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Top Animation News: Tangled, Super Drags, Rick and Morty 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 May 25 to June 01, 2018.

  1. Tangled: The Series renewed for a third season.

Three weeks ahead of the premiere of its second season, Disney Channel has renewed Tangled: The Series for a third. The cartoon is produced by Disney Television Animation with service work by Mercury Filmworks done in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony. Tangled: The Series stars Mandy Moore as Rapunzel and Zachary Levi as her boyfriend Eugene, and is a continuation of the feature film’s storyline.

Comb through the Tangled: The Series details on “Deadline”. 


  1. Netflix sashays into Brazilian animation with Super Drags.

Hot on the (high) heels of Rupaul’s Drag Tots announcement, Netflix has let the first trailer of Super Drags out of the closet. The series follows three oppressed department store workers who liberate themselves as superhero drag queens by night. It’s being animated by Brazil’s Combo Studio in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony. “We are thrilled that our first Brazilian animation will present our audiences with the daring, scandalous and fabulous world of Super Drags! Netflix is fortunate to invest in great animation talent from Brazil, bringing the vibrant trait of Combo and the acidic mood of our producers to the beautiful and the canvases from every corner,” said Chris Sanagustin, Netflix’s director of original international content.

Read up on Super Drags on “NewNowNext”.

  1. Here’s how to get an animation studio job at Mifa 2018.

Whether you’re a recently graduated student, young professional or just looking for a change, Mifa 2018 is the best place to find a job. Running June 12 to 15 in Annecy, France, the animation market is an extension of the upcoming Annecy International Animated Film Festival and brings together the top producers, distributors and over 30 studios recruiting talent. Plus there are plenty of events like Mifa Campus to help young animators find work.

Take full advantage of Mifa 2018’s opportunities with Toon Boom’s pro tips on the blog.

  1. Rick and Morty’s Dan Harmon gets animated in his “GQ” profile.

As fans of the sci-fi adult animated comedy can attest, show co-creator Dan Harmon is not one to mince words. In an interview with “GQ” for their June print issue, he talks candidly about the process leading up to Rick and Morty’s season-four renewal (the piece was written prior to the 70-episode order announcement). It is an unabashed view of the personality and psyche behind what is arguably the most cultish and culturally influential animated series of the decade, which just happens to be produced in Storyboard Pro and Harmony.

Get over to “GQ” for the full Dan Harmon profile. 


  1. Diplo’s “Get It Right” music video was animated in Toon Boom software.

When it came time to create an animated music video for his hit song “Get It Right”, DJ and rapper Diplo’s creative team turned to Melbourne’s Viskatoons. The studio produced the piece in just three weeks with eight animators, perfectly combining its artist’s talents with the tools available in a Toon Boom pipeline. The results speak —or sing— for themselves.

Watch Diplo’s “Get It Right” animated music video above and read the full story on the Toon  Boom blog.

  1. Atomic Cartoons is a leader in Vancouver’s animation boom.

Despite growing from 25 employees in 2011 to over 400 today, Vancouver-based Atomic Cartoons has expertly maintained its quality and culture. The 2D animation studio, which produces series like Molly of Denali and The Last Kids on Earth in Toon Boom software, moved into a new, sprawling in space in March — an event that was attended by British Columbia’s Premier John Horgan. Atomic Cartoons (and Vancouver’s industry as a whole) has benefited largely from the demand for animated content driven by streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and, soon, Disney.

Explore Atomic Cartoons’ sensational studio scaling on “Vancouver Courier”.

Natalie_Nourigat_toon_boomSource: Boom Studios.

  1. Coming soon: A graphic novel about being an LA animator.

Natalie Nourigat moved from Portland to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of an animation career — and she turned the experience into a graphic novel aimed at young creatives, due to come out in December. Part memoir, part how-to guide, I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation follows her journey to become a storyboard artist at Walt Disney Animation and details everything she wishes she had known along the way. Think: Salaries, career paths, studio cultures, meeting other artists, building a portfolio and more.

Turn the page on I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation on “The Hollywood Reporter”.

  1. YouTube and internet use see a big bump among teens.

The media consumption habits of young people are of huge interest to animated content creators; a new Pew Research Center study shows the most popular online platform among U.S. teens is YouTube (85 percent) followed by Instagram (72 percent), Snapchat (69 percent) and Facebook (51 percent). Nearly half (45 percent) the cohort are connected near-constantly, compared to just 24 percent in 2014-2015. These figures are extremely telling given the ongoing ratings struggles of traditional children’s cable broadcasters — and a large reason why tech brands like Netflix, Amazon, Google (YouTube) and Apple are engaged in what has essentially become a content creation arms race.

Stream all the teen media consumption information on “Cartoon Brew”.

my_exercise_new_deer_toon_boomSource: New Deer.

  1. Can Western animation make it in Japan?

Japan is known for it passionate creation and consumption of anime — a fervour that is rapidly spreading across the world. Now, Nobuaki Doi is hoping to reverse the tide and introduce Western animation to Nippon audiences. He’s made it the mission of New Deer, the distribution company he is head of. Doi is already blazing a trail by introducing films like Brazil’s The Boy and The World and France’s The Girl Without Hands in Japan, as well as working with video games as a palatable middle ground.

Discover New Deer’s Western animation ambitions on “US Gamer”.

  1. Obsessed with anime? So is the fashion industry.

From Michael B. Jordan to Kim Kardashian, anime has no lack of celebrity fans. The Japanese animation style has become a fashion style — an indication of its growing cultural influence internationally. Menswear in particular has adopted anime, taking imagery and inspiration from some of the genre’s best known titles; Supreme x Akira, CARNIVAL x Dragon Ball Z and Uniqlo x Naruto.

Follow the anime fashion trend on “Esquire”.

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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