Palestinian Animation, Wanted 18 in the race for Foreign Language at the Oscars
10:00 am PDT 01/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Wanted 18, a hybrid animated documentary about 18 cows on the lam from the Israeli army during the First Intifada resistance to the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, will represent Palestine in the running for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Directed by Palestinian cartoonist Amer Shomali and Canadian Paul Cowan, the film creatively blends animation, interviews and reenactments to tell the story of the cows, which were used for “independent milk production” on a Palestinian … Read More

What’s needed to enable more India-Canada animation co-productions?
9:30 pm PDT 31/08/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

The animation industry of Canada has been reputed and recognized for its undying contribution towards the upliftment of the global industry. Ever since the early 1940s the Canadian animation fraternity – largely riding on back of the legacy of Norman McLaren (1914-87) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) – has given some of the most memorable characters and series that have been experienced across generations. After the founding of the NFB in 1939, the commercial pressures on artists … Read More

10 brother and sister pairs that remind us of our childhood rivalry
8:00 am PDT 29/08/2015 By Prerna Kothari

Who needs friends if they have siblings? Siblings are our partners in crime; they hide secrets from parents and help each other through rough phases in one’s life. Having a sibling is a boon in disguise. They share a complex relationship with one another, they are one another’s protectors, tormentors, playmates, counsellors, sources of envy, objects of pride; siblings are basically our backbone and lifeline. Sisters get to know boys mentality by studying their brother and the brother solves the … Read More

DHX Media signs six broadcasters for ‘Twirlywoos’
10:00 am PDT 27/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

DHX Media, a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, has signed a string of broadcast deals to take the new preschool series, Twirlywoos to new channels globally, including a major deal in France with Lagardère for its Gulli and Tiji channels. Further broadcasters acquiring the CBeebies-commissioned show include YLE in Finland, Sweden’s SVT, NRK in Norway, and Hop! in Israel. DHX’s own Family Jr., will broadcast Twirlywoos in Canada beginning fall 2015. DHX Media, … Read More

Assemblage readies maiden animation film ‘Blinky Bill’
3:00 pm PDT 25/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Former Crest Animation top boss AK Madhavan’s entrepreneurial animation studio, Assemblage Entertainment, has completed its first full-length animated feature co-production titled Blinky Bill The Movie, with the CGI being co-produced out of its studio in Mumbai. Blinky Bill The Movie is an Australian feature film produced by Flying Bark Productions (Australia) in co-production with Assemblage and Telegael Teoranta (Ireland). The movie is slated to release on 17 September, 2015 in Australia with the international release to follow. Established in 2014, Assemblage is … Read More

Indian animation film on RTI in Sweden’s I.N.S.A.N.E Animation Film Fest
2:00 pm PDT 25/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

NEW DELHI: Chakravyuh (The Vicious Circle), an animation film on the Right to Information (RTI) by filmmaker Dhvani Desai, has been officially selected in I.N.S.A.N.E Animation Film Festival to be held in Sweden. The film was earlier screened at the Holland Animation Film Festival in March. The I.N.S.A.N.E. Festival is held in Malmo city from 11 to 13 September. “My film Chakravyuh on RTI has got officially selected in I.N.S.A.N.E Animation Film Festival to be held in Malmo, Sweden from 11 – 13 September, … Read More

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9 Story Media Group acquires animation studio Brown Bag Films
10:00 am PDT 19/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has acquired the award winning animation studio Brown Bag Films. With headquarters in Dublin, a studio in Manchester and an office in Los Angeles, Brown Bag Films employs 170 creative and production staff and is known for producing hit animated children’s series including Octonauts, Doc McStuffins, Bing Bunny and Henry Hugglemonster. This is the first acquisition for 9 Story following an equity investment from media entrepreneur Neil Court and ZMC, Zelnick Media Capital last year. Terms … Read More

Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ first poster revealed at D-23 Expo
2:00 pm PDT 17/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

That Director Jon Favreau is all set to transform one of the most favourite and cherished animated classic, ‘Jungle Book’ into a live action feature presentation is old news, but what left the audience awestruck recently at the D-23 Expo was the first official poster release. The Jungle Book is an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novel of the same name; it follows a young boy named Mowgli (Neel Sethi) on his journey from being raised by wolves to becoming the … Read More

China-based Original Force Animation launches motion picture arm
3:00 pm PDT 13/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The CG conference at Siggraph in Los Angeles witnessed the launch of the motion picture arm of the China-based animation house Original Force Animation, which has been working on getting its first batch of features off the ground. The new unit is based in Culver City and led by co-presidents Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox along with Original Force founder Harley Zhao. The company seeks to produce at least one CG feature film approximately every 18 months. The pair were producers on DreamWorks … Read More

Ronnie Screwvala soon to spin off an animation series on Pro Kabaddi League
1:00 pm PDT 12/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The fever of Pro Kabaddi League has caught Indian ‘sports lovers’ attention and one team which is cashing in on all the fervor is Mumbai franchise UMumba. Ronnie Screwvala, the owner of the franchise is planning to take the game to different mediums to build a better connect with audiences. Now in its second year, Pro Kabaddi League has jumped the viewership number by 61 per cent in the first 26 games against the same last year. This is partly … Read More

India Today’s ‘So Sorry’ series bags jury award for best animation
3:30 pm PDT 06/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

India Today Group’s So Sorry series of politoons has bagged the jury award for best animation at the fourth Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival. Jury members led by national and international stalwarts in film making selected winners from over 400 entries from 35 countries. The capsules of the animation series are live across TV, internet and mobile and have already created a massive following. India Today Group group CEO Ashish Bagga said, “This award strengthens our belief in innovation, which is at … Read More

The dreadful event of Hiroshima presented in an animated form by BBC
11:30 am PDT 06/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

6 August marks the 70th anniversary of the dreadful Hiroshima bombings. To explain the horrified incident to the inexperienced ones, BBC has come up with the animated version of the story dictated by the now 84 year old survivor of the disastrous event. 84-year-old Bun Hashizume was only a young girl on 6 August, 1945. Despite her young age, she was working in the Ministry of Communications in Hiroshima – filling in for the men at war. On Monday, 6 … Read More