Avalon: Web of Magic

Avalon Production Update, 27 November 2017

Your weekly round-up of updates on the Avalon: Web of Magic animated series!

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Official Synopsis:

From Bridgegate Pictures:

Emily Fletcher, Adriane Charday, and Kara Davies, three very different girls-turned-mages (mages are highly skilled “magic users”), band together to protect and find Avalon, the very source of all magic. Each girl has a bonded animal and magic stone; their animal friends help them on their magical journeys through the different worlds along the Web of Magic. The safety of the Magic Web, and the worlds it connects together, hangs on their success as they battle two main antagonists, the Dark Sorceress and the Spider Witch, who wish to harness the tremendous magical energy and magic of Avalon and distort the Magic Web for their own evil ends. The titular Web of Magic is a web on the magical, mystical plane of existence, connecting all worlds and planets with each other through mystical portals.

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Avalon Production Update, 20 November 2017

Your weekly round-up of updates on the Avalon: Web of Magic animated series!

Great News, Everyone!

The folks at voyager.world sent me an update on the state of the Avalon animated series via Instagram:

We are out there pitching the project to broadcasters to secure a US home for the series. We have a few options but the process is slow. Getting some great feedback from many European broadcasters as well so we may end up producing for Europe and bringing it back to the US. Nothing firm right now, it will take a few more months to figure out the best scenario.

It’s good to see that production is still underway, and that they’re looking for someone to air the series. Hopefully we’ll hear more in the coming months.

Avalon Production Update, 13 November 2017

Your weekly (?) round-up of updates on the Avalon: Web of Magic animated series!

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Notes from the Archivist:

In case you haven’t noticed, there hasn’t been much in the way of news about the Avalon: Web of Magic animated series. The voyager.world Instagram account hasn’t updated since September, a direct message I sent on Instagram hasn’t been answered yet, and both the voyager.world and official Avalon websites have been down since mid- or late October. (The former has a Javascript error; the latter is completely blank.)

I was afraid that production suddenly stopped without warning, which is (sadly) fairly typical with this series. Luckily, Minds Eye Entertainment (one of the production companies attached to the project) posted some new images recently, which I’m sharing here today. (If you follow me on tumblr, you probably saw them already.) These were originally uploaded sometime in late October, but I didn’t find them until last week because I only check the producers’ sites once a month. I guess I should browse them more often!

Comments on the new production images:

  • I hate the poster, mostly because of the way Kara looks. She looks exactly the same as she did in the final character design that was revealed in September. It’s nice to see the characters in context, though. And seeing Avalon in the background is pretty awesome, too!
  • The official character sheet has awesome concept art for the mages’ magic jewels. I’m not a fan of the Wolf Stone’s design, but I like the bracelet.
  • Oh god I can’t stand Ozzie’s design. Neck: too long. General design: too cartoonish. Personally, I’d prefer if he looked more like a ferret. Also, note that his Ferret Stone is now called an Elf Stone, and that his character bio is slightly spoilerish (he doesn’t get his stone or become a Knight of the Circle until halfway through the books). I appreciate that his Knight of the Circle title is finally explained. It was originally only available in the original series’ glossary online; the new series never touched upon it.
  • The Lyra and Stormbringer bios are lifted straight from The Warlock Diaries.

In case you want to follow production on the Avalon: Web of Magic animated series and alert me to any news I miss, check out these sites:

 

Avalon Production Update, 4 September 2017

Your weekly round-up of updates on the Avalon: Web of Magic animated series!

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Notes from the Archivist:

In case you haven’t seen the comments on voyager.world’s Instagram account, fan reaction to the final character designs have been … mixed. Some have praised them, while others voiced objection to Kara’s hair and Adriane’s skin color. The folks at voyager.world have yet to respond to the fans. (A video of a cat purring doesn’t count.)

If anyone cares, here’s my take on the character designs: Emily and Adriane look good, but Kara looks like Amy Poehler’s head stuck on a pre-teen body. Maybe her design reads better in the animated demo? Let’s hope that gets released soon so we can see the mages in action!

Avalon Production Update, 14 August 2017

Your weekly round-up of updates on the Avalon: Web of Magic animated series!

News from Instagram Comments:

  • Re: production and release date: “we are finishing the sales reel now for presentation to the broadcasters. Plan is to start production in fall for summer/ fall 2018 launch” [source]
  • Re: the mages’ clothing: “there will be different outfits designed for the girls depending on where the stories take them” [source]
  • Re: network and website: “we don’t know yet which network will play the episodes. We start meetings in Sept and will keep you posted. We are working on a new website as well.” [source]
  • Re: Be*Tween and series music: “we have B*Tween in a few episode story outlines but we’re not sure what songs will be used yet. We’ll figure it out when we start scripts. For our sales demo, Amy Lee is letting us use one of her songs from Evanescence. How cool is that 🎶!” [source]
  • Re: website and contacting Rachel Roberts: “ya that site needs a complete overhaul. We’re focused on getting the series up and running first. We’ll set up some social for Rachel, twitter or the site or something- which would you prefer?” [source]

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Tangentially Related:

Frequent followers of the voyager.world Instagram account may have noticed their occasional updates on a series called Battle Dragons. I’ve looked into them and discovered that it’s a repackaging of the Bazil Broketail book series, with each book split into two volumes. Also, if you look through the official voyager.world site, you’ll find that they used a promo image from Rachel Roberts’ Sky Rider series in the character guide section.

Notes from the Archivist:

  • They better post the sales reel online when it’s complete! Most fans (myself included) have been anticipating a TV or film adaptation of the series for over a decade. I’d love to see if the animation lives up to the production art. I’m a little worried about the choice of music, though. Evanescence will give me flashbacks to high school….
  • Speaking of production art … yay we got our first look at the mages! I’m really digging the designs for Emily, Adriane, and Lyra. Ozzie, Stormbringer, and Kara … not so much.

Avalon Production Update, 17 July 2017

Your weekly round-up of updates on the Avalon: Web of Magic animated series!

From Instagram image comments:

  • Re: animation style: “we’re exploring using the unreal game engine for cgi animation” [source]
  • Re: Ozzie’s character design: “everyone agrees he needs some work. We’ll tweak him pre-series start” [source]
  • Re: series and episode lengths: “we have 26 half hours for the initial order, but the studio is doing all kinds of tests” [source]

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Tangentially Related:

  • Rachel Roberts published a new book: Case of the Haunted Hearts. It’s the first of the Angel West YA mystery books that was teased on Red Sky Entertainment’s site post-Avalon: Web of Magic (and mentioned in our interview with her). I will start posting recaps here on Wednesday. This means that I’ll be putting my recap of Shadow and Bone on hold — which I’ve neglected to update for a couple of months on account of me being annoyed with the Protagonist and her Love Interest.