Asylum VFX Closes Shop

Asylum Visual Effects in Santa Monica has shut its doors and let go its staff, according to The studio had contributed visual effects to such films as The Sorcerer’s ... Continue Reading →

Digital Domain Buys In-Three

Digital Domain has reached a deal to acquire 3D conversion specialist studio In-Three. In-Three is the developer of a process called Dimensionalization that converts 2D movies into ... Continue Reading →

First Look: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Poster

Disney has released a teaser poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, due in theaters May 20. The fourth film in the popular series will be the first in stereoscopic ... Continue Reading →

Oz Series ‘Dukes of Broxstonia’ Gets Second Season

The Australian-produced short-form animated series Dukes of Broxstonia has been given the go-ahead for a second season. Sticky Pictures is producing the series, which follows teenage ... Continue Reading →

Babelgum Premieres New ‘Pearls Before Swine,’ ‘Cat, Dog, Stoop’ Toons

Babelgum has teamed up with Ringtales to exclusively premiere new animated versions of the comic strips Pearls Before Swine and Cat, Dog, Stoop. If you’re one of those folks who ... Continue Reading →

Oscar Qualifier ‘Dreams of Jinsha’ Opens Dec. 3

No sooner was it announced as one of the 15 films eligible for this year’s animated Oscar race than a qualifying run for the Chinese film The Dreams of Jinsha was set to begin ... Continue Reading →

Toonz Opens Production Arm in Montreal

India-based Toonz Animation will team up with Montreal-based Mediabiz to open a production facility in Canada. The venture, dubbed Toonz Entertainment Global Canada, will go to work ... Continue Reading →

Nolan Earns VES Visionary Award

Christopher Nolan, director of Inception and The Dark Knight, will receive the first Visionary Award from the Visual Effects Society. The award recognizes a filmmaker who has “uniquely ... Continue Reading →

WGA Animation Writers Honor Simpsons’ Scully

Mike Scully, a veteran  TV writer who has worked on The Simpsons since 1993, receives tonight the 13th annual Animation Writing Award for lifetime achievement from the WGA West Animation ... Continue Reading →

‘Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town’ Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town, the classic Rankin-Bass-produced stop-motion animated TV special, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new live attraaction, a new DVD release, ... Continue Reading →

CN Previews ‘Young Justice’ Nov. 26

Young Justice, the newest Warner Bros. Animation series adapted from the pages of DC Comics, will get a special one-hour holiday preview airing Friday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon ... Continue Reading →

‘Despicable Me’ Goes Social with Minion Madness DVD Promo

Universal has unveiled a new points-based reward and social marketing program to promote the Dec. 14 release of Despicable Me on DVD and Blu-ray. The program lets fans earn points and ... Continue Reading →

First Look: The Futurama Holiday Spectacular

Futurama is getting into the holiday spirit with The Futurama Holiday Spectacular, airing Sunday, Nov. 21, at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. The episode features guest voices from Al Gore ... Continue Reading →

Cars 2 Poster and Trailer Revealed

Cars 2 is coming faster than you think — the John Lasseter-directed sequel to the 2006 hit to is due out June 24, and details are just starting to hit the net. First, here’s ... Continue Reading →

Pixar Slashes Prices for RenderMan Pro Server

Pixar is lopping 40 percent off the price of an individual license for its RenderMan Pro Server software. The software, which has set an industry standard for rendering realistic images ... Continue Reading →

ILM, MPC Invest in Foundry’s Ocula Toolset

The Foundry has signed up a pair of VFX heavyweights to use its Ocula toolset. Both Industrial Light & Magic and The Moving Picture Co. have invested in the software, which has ... Continue Reading →

Oktobor Animation Opens in Auckland

Oktober Animation, a new studio created and launched by Omnilab Media, Oktober and Backyard Animated Pictures, has opened its doors in Auckland, New Zealand. The new studio is a large ... Continue Reading →

Animated People: Leslie Iwerks

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away … visual effects were really cheesy and dull. That is, until George Lucas came along and created a group of experts known as Industrial ... Continue Reading →

Disney’s Christmas Carol, Extended Avatar Come Home on Blu-ray

Just in time for the start of the holiday season is Disney’s A Christmas Carol (Disney, $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, $49.99 3D Blu-ray), directed using motion-capture ... Continue Reading →

Comic-Con Film Festival Sets Feb. 15 Entry Deadline

Comic-Con International: San Diego is now accepting submissions for its 2011 Independent Film Festival, now in its 11th year. The festival has set Feb. 15 as the deadline for entering ... Continue Reading →