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NBCUniversal announces new senior management for DreamWorks Animation
12:00 pm PDT 24/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

A major acquisition in the animation fraternity – NBCUniversal taking over DreamWorks Animation -raised eyebrows across the globe with an anticipation of the future working model. NBCUniversal has announced its new structure and senior management team for DreamWorks Animation. Followed by the closure of the deal, this new management will oversee the functioning of the animation studio. DreamWorks Animation president Ann Daly will be stepping down as part of the change and will serve as an advisor during the transition. … Read More

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After two live action tremors, ‘Godzilla’ to receive animated feature avatar
4:00 pm PDT 23/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The monster film that reverberated terror on the entire earth with its monstrous effect still has an indelible mark on the minds of the audience. Godzilla, the monster which created tremors both on land and sea, is a movie often treated as impeccable as the Jurassic Park franchise. The sea inhabitant monster will get a new avatar as the Japanese film producer-distributor Toho is planning the first-ever feature-length animated Godzilla. The full length animated feature is being produced by digital … Read More

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Jam Filled Entertainment takes over Arc Productions’ assets
2:30 pm PDT 23/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

On 4 August it was official that Toronto’s leading animation and visual effects studio, Arc Productions has pulled its shutters down and entered receivership under Deloitte Restructuring. Now, it’s learnt that Boat Rocker Media’s latest acquisition, Jam Filled Entertainment, a leading full service animation company in Canada, has purchased the principal assets of Arc Productions. This acquisition leads to Jam Filled’s expansion into Toronto, effective immediately, with the new office opening with approximately 200 employees, adding world-class 3D pipelines to … Read More

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Anime TV series ‘Granblue Fantasy’ first trailer released, set to premiere in January 2017
2:00 pm PDT 22/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Granblue Fantasy, the smartphone game, is being adapted into an anime television series titled Granblue Fantasy the Animation. Cygames, the game developer, recently announced and launched the anime’s trailer during its Cygames Next 2016 event in Tokyo. The video features Yuuki Ito as director, Toshifumi Akai as character designer while Nobuo Uematsu and Tsutomu Narita as composers. A-1 Pictures will serve as the production company. Also, the successful mobile game Granblue Fantasy is getting an action role-playing game upgrade.  It … Read More

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Wind Dancer Films announces production of Season 2 of PBS KIDS series ‘Ready Jet Go!’
11:00 am PDT 19/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Wind Dancer Films, the film and television company behind TV sitcoms and box office successes, has announced production on Season 2 PBS KIDS animated series Ready Jet Go! The new season, which will feature 24 all-new episodes, an hour-long special and a collection of new web games and mobile apps. The production which has kickstarted this month is set to launch in late 2017. Created by Craig Bartlett (Dinosaur Train, Hey Arnold!), Ready Jet Go! takes 3-8 year-old viewers on … Read More

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Sony Pictures’ ‘Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania’ teaser features WWE stars as voice cast
2:00 pm PDT 18/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Sony Pictures Animation and WWE stars have joined hands to bring action into animation. Sony Pictures upcoming animated feature film Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania will witness the voices of a number of WWE stars. With some serious waves creating tremors in the sea, Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania features the craze for surfing in a frenzy manner. A sequel to the 2007 animated film called Surf’s Up, Sony Pictures has now released the teaser for this sequel. The protagonist penguin Cody … Read More

3rd IndiEarth Animation Film Festival kick starts from 20 August
2:00 pm PDT 12/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The third annual IndiEarth Animation Film Festival gears up to take place on 20 and 21 August, 2016 at Chennai in association with the Alliance Francaise of Madras and Dolby India. After receiving over 300 submissions, a final shortlisted selection of over 50 landmark animations from all around the world will be screened. The festival is India’s first quality international festival dedicated exclusively to the art of animation. IndiEarth Animation Film Festival: Animation Without Borders   The films featured this … Read More

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Screen Yug plans to launch ‘Amazing Kids’ as an animated series, AR game and reality show
5:00 pm PDT 09/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Already having two shows in its pipeline (War of Heroes and Mary Kom Jr), creators at Screen Yug come together to create a 360 degree property titled “Amazing Kids”. The property will be unique in the way that it will be launched as an animated series along with a reality show followed by an augmented reality game that will feature the mazes and challenges from the original show. The first season is planned to be released with 52 episodes of 22 … Read More

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iRealities creates ‘Sheikh Chilli & Friendz’ for Discovery Kids in an animated feature film and episodic series form
4:00 pm PDT 05/08/2016 By Ronald Rodrigues

“Don’t give kids crap just because they are kids,” asserts iRealities, CEO, Prasad Ajgaonkar as he ventures for the first time in the Indian broadcast space. Indian kids are hungry for quality content, but are we satisfying their hunger? Well, Ajgaonkar aims to stand out from the rest and creates quality animated feature film content for TV, bearing in mind ‘kids’ as the major target audience. Picking up Mayapuri Group’s Hindi comic magazine Lotpot’s character ‘Sheikh Chilli’, iRealities has tweaked … Read More

Meet Caiman, Illuminated Films’ animated alligator!
4:00 pm PDT 02/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The development team at Illuminated Films was searching for something fresh – and, led by the head of development, decided to create it themselves. The result is Caiman–a friendly young alligator living in a semi-tropical paradise. His world is full of colour–not just the vegetation but also the cast of characters that inhabit this lively mangrove community. With an award from Creative Europe, Illuminated developed ‘Caiman’ into a project that has been selected for Cartoon Forum–with sponsorship from Adam Selly’s … Read More

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Toronto’s animation and VFX studio, Arc Productions declares bankruptcy
11:00 am PDT 02/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

As we observe VFX and animation studios springing up or expanding its branches, there’s an air of melancholy in one of the leading Canadian animation and visual effects studio. As reported by CartoonBrew, the studio behind LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled!, Elena of Avalor, Robosapien: Rebooted, Arc Productions is permanently shutting down. “We regret to inform you that Arc is experiencing significant financial difficulties and a liquidity crisis,” CEO, Tom Murray wrote to his staff in a letter. “Despite … Read More

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Stan Lee collaborates with India’s Digitales Studios and illustrator Saumin Patel for his new animated series
5:00 pm PDT 01/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Stan Lee, the comic world legend with whom anyone would want to get associated, recently collaborated with the Indian animation studio, Digitales Studios and illustrator Saumin Patel for his new animated series Stan Lee’s Cosmic Crusaders. Virtual reality company Legend VR has joined forces with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment to create virtual reality episodes for this new adult animated series which is available on Hindsight VR application. The series has been produced for The Hollywood Reporter and, Digitales Studios can’t stop … Read More