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The Rookie Awards Launches 2021 Global Competition

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:14am

11th annual contest is now open for entries; all amateur creatives in film, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics, and 3d visualization are welcome to submit their work. 

Awards Headline News

‘Tenet,’ ‘Soul’ Take Home Critics Choice Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:17am

Warner Bros.’ reverse-action sci-fi thriller and Pixar’s look at a Black jazz musician’s reflection on his own life and what makes it worth living were honored by the Critics Choice Association at their 26th annual ceremony.

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Linetest’s ‘Less Noise, More Life’ Short Confronts Arctic Ocean Noise Pollution

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5:05pm

In support of World Whale Day, Vancouver studio mixes stylized, illustrative, line-based 2D and 3D animation to depict how bowhead whales are being threatened by man-made underwater noise.

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Vine FX is the Perfect Match for AMC’s ‘Soulmates’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 5, 2021 at 4:15pm

After expanding their existing remote production capabilities in the face of COVID-19, the Cambridge-based VFX studio delivers 500 shots on the futuristic sci-fi anthology series.

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9th Street Films’ Flame Post Pipeline Helps Deliver High-End VFX on Indie Budget

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:27pm

Full service creative shop’s innovative workflow helps deliver time and money-saving VFX, color, and editorial on projects like ‘Sixth of June’ and ‘Love 40.’

Home Entertainment Headline News

New Teaser and Images Released for DC Universe’s ‘Justice Society: World War II’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 4:24pm

Next chapter in the popular animated movie series is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray on May 11 and digital on April 27.

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‘SpongeBob’ Spinoff ‘The Patrick Star Show’ Nabs Nickelodeon Greenlight

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:37am

Bill Fagerbakke will reprise his role in the new 2D animated family sitcom starring the famed starfish, his wild whims, and surreal imagination, set to air on Nick this summer.

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An Endless Summer of Cartoon Fun: ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:41am

Executive producers Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller discuss Nickelodeon’s first-ever ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ spinoff series, a prequel that follows 10-year-old SpongeBob, his pals, and their summertime sleepaway camp hijinks, premiering today on the new Paramount+ streaming platform.

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Titmouse's Virtual ‘5 Second Animation Night’ Screening Begins March 5

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:21pm

Can’t miss 2021 virtual edition of the studio’s famed ‘5 Second Day’ annual in-house animated shorts program screening will be available through midnight on March 7.

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Korean Webtoon ‘Dr. Brain’ Nabs Live-Action Series Order at Apple TV+

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:44pm

Sci-fi thriller based on the popular webtoon is the first Korean-language project for the streamer; ‘Parasite’s Lee Sun-Kyun to star, with Kim Jee-Woon writing and directing.

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Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is Finally Here

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 1:47pm

After pushing its original November 25, 2020 release date because of the COVID-19 pandemic as it quickly pivoted hundreds of artists to produce the bulk of the film from home, the studio delivers a beautiful and emotionally fulfilling epic adventure; the film releases simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+ this Friday, March 5.

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48th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:29am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Onward,’ ‘Soul,’ ‘The Croods: A New Age,’ ‘The Willoughbys,’ and ‘Trolls World Tour’ top the huge list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony set to stream live on Friday, April 16.

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‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Soul’ Top VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00am

‘Project Power’ and ‘The Witches’ lead the list of feature film field nominees; winners in 25 categories will be announced at a virtual ceremony streaming worldwide on April 6/7 depending upon time zone.

Anime-zing! Netflix Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘DOTA: Dragon’s Blood’ Official Trailer and Character Art

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4:42pm

Premiering March 25, the fantasy anime series based on Valve’s popular video game ‘DOTA 2,’ tells the story of Davion, the Dragon Knight, bent on wiping the scourge from the face of the earth.  

Behind the scenes Headline News

Go Behind-the-Scenes with Kelly Marie Tran Recording ‘Raya’ at Home

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:50pm

Disney drops a new featurette, ‘Kelly’s Production Diaries,’ with the ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ star sharing her humorous production stories; animated epic will simultaneously hit theatres and Disney+ on March 5.

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Netflix Drops Images and ‘Official First Look’ for ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:00am

Well, we finally get to see some superheroes in new images and a ‘From Comic to Screen’ featurette about the upcoming live-action series adaptation of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s epic graphic novel series, streaming May 7.  

Awards Headline News

‘Soul’ Wins Best Animated Feature and Original Score at 78th Golden Globes

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:28am

Pixar took home its ninth feature film golden globe for their latest gem, featuring their first Black leading character, that skillfully embraces complex issues of religion, culture, and the struggle to answer the question, ‘What makes you…YOU?’

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