Pocket Aces’ new desi-animation channel, Jambo launches first web-series, ‘Namooney’
3:00 pm PDT 18/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Pocket Aces, digital entertainment company has launched India’s first desi-animation comedy web-series, Namooney, under their desi-animation channel Jambo, from 16 May on YouTube. Namooney comprises of 20 episodes.  With the launch of the channel for young-adults and series, Pocket Aces has forayed into the business of animation dispelling the myth that animation is meant only for children. Jambo has already built a library of snackable animated videos which resonates with young adult audiences in the Hindi-belt across Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, … Read More

‘Hello Neighbor’ animated series pilot garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube
11:00 am PDT 18/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The hit horror game Hello Neighbor have leaped forward with a new animated series on YouTube. Animated by Animasia Studio (Supa Strikas, Chuck Chicken), the new six minute animation, designed to pique the interests of TV and streaming services, has amassed nearly 10 million views on YouTube in less than a week. Hello Neighbor is a successful horror game which tasks the player with uncovering the secrets in their mysterious neighbor’s house, without getting caught. An indie game publisher and … Read More

Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki teases new movie
3:30 pm PDT 15/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Hayao Miyazaki has teased Studio Ghibli’s next movie, calling the upcoming release a return to “big, fantastical” stories. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Studio Ghibli producer and general manager Toshio Suzuki gave an in-depth update on How Do You Live? According to Suzuki, Miyazaki’s movie has continued production through the coronavirus pandemic but is at least three years away from completing animation. “We are still hand-drawing everything, but it takes us more time to complete a film because … Read More

‘The Blacklist’ season 7 finale gets animated
3:00 pm PDT 15/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

With TV live-action productions affected by the covid-19 pamdemic, NBC’s The Blacklist producers decided to wrap up the seventh season with a twist, giving the incomplete live-action a graphic novel-style animation. The creativity has resulted in a unique hybrid episode, with the cast recording voiceover dialogue from home and editors and animators combining the two formats remotely to create the finished episode. According to executive producer John Eisendrath, the comic book feel matches the series’ themes and tone: “Brutal antihero. … Read More

Nick dedicates new brand films to health workers under #HomeOkPlease initiative; launches host of activities
5:00 pm PDT 14/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon has left no stone unturned to bring the playground home for kids with fun engagement, contests, digital experiential initiatives, and immersive content play. In order to spread positivity amongst kids and their families, Nick released multiple inspiring #HomeOkPlease brand films from a child’s perspective. The popular kids broadcaster has launched two new brand films celebrating the spirit, dedication and selfless service of frontline health workers,  with the message of ‘Even In a Lockdown, Being Grateful Is On.’ Continuing with the … Read More

Disney Animation shares heartfelt message from Olaf in a new musical short
4:00 pm PDT 14/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney released At Home With Olaf, which followed Olaf, the lovable snowman from the Frozen films, in April. The shorts followed Olaf as he explored, imagined and got creative during the coronavirus pandemic. The animation has been done from home by Disney artists and Josh Gad has provided his voice from his home. On Wednesday, the animation company released a new and slightly different short in the form of a song. The video, titled I Am With You, features music … Read More

Sesame Workshop and Guru Studio team for animated ‘Sesame Street’ spin-off
3:00 pm PDT 13/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, and Guru Studio are teaming up on the beloved property’s animated spin-off, Mecha Builders (working title). In October, HBO Max struck a five-year deal to stream new and old episodes of Sesame Street, as well as new spin-off series and specials. It was first announced then that a show called Mecha Builders would come to the streamer. Guru Studio president and executive creative director at Frank Falcone said in a statement, “We’re … Read More

Robert Downey Jr. teams up with Netflix for DC Comics inspired series
1:00 pm PDT 13/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has picked up the one-hour drama, Sweet Tooth from Team Downey, the production company founded by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Jim Mickle (Hap and Leonard, In the Shadow of the Moon, Cold In July) and Beth Schwartz (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) will serve as co-showrunners, writers and executive producers of the eight-episode series. Mickel will also direct. Team Downey’s Evan Moore will serve as producer. Sweet Tooth is a comic book limited … Read More

Cosmos-Maya pays tribute to medical professionals with new animated IP ‘Dr. Tenali Rama’
12:00 pm PDT 13/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Inspired by the selfless service of doctors around the world battling the COVID-19, leading animation studio Cosmos-Maya has announced to be launching its brand new IP, Dr. Tenali Rama.  Working from home 24X 7 in this lockdown, for accelerating the production of soon-to-be-launched kids series, the news of the launch comes ahead of schedule to cater to the growing demand for fresh audio-visual content to keep the kids entertained in these tough times.  The first season of the slice of life-adventure-comedy … Read More

Reliance Animation team continues producing fresh content from home even during lockdown
7:00 pm PDT 12/05/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

The hugely-hit pandemic has bought almost all the industries at halt, and animation is no exception. The live-action production has come to a stand-still for indefinite time. Shoots cancelled, released pushed, channels forced to rerun shows.  The work from home scenario has helped many animation studios to manage their projects, with the help of technology and available facilities. Though there are challenges, Reliance Animation Studio is actively working on two TV Shows, Little Singham and Golmaal Jr., which broadcast on … Read More

Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated ‘Popeye’ revived
1:00 pm PDT 12/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Genndy Tartakovsky is teaming up with King Features to go back to the drawing board on his long-awaited Popeye animated feature. Tartakovsky, who has won Annie and Emmy, and was nominated for Golden Globe has directed Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania trilogy and created celebrated series Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack (both Cartoon Network), Primal (Adult Swim) and, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Clone Wars (CN). The film was originally announced for the Sony Pictures Animation slate in 2012 and … Read More

WB invites fans for a virtual premiere of ‘Scoob!’
12:00 pm PDT 12/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. has invited everyone to attend the Twitter #ScoobMovieNight premiere event, hosted by the big dog himself, to celebrate the release of the new, fully animated, full-length action-adventure feature Scoob! on premium video on demand or premium digital ownership. This special event preshow for all audiences features fun Scoob moments with stars from the movie, including Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Frank Welker, Iain Armitage, Arianna Greenblatt, Mckenna Grace and … Read More