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Marona's Fantastic Tale, Looney Tunes, Quirino Awards, Ghibli and More

GKIDS Films were originally planning on bringing Anca Damian's award-winning Marona's Fantastic Tale to US cinemas this summer. However, due to you-know-what closing cinemas across the country, it's just not going to be possible. Rather than wait until things return to normal, or releasing direct to digital, Marona will instead be getting GKIDS first ever 'virtual release'.

The film will be made available via virtual cinema partners including screening partners Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles and The Museum of the Moving Image in New York from June 12. Screening it this way allows you to support your local independent cinema, as a percentage of each ticket sale goes to the cinema, just as with a traditional cinema model. Additional partners will be revealed and listed at MaronaMovie.com,  where you will also be able to find out how to purchase a virtual ticket. The distributor has also launched a new site GKIDS At Home dedicated to their digital offerings and will point visitors to where they can watch films from GKIDS in the comfort of their homes.

GKIDS and Shout Factory will release Steelbook Blu-Rays of two more Hayao Miyazaki films on August 25. The new edition of Kiki's Delivery Service and Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind will contain the films and original bonus features on Blu-Ray and DVD alongside a collectable booklet containing stunning artwork and statements from the filmmakers. The new limited-edition releases join the new steelbook releases of Ponyo and Howl's Moving Castle and are available to pre-order now.

Warner Bros released another clip from the new Looney Tunes Cartoons, which will stream on HBO Max in the US from May 27. The video features Roadrunner and Wil E. Coyote. 

The Daytime Emmys have announced the nominees for the 47th edition. The winners will be announced in a socially-distant 2-hour special on CBS on June 26.  Animation is awarded in four dedicated categories:


• Bubble Guppies (Nickelodeon)
• Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior )
• Floogals (Universal Kids)
• Norman Picklestripes (Universal Kids)
• Vampirina (Disney Junior)


• Arthur (PBS)
• Craig of the Creek (Cartoon Network)
• The Dragon Prince (Netflix)
• The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
• Niko and the Sword of Light (Amazon Prime Video)
• Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (Netflix)


• Big City Greens: Green Christmas (Disney Channel)
• Carmen Sandiego (Netflix)
• Elena of Avalor: The Magic Within (Disney Junior)
• The Last Kids on Earth (Netflix)
• Milo Murphy's Law (Disney Channel)


• Paget Brewster as Della Duck DuckTales (Disney Channel)
• Marieve Herington as Tilly Green Big City Greens (Disney Channel)
• Chris Houghton as Cricket Green Big City Greens (Disney Channel)
• Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
• Parker Simmons as Mao Mao Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart (Cartoon Network)

The Ibero-American Quirino Awards have revealed the details of their 2020 online event, following the cancellation of this year's physical gathering. Quirino Month will run from May 25-Jun 27. The month will include online talks and activities aimed at both the Ibero-American animation community and the general public. Some of the works in competition will be available online between June 1 and 14. The Awards ceremony itself will be streamed on Jun 27 and will serve as the closing ceremony. More details on the official website.