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1. The ‘New Yorker’ Discovers ‘Adventure Time’ After Five Seasons

This week's issue of "The New Yorker" does something that they rarely ever do: review an animated TV series. The show they elected to discuss is "Adventure Time."

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2. Blue Sky’s ‘Rio 2′ Opens In Second Place in the U.S.

Blue Sky's "Rio 2" failed to unseat "Captain America 2" at the box office last weekend and settled for a second-place opening of $39.3 million.

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3. This Bear Animation Is Not Computer Animated

This short animation of a seemingly CG bear climbing stairs is garnering a lot of attention on the Internet because it's actually a CG bear printed as 3-D models and then animated in stop motion.

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4. ‘Johnny Bravo’ Creator Van Partible Talks About New Dance-Combat Game

Van Partible, the creator of Cartoon Network’s Nineties series "Johnny Bravo," is making the rounds with a new third-person video game concept called Dancers of War. In the game, Marine Sgt. Jack Dancer is out to save the world from a maniacal pop star by strapping on an exoskeleton/leotard called “The Exo-Tard 3000.”

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5. How The Producer of ‘Green Lantern’ Learned That Animation Focus Groups Are Nonsense

"Green Lantern: The Animated Series" showrunner Giancarlo Volpe drew a mini-comic about his first experience attending a focus group for his series.

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6. ‘The Tale of the Plump Bird’ by Saki Iyori

"The Tale of the Plump Bird" was directed, animated and edited by Saki Iyori

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7. John Kricfalusi Accepts Texas Avery Award in Dallas [Video]

"Ren & Stimpy" creator John Kricfalusi attended the Dallas International Film Festival this weekend to accept the Texas Avery Award.

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8. ‘Out to Lunch’ by Joseph Bennett

A man appears on a talk show.

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9. Artist of the Day: Arik Roper

New York City-based artist Arik Moonhawk Roper illustrates fantasy art in full washes of color or in limited colors for black light posters, books, and shirts. He has illustrated a handful of covers and articles for "Arthur" magazine, and he also frequently gets commissions from musicians that find his art to evoke exactly the right visual mood for their music.

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10. Masaaki Yuasa’s ‘Ping Pong’ Will Be Recapped on Cartoon Brew

When we started offering recaps of Steven Universe last November, we were uncertain how readers would respond. Your feedback turned out to be overwhelmingly positive, and in fact, the most common request over the past few months has been to provide more recaps. But what show to choose for our sophomore recapping effort? After I saw the trailer a few weeks ago for Masaaki Yuasa’s new series Ping Pong, the choice became clear. So yesterday we recapped the show’s premiere and will continue to provide recaps throughout the show’s full run. The choice to recap a show by Yuasa wasn’t difficult because he pushes the cinematic language of animation more expertly than arguably any director—TV or feature—working in animation today. As I watched the premiere episode of Ping Pong, I was challenged and rewarded by a filmmaker who masterfully manipulates the frame for narrative and psychological effect and explores the expressive potential of the animation medium to its fullest. To do Yuasa’s work justice, I have turned to anime scholar Ben Ettinger, who is the foremost English-language expert on Yuasa’s work. It’s only fitting to ask Ben to write these recaps since it was through his unrivaled anime website, Anipages, that I first learned about Yuasa’s remarkable feature debut Mind Game way back in 2004. Since Mind Game, Ben (pictured right) has kept atop Yuasa’s work as few others, and has cataloged his output including Kemonozume, Kaiba, and Tatami Galaxy. Not only are Ben’s insights on anime art unparalleled, he is also a professional Japanese translator, which means that he will be reviewing these episodes based on their original Japanese-language versions. If you’re looking for the subtitled versions, Crunchyroll is simulcasting the episodes for American audiences.

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11. See ‘Ernest & Celestine’ This Weekend In These U.S. Cities

It’s not too late to see the Oscar-nominated French animated feature Ernest & Celestine. Below is a list of theaters that are screening the film this weekend. If your city isn’t listed below, check out the complete list of screening dates on the official website. New York, NY – IFC CenterAustin, TX – Regal Arbor CinemasPortland, OR – Regal Fox TowerSalt Lake City, UT – Broadway TheatreChicago, IL – Music Box TheatreScottsdale, AZ – Harkins SheaBaltimore, MD – The Charles TheatreHouston, TX – Landmark River Oaks TheatreAtlanta, GA – Landmark Midtown ArtDenver, CO – Landmark MayanForest Hills, NY – Cinemart CinemasBerkeley, CA – Rialto Cinemas Elmwood Washington, DC – West End CinemaOgden, UT – Art House Cinema 502Juneau, AK – Gold Town NickelodeonSan Francisco, CA – Landmark Opera Plaza CinemaMinneapolis, MN – Landmark Lagoon CinemaNorthbrook, IL – AMC NorthbrookSkokie, IL – AMC Village CrossingLas Vegas, NV – Regal Village SquareTucson, AZ – The Loft CinemaSalem, OR – Salem CinemaHonolulu, HI – Kahala Theatres 8Charlotte, NC – Regal Manor TwinKnoxville, TN – Regal Downtown WestSanta Fe, NM – CCA Santa FeColumbus, OH – Gateway Film CenterSt. Louis, MO – Landmark Plaza FrontenacIndianapolis, IN – Landmark Keystone ArtDurango, CO – Animas TheatreLincolnshire, IL – Regal LincolnshireCoral Gables, FL – Coral Gables Art CinemaPittsfield, MA – Berkshire Museum Little CinemaSan Luis Obispo, CA – Palm TheatreIthaca, NY – CinemapolisSanta Cruz, CA – Del MarBoulder, CO – Boedecker Theater (begins 4/12)Sarasota, FL – Sarasota Film Festival (4/12 – 4/13)Omaha, NE – Film Streams Omaha (begins 4/12)Three Rivers, MI – Riviera Theatre (begins 4/12) Huntington, NY – Cinema Arts Centre (4/12 – 4/13)Santa Barbara, CA – Plaza de Oro (4/16) *This post is sponsored by GKIDS.*

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12. ‘Steven Universe’ Recap: ‘Steven the Sword Fighter’

It’s been a few weeks but the last few times in Beach City we witnessed a lot of growth in the series. Steven had an anger revelation after he hung with the cool kids and really showcased the father-son relationship thanks to little Onion. Now we’re back and "Steven Universe" went and explored the maternal dynamic within their group after Pearl took a blade through the chest.

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13. A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Sylvain Chomet’s ‘Simpsons’ Opening

The elaborate "Simpsons" couch gag directed by Sylvain Chomet ("Triplets of Belleville," "The Illusionist") now has a making-of video courtesy of the production company that produced the opening, London-based th1ng.

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14. ‘Ping Pong’ Recap: ‘The Wind Makes It Too Hard to Hear’

A recap of the first episode of Masaaki Yuasa's new series "Ping Pong."

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15. British Studios Locksmith and Double Negative Plan To Make CG Features

There are big developments in the UK animation industry in the wake of a much-heralded tax break received by the British animation industry that went into effect last year. Sarah Smith, the former creative director of features at Aardman Animations, is setting up a studio named Locksmith Animation. She bills it as the UK’s "first high-end CGI feature animation studio," and it is focused on creating a long-term slate of films for worldwide distribution.

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16. Gawker’s io9 Launches Animation Website

This week the influential Gawker Media brand launched an animation-specific site called, quite simply, Animation. The blog is a subsite of the larger io9 brand, which already publishes a fair amount of animation coverage. Another Gawker site, the gaming-oriented Kotaku, covers anime and will continue to do so.

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17. Norman McLaren Centennial Celebrations Take Over Downtown Montreal and Scotland

Animation is overtaking the streets of downtown Montreal’s entertainment district, the Quartier des Spectacles, and various cities in Scotland in honor of Norman McLaren's centennial.

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18. ‘The Kings Of Siam’ by Ged Haney

In honoor of National Siblings Day, today's Cartoon Brew Short Pick of the Day is "The Kings of Siam."

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19. Clips from Tomorrow’s U.S. Premiere of ‘Tom and Jerry Show’

The first extended clips have been released from The Tom and Jerry Show which premieres tomorrow, April 9th, at 5:30/4:30 Central on Cartoon Network. The two epsiodes are “Cats Ruffled Furniture” and “Spike Gets Skooled.” I wrote a couple weeks ago that the show “doesn’t exhibit the basic graphic competency that is expected of a professional studio production in 2014,” and these clips do nothing to dispel that notion. How a Warner Bros. series with classic characters ever made it to air in this form is a mystery to me.

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20. This Week in Animation History: Disney Gutted Their Hand-Drawn Animation Division, 3-D is a Fad, Athens Olympic Mascots

To commemorate ten years of Cartoon Brew, I thought it would be fun to revisit our posts from earlier years. What happened in animation last year? Five years ago? Ten years ago?

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21. Animation Director Stephan Franck Releases Collected Noir Comic ‘Silver’

Animator and director Stephan Franck ("Iron Giant," "Despicable Me"), who was recently nominated at the Annie Awards for his work on "The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow," premiered a collected paperback version of his adventure comic Silver at the Emerald City Comic Convention last month.

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22. ‘Monster in the Closet’ by Yves Geleyn

Every day at least 6 children age 0 to 18 are injured in an unintentional shooting, and 75% of gun shot injuries to children under ten that are serious enough to require hospitalization are due to unintentional shootings.

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23. ‘Keep It Clever Australia’ Uses Animation To Promote Public Investment in Education

While animation is most often used as an entertainment form, it can also used to educate, and increasingly, to advocate for social causes. We saw animation yesterday for a gun safety PSA in the United States, and now we turn to Australia where Universities Australia is promoting its Keep It Clever Australia campaign to stress the value of public funding for university education and research.

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24. Katsuhiro Otomo’s Omnibus ‘Short Peace’ Opens in US Theaters Next Week

Next Friday, April 18th, Katsuhiro Otomo's "Short Peace" will make its U.S. theatrical debut.

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25. Watch: Bruce Timm’s New Short ‘Batman: Strange Days’

DC Comics has posted online the new Bruce Timm short "Batman: Strange Days" that was created in honor of the character's 75th anniversary.

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