Dublin based Gingerbread Animation studio launched by CAKE and Studio Moshi
1:15 pm PDT 22/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE and Australian animation producer Studio Moshi have partnered to create Gingerbread Animation; a brand new independent and creator-driven animation house based in Dublin, Ireland. Gingerbread Animation will create high quality kids animation content producing and developing its own original projects as well as offering tailored creative and production services to third parties and a key all round solution to strategic players in the market. Specialising in trad-digital 2D animation, underpinned by Studio Moshi’s proven animation … Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Star India VP Vivek Bhutyani launches ‘Lattu Kids’ & partners with Thought Cloud Studio to co-produce preschool animated program ‘Trigo’
7:30 pm PDT 21/03/2017 By Prerna Kothari

India has many successful animation IPs but most of them haven’t travelled to international markets. The country is known for its animation services but there’s no big success story of India in the animation industry. Keeping that in mind, there’s a new studio in town which is set to fill this gap and have a development in the international markets. This studio is formed by none other than the ex-Star India vice-president and head of content syndication, Vivek Bhutyani. He … Read More

Pixar launched its first trailer for the musical adventure ‘Coco’
2:45 pm PDT 16/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Last week, director Lee Unkrich revealed the brand new poster of Pixar’s animated musical adventure Coco and mentioned that the trailer will be out this week. And here it is! The story follows the journey of a small boy named Miguel, who sets on an extraordinary journey to fulfil his dreams of becoming a musician; a journey which takes him to a mysterious place, Land of the Dead. The teaser-trailer shows Miguel watching a video of his idol Ernesto de … Read More

The initial highlights of the 24th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2017 has been announced
6:00 pm PDT 15/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

As one of the most important festivals in the animated film industry, this year the 24th Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS) has taken a decisive step forward. “In 2017 we have strengthened the connections to the disciplines of games, transmedia, virtual reality and music,” stated ITFS, artistic director, Ulrich Wegenast, and added: “We are thereby opening up ourselves and the genre to creative, productive and economic synergies.” With the motto “Animation without Borders”, the ITFS and its international program, … Read More

Alcon Entertainment signs Pixar & DreamWorks veterans to helm animated fantasy adventure ‘Darkmouth’
2:00 pm PDT 15/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Alcon Entertainment has signed David Pimental – who was head of story for Disney’s Moana – and Douglas Sweetland – who directed Warner Animation Group’s Storks – to direct the animated fantasy adventure feature film Darkmouth. The adapted screenplay will be penned by Lloyd Taylor. The announcement was made by Alcon Entertainment’s co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Based on the popular HarperCollins children book series from Irish author Shane Hegarty, the movie is a comedic adventure fantasy … Read More

Pixar unveils first ‘Coco’ poster, trailer arrives next week
3:00 pm PDT 11/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Pixar’s long-time trusted member, director Lee Unkrich unveiled a brand new colourful poster for Disney-Pixar’s Coco and revealed that the first trailer of the animated adventure will be out next week. The director, who had tweeted the first look of the film in December 2016, revealed the poster along with the announcement on Twitter again this time. Excited to reveal Coco’s new poster! FIRST TRAILER COMING NEXT WEEK! #PixarCoco opens in theaters this November! — Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) March … Read More

Rovio Entertainment sells its animation studio to Kaiken Entertainment; both studios will still collaborate for ‘Angry Birds’ projects
6:00 pm PDT 09/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Rovio Entertainment, the creators of Angry Birds has sold off its animation studio to Kaiken Entertainment. Along with it, the company also sold its book publishing unit and some other “non-Angry Birds properties.” Going by a statement released yesterday, this was a “part of the ongoing reorganisation of Rovio’s Animation Division,” the same one which worked on ‘The Angry Birds Movie’. The movie roughly made around $350 million while it was created at a budget of $73 million. Rovio Entertainment … Read More

5 radical female animated characters that every woman would look up to
4:00 pm PDT 08/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

While female characters do not yet dominate the animation scenario, there are a few which are intricately carved and strongly portrayed, contrasting the widely used meek and mushy portrayals. Well, women relate to and idealise complex characters which have greater purposes (and not just dreaming about their “Prince Charming”). On this Women’s Day, AnimationXpress brings to you a list of five such characters that are path-breaking and fierce, yet humble enough to make a place in everyone’s heart. 1. Sacha … Read More

Universal DreamWorks Animation announces ‘Trolls 2’ for April 2020
4:00 pm PDT 01/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Universal DreamWorks Animation has announced its plan for a sequel to Trolls, set to release on 10 April, 2020. Universal Pictures will take over the distribution of the film following its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation Studios last year. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprise their roles as the eternal optimist Poppy and the curmudgeon Branch in the new musical comedy-adventure by the creators of Kung Fu Panda and Shrek. Directed by Mike Mitchell, scripted by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger and based … Read More

Toonz Media CEO, P Jayakumar: ‘Uma and Devan Namaste!’ to be launched at MIPCOM 2017
11:00 am PDT 01/03/2017 By Anshita Bhatt

Few days back it was announced that India’s Toonz Media Group has joined hands with the USA based production company Sharmaji for producing preschool animated content. The series which is the first to explore the daily lives of Indian-American families targeting pre-schoolers, follows the lead characters Uma and Devan as they balance growing up in USA while also maintaining their Indian cultural heritage. AnimationXpress spoke to Toonz Media Group, CEO, P Jayakumar to get better insight into the creation and … Read More

CAKE will soon be launching season 2 of ‘Space Racers’
4:30 pm PDT 28/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

CAKE has announced the launch of a second season of the award-winning pre-school series Space Racers. 40 brand new 11 minute episodes will see the space cadets Eagle, Robyn, Hawk, Starling and Raven journeying through the solar system using teamwork and scientific discovery to explore the wonders of the universe and real rocket science. The new season features some of NASA’s most famous scientific explorations, including Mercury’s MESSENGER probe, the Voyager One spacecraft, and Mars rovers Curiosity, Opportunity, and Spirit. … Read More

‘Marvel Future Avengers’ anime series to premier this summer
3:30 pm PDT 28/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Marvel has its hands full for the year 2017 with the number of shows it is producing for television. Agents of SHIELD which just went on a brief interlude will be joined later this year by Inhumans, which will bring in new characters like Broderick, Medusa, Maximus, Karnak, Gorgon, Crystal and Triton to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Inhumans, who played a major part in the Agents of SHIELD season two finale will have an entire TV series to their name. … Read More