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News Bytes: ‘Star Wars IX’ Wraps, ‘Frozen 2’ Sets Trailer Record, ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ Spot & More

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News Bytes: ‘Star Wars IX’ Wraps, ‘Frozen 2’ Sets Trailer Record, ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ Spot & More

Marvel’s ‘Loki’ Series Lands ‘Rick and Morty’ Writer
The new super-anti-hero series heading to Disney+ streaming has brought on Michael Waldon as show creator/executive producer; he will also write the pilot. The Atlanta native began his screenwriting career at Starburns Industries and is writing-producing the next season of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. Tom Hiddleston is expected to reprise his role as the Norse trickster god.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Turku Animated Film Festival
The 4th annual TAFF competition in Finland is seeking original, bold and uncompromising shorts under 30 minutes for the International Competition, International Student Film Competition, National Competition and TAFF Junior Competition categories. TAFF 2019 will be held August 21-25. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2019.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: D23 Expo Design Challenge & Mousequerade
The 2019 D23 Expo Design Challenge is themed to Haunted Mansion, in honor of the Disneyland attraction’s 50th anniversary. Guests are asked to create works of art inspired by and Haunted Mansion and similar attractions (e.g. Mystic Manor and Phantom Manor) around the world. The deadline for submissions is March 29.

Mousequerade presented by Raw Threads will again have five categories designed to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation. Ashley Eckstein and Yvette Nicole Brown will be returning to judge the costume contest. Entries are due March 15.

The winner of each contest will receive $2,300!

TRAILER: ‘DC Super Hero Girls’
The new series from Emmy-winning producer Lauren Faust and Warner Bros. Animation will kick off with a special one-hour movie “#SweetJustice” on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. ET/PT on all Cartoon Network platforms; new episodes roll out Sundays at 4 p.m. starting March 17.

“#SweetJustice”: When six ordinary girls meet and discover that they each have extraordinary powers, they decide to join forces to take on one of Metropolis’s most sinister villains. DC Super Hero Girls stars the voices of Tara Strong as Batgirl, Grey Griffin as Wonder Woman, Kari Wahlgren as Zatanna, Nicole Sullivan as Supergirl, Kimberly Brooks as Bumblebee and Myrna Velasco as Green Lantern Jessica Cruz.

’Frozen 2’ Is Most Watched Animated Trailer of All Time in First 24 Hours
The sequel’s teaser spot hit 116.4 million views in its first day out, beating the previous record held by Pixar’s Incredibles 2 (113.6 million). Frozen 2 arrives in theaters November 22.

’Star Wars Episode IX’ Wraps
Director J.J. Abrams confirmed via Twitter that photography on the still to be titled conclusion to the Skywalker Saga has been completed. The new film hits theaters December 20.

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