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Daily News Bytes: New ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Spot, Funimation’s ‘Free!’ Makes a Splash, ‘The Glassworker’ Update & More!

Pakistan’s First Hand-Drawn Animation Looks at the Effects of War on Kids Pioneering writer-director Usman Riaz and Mano Animation Studios have unveiled the first 8 minutes of their ... Continue Reading →
Dave Filoni

Director Dave Filoni on ‘Star Wars Rebels’: The Journey and the Legacy

Dave Filoni has probably overseen more hours of Star Wars content than anyone outside of George Lucas himself. The Star Wars Rebels finale event currently airing over a course of three ... Continue Reading →
Natalia Lafourcade and Miguel

Oscars: Nominated ‘Coco’ Song Performers Announced

Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, producers of the 90th Academy Awards, have revealed the talented performers who will be bringing this year’s Best Original Song nominees to life ... Continue Reading →
Coco

Los Angeles Gets Animated to Declare “Coco Day” Feb. 27

A fabulous new fiesta is coming to the streets of Los Angeles, as Councilmember Gil Cedillo of the First District will declare “Coco Day in L.A.” at City Hall on Tuesday, February ... Continue Reading →
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!

Trailer: ‘Trolls: The Beat Goes On!’ S2, Series Soundtrack Coming Soon

There ain’t no party like a Troll Village party, and a Troll Village party don’t stop! That’s right, more music, magic and unbridled positivity is coming to a screen near you ... Continue Reading →
Amphibia

Disney Greenlights Originals ‘Amphibia,’ ‘Owl House’ and More ‘Star Vs.’

More magical original animation is coming to Disney Channel, which has placed orders for two new series: Amphibia, from Annie Award-winning director Matt Braly (Gravity Falls); and ... Continue Reading →
Paddington 2

Rodeo FX Takes a Dip with Paddington

Leading visual effects studio Rodeo FX helped to bring the marmalade-loving bear to the big screen in the recently released family adventure Paddington 2. The sequel to the beloved ... Continue Reading →
Nathan Greno

‘Tangled’ Helmer Nathan Greno Joins Skydance Animation, Directing ‘Powerless’

Skydance Media announced Thursday that Nathan Greno is joining the company’s rapidly expanding animation studio under a multi-year deal. The director of Disney’s Tangled has been ... Continue Reading →
Black Panther

Method Sets Up Wakandan Showdown in ‘Black Panther’

Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as the hero and king T’Challa, who must fight to protect his nation of Wakanda from Michael B. Jordan’s ... Continue Reading →
Super Slackers

Stoner Streamer 420TV Launches with Toons on Deck

On Thursday at 4:20 p.m. PT (appropriately), the world gets its first dose of 420TV — a new VOD channel dedicated to all things cannabis. Reflecting the evolving cultural attitudes ... Continue Reading →
Moss

Tiny Hero Preps for Big Debut in ‘Moss’ VR Release Next Week

Gamers who enjoy visually rich fantasy adventures in immersive worlds will be excited to hear that Polyarc’s buzzworthy title Moss will officially be released next Tuesday, February ... Continue Reading →
Fingerlings

Squeeze, WowWee Plan ‘Fingerlings’ Toy Toon

Quebec-based animation company Squeeze (Cracked) has been chosen by innovative toy company WowWee to bring its adorable animatronic collectibles the Fingerlings to life with a new short-form ... Continue Reading →
Muppet Babies

‘Muppet Babies’ Get March 23 Premiere, Grown-Ups Get Reboot

Exciting news for fans of Kermit, Piggy and co., as Disney has set a premiere date for the new CG-animated Muppet Babies, and announced another reboot for the classic foam-and-fur Muppets ... Continue Reading →
Ferdinand

‘Ferdinand,’ ‘Jumanji,’ ‘Last Jedi’ Win at 1st PETA “Oscats” for CG Animals

A new industry recognition with a message has entered the annual awards season, as PETA’s Animals in Film and Television Division has announced the winners of its first-ever Oscats ... Continue Reading →
Katie Eary for The Powerpuff Girls

Titanic NY Toy Fair & Licensing Round-Up!

Read on for animated highlights from the world of licensing & merchandising, fashion, fun and collectibles from New York Toy Fair 2018 and beyond. JAKKS Pacific Reveals 2018 Lineup Nickelodeon: Shimmer ... Continue Reading →
Stipan Tadić

Stipan Tadić Named Signature Artist of Animafest 2018

The World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb has revealed this year’s fantastically colorful, gorgeously unnerving official poster illustrated by Stipan Tadić, who ... Continue Reading →
Sonic the Hedgehog

Paramount’s ‘Sonic’ Speeds to 2019 Release

After a slowdown at Sony, the Sonic the Hedgehog live-action/CG hybrid feature has been slated by Paramount Pictures for a November 15, 2019 release. The project is based on the immensely ... Continue Reading →
ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

Twitch Carries Anime Marathon Ahead Crunchyroll Awards Stream

The 2018 Crunchyroll Anime Awards are rapidly approaching, and the organizers have announced that Twitch will be carrying the livestream on February 24, from Hollywood’s Montalban ... Continue Reading →
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

‘The Last Jedi’ Brings the Force to 4K, BD & Digital in March

The latest lightsaber-swinging action-adventure from Lucasfilm, Star Wars: The Last Jedi — the highest-grossing flick of 2017 — is bringing all the Empire-bustin’, Porg-doting ... Continue Reading →
Melissa Taylor

Producer Melissa Taylor Named Joint Biz Dev Head at Framestore

Oscar-winning VFX company Framestore has appointed Melissa Taylor as Global Joint Head of Business Development. The highly regarded producer has worked with some of the world’s biggest ... Continue Reading →