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Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for the 94th Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 7:06am

‘Dune’ receives 10 nominations including Best Visual Effects and Best Picture; ‘Encanto,’ ‘Flee,’ ‘Luca,’ ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines,’ and ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ are nominated for Best Animated Feature; ‘Affairs of the Art,’ ‘Bestia,’ ‘Boxballet,’ ‘Robin Robin,’ and ‘The Windshield Wiper’ are nominated for Best Animated Short.

We Want More Small Blue Wrecking Crew! Headline News

Nickelodeon Animation and Paramount Pictures Ink ‘The Smurfs’ Multi-Movie Deal

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 7, 2022 at 9:26am

First feature project with LAFIG Belgium and IMPS, an animated musical, is set to release December 2024; 26-episode second season pickup of CG-animated ‘The Smurfs’ series also announced.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 2022 BAFTA Awards

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 10:00am

‘Encanto,’ ‘Flee,’ ‘Luca,’ and ‘The Mitchells vs The Machines’ get nods in the Animated Film category; ‘Dune,’ ‘Free Guy,’ ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ ‘The Matrix Resurrections,’ and ‘No Time To Die’ nominated for Special Visual Effects.

The Boys Will Be The Boys Headline News

Prime Video Drops ‘The Boys Presents: Diabolical’ Teaser and Cast Additions

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 9:34am

New anthology series, premiering March 4, delves into untold stories of the Emmy-Nominated ‘The Boys’ with 8 uniquely animated episodes brought to life by creatives including Awkwafina, Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogan, Andy Samberg, and Aisha Tyler.

Business Headline News

Spire Animation Secures $20 Million from Epic Games and Connect Ventures

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 1:41pm

Investment will enable Unreal Engine integration into studio’s feature film animation pipeline to allow simultaneous build out of worlds and experiences for the metaverse; Danny McBride’s ‘Trouble’ set as first project to use new collaborative real-time technology.

Go Behind the Scenes Headline News

Special Event: ‘Only a Child’ Virtual Screening and Q&A

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 8:57am

Go behind-the-scenes of the Oscar shortlisted animated short with director Simone Giampaolo and producer Gabriella de Gara, moderated by ‘The Willoughbys’ director Kris Pearn, with special guest Severn Cullis-Suzuki, on Friday, January 28 at 11 am PST.

We Like Spice! VFXWorld

‘Dune’: The Inner Workings of Ornithopters, Sand Worms, and Creative Moviemaking

From functional wingspans to alien throat anatomy, DNEG animation director Robyn Luckham discusses his work on Denis Villeneuve’s masterful epic adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi classic.

Business Headline News

WarnerMedia OneFifty Acquires Baobab Studios’ ‘Namoo’ for HBO Max

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:30am

Oscar-nominated director Erick Oh’s poignant animated short, about the beautiful and heartbreaking moments of a man’s life, to premiere on the streamer January 27.

People Headline News

Skydance Animation’s ‘Luck’ Gets Release Date and Additional Voice Cast

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 9:32am

Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg, and Lil Rel Howery join Whoopi Goldberg and Jane Fonda on the Peggy Holmes-helmed CG feature about Sam Greenfield, the unluckiest person in the world, who must unite with magical creatures to turn her luck around; an Apple Original Films and Skydance parnership, the film hits Apple TV+ August 5.

Let the Voting Begin ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Musician’: Celebrating Human Resilience with Cutout Animation

Expatriate Iranian director Reza Riahi and producer Eleanor Coleman discuss their expertly crafted, dialogueless stop-motion short film about a musician, blinded by Genghis Khan - while taking his girlfriend as a slave/consort - who 50 years later, is summoned to perform at the castle where she is being held.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP145: Adam Rosenberg and the Most Ambitious Pixilation Project Ever

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 2:49pm

The indie filmmaker, director, editor, and animator discusses his current production, ‘Alphabetical Athleticalz,’ which just might be the most ambitious pixilation project ever.

I Want My LOTR! Headline News

It Finally Gets a Name: ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 12:23pm

Watch the fiery, slow-motion molten metal ‘title birth’ of Prime Video’s highly anticipated, $500 million, 2-season at least series, set thousands of years before the events of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ premiering September 2.

Technology Headline News

AMD Reveals New Radeon PRO W6000 Series Graphics Card Lineup

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 7:54am

New energy efficient desktop and mobile workstation additions deliver up to three times higher performance and are optimized for both design and office productivity applications, and can easily be added to modern small form-factor desktops.

Home Sweet Home! ANIMATIONWorld

The Surreal, Stop-Motion World of ‘The House,’ Part 3

In the third and final linked article, director Paloma Baeza discusses how her acting career and being a cat lover helped in creating her apocalyptic story for Nexus Studios’ animated anthology, now streaming on Netflix.

Home Sweet Home! ANIMATIONWorld

The Surreal, Stop-Motion World of ‘The House,’ Part 1

In the first of three linked articles, directors Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef talk about the inspiration and creation of their woolly story in Nexus Studios’ animated anthology, now streaming on Netflix.

Gimmie More Trek! Headline News

Paramount+ Renews Practically Everything ‘Star Trek’ It’s Got

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 2:57pm

Streamer announces new seasons and upcoming premiere dates for ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ ‘Star Trek: Picard,’ ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,’ ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks,’ and ‘Star Trek: Prodigy.’

Awards Headline News

‘Dune’ and ‘Encanto’ Lead VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 9:57am

Nominees in 25 categories across film, TV, real-time, and special venue projects represent the top visual effects and animation work produced over the past year; ceremony format and venue yet to be revealed due to the ongoing pandemic.

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