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Top Animation News: Big Hero 6, China Tales Incubator, Annecy and more
Top Animation News is a weekly column that rounds up the biggest, best and breaking stories from the world of animation. This edition covers April 20 to 27, 2018.1. Big Hero 6 gets a massive weekend launch event in June.
The much anticipated small-screen version of Big Hero 6 is coming to the Disney Channel on Saturday, June 09. Two episodes will premiere that day, with two more being released on Sunday, June 10. Produced in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony, the Big Hero 6 TV series follows the smash film’s protagonist, Hiro, as he attempts to balance academics and adolescence with being on a superhero team.
Get all the Big Hero 6 animated series details on “Entertainment Weekly”.
2. Toon Boom partners with Nelvana and WeKids on China Tales Incubator.
China Tales Incubator is a joint talent initiative between Toon Boom, Nelvana and WeKids with the express mission to find up-and-coming Chinese creatives and develop, produce and distribute their original kids’ animation work to global audiences. Submissions can either be in Mandarin or English, with a first-round deadline set for July 06. Toon Boom will join Nelvana and WeKids on a six-city tour introducing China Tales Incubator, including a panel and workshop at CICAF/iABC in Hangzhou.
Find out more about Toon Boom and China Tales Incubator on “Animation Magazine”.
3. How The Treehouse Stories used Harmony for Emmy-winning results.
French studios Dandelooo and Caribara Production recently took home the Preschool prize at the 2018 International Emmy Kids Awards for their series The Treehouse Stories (La Cabane à Histoires) – produced in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony. “We need to take designs from the page to the screen and the Line Deformer tool made Harmony our first choice for its natural-looking motion. It also has the right drawing tools to create new designs in the same style, every episode,” says Charlotte Monsarrat, producer and studio manager at Caribara.
Discover The Treehouse Stories animation process on the Toon Boom blog.
4. Exceptional Minds connects adults with autism to animation.
Both a non-profit vocational school and working studio, Exceptional Minds works with adults with autism and helps to prepare them for future careers in 2D animation and visual effects. It has done work on cinematic epics including Black Panther and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, though its students next great adventure will be with Storyboard Pro. The industry-standard storyboarding program will be ready for students to use as early as Fall 2018 thanks to an education grant from Toon Boom.
Learn more about Exceptional Minds and Storyboard Pro on the Toon Boom blog.
5. The Annecy 2018 lineup is here, with 23 films in official selection.
With Annecy International Animation Festival 2018 set to kick off on June 11, 10 animated feature films will compete for its prestigious Cristal Award. Among them are Funan (produced in Toon Boom Harmony) and The Breadwinner (storyboarded in Storyboard Pro). An additional 13 features will be screened outside of the competition. The Annecy 2018 official selection is especially diverse, with the 23 films coming from 23 separate countries.
See the full Annecy 2018 official selection line-up on “Cartoon Brew”.
6. Comedy Central strengthens its adult animation with Powell partnership.
Daniel Powell, co-creator of Inside Amy Schumer, has signed an exclusive animation partnership with Comedy Central through his production company, Irony Point. The deal will see him and his partner, producer Alexandra Bach, develop and produce cartoons for the channel. They will work with emerging and established talent that have caught Comedy Central’s attention, with Ugly Americans creator Devin Clark being Irony Point’s dedicated executive on the collaboration.
Dig into the Comedy Central x Daniel Powell deal on “Deadline”.
7. Star Wars Resistance brings anime to a galaxy far, far away.
The latest Star Wars animated series, Star Wars Resistance, will be coming to Disney Channel and Disney XD this fall. The cartoon will be a prequel to 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, following a young pilot named Kazudo Xiono as he investigates the growing danger of the First Order. Star Wars Resistance’s aesthetic will be decidedly anime-inspired and brought to life by Dave Filoni, who was behind previous franchise animated spin-offs Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
Jump into hyperspace and get more Star Wars Resistance details on “Variety”.
8. The Fast and the Furious cartoon coming to Netflix.
After eight hit feature films grossing over $5 billion worldwide, it seemed inevitable that The Fast and the Furious would rev its engines in the animated world. Netflix has given a cartoon based on the franchise the green light with a straight-to-series order, expanding its already lucrative five-year deal with DreamWorks Animation. The agreement has already produced 14 original series, including Guillermo del Toro’s hit Trollhunters.
Put pedal to the metal and tear over to “The Hollywood Reporter” for more Fast and Furious animated series details.
Source: Cartoon Network.
9. Cartoon Network and HowStuffWorks launch an animation podcast.
Drawn: The Story of Animation is a new podcast from Cartoon Network and HowStuffWorks. Launching May 01 and hosted by Holly Frey (Stuff You Missed in History Class), the 11-episode series will look at the industry’s history and its cultural influence. Among its star-studded guestlist of show creators, voice actors and historians are Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy), Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe, Adventure Time) and Mike Lazzo (EVP and creative director, Adult Swim). Drawn: The Story of Animation will be available available for subscription, download and streaming across all major platforms.
Toon into more Drawn: The Story of Animation details on “Broadcasting & Cable”.
10. Trinidad and Tobago boosting its animation industry.
Many Caribbean countries are tapping into the $254 billion global animation market and Trinidad and Tobago is one of them, seeking more exported work and employment. University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) is the only institution in the English-speaking portion of the region to offer animation and gaming training at the undergraduate level, and is pursuing a public-private partnership to help students find work in the global Information Technology-enabled Services (ITeS) industry. Titled the Global Services Promotion Programme (GSPP), it will award invaluable training to two local firms hoping to meet global demands.
Venture over to “Trinidad and Tobago Guardian” for more on the GSPP.
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