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Cartoon Network Asia Pacific greenlights new season of ‘Lamput’
11:00 am PDT 11/06/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Lamput, the hilarious Indian animated chase comedy, has been picked up for a third season by Cartoon Network and will run internationally on the channel in Asia Pacific and Latin America, and on Boomerang in EMEA. Produced and created by Vaibhav Studios based in Mumbai, India, Lamput started life as batches of micro-shorts of about 15 seconds as well as shorts of up to two minutes. The new season will comprise a mixture of 21×5’ and 21×2’ episodes, and will … Read More

Nickelodeon has ordered a cartoon series inspired by the pre-school song, ‘Baby Shark’
11:30 am PDT 10/06/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

The YouTube popular pre-school song, Baby Shark is being developed into an animated series. Nickelodeon will team up with SmartStudy (the company behind the Korean entertainment brand which created the song), to develop the original series for pre-schoolers. “Baby Shark has captured the imagination of millions of fans around the world, so it’s no surprise it’s one of the top 10 most-viewed videos on YouTube ever,” said Nickelodeon Animation EVP Ramsey Naito. “At the heart of any popular piece of … Read More

Cosmos-Maya’s ‘Motu Patlu’ head out on a European sojourn
6:00 pm PDT 07/06/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Right after the inclusion of the iconic animated characters  at the prestigious Madame Tussauds wax museum, Cosmos-Maya has announced the future plans for one of their most successful IPs, Motu Patlu. Adorable Motu and Patlu will head to Madame Tussauds London and many other destinations in Europe as the series takes a leap with the theme, The Adventures of Motu Patlu in Europe. Cosmos-Maya also put out the first glimpses of the European destinations that Motu and Patlu would visit … Read More

Xilam Animation announces to have entered exclusive negotiations to acquire French CGI animation specialist Cube Creative
11:00 am PDT 07/06/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Xilam Animation has announced to have entered exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of 50.1 per cent of the shares and voting rights of Cube Creative, a French animation production company that specialises in computer generated images and 3D. In line with its strategy of accelerating production of CGI animated programming, this acquisition would bring to Xilam a team of unique talents with expertise in these cutting-edge technologies, whose positioning and brand image have strong roots in the market. The proposed … Read More

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