Government keen on National AVCG Centre: MoS Rathore
1:00 pm PDT 30/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The government has off late shown keen interest in promoting the animation, VFX, comics and gaming (AVCG) industry of the country. The latest in its efforts to boost the sector is coming from the Information & Broadcasting Ministry minister of state Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The proposed National Centre of Excellence for gaming, animation and visual arts is getting the right push from the minister. A report in Times of India quotes him as saying, “We are very keen on this … Read More

’3 Bahadur’ hopes to match the quality of Disney and Pixar: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
5:00 pm PDT 29/01/2015 By Vishaka Chakrapani

Two years ago, the Pakistani industry was taken by storm when a female superhero was born in the country’s first indigenous animated series Burka Avenger. Now, the country will soon witness the entrance of three kids superheroes in the form of the first animated feature film 3 Bahadur. A pet project of Academy and Emmy award winning journalist and now creative director of 3 Bahadur, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, it aims to introduce Pakistan’s children to local heroes. “I had wanted to … Read More

The 42nd Annie Awards to be held on 31 January
3:00 pm PDT 28/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The 42nd Annual Annie Awards will be giving away recognitions to the year’s best in the field of animation on 31 January at the UCLA’s Royce Hall. Trophies will be given away by comedy-folk duo Garfunkel & Oates, actress-songwriters Riki Lindhome and Kate Mucucci, veteran voice talent and industry legend June Foray, songwriter and music director Richard Sherman, filmmaker and artist Tomm Moore, industry professionals Leslie Iwerks, John Musker, Ron Clements and ASIFA-Hollywood executive director Frank Gladstone. “Since 2002, the Annies have often been a predictor of the annual … Read More

Movies to get VR touch with Oculus
1:00 pm PDT 28/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Virtual Reality (VR) has long been discussed as a potential technology not only amongst gamers but also in other industries as well and Oculus has been in the forefront in each of these conversations. Oculus VR has formed an internal unit – Oculus Story Studio that will make VR movies and one such movie was screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2015. Oculus debuted Lost on Monday, the first of five short animated films that it is making over the … Read More

Fox Animation bags motion pictures rights to the iconic ‘Mr. Men Little Miss’
11:30 am PDT 28/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Fox Animation has secured the motion pictures rights to the iconic Mr. Men Little Miss characters. The deal was announced yesterday by Fox Animation president Vanessa Morrison and Janet Hsu, president and COO of Sanrio, Inc. Fox Animation is the studio behind the Ice Age and Rio movie franchises. Sanrio Entertainment Division, based in North America, develops brand extensions and experiential initiatives for US and global distribution. “The Mr. Men and Little Miss characters have delighted readers from around the world for decades,” commented Morrison. “We … Read More

Give 2D animation a chance, says ‘Song of the Sea’ director Tomm Moore
7:00 pm PDT 27/01/2015 By Vishaka Chakrapani

When the Academy Award nominations for 2015 were revealed, it was an encore for Ireland based The Cartoon Saloon (TCS) when its movie Song of the Sea (SOTS) got selected in the Animated Feature Film category. Five years ago, the studio’s earlier movie The Secret of Kells also got nominated, though it didn’t win. At a time when 3D animated movies are on the rise, it’s inspiring for animators to know that 2D is very much here to stay, reason … Read More

Toonz Entertainment sets up shop in New Zealand
1:00 pm PDT 27/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Content and animation company Toonz Entertainment, which incorporates flagship division Toonz Animation in India, is setting up a dedicated subsidiary office in Auckland, New Zealand, to further the presence of its brands and partnerships in New Zealand and Australia. It will be headed by Mark Nicholls, newly appointed director of Toonz Entertainment, New Zealand. The new operation will exploit existing and future animated and live-action IP, forging strategic production, licensing, retail and technology partnerships in the region. It will also … Read More

Warner Bros reveals plans of ‘The Jetsons’ Animated Feature
11:30 am PDT 27/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

According to recent reports, Warners Bros. is looking to turn the Hanna-Barbera series The Jetsons into an animated theatrical feature, reported first by Deadline. The studio has roped in Matt Lieberman to scribe for this cult series adaptation. We’ve all been hearing of a live-action Jetsons movie in the works for over a decade now. And Jetsons fans have been understandably nervous about how the ‘First Family of Futurism’ might translate into flesh and blood. With this announcement they can certainly breathe a sigh of relief as Warner Bros. is … Read More

A blog post describing PDI’s journey from 1980-2015
10:30 am PDT 27/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Eric Lyman, CG modeler and technical artist at PDI DreamWorks narrates his experience of 22 January on his blog, when at around 1:15 pm he was asked to attend an all hands meeting alongside several hundred of his co-workers. He writes: “A small stage had been put together in our commissary area with a blue background covered in DreamWorks logos. After a few moments, Jeffrey Katzenberg stepped in front of a microphone, and in a down cast voice, proceeded to … Read More

‘Sholay Adventures’ can be enjoyed by fathers and sons alike: Sharad Devarajan
12:00 pm PDT 24/01/2015 By Niyati Handa

1975 gave birth to one of the biggest cult Hindi feature film of all time in Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay. When first released, Sholay received negative critical reviews and a tepid commercial response, but favourable word-of-mouth publicity helped it to become a box office success. It broke records for continuous showings in many theatres across India, and ran for more than five years at Mumbai’s Minerva theatre. By some accounts, Sholay is also the highest grossing Indian film of all time, adjusted for inflation.  One would … Read More

CJ E&M dives into animation, targets China first
11:30 am PDT 24/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

South Korea’s largest media and entertainment conglomerate has decided to foray into the animation industry with the launch of Robot Trains RT, a new television series in production. The newly set up animation unit has been mandated to keep the focus content development and investment, production, distribution, licensing and character production.  The initial investment is close to $15 million. There will be a dedicated team  that will focus on China. Han Ji-soo, head of animation department told reporters at a … Read More

Nippon Animation’s ‘Sinbad’ to set sail this July in Japan
3:00 pm PDT 23/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Japan based Nippon Animation has confirmed working on the adventure anime film Sinbad: Sora Tobu Hime to Himitsu no Shima (Sinbad: The Flying Princess and the Secret Island) to celebrate the completion the studio’s 40 years. The family film is opening in Japan in July and Nippon Animation and Shirogumi are collaborating on planning and producing it. The movie’s tagline reads, “We can go anywhere in the world.” The film’s story begins when Sinbad, the sailor made famous in the One Thousand and One … Read More