USA’s favorite PEZ Candy to get its own movie
3:00 pm PDT 04/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Earlier we came across the news that after LEGOs, emojis are now getting their very own feature courtesy Sony Pictures Animation and now we will get to see PEZ candy in an animated flick. Envision Media Arts (EMA) has entered into an exclusive agreement with PEZ Candy to develop an animated feature based on the spring-loaded rectangle dispensers with the flip-up heads. Cameron Fay will be writing the script for this sugar loaded film. Fay is currently working on Brother … Read More

France, South Korea and Japan collaborate on new 3D animation series ‘Miraculous Ladybug’
1:30 pm PDT 03/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Three countries are coming together to co-produce the animation series ‘Miraculous Ladybug’ which will be telecast on the Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm from 1 September. The show is a co-production by leading animation studios in the three countries, with Zagtoon and Method Animation participating from France, Toei Animation from Japan, and SAMG Animation from South Korea. Ladybug is a 26-episode 3-D action adventure about a teenage girl growing up and fighting evil. It is set … Read More

Salma Hayek’s Animated film ‘The Prophet’ to be seen in cinemas
1:00 pm PDT 03/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Inspired by the classic 1923 book ‘The Prophet’ by the Lebanese philosopher, artist and writer Kahlil Gibran, the feature film has been produced by Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions and has been written and directed by Roger Allers. Roger Allers is well known for his work in the highest grossing 2D animated film to date, The Lion King. The film which was previewed at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival got a positive response … Read More

Dubai gets ‘animated’ with region’s first International Animation Festival!
12:30 pm PDT 03/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The inaugural edition of Animate Dubai, the GCC’s first international animation film festival will take place from 3 to 5 December at Dubai Design District. The three-day festival offers a weekend packed with animated films, themed talks, fun activities for all ages, and a chance to meet animation pioneers from all around the world. Organised by the Animation Chamber, Animate Dubai seeks to promote animation as an independent art form. Arab and international animation professionals, amateurs, and students are invited to submit features, … Read More

Down memory lane, ‘Friends Forever’ in toons world
6:00 pm PDT 01/08/2015 By Rasika Deshpande

Happy are those who have someone to share their happiness with. It’s always easy to befriend strangers, but lucky are those few who succeed in finding their ‘Best’ Buddy. Science says, having a best pal enhances optimism in your life and hence makes you live longer. Well, we do not need science to know that our friends hold a special place in our heart. It is quite amusing how as we grow older, our friends circle starts getting smaller. Often … Read More

Banijay and Zodiak Media announce production units merger
3:30 pm PDT 29/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

International France-based media companies Banijay Group and Zodiak Media have agreed to merge their catalogs and production units. With revenues of around $1 billion, the merger creates one of the world’s biggest independent production and distribution companies and the largest not controlled by a media group. The deal will include the Zodiak Kids Studios banner, which includes such global children’s TV series as The Ranch, Get Blake, LoliRock and Zack & Quack. Banijay’s catalog includes the series Inky. The new group, … Read More

South Korea to host Asian Animation Summit this year
10:30 am PDT 29/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Asian Animation Summit (AAS), will be held in South Korea this year and will be hosted by KOCCA. It will take place on Jeju Island from 7 to 9 December. An initiative of KOCCA (Korea), MDeC (Malaysia) and  SIPA/DITP (Thailand), AAS 2015 is owned and produced by Kidscreen, and supported by Screen Australia. Its organizers are anticipating that 200 to 250 attendees will take part in this year’s event, which is designed to attract producers of animation who are interested in co-producing … Read More

SWAT-Kats set to return! Makers commence Kickstarter campaign
10:00 am PDT 28/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

If you were a kid from the ’90s era, then this piece of news is certainly going to bring back some fond memories of when you used to either rush back from school or miss out on completing your home-work just to catch the radical squadron on probably the only channel (then) that had some great animated content in the country. Yes, you guessed it right! Chance “T-Bone” Furlong and Jake “Razor” Clawson are planning to make a ‘revolutionary’ comeback … Read More

Splash Entertainment proclaims its deal with three new distribution digital platforms for its animated titles
4:00 pm PDT 24/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Splash Entertainment, today announced the company’s latest contract with three new distribution digital platforms; Hulu, Urania and Mobibase for a number of its animated titles, including Chloe’s Closet, Dive Olly Dive and Hero: 108, among others. “Thanks to a number of new platforms and digital outlets around the world, we are now able to expand our global reach with Splash’s award-winning, animated programming for children. These deals exemplify the ever-expanding landscape and opportunities in the entertainment arena today, especially for … Read More

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Malaysian animated series, Hogie, the Globehopper wins the Best Planning award at Seoul Promotion Plan
2:00 pm PDT 24/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

It’s time for the Malaysian animation industry to rejoice as Lil Critter Workshop, their home grown production house has won the Best Planning Award for its original series, Hogie, the Globehopper, at the Seol Promotion Plan-(SPP) 2015. Apart from the award, the creative house has also won $10,000 as the prize money. A total of 75 entries from 16 countries were submitted to the Competition. Out of which Hogie the Globehopper by Lil Critter Workshop from Malaysia won one of … Read More

DreamWorks Animation draws $15million from the latest sale of its campus property
11:00 am PDT 24/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Animation campus has made $15 million dollars by re-selling its 13-acre Glendale campus again within just five months after their first deal with SunTrust Banks. It had sold its larger than life campus for a whooping amount of $185 million in February to overcome its losses incurred by poor performance at box office. Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT is now the new owner of the 460,000 square foot Tuscan-style property from a unit of SunTrust Banks Inc, paying $215 … Read More

Nostalgia: Use of animation in popular brand campaigns over the years
3:00 pm PDT 21/07/2015 By Prerna Kothari

Advertising is a very important business spend for brands to stay relevant in this competitive market space. What is a brand, one may ask… Well it’s a name, term, design or other feature that differentiates one seller’s product from others, and one of the most important aspects of a brand is its recall value. When you hear the word ‘ZooZoo’ one immediately associates it with the brand Vodafone. That is the power of a well executed advertising strategy and the … Read More