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‘Octonauts’ Family Entertainment Experience Opens in China

Silvergate Media and Merlin Entertainment launch themed attraction at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai; ‘Octonauts: Above & Beyond’ spin-off series coming in fall of 2021.

VR experience Headline News

Baobab Studios’ ‘Baba Yaga’ Now Available on Oculus Quest

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:41am

Leading interactive studio’s latest VR experience is released today; first-ever live virtual reality red carpet premiere for the short was the ultimate socially distanced event, with attendees using Oculus Quest headsets to interact in real-time as avatars.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Nickelodeon and iQIYI’s ‘Deer Squad’ Premieres January 25 in the U.S.

New CG-animated series, a collaboration between the leading Chinese entertainment service and VIS Kids, marks Nick’s first time partnering on a Chinese original from the concept phase.

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.’

People Headline News

Listen: ‘Soul’ Co-Director Kemp Powers Talks Insights, Clarity, and Setbacks

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 12:17pm

In a Spark & Fire podcast about his work on Pixar’s new film, the writer/director discusses the challenge and discipline of writing, and his commitment to working out the wonderful barbershop scene.

People Headline News

Doug Alberts Joins Hornet’s Director Roster

Director and designer, known for his fun, playful aesthetic, employs a diverse array of creative animation techniques to tell stories; his work include projects for MTV, TED-Ed, and Lyft.

People Headline News

Autodesk Names Diana Colella SVP, Media & Entertainment

In her new role, the newly promoted company veteran will be responsible for increasing the division’s strategic efforts to lead growth in the industry. 

Business Headline News

WATCH: Animated ‘Pinocchio and Friends’ Series Coming Late 2021

Check out new trailer for upcoming show from Rainbow Group and Toonz Media Group, who are partnering on CG adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio.’

Let the Games Begin Headline News

New Lucasfilm Games ‘Indiana Jones’ Title in the Works with Bethesda

The former LucasArts is collaborating with the leading game company’s MachineGames studio on an original story, the action-adventure franchise’s first videogame for modern consoles since 2003.

Render it Now! Headline News

‘Gods of Mars’: Virtual Production and NVIDIA RTX Real-Time Graphics at Work

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:42pm

Production of epic space adventure combines miniatures and real-time technologies at a fraction of the cost of similarly designed and animated blockbuster feature films.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Moth Animates Time Square Trailer for ‘Headspace Guide to Meditation’

Hornet’s London-based directors animated popular Netflix characters to count down the New Year’s Day launch of the streamer’s 8-part series that explores the foundations of meditation.

Technology Headline News

Sunrise Productions Open Source Node eXecution Tree Python Tool Now Available

NXT automates programming tasks related to animation and VFX graphics and linear processing; the simplification of production workflows builds a bridge between artists and developers.

Commercials Headline News

Johannes Leonardo Animates History of Motion for VW ID.4 Electric SUV

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 11, 2021 at 1:14pm

Agency spot, ‘The Wheel,’ for the upcoming Volkswagen vehicle launch was produced in a single shot and uses real Zoetropes to beautifully illustrate progressive stages of transportation.

Virtual Talks Headline News

Tomm Moore Talks ‘WolfWalkers’ in Free INDAC Online Event

Set for January 18, the upcoming virtual discussion will feature a conversation with the director/producer of Cartoon Saloon and Apple TV+’s latest animated feature; submit questions via email to participate in the Q&A. 

Virtual Events Headline News

3 New Free VIEW Conference PreVIEW Online Talks Announced

Go behind the scenes with filmmakers discussing their animation projects; scheduled sessions include the production of Netflix’s first three animated shorts ‘Canvas,’ ‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ and ‘Cops and Robbers;’ Baobab Studios’ VR Exploration Baba Yaga; and PaperBoat Animation Studio’s ‘Bombay Rose.’

Woof Woof! Headline News

HAVE A LAUGH: Denis Leary’s ‘Dogs Playing Poker’ 2D Short

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10:22am

Check out the first of two animated shorts from Fox Entertainment and the famed comedian, based on Icebox’s ‘Poker Night,’ about five dog friends playing cards and shooting the sh@t about sports. 

A Great Catherine the Great! Headline News

WATCH: BlueBolt’s VFX Breakdown Reel for Hulu's ‘The Great’

Studio delivers over 300 shots for satirical comedic drama about the fictionalized rise of Catherine the Great, which required extensive on-location collaboration to create large scale environment extensions for Caserta Palace and the military camp at the Russian Front.

I Want More SpongeBob! Headline News

EXTENDED SNEAK PEEK: ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years’

The first-ever SpongeBob SquarePants animated prequel, teased during halftime of this afternoon’s NFL Wild Card Game, is produced by Nickelodeon Animation for Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ new subscription video on-demand platform launching later this year.

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