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Gene Deitch (1924 -2020), Digimon, Drink & Draw, Promare and More

What's been going on in the animation world? Time for another round-up in another edition of AFA's Newsburst!

Oscar and Annie winning animator Gene Deitch has passed away at the age of 95. Deitch had a long career in animation, starting at UPA, later becoming creative director at Terrytoons where he created a number of characters. He won an Oscar for best animated short for his film Munro, but Deitch is best known for directing a number of Tom and Jerry and Popeye shorts throughout the 1960s. Although born in the US, he moved to Prague in 1959, deciding to stay permanently after meeting his future wife. Deitch won the Winsor McCay lifetime achievement award at the Annies in 2003 and retired from animation in 2008.

Shout Factory and Toei Animation have announced that they will release the new anime feature Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna on DVD and Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack in North America on July 7.  The film is made to celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary and is set five years after the Digimon Tri series. It focuses on original character Tai, (voiced in English by original actor Joshua Seth) and explores what happens to the DigiDestined as they prepare to enter adulthood. The release will also have bonus features to be announced at a later date.  It's now available to preorder on ShoutFactory.com with other retailers to follow.

Season one hasn't even launched yet (it's coming April 23) but Production IG have already confirmed that Ghost In The Shell SAC_2045 will return for a second season.

To celebrate Promare's release on digital, GKIDS Films will host a special Watch Party with the English voice cast, starting at 9PM Eastern on Tuesday, April 21. Follow along on GKIDS Twitter to take part!

Cardiff Animation will host an online Drink and Draw event, via Zoom on Thursday 23 April from 5.30 PM BST. Register on Eventbrite to take part. They are also holding their second online edition of Cardiff Animation Nights, streaming on YouTube on Thursday, April 30 at 8.30 PM. They will also host a child-friendly edition, Cardiff Animation Kids, streaming May 2 at 10.30 AM BST. Subscribe to Cardiff Animation on YouTube here.

Check out the full trailer for Justin Roiland's Solar Opposites, coming to Hulu from May 8.