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News Bytes: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Special Look, ‘Queens of Animation’ Book, Revisiting the Fleischers & More

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News Bytes: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Special Look, ‘Queens of Animation’ Book, Revisiting the Fleischers & More

=Wicked Cool Toys Launches My Partner Pikachu Interactive Toy
Bring a pocket-sized interactive Pokémon with you at all times! Touch sensor technology brings Pikachu to life and allows you to become an IRL trainer through a special touch combo training mode.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Reallusion’s Animation at Work Contest 2019
The software developer is out to prove that its Cartoon Animator 4 isn’t just for pros with a contest awarding standout work in four categories: Business, Comic, YouTube and Education. There are 12 cash prizes to grab, so submit by the deadline: October 31, 2019.

Animae Caribe Shows Possibilities of Animation
The digital expo, hosted as part of the Carifesta Youth Village to educate and inspire young people in education & career options in animation, brought together students and energized young artists to share their inspirations and experiences in Trinidad and Tobago.

WATCH: Dazzling Stereoscopic Table-Top Animation from Max and Dave Fleischer
Scott Marks of The San Diego Reader reviews three beautifully bizarre classics of the iconic studio: Bimbo’s Initiation (1931, black and white), Popeye the Sailor in I Yam What I Yam (1933, black and white) and Dancing on the Moon (1935, color).

Nathalia Holt Animates a Lost History in Her New Book
The Queens of Animation explores “The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History” focusing on the studio’s female employees in the ‘30s and ‘40s.

“It really bothered me that [these women] had not been recognized … I was struck by the fact that they persevered under some of these difficult conditions and were able to make such beautiful artwork.” — Nathalia Holt, author.

WATCH: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ D23 Special Look
Thousands of D23 Expo attendees got an advance viewing of this special look at J.J. Abrams’ next installment of the saga, due in U.S. theaters December 20. The footage recalls the long legacy that rests on Rey’s shoulders — and hints at a shadowy threat to her Jedi journey.

(Psst! Catch up on some of the exciting TV animation, Disney+ and feature film announcements from the 2019 D23 Expo!)

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