Saturday, April 29, 2017

'Ghibli Fest 2017' Tickets and Passes Now Available

American fans of Studio Ghibli will get a chance to see six of Hayao Miyazaki's most beloved classics on the big screen this year, thanks to GKIDS Films and Fathom Events. Ghibli Fest 2017 will run between June and November and be accompanied by GKIDS Minifest, comprising of award-winning animated shorts from around the world.

Tickets have now gone on sale. As well as tickets for individual screenings, select locations are also offering season passes. Cinemark are offering passes for $60, plus a poster reward for Cinemark Connections members for a limited time. Regal are also offering passes for $60, with the first 5000 customers receiving an exclusive Spirited Away cel. Participating venues can be found on the festival's website.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Disney/Pixar Update: 'Frozen 2' Dated, 'Cars 3' Trailer and More

Disney has recently made a major update to its upcoming release schedule stretching all the way to 2021. In amongst all the live-action adaptations and Star Wars and Marvel movies, there's still room for a decent number of animated movies too.

A number of films we've been aware of have got new release dates for the first time, while others have had their's pushed back. The biggest news here is that Frozen 2 has been given a release date of November 2019. Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck it Ralph 2 meanwhile has been pushed back from March 2018 to November of the same year.  The biggest change of all, however, is Disney's upcoming Jack and The Beanstalk inspired Gigantic, which has been pushed back two years to November 2020.  This suggests that the film is likely being radically overhauled- which is a not uncommon occurrence at the studio. Zootopia is a recent example of a film which was extensively retooled partway through production.  Jon Favreau's reimagined (not 'live action')  The Lion King also has a release date set for summer 2019.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The AFA Podcast Episode 74

This week The AFA Podcast returns to discuss Dash Shaw's animated debut feature My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea. First though Chris, Rachael and Dan discuss the latest animation news.

This week's topics include Cardiff Independent Film Festival's animation strand,  Star Wars Forces of Destiny and the possible Watchmen animated movie. After our main discussion, we swing by The Watercooler which this week includes Nisekoi Season 2 and Persona 5.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Annecy Announces 2017 Feature Film Line-Up

This year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival is fast approaching. This means that we can look forward to finding out more and more about all the exciting line-up of this year's festival. We've already seen this year's selection of shorts and commissioned films. Next up to be revealed is this year's animated feature line-up.

The selection comprises films screening both in and out of competition. Screening in competition is an interesting mix of features from around the world. The majority of the competing films come from China, Japan and Europe, with only one film from the US (Animal Crackers) in the running. A number of these films are already on animation fan's radars including Ethel and Ernest, Loving Vincent, In This Corner Of The World, Lu Over The Wall and A Silent Voice. 

The out-of-competition films feature an even wider variety nationalities and styles, While the films themselves may be mainly less familiar, they'll be worth keeping an eye on. Many films that premiere at the festival will be the films we'll all be talking about in the near future.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Now Streaming:'Kubo and The Two Strings', 'Tower', 'Pokemon XYZ' and more

Time once again for our regular update of the new animated content recently added on Netflix.  This month a couple of Netflix Original Dreamworks Series get new seasons, in the form of Dawn Of The Croods and The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show. A couple of major 2016 animated features arrived for US subscribers with Kubo and The Two Strings and The Secret Life Of Pets.  If you're after old-school thrills, the fondly remembered The Real Ghostbusters has also materialised.

For a radical change of pace though, the acclaimed documentary Tower (which recreates a real life tragedy through animation) is available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

Note: Some new additions may already be available in other regions, and includes renewals  All information correct to the best of our knowledge but subject to change.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Izetta: The Last Witch (2016)

Izetta: The Last Witch is a 2016 anime series set in an alternate version of Earth, set just before WWII by Ajia-do Animation Works. In it, a princess of a small country called Eylstadt, Princess Ortfine, works to protect her country with the help of a magical witch named Izetta, who Ortfine met when she was a young girl. 

In this universe, the countries of the world are similar but different to their real life counterparts, and the starter of the WWII conflict is a country called “Germania.” After taking over several of their neighbor countries, Germania is about to invade Eylstadt. Princess Ortfine is fleeing their forces by train, and in the midst of an impromptu fight with Germanian soldiers, stumbles upon a strange chamber keeping the witch, Izetta, captive under Germanian possession. Ortfine releases Izetta and they escape the train using Izetta's magic, as Izetta is the last descendant of a line of powerful witches that have inhabited the world for centuries. This review contains mild spoilers, so continue only if you wish.

Friday, April 21, 2017

'Rick and Morty' Comes To VR

Virtual Reality is hotly tipped to be the next major step forward in technology. The jury's still out over whether it will revolutionise gaming and film or turn out to be a flashy gimmick, but right now exciting things are definitely happening in the VR world. Animation is a major component of the experience, so it's only natural that animated properties would start to get animated tie-ins.

Rick and Morty already has a number of game spin-offs, including the Pokemon clone Pocket Mortys. Now, thanks to Adult Swim Games and Owlchemy Labs, fans have the chance to step inside the show's bizarre sci-fi universe in the VR experience Virtual Rick-ality.