The Snoopy Show will charm children and de-stress adults [Apple TV+ review]

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Snoopy and Woodstock return forThe Snoopy Show
Snoopy and Woodstock return for more low-key laughs in The Snoopy Show.
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Everyone’s favorite beagle flies back into action for a new series of misadventures on Apple TV+. Charles Schulz’s beloved gang of misfits are here to provide support on The Snoopy Show, based on the Peanuts comics.

The new animated series premieres Friday, bringing some stress-busting, family-friendly entertainment to Apple’s streaming service.

Bring characters to life with this cartoon animation bundle

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The Ultimate Cartoon Animator 4 Pro Mac Bundle will help you bring characters to life
The Ultimate Cartoon Animator 4 Pro Mac Bundle pairs software with unbeatable coursework.
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How are you using your free time these days? Are you learning a new language, trying to cook (and failing), or trying an online fitness class for the first time? If you’ve been doodling away in a journal, or have been extra-fascinated with animation, consider The Ultimate Cartoon Animator 4 Pro Mac Bundle. With it, you can bring all the characters to life that you imagined, with just six hours of training in 2D animation.

Wolfwalkers is the best animated film of the year [Apple TV+ review]

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Apple TV+ enters the world of auteur animation with new animated film Wolfwalkers.
Apple TV+ enters the world of auteur animation with new animated film Wolfwalkers.
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Wolfwalkers, the animated movie that arrives on Apple TV+ today, is the best animated film of 2020. A fiery mix of folklore and feminism, it’s one of the most astonishing works of visual art you’re likely to see this year.

It comes from the makers of gorgeous animated features The Secret of Kells and The Breadwinner — and it marks their strongest work to date.

Stillwater will teach kids how to avoid meltdowns [Apple TV+ review]

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Apple TV+'s newest animated series Stillwater
A talking bear teaches kids life lessons in this new Apple TV+ show.
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Apple TV+ continues its inspired streak of children’s fare with an adaptation of Jon J Muth’s Zen storytelling book series. Stillwater takes the central character from those books, a stoic and wise panda, and pits him against the foibles of three young kids.

Stillwater, which lands on Apple TV+ today, feels like a kind of classic PBS kids cartoon. It’s all about trying to prepare pipsqueaks for life’s disappointments by teaching them how to shift their perspective — and understand that some of life is beyond our control. There’s an awful lot to enjoy in this one.

Beguiling Wolfwalkers trailer teases first Apple TV+ animated movie

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Apple's new animated movie looks intriguing.
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The world got its first glimpse of upcoming Apple TV+ animated movie Wolfwalkers, thanks to a trailer dropped Tuesday.

The movie, directed by Oscar-nominated Tom Moore (Song of the Sea) and Ross Stewart, follows the adventures of a young apprentice hunter named Robyn Goodfellowe. She travels to Ireland in the 1600s to help her father in pursuit of a wolf pack — only to meet a girl who is part of a tribe rumored to turn into wolves at night.

Get the tools and knowledge you need to create great animations [Deals]

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Cartoon Animator 4
Make your creations come to life with this 2D animation software for Mac.
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Animations aren’t just awesome and fun, though they are both. They’re also powerful ways of telling stories, sharing your ideas or promoting your brand. This deal includes all the tools — and all the knowledge — you need to start animating on your Mac.

The Complete Cartoon Animator 4 Pro Mac Bundle is perfect for any aspiring animator.

Transform photos and images into uncanny talking animations [Deals]

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Easily turn any photo or graphic into a realistic, talking animations.
Easily turn any photo or graphic into a realistic, talking animations.
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Digital animation seems like magic, but it’s actually pretty simple — if you have the right tools. And you don’t even need Pixar’s budget to get them. This Mac app makes it easy to turn any picture or graphic into a speaking, animated character.

Does your iPhone XS suffer from s-s-stuttering?

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It's thought every handset has this problem.
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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max owners are reporting animation stutters after leaving their handsets idle for around 10 seconds.

The problem, which is most obvious when opening or closing apps and scrolling pages, has reportedly been present for several months now. It persists in the latest iOS 12.2 betas, which suggests Apple hasn’t yet found a fix.

Don’t be scared of animation. Even you can do it. Here’s how to get started. [Deals]

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Animation bundle
Create animations using Photoshop, After Effects, and Illustrator
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Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3 and The Grinch are three of the top-15-grossing movies for all of 2018. And with its stellar reviews and big word-of-mouth buzz, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse may be joining that list before year’s end.

It’s no news flash to anyone anymore. There are huge opportunities, as well as huge dollars, in creating animation and animated features. While you’re probably not going to roll out of bed and create the next Pixar masterpiece tomorrow, your journey to an artistically and financially fulfilling career as an animator can get started today with The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Animation Bundle. And it’s heavily discounted right now!

Use your iPhone’s Face ID to create animated movies [Deals]

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Easily create animations with fully articulated characters, and even Face Capture-powered facial movements and speech sync.
Easily create animations with fully articulated characters, and even Face Capture-powered facial movements and speech sync.
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iPhones have become very good at reading our faces. Most of us use it for unlocking our phones or sending animoji. But it turns out Face ID technology is also a great tool for creating animated movies.