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Top Animation News: Annie Awards, Harmony-made anime, Hilda 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 January 19 to 26, 2018.

1. The reviews are in for The Doll, a Japanese anime produced in Harmony.
Tokyo-based studio D’ART Shtajio has released the first look of its latest Japanese anime: The Doll. Produced entirely in Toon Boom Harmony, it follows the story of Ijiro, a doll-maker who loses his job and purpose. When all hope feels lost, he rediscovers his creative spirit and brings his artistic passion back to life — literally. The reviewer writes, “… the beauty and fluidity of the animation deserve [sic] special mention since the studio is transitioning from paper-based animation to digital animation (using Toon Boom’s Harmony).”

Watch The Doll trailer above and read the full critique on “Another Anime Review”.

2. The Breadwinner has 10 nominations at Annie Awards 2018.
After taking the top animation prize at the Golden Globes earlier this month, there was little surprise when Coco scored 13 nominations at the 2018 Annie Awards. However, coming in a strong second is Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner, storyboarded in Storyboard Pro, with 10 nods. Additionally, Rick and Morty (Storyboard Pro, Harmony) and BoJack Horseman (Storyboard Pro) will be among the adult animations duking it out for Best General Audience TV/Broadcast Production.

Read more about the Annie Awards 2018 nominees on “The A.V. Club”.

Petit_Poilu_Toon_Boom.jpgSource: DreamWall.

3. Little Furry goes from comic to cartoon with Toon Boom.
Belgian studio DreamWall worked with Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony to bring beloved French comic Little Furry (Petit Poilu) to life. The production company needed a cut-out animation solution that could create brilliant visuals, particularly given that the series has very little dialogue. "In cut-out, the flexibility that you get with Harmony rigs makes a significant impact as it enables animators to produce quick, high-quality work efficiently,” says DreamWall artistic director Olivier Auquier.

Dig into the full Little Furry case study on Toon Boom’s success stories page.

4. Netflix’s Hilda to premiere next month in New York City.
The highly anticipated Netflix series Hilda is having the world premiere of its first episode at New York International Children's Film Festival on February 25. The show is based on Luke Pearson’s graphic novels of the same name that follow the eponymous character as she embarks on magical, Scandinavian-inspired adventures. All 12 episodes of Hilda are being produced by Ottawa-based studio Mercury FilmWorks in a Toon Boom Harmony pipeline.

Peak at the Hilda premiere on “Newsarama”.

5. Women are the winners in 2018’s animated Oscars race.
Among the five nominees for Best Animated Feature, four were created by women in leadership roles. The Breadwinner (produced in Storyboard Pro) was directed by Cartoon Saloon partner Nora Twomey, Loving Vincent was co-directed and co-written by Dorota Kobiela, Coco was produced by Darla K. Anderson and producer Ramsey Ann Naito was instrumental to The Boss Baby’s birth. The Academy Awards will be held March 04.

See how women in animation are already winning at the Oscars on “The Washington Post”.

6. YouTube animator ItsAlexClark hits 2 million subscribers.
Alex Clark, the founder of hit YouTube animation channel ItsAlexClark, hit 2 million subscribers this month. His comedic videos, produced in Toon Boom Harmony 15, regularly have six-digit view counts. Clark shares his story, the secrets to his success, and his tips and tricks for young animators who want to make it big on YouTube.

Check out the full interview with ItsAlexClark on the Toon Boom blog.

7. Annecy 2018: Brazil and music in animation take centre stage.
Brazilian animation and music in animation will be focal at the upcoming Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2018 (June 11 to 16). The South American nation has seen a surge of success in recent years, including Cristal awards for two homegrown features: Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury (Luiz Bolognesi) and The Boy and the World (Alê Abreu). The musicians who create the soundtracks for animation will also be given the spotlight, celebrating their rich history and contributions to the industry.

Explore the Annecy 2018 highlights further on “Animation World News”.

8. Dr. Seuss animated movies are in the pipeline.
Warner Animation Group will be producing multiple features in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.. They will be based on iconic characters from the classic children’s books, including an animated film for The Cat in the Hat. Warner and Dr. Seuss are already collaborating on the upcoming Netflix series Green Eggs and Ham, with both committed to introducing the original source material to new audiences while also maintaining its integrity.

Turn the page on the next animated chapter of Dr. Seuss on “Variety”.

9. Family Guy’s Wellesley Wild to lead Animaniacs reboot.
Hulu’s much-buzzed revival of the 90s award-winning animated series Animaniacs has found its executive producer and showrunner in Wellesley Wild. He is coming off an eight-year run as a writer-producer on Family Guy (created in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony) and has also collaborated with Seth MacFarlane on Dads and Ted. The two-season Animaniacs reboot is set for a 2020 release, with original executive producer Steven Spielberg returning as well.

Visit “Deadline” for more on Wellesley Wild and Animaniacs.

Mary-Witches-Flower-Toon-Boom.jpgSource: Studio Ponoc.

10. Mary and the Witch’s Flower a record-breaker for GKIDS.
The first feature by Studio Ghibli-alumnus Hiromasa Yonebayashi and his new production company Studio Ponoc is already drawing in audiences for animation distributor GKIDS. The film had a special one-night screen in 573 theatres, grossing $1,167,431. This breaks GKIDS’ previous launch record by From Up on Poppy Hill, which took home $1 million, and is further proof of the insatiable appetite for Japanese anime.

Catch all the Mary and Witch’s Flower release details on “Cartoon Brew”.

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!