Why Netflix's Arcane Animation Looks So Different

Riot Games partners with Netflix on Arcane, the first animated series exploring characters from League of Legends with incredible animations.

The new trailer for Netflix’s upcoming animated series Arcane has people talking about its eye-catching visuals, but what about the show makes its animation so unique? Arcane will be the first television series developed around characters from the popular online video game League of Legends, exploring the backstory of the explosively unhinged anarchist known as Jinx and her sister Vi. The show is directed by Ash Brannon, who worked on the story and animation for Pixar’s Toy Story 2 and co-directed Surf’s Up.

Vi and Jinx will be voiced by Hailee Steinfeld and Ella Purnell, respectively. Steinfeld played the lead in Travis Knight’s Bumblebee standalone film based on the Transformers character, in addition to Mattie Ross in 2010’s True Grit and Petra Arkanian in Ender’s Game. Purnell recently starred alongside Dave Bautista in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead and has also appeared in Kick-Ass 2Maleficent as the teenage version of the titular character, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Other League of Legends characters confirmed for Arcane include Jayce (Kevin Alejandro), Caitlyn (Katie Leung), Silco (Jason Spisak), and Viktor (Harry Lloyd).

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