Nick continues to lead the kids’ genre in wk 34 of TAM TV ratings
12:00 pm PDT 28/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

This week didn’t witness much change among the top five contenders in the kids’ genre. Viacom18’s kids mainstay Nick continued to lead the charts with 212 TVTS (216 TVTs in wk 33). Coming in at a close second place was Disney Channel India with 203 TVTs (203 TVTs), followed by Turner International India’s Cartoon Network with 189 TVTs (198 TVTs), Hungama with 172 TVTs (180 TVTs) and Pogo taking the fifth position with 154 TVTs sheding nearly 17 TVTs from … Read More

Siddharth Mahadevan makes a singing debut for a made-for-television animation movie
1:00 pm PDT 27/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Son of the supremely talented Shankar Mahadevan and the voice behind chartbusters like ‘Zinda’ and ‘Malang Malang’, Siddharth Mahadevan has for the first time lent his voice for television. A self-confessed fan of animation, the singer has recorded for the title track of Hungama TV’s first homegrown television special ‘Manav’, which is set to premiere on 30 August. The young vocalist who has previously contributed to Hindi and Marathi cinema and is extremely excited to be associated with the series, as he relates to the … Read More

Cartoon Network’s robust school contact programme roadmap
12:00 pm PDT 27/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Surprise tests, math homework, brushing teeth, early bedtime deadlines are some of the biggest, albeit sometimes dramatised, villains in every child’s life. In a truly cartoony and entertaining style, Cartoon Network’s School Contact Program (SCP) – Kris ka Magic Mantra, will try and help tackle all these childhood problems in classrooms across the country. Kris, student-superhero of Cartoon Network’s popular series Roll No. 21, not only tackles homework and bullies but also villains disguised as teachers in a fun and … Read More

Discovery Kids brings hit animated series ‘Doki’ to India
4:30 pm PDT 25/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Discovery Kids believes that Doki will fulfill the needs of young inquisitive minds as Doki and his team embark on several interesting journeys to find answers to questions about science, nature and the world we live in. Doki is a born explorer, just like his best friends Oto, Mundi, Fico, Anabella and Gabi. Together, they are “Team Doki.” They take a voyage to different places on the planet to find their answers. Any query can spark an adventure – Where … Read More

Malaysia’s Kartun Studios gets ready to leap-frog in stereoscopic 3D with ‘Ribbit’
6:00 am PDT 21/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Directed and written by Chuck Powers, “Ribbit” features well-known voice talents such as Sean Astin (‘Lord of the Rings’), Tim Curry (‘The Hunt for Red October’), Russell Peters (comedienne extraordinaire) and Cherami Leigh (‘Fast Food Nation’), and was recorded in Los Angeles, California. The development and post-production works was entirely completed in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, while the animation production took place in Cyberjaya, Malaysia and Mumbai, India. The bulk of the rendering work was done in Hong Kong, China, making “Ribbit” … Read More

TIFF and NFB mark animation legend Norman McLaren’s 100th birthday on festival street
1:00 pm PDT 20/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

On the evening of Sunday, September 7, 2014, the centenary of the birth of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) film and animation legend Norman McLaren will be celebrated with a free program of outdoor screenings, accompanied by live music, as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s pedestrian walk on King Street West, “Festival Street.” Entitled Re-Sounding the Films of Norman McLaren, and created especially for TIFF, this program features seven short films from McLaren’s legendary oeuvre, with original scores written and … Read More

Pogo takes kids on a fun tour of India
11:00 am PDT 20/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

From adventures in the Sundarban forests, to Kargam (folk dance) in Tamil Nadu, to Baisakhi (festival) in Punjab, Chhota Bheem and Mighty Raju have travelled far and wide to discover India. Pogo will share their experiences of India’s diverse cultures and festivals through a massive School Contact Program (SCP) called Bheem aur Mighty Raju ka Fun Tour. Read More

Purple Turtle ropes in MJA licensing in France
11:30 am PDT 19/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Aadrash, the people behind the iconic Purple Turtle has roped in MJA licensing to be its licensing agent in France. MJA Licensing has extensive experience in licensing, both as agent and licensee, in depth knowledge of main distribution channels and international experience in sales and management. Read More

17 NFB films featured at Ottawa International Animation Festival, including two world premieres
11:15 am PDT 19/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

A world leader in auteur animation, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be showcased at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) from 17 to 21 September 2014. Also making its world premiere is Monsieur Pug, a new short by Academy Award nominee Janet Perlman (The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin), screening in the Canadian Showcase. Read More

Cartoon Network collaborates with H&M on exclusive T-Shirt range inspired by ‘Adventure Time’
11:00 am PDT 19/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Cartoon Network has partnered with international fashion retailer H&M to launch an exclusive T-Shirt range inspired by its Primetime Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning animated comedy series Adventure Time. The T-Shirt collection features popular lead characters Finn and Jake and unique slogans characteristic of the top-rated comedy series. Read More

And the Emmy award goes to… ‘Bob’s Burgers’
10:45 am PDT 19/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The award is given based on a single episode of a nominated series, in this case for “Mazel Tina,” in which Bob’s eldest daughter Tina (often called the show’s breakout character) volunteers her restaurateur family as caterers in a bid to attend a popular classmate’s party. Read More

Q1-2015: Loss due to commissioning delay, own project delivery recognition for DQ Entertainment
3:00 pm PDT 18/08/2014 By Tarachand Wanvari

The company says that it is facing a financial strain on account of high receivables, but at the operational level it is cash positive. DQEIL claims that the current total contract value for the service/co-production projects signed and in discussions is about USD 63 million to be executed over the next 18 months. Also, the total contract value for the licensing and distribution deals signed is USD 10 million for FY-2015. Read More