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Animation Link Roundup: December 4, 2021

All-star tutorials, stop-motion interviews, industry news, and other items that caught our eye this week.

A girl looks at an assortment of scarecrow-like figures with gasmasks while standing in front of a dilapidated tent.

• Animator Robert Valley (best known for his contributions to the Love, Death, and Robots anthology series) has been releasing some pretty incredible animation tutorial videos
Polygon's interview with Mikey Please and Dan Ojari about Robin Robin has some great details (the quote near the end about integrating the VFX into the environment is... wow)
Unity has announced its $1.6 billion acquisition of WETA Digital, with the goal of getting the studio's powerful VFX in the hands of the public
Cartoon Brew published their usual roundup of this month's animated releases on (American) streaming platforms—including new seasons of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and Centaurworld on Netflix, and family-friendly features Long Way North and A Town Called Panic on Criterion Channel

We're about six months behind the curve on this, but hand-drawn puzzle-platformer Minute of Islands looks gorgeous.

This video essay from Youtuber Thomas Flight has some excellent insights into the VFX process for Denis Villeneuve's Dune, and how they differ from your average blockbuster.