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Top Animation News: Cartoon Forum, Animoji, Bob’s Burgers 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 September 08 to 15, 2017.

  1. E.U. announces Preferential Animation Support Plan at Cartoon Forum.

The European Union will take action and invest in promoting, financing and retaining animation talent on the continent. The announcement was made in Toulouse, France, at Cartoon Forum 2017. Animation in Europe has grown in recent years, and the medium sells better than other homegrown film products. Challenges ahead include digital media, monetization and the consumption habits of younger audiences.

Read more on Europe's Preferential Animation Support Plan on "Variety".

  1. Meet Animoji — Apple's animated emojis.

Though most only payed attention to the double iPhone announcements this week, Apple also disclosed it would bring its emojis to life with animation in the iOS 11 update. Called "Animoji", users can create personalized 3D versions using the iPhone X's face-scanning technology. Apple describes Animoji as, "custom animated messages that use your voice and reflect your facial expressions."

Update yourself on Apple's Animoji via "The Verge".

  1. "Bob's Burgers" takes home second animation Emmy.

After years of nominations, "Bob's Burgers" took home its second Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program. The comedic cartoon, produced in Toon Boom Harmony, beat out heavyweights "South Park", "The Simpsons", "Archer" and "Elena of Avalor".

Cook up some more details on "Deadline".

  1. "Cowboy Bebop" director does "Blade Runner" short.

From one dystopian space odyssey to another — Japanese director Shinichiro Watanabe is lending his talents to an anime tie-in for the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel, "Blade Runner 2049". The short, titled "Blade Runner Black Out 2022", takes place between the first and second films. Watanabe also wrote the script, while Cygames Pictures was the prodco, and Shukou Murase was on character design and animation direction.

Watch the trailer above and read the full article on "Anime News Network".

  1. Take a selfie with your own cartoon on Snapchat.

Using Snapchat's latest Augmented Reality (AR) advancement, users can place their Bitmoji avatars into the room next to them. Announced Thursday, Bitmoji World Lenses allow them to insert their life-size 3D toon-selves into videos and pictures on the social media platform. The AR feature is now available for iOS and Android.

Snap up the info on "CNET".

  1. This AI can (re)make video games just by watching them.

There may be a new player in video game development. The Georgia Institute of Technology has created an Artificial Intelligence (AI) program that can recreate games just by watching them being played. In a trial, it remade approximations of classic titles "Super Mario Bros" and "Mega Man". While it couldn't produce full-blown versions, it was able to learn the games' engines.

Discover more about it on "Futurism".

Source: Netflix.

  1. Melissa Cobb to head Netflix's children's programming.

The top executive will be responsible for G-rated features and television series in her role as VP kids and family. Cobb will report to chief content officer Ted Sarandos, and oversee animated and live-action programs. Her hire comes a month after Disney announced plans for its own streaming service, and the subsequent removal of its content from Netflix. Coming from DreamWorks, Cobb was most recently chief creative officer and head of studio for the much-maligned DreamWorks Oriental.

Stream more on Melissa Cobb at Netflix on "The Hollywood Reporter".

  1. The best adult animation is depressing — and that's a good thing?

From "BoJack Horseman" to "Rick and Morty", it seems the top adult animations of the moment teeter between the emotional and the existential. In this golden age of television, "sadcoms" rain on the parade — and reign supreme. Animation is able to tap into this market by balancing the miserable the magical.

Dig into Sam Thielman's essay on the trend in "The Guardian".

Source: Maybe Movies.

  1. LA's Animation Is Festival has an A-list line-up.

Los Angeles' first animation festival in years, Animation Is, comes to the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood from October 20 to 22. The event differentiates itself by being dedicated mostly feature films, and is produced by distributor GKIDS alongside Annecy International Animation Film Festival and "Variety". Though the Animation Is Festival's full line-up doesn't come out until September 22, the early list released includes buzzed-about titles like "Lu Over the Wall", "Birdboy: The Forgotten Children" and "Mary and the Witch's Flower".

See the rest of the list on "Cartoon Brew".

  1. Animation festival in Japanese airport announces line-up.

The New Chitose Airport Intl. Animation Festival takes place in the terminal building of its eponymous travelport in Hokkaido, Japan. Now taking off into its fourth edition November 2 to 5, the event has 35 international titles in competition, selected from over 2,037 submissions from 85 global territories. Among those chosen are works by by Koji Yamamura, Daisy Jacobs and David O'Reilly ("Her").

Depart to "Variety" for more details.

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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