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

Tokyo International Film Festival Market opens with an Animation Focus
2:30 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The TIFFCOM market of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opens on Tuesday and runs until Thursday, the day the 27th edition of the main festival kicks off with the world premiere of Disney’s Big Hero 6 as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The market is expecting 320 exhibitors and 1,100 buyers, an upward trend from the previous year, plus seminars and talks on fund raising, co-productions, location incentives and how to predict a hit movie using big data. TIFFCOM will … Read More

MAAC enters 11th edition of 24 FPS Annual International Animation Awards
1:30 pm PDT 18/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), India’s leading educator in 3D Animation and Visual Effects has begun its call for entries to its 11th 24 FPS Annual International Animation Awards 2014 to be held in Mumbai. The Awards are open to students, professionals and studios from across the world. The categories for 2014 awards at the national level are: Best VFX Short Film 2014 – Student (OPEN) Best Animated Short Film 2014 – Student (OPEN) Best Game Design 2014 – … Read More

DQ Entertainment inks a deal with Rai Com to co-produce ‘Pio the Chick’
11:00 am PDT 17/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Entertainment production and distribution company DQ Entertainment has revealed plans to team up with Italian public broadcaster Rai Com to co-produce a new animated series called ‘Pio The Chick’. Under the agreement, the partnership will produce 52 seven-minute episodes, with DQ taking on the entire animation of the series. The programme is expected to go into production soon and will be ready by 2016. The principle terms of this deal have been agreed upon by both involved parties at the … Read More

Global Screen sells Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale to various International brands!
10:00 am PDT 17/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Munich-based Global Screen has sold its 3D animated movie The 7th Dwarf rights to US based company, Shout! Factory along with several other international buyers that includes Signature Entertainment (U.K.), Rialto Distribution (Australia), Italian International Film, Flins & Piniculas (Spain) and PRIS Audiovisuais (Portugal). The German 3D-animated feature is based on the Snow White fairy tale. It’s a story about Bubi, the seventh dwarf, who accidentally pricks the sleeping princess, triggering the curse of an evil ice queen and sending the entire kingdom into … Read More

Laika’s VFX Supervisor Steve Emerson opens up on ‘The Boxtrolls’
10:00 am PDT 16/10/2014 By Sidharth Iyer

Laika, LLC. is an American stop-motion animation studio specialising in feature films, commercial content for all mediums, music videos and short films. It is best known for its stop-motion feature films, ‘Coraline’, ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘The Boxtrolls’. The studio is owned by Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight and is located in Oregon’s Portland metropolitan area. His son, Travis acts as its president and CEO. The company had two divisions, Laika Entertainment for feature films and Laika/house for commercial content. One … Read More

HopMotion Animation strives to keep 2D Animation alive
9:30 am PDT 16/10/2014 By Sidharth Iyer

There is no doubt that computer-animated films have become the dominant predator in the animation world in the last twenty years. Ever since its advent in the 1995 film Toy Story, audiences have grown attached to the added dimension that CGI animation provides; and it does give a greater sense of depth and realism to a creative vision, often making the impossible that much more believable. But is it this added dimension that has pushed hand drawn animation to a more … Read More

Turkey named the new ‘Country of Honour’ for MIPCOM 2015
8:45 am PDT 16/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

CANNES: Reed MIDEM has announced that Turkey will be the ‘MIPCOM 2015 Country of Honour.’ Organised by Reed MIDEM, MIPCOM 2015 will take place in Cannes, from 5-8 October 2015. Turkey, which is one of the most dynamic and prolific drama-producing nations, takes the torch from Mexico, which was ‘Country of Honour for MIPCOM 2014’. Turkish produced shows are currently aired in more than 100 countries worldwide. The territory’s annual drama exports exceed $150 million. Major international hits from Turkey … Read More

Harry Baweja dabbles in animation with his feature ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’
4:00 am PDT 15/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Harry Baweja, an Indian film director is set to direct an animation feature titled ‘Char Sahibzade’ – a film on the lives of the four sons of tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh. The movie’s budget is rumored to be anywhere between Rs 15 to Rs 20 crore – the highest ever for an animation film related to the Sikh religion. This 3D animation film is produced by Rowena Girneet Baweja with dialogues by Baldev Gill and Animation services provided … Read More

Discovery Kids and Maya Digital Studios come together for a new animation series ‘Kisna’
3:00 am PDT 15/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

NEW DELHI: “The Discovery Kids channel is going all out to popularise its new animation series ‘Kisna’ as it is an India-based series and is a ‘driver show’,” revealed series maker Rahul Johri and renowned filmmaker Ketan Mehta on the sidelines of a press meet on the launch of the new series. Discovery Channel Asia Pacific VP marketing Rajiv Bakshi said, “While the series has already been promoted for almost a month on all Discovery channels, it will now be promoted … Read More