Artist: Tim Kowalczyk
Famed animation studio Studio Ghibli launched its first TV series, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, in 2014, and fans’ wait for an official Western version is now coming to an end, thanks to Amazon.
After the series’ 26-episode run wrapped, the studio began shopping an English-language version to various international channels and distributors. That shopping apparently concluded this week, as Amazon confirmed via a Friday press release that Ronja’s dub will debut exclusively on Amazon Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. The news didn’t include a release date, but it did confirm one familiar voice joining the Ronja cast: Gillian Anderson, whose voice previously appeared in famed Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.
Starting Nov. 1, you’ll be able to find John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and their famous yellow submarine in a Lego store near you.
Lego announced its set of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Wednesday—a set that comes with over 550 pieces to construct all four band members, the submarine, and more, according to Lego.
The project came to life after one fan pitched the idea to the company via Lego Ideas, the toy company’s ideas section. The 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine inspired the creation, according to the site.
Via Car and Driver:
Good old-fashioned fantasy cars have become few and far between at modern-day auto shows. Indeed, most cars spinning around on turntables these days have at least some chance of production. Meanwhile, wild, imaginative, razzle-dazzle creations with four wheels and zero chances of being built have all but disappeared. But at the 2016 Paris auto show, Renault did its part to add some of that old-school excitement to its home country’s preeminent auto show with its wild, fantastical Trezor concept, a one-door, two-seat GT that’s both drop-dead gorgeous and utterly impossible, just like concept cars from the good old days.
This is not to say that the Trezor is a pointless exercise. Renault promises the Trezor’s styling paves the way for elements that will be found on future production models, namely its “warm, simple, sensual lines,” clearly defined face, and C-shaped LED light signature. The Trezor also appears as one “petal” of Renault’s Life Flower design strategy, which bases vehicles around life stages: in this case, falling in love.
Via Ars Technica:
BMW has used the slogan “efficient dynamics” for a few years now, but its designers have taken that charge quite literally in this case, with an emphasis on “dynamics.” Yes, it moves as a conventional motorcycle moves, but the frame and power unit reconfigure themselves depending on riding conditions. Although the engine is a zero-emissions power unit, it resembles the horizontally opposed “boxer” engines currently found in BMW’s motorbikes—but only on the move. When the bike parks, the power unit folds itself up like an accordion.
The black triangle frame—which is meant to evoke BMW’s first-ever bike, the 1923 R32—also bends and moves, doing away with the joints and bearings we’d see on a conventional bike. The steering is even speed-sensitive; at higher speeds, the frame becomes less flexible and more stable. The tires are also adaptive, reconfiguring themselves to optimize ride comfort and handling on the fly.
Blue Origin’s escape system test went by without a hitch. Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight outfit successfully ejected the crew capsule from the New Shepherd rocket about 45 seconds after launch, shooting it away at about 400MPH before parachutes carried it safely to Earth. On top of this, Blue Origin landed New Shepherd again — there were worries that the capsule’s rocket would damage the booster and prevent it from landing safely.