Popular anime actress, Kumiko Okae passes away from COVID-19
11:00 am PDT 25/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

It’s a sad day for anime fans as popular anime actress Kumiko Okae passed away after being diagnosed with Coronavirus. She was 63 years old.  According to the reports, Okae began showing symptoms of COVID-19 since 3 April, after she underwent radiation therapy for breast cancer. Her treatment continued between January and February in light of her cancer diagnosis late last year. Hence the actress was considered immunocompromised. Those who are immunocompromised are said to be at a higher risk … Read More

Netflix will stream all episodes of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ 15 May onwards
8:00 pm PDT 24/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has announced that it has taken up all the seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender that will begin streaming on the platform on 15 May in the U.S. The popular animated show, Avatar: The Last Airbender, follows the adventures of Aang, the show’s namesake Avatar, as he masters the elements of water, earth, fire, and air and helps stop the Fire Nation’s war against the world. It originally aired on Nickelodeon from February 2005 to July 2008. It’s not … Read More

Novel Entertainment to launch ‘Horrid Henry’ podcast on 26 April
2:00 pm PDT 24/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Novel Entertainment is all set to launch its first podcast based on its award-winning animated TV series Horrid Henry this Sunday, 26 April.  Titled Horrid Henry Unlocked, the first podcast will be presented by radio host Sean Thorne, voice actor Lizzie Waterworth and Henry himself, and offer fans topical insights into the inner workings of the world of Horrid Henry. A new episode will be released weekly and will include stories from Novel Entertainment’s recently launched Horrid Henry audio dramatisations.  … Read More

Danny DeVito alongwith his daughter Lucy DeVito to star in an upcoming animated comedy
12:00 pm PDT 24/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

FX Networks has given a green light to the new half-hour animated comedy, titled Little Demon, executive produced by Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon. Steve Levy serves as a producer on the project. The half-hour animated comedy will star Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), his daughter Lucy DeVito (Deadbeat) and Aubrey Plaza (Legion, Parks & Recreation). Little Demon centers on a sinister modern family set up, wherein a reluctant mom (Plaza), whose baby daddy is the Devil (Danny DeVito), … Read More

#WhenAtHome: Animated shows that will tickle kids’ funny bone and keep them entertained during lockdown
7:00 pm PDT 22/04/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

With the lockdown being extended till 3 May, the entire country is grappling with COVID-19 and to somewhat with boredom. The current situation looks grim and if assumptions are to be believed, the lockdown might extend even further. While most of us adults are running out of options to keep ourselves entertained, we can only imagine how the kids must be coping with this unprecedented, early summer vacation. Surely the kids are missing all the outdoor fun. So, today, to … Read More

Google celebrates Earth Day with special animated doodle
3:00 pm PDT 22/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Google today marked the 50th anniversary of the Earth Day with a special animated doodle dedicated to our planet and one of its smallest organisms – the bees. 22 April is celebrated as Earth Day every year to raise public awareness about the environment and urge people to keep it safe. The doodle begins with an introduction about pollination in the backdrop of a fantastic animation as you click on the play button. The introduction is followed by the game wherein … Read More

Warner Bros.’ animated feature, ‘Scoob!’ to skip theatrical release
1:00 pm PDT 22/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The beloved and very popular dog, Scooby, along with his master and master’s friends will take us on adventures through digital medium. Warner Bros.’ Scoob!, an animated film based on Scooby-Doo characters, will skip its planned theatrical release and instead launch on digital rental services in May. The animated feature was originally set to open on 15 May in theaters. Scoob! will be available for a 48-hour rental PVOD period for U.S. $19.99. The decision to drastically alter release plans … Read More

Amazon Prime Video to premiere Genius Brands International’s new animated series, ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’, in spring 2021
5:00 pm PDT 21/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Genius Brands International has announced the spring 2021 premiere of its new animated series for children, Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Amazon Prime Video.  Amazon Prime joins Alibaba Group’s video streaming platform, Youku which will launch the series across China. Genius Brands’ chairman and CEO Andy Heyward stated, “With Amazon Prime in the U.S. and Alibaba in China, we are very excited to launch on these two premiere platforms in the two largest territories in the world.”  … Read More

Sony YAY! brings a fresh- dose of entertainment for kids through “What’s your Summer Plan?” campaign! 
1:00 pm PDT 21/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Turning three this April, kids channel, Sony YAY! has surprises planned for kids during this summer which coincidentally coincides with the COVID lockdown. The broadcaster continues to add on to its expansive multi-genre and multilingual offering, and has grown from being a challenger brand to one of the most watched channels in the kids space. Through a tailor-made summer plan for their young viewers, Sony YAY! is coming up with a fresh dose of entertainment throughout summer months, with an … Read More

Disney+ Hotstar commissions 234 episodes of Cosmos Maya’s ‘Selfie with Bajrangi’
11:00 am PDT 21/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney+ Hotstar has commissioned an unprecedented 234 episodes of Cosmos-Maya’s hit animated series Selfie With Bajrangi. The multi-season deal will see Cosmos-Maya produce three series of 78 x 11’ episodes for Disney+ Hotstar which has 400 million viewers, eight million paying subscribers and additional library content from Disney+, making it the most prolific OTT platform in India both in terms of subscribers and content. Selfie With Bajrangi, which has been running on Disney India’s Pay TV properties since September 2018, is aired daily … Read More

APC Kids signs three deals for CTC Media’s ‘KID-E-CATS’
10:00 am PDT 21/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

APC Kids, the children’s entertainment division of co-production and distribution company APC Studios, has inked three key broadcast deals for CTC Media’s preschool animation hit KID-E-CATS off the back of an unprecedented virtual MIPTV.  With these deals, APC Kids is expanding its popular property’s footprint in Asia, Latin America and North America. Brazil’s TV Cultura has taken free TV rights for season one of the show, with Taiwan’s Eastern Broadcasting Asia taking Pay TV rights on seasons one and two … Read More

‘Tom & Jerry’ animator passes away at the age of 95
12:00 pm PDT 20/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

No matter where you grew as a kid, Tom & Jerry was a huge part of growing up. It was and still is everybody’s favourite. The man who created those illustrations and brought us our beloved Tom, Jerry, Popeye, passed away on 16 April. Gene Deitch was 95. The artist passed away Thursday night in Prague, where he lived with his wife and fellow animator Zdenka Najmanova. The news was shared with the Czech News Agency (CTK) by Garamond publishing house owner … Read More