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Wolfwalkers, My Dad The Bountyhunter, Screen Anime and more


Ahead of its December 11 release on Apple TV+, Cartoon Saloon's new film Wolfwalkers comes to US cinemas from November 13. GKIDS Films are giving the film a standard nationwide limited release in US and Canada (where theaters are open, of course) from that date, but there are also Events Screenings in collaboration with Fathom Events happening on November 13, 14 and 15. To find if there's a screening near you, and to get your tickets check out the website now.

Across the pond in the film's home nation, the planned Irish release has been delayed by the introduction of a second nationwide lockdown. WildCard is still planning to release the film when cinemas reopen, but in the meantime, Irish fans can catch the film from the comfort of their own home has been added to the online line-up of Cork International Film Festival. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart's film will screen as a Family Gala screening on November 15.  Grab your tickets here.

Across the Irish Sea, UK audiences next chance to catch the film will be at Manchester Animation Festival (MAF), where the film will be available to watch between midday Wednesday, November 18 to Midday Saturday 21, with a live directors Q&A on November 18. Get your tickets or passes here. 

MAF, the UK's biggest animation festival runs online this year from November 15- 30 and features a wide selection of online events, screenings and behind-the-scenes events. See our full post on it here.


In other news, Netflix have announced new action-comedy series My Dad the Bounty Hunter created by Everett Downing (co-director of Oscar-Winning short Hair Love) and Patrick Harpin (story artist on Hotel Transylvania 2 and 3,  storyboarder on Gravity Falls).  The creators say "We can’t wait to share our brainchild with the world. My Dad the Bounty Hunter is a love letter to animation, science fiction, and Black families rolled into a crazy action-comedy. We threw everything we love about sci-fi into this show, but it’s the family at the center of the story that we’re most excited about." The series will be animated at Dwarf Animation, a French studio who is also producing the animation for upcoming Disney Plus series Monsters At Work for Pixar. The voice cast will feature Russell Hornsby, Yvonne Orji, Priah Ferguson, Yvette Nicole Brown, JeCobi Swain, Leslie Uggams, Rob Riggle and Jim Rash.

Netflix released the show' synopsis:


The action-comedy series follows the toughest bounty hunter in all the galaxy, a man with razor-sharp skills but also a secret - his family on Earth has no idea what he does for a living. So when his two kids accidentally hitch a ride into outer space and crash his latest mission, they discover that their average Dad's job is anything but boring. Dodging dangerous aliens and laser fights galore, this family bonding time goes to the extreme. Wait until mom finds out…

This is awesome news, as we've been following Downing's career for some time. Just a few years ago he turned to crowdfunding trying to make a previous pitch The Book Of Mojo a reality. While Mojo never made it (at least not yet), seeing his career going from strength to strength is exciting. Back then, Downing felt crowdfunding was the only way to get more black voices represented in animation. The fact that My Dad The Bounty Hunter and other black-lead stories are getting the greenlight is hopefully a sign that the industry is changing. 



 

Netflix Anime has released a new trailer for Seven Deadly Sins:  Dragon's Judgement


Screen Anime, the year-round curated online anime festival from Anime Limited has up until now been available only via a browser. They have announced that apps are available for both Android and Amazon Fire TV devices, with Apple iOS and Apple TV apps coming soon. The service is available in the UK and Ireland and typically offers a rotating selection of four movies and one TV series a month, from £3.98 a month or £39.99 annually. However, until November 25, this month Screen Anime is hosting the expanded Scotland Loves Anime line-up, which includes. Weathering With You, Penguin Highway and a selection of Lupin III movies and specials.  Two-thirds of membership proceeds from this month will be donated to independent cinemas Glasgow Film Theatre and Edinburgh Filmhouse, to help them survive the pandemic. 


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