Daily News Bytes: Meet ‘Christopher Robin’, Berlinale Talks ‘Isle of Dogs’ & ‘Blade Runner 2049’, and More!

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Animation Shares Untold Stories of Congo’s Girl Soldiers
Working with designers PositiveNegatives and DRC-based illustrator Rodriguez Mungulirwa, Child Soldiers International’s What the Girls Say: The Difficult Journey Home hopes to bring attention to the plight of the young girls who make up an estimated 40% of child soldiers in the country by animating their personal stories with tenderness and bravery.

Heather Colbert’s Stop-Motion Animation of Dolly Parton Is a “Tale of Female Confidence”
Based on a true story from modern music history, the Vimeo Staff Pick short is a music video for Mark Nevin’s track “Dolly Said No to Elvis.” Heather Colbert (heather-colbert.com) is a 2016 graduate of the Cambridge School of Art and has completed other stop-mo and hand-drawn experimental music vids worth checking out!

’Black Panther’ Surpasses ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for Ninth at All-Time Box Office
The Wakanda warrior prince plows ahead, pulling in a domestic total of $506.4 million in just 18 days of release. It is currently $26M behind eighth place holder Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Fredrikstad Animation Festival Changes 2018 Dates
The festival board of Norsk Animasjonsforum has opted to move the Fredrikstad toon fest to October 25-28, as a means of working around the schedule of other shuffled Norwegian film events. This also affects the selection process for the Nordic region’s biggest animation festival — submissions will now open May 1, with a deadline of June 1. (http://animationfestival.no/)

VIDEOS: Berlinale Talents Sessions
Animation/visual effects enthusiasts and artists who couldn’t make it to Berlin this year, never fear! Event organizers have posted telectures Bow Wow: Storyboarding Isle of Dogs (with artist Jay Clarke, moderated by Andrew Amondson) and get illuminated about an Oscar-winning spectacle with Lighting the Future: Blade Runner 2049.

WATCH: Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ Teaser Trailer
Silly old bear! Catch this first look at the new live-action/hybrid adventure beyond the Hundred Acre Wood, coming to theaters August 3. Directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland), the A.A. Milne inspired film stars Ewan McGregor as grown-up Christopher Robin, Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn, Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline, and Mark Gatiss as Keith Winslow, his boss. Plus Jim Cummings reprising his voice role as Winnie the Pooh, Chris O’Dowd as Tigger; Brad Garrett as Eeyore; Toby Jones as Owl; Nick Mohammed as Piglet; Peter Capaldi as Rabbit; and Sophie Okonedo as Kanga.

What the Girls Say: The Difficult Journey Home © Rodriguez Mungulirwa for Child Soldiers International

What the Girls Say: The Difficult Journey Home © Rodriguez Mungulirwa for Child Soldiers International

Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin

Fredrikstad Animation Festival

Fredrikstad Animation Festival

  • Jonathan Funnell of Florida

    CHRISTOPHER ROBIN LOOKS PRETTY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!