All the quirks of India’s first hybrid animation webseries ‘Objectify’
5:40 pm PDT 29/01/2018 By Anshita Bhatt

We have seen animals and birds talk in animated films. We have also seen objects integrated into live-action for effect. We have seen objects talking too. But imagine a world of objects, where they are having their own issues and feuds with each other. In a first of its kind for India, Curious Men Films have created a hybrid animation web series Objectify, that takes us into the world of objects and the challenges they face in their daily lives. … Read More

PriyaToonz set to enter animation market with new quiz-based IP ‘Kaun Banega Champion’
11:30 am PDT 29/01/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Indian animation has been riding a high with kids’ broadcasters and OTT platforms taking a shining to domestically-created animated series. And 2017 saw oodles of domestic IPs getting greenlit on various platforms. Hoping to hitch a ride on that gravy train is Delhi-based five year old animation studio PriyaToonz with its new education-based IP Kaun Banega Champion. Kaun Banega Champion is a 3D animated quiz show played by various interesting cartoon characters, created with the aim to enhance the knowledge … Read More

Splash Entertainment and Assemblage Entertainment start production on the ‘Norm of the North’ sequel
6:00 pm PDT 22/01/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Assemblage Entertainment has begun production on the sequel of 2016 animated feature, Norm of the North, which is a story about a goofy and talkative polar bear. The first film, was co-produced by Splash Entertainment, Assemblage Entertainment and Telegael, and distributed by Lionsgate in North America. It narrates the story of Norm the polar bear, who is the son of the king of the Arctic, who in his youth develops an ability to talk to humans there by making him an outcast. Where … Read More

Through GGPL and other activities, Green Gold makes sure that Jack does not turn a dull boy
4:00 pm PDT 19/01/2018 By Anshita Bhatt

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. While this may be the same hackneyed proverb heard over the years, its relevance is abundant in today’s time. Not to be preachy, but, one needs to take one’s mind off work at times, to get back to work with fresh ideas. That is one of the reasons why you will now see reading rooms, gyms, cafeterias, “chilling” areas, indoor games and lots more side-by-side the workspaces in big corporates. … Read More

‘Coco’ gears up for tough competition in BAFTA nominations
3:00 pm PDT 12/01/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

The success of Coco continues to be glorified even after winning accolades at the Golden Globe Awards, and is now all geared up to face-off against another set of remarkable movies on being nominated for the BAFTA Awards 2018. The seventy-first edition of the BAFTA awards presents over 24 categories nominating various top rated blockbusters, directors, animated movies, special effects and much more. Under the special visual effects category, the likes of Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, Star Wars: The Last … Read More

Kinsane Entertainment raises $2.5 million in angel funding
3:00 pm PDT 11/01/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Kinsane Entertainment has a shot in the arm as the global digital entertainment company raised $2.5 million in investments from angel investors backed by Neeraj Bhargava. Co-founded by Kurt Inderbitzin, Indrani Pillai and Saahil Bhargava, Kinsane plans to utilise the funds to launch eight new shows and 100 new games featuring 30 characters, over the next one year, aiming to turn these videos and games into global brands that would be promoted further through the means of television, movies, concerts … Read More

KKR-backed Emerald Media acquires controlling stake in Cosmos-Maya
11:00 am PDT 11/01/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Emerald Media, the PAN-Asia company backed by leading global investment firm KKR, today announced that it has acquired a controlling stake in Cosmos-Maya through a combination of primary and secondary stake acquisition. The capital from this investment will help the company with strategic growth initiatives and creating global IPs to further increase its footprint across the world. Cosmos-Maya founder and MD Ketan Mehta said, “The company will benefit greatly with a partner like Emerald Media which has a strong understanding … Read More

‘Kuruveer- Cousins at crossroads’: Soon to release animated theatrical from Acropetal Animation
2:15 pm PDT 10/01/2018 By Anshita Bhatt

As I write and as you read, something massive is under works at Acropetal Animation. The Bengaluru-based animation studio is currently occupied with production of its animated feature Kuruveer- Cousins at crossroads. The film produced in a combination of 2D classical and digital animation techniques, will be ready to hit the screens very soon. The 120 minute-long film in Hindi is an adaptation of an excerpt of India’s greatest epic Mahabharata. Kuruveer traces the story of the beginning and elaborates … Read More

HopMotion opens new facility in Hyderabad; on-job training to begin this summer
11:40 am PDT 08/01/2018 By Anshita Bhatt

Mumbai-based animation studio HopMotion opened a new facility close to Hi Tech City area in Hyderabad. The 3,000 square feet office space opened its door in December 2017. Apart from working on shows for television, digital and OTT platforms, the full-service 2D animation studio has also invested in creating its original IPs. “To cater to the booming digital content market internationally as well as in India, HopMotion has been growing at a great pace and needed to expand its capacity. … Read More

What a kid wants
11:00 am PDT 28/12/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Animation has in many ways fuelled the imagination of a growing kid. Give him a piece of paper and he will make a plane. Give her an empty cup and she will blow in a tune. Carefully crafted animation characters have the power to explain complicated concepts to a nascent kids’ mind. I still remember being fascinated by things bouncing off Tom’s face when Jerry would throw them at an astonishing speed, or Tom whooshing off the gas burner when … Read More

Zumis zing “Zingle Zells” in Vodafone Christmas spot by Vaibhav More
3:00 pm PDT 27/12/2017 By Anshita Bhatt

Zingle Zells, Zingle Zells, Zingle Zall Ze Zay… That is the cute little Vodafone Zumis singing Jingle Bells carol in the recently released and already viral video on Vodafone’s digital platforms. Ad agency Ogilvy & Mather wanted to post a spot on Vodafone’s Facebook page for Christmas and like the earlier partnership with Vaibhav Studios, contacted Vaibhav Kumaresh. Caught up with lots of things already, Kumaresh called up Vaibhav More and requested him to take up the project. In a … Read More

DreamWorks and Dentsu collaborate for new Bearbrick animation show
4:30 pm PDT 26/12/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The simple yet artistically designed Be@rbrick is back after 10 years of success, and is now getting its own television program. DreamWorks Animation Television with Japanese advertising sponsor Dentsu announced that they have signed an agreement to create and develop an animation show based on Medicom Toy’s Be@rbrick figures. Dentsu has negotiated the deal through its American subsidiary Dentsu Entertainment USA. Be@rbrick toys are bear-shaped block figures with adjustable arms, legs, head and torso. Medicom Toy is a Japanese company that … Read More