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Short Film Spotlight: I, Barnabé

Synopsis: Confronted with doubt and feelings of emptiness, drunk with unhappiness and seeking to drown his sorrow, Barnabé experiences a curious metaphysical visitation; lightning strikes the spire of his church and a mysterious bird appears, forcing him to reconsider his life. What is his truth pointing him towards? What is the deeper meaning of his life on earth?

Directed by Jean-François Lévesque.

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‘My Deer Friend Nokotan’ Official Trailer, Release Date, Synopsis, Poster and Cast List: Oshioshio’s Manga Gets Anime Adaptation

Release date: July 7, 2024 on Prime Video, Crunchyroll, ADN and Anime Onegai, among others.

Synopsis: No one knows Torako used to be a delinquent. All of her classmates only know her as the perfect student. But everything changes when Nokotan, a transfer student with antlers, enters her life.

Antlers aren’t the only thing strange about Nokotan. Her deer nose can sniff out Torako’s secret past! Whether it’s at school or the zoo, chaos follows this doe-eyed girl’s every step. Torako has so many questions! Is Nokotan a deer, a girl, or something in-between?

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‘Dragon Ball DAIMA’ Official Trailer, Release Date, Synopsis and Poster: Goku, Vegeta and Piccolo Return for a Great Adventure

Release date: October, 2024.

Synopsis: Due to a conspiracy, Goku and his friends are turned small. In order to fix things, they’ll head off to a new world! It’s a grand adventure with intense action in an unknown and mysterious world. Since Goku has to make up for his petite size, he uses his Nyoibo (Power Pole) to fight, something not seen in a long time.

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Music Video Spotlight: “Weird Al” Yankovic – Polkamania!

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his last album, Mandatory Fun, “Weird Al” Yankovic has released Polkamania!, a medley of a dozen pop hits.

Animator credits:
Cyriak – “Helena Polka (Al’s Version)”
David Wachtenheim & W/M Animation – “Bad Guy” & “Shake It Off (pt. 2)”
Augenblick Studios – “Hello”
Ghostbot / Alan Lau, Roque Ballesteros, and Roman Laney – “Flowers”
Jack D. Evans – “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”
Vivienne Medrano/Spindlehorse – “Vampire”
Liam Lynch – “Old Town Road”
Jarrett Heather – “Despacito” & “WAP”
Bill Plympton – “Shape of You”
Ryan Krzak – “Uptown Funk”
KukoMitzu – “Thank U, Next”
Victor Yerrid & Melanie Mandl – “Shake It Off (pt. 1)”

Music Video Spotlight: Panda Bear & Sonic Boom – Go On

Directed and animated by James Siewert.

Noah Benjamin Lennox, also known as Panda Bear, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and co-founding member of the band Animal Collective.

Peter Kember, also known as Sonic Boom, is an English singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. He was a founding member, vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist of alternative rock band Spacemen 3.

‘Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures’ Season 2 Official Trailer, Release Date, Synopsis, Poster and Cast List

Release date: August 14, 2024 on Disney Jr. and Disney+.

Synopsis: Set 200 years before The Phantom Menace, during the High Republic era, Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures follows Jedi younglings Kai Brightstar, Lys Solay, and Nubs as they study the ways of the Force, explore the galaxy, help citizens and creatures in need and learn valuable skills needed to become Jedi along the way.

Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures Season 2 follows the younglings as they continue their training and embark on even bigger missions across the galaxy. Helping to lead the younglings on these missions is Master Zia’s new Padawan, Wes Vinik, and his astromech R0-M1.

As they continue their training and grow in the ways of the Force, the young Jedi will travel to new planets with new and old friends and encounter adversaries like The Ganguls, who are growing in their pirate ranks.

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‘Terminator Zero’ Official Teaser Trailer, Release Date, Synopsis and Cast List: Original Anime Series Coming to Netflix

Release date: August 29, 2024 on Netflix.

Synopsis: 2022: A future war has raged for decades between the few human survivors and an endless army of machines.

1997: The AI known as Skynet gained self-awareness and began its war against humanity.

Caught between the future and this past is a soldier sent back in time to change the fate of humanity. She arrives in 1997 to protect a scientist named Malcolm Lee who works to launch a new AI system designed to compete with Skynet’s impending attack on humanity.

As Malcolm navigates the moral complexities of his creation, he is hunted by an unrelenting assassin from the future which forever alters the fate of his three children.

Voice cast:
Timothy Olyphant (Terminator)
André Holland (Malcolm Lee)
Rosario Dawson (Eiko)
Ann Dowd (The Prophet)
Sonoya Mizuno (Kokoro)

Created and executive produced by Mattson Tomlin. Directed by Masashi Kudo. Animated by Production I.G.

Paramount and the Described and Captioned Media Program Form Partnership to Add Captions and Audio Description to Nickelodeon Series

Paramount and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) have announced a partnership that ensures hundreds of hours of Nickelodeon’s animated and live-action series will be accessible to families with young viewers and students with disabilities.

The multi-year agreement commences with several Nickelodeon series, including Bossy Bear, Tiny Chef Show, Blues Clues & You! and Santiago of the Seas and will include distribution via DCMP’s free streaming services for families and schools. Additional Nickelodeon series will be made available on DCMP’s services on a rolling basis through 2029.

The Nickelodeon series will air and stream with captions and audio description. Audio description is a secondary audio track with additional narration that provides access to key visual elements of a video for persons who are blind, without interfering with the audio or dialogue.

DCMP is providing audio description through a Television Access grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the grant is to improve results for children with disabilities through support for the addition of audio description to widely available programs with educational value.

Short Film Spotlight: Slow Light

Synopsis: A boy who was born blind, suddenly at the age of seven sees a light. A medical examination reveals that his eyes are so dense that it takes seven years for the light to reach the retina and hence for the image to reach his consciousness.

The consequence of the eye defect translates into the mental immaturity of the man, lack of understanding of the present and belated reflections on long-gone facts. The man is never mature enough for his age and constantly lingers on the past.

Slow Light screened at nearly 50 festivals worldwide and won 25 awards. The short film was written and directed by Kasia Kijek and Przemek Adamski.

Music Video Spotlight: Wand – JJ

“JJ” is from Wand‘s album Vertigo, available July 26, 2024 on LP/CD/CS and streaming.

Wand is an American psychedelic rock band from Los Angeles. Formed in 2013, the band consists of Cory Hanson (vocals, guitar), Robert Cody (guitar), Evan Backer (bass) and Evan Burrows (drums).

Directed by Vernon Chatman & lilfuchs. Written by Vernon Chatman. Additional animation by Julia Fernandez.

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