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We Want More SMALLS! Headline News

Watch: Adult Swim SMALLS’ ‘High Moon Queen 03: Apology Tour’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 19, 2024 at 6:46am

An AWN exclusive - the third and final short of creators Violaine ‘Vee’ Briat and Samantha Gray’s ‘High Moon Queen’ trilogy finds their rather quirky and outlandish titular character in need of an apology tour to win back the hearts and money of the people of Manssin City after an innocent gets killed.

Only if we Help Can They be Saved Headline News

Exclusive: Apple TV+ Shares ‘Jane - Shrunk Us Too Small’ Clip

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 10:00am

Pint-sized Jane and Dave contend with some not-so-pint-sized ants in Season 2 of Emmy Award winner J.J. Johnson’s live-action/CGI animated hybrid series, inspired by the life and work of Dr. Jane Goodall, premiering globally on April 19.

What Me Worry? ANIMATIONWorld

Kelsey Mann and Mark Nielsen Talk ‘Inside Out 2’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 11:00am

The director and producer discuss their new film, the feel good / sad / angry / anxious movie of the summer, Pixar’s highly anticipated sequel to Pete Docter’s Oscar-winning 2015 ‘Inside Out;’ the emotions are back… with new digs and unexpected guests, coming to theaters June 14.

In Space No One Can Hear You Underachieve Headline News

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ to End with Season 5, ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Renewed

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 12, 2024 at 1:52pm

Paramount+ has just announced the upcoming season of Mike McMahan’s 2D animated comedy will be its last, while a fourth season of the Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn live-action starrer has been ordered ahead of its 2025 third season premiere.

In-Passing Headline News

Henson Creature Shop Innovator David Barrington Holt Passes at 79

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 8:59am

The long-time leader of The Jim Henson Company’s first Creature Shop in Los Angeles, whose pioneering work included development of the ground-breaking Henson Performance Control System that revolutionized computer-driven puppetry, died of cancer on March 13.

Business Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Production Workers Vote to Unionize

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 5, 2024 at 8:00am

After almost four years of organizing, 160 TV and feature productions workers join The Animation Guild (TAG), IATSE Local 839, and The Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, in a NLRB election.

Innovations in Immersive Storytelling Headline News

USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Ganek Immersive Studio Inaugural Showcase Set

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 29, 2024 at 4:32pm

The program review, featuring projects in production and development at the state-of-the-art studio, will be held on the SCA campus this coming Thursday, April 4.  

Professional Animation Tools Even Beginners Can Master ANIMATIONWorld

Professional Handkey Animations for Toon Characters - Exclusive on ActorCore

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 29, 2024 at 8:28am

A library of more than 500 handkey motions, including unique, stylized interactions and movements such as walk, talk, and run, lets animators easily add zest to 3D cartoon productions.

Holy Chestburster! Headline News

Fede Alvarez’s ‘Alien: Romulus’ Gets New Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 25, 2024 at 4:03pm

Holy Chestbursters… the xenomorphs are back! And like exchange students they’re looking for hosts! Produced by Ridley Scott, the ninth entry in the immensely popular and enduring ‘Alien’ franchise hits theaters August 16, 2024.

Be Careful What You… Well You Know! Headline News

New Clip: Disney's ‘Wish’ – ‘A Wish Worth Making’ Deleted Song

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 2:31pm

Directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn introduce the song, sung by Victor Garber, that didn’t make the final film, but did make the special material packaged with the animated musical’s Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD releases, all now available.

We Want More Santa Hijinx Headline News

Brian Cox to Star as Santa in Locksmith’s 3DCG ‘That Christmas’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 8:43am

Director Simon Otto’s upcoming comedy also lands Fiona Shaw, Jodie Whittaker, and Bill Nighy; the adaptation of Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning writer/director Richard Curtis’s children’s book series comes to Netflix later this year.

A Furious Road Home Headline News

Warner Bros. Drops New Trailer for ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 3:40pm

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as a young girl snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers into the hands of a great Biker Horde in the standalone action-adventure origin story of the fan-favorite eponymous one-armed heroine from ‘Mad Max: Fury Road;’ the film hits theaters nationwide May 24, 2024.

Professional Animation Tools Even Beginners Can Master Headline News

Audio to Animation AI-Integration Now Available in iClone with Audio2Face

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 8:15am

The new, seamless solution leverages Reallusion’s iClone, Character Creator, and NVIDIA’s Audio2Face to revolutionize multi-lingual facial lip-sync animation production.

More Seussian Fun is Coming! Headline News

Bill Hader to Star in Warner Bros.’ Animated ‘The Cat in the Hat’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 18, 2024 at 4:14pm

The new film, set to release in 2026, will also star Quinta Brunson, Bowen Yang, Xochitl Gomez, Matt Berry, and Paula Pell; DNEG will produce the animation.

game trailers Headline News

Watch: ‘Empire of the Ants’ Trailer with Cutting-Edge Photoreal Visuals Using UE5

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 15, 2024 at 12:02pm

Ahead of its GDC showcase next week, Microids and Tower Five have dropped a gameplay trailer for their upcoming photorealistic real-time strategy game that immerses players in a magnificently microscopic forest ecosystem as an ant sworn to protect the colony at all costs.

The Crow Returns Headline News

Lionsgate Drops ‘The Crow’ Official Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 8:05am

Bill Skarsgård takes on the iconic role in this modern reimagining of the original graphic novel by James O’Barr, and this gritty, grisly supernatural thriller is not for the squeamish; in theaters June 7. 

Technology Headline News

NVIDIA and HP Announce GenAI and Data Science Library Integration

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 11, 2024 at 1:44pm

Coming to Z by HP AI Studio, NVIDIA CUDA-X data processing libraries will be integrated with HP AI workstation solutions to provide full-stack development solutions that speed data science workflows.

Global Gender Parity and Inclusion in Animation Headline News

UNESCO to Support WIA’s Stories x Women Program

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 11, 2024 at 12:03pm

The first official collaboration between the two groups was announced in connection with International Women’s Day; the UN organization joins Disney as a supporter of the women’s creative initiative with an emphasis on projects from Africa. 

Awards Headline News

‘The Boy and the Heron,’ ‘Godzilla Minus One’ Take Home Oscar Gold

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 9:03pm

The two films finish out the 2024 awards season with wins for Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects, respectively, on a night that also saw ‘WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko’ win for Best Animated Short Film and ‘Oppenheimer’ take home 7 statues, including Best Picture and Best Cinematography. 

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