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Top Animation News: OIAF, female-led studio success, Westeros 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 15 to 22, 2017.

  1. OIAF 2017 is in full swing!

The most important city in our industry right now happens to be Canada's capital — the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) 2017 is packed with screenings, workshops, panels and networking events from September 20 to 24. Among this year's highlights is a double feature of Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa, with two of his films in competition: "Night is Short, Walk on Girl" and "Lu Over the Wall". Additionally, Toon Boom has tons of events planned, including Storyboard Pro and Harmony workshops this weekend!

Check out our guide to the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2017 on the Toon Boom blog.

  1. Female-led Locksmith Animation signs multi-year deal with 20th Century Fox.

The London-based studio will produce and develop an animated feature film for the American entertainment giant every 18 months. Work will be completed in the U.K., with partner Digital Negative in charge of digital production. It seems 20th Century Fox meets 21st century progressiveness; Locksmith Animation was founded in 2014 by three women: Sarah Smith, Julie Lockhart and Elisabeth Murdoch.

Dig into the deal's details on "Deadline.

  1. Toon Boom Animation Career Camp is coming this November.

The inaugural edition of Toon Boom's new event series, Animation Career Camps, will be held in Toronto, Canada, this November. Across a weekend of training sessions, hands-on labs and networking, attendees will develop an understanding of skill specialization and how it can increase their career opportunities and earnings today, and safeguard their success tomorrow. Those interested in a seat can sign up here, though it is almost sold out. Don't worry, there are many more Animation Career Camps planned for the upcoming months in cities are the world. Stay 'tooned' to see if we're coming to you!

Read all about Toon Boom Animation Career Camp on "Cartoon Brew".

 
  1. There's a 45-minute animated history of "Game of Thrones".

Among "Game of Thrones" fans, winter has come. For those wanting more than reruns until season eight, HBO has thrown them a bone: a 45-minute animated history of the mythical land in the series, Westeros. Titled "Conquest and Rebellion", there catch is it's only available as an exclusive bonus DVD on the season seven boxset, on sale December 12.

Watch the preview clip above or catch the full story on "TV Guide".

  1. Ibero-American animation to be recognized by Quirino Awards.

The inaugural Quirino Awards will be in April 2018 and honour the work of Ibero-American animators (those coming from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking nations in Latin America and Spain, Portugal and Andorra in Europe). The first edition will be held on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife, and include an awards ceremony as well as a multi-day professional forum. Feature films, short films, school projects, and television and online series will share the spotlight at the Quirino Awards, which are named after Quirino Cristiani — the creator of the first animated film ever, "El Apóstol".

Discover more on the Quirino Awards on "Cartoon Brew".

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Source: Toho.

  1. "Thor: Ragnarok" director will tackle the live-action "Akira".

Fan-favourite Japanese anime "Akira" is the latest IP (read: victim) to receive the live-action treatment. Warner Bros has announced "Thor: Ragnarok" director Taika Waititi will helm the feature, which the studio has been trying to produce for years. The Japanese-anime-to-Western-live-action formula has had a bumpy year, with "Ghost in the Shell" and "Death Note" widely panned.

Find out more about the "Akira" live-action film on "Observer".

  1. Is this the golden age of animation?

According to television observers, it seems to be. Echoing sentiments in "The Guardian" last week, critic Dana Schwartz points to series like "Archer", "Rick and Morty" (both produced in Toon Boom software) and "BoJack Horseman" as examples of adult animation that deserve as much credit as their live-action counterparts — if not more. She says, "…animation itself offers tools to reach emotional depths that wouldn't be possible in live-action. The format can be a Trojan Horse for complicated themes or sadness, made surprising because they're delivered in primary colors…".

Head over to "Entertainment Weekly" to read her full critique.

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Source: Facebook/Chey Robinson.

  1. NSFW: Netflix pulls episode of children's series for being very adult.

A mother watching an episode of "Maya the Bee" with her children recently got quite the eyeful. The concerned parent spotted a different sort of ‘wood' carved into a log in the thirty-fifth episode of the series' first season. While it would be barely noticeable to most, upon closer analysis, it most certainly is there. In response, Netflix has pulled the episode.

  1. Pixar employee explains why it's different than other animation studios.

A 31-year employee of Pixar has broken down why the studio is different than its counterparts across six points on Q&A site, Quora. Among his insights are: "Pixar does not make children's films", "Pixar's movies all suck, and they know it" and "Story really is king". For anybody who has ever worked in a studio, it's worth the read.

To see the full answers, head over to "HuffPost".

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Source: Forbes/Jump.

  1. This will be the Netflix of indie video games.

Jump is a recently launched platform that aims to be the premier subscription service for video games. Launching with a skew towards indie options, players can access a curated library of over 60 premium titles for just $9.99 a month. Additionally, the service will give up to 70 percent of revenue back to developers, based on the number of minutes played. If Jump takes off, it could be a huge boon for 2D animated game producers, who often rely on more niche markets and platforms.

Plug into the full Jump story on "Forbes".

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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