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As the year approaches to an end, let's take a look at the latest news in the animation industry with XRender, and what new works we can look forward to next year!

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| "Kung Fu Panda 4" Returns with A New Lineup

After eight years since the release of "Kung Fu Panda 3", the Kung Fu master Po is finally coming back! Universal Pictures has released the latest trailer for "Kung Fu Panda 4". "Kung Fu Panda 4" tells the story of Po's new adventure in ancient China. In the new story, Po is chosen to become the new spiritual leader of Peace Valley, but before taking on this new lofty position, he needs to find a successor for himself, that is, find and train new dragon warriors.

Even worse, there's been a recent sighting of a wicked, powerful sorceress, Chameleon (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), a tiny lizard who can shapeshift into any creature, large or small. And Chameleon has her greedy, beady little eyes on Po's Staff of Wisdom, which would give her the power to re-summon all the master villains whom Po has vanquished to the spirit realm.

Kung Fu Panda 4

which is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 8, 2024.directed by Mike Mitchell ("Shrek 4") and Stephanie Steen, and written by Jonathan Abel and Glenn Berger. What's going next? Let's just wait until March 8th, see you in the theater!

| Suicide Squad ISEKAI

At this year's Anime Expo 2023, the long-rumored joint animation between DC Comics and Hegemony finally had official news! According to official DC Comics, this U.S.-Japanese cooperative animation created with Hegemony, "Suicide Squad ISEKAI," is a story from another world with Harley Quinn as the protagonist, and will be broadcast in 2024.

In the crime-ridden city of Gotham, Amanda Waller, the head of A.R.G.U.S., has assembled a group of notorious criminals for a mission: Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Peacemaker, Clayface, and King Shark. These Super-Villains are sent into an otherworldly realm that's connected to this world through a gate. It's a world of swords and magic where orcs rampage and dragons rule the skies—an "ISEKAI"!

"Suicide Squad ISEKAI" stars a very luxurious cast of voice actors: Anna Nagase, Yuichiro Umehara, Reigo Yamaguchi, Takehito Kiyasu, Jun Fukuyama, Subaru Kimura. The opening song is "Another World" sung by Toruyasu Hotai. In terms of writing and directing, Eri Nagata, who has served as the secondary character design, storyboard, and performance director of "Jutsu Kaisen", will be directed by Nagatsuki, the author of "Re: Life in Another World from Zero" Tappei, and Eiji Umehara, who served as the original story and script for "Viv - The Song of Fluorite Eyes -" are responsible for the screenwriting.

| Mooned: A "Despicable Me" short film focused on Vector

Illumination Entertainment has released the first trailer for its latest animated short film "Mooned", which will screen ahead of Illumination's new original comedy-adventure, Migration (flapping its way to theaters on December 22 through Universal Pictures).

The short, "Mooned", is the latest extra chapter in the "Despicable Me" series. The story revolves around the villain Victor, who was last seen in the 2010 film, where he was stranded on the moon in the finale. And this latest short film follows him on the moon as he attempts to return to Earth.

| Christmas Special: Now Available!

The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday

The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday, a special holiday spin-off of The Bad Guys, is available on Netflix on November 30.

In this new adventure set before the events of the feature, there's nothing the Bad Guys love more than Christmas morning, because while everyone is home opening presents, it's the perfect time to execute their city-wide holiday heist. But when Christmas is unexpectedly canceled, the Bad Guys must do the unthinkable: reignite the city's holiday spirit by giving instead of taking.

Merry Little Batman

DC's new work Merry Little Batman was officially launched on streaming media on December 8, with a Rotten Tomatoes freshness rating of 94%!

The film is produced by Warner Bros., directed by Mike Roth, and written by Morgan Evans and Jase Ricci, from a story by Evans and Roth, based on DC Comics featuring the characters Batman and Damian Wayne. The film stars the voices of Yonas Kibreab, Luke Wilson, James Cromwell, and David Hornsby. In the film, Damian must protect Wayne Manor from villains during Christmas.

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