News Bytes: Kermit Consults on ‘Amphibia,’ Lupin III’s CG Heist, WB Unpacks SDCC Swag Bags & More

’Lion King’ Star Billy Eichner Wants More LGBTQ Characters in Animated Movies
The actor and comedian, who voices the meerkat Timon in the new movie, told BuzzFeed News: “People are always trying to find the gay character in animated movies. I think the way to correct that is to actually put gay characters in animated movies … I don’t care if Bert and Ernie are gay. I want to see actual gay people that are not a mystery. The way to move on from all those debates is to just create openly gay characters in children’s programming and family entertainment. I think we’re on the verge of that.”

Hasbro Crowdfunds Full-Sized Cookie Monster Replica
A new Pulse HasLab project will bring the huggable blue monster from Sesame Street to life for fans with a 38-inch-tall, full-body replica armature. Set to go into production next year, the $300 delight will come in premium retro packaging with two original artwork lithographs and a certificate of authenticity.


SDCC Panel: The State of the Industry: Animation Superstars
For the 13th consecutive year, ASIFA-Hollywood gathers some of the brightest lights in animation to discuss the current Toon Town climate, visions for the future, and how they got their starts in this crazy business. ASIFA VP Brooke Keesling will moderate a panel comprised of Dave Thomas, Jeanette Moreno King, Matt Braly, Hannah Nance Parlow and David Shair.

WBTV Unveils Official bags of Comic-Con 2019
I.D. Me Promotions has whipped up a whopping 23 different designs inspired by fan-favorite and hotly anticipated titles from the studio. These include WB Animation’s DC Super Hero Girls, Harley Quinn, Looney Tunes Cartoons, Teen Titans GO!, ThunderCats Roar and Young Justice: Outsiders; Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe: The Movie; WB TV’s Arrow, Batwoman, Black Lightning, Doom Patrol, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Pennyworth, Riverdale, The Flash, Supergirl, Supernatural and Titans; HBO’s Game of Thrones and Watchmen; and Conan. More than 160,000 bags have been produced, and can be claimed at check-in while supplies last.

Lupin III: The First; Finally Makes CG Anime Look (and Feel) Good
The first fully 3D computer-generated Lupin III movie is due to reignite fans’ passion for the beloved gentleman thief, timed to the 40th anniversary of the Hayao Miyazaki-directed movie The Castle of Cagliostro and soon after the death of his creator, Monkey Punch (Kazuhiko Katou). The new movie is produced by Toho Animation and directed by Takashi Yamazaki (Stand by Me Doraemon), set for a Japan premiere on December 6.

WATCH: Kermit the Frog (Consultant) | Amphibia
It’s not easy being green, so when you need to understand frog life, it’s best to go to the experts! In this charming behind-the-scenes video, Muppet main man Kermit walks us through his new role, as the chief frog consultant on new animated comedy ”>Amphibia. The swampy adventure screens on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.



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