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Amber Heard’s Role in ‘Aquaman 2’ Reportedly on Shaky Ground

Mera may be replaced by an entirely new lead female of color depending upon upcoming litigation results in actress’ legal fight against ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Rock Around the Xmas Tree Headline News

WATCH: The White Stripes’ ‘Animated Yule Log Video’

Rock around the Christmas Tree with a crazy video featuring the band’s greatest hits, classic acoustic tracks, rarities, B-sides, and original Christmas song ‘Candy Cane Children.’

Contests Headline News

Call for Entries: Celsys’ 26th International Illustration Contest – ‘The Best Smile’

The Clip Studio Paint software developer launches an illustration contest to support and encourage artists worldwide; enter by posting work to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook to enter; submission deadline is January 14, 2021.

The Tea is Mightier than the Sword Headline News

Netflix’s ‘The Three-Body Problem’ Producer Allegedly Poisoned in Murder Plot

While the motive is still unknown, Yoozoo Group chairman Lin Qi has died due to a suspected poisoning attack by the company’s senior executive Xu Yao.

Home for the Holidays! Headline News

A Little Ingenuity Helps Dolly Parton Share Her Animated Holiday Duets

Just in time for Christmas, Ingenuity Studios brings the iconic singer and philanthropist’s likeness to life in three catchy, 2D music videos featuring Michael Bublé, Jimmy Fallon, and Willie Nelson.

Anime Headline News

Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2021 Anime Season Slate

More than 30 series set to stream beginning early 2021; the new line-up promises a host of fan favorites, new and old, including Crunchyroll originals and exclusives.

The Fett is Set! Headline News

‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Set as Standalone ‘The Mandalorian’ Spinoff

Showrunner Jon Favreau confirms the after-credits teaser from the Season 2 finale marks the beginning of a new series set in the same timeline, coming December 2021.

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘Gigantosaurus’ Returns January 4 for Season 2 on Disney Junior

The popular animated series from Cyber Group Studios take kids on adventures with the Dino crew as they explore their world, overcome fears, and learn to solve problems together.

Technology Headline News

KeenTools 2021.1 Now Available

Major update to FaceBuilder for Blender includes built-in ARKit-compatible FACS blendshapes; support for Live Link Face CSV files with ARKit blendshape coefficients; fixed symmetry for topology and shape; added low-poly and mid-poly topologies; and more.

People. Business Headline News

Josh Selig and Sharon Gomes Exit Studio 100’s Little Airplane Productions

Executives had continued to run and expand the production studio after its 2017 purchase by the German family entertainment company; Studio 100 co-CEOs Barbara Stephen and Martin Krieger will oversee integration and streamlining of the studio’s international business as well as continuity of projects in the pipeline.

Business Headline News

Toonz Media Group Partners with OTTera for New OTT Channel

Digital content platform will bolster media group’s digital growth in family entertainment by providing service expertise and increased distribution of the Toonz content catalogue across multiple VOD platforms.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Scooby-Doo the Sword and the Scoob’ Available February 23

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s new original animated film takes our fearless canine and the whole gang on a journey back in time to Medieval England; watch the trailer NOW!

Technology Headline News

Escape Studios Now Houdini Certified

School gains SideFX’s official recognition for excellence in teaching; students now get exclusive access to webinars, presentations, and real-time feedback sessions for their portfolios.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP89: Colette Peri's Tips on Running Your Own Stop-Motion Animation Business

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:12pm

The stopmo maven talks about setting up and running a studio, sharing her experience on projects for brands like Califia Farms, Care Skincare, and Expedia.

Business Headline News

Shout! Studios Signs Exclusive Distribution Deal for ‘Dreambuilders’ Feature

Company snags North American rights to release the CGI animated family film across all major entertainment platforms and in all packaged media.

animated series Headline News

FOX’s All-New Animated Series ‘The Great North’ Debuts January 3

Network airing special preview episode of the Molyneux sisters’ new comedy; Animation Domination returns February 14 featuring new episodes of ‘Bless the Harts;’ ‘The Simpsons;’ ‘The Great North;’ ‘Bob’s Burgers;’ and ‘Family Guy.’

Cartoons Headline News

‘Toon in With Me’ Premieres January 4 on the MeTV Network

Hosted one-hour series will feature sketches, guests, interviews, and games leading into some of the most iconic cartoon shorts ever, including fan favorites from the Merrie Melodies, Looney Tunes, and the MGM shorts libraries; ‘Saturday Morning Cartoon’ three-hour cartoon block debuts January 2.

It’s the Batman! Headline News

Warner Bros. Drops First Look Images and Clip from ‘Batman: Soul of the Dragon’

The all-new DC Universe original animated film places Batman in the heart of the swinging ‘70s to face a deadly menace from his past; coming to Digital January 12 and 4K & Blu-ray January 26.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

GKIDS Drops English Dub Trailer for Studio Ghibli’s ‘Earwig and the Witch’

Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves sings the English language version of the film’s theme song, ‘Don’t Disturb Me.’

Virtual Events Headline News

24th Edition of Cartoons on the Bay Announces Pulcinella Award Winners

Among 15 awards presented at online ceremony, ‘Lupin’s Tales’ and ‘Topo Gigio’ honored as best preschool and upper preschool series respectively at the first entirely digital edition of the long running Italian animation festival and conference.

Podcasts Headline News

New ‘Masters of Motion’ Podcast with Emmy Winner Jo Boag

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:23pm

‘Creating Emmy Award-Winning Animation Series & How to be a Top Director’ episode features SLR Production’s creative director discussing topics including production pipelines and equipment; writing strong briefs; directing voice talent; handling failures; and directing for the first time.

Wear a Mask! Headline News

WATCH: ‘World’s First Animated COVID Face Mask’ Short

NOMINT founder Yannis Konstantinidis shares a dash of color and dose of hope with a stop-motion short using 400 unique cloth masks; watch the making of to see how the visual parade was produced.

Technology Headline News

Industrial Brothers Finishes ‘Remy & Boo’ Episodes in the Cloud

Having already turned to Amazon Web Services, the studio easily moved to full remote production in the cloud this March; company quickly scaled artistic and computing capacity without disruption to delivery schedule.

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