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This Week in Animation: May 26 to June 2

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This Week in Animation is a weekly series for the Toon Boom blog, rounding up the most buzzed about animation stories from the past seven days.

  1. Is an “Animaniacs” reboot in the works?

It’s been almost 20 years since “Animaniacs” went off the air, but Millennial nostalgia may bring it back to screens. Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Television are reportedly in talks to reboot the Steven Spielberg-created animated series. “Animaniacs” followed three 1930s cartoon siblings —Yakko, Wakko and Dot— who escape from the water tower on the Warner lot to wreak havoc on Hollywood. The show received acclaim and accolades, including a Peabody Award and numerous Daytime Emmys, as well as several Annie nominations.

Dig into the details on the “Animaniacs” reboot on “Animation Magazine”.

annecy2017_affiche_horizontale.jpgSource: Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

  1. Must read: Toon Boom’s guide to Mifa 2017.

Mifa 2017 runs June 13 to 16, and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. Understandably, it can all be a little overwhelming. Fortunately, we have been there since the beginning and have put together an insider’s guide on what to do and see at Mifa 2017. Find out where you can meet “Trollhunters” director Guillermo del Toro, join in the first-ever Women in Animation World Summit and what’s going on at Toon Boom’s own booth. Spoiler: we will have tons of contests and prizes, plus the international first look at our refreshed branding and new product, Producer.

 Get more Mifa 2017 guide info on the Toon Boom blog.


  1. Pixar has SEVEN new experimental animated shorts.

Pixar’s animated shorts have arguably become as renowned as its feature films. The studio won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short with “Piper” earlier in 2017, and the pieces have become integral to its identity. Top talent Pixar will discuss the animated short creative process at the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles in July, as well as the seven new experimental shorts they created. The best part? Chances are the shorts will be released soon after.

 Read the full Pixar animated shorts story on “Polygon”.

  1. Is Nigeria the next animation superpower?

The African nation, set to become the third-most-populous country in the world within 25 years, is investing in animation as an avenue of economic growth. Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, recently told those assembled at the African Digital TV Development Meeting that his government wanted to prioritize the development of its animation and creative industries by building an “army” of highly skilled workforce — in four years.

 Discover more about the future of animation in Nigeria on “Cartoon Brew”.

  1. First-ever Cardiff Animation Festival launching April 2018.

The inaugural Cardiff Animation Festival will run April 20 to 22, 2018, and bring together the Welsh capital’s growing community of audiences, artists and amateurs. Run by the team at Cardiff Animation Nights, next year’s standalone event will be a step up from their current allotment in the Cardiff Independent Film Festival.

 Check out the Cardiff Animation Festival on “Animation World Network”.

akira-poster.jpgSource: Tokyo Movie Shinsha.

  1. “Akira” creator Katsuhiro Otomo did NOT like the film version.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the worldwide manga phenomenon, “Akira”. The Japanese graphic novel went on to become a much-loved anime feature film, though creator Katsuhiro Otomo was not impressed upon first viewing. He says, “Actually, when I saw the first rush of the movie version of Akira I thought it would be a failure. I left the theater very quickly and came back home to tell my wife that the movie was a failure.” Yikes. Fortunately, with edits and time, he came around.

Read the rest of Katsuhiro Otomo’s interview on “Forbes”.

puppy-hotel-transylvania.jpgSource: Sony Pictures Animation.

  1. Sony Pictures Animation gives fans a bone with first “Puppy!” image.

Perhaps the scariest part of the “Hotel Transylvania” franchise is how quickly it is growing. As we mentioned last week, it is branching off into a new animated TV series and now a short film, “Puppy!”. Sony Pictures Animation released the first look of the latter venture, which is helmed by “Hotel Transylvania” director and cartoon legend Genndy Tartakovsky, and will follow Dracula’s grandson Dennis as he receives his new pooch. It definitely will put the “pet” into petrifying.

Find out more about “Puppy!” on “The Hollywood Reporter”.

  1. “Thor: Ragnarok” gets a hilarious animated parody trailer.

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” bringing home nearly $800 million at global boxes since April, “Thor: Ragnarok” is set to be a huge success. Coming out November 3, the sequel will reportedly take on a more humorous tone akin to its interstellar MCU fellow. To illustrate that point, comedic short film producers AOK created this 80s rock-inspired animated parody trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok”.

Watch it above or read more about it on “Nerdist”.


  1. Math made “Moana” magical.

Is animation an art or an algorithm? In the case of Disney’s “Moana”, it’s both. To turn the ocean into a pseudo-character while staying true to water’s physical nature, the studio’s team created a program called Splash to automate the way liquid moves and behaves. Described as a “fluid solver”, uses a series of algorithms to simulate splashes, eddies and wakes.

Uncover exactly how Disney created undersea magic in “Moana” on “The Atlantic”.

  1. This animation series is helping to end polio.

Soon, polio could become the second human disease in history to become completely eradicated. To illustrate the immense amount of work this takes, the World Health Organization commissioned Edinburgh-based production company HeeHaw to create an animation series detailing how medical professionals respond to an outbreak, deliver vaccines to children and survey the world.

Watch the video above or learn more on “The Drum”.

What animation industry news were you most excited about this week? Was there something we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments below!