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Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Official Short Form Selections Unveiled for Annecy 2021 Festival

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:29am

44 shorts, 47 graduate films, 26 TV films and 32 commissioned films will compete; the hybrid virtual/physical event is set for June 14-19, as festival organizers continue to weigh options for how best to provide a safe and enjoyable on-site experience.

All Aboard! Headline News

HBO Max Shares Art and Synopsis for ‘The Infinity Train: Book Four’ Final Season

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 29, 2021 at 3:40pm

In the show’s final episodes, old friends Mini-Gi and Ryan must explore the inner puzzles of the Infinity Train – and their relationship – in order to return home, together.

VFX with Teeth to It! Headline News

Freefolk Creates Devouring VFX for New Toolstation Spot

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:41pm

Creative studio produces wall-to-wall bathroom aquarium complete with rocky seafloor, dense schools of tropical fish, and massive, unexpected and rather toothy great white shark.

TV VFX Headline News

RISE FX Shares ‘Lovecraft Country’ VFX Breakdown Reel and Images

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 29, 2021 at 10:05am

German visual effects studio's new highlight reel showcases their work on funky ‘60s planet, menacing robots, and White Room prison cell from hit HBO horror fantasy series.

Dude Where’s My Van Headline News

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: ‘Stranger Things’ David Harbour Guests on ‘Big City Greens’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:00am

The sci-fi star voices Rick, the scruffy owner of a beat-up van parked in front of the Green’s house, in new episode premiering March 27; Emmy-nominated animated comedy was recently renewed for a third season on Disney Channel.

game cinematics Headline News

Bad Guys Have Their Fun in ‘Evil Genius 2: Wold Domination’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:33am

Haz Dulull and He Sun deliver an exciting game cinematic spot for Rebellion’s latest release, produced with a USD-based Houdini pipeline, Unreal Engine, and Redshift. 

In Passing Headline News

‘Archer’ Actress Jessica Walter Dies at 80

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:09pm

The voice of Malory Archer, the FXX hit show’s acerbic, biting, and hilariously strident spymaster, also known for her work as matriarch Lucille Bluth on ‘Arrested Development,’ passes away at her New York home.

Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Launches 2021 Spring Mentorship Program

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 9:54am

Women in Animation continues to expand its annual program by partnering with Black N’Animated, LatinX in Animation, and Rise Up Animation for special focus on mentoring women of color; mentee application submissions begin March 31.  

Bakshi Would be Proud! ANIMATIONWorld

The Spirit of Bakshi Returns in ‘The Spine of Night’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 3:28pm

Directors Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King’s raucous new rotoscoped fantasy epic takes us back to the days when animated tales of swords and sorcerers didn’t always have fairy tale endings.

music for animation Headline News

WATCH: Scoring Netflix’s Fantasy Spy Mystery ‘Secret Magic Control Agency’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:20am

For composer Gabriel Hays, the new CG film’s merging of fairy tale and spy thriller storytelling let him explore themes of uncertainty, adventure, and discovery to create a score that is fun, whimsical, and has heart.

Get a Move On! Headline News

‘Black Widow’ to Hit Theatres and Disney+ Premier Simultaneously

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:40pm

Release of highly anticipated Marvel tentpole pushed to July 9; ‘Cruella’ gets May 28 dual launch, while Disney / Pixar’s ‘Luca’ is now scheduled for an exclusive Disney+ release on June 18.

TV Animation Headline News

Hulu Greenlights Justin Roiland and Michael Cusack’s ‘Koala Man’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:31pm

The ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘Solar Opposites’ co-creator teams with ‘YOLO: Crystal Fantasy’s creator on a new family animated comedy about an Aussie dad living a not too secret life as a suburban superhero – he has no powers, but he does have passion! 

Charting the Spectrum of Lusts! ANIMATIONWorld

Gritty, Visceral Noir: The Foo Fighters’ ‘No Son of Mine’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:06pm

Inspired by Frank Miller’s ‘Sin City’ graphic novel, Emlyn Davies takes audiences on a hard and fast ride, charting the spectrum of lusts – blood, money, drugs, and alcohol – while poking fun at self-righteous hypocrisy.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP99: Matt Fernandes Shares How He Created 'Dino Ranch' From Sketch to Greenlight

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 22, 2021 at 8:50am

The co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Toronto’s Industrial Brothers discusses developing, funding, and selling an animated TV series.

They’re Back! Headline News

New ‘Rugrats’ Series Fills Out Voice Cast

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:15am

Tony Hale, Natalie Morales, Anna Chlumsky, and Michael McKean among actors joining the original voice cast on Nickelodeon’s reimagined CG show, premiering this Spring on Paramount+, with a network release planned later in the year.

Business Headline News

Nickelodeon Announces Its Biggest Animation Slate in 40 Years

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:48am

Network unveils aggressive set of greenlights and new series announcements at virtual upfront show, as it continues to expand across the kids and families entertainment space.

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