Strencom inks €300,000 deal with Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films
10:00 am PDT 25/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Data networks provider Strencom has inked a three-year contract with Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films valued at €300,000. The company has already implemented a combined Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and has managed connectivity solution to Brown Bag Films, which produces children’s animation series such as Henry Hugglemonster, Peter Rabbit, Octonauts and Doc McStuffins. “When we implemented Strencom we immediately began to see creative and productivity gains that we hadn’t initially planned,” said Cathal Gaffney, CEO of Brown Bag Films in a statement. “It has immensely … Read More

Goodwin Joins Tinker Bell Fairy Crew for ‘NeverBeast’
9:30 am PDT 25/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin of Big Love and Once Upon a Time fame has been cast as Fawn in the upcoming DisneyToon Studios feature Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. Goodwin replaces Angela Bartys as the animal fairy Fawn for the seventh feature in the series. Here’s how DisneyToon Studios describes the feature: “The heartwarming story explores the ancient myth of a mysterious creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell’s friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the … Read More

Warner Bros. Goes Digital with ‘Blue Ribbon Content’
6:00 pm PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. has named its newly created short-format digital content division ‘Blue Ribbon Content’. The new banner, headed by Sam Register, will be responsible for developing and producing both animated and live-action series for digital platforms, and already has an interesting slate of titles lined up, which includes both DC Universe spinoffs and original concepts. Blue Ribbon Content’s lineup includes: Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles: This new animated series from BTAS producers Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett features much … Read More

Sticky Pictures’ 2D animation series ‘Dennis the Menace and Gnasher’ eyes the BAFTA
5:00 pm PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Sticky Pictures’ series Dennis the Menace and Gnasher has been nominated for a prestigious BAFTA Award. The series will be vying for the Animation Award at the upcoming British Academy Children’s Awards. Donna Andrews, Sticky Pictures CEO and executive producer said: “Sticky Pictures is thrilled to see our production receive this recognition. We share this nomination with our talented team and our fantastic partners including the Nine Network, Red Kite Animation and CBBC.” Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan, co-heads of … Read More

LEGO Batman Special debuts on Cartoon Network US
10:15 am PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Cashing on the LEGO Movie’s success, on Monday, 27 October at 6:00 pm ET/PT, the first-ever LEGO Batman special is swooping down on Cartoon Network. LEGO DC Comics: Batman: Be-Leaguered is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and promises a hilarious, light-hearted new tale for the DC Universe. The adventure kicks off when one-man crime-stopping band and proud loner Batman is pestered by Superman to join this new super hero team ‘The Justice League’. When Batman makes it quite clear he’s … Read More

TELETOON Travels To Another Dimension This November with new series
10:00 am PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

TELETOON journeys into another dimension this fall with the launch of the new kid-adventure animated series, Dr. Dimensionpants. The series follows 12-year-old Kyle Lipton, an ordinary kid who mysteriously receives a pair of magical glowing trousers that turn him into Dr. Dimensionpants, a cosmic superhero with a pointy moustache. The hilarious 26 x 30 minute animated series premieres in TELETOON’s Can’t Miss Thursdays block starting 6 November at 6:30 pm ET/PT, following Clarence. On TÉLÉTOON in Quebec, the series will premiere day-and-date in French as Dr. Pantastique.  “We can’t … Read More

Fusion, Mondo come together for an Animated Sketch Show
9:45 am PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Multi-platform media company Fusion has announced a new 15 minute animated sketch series titled Like, Share, Die, being produced by leading YouTube-based animation distributor Mondo Media. The show will mix topical humour with a number of Mondo’s original series as seen on their 2.5 billion-view YouTube channel. Like, Share, Die is being exec produced by Mondo’s Aaron Simpson and Six Point Harness’ Brendan Burch, and has signed Josh Faure-Brac (SuperNews!) as head writer and producer. Mondo will also source sketches … Read More

‘Simpsons’ makers sued for $250 million over copyright of character based on ‘Goodfellas’ actor
6:00 pm PDT 23/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

In one of the most peculiar lawsuit of the year, actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over one of the ‘wise guy’ characters on The Simpsons. Sivero is better recalled for playing mobster roles in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, and has sort of emulated his onscreen persona in various ways, such as reportedly being arrested for gun possession earlier this year. He’s also very protective of his rights, suing a restaurant … Read More

Restored NFB Canada Stereoscopic films come to the 12th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
5:50 pm PDT 23/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Four recently restored 3D films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) are being featured at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City on 20 and 21 November, as part of the lineup for To Save and Project: The 12th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation. The festival presents groundbreaking NFB experiments in stereoscopic animation from the NFB, a pioneer in auteur stereoscopic animation. These films are being screened as part of MoMA’s “3D Funhouse” program, … Read More

Walt Disney Animation Studios Announces 2016 Film: Moana!
3:00 pm PDT 21/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Ron Clements and Jon Musker (the guys responsible for Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, and our childhoods), are back with a brand-new film for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Moana. The film tells the story of Moana, a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. It’s set in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, and Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, … Read More

Alpenliebe’s Juzt Jelly TVC tickles your ‘Jelly’ bone
2:00 pm PDT 21/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Perfetti Van Melle has always been known for creating advertising that stands out with its wit and freshness. The confectionery giant has just launched a campaign for its brand Alpenliebe Juzt, conceptualised by McCann Delhi which unfolds in a jelly world. The TVC focuses on the everyday, frivolous situations that surprisingly become exciting in the jelly world capturing the theme ‘Jelly Ki Duniya, Mast Duniya’. Nikhil Sharma, Director – Marketing, Perfetti Van Melle, said: “Alpenliebe Juzt Jelly has been one … Read More

Disney releases trailer of its new short ‘Feast’, to be played before ‘Big Hero 6’
4:30 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney has created a reputation for having a knack for beautifully-drawn and wonderfully poignant animated shorts that audiences await with bated breathes to see what’s going to premiere before the studio’s feature films these days. With the next big ticket film for the mouse eared animation studio being ‘Big Hero 6’, Disney has just released a teaser trailer for its next animated short set to play before the Disney/Marvel collaboration when it hits theaters on 7 November. Disney’s next animated short … Read More