The 14th edition of Brooklyn’s Animation Block Party festival will be held at from July 27 to 30 at Brooklyn, the most populous borough of New York City. The full film lineup of the Animation Block Party festival has been announced. Highlights of the East Coast’s largest dedicated animation event include: + Strangers from Late Night Work Club NYC Premiere (July 28, 7 p.m., BAMcinématek) – The creative collective’s second anthology includes new films by Loup Blaster, Jeanette Bonds, Sean Buckelew, Alex Grigg, Kirsten Lepore, Nicolas Ménard & Caleb Wood with interstitial animation by Charles Huettner and original music by Skillbard, David Kamp, SCNTFC & more. + An Evening with BoJack (July 28, 9 p.m., BAMcinématek) – Select new highlights and classic clips from Netflix’s hit p
UK-based animation and VFX collective Axis Group has got a new name - Axis Studios supposed to be a new powerhouse identity that unites its three branches and locations across the country: Axis Animation, Flaunt Productions and axisVFX. Axis Studios boasts of one of the UK’s largest CG production staff and is on course to triple its turnover between 2015 and 2018 to £15m. Securing the creative output of these studios under one banner will create greater collaboration. This would enable Axis Studios to tackle a wider range of projects in every sector of the entertainment industry, the common goal being to deliver the unexpected. “Axis Studios bolsters our ability to be involved in the most creatively challenging areas of the entertainment industry,” said Richard Scott, CEO of Axis
LA-based multi-platform adult animation producer/distributor MONDO is bringing two very special programming treats at this year’s Rooster Teeth Animation Festival that takes place during RTX 2017 July 7-9 in Austin. Attendees of the event will have a chance to see the English-language premiere of bold ‘n’ brawny graphic novel adaptation Lastman, as well as the global season 4 premiere of irreverent comedy Deep Space 69. The last mentioned will accompany a special screening of Adult Swim’s Apollo Gauntlet from MONDO’s Six Point Harness studio. “RTX is an incredibly exciting event, and its first-ever Animation Festival in 2016 proved to be so popular that it’s a perfect setting for us to show off our newest projects to an incredible group of fans,” said Brendan Burch, MONDO’s chief creat
Production Reed, the studio behind anime classics like Minky Momo, Vampire Hunter D and Macross 7 is back with a new family friendly film called EdeN. The story of the film is about Eden (Hayashi Mayuko) and friends who live in a lush, transcendental natural world humans do not know about. One day, they are caught up in a sudden tornado, and are hurled into a metropolis where humans live. When they are nearly run over by an automobile, they are helped by a young boy, Charlie. However, it isn’t long before they are swept up in an event as big as the Earth. Directed by Tomihiko Ohkubo, who earlier worked on the likes of Pokemon, Valkyria Chronicles and even Akira, the film features a script by Kanazawa Tatsuya, who had earlier written the live action Assasination Classroom movie.
Fans of Bladebreakers rejoice because they are back in a new series called Bakuten Shoot Beyblade Rising. The latest chapter sees the ultimate rival of the first Beyblade anime series Tala rampage through the world’s best Beybladers. Can his former teammate Kai put a stop to his madness? Written by the original author Takao Aoki, the series will see the unison of Tyson, Kai, Max, Rai and Kenny in new adventures. Bakuten Shoot Beyblade Rising is just one of the ways toy manufacturer Takara Tomy is celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Beyblade’s anime debut. The company launched a new line of Beyblade Burst tops fashioned in the style of the original ones used by the Bladebreakers. Back in January, the company even launched its own Beyblade Bar! Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty, eve
Despite difficulties in financing The Golden Apple, Studio Zmei has decided not to disappoint its fans. With the support of the Bulgarian National Television that is a co-producer of The Golden Apple and the help of the Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign that is currently active, work on the project continues. The Golden Apple is a project for an animated series inspired by Bulgarian myths, legends and folklore. The story takes place in a fantasy world that is entirely based on Bulgarian folklore, and the narrative takes the spirit and lessons from our favourite legends and folk tales. In order to fit within a smaller budget, the screenplay for the first episode of the animated series will be re-written. The team’s new goal is to decrease expenditure without compromising on quality.
With the acquisition of William Gibson’s sci-fi saga Hinterlands for feature and TV series adaptation, Vancouver-based Last Studio Standing, the largest hand-drawn animation shop in the Americas, is getting into the English-language market. In Hinterlands, a Russian space mission vanishes in mid-flight to Mars and re-appears two years later. When a rescue mission reaches the ship, they find the cosmonaut dead but a seashell grasped in her hand. What follows is the discovery of a passage to another place, where the technology isn’t necessarily more advanced but just very different from our Universe. All future missions fail to bring back any digital data, only handwritten notes survive, and the crews come back dead or insane. This sets the stage for an intense mystery of what lies on the
Nickelodeon is in plans for a whirlwind tour through must-visit classic cartoon locales before reaching Comic-Con International at San Diego 2017. From July 20 to 23, attendees can step into the O-Town of Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold!‘s Hillwood, SpongeBob SquarePants‘ Bikini Bottom and the sewers of NYC as seen in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fans can also interact with their favourite characters with activations, panels, talent signings and interactive experiences. Every day of the convention, Nickelodeon’s booth (#4113) will feature: a 23-foot-tall pineapple, housing an interactive gaming experience allowing fans to literally step inside the world of SpongeBob SquarePants; a life-size replica of Helga’s shrine from Hey Arnold!; a retail area featuring a custom t-shirt station a
Ottawa-based producer and distributor Amberwood Entertainment has started the making of an animated holiday special entitled The Great Northern Candy Drop that will premiere on Canadian pubcaster CBC in December. Starring Lorne Cardinal and Tantoo Cardinal, the half-hour special tells the story of famed Inuk pilot Johnny May and his traditional holiday flight to drop candy, toys and warm clothing to children and residents in the Kuujjuaq community of Nunavik. The Great Northern Candy Drop is based on the 2015 children’s book The Kuujjuaq Christmas Candy Drop (pictured) published by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. The family-friendly primetime special has been written by Kris Pearn, animated by Ottawa’s Jam Filled Entertainment and distributed by Boat Rocker Rights. Last year, Amb
Studio Ghibli Fest 2017, a six-film, monthly series of films directed by Hayao Miyazaki, launched yesterday with the screening of the 1988-made iconic film My Neighbor Totoro. Presented in partnership by GKIDS and Fathom Events, one of Miyazaki’s films will be screened in over 550 U.S. theatres on a Sunday and a Monday each month. All Sunday presentations will be dubbed and shown at 12:55pm local time, while Monday showings will be subtitled and shown at 7pm local time. The line-up for the series are as follows: Kiki’s Delivery Service: July 23 and 24, Castle in the Sky: August 27 and 28, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: September 24 and 25, Spirited Away: October 29 and 30, Howl’s Moving Castle: November 26 and 27. As part of each screening, GKIDS will also present GKIDS Minif