Nick continues to rule 5 weeks in a row, CN retains No.2 slot in wk 37 of TAM TV ratings
1:30 pm PDT 18/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The guys at Nick must be rejoicing the fact that they have now found a consistent formula to remain at the numero uno slot. Its been five weeks since Viacom18′s mainstay kids channel has ruled the roost of the kids’ genre. This week didn’t witness much change among the top five contenders in the kids’ genre from week 36. Nick continued to lead the charts with 209 TVTS (220 TVTs in wk 36). Coming in at a close second place … Read More

International Critics applaud Irish based studio – Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Song of the Sea’
12:30 pm PDT 18/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Song of the Sea, the new feature film from Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon, has been described by international critics as “absolutely gorgeous”, “delightful” and “blissfully beautiful” following its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Tomm Moore, the film is Cartoon Saloon’s follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated feature The Secret of Kells. The Hollywood Reporter described Song of the Sea as a “gorgeously rendered animated feature from Ireland” and praised the visual flair of the film, describing it as “pleasingly old-school” and … Read More

Taiwan’s first 3D animation film premiers at Taipie Zoo
12:00 pm PDT 18/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Animation Veteran Yang Jen-hsien, who has worked for Disney classics like Aladdin, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, has directed Taiwan’s first home-grown 3-D animated feature The Frogville. The film has a native cast and crew, and premiered at Taipie Zoo on 13 September. The film is a story about a group of rice frogs fighting to keep their utopian habitat pristine. “The production took six years to complete, but the story took shape even earlier. I remember I … Read More

Gitanjali Rao’s ‘True Love Story’ to be screened at BIFF
6:00 pm PDT 17/09/2014 By Niyati Handa

The biggest film festival in Asia is here again, the 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which will take place from 2 to 11 October in South Korea. BIFF is a festival where one gets to see everything from live-action movies to short documentaries. But how can any festival miss out on this brilliant animation film-maker, GitanjalI Rao. Yes, you got it right; Gitanjali’s True Love Story will be screened at BIFF this year. “It feels great to be part … Read More

eOne celebrates as Peppa Pig triumphs at the Licensing Awards for the Fifth Time
3:00 pm PDT 17/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

As Peppa Pig celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, the licensing team at Entertainment One (eOne) and creators and producers Astley Baker Davies, were once again toasting its success last night, as the brand scooped the award for ‘Best Pre-School Licensed Property’ at The Licensing Awards for the fifth time. Peppa Pig Master Toy licensee, Character Options also picked up the award for ‘Best Licensed Toys or Games Range’ for Peppa Pig Weebles. “Winning this award for the fifth time … Read More

Zodiak inks a deal with Al Jazeera
3:00 pm PDT 16/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Zodiak Kids has sealed a 75-plus horror programming package deal with Al Jazeera for its Arabic children’s channels JeemTV and Baraem TV across the Middle East and North Africa. Al Jazeera has licensed broadcast rights for The Ranch (26 x 26), the third seasons of Rekkit Rabbit (26 x 11) and Horrid Henry (52 x 11). The broadcaster has also re-licensed Monster Buster Club (45 x 26) and seasons two and three of Escape from Scorpion Island (60 x 30). “We are extremely pleased to have concluded this deal with … Read More

Domestic market consumes just one-third of the entire production of animation: Market Research Report
2:00 pm PDT 16/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

According to a new report on the animation market in India as of 2014 by Market Research Reports, only one-third of the entire production of animation and related works created domestically are used for Indian markets. The report spanning over 73 pages claims to have spoken to nine animation studios based in India namely: Crest Animation Studios, Padmalaya Telefilms, Pentamedia Graphics, DQ Entertainment International, BGIL Films & Technologies, Color Chips India, Maya Entertainment, Shemaroo Entertainment and Miditech to compile the … Read More

Entertainment One announces raft of new partners for Peppa in France
1:00 pm PDT 16/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Entertainment One Licensing (eOne) has signed new partners to the Peppa licensing programme in France as the brand is poised to launch at retail. Following the appointment of Giochi Preziosi France (master toy), HTI (outdoor), Hachette (publishing), Universal (DVD) and Sun City (textiles and accessories), eOne’s licensing agent in the region, francetv distribution, has added a host of new licensees that will see the brand expand its toy category and extend into accessories, partyware, homewares and confectionery. Agreements have been … Read More

9 Story Entertainment announces new broadcast deals for the animated comedy ‘Nerds and Monsters’
3:00 pm PDT 15/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Entertainment has announced that it has signed multiple deals for Slap Happy Cartoons’ hilarious animated comedy, Nerds and Monsters (40 x 11 minutes). Licenses include TVE (Spain), Canal+ Family (France and Africa), E-Junior (UAE), Noga (Israel) and MBC Kids (Middle East). The show was previously licensed to CiTV (UK) and ABC TV (Australia) and was recently greenlit for a second season by YTV (Canada). Nerds and Monsters tosses three nerdy kids and a thick-headed football star on a … Read More

‘Frozen’ Attraction Set for Disney World
2:30 pm PDT 15/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney is planning a major attraction based on its animated hit movie Frozen for its Epcot theme park at Disney World in Florida. “We’ve made Frozen a part of the guest experience in a number of ways already and our guests have both loved them and asked for more,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in a statement. “So I’m pleased to say that we’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new Frozen attraction at the Norway Pavilion … Read More

The Animation Conference to take place from 17-19 September in Ottawa
2:00 pm PDT 13/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The Animation Conference (TAC) which brings broadcasters and producers together to find the next big thing in animation is now in its 11th year and is set to take place between 17 and 19 September at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. TAC has also become an important place for Canadian animators to sell their projects to a broader market. It runs alongside the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s biggest animation event that attracts more than 25,000 participants, … Read More

‘Miffy’, ‘Hullabalooba’, ‘Pikkuli’ to be launched at MIP Junior 2014
1:45 pm PDT 13/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

MIP Junior is all set to roll in Cannes, France from 11 to 12 October. Mercis BV and Telescreen BV/m4e will be launching sales at MIP Junior and MIPCOM for their new CG-animated Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small which is the first 3D animated take on Dick Bruna’s hit character. It is developed by London’s Blue-Zoo studio, and it is a 52 (7 minutes per episode) series which is planned to be delivered in 2015 on Miffy’s 60th anniversary. It is a follow up … Read More