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Images of Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Red Turtle’ gives a glimpse of what to expect from the movie
12:00 pm PDT 30/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Japanese animation is defined by one wholesome studio which reverberates the feel of simple, artistically effective and emotionally appealing animation, it is none other than Hayao Miyazaki dominated Studio Ghibli. The Red Turtle, a feature film produced by Why Not Productions and Wild Bunch in association with Studio Ghibli, will premiere at Cannes and will be released in Japan this September. Serving as the directorial debut of the Academy award winning director Michaël Dudok de Wit, this film features the … Read More

NBCUniversal announces DreamWorks Animation acquisition; values DWA $3.8 billion
7:30 pm PDT 28/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast Corporation, today announced the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. One of the world’s most admired family brands, DreamWorks Animation creates animated feature films, television series and specials, live entertainment and related consumer products. The studio will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBCUniversal Brand Development. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2016, subject to receipt of antitrust approvals in the USA and abroad, as well … Read More

The Killing Joke
True to its roots, ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ trailer eerily satisfying
3:00 pm PDT 27/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

One of the most controversial works of the DC Comics – Batman: The Killing Joke which was a one shot superhero graphic novel that gave a background story to the life of Batman’s enemy, Joker, has finally got itself a trailer. Released on 26 April, the trailer went on to receive positive response and looking at it, the movie did needed the R rating stamp on it. This DC Comics animated movie from Warner Bros Animation and Warner Home Entertainment features … Read More

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CAKE, Cheeky Little Media and Mighty Nice sign publishing deal for ‘Bottersnikes & Gumbles’
3:00 pm PDT 25/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Kids entertainment specialist CAKE and Australian production outfits Cheeky Little Media and Mighty Nice have signed a UK publishing deal with Hodder Children’s Books, for their new CGI children’s comedy series Bottersnikes & Gumbles. Hodder Children’s Books, a division of the Hachette Children’s Group, will publish a series of young fiction and sticker and activity books aimed at 6-9 year olds based on the TV series, which is set to air on CBBC in July this year. Bottersnikes & Gumbles … Read More

Part 2: Animation Films in 2016 have more to offer, a lot more than you think
9:00 am PDT 23/04/2016 By Vivek Kapadia

For the Part 1 story click here August too will be a host to two animated movies who are as varied as a chalk and a cheese. Adult animated movie lovers be party ready for Sausage Party as it arrives on 12 August. The first American R-rated computer animated movie tells a story told about food products who are excited when they are picked up from the supermarket but when they reach home, they see how the meal is prepared and … Read More

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Celestial Tiger Entertainment acquires new animated programs from China, Japan and Korea for Miao Mi
3:00 pm PDT 20/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), operator of the largest bouquet of pan-Asian channels dedicated to Asian entertainment, announced today that it has acquired first and exclusive pay TV and over-the-top (OTT) rights in Southeast Asia to three high-quality children’s programs: Domo from Japan (non-exclusive in Thailand and for OTT), Let’s Play with Boomchiki Boom from South Korea (non-exclusive in Malaysia and Brunei) and Our Friend Remy Bear from China. The programs will be shown on CTE’s Miao Mi, a Mandarin edutainment channel created specifically for preschool kids across Asia. … Read More

The Sequence Group launches new Australian studio
10:00 am PDT 14/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The award winning creative studio – The Sequence Group has opened a new operation in Melbourne, Australia where creative director Luke Bicevskis will lead Melbourne team’s work for Sequence’s high profile clients, including Disney and Microsoft. Sequence, partner and creative director, Luke Bicevskis, comments, “Coming on board with Sequence I was immediately struck by the unique nature of the studio’s visual style, the talent of its staff, and its amazing work culture. Sequence has become known across Canada and the … Read More

Part 1: Animation Films in 2016 have more to offer, a lot more than you think
7:00 pm PDT 12/04/2016 By Vivek Kapadia

Animation films have come a long way from being just cartoon movies catering to children for its entertainment and humour to developing a more mature content and that was visible in the films last year. Be it Oscar award winner Inside Out or the stop motion marvel Anomalisa, the movies had a wide variety to offer.  Not only content wise but even monetarily many a films did exceptional business for their studios with Minions raking in more than $1 billion … Read More

Pixar’s ‘Piper’; an animated short about facing your fear
1:00 pm PDT 09/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

‘Tell a heart touching story’ that’s what Pixar has been focusing on since Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Inside Out and now Finding Dory. And, the same principle has been induced in its animated shorts like Lava, Sanjay Super Team and the upcoming animated short Piper. Releasing an animated short just before a feature film is the strategy that Pixar follows and has been doing since a long time as it released the animated short The Blue Umbrella before Monsters University, … Read More

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‘Chhoti Anandi’ will be back with her adventures in a second season
6:00 pm PDT 08/04/2016 By Ronald Rodrigues

Chhoti Anandi, the animated series of the iconic character Anandi of Balika Vadhu, will be coming back on Hindi GEC Colors with a second season. The production house behind the series Sphereorigins, CMD, Sunjoy Waddhwa revealed, “The second season of Chhoti Anandi will comprise of 52 episodes which is twice the number of episodes that we had for the first run.” The first season of Chhoti Anandi premiered on 17 January, 2016 and will run till 10 April, 2016. With two … Read More

Thomas & Friends
Mattel Creations’ ‘Thomas & Friends: The Great Race’ trailer revealed at MIPTV
1:00 pm PDT 07/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Thomas & Friends: The Great Race, a CG animated movie, propagated by Mattel Creations will arrive on TV, in theaters and on DVD this summer. Mattel Creations released the trailer of this animated film and revealed details of its arrival at MIPTV recently. The plot of the film follows the slate of 13 talking engine characters along with the famous tank engine ‘Thomas’ representing a dozen countries. Competing at the Great Railway Show, all of these engines strive in their … Read More

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‘Imagining Zootopia’ documentary gives a complete insight on the making of ‘Zootopia’
11:00 am PDT 06/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney’s Zootopia created tremors worldwide with its enthralling performance both at the box office and the minds of the people leaving the audience with one question – How was this whole movie conceptualised? Fusion, joint venture between Univision and The Walt Disney Company, spent two years with the production team of Disney for Zootopia to compile, shoot and document a 46 minute documentary film ‘Imagining Zootopia’. Director Byron Howard and Rich Moore along with co director Jared Bush explain the … Read More