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Competitions Headline News

Core Partners with Metaverse Gaming League on Anime Jam Competition

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 25, 2022 at 9:27am

Developers can recreate or create new anime and manga-inspired environments, characters, and gameplay to win a share of $50,000 in prize money.

Business Headline News

Bento Box Signs Development Deal with Chris Linn and Marissa Ronca’s Contrast Media

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 1:56pm

The ex-WarnerMedia executives will advise the studio on animated projects for FOX Entertainment, Tubi, other third-party platforms, and the new NFT studio, Blockchain Creative Labs

We Want More Snoopy! Headline News

Apple TV+ Releases ‘The Snoopy Show’ Season 2 Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 4:41pm

Six new episodes of the Apple Original series, based on the iconic ‘Peanuts’ comic strip and starring the beloved beagle and his feathered pal Woodstock, premiere on the streamer March 11.

Children's programming Headline News

Fred Rogers Productions’ ‘Alma’s Way’ and ‘Donkey Hodie’ Secure Grants

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 3:18pm

Company receives funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and Heinz Family Foundation in support of onscreen programming and community outreach for the two PBS KIDS animated series.

Wanda and Cosmo Return! Headline News

Paramount+ Drops ‘The Fairly Oddparents: Fairly Odder’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 11:14am

New hybrid Live-action / animation series that picks up years after the original animated series ended debuts on the streamer March 31.

Gone Nutty Again? Headline News

Scrat Returns in Disney+’s ‘Ice Age: Scrat Tales’ Shorts

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 9:19am

Oscar-winning director Chris Wedge once again voices the chronically hapless saber-toothed squirrel, now joined by the mischievous Baby Scrat; see key art and images from the new series, hitting the streamer on April 13.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 150: How James Kerr Has Run a Successful UK Stop Motion Studio for 20 Years

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 8:38am

In AIP’s milestone 150th podcast, the founder of Kerrupt Animation discusses his story of perseverance and incredible luck, with a dash of misfortune thrown in along the way.

The Magic of Magic VFX Headline News

Realtime Conjures More VFX Magic for ‘A Discovery of Witches’ Season 3

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 3:19pm

UK animation and VFX studio returns for the Sky TV drama's third and final season; VFX breakdown reel highlights studio’s work crafting a range of subtle, magical visual effects grounded within the tone of the storytelling.  

Books Headline News

‘The Stimulated Method’ Shares Insights on Scaling Animation and Design Using Hybrid Methodologies

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 2:34pm

Robb Wagner’s new book provides step-by-step guidelines for in-house marketing, brand, and communication teams looking for new ways to leverage their creative assets with fewer resources and less overall effort.

Technology Headline News

Unreal Engine 5 Preview Released

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 1:57pm

Users can now access the software with all features intended for final release, and are encouraged to experiment with new tools and workflows and otherwise put the program through its paces to help identify any remaining glitches.

Virtual Production Tools Headline News

MELS Unveils 10,000 Square-Foot Virtual Production Stage

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 21, 2022 at 10:31am

Company continues its push into virtual film production services with investment in new state-of-the-art Montreal facility.

Music Videos Headline News

Mathematic Crafts the Dystopian Auto-Racing World of Pink Noise’s ‘Sky Cry’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 4:00pm

The creative studio delivers ‘Crashtag,’ the world's first robot influencer, using a variety of 3D tools to design and build the futuristic sci-fi world of director Kim Chapiron’s new short film.

We Love Trouble ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Cuphead Show!’ Celebrates the Golden Age of Animation

The creative team behind Netflix’s new animated slapstick comedy, based on Studio MDHR’s award-winning ‘Cuphead’ video game, talks about keeping it real, retro, and funny; series premieres February 18.

Chip 'n' Dale are Back Again! Headline News

John Mulaney and Andy Samberg Take on ‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 1:42pm

The famed pair stars alongside Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, and Chris Parnell in the all-new hybrid live-action / CG animated comedy about the two former Disney Afternoon stars, living among cartoons and humans in LA, 30 years after their show was canceled; movie hits Disney+ on May 20.

Consume Responsibly Headline News

WATCH: Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s Storyboards on ‘Pop Squad’ from ‘Love, Death + Robots’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 14, 2022 at 11:29am

Netflix shares a new video featuring side-by-side storyboards and corresponding animation from the Annie Award-nominated episode, helmed by the ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ and ‘3’ director, who also supervised the animation on Volume 2 of the streamer’s Emmy Award-winning animated anthology.

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