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Anima Mundi fest tooning up in Rio

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Latin America’s largest animation fest, the 10th Anima Mundi, will kick off today in Brazil.

Featuring 431 films and videos in competition, workshops, panels, and special screenings, the 10-day Rio De Janeiro fest also will honor U.S. Oscar winner Chuck Jones.

The local British Council is sponsoring a daylong screening of British cartoons. “Chicken Run” helmer Peter Lord and his fellow Aardman director Jason Spencer-Galsworthy will be on hand to present the studio’s work.

The fest will have a day dedicated to Disney, include a screening of “Beauty and the Beast” with 20 minutes of additional footage.

Fest attendance last year was 75,000.

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