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Top Animation News: Storyboard Pro 6, Butch Hartman, CCA 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 February 09 to 16, 2018.
- Storyboard Pro 6 launches at Kidscreen Summit 2018!
Even with a jam-packed schedule of keynote speakers and panels, the biggest news to come out of Kidscreen Summit 2018 was the release of Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 6. This latest release empowers artists to do more than ever with storyboarding, including features like an enhanced drawing toolset that enables a true-to-life experience, 3D models in 2D scenes, and innovative and improved animatics editing capabilities that make it easier to turn storyboards into full animatics — all in one program.
See what else is new in Storyboard Pro 6 on the Toon Boom blog.
- Bob's Burgers wins big at 2018 Kidscreen Awards.
The 2018 Kidscreen Awards were held this past Tuesday in Miami and Toon Boom was there! Trollhunters tied with An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win for most wins, and Bob's Burgers took home the Best Animated Series and Best in Class awards in the Tweens/Teens category. The show is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Bento Box Entertainment in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony.
Catch up on all the 2018 Kidscreen Awards winners on "Animation Magazine".
- Butch Hartman leaves Nickelodeon.
After two decades at Nickelodeon, animation legend Butch Hartman announced he will be leaving the broadcaster last Friday. He had been there since he sold the channel his first Fairly Odd Parents short, with the IP going on to become one of his best-known series alongside Danny Phantom. Hartman made the announcement in a 15-minute vlog on YouTube, which reflected more on his time at Nickelodeon than his reasons for leaving.
Watch Butch Hartman's departure vlog above or read the full article on "Gizmodo".
- Toon Boom's first Spanish webinar on February 22.
Toon Boom will be streaming its first Spanish-language webinar ever on February 22 at 4:00 p.m. (Mexico City time). Hosted by brand ambassador and Mexican animator Alejandra Wiechers, the topic will be "What's New in Harmony 15". Participants can also enter a contest and create a 30-second cartoon themed around "Tell Me a Story" for a chance to win a one-year Toon Boom Harmony licence.
For all the Toon Boom Spanish webinar details, head over to the blog.
Source: Fade In Studio.
- SNL alum reunite for Hip Hop Howls.
Saturday Night Live alumni Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone will be voicing two owls who teach preschoolers how to tackle new challenges through music in Hip Hop Owls. The series, which will be available on Sesame Street's YouTube channel, was brought to life by a partnership between Australia's Fade In Studio and Brazil-based Dogzilla Studio, who created it in Toon Boom animation software.
Peek at all the Hip Hop Howls preview details on "Kidscreen".
- Applying for animation school? CCA should be on your list.
As prospective postsecondary students review their options, those hoping to learn Toon Boom 2D animation software should consider California College of the Arts (CCA). Based in San Francisco, it is already among the top 20 animation schools in the U.S.. CCA allows students the flexibility to learn the techniques and technologies of their choosing, including Storyboard Pro and Harmony, while gathering invaluable experience being mentored by industry leaders and working on client projects.
See all the reasons to apply to California College of the Arts on the Toon Boom blog.
- Tips for animators during buying season.
Buying season is in full swing, which naturally can be a little overwhelming for animators and studios. Fortunately, "Cartoon Brew" put together this handy list of tips to maximize returns and minimize stress including how to make the most of subscription video on-demand services' demand for original content, approaching more traditional outlets and more.
Dig into all the animator buying season tips on "Cartoon Brew".
- Crunchyroll's $100 million boost to Japanese anime.
The U.S.-based streaming service has been in operation for over a decade, and in that time has contributed $100 million to the Japanese anime industry through royalty payments. Much of its success came from being able to simulcast or host new series with very little wait time and good English subs. Now, it is not only financing productions (it has support 40 to date) but is also creating its own original content. This will position it well against its biggest competitor.
Connect with Crunchyroll's Japanese anime story on "The Hollywood Reporter".
- Disney inks deal with Alibaba to bring content to China.
Responding to a growing hunger for animation in China, Disney has signed a deal with mega-corporation Alibaba to bring its content there. The latter's video-on-demand service, Youku, reaches 580 million devices daily. The deal will include the distribution and streaming rights to over 1,000 episodes from Disney animated shows plus many of its films ranging from Pirates of the Caribbean to Mulan.
Discover all the Disney-Alibaba deal details on "The Verge".
- NFB goes LGBT for V-Day.
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) celebrated all kinds of affection on Valentine's Day this week by streaming Montreal-based cartoonist and animator Diane Obomsawin's award-winning short I Like Girls free of charge on its website, Facebook and YouTube pages. The story has taken home top honours at the New York City Short Film Festival and Ottawa International Film Festival, and uses anthropomorphic animals to tell real-life stories of first love.
Visit "Animation World Network" for more on the NFB's screening of I Like Girls.
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