Xilam’s Zig & Sharko nominated for the 2015 Export Awards
5:00 pm PDT 30/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Leading French Animation studio, Xilam, announced its nomination for the 11th annual Export Awards (Animation category) for its animated series, Zig & Sharko. Providing a backdrop of stiff international competition, the Export Awards honour top program exporters who succeed in ensuring their productions have the highest sales and largest worldwide exposure. A proven hit with family audiences, Zig & Sharko is a slapstick non-verbal comedy that recounts the insatiable and highly imaginative attempts by Zig, a famished hyena, to chomp … Read More

French Animation Studio TeamTO expands to southern France
5:00 pm PDT 25/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The creators of the animated feature Yellowbird (2014), TeamTO Studio is set to open a new production facility in southern France. The new studio will cover around 11,000 sq ft in Bourg-les-Valence. Also, the new outlet will double the current capacity of TeamTO’s Paris office and will accommodate 60 per cent of the company’s entire 380-person staff. TeamTO studio has become the largest indie animation player in the French market and has maintained its ‘French touch’ by growing its facilities within France … Read More

Bajaj Allianz allies with WATConsult for innovative safety campaign
2:00 pm PDT 25/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The general insurance company Bajaj Allianz has once again attempted something different with its new ad campaign called ‘Dont’ be a Boo Boo’ executed by WATConsult. The brand has gone the animation way this time around for this particular campaign which looks to educate people about safety precautions to consider while driving. Titled ‘Don’t be a Boo Boo‘, the campaign is designed and conceptualized by WATConsult. The film features Boo Boos, a family of 5 notorious cartoon bear characters who … Read More

New Minions short ‘The Competition’ will make you laugh your hearts out
4:00 pm PDT 24/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

After winning millions of hearts across the globe, the insanely cute, adorable yellow creatures, who are commonly spotted sporting blue dungarees, Minions are once again on a mission to steal the show and this time in an animated short. Universal Pictures have released Illumination Entertainment’s new short, ‘The Competition’ a day before it’s Digital HD release (that’s launching today, 24 November). The Minions movie that hit the screens on 17 June this year, has paved its way to the top … Read More

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Pixar’s Sanjay’s Super Team in the race for ‘Best Animated Short Film’ at the Oscars
3:00 pm PDT 20/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

10 animated short films have made the cut for the 2015 Oscars as per the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announcement yesterday. And, among these 10 films is the Indian origin but America based animator Sanjay Patel’s creation Sanjay’s Super Team. These 10 films have been shortlisted out of Sixty films that had originally qualified in the category and these 10 shorts will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards. The short animated films include: Sanjay’s Super Team … Read More

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DHX Media’s ‘Endangered Species’ let loose on the world
11:30 am PDT 19/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

DHX Media – a key player internationally in the production, distribution, broadcast and licensing of entertainment content for children and families – has signed seven international distribution deals with broadcasters and video-on-demand (VOD) services for its whacky comedy – Endangered Species (52 x 11’), originally commissioned by Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON in Canada. The series follows Pickle, Merl and Gull – a bunny, a squirrel and a seagull who might not seem high on the protected species list, but who is … Read More

Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ ropes in Michael Giacchino for the music score
5:00 pm PDT 18/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney’s upcoming animated feature, Zootopia, has roped in Michael Giacchino, award-winning composer for his first-ever feature collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Featuring an 80-piece orchestra and conductor Tim Simonec, Giacchino’s score is being recorded this week. Byron Howard, Director, said, “We tell stories with images, Michael tells stories with music. In a world as vast as Zootopia, we needed someone who could deliver a score that can feel powerful and also provide that same emotional intimacy.” He further claimed, “Zootopia is … Read More

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DHX Media widens its Presence in China
3:00 pm PDT 16/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

DHX Media, a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, has signed two non-exclusive content distribution deals with SVOD operators in China. China’s leading online entertainment platform iQiyi has acquired AVOD and SVOD rights to more than 400 half-hours of content which includes classic Teletubbies, Paddington and Caillou. In an additional deal, online video company LeTV has acquired OTT TV (Smart TV and set top box) and web broadcast rights to 313 half-hours of classic … Read More

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‘Finding Dory’ is set to take you on yet another underwater expedition
3:00 pm PDT 13/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney Pixar’s franchise Finding Nemo (2003) is back with its sequel Finding Dory as the first official trailer was released on 10 November, 2015. Directed by Andrew Stanton along with Angus MacLane, this film revolves around the most beloved amnesiac character Dory. The voyage that goes through a millennium of adventures overcoming wild milestones and scary escapades will be seen in this sequel too. The film, Finding Nemo, displayed the reunion of the little fish with his father while in … Read More

Toonami to bring ‘Dragon Ball Super’ to Southeast Asia and India in mid-2016
1:00 pm PDT 12/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Toonami, Turner’s kids brand dedicated to delivering the best superhero and action-adventure animation in South and Southeast Asia, has snapped up the latest instalment of the Dragon Ball franchise from Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Super (52×30’) is the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be produced in nearly 20 years, and will make its pan-regional launch on Toonami in mid-2016. It will be an exclusive first-run premiere on Toonami in Southeast Asia and India, which will also be its … Read More

Paramount Animation reveals feature release line-up through 2019; ‘Spongebob Squarepants 3′ set for 8 Feb ’19
12:00 pm PDT 11/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Paramount has unveiled the line-up from its animation division, Paramount Animation, with the adaptation of The Little Prince kicking off the division. The adaptation of the classic book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry boasts of a voice cast, including: Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridge, Riley Osborne, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks and Bud Cort. The movie, directed by Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne, will open 18 March, 2016. Next up will … Read More

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Find out, how are animation studios celebrating Diwali?
6:00 pm PDT 10/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

‘The festival of light in the industry of light…’ which is none other than the Animation industry as it has been illuminating extravagant talent and phenomenal creativity in India. This is the industry that works round the clock with tight deadlines in order to deliver quality work. So what’s happening at various animation studios on this auspicious occasion, how are they celebrating the festival of Diwali. We at got few insights from few of the leading animation studios in the country… Excerpts:- Dreams Animation … Read More