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Top Animation News: D23 Expo, Spider-Man, My Little Pony 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 July 14 to 21, 2017.

1. Animation abounds at D23 Expo.

Disney pulled no punches at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, last weekend. The bi-annual event saw the House of Mouse roll out updates highly anticipated sequels including “Wreck-It Ralph 2”, “The Incredibles 2”, “Frozen 2” and “Toy Story 4”. The Disney Animation panel also discussed upcoming original feature film “Coco”, about a young Mexican boy whose love of music leads him to the land of the dead, and “Taking Flight” from Disneytoon Studios.

Get more D23 Expo announcement details on “Buzzfeed”.

rick-and-morty-exquisite-corpse-toonboom.pngSource: Adult Swim

2. “Rick and Morty” season three is almost here!

With just over a week until “Rick and Morty” returns on Adult Swim for its long-awaited third season, the network released a new trailer featuring the eponymous pair jumping through dimensions and animation genres. Titled “Rick and Morty: Exquisite Corpse”, it was created by 22 unrelated animators and directed by Matt Taylor of Titmouse Animation. “Rick and Morty” is created in Toon Boom Harmony andStoryboard Pro animation software.

Watch “Rick and Morty: Exquisite Corpse” and see the full animator list on the Toon Boom blog.

3. Marvel Animation talks Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy at D23.

What Disney lacked in 2D animated feature films at D23, it certainly made up for in television shows. Hot on the heels of “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, Marvel Animation had big news for its highly anticipated “Spider-Man” series: an August 19 premiere date plus an all-star voice cast. Other highlights included “Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout” season three and a stellar LEGO collaboration: “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat”.

See more on Marvel Animation at D23 Expo on “Animation Magazine”.

gkids-studio-ghibli.jpgSource: GKIDS.

4. GKIDS brings its relationship with Studio Ghibli home.

New York-based distributor GKIDS’ ongoing partnership with Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli has taken a new dimension, with the former handling the latter’s catalog in North America. On October 17, GKIDS will reissue Blu-ray and DVD versions of six of Hayao Miyazaki’s classics including “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away”. The distributor has handled Studio Ghibli’s theatrical catalog since 2010 and collaborated with Fathom Events on Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 this past month.

Read more on the GKIDS x Studio Ghibli partnership on “The Hollywood Reporter”.

5. Is India the next animation powerhouse?

New policy in the Indian state of Karnataka hopes to position the region as an animation leader in the future. The government approved “Karnataka Animation, Visual Effects and Comics Policy (AVGC) 2017-22” on Wednesday, which will offer production grants for animated feature films and visual effect projects, and is expected to generate 15,000 jobs. Animation in India grew by 16.4 percent in 2016 compared to the year before.

Investigate Karnataka’s new animation policy on “The Hindu”.

Source: Hasbro Studios.

6. “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” gets William Shatner, Felicia Day.

The second half of “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” season seven is getting some added star (trek) power. Living legend William Shatner will join the series as a guest voice talent playing “Grand Pear”, while “Supernatural” and “The Guild” actress Felicia Day will be “Pear Butter”. The back-to-back “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” mid-season premiere will air August 5 on Discovery Family and kick off 15 new episodes — all produced in Toon Boom Harmony and Storyboard animation software.

Giddy up on your “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” news on “Animation Magazine”.

7. Anima Mundi Film Festival celebrates 100 years of Brazilian animation.

The first animation in Brazil was a short called “O Kaiser” by cartoonist Álvaro Martins in 1917. A century later, the national industry he helped launch is being celebrated at the 25th Anima Mundi Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro from July 14 to 23 before moving to Sao Paolo from July 26 to 30. This year’s event will include attractions for all lovers of animation such as international guests, workshops, courses, chats and a program spanning 470 titles from 45 countries, including 70 Brazilian pieces.

Visit “The Rio Times” for the full Anima Mundi Film Festival story.

8. China and Russia partner on children’s series “Krosh and Panda”.

The two Eastern superpowers will have their first joint animation series with 3D production “Krosh and Panda”. A partnership between China’s CCTV Animation and Russian production company Riki, the deal is part of a wider collaborative media project by the two nations’ governments. “Krosh and Panda” will be aimed at children in both countries.

Get more on the “Krosh and Panda” Sino-Russian partnership on “RapidTVNews”.

Source: CHF Entertainment.

9. New Toon Boom-produced cartoon encourages curiosity.

“Daisy & Ollie” by CHF Entertainment hopes to encourage curiosity among children and push them to inquire about their surroundings. Premiering exclusively on Cartoonito this October, the series is an original idea by Helen Brown and follows the titular characters on their quest for questions. “Daisy & Ollie” consists of 52 seven-minute episodes produced in Toon Boom 2D animation software at CHF Studios in Wilmslow, England.

Discover more on “Daisy & Ollie” on “Animation World Network”.

10. This website animates kids’ darkest moments.

As a child, even thinking about your worst memories can be nerve-wracking — now imagine sharing them with the entire world. That’s exactly what Storybooth asks them to do; the digital platform collects kids’ submitted first-person narratives and animates them into 2D shorts for its Youtube channel. Covering topics from bullying to coming out to puberty, the videos empower young people with a voice. The Storybooth Youtube channel has over 290,000 subscribers and 76.7 million views.

Head over to “Mashable” for the full Storybooth story.

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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