Amphan havoc: The plight and hope of Bengal through the eyes of animators, comic artists and illustrators
8:00 pm PDT 23/05/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh have been drastically affected by the cyclone Amphan (pronounced as ‘Um-Pun’). Kolkata has been devastated by this powerful cyclone which is said to be the deadliest after 1797 and has killed almost 84 people across India and Bangladesh. Amphan made a landfall on Wednesday, 20 May around afternoon lashing coastal areas with ferocious wind and rain. The storm, at 155-160 kmph has killed more than 70 people in Bengal alone and countless animals and birds, rendering … Read More

500+ Chandigarh University students from animation and gaming departments secure placements
5:00 pm PDT 23/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

While we are coming across layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts as a result of the COVID outbreak as well as live-action projects are stalled, students from animation and gaming sectors are witnessing new beginnings with each batch passing out year-after-year. More than 500 students of the Chandigarh University have secured placements in top Global and Indian Animation and Graphic Designing Companies over a period of five years. As announced by the University vice-chancellor Dr. R S Bawa, while giving details … Read More

Toon Club bags its 29th international award for animated short created by children
4:00 pm PDT 23/05/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

Toon Club, a pioneering organisation dedicated to teaching children the art of animation and visual storytelling in India won its 29th international award this month. Morphing Tales won the Senior Jury Award at Corti A Ponte, Italy.  Five Toon Club films Clean & Green, Out of the Frame, The Great Chase, Monster Land and Morphing Tales were officially selected and screened online on 4 and 5 May 2020. Children studying in Italian schools voted for the best films. “We’re super … Read More

‘Tuca & Bertie’ is renewed for season two having picked up by Adult Swim
2:00 pm PDT 23/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Tuca & Bertie has been renewed for a second season as Adult Swim has revived the series that initially streamed on Netflix.  The animated series was a hilarious and wonderful examination of adult relationships, coupled with whimsical visuals with a feel-good factor. The show received critical acclaim being referred to as one of the best shows of 2019.  But in July 2019, the series was discontinued after the very first season, sparking controversy over Netflix’s inability to market the show … Read More

Netflix animated family drama, ‘The Willoughbys’ gets 37.6 million views
10:00 am PDT 23/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The animated family drama, The Willoughbys, which debuted on 22 April on Netflix has managed to get whopping 37.6 million views in just one month. Netflix also touted the sizeable first month audience for the animated film version of Lois Lowry’s story on its Twitter account. The animated movie features voices of Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, Terry Crews and Gervais. The movie is directed by Kim Pearn (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2) and Cory Evans, … Read More

Animated short ‘Corona: Ek Yoddha’ gives a fresh take to this COVID chaos
8:00 pm PDT 22/05/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

While lockdown 4.0 is currently on, things have started to ease up in the country. By now, everyone has come to terms with this ‘new normal’ and have planned out their life and actions around it.  This virus has also made its way to the creative world with many creations – animated and otherwise have found its way to the world through social media platforms and awareness programmes. We have already seen many animated shorts coming in to make people, … Read More

“We responded early to deal with COVID-19”: Splash Entertainment co-CEO Mike Young
6:00 pm PDT 22/05/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

By this time everybody is aware of how COVID-19 has affected various sectors and industries globally including entertainment. While outdoor entertainments, theatres, cinemas and live-action projects stand still, the animation sector, though affected, is still kicking. Earlier we wrote about how the studios across the country like Green Gold Animation, Toonz Animation and Wackytoon Studio, have been coping with this pandemic while producing fresh episodes for kids content. Today, we speak to animation studio of international repute, Splash Entertainment co-CEO … Read More

APC Kids inks deal with RTVE for preschool series ‘Kid-E-Cats in Spain
5:00 pm PDT 22/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

APC Kids has secured a deal with RTVE in Spain which will see seasons one and two of CTC Media’s preschool animation series Kid-E-Cats debut on its children’s TV Clan from 25 May. APC Kids managing director Lionel Marty said, “We are excited Kid-E-Cats will soon be airing in Spain on RTVE’s Clan, one of the leading children’s channels in the region. The show is enjoying outstanding success globally and we’re looking forward to strengthening the presence of Kid-E-Cats in Spain, bringing the loveable and playful … Read More

New Pixar SparkShorts ‘Out’ streams from today on Disney+
4:00 pm PDT 22/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney has released a new poster and trailer for its latest Pixar SparkShorts project, Out, which launches today, 22 May, on Disney+ and Disney+Hotstar in India. The 10 minute animated short, Out, revolves around Greg and his dog, who is struggling to tell to come “out” to his parents about his sexuality – he is gay. This marks the first time Pixar will feature its first homosexual protagonist. The short will feature his anxiety and how he musters courage to … Read More

Funimation to celebrate summer with ‘One Piece’
1:00 pm PDT 22/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Funimation is celebrating summer with One Piece. The streamer announced on that it will stream the One Piece Stampede anime film on its service for 60 days, starting on 22 May. Plus, new English-dubbed episodes of the One Piece TV series will be available to stream starting 2 June. One Piece: Stampede follows Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat pirate crew along to a massive pirate festival that brings many of the most iconic characters from throughout the franchise … Read More

Cartoon Network announces digital release of ‘We Bare Bears The Movie’
11:00 am PDT 22/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Cartoon Network’s beloved bears will make a comeback this summer with their first TV movie, We Bare Bears The Movie, available for purchase exclusively on digital platforms beginning 8 June. The broadcaster also shared the first trailer for the film as well as an official poster/key art featuring Grizz, Ice Bear, and Panda as well as the movie’s antagonist, Agent Trout. Eric Edelstein, Demetri Martin and Bobby Moynihan return to star as the lovable bears Grizz, Ice and Panda, with recurring … Read More

Alan Menken to compose music for Skydance Animation’s ‘Spellbound’
2:00 pm PDT 21/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Composer and lyricist Alan Menken, eight-time Oscar winner, is set to pen the music and score to Skydance Animation’s upcoming musical fantasy Spellbound. He is joined by celebrated lyricist and frequent collaborator Glenn Slater (Tangled) and lauded music producer Chris Montan (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen). Menken, known for his award-winning work on animated favorites The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted and Tangled. His work also includes the … Read More