Daily News Bytes: Apple in Talks with Cartoon Saloon, Scooby Stamps, Award Winners & More!

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Apple Is Close to a Deal for an Animated Movie
Apple is reportedly looking to dip its toes into animated feature production in a bid to take on Netflix, Amazon and Google. The company is courting multi-Oscar-nominated Irish studio Cartoon Saloon (The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) according to anonymous sources.

Who’s on the Next Forever Stamp? Scooby-Doo’s on the Case!
Warner Bros. and the US Postal Service are putting the loveable crime-solving canine coward in mailboxes across America with a special stamp being released on July 14. Perhaps ol’ Scoob and the gang can solve the mystery of what’s going to happen with the executive order to review the USPS?

’Bleach’ Anime Project Teases Its ‘Thousand-Year Blood War’ Adaptation
A fan adaptation is bringing the final arc of Tite Kubo’s phenomenal manga to animated life at last! Check out the teaser from Retro Ryno.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 1st inception & Kaleidoscope Online VR Film Festival
First prize goes to director John Hsu for Your Spiritual Temple Sucks, Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s Aquaphobia scored second, and receiving Honorable Mentions are Bananza! from Teyosh Studio and The Joy of Frogs by The Guardian Media Group and producer Lisa Golden.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 2018 AICP Show Awards
The commercials scoring honors in this year’s Animation category were Samsung “Ostrich” (lead animator Amir Bazazi, MPC; dir. Matthijs Van Heijningen, MJZ) and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation “What’s an MRI?” (animation dir. Guto Terni, lead animator Derek Henriques; Roof Studio). “Ostrich” also scored a Visual Effects award (VFX supe Diarmid Harrison-Murray, MPC) alongside Monster.com “Opportunity Roars (VFX supe Ruben Vandebroek, animation supe Jeff Lopez, The Mill; dir. Matthijs Van Heijningen, MJZ).

‘Anna’ Wins Animation Prize at New Media Film Festival
Co-produced by screenwriter/author Kwakiutl L. Dreher, animator Michael Burton and historian/author William G. Thomas III, Anna is the powerful true story of an enslaved woman who is sold away from her family and locked in a tavern garret in DC, where she makes a desperate decision. The film was produced with funding and support from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Learn more.

Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea

Scooby-Doo stamp

Scooby-Doo stamp

Kaleidoscope VR

Kaleidoscope VR

Samsung “Ostrich”

Samsung “Ostrich”

Anna

Anna