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Netflix Delivers World Class Animation Talent at Its First Annecy International Animation Film Festival Showcase

The showcase will feature an exclusive first look of Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio and Entergalactic from Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi and Kenya Barris


Netflix brings an incredible line-up to this year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Showcasing their ambition to bring the best of animation and storytelling to its members around the world, the studio will present its Netflix Animation Showcase, inspirational masterclasses and the world premiere of The Sea Beast, an uncharted sea monster epic adventure from Chris Williams. The Netflix Animation Showcase will include an exclusive first look at Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio presented at the festival by the filmmaker himself; and a first look at Entergalactic from the creative minds of Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi and Kenya Barris.

On Monday, June 13 at 5.00pm, Peabody and Emmy Award winner Chris Nee, creator and executive producer of Doc McStuffins, the Annie Award-winning preschool series Ada Twist, Scientist, Ridley Jones and We the People begins the activities with a Masterclass session at Petite Salle Bonlieu. The focus of Nee's masterclass will be on the power of inclusive storytelling and Karissa Valencia, creator of the upcoming Spirit Rangers, will join to provide an early look at the series.

On Wednesday, June 15 at 9.00am, Sony Pictures Animation will present the Netflix adult animated series, Agent King as part of their Studio Focus with Fletcher Moules, Robert Valley and Antonio Canobbio at the Impérial Palace.

Director of My Father's Dragon, Nora Twomey, presents a Work in Progress on the film at Salle Pierre Lamy on June 15 at 9.30am. Inspired by the Newbery-honored children's book from author Ruth Stiles Gannett, the film from five-time Academy Award®-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon follows Elmer's journey as he struggles to cope after a move to the city with his mother and runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon who waits to be rescued. Elmer's adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island and the friendship of a lifetime.

The Netflix Animation Showcase begins at 1.30pm on June 15 in Theater Bonlieu. Diving into the upcoming slate of animated series and films, from preschool and kids, to anime, adult, as well as family tent poles, the showcase will feature on-stage and video conversations with Netflix's team, creators and talent as they celebrate and showcase the variety of animated stories for all ages.

The Netflix Animation Showcase includes:

*A much anticipated exclusive never before seen look at Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio. Guillermo del Toro will present the upcoming stop-motion reimagining of the classic Italian tale;

*A first look at Entergalactic, a highly anticipated adult animated project based on the upcoming album of the same name created by Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi and from Kenya Barris;

*A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Bad Travelling directed by David Fincher featured in Vol. 3 of the Emmy Award-winning series Love, Death + Robots created by Tim Miller;

*The exciting unveils and creator conversations won't end there as the showcase will also feature The Sea Beast (Chris Williams), Wendell & Wild (Henry Sellick), My Father's Dragon (Nora Twomey), The Magician's Elephant (Wendy Rogers), Drifting Home (Hiroyasu Ishida), Nimona (Nick Bruno & Troy Quane), Spirit Rangers (Chris Nee and Karissa Valencia), and My Dad The Bounty Hunter (Everett Downing and Patrick Harpin).

Continuing the activities on June 15 at 6.00pm, the world premiere of Chris Williams' monstrous adventure,The Sea Beast, is set at Theater Bonlieu. The film is set in an era when terrifying beasts roamed the seas, monster hunters were celebrated heroes - and none were more beloved than the great Jacob Holland. But when young Maisie Brumble stows away on his fabled ship, he's saddled with an unexpected ally. Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history.

To learn more from behind the scenes of The Sea Beast, join Chris Williams and the team behind the film at a Making Of session on June 16 at 2.00pm at Salle Pierre Lamy. On Friday, June 17 at 2.00pm, Dice Tsutsumi, Sara K. Sampson, Robert Kondo, Mari Okada and Kane Lee from Tonko House will present a Work in Progress session for Oni: Thunder God's Tale.

In addition, Arcane, The Cuphead Show!, The House, Human Resources, Robin Robin and We the People are Official Selections screening in competition at the festival.

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