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Assam’s rich cultural heritage comes alive in animation through Amalendu Kaushik’s shorts
7:30 pm PDT 04/06/2019 By Sharmindrila Paul

India is a land of rich and diverse history and culture. So vast is its myriad cultural canvas, that the country is replete with fascinating stories hidden in the nooks and corners that has not reached many ears yet. One such a place is Assam. Situated in the north-eastern region of India, Assam has a large number of tribal and non-tribal communities, each with distinct cultural practices of their own that adds to the rich cultural fabric of the state. … Read More

Preschool phenomenon ‘Pocoyo’ ramps ahead of International Licensing Expo
11:00 am PDT 04/06/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Independent content creation and distribution company Epic Story Media (ESM) and Brands & Rights 360 (B&R 360) are ramping up activity on Zinkia Entertainment’s animated preschool phenomenon Pocoyo, signing several new content deals around the world for the show. Currently boasting over 15 billion views on YouTube, the widely successful property will be showcased at the International Licensing Expo. ESM el presidente Ken Faier said, “Pocoyo is a show which has captured the hearts of countless families across the globe, … Read More

Vaibhav Studios’ animation idents for Nickelodeon scoops 12 awards at Promax India Awards
7:00 pm PDT 31/05/2019 By Sharmindrila Paul

Remember the idlis, medu vadas dancing and having fun in a video online? Such a unique concept grabbed eyeballs and was absolutely entertaining. Created by Vaibhav Studios this animation ident for Nickelodeon along with others has bagged 12 awards at Promax India Awards. Announced recently this week, Vaibhav Studios founder and acclaimed animator Vaibhav Kumaresh shared the news on social media yesterday. The stop motion animation idents swept away six gold, and six silver awards. Overwhelmed at this win, Kumaresh … Read More

#FeatureFriday: The live transition of beloved animated characters
6:00 pm PDT 31/05/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Resurging the old anime classic characters in the form of computer-generated imagery and live-action has been the flavour of the season for quite some time now. Having set the popular cinema aswirl, a smattering of 2D animation classics have been stylised to live-action imagery over the past decade or so. It’s also the commercial viability of the model which rests on its appeal to all sorts of audiences, reeling in children and (nostalgia-stricken) adults alike that have spurred on the … Read More

Cartoon Network expands ‘We Bare Bears’ with a new TV movie and spin-off series
5:00 pm PDT 31/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Cartoon Network is expanding the storytelling for its global hit and Emmy-nominated series, We Bare Bears with a new TV movie and spin-off series. Created by two-time Annie Award-winner Daniel Chong, We Bare Bears The Movie, is in production and the spinoff focused on the popular baby bear characters is in development at Cartoon Network Studios. Chong is attached as executive producer on both projects. We Bare Bears  follows three endearing bear siblings who are also best friends: Grizz (voiced … Read More

Genius Brands announces Stan Lee’s ‘Superhero Kindergarten’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
8:00 pm PDT 29/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Genius Brands International has announced the launch of an all-new comedy, action-adventure animated series for children, Superhero Kindergarten created by the legendary Stan Lee. Superhero Kindergarten targets preschool kids in a unique entrance to and sector of the superhero landscape. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator franchise, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Total Recall, Predator) as the lead character, the series will also be co-produced by Schwarzenegger’s Oak Productions and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment alongside Genius Brands. “It is an honour and privilege … Read More

Hulu to debut animated series, ‘The Bravest Knight’
2:00 pm PDT 25/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Hulu will debut its original animated kids series, The Bravest Knight. The 13-part animated children’s series is based on Daniel Errico’s book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived. The show features T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) as Sir Cedric, Bobby Moynihan (DuckTales, We Bare Bears) as young Cedric’s troll sidekick Grunt, Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) as Nia. The opening theme song was written and performed by Grammy-nominated musician, songwriter and activist Justin Tranter. The new series features a household … Read More

Finland’s first motion comic series ‘Divine Consultants’ – The Beginning launched on Yle and Instagram
1:00 pm PDT 25/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Finland’s first motion comic series, Divine Consultants – The Beginning is launched on Yle and Instagram. Divine Consultants – The Beginning finds a 16-year-old Joy who lives in a divided world, where everyone has to choose their side and powerful Zeniths discriminate against the minority, Nadir. The Nadir are rumoured to spread a dangerous disease that only infects the Zenith. Frustrated Joy tries to merge into the mainstream by any means, but when her friend Hope disappears mysteriously, she has … Read More

DreamWorks drops the first trailer of ‘Abominable ‘
4:00 pm PDT 24/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

After How to Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks Animation has now dropped the first trailer for the upcoming Abominable that might just be the first movie in a magical new franchise. Co-produced by Pearl Studio, Abominable revolves around a teenage girl who encounters a Yeti and then journeys with him along with her friends to reunite him with his family. The storytelling style and high-flying animation will be a part of this new adventure. There are similarities with Missing Link, Kubo … Read More

WildBrain appoints Elia Bouthors as Strategy and Innovation director
3:00 pm PDT 23/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Leading digital kids’ network and studio, WildBrain has announced to have brought in Elia Bouthors as Strategy and Innovation director, effective immediately. He will report to WildBrain managing director Jon Gisby. In this newly created role, Bouthors will lead a team tasked with identifying and piloting new ways to engage WildBrain’s 300 million quarterly users to build and monetise brands across the WildBrain network. “Bouthors’ arrival comes at a pivotal time for WildBrain as we explore new ways to engage … Read More

‘Punyakoti’, the first Sanskrit animated movie, gets pushed for a couple of months
5:00 pm PDT 21/05/2019 By Sharmindrila Paul

The first Sanskrit animated movie Punyakoti has got delayed for a couple of months from now. Initially decided to be released around April-May this year, director Ravi Shankar informed AnimationXpress that they’re “still talking to distributors” for the same. The makers have also validated the concept entirely through crowdsourcing, to check its feasibility and acceptability. So they went on to raise initial funding through the crowd and in 2015, Punyakoti became one of the largest funded projects of its kind … Read More

Disney remaking ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale’ in live-action!
4:30 pm PDT 20/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Seems like Disney’s not done with live-action remakes! The House of Mouse has lately announced a live-action feature with the adorable chipmunk brothers Chip and Dale. Created in 1943, Chip ‘n’ Dale became popular with 1989’s Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers TV show. The series saw the goofballs brothers running a detective agency to help out animal clients. Chip and Dale are two anthropomorphic chipmunk brothers whose names are a pun based on the name of the famous 18th-century cabinet maker … Read More