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News Bytes: DC FanDome Slates Guests, ‘Lupin III’ Heads to Theaters, New ‘SpongeBob’ Podcast Afloat & More

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News Bytes: DC FanDome Slates Guests, ‘Lupin III’ Heads to Theaters, New ‘SpongeBob’ Podcast Afloat & More

Crowdfund: John Hubley Historical Marker
An Indiegogo campaign is underway to raise funds to install a Wisconsin State Historical Society marker on the front lawn of the Stephenson Public Library in the world-famous animator’s hometown of Marinette, Wisc. Hubley is known as the co-creator of Mr. Magoo, one of the revolutionary artists of UPA (established 80 years ago this year) and a respected indie animator in his own right. The project is being spearheaded by the Animation Education Association in conjunction with WSHS and Marinette Co. Public Libraries.

DC FanDome Talent Announcement
On October 16 at 9 a.m. PT, the youngest DC fans will kick off the day with DC Kids FanDome – a special standalone experience for kids and their parents to explore the DC Multiverse with Robin and the Teen Titans, catch sneak peeks of upcoming DC animated shows and immerse themselves in at-home digital activities all in a safe, kid-friendly environment. The event will be co-hosted by social media sensation and Cartoon Network’s first musician in residence, Nandi Bushell. Catch all the fun at DCKidsFanDome.com and the DC Kids YouTube page. Then at 10 a.m., the main show starts at DCFanDome.com with big news, reveals and surprises presented by stars, cast members, creators and crew from fan-favorite DC properties across the brand’s biggest films, live-action and animated TV series, games, comics, home entertainment and consumer products.

Release Date Update: ‘Shirobako the Movie’
The follow up to the hit series billed as “a love letter to the anime industry” is now slated to arrive on Digital and on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on December 7, from Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory, following its North American theatrical release this summer. Read all about the home release here.

Shirobako: The Movie

Shirobako: The Movie

Disney+ Brings Tricks & Treats to L.A. with Hallowstream Drive-In
From October 7-13, kick off the Halloween season with a screening series at West Los Angeles College in Culver City, Calif. Featuring nightly screenings of the service’s beloved classic and new originals with spooky surprises around every corner. Highlights include the premiere of Muppets Haunted Mansion, LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales, What If…? “Zombies” and an advance screening of R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond as well as Simpsons Treehouse of Horror marathon, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Frankenweenie, a throwback with The Proud Family and more. Tix on sale to the public Monday, Oct. 4.

Disney+ Hallowstream Drive-In

Disney+ Hallowstream Drive-In

Special ‘Lupin the 3rd’ Theatrical Engagement Set for October
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary anime franchise, TMS Entertainment (TMS) and Sentai will host the world premiere of the English dub of Lupin the 3rd Part 1, Episode 1, presented alongside the first two subtitled episodes of the eagerly awaited series Lupin the 3rd Part 6 in theaters for a limited-time, special engagement. Fans can catch the elusive thief in theaters from October 22 to October 28. For booking and event times, visit the list of theater locations and event times linked above. Watch the complete Lupin the 3rd Part 6 anime series via Sentai’s streaming partner, HIDIVE (www.hidive.com).

Lupin the 3rd in Theaters

Lupin the 3rd in Theaters

‘Alien Worlds’ Wins News & Documentary Emmy
The speculative Netflix series which imagines what extraterrestrial life could look like was awarded the prize for Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction: Documentary. Sharing the honor are creative directors Paul Simpsons and Simon Wood, and graphics producer Sebastian Read. Framestore crafted four fully-realized worlds populated by specially adapted flora and fauna, working closely with writer-director-producer Nigel Paterson and Wall To Wall exec producer Tim Lambert.

Alien Worlds (courtesy Framestore)

Alien Worlds (courtesy Framestore)

Black Hair Tutorial Series ‘My HAIRstory!’ Featuring Styles from ‘Craig of the Creek’
The three-part series hosted by celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble kicked off on her Instagram account on National Hair Day (Oct. 1), featuring styles seen in Cartoon Network’s Emmy-, GLAAD- and NAACP Image Award-nominated series with “Wash Day.” The series will continue with “Protective Styling” (Oct. 15) and “Loc Love” (Oct. 28). Fans can interact with Kimble from 12:00-12:30 p.m. on launch days by asking questions in the comments section of the IGTC posts. Videos will be recorded and available on Cartoon Network’s YouTube channel.

My HAIRstory!

My HAIRstory!

Nickelodeon Trailers All-New Podcast ‘SpongeBob BingePants’
The original 40-episode companion show co-produced with iHeartRadio kicks off Thursday, October 7 everywhere podcasts are heard. Hosted by superfans Frankie Grande (Henry Danger) and Hector Navarro (Nickelodeon Animation Podcast), SpongeBob BingePants takes a deep dive down to Bikini Bottom to celebrate all things absorbent and yellow and porous. Guests this season include Carolyn Lawrence (the voice of Sandy Cheeks), Mr. Lawrence (Plankton), Kenny Pittenger (layout artist on SpongeBob SquarePants, storyboard director of Kamp Koral) and Jennie Monica (co-executive producer of SpongeBob SquarePants, The Patrick Star Show and Kamp Koral).

Zoic Studios Announces Employees Can Work Remotely Indefinitely
The privately owned, Emmy-winning VFX company has transitioned to a remote work-first business, embracing workplace shifts spurred by the pandemic. In addition to the globalization of talent afforded by this shift, the company saw an uptick in productivity while collaborating in a fully digital environment: Their remote team of over 400 full-time staffers has collaborated on some of the top series of the past year, including Netflix’s Sweet Tooth, Apple TV+’s SEE and For All Mankind, WandaVision for Disney+ and Superman & Lois for Warner Bros. Zoic will retain its physical offices for employees in Culver City, Calif., New York City and Vancouver for in-person collaboration and special projects. The office spaces will also be available to employees as an option to work in person while adhering to all local health guidelines.

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