Chinese Blockbuster ‘Ne Zha’ Gets U.S. Release thanks to Well Go

We’ve been covering the phenomenal performance of Chinese animated feature Ne Zha in the country for the past few weeks, and now, we’re happy to report that the movie will be released in the U.S. on August 29 by indie distributor Well Go USA Entertainment. The film will play exclusively in 3D Imax Theaters on that date, and will get a nationwide expansion on Sept. 6. Ne Zha has earned over $ 555 million in China and is the biggest animated release and the fourth biggest theatrical release of all time in that country.

Produced by Beijing Enlight Pictures and written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Yang Yu (aka Jiao Zi). The pic is described as a fresh take on a well-known work of classical Chinese mythology. It centers on a son of the gods who finds himself a feared outcast because of a divine prophecy that he will bring destruction to the world. He faces a choice between good and evil in order to break with the prophecy and become a hero. The movie has struck a chord with audiences, as it has scored 9.7/10 on the ticketing app Maoyan.

Among Well Go’s other recent releases are Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, Zhang Yimou’s Shadow and Yuen Woo-Ping’s Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy.

Here is the film’s trailer:

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Polish Kids’ Adventure ‘Shrew of Destiny’ Gets English Trailer

An unlikely rodent hero is heading to the big screen in The Shrew of Destiny, a Polish 2D-animated feature based on the graphic novels by Tomasz Samojlik. Currently in development, the comedy-adventure will be the first feature film from EGoFilm (

The story centers on Dobrzyk, the smallest and weakest of all the shrews in the forest, who also happens to be the savior foretold in prophecy who must stop “The Dark Enemy“ — an evil entity bent on destroying all life in the forest. To save his home, Dobrzyk must go on an epic quest to find a legendary weapon (The Nail in the Trunk), tangling with many adventures and spoofs on classic fantasy epics along the way.

The producers have released a new, English-language international trailer.

The Shrew of Destiny is directed by Marcin Wasilewski from a script by author Samojlik and Maciej Kur. Samojlik also created the film’s designs, alongside Marta Sieczak and Agnieszka Czachor. Ewelina Gordziejuk (EGoFilm) is producer. The project is being co-produced with Grupa Smacznego and Paris+Hendzel, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Samojlik’s books are very popular with Polish children, and are known for mixing educational messages with comedic hijinx. All of his works carry an environmental message, often involving various animals native to Poland. His Pompik the Bison books were previously adapted into an animated series by EGoFilm.

Shrew of Destiny

Shrew of Destiny

Shrew of Destiny

Shrew of Destiny

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Cartoon Network’s August Gets Moving with 5-Night ‘Infinity Train’ Event

Fresh animated adventures will be chugging along on Cartoon Network throughout August, with the series premiere of Infinity Train steaming along at the fore. The highly anticipated new show will debut with a five-night event, starting Monday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The day before, fans can watch K.O.’s videogame dreams come true when he meets Sonic the Hedgehog in an epic crossover episode of OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes on Sunday, Aug. 4. Plus, new episodes of fan favorites including Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart, Victor and Valentino and Craig of the Creek offer even more tooned up action.

Thursday, Aug. 1
12 p.m. (ET/PT) DC Super Hero Girls “#BeastsInShow” When Babs and Kara spar over whose dog is better, they decide to settle it at the Metropolis Dog Show, where Ace the Bat-Hound and Krypto the Superdog suddenly find themselves called upon to save the day… in more ways than one.

Friday, Aug. 2
12 p.m. (ET/PT) DC Super Hero Girls “#GothamCon” A fun day for Barbara Gordon and her bestie Harleen Quinzel at Gotham City’s annual geekfest is turned on its head when the villainous Harley Quinn shows up to wreak havoc! Lucky for everyone, Batgirl just happens to be in the area…

Craig of the Creek

Craig of the Creek

Saturday, Aug. 3
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “Cousin of the Creek” Craig takes his cousin, Bryson, to the Creek and accidentally starts a water balloon war.

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Go with the Flow” When Sal stays with Victor and Valentino, the boys are annoyed by him as their roommate but eventually they learn how cool and magical he is.

12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Ninjago “The Explorer’s Club” The ninja must break into Explorer’s Club to obtain the second Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu, running afoul of the club’s manager and irate club-members.

“Vengeance Is Mine!” Aspheera arrives at the Monastery of Spinjitzu and confronts Wu, forcing one of the ninja to make a heroic sacrifice.

Sunday, Aug. 4
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Deep Space Vacation” When Gar lets K.O. and Enid take a vacation to outer space, they get more than they bargained for.

“Let’s Meet Sonic” When world class hero Sonic the Hedgehog visits the plaza, he teams up with K.O. to save the day.

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes “Let’s Meet Sonic”

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Let’s Meet Sonic”

Monday, Aug. 5
6 p.m. (ET/PT) Teen Titans Go! “Girls Night In Part 2” When Blackfire begins her plan to conquer Earth, the girls must pull out all the stops to defeat her.

6:10 p.m. (ET/PT) Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart “Popularity Conquest” When Mao Mao discovers that he is not as popular as Badgerclops and Adorabat, they decide to reinvent him as a kinder, cuddlier hero.

“Sick Mao” When Mao Mao won’t admit that he’s sick, he puts the town in danger.

7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Grid Car” Tulip, a headstrong 13-year-old girl, finds a mysterious train where every car contains its own universe.

“The Beach Car” Tulip strikes a deal with a cat in an attempt to get home, but is the price worth it?

Tuesday, Aug. 6
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Corgi Car” Tulip and One-One explore a car full of Corgis and face off against a mysterious monster.

“The Crystal Car” Tulip, Atticus and One-One enter a crystal forest car and have to take part in a musical ritual.

Wednesday, Aug. 7
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Cat’s Car” Tulip has to face her past.

“The Unfinished Car” The gang enters an unfinished train car and tries to fix it.

Thursday, Aug. 8
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Chrome Car” The gang meets a familiar face in a mirrored car.

“The Ball Pit Car” The gang is confronted by a strange new force on a Ball Pit Car adventure.

Friday, Aug. 9
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Past Car” Tulip takes a risk trusting an old foe. “The Engine” Tulip makes it to the front of the train and is faced with a choice.

Infinity Train

Infinity Train

Saturday, Aug. 10
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “Camper on the Run” A runaway from a summer camp ends up at the Stump, but Craig suspects her story may not be what it seems.

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Aluxes” When Victor finds an ancient relic that summons a gang of mischievous creatures, he uses them to do his bidding, which has disastrous consequences.

12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Ninjago “A Cold Goodbye” Having learned Zane is not dead, Master Wu prepares to go after him, but Lloyd and the other ninja take matters into their own hands and defy their Master.

Victor and Valentino

Victor and Valentino

Sunday, Aug. 11
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Big Reveal” K.O. finds out who his father is.

“Radical Rescue” Rad is forced to reconsider his identity when K.O. starts taking on some of his traits.

6:10 p.m. (ET/PT) Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart “Thumb War” The gang decide to compete in the annual Thumb War competition, but a surprise forces Mao Mao to deal with the unthinkable… losing.

“All By Mao Self” Mao Mao’s desire to be a legend drives him to keep topping himself. But how much is enough?

Monday, Aug. 12
6 p.m. (ET/PT) Teen Titans Go! “The Great Disaster” Robin gets amnesia and starts thinking that Hawkman is his mother.

Saturday, Aug. 17
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “Stink Bomb” An accidental stink bomb explosion causes the kids to evacuate the Creek, but Craig takes it upon himself to rescue those left behind in the stench.

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Guillermo’s Gathering” When Victor and Valentino are forced to go to Guillermo’s boring birthday party, they devise a scheme to leave early, but end up discovering that the party is way cooler than they thought.

Sunday, Aug. 18
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Let’s Get Shadowy” K.O. teams up with an unlikely ally to take on an old foe.

“You’re a Good Friend, KO” K.O. brings Dendy along for a hero mission in order to cheer her up.

Monday, Aug. 19
6 p.m. (ET/PT) Teen Titans Go! “The Viewers Decide” It’s Titans West vs Titans East as the two teams compete for who gets Bumblebee.

6:10 p.m. (ET/PT) Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart “He’s the Sheriff” The gang struggles to get rid of the King when he joins them as their new deputy-for-a-day!

“Bobo Chan” Badgerclops adopts an abandoned monster, but some things are better left in the wild.

Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart

Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart

Saturday, Aug. 24
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “The Evolution of Craig” Craig rescues a tadpole and decides to raise him into a level 100 frog!

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Balloon Boys” Victor and Valentino go on a hot air balloon trip with Sal and compete to be his favorite, but things go awry when they try to use the magical Nazca Lines to their advantage.

Sunday, Aug. 25
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Red Action 3: Grudgement Day” K.O. and Enid attempt to prevent a mysterious power battle between Rad and Red Action.

“Carl” A pleasant weekend goes awry when a monster attacks.

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News Bytes: ‘Space Jam 2’ Stars Countdown, ‘Hello Kitty’ Movie Gets Writer, Popeye Toons Up Dinnerly Meal Kits & More

Asia Pacific Screen Awards: Youth, Animation, Documentary Selection Panels Announced
The Animation jury will be chaired by Deborah Szapiro (lecturer in animation, University of Technology Sydney, Australia) and include Avid Liongoren (Rocketsheep studio, Philippines) and Ann Marie Fleming (director, Window Horses, Canada). Last year’s Best Animated Feature Film prize went to director Leo Gabriadze and producer Timur Bekmambetov for animated documentary Rezo.

Central and Eastern Europe’s premiere stop-motion forum will return to Lodz from October 8-12, and is seeking short film and TV special projects under 30 minutes for its pitch competition. All submissions must utilize puppet animation for at least 80% of the runtime, and the event particularly spotlights projects with artists from CEE attached. Apply online by the deadline: August 4, 2019.

WATCH: VFX Legion Breakdown Real for ‘MA’
The Los Angeles and British Columbia-based studio was called up to create a range of photoreal visual effects for Blumhouse Productions’ psychological horror film — from tortured flesh to a raging inferno. Warning, contains spoilers!

Dinnerly Celebrates Popeye’s 90th Birthday with Signature Meal Kits
Timed to National Fresh Spinach Day, the canned-greens-loving sailor man will feature in three Dinnerly x Popeye taste creations across the U.S. the week of July 15: “Strong to the finish, cause I eats me spinach … ricotta dumplings,” “J. Wellington Wimpy creamed spinach burger & oven fries” and “Olive Oyl fried chicken with Popeye’s Spinach Salad.”

“Next to Olive Oyl and Swee’Pea, there’s nothing Popeye loves more than his spinach!” said C.J. Kettler, President, King Features. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Dinnerly to develop these delicious spinach-fueled, strong to the finish recipes in celebration of National Fresh Spinach Day and Popeye’s 90th birthday.”

Lindsey Beer to Write ‘Hello Kitty’ Movie for New Line
Sanrio’s first big Hollywood picture based on the brand will be penned by Lindsey Beer, whose credits include Masters of the Universe, The Kingkiller Chronicles and Transformers: The Last Knight as well as Netflix’s upcoming Mark Millar adaptation The Magic Order (as showrunner, writer and exec producer).

’Space Jam 2’ Begins Production
Star LeBron James shared an excited Tweet about the start of production on the live-action/animation hybrid sequel. The flick recently (finally) confirmed a team of NBA and WNBA co-stars including Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Diana Taurasi and Nneka & Chiney Ogwumike, as well as Star Trek: Discovery actress Sonequa Martin-Green. Space Jam 2 is currently set for release on July 16, 2021.

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Cannes Gets Animated

While the general public doesn’t think of the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25) as the prime spot for premiering animated projects, this auteur-driven event does have its share of programs that showcase animated shorts and features.

Animation Day

To promote the possibilities of animation, Cannes’s Marché du Film has teamed up with the Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival to present a day of panels and mixers on Sunday, May 19. The program will feature the fourth Annecy Goes to Cannes presentation of five in-progress feature films, complimented by a panel discussion on adult animated film distribution.

“I can only revel in this initiative that enables our two entities to bolster the visibility of animated films at Cannes, and to support this marvelous dynamic experienced by animation feature film. I am very grateful to Jérôme Paillard and the Marché du Film de Cannes for this collaboration that enables diverse professionals to seize the opportunities of an art that is constantly pushing boundaries,” says Mickaël Marin, CEO, CITIA. Among the in-production films to be spotlighted on this special day are:

  • Spain/China. Attending: Ignacio Ferreras (director), Jian-Ping Li (co-director), Manuel Cristobal (producer, Dragoia Media) and Weiwei Song (co-producer, China Film Animation)
  • Archipelago. Attending: Félix Dufour-Laperrière (director) and Nicolas Dufour-Laperrière (producer, Embuscade films)
  • France/Belgium. Attending: Didier and Damien Brunner (producers, Folivari)
  • Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People. Attending: Cesar Cabral (director) and Ivan Melo (producer, Coala Filmes)
  • Yakari. France/Germany/Belgium. Attending: Xavier Giacometti (director) and Maïa Tubiana (producer, Dargaud Media)

(Entry with Marché du Film badge or by registration, first come, first seated.)

Also planned for this day is the essential panel, The A-Z Game Plan to Releasing Adult Animated Films for the Big Screen, which brings together producers, international sellers, distributors and operators to discuss the growing business of mature audience animation. Panelists will deliberate on how to make the best choices from scripting to release, the merits of specialized distributors, and the smart marketing practices that will support a successful cinema release. (Starts at 11:30 a.m.)



An International Sampler

For the second year in a row, Animation Nights New York is hosting a special program at the festival, offering filmmakers from around the world an opportunity to enjoy the spotlight. ANNY has hand-picked 18 animated shorts for exhibition at the event. Among them: Chad Thompson’s #LastSelfie (U.S.), Sacha Beeley’s Big Toast (U.K.), Nick Niebe’s Graffiti (Italy), Brian K Tarus’ Isolated (Kenya), Lauren Sandercock’s Match (U.K.), Igor Coric’s Passage (Serbia), Carol Freeman’s The Bird & the Whale (Ireland), Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh’s The Fox (Iran), Jie Weng’s The Quintet of the Sun (China), Laura Pop’s Monster (Romania) and Bill Plimpton, Billy Shebar and David C. Roberts’ Trump Bites: Xenophobia (U.S.)

These shorts will be available for viewing on the ANNY channel in the Short Film Corner, from May 20-25, and during a special screening at the Marche on May 23 at 1:30 p.m. in Palais H. Participating filmmakers will also receive access to the First Edition of the Animation Day at Cannes with Annecy. The directors/producers participating in the ANNY Cannes Program represent over 13 countries across four continents. Just like last year, it promises to be one of the toon highlights of the festival.

The Fox

The Fox

Trump Bites: Xenophobia

Trump Bites: Xenophobia

Angry Birds Watching

Remember the good old days of Cannes when Jeffrey Katzenberg used to premiere DreamWorks Animation’s movies with splashy events and star appearances by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Cate Blanchett and Justin Timberlake? Well, this year, Sony Pictures Animation is hoping to bring back those glitzy spotlights with a special The Angry Birds Movie 2 event on Monday, May 13 on the Carlton Pier. At press time, producer John Cohen was confirmed to attend, but we speculate festival-goers might also get a chance to hang out with director Thurop Van Orman and some of the film’s voice cast—which includes Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Leslie Jones, Pete Davidson, Sterling K. Brown, Awkwafina, Jason Sudeikis, Rachel Bloom, Josh Gad, Danny McBride and Niki Minaj.

The Angry Birds Movie 2

The Angry Birds Movie 2

A Surreal Stop-Motion Treat

European animation watchers have been eagerly anticipating the release of Czech studio Maur Film’s new project Of Unwanted Things and People, which won the Eurimages Co-Pro Development Award at Cartoon Movie this year. The stop-motion anthology pic centers on an older man with two young kids who conjures up stories that can take the reader back in time. Directed by David Su?kup, Ivana Lauc?i?kova?, Leon Vidmar Agata Gorza?dek, the surreal pic is based on a book by Arnošt Goldflam and also features two orphans and their strange aunt who turns into a cat when no one is around, a lonely man who learns how to fly and becomes the king of all birds, and an abandoned hut that once was home to fantastic monsters.

Of Unwanted Things and People

Of Unwanted Things and People

A Dog’s Life

Romanian director Anca Damian’s upcoming movie Marona’s Fantastic Tale was one of the winning projects at this year’s Cartoon Movie. This month, the much-anticipated project will be making waves on the Croisette as well. Written by Anghel Damian, the French-Romanian pic follows the adventures of a beautiful half-breed Labrador as she enters the lives of several people throughout her life. Each owner gives her a different name, but the only constant is the unconditional love and unwavering empathy that the pooch offers those around her.

According to Anca Damian, the film was inspired by her own experience of saving a stray dog she found on the street. “The audience encounters a dog prepared to give her all out of love for her masters,” she told Cineuropa. “This theme of empathy lies at the very heart of my film, and as we are telling a contemporary tale. I wish to highlight that the empathy comes more from the dog than from human beings. Thanks to the power of animation, we are going to be able to amplify this by playing on anthropomorphism, and thus question the notion of giving.”

The film, which began production in November of 2017, had a budget of 2.7 million euros (over $ 3 million), and was supported by the Romanian National Film Center. A total of 27 animators worked on the movie, using various 2D and 3D techniques. Brecht Evens was character designer, Gina Thorstensen and Sarah Mazetti were background designers.

A co-production of Aparte Film, Minds Meet and Sacrebleu Productions, the film’s worldwide sales is handled by French company Charades.



‘Swallows of Kabul’ Takes Flight

The sole animated movie screening at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section is the haunting 2D-animated feature The Swallows of Kabul, which is based on Yasmina Khadra’s acclaimed 2002 novel. Animated by France’s Les Armateurs (Ernest & Celestine) and Luxembourg’s Studio 532, the movie takes an unflinching look at the lives of two couples living in Afghanistan under the brutal Taliban regime. The project is directed by actress/helmer Zabou Breitman (Beautiful Memories) and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec (Ernest & Celestine).

“The author writes about people who have to survive in a harsh environment where lives are destroyed and individuals have to make challenging choices in order to survive in a hostile world,” says Breitman. “All the issues and characters are treated with sensitivity, and despite the seemingly hopeless situation, it is still possible to find the strength and courage to move forward.”

Swallows of Kabul

Swallows of Kabul

Critics Find ‘I Lost My Body’

Jérémy Clapin’s feature directorial debut I Lost My Body (J’ai perdu mon corps) will premiere as part of the Cannes Critics Week lineup. Produced by Marc du Pontavice at acclaimed French studio Xilam Animation, the adaptation of Guillaum Laurant’s Happy Hand generated a lot of buzz at Cartoon Movie earlier this spring.

Clapin previously made the Critics’ Week list with his César-nominated short Skhizein (2008), which won the Cannes Discovery Award as well as the Annecy Audience Award, Best French Animation at Clermont-Ferrand, and Best Animated Short honors from Chicago Int’l Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and Hiroshima Animation Festival. He is also the director of lauded shorts Palmipedarium (2012) and his first film Backbone Tale (2004).

The film centers on the misadventures of a cut-off hand which escapes from a dissection lab with one crucial goal: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to… until they met Gabrielle.

The screenplay is by Jérémy Clapin and Guillaume Laurant. The voice cast is led by Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois and Patrick D’Assumçao. I Lost My Body was co-produced by Rhone-Alpes Cinema; Charade is handling international sales, and will also screen at Annecy in June.

I've Lost My Body

I’ve Lost My Body

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News Bytes: ‘Dora’ Movie Gets First Trailer, ‘Chris the Swiss’ Wins Swiss Film Award, Junji Ito’s First Art Book & More

Sesame Street AppleTV+ Series ‘Helpsters’ Announced by Big Bird & Cody at Tech Giant Confab
Apple’s “It’s Showtime” event welcomed the muppets on stage to announced the first original series in the Apple-Sesame Workshop deal announced last summer. The series will teach kids the principles of coding which “fosters collaboration, critical thinking skills, and is an essential language that every child can learn,” according to its star, Cody.

WATCH: Season 8 Promo ‘Spirit Riding Free’
Change is in the air for Lucky, Pru and Abigail, as new episodes launching April 5 find the PALs faced with big changes and even bigger choices. Lucky becomes a big sister, Pru and Chica Linda take on a new competition, and Abigail rescues a wild wolf pup! When the opportunity to go to boarding school presents itself, the girls must decide if this new adventure is worth leaving Miradero behind.

To celebrate, DreamWorks TV has also released the official music video for Tegan Marie performing “Horses.”

www.biaf.or.krCALL FOR ENTRIES: Bucheon Int’l Animation Festival ‘19
The 21st BIAF is accepting films in the competition categories for Features, Shorts, Graduation and TV/Commissioned — totalling 42,000 USD in cash prizes. The festival will be held Oct. 18-22 in Bucheon, S. Korea. Deadline: June 30 (Short, Graduation, TV/Comm.) / July 31 (Features)

Horror Manga Master Junji Ito to Publish First Artbook; Exhibition to Be Held in Tokyo
The creator of insidiously innovative tales of terror like Uzumaki and Tomie last week launched pre-orders for the Ikei Sekai (World of Monsters), which gathers 133 pieces of art from his classic manga stories (which also include Souichi, Lovesick Dead and Gyo) through to his most recent works, including full color and black and white illustrations. In commemoration of the publication, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper is sponsoring an exhibition March 23-April 9 at the SPAN gallery in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood.

2019 Swiss Film Awards
Chris the Swiss, the debut feature from Anja Kofmel (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, World Sales: Urban Distribution International) was honored as the Best Documentary Film, Best Film Score (Marcel Vaid) and Best Film Editing (Stefan Kälin) winner. The animated documentary in which the director investigates the mysterious circumstances around her cousin’s death during the Yugoslave Wars, premiered in Critics Week in Cannes 2018 and was subsequently selected by numerous renowned international animation and documentary film festivals, such as the Animafest, Annecy, DOK Leipzig and IDFA in Amsterdam.

WATCH: ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Official Trailer
Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure ever: high school. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego, a mysterious jungle inhabitant and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold. Directed by James Bobin, starring Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, and Danny Trejo. In theaters August 2.

Junji Ito

Junji Ito

Chris the Swiss

Chris the Swiss

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News Bytes: Disney-Fox Merger Closing, Lost ‘Doctor Who’ Gets Animated & More

WATCH: Blockhead “Slippery Slope” feat. billy woods, Open Mike Eagle & Breezly Brewin
10 years since the last music video from hip hop producer Blockhead, this lone artist claymation effort is a painstakingly crafted sci-fi complement to the track off his latest album, Free Sweatpants. The slim-to-none budget piece was created in a very old school vein: animated on 24fps, with no greenscreens. See more at Mr. Oz’s YouTube channel and on Instagram @claytoi.

LOBO Visualized “Bad Ideas” in CCR Driving PSA
Latin American highway concession operator CCR teamed up with agency Heads and global creative studio LOBO for a new driving safety PSA with light-hearted animations, casting “bad ideas” behind the wheel as mischievous monsters with their own unique personalities. Alton directed the film and designed nine creatures, each representing a dangerous driving habit: “Doze-Off” lumbers to a standstill in a daze, “Drunkaroni” thinks leaving the bar buzzed is a great idea, “Light-Killer” couldn’t care less about regular tune-ups, and many more. Amidst the chaos, a hero arose: “Responsa,” a fuzzy creature with a responsible attitude who stands for safer traffic for all.

CCR_60s_Bad_ideas from Lobo on Vimeo.

‘Gigantosaurus’ Launches on Disney Junior
Cyber Group Studios’ new preschool series has made the big move to Disney Junior as of Friday, March 15 at 7:35 p.m., following its debut earlier this year on Disney Channel. The exciting everyday adventures of Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu will air on its new home at 10 a.m. on weekends and 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. on weekdays. The quest for the Gigantosaurus continues on Disney Channel at 9 a.m. weekdays, with new episodes each Friday.

Missing ‘Doctor Who’ Episodes Brought Back to Life with Animation
Originally broadcast in 1967, four-part adventure “The Macra Terror” — in which the second Time Lord Patrick Troughton contends against a race of giant crab creatures — were recreated from fan audio recordings and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 25 by BBC Studios.

Disney, Fox Merger Set to Close March 20
Disney has received the final sign-off from Mexican regulators this week, and is set to seal the $ 71.3 billion acquisition at the end of the month. The Mouse House will pick up the 21st Century Fox studio, a controlling stake in Hulu, channels such as FX and more. Former Warner Bros. exec Craig Hunegs will lead the restructure of Disney Television Studios.

Dr. Who

Doctor Who

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Martha Stewart Gets Into the Cannabis Business

Maybe all that time she spent with Snoop Dogg turned Martha Stewart into a fan of Cannabis, or maybe she’s just realizing how big her empire can be if she gets into the booming Cannabis business. Whatever her reasoning, it’s awesome to announce that Martha Stewart is officially in the Cannabis business.

Martha Stewart Partners With Canopy Growth Corporation

The 77 year old Stewart is well known for helping people with all sorts of household issues, but now, she’s going to take her brand into our space, as she’s partnered with Canopy Growth Corporation.  Many media outlets have reported this, including Forbes and Fox Business.

Folks, we’ve made the mainstream.  We’re here.  I’ve always known we were here, but we’re done with the edgy celebrities, the whackos, and the greedy businessman who enter a market for cash, and we’ve reached a point where someone who could be all of our sweet Grandma’s is now firmly entrenched in our business.  BOOM! 

She’s reportedly assisting with crafting a variety of products for animals and humans.

With recreational marijuana being 100% legal in 10 States, with four others right behind them, we’re seeing a huge number of business moves being made in this space.  It’s getting hard to keep up with all of the new launches of product lines, mega dispensaries, and rumors like Whole Foods getting into the marijuana business.  It’s also encouraging that one study has 17% of the US population using cannabis on a regular basis.

Breakdown of Cannabis Users in the USA


In other mainstreamers joining in the booming market, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, has come onto the board of Acreage Holdings, a business working in cannabis in many states.  He’s been on record stating that he is against throwing people in jail for having possession of small amounts of pot.

Of course, as I mentioned earlier, she has been hanging out with Snoop Dogg, who has his own cannabis line and is a huge pot smoker.  He once famously said he smoked pot in front of the White House!

When pressed for comments, she said that she has been asked to “design recipes an ointments for humans and animals like cats and dogs.”

(Source:  Hollywood Reporter.)

Related:  find a CBD oil for your cat or dog on this page.

Canopy is headquartered in Smiths Falls, Ontario.  More news on this story as it becomes available.

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Cam Christiansen’s ‘Wall’ Gets Limited NYC Film Forum Release

New York City’s Film Forum will present the U.S. theatrical premiere of Wall — the feature film adaptation of David Hare’s political play directed and animated by Cam Christiansen, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Beginning Wednesday, April 3, the Film Forum will be screening Wall for one week, with multiple daily showings, free of charge.

In the play (and now, in the animated feature), British playwright Hare (Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Reader and The Hours) confronts the brute reality of the Israeli “Separation Fence”: four times as long as the Berlin Wall, it required the confiscation of 4,000 acres of Palestinian land and the destruction of 1,000 trees. This important exploration of the structure’s political/cultural impact is given new life in Christiansen’s animated essay, which follows Hare on a journey to come face to face with the wall.

Free public screenings are made possible thanks to the Ostrovsky Family Fund. The film is presented in association with The Other Israel Film Festival, with support from the Joan S. Constantiner Fund for Jewish and Holocaust Films; the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Fund; the Richard Brick, Geri Ashur, and Sara Bershtel Fund for Social Justice Documentaries.

WALL (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.





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‘Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum’ Gets Posthumous Publication

A new children’s book by iconic author-illustrator Theodor Geisel (1904-1991) will hit shelves this fall, as Random House Children’s Books has announced the publication of Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum on September 3, 2019 in an initial 250,000 copy printing. The news was announced Friday by Mallory Loehr, SVP, Publisher, Random House Books for Young Readers; and Susan Brandt, President, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum is a celebration of art and how we all see the world in different ways, told by an affable horse guiding a group of students on a tour of an art museum. The original manuscript was discovered in Geisel’s home in La Jolla 21 years after his death, alongside the manuscript for 2015 No. 1 New York Times bestseller What Pet Should I Get?

Taking inspiration from Dr. Seuss’s original sketches, acclaimed illustrator Andrew Joyner has completed the unfinished artwork. Joyner’s whimsical illustrations are combined throughout with full-color photographic reproductions of famous horse artwork by Pablo Picasso, George Stubbs, Rosa Bonheur, Alexander Calder, Jacob Lawrence, Deborah Butterfield, Franz Marc, Jackson Pollock and many others. Classic Dr. Seuss characters (including Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and Horton the Elephant) make cameos throughout this unique book.

A Publisher’s Note at the end of the book discusses the discovery of the manuscript and sketches, Geisel’s fascination with modern art, the process of creating the book with Andrew Joyner, and information about each of the artists and art reproductions in the book.

Dr. Seuss’s former art director, Cathy Goldsmith, now President & Publisher of Beginner Books, is overseeing the preparation for publication. Goldsmith is the one remaining publishing executive at Random House to have worked directly with Geisel during his lifetime, including spending time with him in La Jolla when he was finishing Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“I remember fondly the days when Ted would come to Random House to hand-deliver his latest work, which included reading aloud to staff gathered in a conference room,” says Goldsmith. “Poring over the manuscript and Ted’s original sketches for Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum brought me right back to those days, and I continue to be so honored to bring his brilliant work to today’s young readers.”

“We’re so excited to have Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum to share with readers, and to give them an inside look at how Ted thought about art, and how he viewed the world — which was with a creative eye, and a passionate belief in imagination,” says Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ Brandt. “This new book will not only entertain as only Dr. Seuss can, but is sure to inspire conversations about the countless ways we each view the world around us. We happily expect that many children will be asking, ‘What do YOU see?’ after sitting with this latest creation by Dr. Seuss.”

Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum

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Loot Crate Gets Schwifty with Quarterly ‘Rick and Morty’ Crate

Loot Crate has announced the launch of a new Rick and Morty Crate, in collaboration with Cartoon Network Enterprises, which will deliver exclusive goodies inspired by Justin Roiland’s Adult Swim smash hit to subscribers every quarter, and allow fans of the franchise to get schwifty in a whole new way!

“With this new Rick and Morty subscription, we’re ‘teleporting’ one-of-a-kind products and experiences to fans that they won’t be able to get anywhere else,” said Chris Davis, CEO of Loot Crate. “We’re thrilled to work with Cartoon Network Enterprises on the Rick and Morty Crate, which will bring fans of the Adult Swim series together in a whole new way.”

This new quarterly Rick and Morty Crate is on sale now, and will ship its first crate in July 2019. The Rick and Morty Crate is valued at $ 65+ USD per crate, and costs $ 39.99 USD + $ 10 S&H for US subscribers and $ 55.99 (including shipping) for international subscribers.

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Sully Gets New Gig As Walter Reed Facility Dog

Feb. 28, 2019 — Sully Bush, President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, has been assigned a new mission: helping to ease stress and lift the spirits of wounded veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

In a ceremony livestreamed on Facebook, Sully was sworn in as a Navy hospital corpsman second class. Sully sat at attention through the oath, which charged him to “support, comfort, and cheer our warriors and their families, active duty and retired.”

Along with his new title, he received a new vest signifying his rank. He will be joining a team of six other service dogs at the facility.

Named for Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot known for safely landing US Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009, Sully served President Bush for 6 months, until Bush’s passing in November.

Sully made headlines and warmed hearts in December when he kept watch over Bush’s casket. A photo of the moment went viral on Instagram.

Sources, @sullyhwbush

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Pot Banking Gets Attention but No Action in Hyped Hearing

The United States House of Representatives held its first hearing on the challenges of marijuana business banking on February 13, gaining attention and praise for doing what congressional leaders had not done in the past: actually considering federal marijuana reform.

Even so, the House Financial Services Committee hearing provided more bark than bite, since this was just an initial discussion of the issue. Among the topics: a draft of Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s SAFE Banking act, which he plans to introduce formally later this month, after he incorporates feedback from the hearing.

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Because the plant is still federally illegal, licensed marijuana companies and the ancillary businesses that serve them often have a hard time finding banks and financial institutions that will take their money. Fearing the potential for federal racketeering and trafficking charges for handling funds related to something still deemed federally illegal, most financial institutions won’t serve the pot industry…or drop those clients once they find out they’re dealing with marijuana businesses. As a result, the majority of licensed pot companies operate on a cash-only basis.

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“Today’s hearing is a big deal. It’s a big deal for thousands of employees and businesses across this country who have been put at risk because they are forced to deal with piles of cash while Congress has stuck its head in the sand,” Perlmutter said during the hearing. “We need these marijuana-related businesses and employees to have access to our banking system. It will improve transparency and accountability, and help law enforcement root out illegal transactions to prevent tax evasion, money laundering and other white-collar crime. Most importantly, though, it will help reduce the risk of violent crimes in our communities.”

Perlmutter, who has been pushing federal banking reform in connection with licensed pot businesses since 2013, told fellow lawmakers about Travis Mason, a security guard who was shot dead in 2016 during an attempted robbery at a dispensary in Aurora.

“These stories are why we drafted the SAFE Banking Act,” he explained. “If someone wants to oppose the legalization of marijuana, that’s their business, but the American voters have spoken. The fact is, you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Prohibition is over.”

Colorado Representative Ed Perlmutter has been working on marijuana banking reform since 2013.

Colorado Representative Ed Perlmutter has been working on marijuana banking reform since 2013.

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The meeting was Perlmutter’s first chance to have a draft of his bill heard in committee. Praised for his “moment in the sun” and acting as a “portrait of persistence” by his colleagues, Perlmutter saw support from representatives in states that have also legalized marijuana, such as Denny Heck (Washington), Maxine Waters (California) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan).

“You’ve made a really strong case here as to why these banks deserve a safe harbor,” Waters, who serves as committee co-chair, told Perlmutter. “This is so important; so many people have been waiting on it.”

Not everyone on the committee was persuaded, however, and the loudest opposition came from representatives of Southern states, including Blaine Luetkemeyer (Missouri), Patrick McHenry (North Carolina), Roger Williams (Texas) and Bill Posey (Florida). Most of their objections centered on marijuana’s federal status and — despite committee co-chair Gregory Meek’s warnings to keep the discussion on banking — the plant’s stigma and designation in the Controlled Substances Act.

“This is like having a stoplight at a major intersection..and the light gets turned off. And [then] what do you have? Confusion and chaos,” Luetkemeyer said. “I’m concerned it would create more confusion than it solves.”

Calling marijuana “a gateway drug,” Williams voiced his disapproval of furthering legalization and allowing banks to serve federally illegal businesses.

Posey’s criticism went back to gun rights. A proponent of loosening gun restrictions, he said he didn’t believe the marijuana industry deserved “special treatment” from federal enforcement while firearms dealers, payday lenders and other companies believed to be at a higher risk for fraud and money-laundering are also largely denied banking services as a result of a 2013 Department of Justice directive, Operation Choke Point.

However, the Trump administration announced plans to end Operation Choke Point in 2017.

Luetkemeyer and Kentucky rep Andy Barr both wondered why the marijuana industry didn’t pursue federal legalization, as industrial hemp had done. “The hemp industry showed us how to solve this problem — by de-scheduling the substance,” Luetkemeyer said. “The states have jumped the gun here. They should have contacted their congressman.”

Although the much-hyped hearing didn’t provide any concrete results, it did represent progress that the pot industry hopes will continue, according to lobbyist Melissa Kuipers Blake.

“This is probably the first [hearing] of its kind. Having this be scheduled so directly and with preparation is really exciting,” Blake says. “With the Democratic takeover of the House, there’s a larger appetite to take on marijuana issues and have solutions for businesses across the country.”

A lobbyist for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and the Cannabis Trade Federation, Blake represents marijuana brands like LivWell and Dixie Elixirs. She says that the hearing could create more momentum for Colorado Senator Cory Gardner’s STATES Act, which would leave marijuana regulation up to the states, similar to the way they regulate alcohol. “Having Senator Gardner — who’s in a state that’s very blue right now and has taken up the cause and wants to win re-election in 2020 — that’s a lot of good politics,” she explains.

Blake expects more marijuana reform bills to be introduced in Congress this year, including proposals for conviction expungement and reclassifying THC.

“For Democrats, this has long been an issue and one that they embrace. There’s a lot of interest in the social component, and making sure certain groups that were under-represented are now properly represented,” she adds. “The Republican side has been completely based on state law and the Tenth Amendment issue. Republicans, as you know, care very strongly about the Constitution. They can’t defend guns if it’s in the Constitution, and the same goes for states that legalize marijuana.”

Update: This story was updated on February 15 to reflect that fact that Representative Perlmutter’s bill has not yet been formally introduced.

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Ohio Teen Gets Himself Vaccinated, Inspires Others

Feb. 15, 2019 — Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, OH, has been thrust into an unusual position. He’s been fielding nonstop questions from peers wanting to know how he rebelled against his mother’s anti-vaccine stance to get immunized against measles and other diseases.

Since his story first appeared Feb. 6 in the nonprofit digital magazine, Lindenberger has been featured in local, national, and overseas news outlets, not to mention burning up discussion threads online.

Lindenberger has become an impromptu expert to other teens and young adults who want to follow in his footsteps.

“In terms of people who want to get vaccinated, I’ve probably talked to 20 or 30, privately,” he says in an interview with WebMD. “On forums, probably dozens or even hundreds. I try to answer as many as I can.”

Lindenberger says his mother, Jill Wheeler, has long been against vaccines. The teen first began to publicly question her decision when he posted on the popular discussion site in November. He asked how an 18-year-old would go about getting vaccinated.

As he began to get various vaccinations, media reports about him multiplied, and so did the requests for information and guidance, questions and comments.

Lindenberger doesn’t tell other unvaccinated teens and young adults what to do. Like him, he says, everyone has to make up their own mind.

“I tell them, ‘Here are your options, here is what I did, and I wish you the best of luck,’ ” he says. “I don’t want to say I’m an inspiration, and I don’t want to seem like I am trying to gloat or I am trying to be a hero.”

Along with the honest questions have also come snide remarks online and peculiar inquiries. “Some asked if I was going to start an underground vaccine [effort],” he says. “People are asking if I am going to sneak people out in the middle of the night [to get vaccinated].” No to both, he tells them.

Lindenberger’s story gained attention in part because of this year’s resurgence of measles, a sometimes deadly disease once thought eliminated from the United States. Officials say a rise in anti-vaccination sentiment has helped ease measles’ return.

Among those who have contacted him is a 20-year-old woman who told him she has not had a single vaccine. And a 17-year-old told Lindenberger his parents are immigrants who don’t believe in vaccinations, saying they were so controlling, they would not let him drive anywhere without knowing exactly where he was going.

As the debate played out on Reddit, “a lot of people were saying ‘What is the big deal, you are 18,’ ” Lindenberger says.

But while he legally had the right to control his own health care, he knew the discussion with his parents would be delicate and risky. He wanted to keep as much family peace as possible.

He also is a realist. “If I got kicked out,” he says, he knows that it would be tough to live as a high school student not making a living wage.

Slow and Steady Approach

Even with that perspective, the discussions are bound to be difficult. “It’s not going to be pretty in the beginning,” he says. “It comes as a shock to parents when the kids have the gall to approach you and say, ‘I disagree.’ “

Lindenberger first started questioning his mother’s position when he realized he might need a vaccination record for college admission. He also quickly discovered he was alone among his friends in terms of immunizations.

“I just know that It something I need to do for my own wellbeing and the wellbeing of people around me. I don’t want to be the reason some eradicated disease spreads again lol,” Lindenberger said on his initial Reddit post.

When the initial conversations with his mom began, he recalls, she seemed scared “and a little irrational the way she was catastrophizing the situation.” He says a big part of his mother’s resistance is traced to a 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield linking the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism. The Lancet later retracted the study, and the link between vaccines and autism has been discredited by numerous studies.

Eventually, Lindenberger says, “she respected my decision. The way she put it is, ‘Although we can disagree, we still love each other.’ “

On Feb. 14, Lindenberger’s mother posted on her Facebook page that she would be a guest on the Robert Scott Bell radio show. “I will be giving my side of the story,” she posted. Bell is an advocate of natural healing. She told that she felt not vaccinating her son was “the best way to protect him and keep him safe.”

Lindenberger says the family discussions have continued, and he admits that they can still be “a little heated.” His parents divorced, he says, when he was about 8, and while is father is also anti-vaccine, he doesn’t feel as strongly, Lindenberger says.

The 18-year-old’s decision has had a ripple effect among some of his six siblings. His younger brother, 16, has “seen an overwhelming amount of evidence [for vaccinations] and is continuing to do his own research,” Lindenberger says. Others are not.

Playing Catch-Up

Teens under 18 who decide to get vaccinated can turn to the newly updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics on when to get immunized and how many doses are needed for each vaccine, says H. Cody Meissner, MD, a professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and director of pediatric infectious disease at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

People over 18 should use the CDC guidelines, he says. Meissner is a consultant on guidelines for the CDC and a consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ committee on infectious disease.

When teens tell him they want to question their parents’ anti-vaccine stance, Meissner tells them that “the first step is to find out why the parent is opposed to vaccination.”

Most unvaccinated teens who ask him about immunizing are 18, he says. For those under 18 who want to get vaccinated when their parents are against it, Meissner suggests talking first to their pediatrician and then finding out the laws in their state. Federal law does not explicitly require consent of parents for vaccinations, and state laws vary.

Lindenberger’s Progress

As of mid-February, “I have gotten five vaccines,” Lindenberger says. “I am getting five more this month.” He hopes to be finished with all recommended immunizations by the end of this year, he says.

He has gotten positive feedback from other teens who have read his story. One told him, “Hey, this story has helped me to talk to my parents about it.”

With all this background in medical research, might Lindenberger be eyeing a career in medicine? Not a chance, he says. “I’m hoping to pursue a career in the ministry,” he says, “and to become a published author.” But right now, as he wrote recently on Reddit, he is looking forward to getting back to “normal” life. And he’s just a little worried about his chemistry grade.


Ethan Lindenberger, 18, Norwalk, OH.

H. Cody Meissner, MD, professor of pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine; director of pediatric infectious disease, Tufts Medical Center, Boston.

CDC: “Recommended Vaccines by Age,” May 1, 2018; “Measles Cases and Outbreaks,” Feb. 11, 2019.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules: United States, 2019.”

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Alcohol Problems Grow as Booze Gets a Bigger Kick

Feb. 14, 2019 — Americans may not be drinking much more than they used to — but they’re drinking more potent stuff.

And that trend toward higher-alcohol drinks may be part of what’s driving an increase in alcohol-related deaths and illnesses, according to new research.

Sales of wine and liquor have gone up, while beer sales are largely flat. And more of the beer-drinking dollar is going toward varieties with a higher percentage of alcohol by volume (ABV), whether they’re high-gravity craft beers or corner-store malt liquor.

“There’s been this observation recently of increases in alcohol-related problems like increases in alcoholic liver disease and mortality and emergency room visits related to alcohol, but we haven’t seen a similar increase in alcohol consumption,” says Priscilla Martinez, PhD, a public health and epidemiology researcher at the California-based Alcohol Research Group.

Estimates of how much Americans drank grew only 6% between 2002 and 2013, or about two drinks per person per month, says Martinez, who led the new study. But drinking-related health problems soared during that time. Meanwhile, estimates used to find out how much alcohol is in a typical drink — a 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 1.5-ounce shot of liquor — “have been static for a long period of time,” Martinez says.

“The estimates that exist now have had the same alcohol-by-volume values since the 1970s,” she says. “Maybe that’s why we’re not seeing this increase in alcohol consumption, because we’re not calculating it as precisely as we should.”

It’s only in the past decade or two that most states allowed higher-alcohol beers to be sold in restaurants and stores. Most had an ABV limit of 6% or 7%. In other words, those estimates do not reflect that a 12-ounce beer with an alcohol by volume of 10% has about twice the alcohol content of a 5-ounce glass of wine.

Using federal data, state liquor regulators, and industry statistics, Martinez and her colleagues found consumer tastes have been shifting toward higher-proof booze.


It’s not just microbrews, either. The alcohol content of the wines and liquor people are buying went up as well. And more people were buying cordials and liqueurs. That might reflect a preference for more liquor and fancy cocktails among younger drinkers, “but this work didn’t speak to that exactly,” Martinez says.

Overall, the average alcohol by volume grew about 2% for beer between 2002 and 2016, 6% for wine, and 4% for liquor. That may not seem like much, but it can add up quickly for people who drink regularly, Martinez says.

“Even if it’s just a 1% increase in ABV, you’re drinking that every day,” she says. “That means over the course of the year, you’re going to be ingesting many more grams of ethanol, pure alcohol, than you would have even if it’s a lower ABV.”

Keep Tabs on Alcohol Volume

Deaths from alcohol-related liver disease have jumped about 40% since 2006, and drinking-related emergency room visits are up more than 60%, the study found. Martinez said her study doesn’t directly link that increase in alcohol content to alcohol-related illnesses, but Richard Grucza, an epidemiologist at Washington University in St. Louis who studies alcohol use, said the study may help explain the apparent mismatch between consumption and health effects.

“The bad outcomes for alcohol are increasing at a rate much higher than consumption itself,” he says. And that suggests consumers may need to be warier of what they’re pouring.

“People don’t necessarily measure what they’re pouring into their drink or when they go to the bar,” says Grucza, who wasn’t involved in the new study.

While most mass-produced beers like Budweiser and Coors top out at 5% alcohol by volume, some craft beers on the market now contain more than 10% alcohol. At a bar, “They’ll serve something like that in a smaller glass,” Grucza says. But at home, “When people drink a bottle of beer, they just think it’s a bottle of beer.”



Priscilla Martinez, PhD, Alcohol Research Group.

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research: “New Estimates of the Mean Ethanol Content of Beer, Wine, and Spirits Sold in the United States Show a Greater Increase in Per Capita Alcohol Consumption than Previous Estimates.”

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