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International Kids Emmys, Sing A Bit Of Harmony and More

The nominees have been announced for the 9th International Emmy Kids Awards. Presented by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the awards are intended to recognise excellence in kid's TV made outside of the United States. This year's schedule has been accelerated due to the pandemic and the awards will be announced in an online ceremony on October 14.  Nominations are for three categories: animation, live-action and factual and entertainment.

The nominees in the Kids Animation category are:

Ico Bit Zip from National Geographic and Copa Studio (Brazil)
Oddbods- Season 3 from One Animation Pte (Singapore)
Moominvalley from Gutsy Animation (Finland/United Kingdom)
The Tiger Who Came To Tea from Lupus Films (United Kingdom)

Funimation have announced a partnership with Viz Pictures to bring a number of their series to streaming on the Funimation Now platform. Several of the titles have already joined the catalogue including series Naruto, Hunter X Hunter and movies including Sailor Moon R: The Movie, and Berserk: The Golden Age.

Coming to Funimation from September 22 are Terra Formars, Coppelion, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet and Megalobox. More series and movies from the Viz catalogue will be available to Funimation subscribers in the coming months.

Funimation have also announced that they will be co-producers on a new original animated feature film Sing A Bit Of Harmony.  The movie is being written and directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, director of Patema Inverted and The Time Of Eve. The script will be co-written by Ichirou Ohkouchi, and Kanna Kii will be providing character designs. JC Staff will be handling animation production.

The film tells the story of a new transfer student interested in her surroundings, and the songs that bring happiness to her and her classmates.

Sing A Bit Of Harmony will be released theatrically in Japan in 2021 (all being well) with a release in US and Canada to follow.

Kipo And The Age Wonderbeasts will return for a third season on Netflix this October- and it's also confirmed that it will be the last. The season will stream from October 12, as revealed in this new poster.