Next Club Meeting: December 18, 2021, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

2021 Daytime Emmy Nominations for Animation

2021 Daytime Emmy Nominations for Animation
Just days after the main Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony aired on CBS Jun. 25, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for children’s, animation, and lifestyle programs today. These categories used to all be part of the main Daytime Emmy Awards, but has since been relegated into its own separate category with the awards to be given out on July 17 for children’s and animated programs and Jul. 18 for lifestyle programming via 2 separate live-stream events. Also effective this year, all children’s programming is now the domain of the Daytime Emmys instead of being separated into both Daytime and Primetime Emmys. Here are the nominees.

Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Series

  • The Adventures of Paddington – Nickelodeon
  • Elinor Wonders Why – PBS
  • Esme & Roy – HBO Max
  • Stillwater – Apple TV+
  • Trash Truck – Netflix

Outstanding Children’s Animated Series

  • Amphibia – Disney Channel
  • Craig of the Creek – Cartoon Network
  • Hilda – Netflix
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts – Netflix
  • Tales of Arcadia: Wizards – Netflix

Outstanding Special Class Daytime Animated Program

  • Adventure Time: Distant Lands OBSIDIAN – HBO Max
  • Angela’s Christmas Wish – Netflix
  • Baba Yaga – Baobab Studios
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth – Apple TV+
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: I Am Madam President – PBS

Outstanding Performer in a Preschool Animated Program

  • Eric Bauza, as Fozzie in Muppet Babies – Disney Junior
  • Mark Hamill, as Vuli in Elena of Avalor – Disney Channel
  • Juliet Donenfield, as Sally Squirrel in Pete the Cat – Amazon Prime Video
  • Eric Jacobson, as Grover in The Monster at the End of this Story: A Sesame Street Special – HBO Max
  • Eric Peterson, as Ant’ney in Madagascar: A Little Wild – Hulu and Peacock
  • Patrick Warburton, as Grand Macaw in Elena of Avalor – Disney Channel

Outstanding Performer in a Daytime Animated Program

  • Eric Bauza, as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in Looney Tunes Cartoons – HBO Max
  • Tom Kenny, as SpongeBob SquarePants in SpongeBob SquarePants – Nickelodeon
  • Tress MacNeille, as Dot in Animaniacs – Hulu
  • Sir Jonathan Pryce, as Grandpa Sid in Piney: The Lonesome Pine – Disney Junior and Disney Channel
  • Parker Simmons, as Mao Mao, King Snugglemagne, Slim Piggins, and Guard in Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart – Cartoon Network

Outstanding Writing for a Preschool Animated Program

  • The Adventures of Paddington – Nickelodeon
  • Doc McStuffins – Disney Junior
  • Elena of Avalor – Disney Channel
  • Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef – Netflix
  • Stillwater – Apple TV+
  • Trash Truck – Netflix

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Animated Program

  • Adventure Time: Distant Lands OBSIDIAN – HBO Max
  • Big City Greens – Disney Channel
  • Hilda – Netflix
  • Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe – Disney+
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Disney+

Outstanding Directing Team for a Preschool Animated Program

  • The Adventures of Paddington – Nickelodeon
  • Elinor Wonders Why – PBS
  • Go! Go! Cory Carson – Netflix
  • Stillwater – Apple TV+
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum – PBS

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Animated Program

  • Baba Yaga – Baobab Studios
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Cartoon Network
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth – Apple TV+
  • Hilda – Netflix
  • Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse – Disney+

Outstanding Voice Directing for a Daytime Animated Series

  • Animaniacs – Hulu
  • Hilda – Netflix
  • The Mighty Ones – Hulu and Peacock
  • SpongeBob SquarePants – Nickelodeon
  • Summer Camp Island – Cartoon Network

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Preschool, Children’s, or Animated Program

  • Animaniacs – Hulu
  • Elena of Avalor – Disney Channel
  • Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventures – Disney Channel
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Disney+
  • The Tom & Jerry Show – Boomerang

Outstanding Original Song for a Preschool, Children’s, or Animated Program

  • “Monster” from Adventure Time: Distant Lands OBSIDIAN – HBO Max
  • “Nothing’s Left to Lose” from Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventures – Disney Channel
  • “Something in the Air” from Elena of Avalor – Disney Channel
  • “Such a Beautiful Day” from Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe – Disney+
  • “Suffragette Song” from Animaniacs – Hulu

Outstanding Casting for a Daytime Animated Program

  • Baba Yaga – Baobab Studios
  • Baby Shark’s Big Show! – Nickelodeon
  • Bubble Guppies – Nickelodeon
  • Duck Tales – DisneyXD
  • Elena of Avalor – Disney Channel

Outstanding Main Title for a Daytime Animated Program

  • Madagascar: A Little Wild – Hulu and Peacock
  • Octonauts and the Caves of Sac Actun – Netflix
  • The Owl House – Disney Channel
  • Summer Camp Island – Cartoon Network
  • Tales of Arcadia: Wizards – Netflix

Outstanding Editing for a Preschool Animated Program

  • Elena of Avalor – Disney Channel
  • Go! Go! Cory Carson – Netflix
  • Puppy Dog Pals – Disney Channel
  • Stillwater – Apple TV+
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum – PBS

Outstanding Editing for a Daytime Animated Program

  • Animaniacs – Hulu
  • Baba Yaga – Baobab Studios
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth – Apple TV+
  • Hilda – Netflix
  • Looney Tunes Cartoons – HBO Max
  • Tales of Arcadia: Wizards – Netflix
  • Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse – Disney+

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing for a Preschool Animated Program

  • Dragons Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing – Netflix
  • Elena of Avalor – Disney Channel
  • Let’s Go Luna! – PBS
  • Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures – Disney Channel
  • The Monster at the End of this Story: A Sesame Street Special – HBO Max
  • Muppet Babies – Disney Junior

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing for a Daytime Animated Program

  • Angela’s Christmas Wish – Netflix
  • Fast & Furious: Spy Racers – Netflix
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth – Apple TV+
  • Lego DC Shazam: Magic and Monsters – Warner Bros.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Disney+
  • Tales of Arcadia: Wizards – Netflix

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Anime Midwest Chicago - Jul 2-4, 2021

ANIME MIDWEST

July 2-4, 2021
At Hyatt Regency O'Hare

One of the first anime conventions to return
after the pandemic!
Get out there and buy stuff!
[Masks still required except outside; even if vaccinated]
Buy Your Tickets Now!

Monday, June 28, 2021

Gyokō no Nikuko-san - Official Trailer

Gyokō no Nikuko-san
The story centers on the growth and paths in life of Nikuko and Kikuko, a mother and daughter who live on a fishing boat. Released in Japan on June 11, 2021.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Mako Mankanshoku's best moments (dubbed)

Mako Mankanshoku's best moments from Kill La Kill

Ryuko Matoi, a vagrant transfer student armed with a scissor-shaped longsword that can cut Goku Uniforms, arrives to Honnou City in search for the murderer of her father Isshin Matoi and assumes Satsuki might be connected. Ryuko is joined by her hyperactive classmate Mako Mankanshoku, a no-star student who lets Ryuko move in with her impoverished family, and her homeroom teacher Aikuro Mikisugi, who is actually an undercover agent of the paramilitary organization Nudist Beach (ヌーディスト・ビーチ, Nūdisuto Bīchi).

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Watch the brand new trailer for Marvel Studios’ "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" and experience it only in theaters September 3.
Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was trained at a young age to be an assassin by his father Wenwu. Shang-Chi left the Ten Rings organization for a normal life in San Francisco, with director Destin Daniel Cretton characterizing Shang-Chi as a fish out of water in the U.S. who attempts to hide that with his charisma. Shang-Chi's struggles with identity are the core of the character, rather than his martial arts skills.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Trollhunters: Rise Of The Titans

Trollhunters: Rise Of The Titans
Arcadia may look like an ordinary town but it lies at the center of magical and mystical lines that makes it a nexus for many battles among otherworldly creatures including trolls, aliens and wizards. Now the heroes from the hit series Trollhunters, 3Below and Wizards, team-up in their most epic adventure yet where they must fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all. Trollhunters Rise Of The Titans is on Netflix July 21st.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Super Cub Is the Most Underrated Anime of 2021

SUPER CUB
The series is set in the Mukawa area of Hokuto in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. The story follows Koguma, a lonely high school girl with no hobbies or interests. After an encounter with a Honda Super Cub 50, she begins to grow and her world expands beyond herself. 
"No Giant Robots, No High Tech Gadgets, No Martial Arts, No Swords, No Guns, No Magic, No Explosions,
No Violence of Any Kind... 
And Yet, This is the BEST ANIME of 2021 (so far)."
- anim8trix
Super Cub is the most underrated Spring 2021 anime, and we want to fix that in this Super Cub review. In the Super Cub anime, Koguma gets a motorcycle and it changes her life forever. Super Cub has stunning animation, sound design, and voice acting, and it's a beautiful slice of life anime with a relaxed pace. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Anime Viewing Schedule for June 26, 2021

 
 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
          11:15 - 12:05   Jujutsu Kaisen 7-8
          12:05 - 12:55   Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 7-8
          12:55 - 1:35     Club Meeting
          1:35 - 2:25       Kemono Jihen 5-6
          2:25 - 3:15       Attack on Titan: Final Season 7-8

          3:15 - 4:40       Earwig and the Witch [Movie]
"Take that you evil Covid scum!"
 

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Meeting Room A, First Floor

From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM


All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
 
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Kemono Jihen and Mushoku Tensei
* ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW *

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Summer Anime Watch List

SUMMER ANIME
Here's a final look at what's to come in the Summer 2021 anime season.
Anime used on this list:
  1. Gyokou no Nikuko-chan [漁港の肉子ちゃん]
  2. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal [劇場版 美少女戦士セーラームーンEternal]
  3. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya: Licht - Namae no Nai Shoujo [劇場版 Fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ]
  4. The Journey 「Journey: Taiko Arabia Hantou de no Kiseki to Tatakai no Monogatari」 [ジャーニー 太古アラビア半島での奇跡と戦いの物語]
  5. Nanatsu no Taizai Movie: Hikari ni Norowareshi Mono-tachi 「The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Cursed by Light」 [劇場版 七つの大罪 光に呪われし者たち]
  6. Boku no Hero Academia the Movie: World Heroes' Mission 「My Hero Academia the Movie 3」 [僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ワールド ヒーローズ ミッション]
  7. Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san 「Pompo: The Cinéphile」 [映画大好きポンポさん]
  8. Cider no You ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru 「Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop」 [サイダーのように言葉が湧き上がる]
  9. Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime 「Belle」 [竜とそばかすの姫]
  10. Fate/Grand Order: Shuukyoku Tokuiten - Kani Jikan Shinden Solomon 「 Fate/Grand Order: Final Singularity - The Grand Temple of Time: Solomon」 [Fate/Grand Order -終局特異点 冠位時間神殿ソロモン-]
  11. Wonder Egg Priority Special Edition [ワンダーエッグ・プライオリティ]
  12. Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai! 「Jahy-sama Won't Be Discouraged!」 [Jap]
  13. 1anojo mo Kanojo [カノジョも彼女]
  14. Megami-ryou no Ryoubo-kun. 「Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory」 [女神寮の寮母くん。]
  15. Love Live! Superstar!! [ラブライブ!スーパースター!!]
  16. Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei 「The Honor Student at Magic High School」 [魔法科高校の優等生]
  17. Kageki Shoujo!! 「Opera Girl!」 [かげきしょうじょ!!]
  18. Seirei Gensouki 「Spirit Chronicles」 [精霊幻想記]
  19. Meikyuu Black Company 「The Dungeon of Black Company」 [迷宮ブラックカンパニー]
  20. D_Cide Traumerei The Animation [ディーサイドトロイメライ]
  21. Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu 「Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy-」
  22. Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta... X 「My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!」 [乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった…X]
  23. RE-MAIN [リメイン]
  24. Deatte 5-byou de Battle 「Battle in 5 seconds after meeting.」 [出会って5秒でバトル]
  25. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Sotsu 「Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU」 [ひぐらしのなく頃に卒]
  26. Night Head 2041
  27. Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. 「The Detective Is Already Dead」 [ 探偵はもう、死んでいる。]
  28. Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki 「How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom」 [現実主義勇者の王国再建記]
  29. Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid 「The Duke of Death and His Maid」 [死神坊ちゃんと黒メイド]
  30. Scarlet Nexus
  31. Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi 「Idaten Deities in the Peaceful Generation」 [平穏世代の韋駄天達]
  32. Shiroi Suna no Aquatope 「Aquatope of White Sand」 [白い砂のアクアトープ]
  33. Bokutachi no Remake 「Remake our Life!」 [ぼくたちのリメイク]
  34. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S 「Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S」 [小林さんちのメイドラゴンS]
  35. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season Part 2 「That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2」 [Jap]
  36. Peach Boy Riverside [ピーチボーイリバーサイド]
  37. Vanitas no Carte 「The Case Study of Vanitas」 [ヴァニタスの手記]
  38. Sonny Boy
  39. Shuumatsu no Valkyrie 「Record of Ragnarok」 [終末のワルキューレ]

Monday, June 21, 2021

The STRONGEST Demon Slayer! Yoriichi Tsugikuni

Yoriichi Tsugikuni
Origin of the STRONGEST Demon Slayer!

The Story of Yoriichi Tsugikuni the Strongest Demon Slayer of All Time, and the one man Kibitsuji Muzan fears!

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Dynasty Warriors - Official Trailer

Dynasty Warriors
Based on Koei Tecmo's namesake game. The Yellow Turban Rebellion breaks out in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. With the help of his trusted right-hand men Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, militia leader Liu Pei successfully suppresses the revolt. The calculating warlord Dong Zhuo takes advantage of the situation and takes control of the court, stirring further unrest.
Only on NETFLIX July 1, 2021.
Watch the Trailer

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Next Club Meeting is June 26, 2021

  A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
"Ah-nee-may! Ah-nee-may! Ah-nee-may!..."
M O N T H L Y   M E E T I N G

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Meeting Room A (1st Floor)
Saturday, June 26, 2021
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
PLEASE READ
 
We will be in the large MEETING ROOM A on the
First Floor. At this time, masks will be required.
There can be only one person per desk (in order to
keep that 6 foot distance from each other).
The maximum number of people allowed
in the room is TEN, so please 
arrive early to claim your seat.

SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES:

In order to help protect patrons and staff, and in adherence with the state of Illinois’ Phase 4 meeting room guidelines, we ask that you please adhere to the following requirements when visiting the library:

  1. Wear a face covering or mask at all times.
  2. Maintain social distancing of at least six feet apart.
  3. Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.
  4. No food or drink inside the library (Please note, the water fountains are turned off, and Brooks Cafe is not open at this time.)
  5. Staff will wipe down furniture and equipment with disinfectant between groups.
  6. Reduced capacities and availability for meeting spaces. One person per table. There will be limited seating.
  7. If you feel sick or have a high temperature, please use common sense and stay at home. 
 
THANK YOU!

Hope to see everyone there!

 
A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.
 
Hope to see you all there!

(Click below for maps)

Friday, June 18, 2021

Sabikui Bisco - Official Teaser

Sabikui  Bisco
"Rust-Eater Bisco"
A world ravaged by a plague-like wind that caused everything to rust and corrode. Bisco Akaboshi is a mushroom hunter who teams up with a doctor named Milo to hunt down Sabikui, a medicinal mushroom that's said to be a possible cure for the rust, which will also help save Milo's sister from the condition.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

INVASION - Official Trailer

INVASION
Earth is visited by an alien that threatens humanity's existence. Events unfold in real time through the eyes of five ordinary people across the globe as they struggle to make sense of the chaos unraveling around them.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Detective Is Already Dead (2021)

The Detective Is Already Dead
Based on the light novel "Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru." written by Nigojuu and illustrated by Umibouzu (published by Media Factory under MF Bunko J) is finally getting an anime adaptation. The 2nd trailer released featuring the ending theme song "Kodō" (Heartbeat) by a V-artist "Kagura Nana".

▪ SYNOPSIS I, an ordinary high school student, Kimizuka Kimihiko, a crisis-magnet, was appointed to take care of mysterious attache cases by mysterious men in black suits. After meeting a beautiful angel-like detective girl, named Siesta in a hijacked plane, I became her assistant.

And from there– [You deal with the beehive, and I’ll restrain the enemy.] [Don’t make plans that make me the victim.]

We had those kinds of foolish conversations. Sometimes when we saved money at a casino, we would jump around on the beds at a resort hotel, only to be broke again the next day. We would walk through deserts, traverse through jungles, conquer mountains, cross oceans– The great detective and her assistant would go through these dazzling adventures–

Until she died.

And this story starts after that incident. I’m the only one who’s left, but I carry on her remained wishes. This story is far from over...

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Komi Can't Communicate

Komi Can't Communicate
Komi Can't Communicate is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tomohito Oda. It has been serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday since May 2016, with its chapters collected in twenty-one tankōbon volumes as of May 2021. An anime television series adaptation is scheduled to air in October 2021.
On her first day attending the elite Itan Private High School, the main setting of the story, Shouko Komi immediately receives an overwhelming surge in popularity due to the unprecedented, stoic beauty and refined elegance her classmates perceive her to possess. However, only Hitohito Tadano, an exceedingly average schoolboy assigned to the seat next to hers, is able to have the opportunity to discover that, behind her bishōjo appearance, Komi has serious issues in communicating with others. Tadano sets out to help Komi on her quest to find 100 friends.

Monday, June 14, 2021

The Case Study of Vanitas

The Case Study of Vanitas
From the author of Pandora Hearts, Jun Mochizuki's "Vanitas no Carte" manga series is finally receiving an anime adaptation!

Paris, late 19th century. Vanitas is a human who works as a doctor for vampires and wishes to save them. He uses a magical book called The Vanitas Grimoire to dispel an evil curse that corrupts vampires and turns them into blood-sucking monsters. But...this very same book is rumoured to be the cursed tome that gives birth to vampires on nights when the blue moon is full. Noe is a young vampire in search for grimoire, Book of Vanitas to save his friend.

Who, really, is Dr Vanitas? What are the secrets that he holds, and what fate do those secrets spell for the vampire species?

Sunday, June 13, 2021

TRESE - Netflix Animation

✟  R  E  S  E
When it comes to the supernatural, the cops have Alexanda Trese on speed dial. Set in Manila and based on the award-winning Filipino comic, TRESE brings horror folklore like you've never heard before.

"When the sun sets in the city of Manila, don’t you dare make a wrong turn and end up in that dimly-lit side of the metro, where aswang run the most-wanted kidnapping rings, where kapre are the kingpins of crime, and engkantos slip through the cracks and steal your most precious possessions. When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese."

Saturday, June 12, 2021

‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Goes Anime

The Lord of the Rings
THE WAR of the ROHIRRIM

[Source: Deadline] The J.R.R. Tolkien franchise is heading back to the big screen in a fresh New Line and Warner Animation anime title The Lord of the Rings: The War of the RohirrimWe're told that the Oscar-winning feature architects Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh are not involved with the project as we speak, but that will be determined down the road. Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings: Return of the King scribe Philippa Boyens will be a consultant on the new project directed by Kenji Kamiyama. The pic is being fast-tracked with animation work done by Sola Entertainment. Voice casting is currently underway. Pic will be distributed around the globe by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Animation to produce an original anime set in Tolkien’s fantasy world, the companies announced Thursday.

The War of the Rohirrim focuses on a character from the book’s appendix, the mighty King of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand, and a legendary battle which helped shaped Middle-earth heading into LOTR. The anime pic will expand the untold story behind the fortress of Helm’s Deep, delving into the life and bloodsoaked times of Hammerhand. Overall, the movie is a companion piece to New Line’s LOTR trilogy and is set roughly 250 years before that movie during the third age (Note Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings mini-series is set during the second age).

The news comes at a time when Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Kamiyama has been behind such anime projects as Blade Runner: Black Lotus and the TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Joseph Chou (Blade Runner: Black Lotus) will produce. Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) are writing.

This standalone feature will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama, an anime veteran who last directed ‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex' TV series, and produced by Joseph Chou.

Carolyn Blackwood, Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, and Richard Brener, President and Chief Creative Officer, New Line Cinema, said, “All of us at New Line feel a deep affinity for the extraordinary world J.R.R. Tolkien created, so the opportunity to dive back into Middle-earth with the team at Warner Bros. Animation is a dream come true. Fans know Helm’s Deep as the stage for one of the greatest battles ever put to film and, with many of the same creative visionaries involved and the brilliant Kenji Kamiyama at the helm, we couldn’t be more excited to deliver a fresh vision of its history that will invite global audiences to experience the rich, complex saga of Middle-earth in a thrilling new way.”

“This will be yet another epic portrayal of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world that has never been told before. We’re honored to partner with much of the incredible talent behind both film trilogies, along with new creative luminaries to tell this story,” said Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation. “And so it begins.”

Through six movies, including the Hobbit trilogy, The Lord of the Rings movies have grossed $5.9 billion at the WW box office and reps the most awarded film series in history with the highest number of Academy Awards and nominations including 11 Oscars for Return of the King, tying the record for a single film.

Watch the Promo Video