Daily News Bytes: Kevin McTurk Takes Swing at ‘Haunted Swordsman,’ Turner Joins FupiToons, Toys ‘R’ Us Files Bankruptcy & More

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AAN Partners with Turner for DISCOP Joburg & FupiToons Festival
The global broadcasting giant will reunite with African Animation Network during the South Africa content confab, and has come aboard the recently announced Made-In-Africa shorts fest. The submission deadline has been pushed to Sept. 22, 2017, with the inaugural edition set for Oct. 26-29 in Johannesburg.

Toys ‘R’ Us Files for Bankruptcy in US & Canada
The world’s largest pure-play toy retailer is restructuring its US & Can. operations, filing for Chapter 11 in the States and seeking CCAA protection north of the border. Geoffrey the Giraffe could not be reached for comment.

CROWDFUND: ‘The Haunted Swordsman’ – A Ghost Story Puppet Film
WETA veteran and expert hand-crafted filmmaker Kevin McTurk is seeking funds for his next project, which will build on the distinctive techniques honed on his award-winning nod to H.P. Lovecraft and E.A. Poe, The Mill at Calder’s End. Hey, any Kickstarter endorsed by Maurice LaMarche is OK by us!

NYICFF Presents Kids’ Pop-Up Animation Camp This Week
New York City school children can get hand-on toon training at the two-day camp this Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21 & 22. Registration for this and other upcoming film programs for K-5 graders available online. Check out the results of previous camps on NYICFF’s Vimeo channel!

100 Years of Ads: Best Use of Animation
From Tony the Tiger’s black and white Burnett spots to the cutting-edge CG charms of the Geico Gecko, these Campaign US picks all have one thing in common: They’re GRRR-EAT uses of advertising animation.

The Haunted Swordsman

The Haunted Swordsman