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Cosmos-Maya to launch brand new show ‘Smarty Pants Eric’ at MIPCOM 2019
6:00 pm PDT 30/09/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Cosmos-Maya has announced to be launching its brand new animated series Smarty-Pants Eric at MIPCOM 2019, showcasing the pilot episode at MIPCOM Junior.  The 52 x 11’ slice-of-life comedy series targeted at four to nine year olds is available in all major languages worldwide. In fact, Cosmos-Maya is already in closing stages of discussions with a leading Pay TV network for broadcast rights to the show in South Asia and South East Asia, yet to be announced. Commenting on the … Read More

Discovery Kids launches ‘Fukrey Boyzzz’ inspired by ‘Fukrey’ franchise
4:00 pm PDT 26/09/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Dreams can be extremely powerful! And when desi-jugaad is applied to achieve those dreams, it leads to unimaginable chaos! That’s what Discovery Kids’ newest show Fukrey Boyzzz all about which was  officially launched on 25 September. A sneak peek at the animated series was presented at the ‘Kids, Animation and More’ Summit on 30 August, organised by Animation Xpress.  Present at the launch of Fukrey Boyzzz was the lead cast from Excel Entertainment’s movie Fukrey: Richa Chadha, Varun Sharma, Pulkit … Read More

APC Kids secures deals for ‘Kid-E-Cats’ for the UK and Ireland
5:00 pm PDT 25/09/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

APC Kids, the children’s entertainment division of co-production and distribution company APC Studios has secured a key deal for its international hit series Kid-E-Cats with Sky Kids in the UK and Ireland. Sky has acquired non-exclusive SVOD rights for Kid-E-Cats seasons one and two for the UK and Ireland, with season one being launched on Sky Kids from September 2019 and season two starting in March 2020.  APC Kids managing director Lionel Marty said, “As Kid-E-Cats continues to build its presence and fan-base across Europe, … Read More

Disney drops new ‘Frozen 2’ trailer
1:00 pm PDT 24/09/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney has revealed a new trailer for the Frozen 2 on 23 September and it’s a frosty visual treat, packed with adventure and wow moments. Six years later, Anna (Kristen Bell), Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Olaf (Josh Gad) embark on a mysterious journey to find the origin of Elsa’s powers, which will enable them to save their kingdom, from evil. The two sisters work together to save the proverbial day. Along the way, they must battle … Read More

Paramount Animation reveals its first logo and mascot 
12:30 pm PDT 23/09/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Eight years since its inception, Paramount Animation has finally revealed a logo and mascot for its television and film productions. The studio released a 20-second clip to show off the new Paramount tags.  Audiences are introduced to meet a character, a tween named Star Skipper who will represent the Paramount Animation brand in film, TV and marketing spots. She appears in a heightened version of the iconic Paramount logo: a snow-capped mountain surrounded by a forest and a serene lake. The character skips … Read More

Discovery Kids partners with Excel entertainment for ‘Fukrey Boyzzz’, inspired by Bollywood franchise ‘Fukrey’
2:30 pm PDT 20/09/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Discovery Kids is all set to up the ante after the huge success of Little Singham, with the introduction of fun filled animated series Fukrey Boyzzz, based on superhit Bollywood franchise Fukrey and Fukrey Returns. Excel Entertainment’s movie Fukrey was a fun-filled comic caper with quirky characters had captured the imagination of the audiences. Fukery Boyzzz is all set to take the fun and quirk quotient higher with the animated avatars of Hunny, Choocha, Laali and Bholi Punjaban along with … Read More

Dream Theatre wins licensing mandate for ‘Little Singham’
1:30 pm PDT 20/09/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

India’s foremost licensing and branding representation company, Dream Theatre, has won the mandate for licensing and merchandising for animated kids show Little Singham, which is inspired by the popular film franchise Singham.  Created in collaboration between Discovery Kids, Reliance Animation & Rohit Shetty Picturez, Little Singham, was launched in summer 2018. It soon became one of the most popular shows in a very short span of time and helped propel Discovery Kids ratings, making it the fastest-growing channel in the … Read More

‘Noah’s Ark – A Musical Adventure’ is the first 3D animated co-production between Brazil and India
11:30 am PDT 20/09/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Noah’s Ark– A Musical Adventure, a co-production among Walter Salles’ Video Filmes and Caio and Fabiano Gullane’s production company Gullane, has signed with Indian animation studio Symbiosys Technologies, headed by CEO Naresh Kumar with studios in Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad, India. The co-production is the first Brazilian/ Indian co-production of a 3D animated feature film. The deal between the parties was brokered by Cinema Management Group (CMG), the film’s sales agent on behalf of Gullane and Symbiosys Technologies following four months … Read More

FOX Entertainment appoints Daniel Weidenfeld and Julia Franz in executive posts
2:00 pm PDT 19/09/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

FOX Entertainment has announced two executive appointments, naming Daniel Weidenfeld as senior vice president for Animation, while Julia Franz has been tapped as SVP for Comedy. The news was shared by Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn to whom both them will directly report. Weidenfeld will be responsible for overseeing all animated production and development for FOX Entertainment and third party platforms, while Franz will be responsible for overseeing all comedy production and development for the network. “Both Weidenfeld and Franz … Read More

‘Bombay Rose’ to have India premiere at MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
1:30 pm PDT 18/09/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

After having its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival, director Gitanjali Rao’s animated feature Bombay Rose is all set to have its India premiere at the JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, which takes place from 17 to 24 October, 2019. “Now Bombay Rose plays in the maximum city. I am so happy and thrilled to be playing in the Gold Section of MAMI. It’s such a fantastic festival, championing new and ambitious storytellers, celebrating the best of cinema around … Read More

Crowdfunding for animated short film ‘Kitchen’ begins today
7:00 pm PDT 17/09/2019 By Sharmindrila Paul

Indian animation has been making noise for sometime now. And for all the right reasons! Gone are the days when animation as a medium was only meant for entertainment. Now, the medium is effectively used to raise voices that matter. One such instance is Kitchen : The World Within, an animated short film by independent and acclaimed animation filmmaker Abhishek Verma, that goes live with crowdfunding today, 17 September. Presented by The Matchbox.Co and Climb Media, the film is slated … Read More

WB’s Warner Animation Group partners with toy company Funko for a film
11:30 am PDT 17/09/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. has come together with Funko and has optioned movie rights to the fan-favourite toy and collectible company.  WB’s animation wing Warner Animation Group, along with Funko, are developing and producing a film that will be based on the big-headed figures. It’s the next step in a nearly 20-year partnership between the companies that has seen the production of plenty of officially licensed products from Warner Bros.’ lines, like DC Comics, Harry Potter, Scooby-Doo and more.  Commenting on this … Read More