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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

Tom McGrath returns as the director for Boss Baby 2
1:30 pm PDT 20/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Director Tom McGrath is returning to direct The Boss Baby 2, announced DreamWorks Animation, as reported by Deadline. The sequel to his animated hit featuring the voice of Alec Baldwin as a suit-wearing, briefcase-toting baby will see the voice cast which includes Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Miles Bakshi. McGrath previously helmed the Madagascar trilogy and Megamind for DreamWorks. Together, his five films have accrued more than $2.7 billion at the worldwide box office. The Boss Baby 2 will also … Read More

SPARK ANIMATION opens call for 2019 film festival submissions
11:00 am PDT 17/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Spark Computer Graphics Society (Spark CG) is going to host the 11th SPARK ANIMATION 2019 film festival between 24 to 27 October, along with a career fair and two-day conference on 26 and 27 October. SPARK ANIMATION film festival, a showcase for both established filmmakers and new talent, is open to regional, national, and international submissions. The film festival welcomes entries in the animated categories such as: Short Films, Student Projects, Music Videos, Commercials, Public Service Announcements, Self-Promotion, Game Cinematics … Read More

‘Batman: Hush’ trailer dropped by Warner Bros. Animation
2:00 pm PDT 16/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. Animation have released the trailer for Batman: Hush, based on one of the most acclaimed Batman comics, the 12th issue-Hush in the last couple of decades. Penned by Jeph Loeb, with artwork by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair, the original from December 2002 to November 2003. Batman: Hush is the 14th film in the DC animated movie universe and is set against the backdrop of Gotham City. Batman finds himself becoming more drawn to Catwoman romantically, … Read More

Blue Ant Media acquires ‘Jelly Jamm’
12:00 pm PDT 16/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Blue Ant Media has acquired Jelly Jamm from Vodka Capital in Spain to expand its presence in the children’s content space. The deal includes two seasons of animated kids’ series Jelly Jamm (76 x 11’ each; HD), 13 original songs, 17 original characters, social media platforms, and all licensing and merchandising rights. Jelly Jamm targets kids aged four to seven and celebrate music, fun and friendship. The show follows Bello and his four friends as they figure out how to … Read More

‘Rick and Morty’ returns for season four later this year
11:00 am PDT 16/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

The dates have come! Rick and Morty are returning for the fourth season this fall including 70 brand new episodes over the next few years exactly as Adult Swim announced last year.   Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty season four will begin airing in November. In a video aired during Warner Media’s 2019 upfront, Rick and Morty appeared to tell the audience about their upcoming episodes. Both Harmon and Roiland have been open about making a … Read More

Disney unveils a special animated clip celebrating the royal baby Archie’s birth
5:30 pm PDT 14/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney has released a special Winnie-the-Pooh cartoon clip celebrating the royal baby Archie’s birth. It’s just been a week, that Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has been blessed with a boy, named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,and the lad is already making headlines. Born on 6 May, the royal boy Archie has already become the talk of the town. To celebrate his birth, Disney has created a 25 second clip featuring Pooh and animated versions of Meghan and Harry. … Read More

‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ trailer hints at the dark intentions of the horned fairy
3:30 pm PDT 14/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney’s one of the most iconic villains is back! Disney has dropped the first trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil which finds the flying sorceress Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) teaming up with Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) again. Disney announced that the sequel to Maleficent will be included in its hefty 2019 live-action line-up in early March. The first movie was a dark take on the tale of Sleeping Beauty, from the villain’s point of view with a twist. The trailer of … Read More

APC KIDS appoints License Connection as Benelux agent for ‘KIDS-E-CATS’
3:00 pm PDT 13/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

APC Kids has partnered with License Connection as the licensing agent for KID-E-CATS in the Benelux region. License Connection will be responsible for building the KID-E-CATS licensing programme in the region with target categories including publishing, apparel, puzzles and games, stationery, bags and homewares. These new products will support the upcoming range from global master toy partner, Toy Plus, with the first products launching at the end of 2019. APC Kids managing director Lionel Marty said, “The KID-E-CATS brand has … Read More