DreamWorks Animation drops trailer to animated short ‘To: Gerard’
4:00 pm PDT 12/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Animation has dropped a first trailer to To: Gerard, from writer-director Taylor Meacham. The short feature is about the sense of magic that a parent or parental figure can spark in a child, enchanting them 60 years on and prompting them to inspire others. Having been chosen for this year’s Tribeca Pageant, To: Gerard will have its European premiere at France’s Annecy Pageant, which runs 15-30 June. Meacham was working as a production co-ordinator at DreamWorks Animation, helping to … Read More

Women In Animation (WIA) announces first-ever virtual summit alongside Annecy 2020
4:00 pm PDT 12/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Women In Animation (WIA) has announced its first-ever ‘Women In Animation Virtual Summit’ in collaboration with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival’s 2020 online edition.  WIA has always had a significant presence at Annecy, and this year will focus on themes surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and the recent uproar against Racism and global call for social justice and their effects on the animation industry. The Women in Animation Virtual World Summit will run along Annecy Online on 17 June 2020, … Read More

Fred Rogers Productions and 9 Story Brands add partners to ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ licensing programme
8:00 pm PDT 11/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Fred Rogers Productions, the company behind the Emmy-winning PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and 9 Story Brands, its worldwide licensing agent, have signed agreements with new and existing partners that will help deepen consumers’ connection to the popular animated show for preschoolers.  Best Ride-On Cars, Children’s Apparel Network, Cottage Door Press, Fisher-Price, Hybrid, M&M Sales, Peejamas, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Steel City Apparel will all help to expand the “neighborhood” for the popular property with a broad … Read More

Nickelodeon India launches new campaigns under #HomeOkPlease initiative
7:00 pm PDT 11/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon and Nick HD+ have launched new campaigns – ‘Nick Says Dance’ and ‘Loud Your Family Photo Competition’. With Nickelodeon celebrating the 100th episode of comedy animated series, The Loud House very recently, the channel has initiated a Photo Competition, wherein kids can send their wackiest family photo and stand in a chance to win a hand painted cartoon portrait of it, besides being featured on TV. On the other hand, ‘Nick Says Dance’ features social media star, Aadil Khan who’d … Read More

Cartoon Network and POGO roll out summer activities for kids with exciting campaigns
6:00 pm PDT 11/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Cartoon Network and POGO have planned exciting initiatives ushering in summer fun for their fans. The kids channels from WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks have announced month-long digital campaigns to keep younger audiences hooked. Helmed by popular toons, Cartoon Network’s #CNHomeFun and POGO’s #WeForTheWorld initiatives aim at piquing family fun through do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, how-to-draw lessons for everyone who is stuck at home. Speaking on the campaigns, Cartoon Network and POGO South Asia Network head Abhishek Dutta said, “During these extraordinary times, … Read More

Adult animated comedy ‘Crossing Swords’ arriving on Hulu on 12 June
4:00 pm PDT 11/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Hulu has released the first trailer of its new stop-motion adult toon created and written by Robot Chicken EPs John Harvatine IV and Tom Root, titled Crossing Swords. The Playmobil-inspired animation style is unique and playful. Directed by Harvatine, Crossing Swords follows Patrick (Nicholas Hoult), a good-hearted peasant who lands a coveted squire position at the royal castle. But his dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when he learns his beloved kingdom is run by a hornet’s nest of horny … Read More

‘Chacha Chaudhary’ debuts on Disney+ Hotstar VIP
1:00 pm PDT 11/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

After its success on Disney Kids channels in India, Toonz Media Group has now signed an exclusive deal for Chacha Chaudhary series with Disney+ Hotstar VIP, introducing the iconic Indian cartoon hero on the OTT platform for the first time. Meanwhile, the second season of the series will also be aired on the Disney Kids Channels in India, following the reception garnered from children across the country for season one. Production has begun for new episodes of the show, which … Read More

Wizart closes deals with UK, India and Africa for two animated feature films
11:00 am PDT 11/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Russian toon house Wizart Animation has closed deals for the U.K., India, and across the African continent for two of its feature film franchises. The deals were announced during the Key Buyers Event: Digital Edition, a showcase of the latest Russian productions organised by film promotion body Roskino. Signature Entertainment, a Britain distributors, picked up the rights to distribute The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands and Sheep & Wolves: Pig Deal in the U.K. Signature will be responsible for bringing the features … Read More

Animated short, ‘Korona, The End’ looks at the next threat – Climate Change, that’s looming large
8:00 pm PDT 10/06/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

After months of quarantine and lockdown, the country is slowly opening with the Government allowing relaxations. While people are bored and the economy is down, the number of people infected with Coronavirus still rises every single day. Now, Maharashtra alone has surpassed China in terms of numbers. Korona, The End by independent animator and filmmaker, Debjyoti Saha is the last film of the six part animated series, Korona, that looks into the current scenario and anticipates a worrisome future. The animated … Read More

Nickelodeon celebrates 100th episode of ‘The Loud House’
3:00 pm PDT 10/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon is ready to celebrate the 100th episode of its top-ranking kids’ series, The Loud House. Premiering today, the milestone episode A Star Is Scorned centers on Lola, who ropes Lily into her plans to break into show business with a double-dose of cuteness. The Loud House, which debuted in 2016, ranks as TV’s #2 animated series with Kids two to 11 and six to 11, second only to Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. The comedic adventures of 11-year-old Lincoln Loud and … Read More

TeamTO partners with Edizioni Play Press for Activity Book Publishing deal for ‘MIGHTY MIKE’ in Italy
2:00 pm PDT 10/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Kids entertainment company, TeamTO, has signed a licensing deal in Italy with publishing company Edizioni Play Press for its animated slapstick series, MIGHTY MIKE (78 x 7). The agreement will see a series of stickers, colouring, magic colouring and activity books distributed in kiosks nationwide starting in June 2020. The publishing deal was closed directly by TeamTO’s head of marketing, Patricia de Wilde, a veteran of the international licensing industry. Play Press is the first licensing partner for MIGHTY MIKE … Read More

‘Spider-Verse’ sequel underway, ahead of 2022 release
12:00 pm PDT 10/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Sony Pictures Animation is returning to the multiverse of heroes explored by Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. Lead animator Nick Kondo confirmed on his twitter account that the production has begun. “First day on the job!”, he tweeted. The details are under wraps. But all we know is, Annie Award winner and Daytime Emmy nominee Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra) is directing and The Expendables scribe Dave Callaham is writing the script. … Read More