This Week in Animation: ‘Detective Conan’ on Pace for a Series Best at the Box Office

In This Week in Animation, I’ll take a look at the previous week in the world of animation in order to get you caught up on everything you might have missed. It’s your one-stop shop for news regarding cartoons, anime, and animated web series. We’re talking movies, TV shows, digital shorts, and everything in between!

Last weekend, Japan’s box office saw two anime titans battling it out for the top spot. Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter beat out Crayon Shin-chan: Invasion!! Alien Shiriri and is on pace to be the best performing film of the series. Coming to U.S. theaters will be the entire Season 1 run of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, from Wit Studio and director Tetsurō Araki, who brought us Attack on Titan, with Code Geass writer Ichirō Ōkouchi. Speaking of titans, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is now available on Blu-ray and DVD; we have a new clip and a bunch of images to celebrate that fact. We’ve also got some behind-the-scenes storyboard art from Dash Shaw‘s animated feature film My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea for you to check out.

On the TV side of things, D23–the upcoming Disney expo–will unveil a host of treasures from the Disney archives, among them, art from an unproduced animated short starring Donald Duck titled “Pirate Gold.” Believe it or not, but a series version of the Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is coming to Netflix in early May as Spirit Riding Free; we have a look at the first trailer. And if it’s debut trailers you want, we also have an early look at the new YouTubeRed series, Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force.

For the latest animation stories we’ve already covered on the site this week, take a look at the following links. Then, check out a selection of new stories below. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!

'Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter' #1 in Opening Weekend

As Variety reports, Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter took the top spot at Japan’s box office last weekend in its debut. The 21st entry in the acclaimed anime series, also known as Case Closed, about a detective who’s been transformed into a child but still manages to solve mysterious cases pulled in $14 million in its opening frame last weekend. This is a 6% increase from the 2016 entry, Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare, which set a record for the series with $68.5 million as its final tally.

Taking the second spot in last weekend’s box office in Japan was another installment from a long-running anime series. Crayon Shin-chan: Invasion!! Alien Shiriri is the 25th entry in the anime series about five-year-old Shinnosuke “Shin” Nohara and his friends and family. Though this effort earned $3.6 million in its opening weekend, that was down 18% from last year’s Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep! Dreaming World Big Assault!

While you most definitely won’t see either of these films rolling into American theaters anytime soon, you can still catch the amazing anime feature Your Name in theaters now.

Never-Before-Seen Animated Short 'Donald Duck's Pirate Gold' to Be Unveiled at D23

Attendees of the upcoming Disney exposition D23–taking place from July 14th to July 16th in Anaheim, California–will be treated to a never-before-scene bit of storyboard art featuring a famous face: Donald Duck. CBR has revealed some of the images that will be displayed from the unproduced short, Donald Duck’s Pirate Gold. It’s part of the “Walt Disney Archives Presents — A Pirate’s Life for Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs” exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opening at Disneyland.

“The actual images are from an unproduced short that would have starred Donald Duck and the Aracuan Bird from “Three Caballeros’ as an antagonist to Donald,” Walt Disney Studios archivist Justin Arthur told CBR. “Donald was searching for this pirate gold, and he keeps getting duped by the Aracuan Bird. They went so far as to make storyboards. They ended up testing it with audiences, and it kind of got a lackluster response. Based on that audience feedback, they shelved it.” Head over to CBR for more on “Pirate Gold”, more artwork, and how you can see it in person!

New Images, Clips from 'Teen Titans: The Judas Contract', on Blu-ray Now

Robin and Deathstroke face off in a thrilling fight during Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, the next entry in the popular DC Universe Original Movies series. This clip features the voices of Stuart Allan as Damian Wayne/Robin, and the late Miguel Ferrer as Deathstroke.

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is now available via Digital HD, and Blu-ray & DVD! Check out some bonus images below:

Image via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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First Trailer for 'Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force' Appears

It’s time for families to get their game on with a brand new animated series inspired by one of the most popular gaming apps with more than one billion mobile downloads Fruit Ninja. The 13-episode series featuring fruit-themed characters familiar to fans of the franchise will be available Friday, May 5, 2017 on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app for YouTube Red subscribers. Fruit Ninja is an animated series that follows the humble beginnings of four Fruit Ninjas who run a juice stand as a front for their secret ninja dojo. Fans are introduced to the four young ninjas—Seb, Niya, Peng, and Ralph—who have been training to unlock the ancient secrets of Juice-Jitsu. When a time portal opens, transporting a 1000-year-old ninja, Durian Grey, into the modern world, the four must come together to defeat him and a cast of evil characters who have pledged to wipe out the Fruit Ninjas once and for all.

 

The series is produced by Halfbrick Studios, the original creator of the Fruit Ninja game, in partnership with Toonz Entertainment and Kickstart Productions. YouTube Red is a paid membership that gives viewers an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming and YouTube Kids. Members also get exclusive access to new original series and movies from top YouTube creators. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, New Zealand, Australia Mexico and Korea with plans for additional international expansion throughout the year.

Keep an eye out for my review of Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force next week!

'Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress' Gets a Theatrical Release

Join us at the first ever Anime Movie Night for a special screening of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Exclusive Theatrical Release! Get your tickets here!

 

From the Studio and Director that brought you Attack on Titan, comes Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Exclusive Theatrical Release. This double feature will be a compilation of the original TV series, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, told over two parts:

 

  • Part 1: Light That Gathers
  • Part 2: Life That Burns

Praised for its astounding visuals, the movie will recap events from the original TV series and include updates as well as enhanced footage.

 

Anime Movie Night will be taking place in theaters around North America on April 26th. Tickets are on sale now!

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Check out the Storyboards for Dash Shaw's 'My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea'

One of the most unique moviegoing experiences you’ll ever have is watching writer-director Dash Shaw‘s animated feature My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea. Currently playing in select theaters, it will expand into more territories through June 2nd. Check out the schedule here, and check out storyboards from Andrew Lorenzi and Shaw below:

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'Spirit Riding Free' Trailer Brings the Animated Stallion to Netflix

Spirit Riding Free, which will debut on Netflix Friday, May5th, follows the heartfelt journey of a gutsy 12-year-old girl named Lucky who befriends a wild mustang whom she aptly names Spirit. With her two best friends (and their horses) by her side, Lucky and her friends explore a world filled with endless rides, magnificent horses and and never ending fun! Together they’ll push their own limits, harness the power of friendship and discover what it truly means to be free.

Spirit Riding Free comes from executive producer Aury Wallington and co-executive producer Jim Schumann with cast members Amber Frank, Sydney ParkBailey GambertoglioDarcy Rose ByrnesNolan North, and Kari Wahlgren.

Look for my review of the series coming next week!

When city-turned-country girl Lucky meets a wild mustang named Spirit, she feels an instant connection to the untamable horse. A courageous and natural-born leader, Lucky navigates this new world with her two new best friends, Pru and Abigail by her side. The trio embark on thrilling adventures, find genuine friendship, and discover what it means to be free! The journey begins May 5th on @Netflix!

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