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Guillermo del Toro announces Dreamworks/Netflix “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy series

On Monday evening during a preview screening of DreamWorks Trollhunters Part 2, creator and executive producer Guillermo del Toro announced that the world of Trollhunters will expand to become a trilogy of series called Tales of Arcadia.

On the surface, Arcadia appears to be a slice of timeless Americana, but it is no ordinary town. It lies at the center of magical and mystical lines that will make it a nexus for many battles among otherworldly creatures including trolls, aliens and wizards. DreamWorks Trollhunters, the first installment in the Tales of Arcadia trilogy, will be followed by two additional series 3 Below in 2018 and a final chapter Wizards set to debut in 2019.

Sneak Peek at SpongeBob “You Bring the Color” Fan Sourced Show Open

Today marks the kick off of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants: You Bring The Color week, the culmination of the past few months where fans have been submitting digitally colored frames from the opening sequence and the final scene of Friday’s black-and-white episode, “Squid Noir,” for a chance to be featured on air during next week’s premieres.

During each nightly premiere Nov. 6-11, at 7:00pm (ET/PT), a unique version of the iconic theme song featuring the selected fans’ names will appear on screen alongside their colorful creations. Here is a sneak peek at the very first You Bring The Color opening sequence from tonight’s episode:

ANIME REVIEW: “Orange: The Complete Series”

Based on the shojo (girl’s) manga by Ichigo Takano, the broadcast series Orange (2016) mixes questions about the possibility of time travel changing the past with high school heartache and angst.

Naho Takamiya (Jill Harris) is a somewhat timid but otherwise normal 16-year-old student at Azalea Hill Public High School in the mountainous region of Nagano. Her social life revolves around a small but devoted group of friends: tall, athletic Hiroto Suwa (Jason Liebrecht), intellectual Saku Hagita (Dave Trosko), no-nonsense Takako Chino (Jeannie Tirado) and ebullient Azusa Murasaka (Sarah Wiedenheft).

Season Three “Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil” Advance Clip

Calling all fans of Star Butterfly! To kick-off season three, a two-week strip of all-new Star vs. The Forces of Evil episodes will premiere beginning Monday November 6th and run through November 16th (Monday-Thursday), including a one-hour mid-season finale on November 16th. Each episode will premiere at 7am and encore same day at 11am, 5pm and 8:30pm on Disney XD.

And look! Here’s an advance clip from Monday’s season premiere: “Scent of a Hoodie” – in which Star goes to the Royal Laundry, and meets the Knight of the Wash.

ANIME REVIEW: “Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Rasengan Collection”

With more than 220 million books of the manga in print—about half the total of the “Harry Potter” series, sales of tens of millions of DVD and Blu-ray discs, as well as countless consumer products, Naruto has become a global phenomenon.

In Japanese folklore, some evil spirits grow multiple tails as they age and their powers increase. Twelve years before the story opens, a terrible nine-tailed fox demon nearly destroyed the ninja settlement of the Hidden Leaf Village. Minato, the Hokage or village leader, gave his life to imprison the demon in the body of his new-born son Naruto. As a result, Naruto Uzumaki grew up an orphan and an outcast: Troubled and troublesome, he nearly flunked out of the ninja academy.

The Re-Animated Woody Woodpecker

This is the coolest thing you’ll see today.

Woody Woodpecker must be very popular in Brazil. Animator Ivanildo Soares has just post the payoff to a group project he conceived – bringing 70 South American animators together to re-animate a vintage 1960s Walter Lantz theatrical cartoon with hilarious, eye-popping results.

The original cartoon, The Bird Who Came to Dinner (click here to see it), is a 1961 Paul Smith short in which Woody pretends to be a toy to gain access to a mansion and a free meal, but the plan does not go as expected. Every few seconds, the art and the animator change, creating a unique blend of humor. The soundtrack, however, is still the original English language version.

ANIME TRAILER: “Godzilla: Monster Planet”

A new trailer for the upcoming anime feature Godzilla: Monster Planet has been released – and it looks pretty spectacular. The film, a combination of hand drawn and CG, was directed by Kōbun Shizuno (Detective Conan) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin) and animated at Polygon Pictures (Transformers Prime). It is considered the 32nd film in the Godzilla franchise, the 30th Godzilla film produced by Toho, and the first animated film in the franchise. The trailer previews the latest battle between Godzilla and humanity, as well as its theme song “White Out” by singer XAI. It opens in Japan on November 17th. Take a look:

Women In Animation Awards Diversity Honors To Disney Animation, directors Twomey and Kahrs

Women in Animation (WIA) is proud to announce the inaugural WIA Diversity Awards recipients, in partnership with Spark Computer Graphics Society (Spark CG): Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) and filmmakers Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner) and Academy Award-winning director John Kahrs (Paperman) for his short film, June: Life Is Better When You Share The Ride. The awards are to be presented at SPARK ANIMATION 2017, taking place October 26-29, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.

The WIA Diversity Awards were established to recognize and honor individuals, companies and organizations that have made a significant impact in expanding the diversity of voices in the art and industry of animation, either through their own creative work, by fostering the work of others, or by leading diversity initiatives that enrich our industry and society. The inaugural list of recipients are as follows, and were chosen on the following basis:

OPEN LETTER: Animation Insiders Demand a Change from Sexism and Harassment in the Animation Industry

A letter was sent today by 217 women and non-gender conforming folk to over a dozen studios demanding change and an end to sexual harassment and sexism in the animation industry. Included on the list of recipients are executives at Disney, Sony Pictures Animation, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks Animation, and Warner Bros. Signatures are from people working across the industry, including producers, directors, and show creators. The problem is widespread, although as in live action, has been kept as secrets and discussed only between trusted colleagues and friends.

See the letter below:

ANIME REVIEW: “Studio Ghibli Collection” on blu-ray

Hayao Miyazaki’s brilliant animated features have already been released on disc several times, but this new series from GKids includes additional extras about the making of the films. Each two-disc set comes with a small booklet of statements by Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and/or producer/director Isao Takahata. The sets of Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind include video features from Japanese television, opening day events, etc.

Some of the material in the booklets is reprinted from the Ghibli “Art of” volumes, but some of it has not been presented before. When they began to prepare for the initial Blu-ray release of Nausicaä, Suzuki recalls that Miyazaki denounced the pumped-up colors in many Blu-rays. “He asserted that masterpieces from the past had been turned into tasteless films with gaudy colors. That wasn’t what the creators had intended. This is sacrilege toward the people who made the films. As years have gone by, it is natural for films to look old.” For the transfer of Nausicaä, dirt and scratches were removed, but coloring mistakes remained. Many animators wish American films had such a powerful advocate.

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” Series Sets Debut With Primetime Movie

Disney XD’s animated Big Hero 6 The Series is set to launch Monday Bovember 20th (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), with a one-hour primetime television movie, Baymax Returns, simultaneously on Disney XD and Disney Channel, and available on the DisneyNOW app and Disney XD VOD. Immediately following the TV movie, two special full-length preview episodes of “Big Hero 6 The Series” will debut exclusively on the DisneyNOW app and Disney XD VOD. “Pocket Baymax,” a customizable, interactive virtual assistant which brings Baymax to life, launches on DisneyNOW that same day.

VIP Tickets On Sale Now For Annie Awards

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced today that VIP tickets for the 45th Annual Annie Awards are now on sale at annieawards.org/tickets. The 45th Annual Annie Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The price of a VIP ticket admits you to the pre- and post- receptions, beginning at 5 p.m., and to the Annies ceremony at 7 p.m. All events will be held at Royce Hall.

Pricing for VIP tickets is as follows: ASIFA-Hollywood Members through Dec. 31, 2017 – $175; Non-Members, $200. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, ASIFA-Hollywood Members – $200; Non-Members, $250.

General Admission tickets will be sold this year for $35 and can be purchased only through the UCLA Central Ticket Office (CTO) – (310) 825.2101, as well as through www.uclalive.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

REVIEW: 19th Annual “Animation Show Of Shows”

On Tuesday, October 10th, I attended the ASIFA-Hollywood screening of Ron Diamond’s 19th annual Animation Show of Shows. The program presented sixteen films this year; fourteen new ones and two “retrospectives”. The sixteen were, as usual, widely varied in subjects and animation techniques, so each viewer will have different favorites. I enjoyed it all.

You Can Do It, directed by Quentin Baillieux (France, 2’54”). A music video directed by French animator Baillieux for young songwriter Charles X, showing a fast-paced stylized blue-hued horse race presented as an urban car race through crowded city streets. Produced in a mixture of 2D and 3D animation at Brunch animation studio in Paris. Shown at several 2017 international animation festivals; winner of 1st prize as Best Music Video at Supertoon International Animation Festival, Šibenik, Croatia, July 23-28, 2017.

Classic Cartoonists Illustrate New Popeye Energy Drink

Popeye the Sailor has been associated with food and beverage products since the 1930’s. His latest endeavor is an energy drink. The artwork on the cans are by veteran Thimble Theatre cartoonists, Doc Winner, Bela Zaboly and Bud Sagendorf. I spoke with the C.E.O. of Popeye Energy Drink, Popeye-fan Jeremy Todd.

Fred Grandinetti: What is Popeye Energy?

Jeremy Todd: Popeye Energy is a healthy alternative energy drink. The character Popeye is nearly 90 years young and has a huge following in the food and beverage industry. With a proprietary blend of 70% NON-GMO juices and B-Vitamins you get an energy drink like no other on the market. There is nothing artificial in Popeye Energy and there never will be.

FG: Why did you choose to use Popeye?

JT: Popeye was chosen as the character to use since embodies health and wellness. He’s also, Strong to the Finish!

“Looney Tunes” Get Animated in SoHo

Last weekend, retail chain BoxLunch teamed-up with Warner Bros. to present the “Get Animated Invasion”, a pop-up store in SoHo in New York City that brought classic cartoons to life.

I had the chance to visit “Get Animated” and had a ball immersing myself in the worlds of the Looney Tunes, Flintstones, Jetsons and more. Kids and adults thoroughly enjoyed posing with Scooby Doo in a life-size, cardboard cut-out Mystery Machine van, and joining Bugs Bunny (and giant carrots) in the “Rabbit Season” woods. But everyone also had to watch out for the Acme anvil, looming over visitors to the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote desert scene.

Giant murals of Tom & Jerry and The Jetsons hung from the ceiling. A gallery was devoted to artistic Marvin the Martian Funko Dorbz space clones, shipped in from California where they were first on display at San Diego Comic Con this Summer. Visitors had the chance to watch full length episodes of their favorite classic WB cartoons on both large monitors and iPads mounted on the walls of the exhibit. For those with a sweet tooth, Manhattan’s Milk and Cream Cereal Bar provided Fruity, Cocoa and Cinnamon Pebbles ice cream.