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‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Are Top Toons in Annie Awards Nominations

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Two sequels from Disney/Pixar, “Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” led all films in nominations for the 46th Annual Annie Awards, the top prizes given out in the field of animation.

In nominations announced on Monday morning by Asifa-Hollywood, Brad Bird’s “Incredibles 2,” a Pixar Animation Studios film, landed 11 nominations, including Best Animated Feature, Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production and Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production. Phil Johnston and Rich Moore’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” from Walt Disney Animation Studios, received 10 nominations.

Aardman Animation’s “Early Man” and Sony Pictures Animation’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” each received seven nominations, while Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” received four.

Also Read: 'Incredibles 2' Film Review: Pixar's Superhero Family Is Back, Baby - and What a Baby

“Mary Poppins Returns,” a live-action film that features an extended sequence of hand-drawn animation,
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DreamWorks Animation TV To Bow Three New Kids and Family Series On Netflix

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Netflix will be the home of three new DreamWorks Animation Television kids series in 2019 and 2020, the companies announced.

The new shows include Archibald’s Next Big Thing from Emmy Award-winner Tony Hale. The new slate was announced during a MIPJr. keynote by Margie Cohn, president of DreamWorks Animation Television.

The new series include:

Archibald’s Next Big Thing – 2019: Inspired by the children’s book from Tony Hale, Tony Biaggne, and Victor Huckabee, the show follows the adventures of Archibald Strutter, a chicken who “yes-ands” his way thru life. Though living in the moment often leads him astray, Archibald always finds his way back home. Executive produced by Hale, Archibald’s Next Big Thing emphasizes the importance of being present and celebrating the journey, not just the destination.

Gabby’s Dollhouse – 2020: A preschool show with a surprise inside, created and executive produced by Traci Paige Johnson and Jennifer Twomey, Gabby’s Dollhouse is a mixed media series that unboxes a surprise before jumping into a fantastical animated world full of adorable cat characters that live inside Gabby’s dollhouse.

Rhyme Time Town – 2020: Daisy the Puppy and Cole the Kitten are ready to guide young children through a colorful and adventurous world filled with nursery rhymes and imaginative play.

Previously announced upcoming series from DreamWorks and Netflix include She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Nov 16) from executive producer Noelle Stevenson and Tales of Arcadia: 3Below (Dec 21) and Tales of Arcadia: Wizards (2019) from Guillermo del Toro and the Emmy-winning team behind Trollhunters. Additionally, DreamWorks and Netflix recently revealed an animated Fast & the Furious series is set for 2019.

Since 2013, DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix have released 16 original series.
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Film News Roundup: Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Adds Yoson An as Love Interest

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Film News Roundup: Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Adds Yoson An as Love Interest
In today’s film news roundup, Disney’s live-action “Mulan” casts a key role, Skydance bulks up its animation operations, and former Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis unveils a one-night theatrical event.

Casting

Disney has cast New Zealand actor Yoson An for the key male role in its live-action “Mulan,” directed by Niki Caro.

An will star opposite Liu Yifei, who is playing the heroine Hua Mulan. She disguises herself as a man in order to spare her elderly father from having to join the military. An will play Chen Honghui, a confident and ambitious recruit who becomes Mulan’s ally and eventual love interest.

The film is a remake of Disney’s 1998 animated film. Jet Li will play the emperor of China, Gong Li will portray a powerful witch, and Donnie Yen will be Mulan’s mentor, Commander Tung. Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner are producing the movie.
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Skydance Media Bolsters Animation Ranks With Ian Sheppard & Lawrence Jonas

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Skydance Media has added a pair of DreamWorks Television Animation veterans to its nascent toon unit. Ian Sheppard is its new Svp Development for Animation, and Lawrence Jonas joins as Executive in Charge of Animated Television, effective immediately.

In the newly created roles, Sheppard will be responsible for overseeing the creative development of feature films and TV series for Skydance’s expanding animation division, and Jonas will oversee all aspects of production for the upcoming slate of TV series.

“Building Skydance’s animation feature film and television slate is a top priority, so we’re very excited Ian and Larry will be joining our team at this pivotal time,” said Bill Damaschke, President of Animation and Family Entertainment, to whom both execs will report. “Ian and Larry are well respected in the animation industry for their creative instincts and strong relationships with talent and producers.”

Prior to joining Skydance, Sheppard
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Guillermo del Toro Preps Netflix Horror Anthology Series

Guillermo del Toro Preps Netflix Horror Anthology Series
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is prepping a new Netflix horror anthology series, 10 After Midnight, which will find the horror-fantasy director writing and directing select episodes and hand-selecting "a team of the genre's best writers and exciting new filmmakers" to craft additional installments.

According to a statement about the show, del Toro will write and direct select episodes and hand-select "a team of the genre's best writers and exciting new filmmakers" to craft additional installments. J. Miles Dale, producer of Del Toro's Best Picture Oscar-winning 2017 movie, The Shape of Water, will
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Guillermo del Toro Horror Anthology ’10 After Midnight’ Gets Series Order at Netflix

Guillermo del Toro Horror Anthology ’10 After Midnight’ Gets Series Order at Netflix
Netflix has ordered the horror anthology series “10 After Midnight” from “The Shape of Water” director Guillermo del Toro, it was announced on Monday.

del Toro will curate the series with stories described as “equally sophisticated and horrific.” He will also write and direct some of the episodes. J. Miles Dale will also serve as executive producer on the series, along with Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment.

No further details about the series, including cast, episode count or premiere date, have yet been announced.

Also Read: Guillermo del Toro Signs Multi-Year Exclusive Deal With DreamWorks Animation

The new series expands del Toro’s relationship with Netflix, where he already serves as creator and executive producer on the Emmy Award-winning series “Trollhunters.” The series, part of del Toro’s “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy, will continue with “3 Below” and “Wizards,” set to debut on streamer in 2018 and 2019. The third and final season
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Guillermo del Toro Signs Multi-Year Exclusive Deal With DreamWorks Animation

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Guillermo del Toro Signs Multi-Year Exclusive Deal With DreamWorks Animation
Guillermo del Toro has signed a multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation, the studio announced Thursday.

Del Toro will write, produce and direct animated family films for the studio, and as part of the arrangement, he has taken up offices at the Glendale campus.

Del Toro’s most recent collaborations with DreamWorks Animation Television was when he created and executive produced the Emmy Award-winning series “Trollhunters.” The series, part of del Toro’s “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy, will continue with “3 Below” and “Wizards,” set to debut on Netflix in 2018 and 2019.

Also Read: Guillermo del Toro Signs Overall Production Deal at Fox Searchlight

He also served as an executive producer on “Rise of the Guardians,” “Puss in Boots” and “Kung Fu Panda 3,” as well as a creative consultant for “Kung Fu 2” and “Megamind.”

During his agreement, he will work with DreamWorks Animation Film Group president Chris deFaria and the studio’s other artists and technologists on the pilot programs and other storytelling methods on multiple content platforms.

“We are thrilled that Guillermo is adding a film partnership to the already successful television relationship he has with DreamWorks Animation,” said deFaria in a statement. “He is truly a one- of-a- kind artist, and we are eager to see his imagination on full display in the family animated feature space. Guillermo has a unique talent for creating memorable worlds and characters, and we believe the films we create with him will resonate with animation audiences for many generations to come. I am personally very excited to extend the long working relationship I have enjoyed with Guillermo and look forward to him also collaborating with us on some of our breakthrough advancements in technology and innovation.”

Also Read: Oscars: Guillermo del Toro Gets Fourth Mexican-Born Best Director Win in 5 Years

Del Toro added, “Animation is an art form that has influenced my work greatly since childhood. To me, it’s the perfect medium to bring to life any and all ideas, no matter how outlandish or wild. I am eager to work with Chris and the talented artists at DreamWorks – some of the most talented people in the business – to make these images a reality. I have worked with DreamWorks for about a decade and the horizon just keeps getting wider.”

Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” recently won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director after receiving 13 nominations. His other credits include “Hellboy,” “Pacific Rim,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Book of Life” and “Blade II.”

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DreamWorks to Preview ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Footage at Annecy Animation Festival

Even without a feature release this year, DreamWorks Animation (led by President Chris deFaria) will be very active at the 42nd Annecy International Animation Film Festival (June 11-16). Director Dean DeBlois will present work-in-progress footage on June 14 from the final chapter in the “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy, now titled “The Hidden World.” The first DreamWorks feature to be distributed by Universal Pictures, “The Hidden World” (produced by Brad Lewis and Bonnie Arnold) opens March 1, 2019.

DreamWorks will additionally open and close the festival with the first two shorts from its new animated shorts program: “Bird Karma” (a Family Film winner at the San Francisco Film Festival) and “Bilby.” Directed by William Salazar and produced by Jeff Hermann, the 2D “Bird Karma” chronicles a long-legged bird’s journey. “Bilby,” directed by Liron Topaz, Pierre Perifel, and Jp Sans, and produced by Hermann and Kelly Cooney Cilella, offers an unlikely friendship
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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Title Revealed (Exclusive)

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Title Revealed (Exclusive)
The third film in the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise has been christened.

In advance of a special sneak peek of the film at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, DreamWorks Animation has announced that part three will be entitled “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” The film is billed as the series’ culmination and will hit theaters in 2019. The voice cast includes Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, and Craig Ferguson.

Attendees to the festival will learn more about the making of the film as part of an extended presentation on DreamWorks Animation’s films and the work of “How to Train Your Dragon” director Dean DeBlois. The presentation will take place on June 14 in the festival’s main venue, the Bonlieu Theater.

“As well as being a major artist, Dean DeBlois is a longtime friend of Annecy,” Marcel Jean, artistic director of the Annecy Film Festival,
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