Barajoun Entertainment’s ‘Bilal’ re-imagines an African hero’s epic journey
4:00 pm PDT 26/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

UAE-based Barajoun Entertainment had fairly recently released a two-minute teaser for its upcoming animation feature film Bilal that created quite a buzz on social media. Zuhair Fayez, chairman of the studio, said the project involves professionals from at least 22 countries. A remarkable account of faith, hope, and self-discovery, the animated feature, Bilal is the true and telling story of an African hero and his epic journey, from braving oppression to becoming a noble leader. The animated feature takes inspiration … Read More

Animation SA announces board and sub-committees
12:00 pm PDT 26/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Nick Cloete, the new chairman of Animation South Africa (ASA), announced the recently elected board after an AGM held 30 March 2015 facilitated by Martin Cuff. Animation SA is a section-21 non-profit organisation mandated by industry to develop and promote South African animation. The four-person board of directors and the four sub-committee chairs bring together leading members of the industry, including business owners and academics. The board of directors consists of: Chairperson - Nick Cloete (3 year term) CEO and producer … Read More

9 Story Media Group’s ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood’ travels to Disney Junior Latin America
11:30 am PDT 25/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has announced that it has licensed the second season of the award winning preschool series Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood to Disney Junior Latin America. The first season premiered on the Latin American network in 2013. The series launched in 2012 on PBS KIDS in the US and CBC in Canada.  It has also been licensed to SRC (French Canada), ABC (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), Canal+ Family (France), France Télévisions, Super RTL (Germany), YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway), SVT … Read More

Mirinda crashes the Pepsi IPL with a little ‘Pagalpanti’
1:30 pm PDT 23/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Indian Premiere League (IPL) is one of the biggest platforms ever presented for young aspiring cricketers to don the blue jersey and represent the country in a sport that is almost treated as a religion. Though it also brings families together and has the extra addition of entertainment with sportsmanship that works well to enthrall one and all. The prime sponsor of the league – Pepsi – has been running a nationwide campaign of encouraging anyone and everyone who … Read More

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands will house popular DreamWorks Animation characters in an exhibition
3:30 pm PDT 21/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Two decades of DreamWorks Animation’s works are set to arrive at the ArtScience Museum for an exhibition, Marina Bay Sands (MBS) revealed in a press statement. Titled ‘DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition’, it will feature 31 films and more than 400 displays, allowing visitors to understand how these animation works make the leap from initial sketches to their big-screen debuts. These include blockbusters such as Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. MBS added that the exhibition, curated … Read More

Turner & Sesame Workshop bring new preschool series to India on Pogo
11:30 am PDT 20/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Turner Broadcasting and Sesame Workshop have teamed up to launch Chamki ki Duniya, a new educational program for preschoolers, on Turner’s Pogo in India. Animated by Inspidea, Chamki ki Duniya follows the adventures of a 5-year-old schoolgirl who is curious about the world around her. The show, aimed at 2- to 6-year-old viewers, features such topics as early literacy, creative thinking and reasoning, family and community life, healthy habits, cultural plurality and more. It is currently airing on Pogo every weekday at 8:30 … Read More

9 Story Media Group lands kids titles in Brazil
10:00 am PDT 20/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has announced that it has licensed the animated children’s comedies Get Ace (52 x 11’) and Nerds and Monsters (40 x 11’)  to Gloob, Globosat’s Brazilian children’s TV  channel. The announcement comes shortly after LA Screenings last week. Both series will air in Brazilian Portuguese and are expected to premiere in January 2016. Get Ace is produced by Galaxy Pop and premiered on Network Ten’s Eleven in Australia. In addition to Gloob, the series has also … Read More

Chuck Chicken heads to Disney Channel Southeast Asia
9:30 am PDT 20/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Malaysian animated series Chuck Chicken, made by Animasia Studio, has been licensed by The Walt Disney Company for broadcast on Disney Channel in Southeast Asia later this year. Chuck Chicken, meant for youngsters between the ages of 7 and 11, centers on a chicken who uses Kung Fu to protect the citizens of a bird-filled island. The 52×11-minute action-packed comedy is slated to begin airing this August on Disney Channel Southeast Asia in such territories as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand … Read More

Mysore hosted national conference on animation
4:30 pm PDT 19/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Impact of Information Technology, Animation, Visual Effects and Gaming – a two day national conference which was organised by University of Mysore’s Centre for Information Science and Technology (CIST). About 200 delegates comprising students, researchers and teachers from different parts of the country participated. Awareness among the youth about the latest technology and job opportunities in the field of animation, visual effects and gaming was the main purpose of the conference. Presentations and short films were showcased over the two days … Read More

Argentinian animation filmmaker feted at first Animation Day at Cannes
3:00 pm PDT 19/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

New Delhi: Animation producers, filmmakers and animation lovers shared news around their work while attending a panel discussion and a screening of their best films from Montreal Internation Animation Film Festival 2015 at the first Animation Day at the Cannes Film Festival. The event was held today at the Horyou Village located at the grounds of Le Grand Hotel Cannes. Among the films screened were The Best Short Film Winner Aubade directed by Mauro Carraro (Switzerland), Castillo y el Armado, directed by Pedro Harres (Brazil) and Last … Read More

Peppa Pig – Entertainment One’s billion dollar baby
2:30 pm PDT 19/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The production and distribution company Entertainment One is one happy company which is reaping sweet rewards from its intellectual property Peppa Pig, the British-made children’s television series about a family of pigs. The company revealed in its full-year results that Peppa Pig related sales have crossed the magical figure of $1 billion worldwide last year. The pink pig is a pre-school phenomenon in the world said Entertainment One. That insane popularity of the animation helped Entertainment One more than double pre-tax … Read More

DreamWorks unveils VR experience for Gear VR
11:30 am PDT 19/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Virtual reality an exciting platform has been in news for quite a while. The headsets for consumers which are set to flood the market early next year, currently only have Samsung Gear VR to experience the immersive experience. VR market is set to have content from all corners and not only games. DreamWorks Animation recently announced that its DreamLab division will enter the VR space with DreamWork VR platform for Gear VR smartphone-based VR head-mounted display (HMD). DreamWorks launched three … Read More