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News Bytes: KyoAni Fire Update, Eisner Award Winners, BO Records for ‘Lion King’ & ‘Endgame’ & More

Negative Space
Negative Space



News Bytes: KyoAni Fire Update, Eisner Award Winners, BO Records for ‘Lion King’ & ‘Endgame’ & More

WATCH: Oscar-Nominated Animation ‘Negative Space’
Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata’s multi-award-winning, stop-motion adaptation of the Ron Koertge poem has launched on Vimeo, where it is a highly deserving Staff Pick available to watch for free! Produced by Ikki Films and Manuel Cam Studio, Negative Space is available for screenings and engagement through Miyu Distribution. Read more about the short here. Max & Ru are currently in pre-production for their first animated feature, Dandelion Seed.

Emile Awards Goes Under Reconstruction
Due to financial difficulties, the European Animation Awards is delaying the 2019 edition until a TBD date, with memberships purchased for this year receiving an extension to 2020. In an explanatory letter sent out by the Board, it was explained that the event encountered an unexpected absence of support from Creative Europe Media and several industry sponsors.

FINAL CALL: Manchester Animation Festival
The deadline for submissions to the 2019 international shorts competition and Industry Excellence Award is Friday, July 26, 2019. The MAF will take place November 10-14.

’Lion King’ Debuts with Record $185M & ‘Endgame’ Becomes Global #1
Disney’s The Lion King set a new record for a July opening weekend, surpassing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and is the second largest opening of 2019/seventh largest of all time (largest ever for a PG film). If you’re on camp Photoreal CG Is Animation, then it’s also the biggest open for an animated feature, topping Incredibles 2. Meanwhile, Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame has snatched the worldwide record gross grown from Avatar, which has held the title for a decade. Endgame currently boasts $2.79 billion globally.

All-Time Top 10:

  1. Avengers: Endgame (Disney) $2.791 billion
  2. Avatar (Fox) $2.789
  3. Titanic (Paramount) $2.1875
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Disney) $2.0682
  5. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney) $2.0484
  6. Jurassic World (Universal) $1.6717
  7. The Avengers (Disney) $1.5188
  8. Furious 7 (Universal) $1.516
  9. Avengers: Age of Ultron (Disney) $1.4054
  10. Black Panther (Disney) $1.3469

2019 Will Eisner Comic Inudstry Award Winners
Congratulations to all this year’s deserving nominees and winners, which include The Swamp Thing “The Talk of the Saints” (Best Short Story), Giant Days (Continuing Series/Comedy Series), Mister Miracle (Limited Series), Gideon Falls (New Series), Umami (Digital Comic), The Contradictions (Webcomic), and nine new Hall of Fame inductees!

Kyoto Animation Fire: Suspect “Spotted in Area” Days Before
Neighbors have reported seeing a man resembling suspect Shinji Aoba near the studio as early as Monday of last week. One of the hospitalized victims of the arson attack on Thursday, July 18, died from his injuries on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 34. The fire is one of the worst mass killings in Japan in recent years.

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