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Top Animation News: Annecy 2018, Archer, Cartoon Network and more!

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Top Animation News is a weekly column that rounds up the biggest, best and breaking stories from the world of animation. This edition covers June 01 to 08, 2018.

1. Everything you need to know ahead of Annecy.

The 2018 Annecy International Animated Film Festival runs June 11 to 16 and the animation industry is gearing up for the year’s top event. Toon Boom’s insider’s guide includes everything you need to see and do, from getting a job at Mifa (June 12 to 15) to the features in competition for the Cristal Award to the huge films premiering on the big screen.

Check out the Toon Boom insider’s guide to Annecy and Mifa 2018 on the blog.

2. Archer celebrates 100 episodes. 
FX’s sardonic spy series Archer is celebrating its 100th episode and has notably evolved its animation style since its 2009 premiere. Having originally been produced by a team of eight, it has since grown its talent and tools, integrating Toon Boom Harmony for more fluid action. “Usually when Archer and Lana are talking to each other, we’re doing that animation in After Effects, but when we’re doing kicking or punching, we switch over to Harmony to make sure it looks a little bit smoother,” says executive producer Matt Thompson.

Get the intel on Archer’s animation evolution on “Variety”.

cartoon-network-bali_toon_boomSource: Turner International.

3. Cartoon Network is opening a theme park in Bali.
Japan’s upcoming Studio Ghibli theme park will have to compete with Cartoon Network for the attention of international travellers. Turner Asia Pacific has partnered with Indonesian real-estate and hospitality investors The MAJ Group on a 4.3-hectare development in Bali. Cartoon Network’s theme park is set to open by 2020 and will include the island’s largest waterpark and an indoor entertainment centre featuring beloved IPs like The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time and Ben 10. Earlier this year, the broadcaster also announced its own cruise ship.

Venture over to “Deadline” for more on the Cartoon Network theme park.

4. The Incredibles 2 setting pre-sale records for an animated film.
Advanced ticket sales for The Incredibles 2 have been nothing short of super, with the Pixar feature projected to break the animated film pre-sale record set by Finding Dory in 2016. It is also outpacing its live-action caped counterparts Wonder Woman, Spider-Man Homecoming and Suicide Squad. The Incredibles 2 is additionally set to have the biggest opening weekend ever for an animated film with more than $140 million at the domestic box office.

Head over to “The Wrap” for more on The Incredibles 2 record-breaking pre-sales.

5. Two Toon Boom-produced feature films competing at Annecy 2018.
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival’s Cristal Award is among the highest honours in animation and two Toon Boom-produced films are in competition for the top prize this year. They are Funan (Storyboard Pro, Harmony) and Tito and the Birds (Harmony). A third, The Breadwinner, was also storyboarded in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro.

Dig into all Cristal Award details on the Toon Boom blog.

6. Anime is 77 percent of Japan’s television exports.
A report released by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed the country exported $358 million worth of broadcast content in 2016 — 77.1 percent of which was anime, representing 84.2 percent of revenue from broadcast rights. Titled "Analysis of the State of the Expansion of Broadcast Content Overseas”, the study found the largest markets for Nippon animation were Asia (58.7 percent), North America (27.2 percent) and Europe (8 percent). Over half the revenue from anime exports came from Asia, followed again by North America and Europe respectively.

Read up on the Japanese anime export report on “Anime News Network”.

addams_family_toon_boomSource: MGM.

7. The Addams Family has a spook-tacular voice cast.
MGM’s animated reboot of The Addams Family has announced its all-star voice cast. The frighteningly funny feature will star Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Charlize Theron as Morticia, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, Chloe Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley Addams, Bette Midler as Grandmama and Allison Janney will play the freaky family’s foe, Margaux Needler. The Addams Family is being directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan (Sausage Party) and will haunt cinemas October 11, 2019.

Scare up more details on The Addams Family animated film on “The Hollywood Reporter”.

8. Broadcast reforms shake France’s animation industry.
The French government has announced it will shut down France 4, the country’s sole free-to-air channel dedicated to kids’ and family programming. Some of its content will be shifted to France 5, while its children’s offerings will move onto its digital platform. France exported €130 million ($153 million) of local animated content in 2017 (41 percent more than 2015), while sales of cartoons grossed €75 million ($88 million) in 2016 (a 50 percent increase over 2015) according to the National Film Board.

Explore the French broadcast reforms more on “Variety”.

9. Study specialized animation skills at The Animation Workshop.
Based in Viborg, Denmark, The Animation Workshop is hoping to attract students and professionals by offering in-depth, specialized animation training. As has been mentioned at Toon Boom Animation Career Camps, specialization offers the focused credentials and knowledge studios are looking for. Those studying storyboarding at The Animation Workshop this fall will receive a 12-week course in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, covering 2D and 3D animation, animated tv series, and live-action and VFX-heavy film.

Study up on The Animation Workshop’s courses on “Cartoon Brew”.

10. Justin Bieber to voice Cupid in upcoming animated film.
Mythos Studios, launched by music exec Scooter Braun and former Marvel Studios founding chairman David Maisel, has enlisted Justin Bieber to voice Cupid in its next animated project. The Canadian singer will star as the mythical god of love, while also acting as executive producer on the film. Braun discovered Bieber on YouTube and helped him become an international household name.

Toon in to all the Justin Bieber Cupid details on “Billboard”.

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

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