Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures bring back ‘Rugrats’ for a new TV series and live-action feature
12:00 pm PDT 17/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica are returning to small screen for more mischief in 26 new TV episodes and a live-action feature film starring CG characters, as Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have come together to relaunch the popular kids series, Rugrats. These new adventures will celebrate the original property while introducing viewers to a world of new characters. “Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history, and we are thrilled for a whole new … Read More

Guest Article | “Ten things to consider while making a crowdfunded animated movie”: Ravi Shankar
6:30 pm PDT 16/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

In my experience of writing, producing and directing an animated movie with a frugal budget of one to two crores, (excluding a lot of support that we acquired free or at discounted rate) taught me a lot. Here are some lessons that I learnt during the execution of Punyakoti that I want to share here- Ensure that your idea is unique. People are likely to support you if you come up with an idea that is unique. Discuss your idea … Read More

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ climbs higher than ‘Skyscaper’
5:30 pm PDT 16/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Sony’s animated feature Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, ranked first, opening to $44 million domestically. Despite Dwayne Johnson’s aura, Skyscaper didn’t do that well in its opening weekend, earning $25 million and lost to Ant-Man and the Wasp, gaining the third position. Ant-Man and the Wasp gained the second spot earning $29.5 million. Hotel Transylvania 3 follows Dracula (Adam Sandler) as he takes a cruise with his nefarious pals, only to fall in love with the captain of the ship … Read More

Nickelodeon creates category benchmarks with ‘Rudra’ and ‘Daduji Shorts’
4:00 pm PDT 16/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Known for creating popular and iconic homegrown characters, Indian kids’ entertainment franchise, Nickelodeon adds another feather to its cap. After the success of ‘Made in India’ characters like Motu Patlu, Shiva and Gattu Battu, the franchise’s latest content innovation with its fifth local IP—India’s first magic toon Prince of Magic, Rudra has emerged in the top 10 of the category in the week of launch and every week from thereon. Launched on 11 June 2018, Rudra is a magic comedy … Read More

‘Luis and the Aliens!’ trailer launched; DIRECTV to release the film on 19 July
12:30 pm PDT 16/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

The trailer of the new animated family-friendly film, Luis and the Aliens! has been recently revealed. The project has found more distribution partners in DIRECTV for an early on-demand release on 19 July (as Collider reports). The science fantasy film follows young Luis who unlike his UFO-obsessed dad doesn’t believe in aliens. So, when a trio of extraterrestrials crash-lands in front of his eyes, Luis finds himself caught up in a wild, worlds-spanning adventure. The official synopsis goes: Growing up as half-orphan with an ufologist-dad … Read More

Animal Planet assents a new animated series, ‘Celebrity Animal Encounters’
4:30 pm PDT 14/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Animal Planet has greenlit a new animated series titled, Celebrity Animal Encounters, that features Hollywood celebrities’ unexpected incidents with animals. The series will find Kristen Bell, Al Roker, Danny Trejo, Judy Greer, Justin Hartley and Whitney Cummings recount their stories and experiences. Initially launched on Facebook Watch with shorter episodes, the series garnered 4 million views over the course of that four-episode run. As The Hollywood Reporter reports: From hilarious run-ins to dangerous confrontations, each episode will feature a variety … Read More

Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown to cast in ‘Frozen 2’
11:30 am PDT 14/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us, Black Panther) have been reportedly roped in to lend their voices to Disney’s Frozen 2, the sequel to 2013 hit Frozen. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will return to direct the sequel to the Oscar-winning box-office hit. Lee will also pen the script while Peter Del Vecho will be producing the animated film. Slated to release on 27 November 2019, Frozen 2 will find Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and … Read More

‘Duck Duck Goose’ trailer released by Netflix
1:30 pm PDT 13/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has revealed a new trailer of animated comedy, Duck Duck Goose from Chinese production house, Original Force, to be premiered on 20 July in the U.S. Directed by Chris Jenkins (Home, Open Season), the film was written by Jenkins along with Rob Muir, Scott Atkinson and Tegan West. The film was produced by Sandra Rabins (Shrek, Antz), formerly working with DreamWorks and Sony Pictures Animation and Penny Finkelman Cox (Shrek, Antz) working out of the Culver City development studio … Read More

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‘Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild’ to be produced by Capcom and Pure Imagination Studios
12:30 pm PDT 13/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

The world of Monster Hunter will soon come among us with its first storyline, and it will be produced by the developer and producer Capcom as well as Pure Imagination Studios (Resident Evil adaptations). Both the companies will be producing and co-financing the upcoming Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild. The story is written by Joshua Fine (Ultimate Spider-Man). It is expected to premiere in 2019 as the production is anticipated to complete in this winter. Capcom’s Monster Hunter franchise … Read More

‘Ruben Brandt, Collector’ brings out its first trailer
11:30 am PDT 13/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

The European project, Ruben Brandt, Collector comes up with its first trailer. Directed by Budapest-based filmmaker and artist, Milorad Krstic, the 96-minute action thriller will have its world premiere at Locarno Film Festival, which is happening from 1 August to 11 August. Ruben Brandt, Collector is an English-language 2D feature, which is primarily hand-drawn. The short puts a surreal spin on other heist flicks and proves that animation has no restrictions on the audience base. The story revolves around Ruben Brandt, … Read More

‘Hybrids’ – CGI short on marine ecology gets ‘Best in Show’ at SIGGRAPH 2018
7:00 pm PDT 12/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

SIGGRAPH has recently declared the Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater award winners, to be honoured at the 45th SIGGRAPH conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 12 to 16 August. The best in show prize was awarded to French student film Hybrids, a graduate project created by Florian Brauch, Kim Tailhades, Matthieu Pujol, Yohan Thireau and Romain Thirion at Motion Picture in Arles (MoPA). As SIGGRAPH is an Oscar-qualifying festival, the short is now eligible for Academy Award consideration. This … Read More

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A Canadian service studio Bardel Entertainment appoints Rick Mischel as CEO
6:00 pm PDT 12/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Rainbow Group, an International animation and multimedia content production company, who recently acquired Bardel Entertainment has hired Sony Pictures Animation’s producer Rick Mischel as the new CEO. He has a huge hand in the successful launch of two Sony animated series based on the feature film hits Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. And as SVP for Sony Pictures Imageworks, Mischel launched and managed the studio’s Vancouver animation/VFX facility, and also worked on Cloudy with a Chance of … Read More