires; studio’s latest Canadian expansion comes amidst tremendous growth in worldwide demand for VFX and animation services.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Hiroshima Festival 2022 Reveals Selections in Competition

Out of 2,149 entries 54 films have been selected to participate in this year’s event running August 17-21; animated short and feature films will compete in either the ‘Pan-Pacific and Asia Competition’ or the ‘World Competition.’

Education Headline News

Applications Now Open: YAY UK 3Dami Summer Studio

2022 Summer slate of animation activities for teens includes a 10-day program in 3D-asset and animation creation – deadline to apply is July 11; YAY UK Competition and Studio Challenges accepting submissions through September 5.

virtual production Headline News

Impossible Objects Corrals NVIDIA RTX and Unreal Engine on ‘Diablo Immortal’ Cinematic

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 12:10pm

Harnessing enhanced virtual production workflows based on real-time rendering, the studio blends live-action and VFX in an epic battle set on the surface of a Google Pixel phone in a live actor’s living room.

Technology Headline News

Glassbox Technologies Releases DragonFly 3.0

Updates to the cross-platform virtual camera solution include more seamless integration and support of Unreal Engine 5; new features streamline the creative workflow and accelerate the virtual production pipeline. 

We’re Heading to Turin in October! Headline News

View Conference 2022 Now Open for Early Bird Registration

Italy’s premiere event runs in-person October 16-21 in Torino, Italy with a complete program of talks, presentations, workshops, and masterclasses available to livestream worldwide; entries for the VIEW Award contest are being accepted now through September 15.

Business Headline News

Apple TV+ Orders ‘Eva the Owlet’

Based on the popular ‘Owl Diaries’ kids’ book series by Rebecca Elliott, and part of the Apple TV+ kids’ changemakers initiative, the show is infused with lessons encouraging kids to use writing as a tool for healthy self-expression.

The Best in Ibero-American Animation Headline News

‘Bob Spit,’ ‘Frankelda’s Book of Spooks,’ and ‘Bestia’ Lead 5th Quirino Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 16, 2022 at 1:06pm

Works from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, and Venezuela are honored across nine categories at the May 14 in-person gala event and closing ceremony recognizing achievements in Ibero-American animation.

I Want My MTV – Animation! Headline News

MTV’s ‘Daria’ Spin-off ‘Jodie’ Now a Feature - Voice Cast Revealed

Animated film spun off from the networks hugely popular series promises to satirize workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, tech, and social media; led by award-winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross, the voice cast includes Pamela Adlon, Kal Penn, William Jackson Harper, and Zosia Mamet.

First Looks! Headline News

‘Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai’ Series Characters Revealed

HBO Max’s ‘Gremlins’ prequel series, coming later this year from Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Television, features the voices of Min-Na Wen, James Hong, BD Wong, and Izaac Wang.

Continuing the Lost in Oz Story Headline News

Bluescape Partners with Bureau of Magic to Create ‘Passport to Oz’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 16, 2022 at 9:46am

Leading technology company’s real-time visual collaboration platform provides the magic for new innovative storytelling experience from Emmy Award-winning creators of ‘Lost in Oz’ series.

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