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Surprise! Sonic is visiting OK KO on Sunday, August 4th on Cartoon Network!

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At least 33 Believed Dead in Arson Attack on J…

At least 33 Believed Dead in Arson Attack on Japan’s Kyoto Animation:

Upsetting news out of Japan: An arsonist attacked anime studio Kyoto Animation on the morning of Thursday, July 18, 2019, reportedly killing more than 30 people. This is the deadliest attack in modern Japanese history. 

Kyoto Animation is a prolific studio, whose credits include “Sound! Euphonium,” “Liz and the Blue Bird,” “Violet Evergarden,” “Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid,” and (a personal favorite) “Nichijo.” 

Localization partner Sentai Filmworks established a fundraiser to support the KyoAni team, which raised $443,043 in its first eight hours. 

– Courtney ( @harmonicacave )

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DuckTales has been picked up for a third season on the Disney Channel, and across the English Channel, David Tennant (Scrooge) is putting up with extra nephew shenanigans in the above celebratory video!

Cartoon Network previews “I Love You Mao Mao”;…

Cartoon Network previews “I Love You Mao Mao”; Series arrives July 1

A CN collaboration with Titmouse Studios, “Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart” officially premieres next month, with previews appearing on the cable network and online since May 20

The show follows a sheriff cat samurai and his sidekicks Badgerclops and Adorabat, handing out justice and, presumably, looking cool while doing it. Fans of “Adventure Time” should enjoy exploring new kick-butt characters and worlds since the end of Ooo.

“Mao Mao” and fellow Cartoon Network pickup “Tig ‘N’ Seek” were developed by CN’s Artist Program, which also sparked network staples Regular Show, Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa, We Bare Bears and Over the Garden Wall.

(P.S. — Show creator Parker Simmons has been very active with early fans on Twitter. Lots of cute fan art in his retweet!)

– Courtney (harmonicacave)

Sneak Peak of the Brand New Looney Tunes Carto…

Sneak Peak of the Brand New Looney Tunes Cartoons

The Looney Tunes are back in action — no, not that “Back in Action” — in Warner Bros. Animation’s latest series of shorts.

“Looney Tunes Cartoons” became yet another impressive reveal at Annecy this year, as WAG premiered several shorts before other films and in the group’s own presentation. 

The excerpt above is from “Dynamite Dance,” one of the screened shorts, directed by David Gemmill. Gemmill brings experience from Warner rival Disney’s ultra-successful “Mickey Mouse Shorts” as a writer and board artist for the Mickey, Donald and Goofy episode “Flipperboobootosis” (watch here) — a clear influence for this Looney Tunes revival, which also leans heavily on the slapstick comedy of the Tunes’ early days.

While Cartoon Network’s recent “Looney Tunes Show” (2011) received three Emmy nominations, Mickey Mouse Shorts have seven Emmy wins since 2013. Will these cartoons be the modern Looney ticket for WAG? 

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“Looney Tunes Cartoons” executive producer Pete Browngardt and supervising producer Alex Kirwan gave Annecy guests an inside look into production on Wednesday, adding that each season of the show will feature 1,000 minutes of new animation in short, digestible segments.

Christopher and Courtney 

DreamWorks/Netflix: Kipo and the Age of Wonder…

DreamWorks/Netflix: Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Teaser

The Annecy International Animated Film Festival reveals yet another announcement about an upcoming animated series, this time coming to Netflix, by way of DreamWorks TV.

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is set in a post apocalyptic world: larger than life animals populate vibrant, overgrown urban landscapes, in a beautiful and deadly world. Kipo is raised underground with the rest of the population, until she leaves to find the surface world, singing, playing guitar, fighting monsters and making friends along the way. 

Fans of other Netflix animated series may recognize the voice of lead character Kipo, as she is voiced by Karen Fukuhara, the actress who plays Glimmer in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

Radford Sechrist (How To Train Your Dragon 2) is the creator of Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, and the show is executive produced by him and Bill Wolkoff (Once Upon A Time). The release date of the series has not been announced.

Christopher

New Character Intros Reveal More About Amphibi…

New Character Intros Reveal More About Amphibia

In anticipation of the upcoming release of Amphibia on June 17, Disney has been releasing character intro videos this week. Each one introduces us to key characters, while revealing tidbits of information about the world and series. In this video, Anne reveals she’s from “another world.”

Two intros have been released so far, including one about a frog character called Sprig.

Disney has been pretty active releasing info about this and other upcoming series, including lots of new footage for Owl House as well, which we posted about earlier.

Christopher

Annecy Reveals Chip ‘n’ Dale Are Moving To The…

Annecy Reveals Chip ‘n’ Dale Are Moving To The Big City

Calling it a reboot, Disney announced a brand new Chip ‘n’ Dale cartoon at their Disney Channel and Disney Plus animated series press conference at Annecy. The series will be exclusive to the Disney Plus streaming platform. The show is being developed in Europe, a collaboration between Disney’s London team, and French animation studio Xilam (Oggy and the Cockroaches, Mr. Magoo). 

Disney announced 39 episodes with a seven minute run time. The series will shout out to the original characters with hand drawn animation and classic slap-stick, while putting them in a new urban locale.

Besides the look, new situation, and classic characters that we love, Disney had a lot to say about staying committed to animation as a cornerstone of their company. The future looks bright!

Christopher

Adventure Time Comes To Brawlhalla

Adventure Time Comes To Brawlhalla

As seen at E3 2019, Adventure Time is coming to Brawlhalla as DLC, including Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum and more. The style of the game has even been made to match the look of Adventure Time, even more than it already does.

The game and DLC update are available now on Steam, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One on brawlhalla.com/play.

Disney Channel Releases New “Owl House” and “A…

Disney Channel Releases New “Owl House” and “Amphibia” Footage

With just six days until the premiere of highly anticipated show “Amphibia” on Disney Channel (June 17), Disney Television Animation released the above teaser footage for Dana Terrace’s “The Owl House.”

While no specific release date has been announced beyond 2020, this gives us a look at the world main character Luz finds herself joining — by way of magical portal, of course — to “pursue her dream of becoming a witch.” Eda, a “rebellious witch,” and King, “an adorably tiny warrior,” bring the non-magical human teen into the Owl House as Eda’s apprentice.

Show creator Terrace was one of Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch in 2017 as well as working on Disney’s “Ducktales” and with “Amphibia” creator Matt Braly on “Gravity Falls.”

Annecy International Animated Film Festival kicked off this week in France, so stay tuned for more news about upcoming animated projects with Disney and more.

– Courtney (harmonicacave)