POGO inks deal with DD National to simulcast ‘Chhota Bheem’
1:00 pm PDT 17/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Homegrown kids’ entertainment channel, POGO has partnered with public service broadcaster Doordarshan to simulcast Chhota Bheem, on DD National.  Being a popular animation show, Chhota Bheem has a huge fan following across and beyond the country. Now superhero Bheem will come all the way from Dholakpur to entertain kids every afternoon on DD National from 17 April to 3 May 2020. WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks in South Asia managing director Siddharth Jain said, “These are challenging times and we believe that … Read More

Three Cosmos-Maya shows find home in Disney India this summer
11:00 am PDT 17/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

With Disney India premiering 100 hours of fresh content, three of the shows on the list – Guddu, Bapu and Gadget Guru Ganesha, are produced by Cosmos-Maya. With these three shows, Disney India is capitalising on the Cosmos-Maya’s diverse offerings. With the addition of these IP’s, the Singapore and India based animation studio, Cosmos-Maya will now have 20 of its own produced series IP’s airing worldwide now. The three shows will also be launching digitally on a leading OTT platform soon. … Read More

Ghost Animation’s ‘Wade’ officially nominated for Annecy 2020
6:00 pm PDT 16/04/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

What a day for Indian animation! Kolkata based animation studio, Ghost Animation’s short film, Wade has been officially selected at the Annecy Festival 2020 making it the only entry from India for the ‘Best Animated Short Film’ category. The Ghost Animation team shared the news on their social media handles. Wade has been written and directed by animators Upamanyu Bhattacharyya and Kalp Sanghvi. Elated by the selection of Wade, Sanghvi said, “We’re really happy and thank the organisers! Really honoured … Read More

Tell your tales in this quirky lockdown animation project
5:00 pm PDT 16/04/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

Based out of London, Seed Animation is a playful and quirky working space, passionate about character designing and of course animation. As almost the entire globe is in lockdown, the animation house came up with a project to poke fun at our new, personal routine.  Titled Tales from Lockdown, the idea behind this project was to have fun animated clips from anybody across the globe, which we all can look back on and think how bizarre things got during this … Read More

‘Rev & Roll’ zooms around more than 25 territories around the world
2:00 pm PDT 16/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

WildBrain and Alpha Group, developers of animation and toys, announced that their original CGI-animated preschool series Rev & Roll has been picked up by over 40 broadcasters and streaming platforms in more than 25 territories around the world. A global toy program from Alpha has rolled out in China and is planned for additional territories. WildBrain Spark is set to amplify the brand even further with brand new stop-motion and toy-play original content videos. Rev & Roll follows the adventures of a group of high-energy … Read More

Disney+Hotstar to stream ‘The Simpsons’ from today, 15 April
6:00 pm PDT 15/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

After successfully foraying into the Indian OTT space, Disney+Hotstar is all set to stream all the 31 seasons of the iconic animated show The Simpsons from today, 15 April. The streamer announced it on their social media handles. Created by Matt Groening, globally recognised as a pioneering animator, The Simpsons launched in 1989 and it is the longest-running sitcom in the American history with a collection of over 675 episodes spanning across 31 seasons.   View this post on Instagram … Read More

Genius Brands International extends the reach of ‘Rainbow Rangers’ across the Western Hemisphere
5:00 pm PDT 15/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Genius Brands International has expanded the reach of its flagship animated preschool series, Rainbow Rangers across the Western Hemisphere with new broadcast deals signed, including Treehouse, owned by Corus Entertainment in Canada and Televisa in Mexico.   Commenting on the deal and the present situation, Genius Brands chairman and CEO, Andy Heyward said, “In these unusual times, we are seeing that viewing is increasing, and it underscores the timeless nature of animated programmes as an asset class immune to normal economic … Read More

Capacitor Studios developing TV/OTT series with Cosmic Kids Yoga
4:00 pm PDT 15/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Capacitor Studios has partnered with leading YouTube channel cum health and wellness brand, Cosmic Kids, to develop a TV/OTT series focused on engaging children in yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation at home and in classrooms. Spearheading Capacitor’s development are Emmy and Kids Choice nominated showrunner Scott A. Stone of Stone & Company (Legends of the Hidden Temple, BrainSurge, Paradise Run) and former Nickelodeon EVP of Live Action and TV Movies Bronwen O’Keefe (supervising executive on Henry Danger, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, … Read More

Graphic India and Arka Mediaworks launch ‘Bahubali: The Lost Legends’ on Amazon Prime Video today, 15 April
3:00 pm PDT 15/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

  Graphic India has launched the fifth season of its popular animated series, Bahubali: The Lost Legends today, 15 April, on Amazon Prime Video, with an additional new 16 episodes. Produced by Graphic India and Arka Mediaworks, Bahubali: The Lost Legends initially launched in 2017 and was created by Baahubali films director S.S Rajamouli and Graphic India co-founder Sharad Devarajan.  Commenting on season five, Devrajan, who is also the series co-creator and executive producer along with Rajamouli and Arka MediaWorks, … Read More

Quibi greenlights animated series ‘Filthy Animals’ from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
2:00 pm PDT 15/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Quibi has just announced they’ve greenlit Filthy Animals (working title), a 2D animated science fiction comedy series starring Rashida Jones, and written by acclaimed artists and twin brothers, Nikolai and Simon Haas. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, home to Robot Chicken and SuperMansion will be handling the production. The studio is also currently in production on Crossing Swords, set to launch later in 2020 as part of the Hulu Originals slate. Filthy Animals follows Sunny Day (Jones) as a too smart for her … Read More

Gutsy Animations’ ‘Moominvalley’ to air in Nordics
4:00 pm PDT 14/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Gutsy Animations’ popular animated series Moominvalley (13 x 22’) has been acquired by SF Studios across the Nordics, NRK in Norway and RÚV in Iceland through deals negotiated by PGS Entertainment.  The series, based on the beloved Moomin stories by Finnish-Swedish author and artist Tove Jansson, is commissioned by Yle in Finland and Sky in the UK, and produced by Gutsy Animations. PGS Entertainment represents the series for worldwide distribution excluding the UK, Finland, Japan, South Korea and China. Commenting … Read More

Disney moves theatrical release of Pixar animated feature, ‘Soul’
12:00 pm PDT 14/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney has postponed the theatrical release of Pixar animated adventure, Soul, since cinemas are still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The movie was originally set to open on 19 June and will now debut on 20 November. Soul, directed by Pete Docter, centers on a middle-school music teacher (voiced by Jamie Foxx) who dreams of being a jazz performer. But before his big break, he gets in an accident that causes his soul to be separated from his body. … Read More