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Wolfwalkers Wins, Masters Of The Universe Trailer, Belle, Satoshi Kon :The Illusionist and more.

Rounding up some the top animation stories you might have missed recently!

Last weekend Cartoon Saloon's Wolfwalkers won the Best Film award at the Irish Film and Drama Awards. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart's film emerged victorious over live-action rivals, and marks the second time that the Irish Film and Television Academy has given the award to an animated film. The first time? Tomm Moore's Song Of The Sea, of course! Accepting the film alongside Stewart and producer Paul Young, Moore said:

Congratulations to all our fellow nominees and thanks to everyone on our team that worked with us on the film. From all our partners Screen Ireland and our amazing team here. Our partners in Apple, our partners in France. Luxemburg, China, everyone helped get this film made thanks so much.And thanks to IFTA for recognising animation as a medium and not a genre, I’m really happy to see that

And you know we can get behind that! Best Short Animation was awarded to Her Song, from directors Éabha Bortolozzo and Jack Kirwan.

Netflix have released the full trailer for part one of the upcoming Masters Of The Universe: Revelation. Powerhouse Animation's sequel to the 80s favourite He-Man was already showing off an impressive update of the animation in the first teaser, but in this full story trailer, it shows that show-runner and uber-nerd Kevin Smith and his all-star voice cast are nailing the tone, too.  Part One drops on July 23.

Netflix Geeked also released an accompanying breakdown video, where Smith shares some insights into the show.

Dan Harmon is co-creating a TV adaptation of Nathan Pyle's hit webcomic Strange Planet for Apple TV+. Pyle's creation features episodes from the everyday lives of aliens on a distant planet- but whose existence is very much like our own. The strips cover relatable topics like relationships, family and pets and have been published as best-selling graphic novels. Harmon and Pyle are credited as joint creators, with Amalia Levari (Over The Garden Wall, Summer Camp Island) as showrunner. The series is being produced in-house at the new Apple Studios, with animation production by ShadowMachine.

Mamoru Hosoda's latest film Belle has been added to the Cannes 2021 lineup and will receive its world premiere at the iconic festival. Also screening will be the new documentary feature Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist,  filmmaker Pascal-Alex Vincent's celebration of the late anime auteur. The film features interviews with Satoshi fans from within the anime industry and beyond, including Hosoda, Mamoru Oshii, Into The Spider-Verse's co-director Rodney Rothman and I Lost My Body' Jeremy Clapin and well-known Kon admirer and friend director Darren Aronofsky. Cartlotta Films has just released an English subtitled trailer for the film.

Next month Warner Bros release the second new Mortal Kombat Legends animated movie Battle Of The Realms.  Check out the official snynopis and trailer, below.

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms picks up shortly after the explosive finale of Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, the 2020 blockbuster hit that initiated these animated films - which are based on one of the most popular videogame franchises in history. In Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, our team of heroes is besieged by the enemy forces of Shao Kahn - forcing Raiden and his group of warriors into a deal to compete in a final Mortal Kombat that will determine the fate of the realms. Now our heroes must travel to Outworld in order to defend Earthrealm and, simultaneously, Scorpion must find the ancient Kamidogu before it's used to resurrect the One Being - which would mean certain destruction of all things in the universe. Time is short and the stakes are high in this action-packed continuation of the Mortal Kombat journey.