Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rooster Teeth Animation Festival Takes Place July 7-9

Rooster Teeth is one of the biggest names in online content, and through series such as RWBY and Red Vs Blue, they've made a name for themselves in animation too.  The RTX event is a three-day gaming and internet culture festival, organised by Rooster Teeth that takes place in Austin, Texas every year . Last year, the event also included the inaugural Rooster Teeth Animation Festival. Following the success of last year's event, RTAF returns this year, and will run from July 7-9 .

The event will feature screenings from over 40 contributors and will feature an exclusive theatrical screening of Netflix's Castlevania series. Adult Swim will also premiere the first two episodes of their new series Apollo Gauntlet at the festival.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New Anime Streaming Service 'HIDIVE' Launches

Another new player has entered the competitive anime streaming market. HIDIVE is the new home for the catalogue of Sentai Filmworks, previously available at The Anime Network. TAN itself, meanwhile is switching over to focus exclusively on its cable and video on demand service.

Like most of its competitors, HIDIVE will offer a free ad-supported service. If you want English dubs, HD Video and uncensored content however, it'll cost $3.99 a month- although this is a limited time introductory offer. The library currently consists of various Sentai licensed shows, movies and OAVs, but may offer content from other providers in future. It will also feature simulcasts. The site is also putting a lot of emphasis on creating a community and offers the ability to live chat while streaming.

ANNY Animator Interviews #7: Sashko Danylenko

Next up in our ANNY Animator Interviews series is an interview with Sashko Danylenko. Sashko is an independent animator, director, and bike enthusiast. Last year we screened his films Swan and Bike Portraits, and this past June we screened his new film Waking Sleeping Bat. Interview by Nina Balton.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Why Wonder Woman Deserves Her Own Animated Series

Guest contributor Jeremy Harrison thinks it's high time for Wonder Woman to get her own animated series.

Recently, DC released a movie that has been a long time coming: Wonder Woman! The movie exceeded expectations, which is great- because maybe we can finally get more comic book Heroines on the big and small screen from both DC and Marvel.  But why has it taken so long?

Looking at Wonder Woman’s male counterparts from both live action and animated movies; Superman and Batman star in roughly 16 live action movies and 16 animated movies between them. Wonder Woman, until now, has had just one animated movie, that was made 8 years ago at the time of this article and it underperformed selling only 102,890 copies earning around 2 million dollars.

'Attack On Titan' Season 3 Coming In 2018

The long-awaited second season of Attack On Titan has now come to an end. Considering there was a four-year wait for the new season, fans would be forgiven for wondering just how long they would have to wait to see the story continue. Turns out the answer is not that long, because it has been announced that season 3 will, in fact, be airing in 2018.

The news was revealed at the end of the airing of the final episode in Japan and on English subtitled simulcast. The English dubbed version of this episode will air on Toonami in the US and be available on Funimation Now at a later date.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Annecy: 'In This Corner Of The World', 'Loving Vincent','Lu Over The Wall' and more Win Prizes

The Annecy International Animation Festival is over for another year. That means that the closing ceremony has taken place, and all the award winners have now been announced.  This year, winners come from Japan, France, The UK, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Sweden, Germany and the US.

The key Cristal For A Feature Film Award went to Masaaki Yuasa's Lu Over The Wall. The Jury Award also went to a Japanese feature with Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner Of The World adding another plaudit to its growing pile. The audience award went to the world's first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent.

In Television, Netflix series BoJack Horseman was awarded Special Distinction for the episode Fish Out Of Water. The juried award went to French series The Man-Woman Case for the episode Wanted. UK based Magic Light Productions took home the Cristal For Television Production for Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes Part One.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Now Streaming: 'BLAME!", 'F Is For Family' 'Moana' And More

Time once again for our regular update of the new animated content recently added on Netflix. This month's animated Netflix Originals include season 2 of Bill Burr's adult animated Sitcom F Is For Family and anime feature BLAME!  

Major titles new to the US this time include last year's hits Moana from Disney (from June 20) and Trolls from Dreamworks and Titmouse's R-rated feature Nerdland. Meanwhile, stop-motion classics Chicken Run and James and The Giant Peach have been added in the UK. Later in the month, the first batch of episodes from the eagerly awaited Little Witch Academia TV series will also arrive in all regions.