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Bono, Halsey, and Pharrell Williams Join ‘Sing 2’ Cast

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:26am

A host of new characters and actors board the sequel to Illumination’s 2016 hit animated musical comedy sequel, ‘Sing,’ set for a December 22, 2021 theatrical release.

This is the Way Headline News

‘The Mandalorian’ Adds ‘Stop-Motion’ to Impressive Practical Effects Roster

‘Star Wars’ effects veteran Phil Tippett reveals the use of stop-mo animation for scrapwalkers in ‘The Believer’ episode of the hit Disney+ series.

In-Passing Headline News

Terrytoons and Hanna-Barbera Animator Doug Crane Dies at 85

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 21, 2020 at 9:56am

The veteran cartoonist, animator, and teacher’s career spanned 65 years and included stops at a number of well-known studios as well as New York’s School of Visual Arts.

People Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Announces Juried Award Recipients for 48th Annie Awards

Willie Ito, Sue Nichols, and Bruce Smith among group being honored for career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation at upcoming ceremony.

SVOD Headline News

‘The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss’ Now on Kartoon Channel!

Genius Brands International acquires streaming and video-on-demand rights to the popular preschool series from The Jim Henson Company that features a hybrid of puppetry and CG animation.

live streaming Headline News

Animators Finding Twitch a Great Place to Teach and Mentor

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:45pm

The world’s largest live streaming platform for gamers has become home to a growing number of animation artists displaying their work, with many streaming instructional and tutorial-style content aimed at sharing their love and knowledge of the profession.

Greed is Not Good! Headline News

Leah Shore Helps Lyn Lapid Take on Industry Greed in ‘Producer Man’

Indie animator directs and produces the Tik Tok star’s breakout music video, a minimalist blend of live-action and clever hand-drawn animation.

People Headline News

DreamWorks Inks Deal with ‘The Croods: A New Age’ Director Joel Crawford

Veteran director and story artist on ‘Trolls,’ ‘Shrek Ever After,’ ‘Rise of The Guardians,’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda 1, 2 & 3’ gets first-look development and directing deal.

SVOD Headline News

HBO Max Offers Up a Big Hug With ‘Love Monster’ Animated Preschool Series

Boat Rocker Studio’s new show, based on books of the same name by Rachel Bright, features an adventurous lovable monster that helps kids learn little life lessons.

Great Balls of Dragon Fire Headline News

Matt Smith Flies onto ‘House of the Dragon’ ‘GOT’ Prequel

The 11th Doctor Who is now set for winged battle as Daemon Targaryen, warrior and husband to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, in George R.R. Martin’s upcoming HBO Max series.

virtual conference Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Wraps Up First-Ever Live Digital Event

Registration remains open with all content available on-demand through March 2021; highlights included 400 talks and presentations on the latest technologies in computer graphics, visual effects, virtual reality, augmented reality, and interactive techniques.

Business Headline News

Weta Digital Opens L.A. and San Francisco Offices, Adds to Board of Directors

Former Disney COO Tom Staggs, former Google executive Jeff Huber, and Peter Jackson’s longtime partner Ken Kamins appointed as part of company’s continuing expansion.                                                                                           

A New Film from the Indie Legend! Headline News

Bill Plympton’s ‘Slide’ Feature Film Kickstarter Ends December 17

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:20am

Indie legend hoping to speed up production on his new film about a guitar-playing cowboy who finds himself in a shady Oregon logging town run by a pair of evil twins.

People Headline News

Award-Winning Actress Nancy Cartwright Launches Voice Acting MasterClass

The voice behind Bart Simpson from ‘The Simpsons’ and Chuckie from the ‘Rugrats’ shares her vocal techniques with live-action demonstrations and custom animation; class is designed for voice-actors and non-actors alike.

Black Lives Matter Headline News

Kickstarter for ‘Art of Change’ Book by 100 Artists to Support Black Lives

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:19pm

Animation executives Dawn Yamazi and Deb Stone are publishing a collection of themed works from animation, illustration, and fine artists designed to support and inspire a narrative through art.

Under the Sea Headline News

All-Star Cast Revealed for Live-Action / CGI ‘The Little Mermaid’

Halle Bailey is joined by Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, and Awkwafina in the new adaptation of the beloved Disney animated feature film musical classic, set to begin filming in 2021.

Technology Headline News

Unity Releases Unity 2020.2 TECH Stream

Now available for download, latest release features enhancements to improve productivity; upgrades include increased stability to artist, cinematic, and programmer tools as well as faster iteration and import times for editor and team workflows.

People Headline News

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Names Rob Saunders Executive Producer of Builds Division

Master puppeteer and creature effects veteran will bolster studio’s expansion; credits include iconic productions such as ‘Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Anomalisa,’ and ‘Robot Chicken.’

Unreal Engine Headline News

Epic Games Releases Free City and Sculpture Asset Downloads from FILFURY Short

Watch: ‘Unreal for All Creators' project by artist/director and his team at The Mill showcases real-time production tools for creators in games, film & television, architecture, and automotive; key assets used in the short’s production now available for download.  

Streaming Media Blues! Headline News

Backlash Over WarnerMedia’s HBO Max Movie Streaming Plans Continues

Warner Bros’ announcement that entire 2021 lineup of 17 films will stream on HBO Max simultaneously with their theatrical releases continues to raise the ire of directors and production houses

Home Entertainment Headline News

Nickelodeon’s ‘The Legend of Korra’ Steelbook Collection Coming March 16

4-book limited edition collection of Emmy Award-winning series features new artwork by Caleb Thomas, with only 10,000 copies produced: available for preorder now.

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