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Annecy 2024: Netflix To Tease ‘Wallace & Gromit’, Zack Snyder’s ‘Twilight Of The Gods’, Skydance’s ‘Spellbound’ & Debut ‘Ultraman: Rising’

By Melanie Goodfellow

April 22, 2024

Netflix will be out in force at France‘s Annecy International Animation Film Festival once again this June, after last year’s high-profile attendance with Nimona as well as teasers for Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget and Blue Eye Samurai.

Its annual Annecy presentation will see directors Nick Park and Merlin Crossingham give a sneak peek of Aardman’s upcoming new and still untitled Wallace & Gromit film, while Zack Snyder, executive producer Deborah Snyder and Xilam Animation Director Slimane Aniss will unveil clips from the adult animated series Twilight of the Gods.

The Netflix event will also feature material from The Twits and Skydance Animation’s Spellbound directed by Vicky Jenson (Shrek) and featuring Rachel Zegler, Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem and John Lithgow in the voice cast.

The new Wallace & Gromit feature will also be spotlighted in the wider festival with an exhibition featuring some of the puppets from the upcoming sequel.

Outside of its own presentation Netflix will also participate in Annecy’s popular Work-in-Progress sessions, with upcoming animation That Christmas.

Writer Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a FuneralNotting HillLove Actually) will be joined on stage by animation director Simon Otto (Love, Death & RobotsHow to Train Your Dragon), producer Nicole Hearon and production designer Justin Hutchinson-Chatburn.

Elsewhere in the festival, Netflix’s upcoming release Ultraman: Risingrebooting the iconic Japanese superhero, will world premiere as part of the official line-up ahead of its launch on the platform on June 14.

The movie, which is the fruit of a partnership between Netflix, Tsuburaya Productions, and Industrial Light & Magic, will also be the subject of a Making of Session.

Director Shannon Tindle, co-director John Aoshima will be joined on stage by art director Sunmin Inn, VFX supervisor Hayden Jones and composer Scot Stafford.

In the same sidebar, members of the team behind animated, coming of age sitcom Big Mouth – Nick Kroll Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin – will talk about the upcoming eighth and final season of the show, which is Netflix’s longest-running original scripted series to date.

The upcoming new season of Arcane – spinning off Riot Games’ League of Legends multiplayer online battle contest, will also be spotlighted as a Making Of session.

Showrunner Christian Linke, scriptwriter Amanda Overton and senior concept artist Arnaud Baudry from Riot Games as well as director Bart Maunoury and producer Christine Ponzevera at Paris-based animation company Fortiche Productions will be part of the conversation.

Netflix also revealed that Blue Eye Samurai and Pokemon Concierge will play in the festival’s competitive sections.

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market will run from June 9 to 15 in the picturesque French lakeside resort of Annecy.

The festival is due to unveil its full line-up in a press conference in Paris on April 25.

John Aoshima is represented by attorney Rob Szymanski.