Hello Kitty celebrates 40th Anniversary in Space!

August 16, 2014- S. Barton

Hello Kitty has gone where very few toys have gone before:To Outer Space! In celebration of the beloved character’s 40th Anniversary, her creators from Sanrio Co.,LTD, have sent her out of the world.

On June 19 2014 ,a 1.6-inch (4 centimeters) Hello Kitty figure rode aboard the nano-satellite, Hodoyoshi 3, launched from Russia. She’s riding in a compartment 28 inches tall (70 cm), and 20 inches wide and deep, which is also equipped with a digital display to show messages from Earth.

As part of the celebration, Hello Kitty will be taking your messages and reading them from space. From August 12 to  August 25, fans can send messages to Hello Kitty, in Japanese or English. However, only 10 messages will be chosen. Does your message have “the right stuff?” There’s still time to enter at Sanrio’s Official Website.

[The winning messages will be announced daily from 8/26/2014- 9/8/2014.]

via NBCNews.

Fun Facts:

Hello Kitty isn’t the first toy to have graced the starry skies, her predecessor’s include: Disney’s Buzz Lightyear, and LEGO’s. Want to learn more? Then check out Space.com’s photo gallery, Cosmic Playtime:Toys in Space. 

For our cat-lovers: The first “Astro-Cat”, was Félicette from France, she was launched on October 18, 1963, aboard Veronique AGI rocket, No. 47.

Top 5 Reasons to go to NYICFF 2014!

This week tickets went on sale for the New York International Children’s Film Festival 2014. Since 2010, Samurai Beat Radio been bring coverage of NYICFF, including our interview with Tomm Moore, director of the Oscar nominated film, The Secret of Kells.

This year’s festival is extra special and we’re going to give you the Top 5 Reasons,
why you need to attend!

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Number # 5- Aunt Hilda!- France

French animation makes an encore splash, as Jacques-Remy Girerd, creator of A Cat in Paris and Mia and the Migoo returns to NYICFF with his latest hand-drawn gem, Aunt Hilda!

Number # 4- Patema Inverted- Japan

The new feature from Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura is a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities

Number # 3- Laika: Behind the Magic-US

Heads up future animators! This event is for you. Experience the magic of stop-motion through a rare behind-the-scenes presentation from LAIKA studios – creators of the Academy Award®-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman. LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro will give insights into the intricate stop-motion animation process, using footage of time-lapse production, exclusive clips of LAIKA animators at work, and a demonstration using the actual character models from of the movies. Then put your newfound stop-motion knowledge to work during a complete screening of the film Coraline and an exclusive look at the upcoming LAIKA feature The Boxtrolls. After the films there will be an audience Q&A.

Number #2- Oscar-Nominated: Ernest & Celestine- France

Ernest & Celestine kicked off last year’s NYICFF opening ceremony. After it’s nomination for best animated feature film, Ernest & Celestine returns in a new English language version, featuring the voices of: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright. The audience will also have to opportunity for a Q&A with the films director, Benjamin Renner.

Last, but not least,

NUMBER #1- Muppets Most Wanted- Special Sneak Preview

NYICFF is thrilled to present a special sneak preview screening of Disney’s, Muppets Most Wanted. That’s right folks, see The Muppets before they hit theaters- need we say more!

-S.Barton