Malaysia’s Kartun Studios gets ready to leap-frog in stereoscopic 3D with ‘Ribbit’
6:00 am PDT 21/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Directed and written by Chuck Powers, “Ribbit” features well-known voice talents such as Sean Astin (‘Lord of the Rings’), Tim Curry (‘The Hunt for Red October’), Russell Peters (comedienne extraordinaire) and Cherami Leigh (‘Fast Food Nation’), and was recorded in Los Angeles, California. The development and post-production works was entirely completed in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, while the animation production took place in Cyberjaya, Malaysia and Mumbai, India. The bulk of the rendering work was done in Hong Kong, China, making “Ribbit” … Read More

TIFF and NFB mark animation legend Norman McLaren’s 100th birthday on festival street
1:00 pm PDT 20/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

On the evening of Sunday, September 7, 2014, the centenary of the birth of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) film and animation legend Norman McLaren will be celebrated with a free program of outdoor screenings, accompanied by live music, as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s pedestrian walk on King Street West, “Festival Street.” Entitled Re-Sounding the Films of Norman McLaren, and created especially for TIFF, this program features seven short films from McLaren’s legendary oeuvre, with original scores written and … Read More

Pogo takes kids on a fun tour of India
11:00 am PDT 20/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

From adventures in the Sundarban forests, to Kargam (folk dance) in Tamil Nadu, to Baisakhi (festival) in Punjab, Chhota Bheem and Mighty Raju have travelled far and wide to discover India. Pogo will share their experiences of India’s diverse cultures and festivals through a massive School Contact Program (SCP) called Bheem aur Mighty Raju ka Fun Tour. Read More

Purple Turtle ropes in MJA licensing in France
11:30 am PDT 19/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Aadrash, the people behind the iconic Purple Turtle has roped in MJA licensing to be its licensing agent in France. MJA Licensing has extensive experience in licensing, both as agent and licensee, in depth knowledge of main distribution channels and international experience in sales and management. Read More

17 NFB films featured at Ottawa International Animation Festival, including two world premieres
11:15 am PDT 19/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

A world leader in auteur animation, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be showcased at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) from 17 to 21 September 2014. Also making its world premiere is Monsieur Pug, a new short by Academy Award nominee Janet Perlman (The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin), screening in the Canadian Showcase. Read More

Cartoon Network collaborates with H&M on exclusive T-Shirt range inspired by ‘Adventure Time’
11:00 am PDT 19/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Cartoon Network has partnered with international fashion retailer H&M to launch an exclusive T-Shirt range inspired by its Primetime Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning animated comedy series Adventure Time. The T-Shirt collection features popular lead characters Finn and Jake and unique slogans characteristic of the top-rated comedy series. Read More

And the Emmy award goes to… ‘Bob’s Burgers’
10:45 am PDT 19/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The award is given based on a single episode of a nominated series, in this case for “Mazel Tina,” in which Bob’s eldest daughter Tina (often called the show’s breakout character) volunteers her restaurateur family as caterers in a bid to attend a popular classmate’s party. Read More

Q1-2015: Loss due to commissioning delay, own project delivery recognition for DQ Entertainment
3:00 pm PDT 18/08/2014 By Tarachand Wanvari

The company says that it is facing a financial strain on account of high receivables, but at the operational level it is cash positive. DQEIL claims that the current total contract value for the service/co-production projects signed and in discussions is about USD 63 million to be executed over the next 18 months. Also, the total contract value for the licensing and distribution deals signed is USD 10 million for FY-2015. Read More

Asian Animation Summit 2014 introduces wild card programme to broaden project eligibility
12:45 pm PDT 16/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Kidscreen has announced the launch of a brand-new Wild Card program that will give all animation studios based in Asia and Australasia a chance at being selected to present a project at the third-annual Asian Animation Summit, taking place this year in Hanoi, Vietnam from 3-5 December. Read More

The kids’ genre gears up for an engaging Independence day!
1:00 pm PDT 14/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Parades, hoisting of the tricolour, singing patriotic songs and the national anthem, watching patriot tableaus constitutes most of the Independence Day celebrations. Drawing inspiration from these colourful celebrations, the kids’ genre in the broadcast space has created an array of special programs to join hands with its little audience and salute the nation together. Read More

Disney pummels competition in wk 32 with 250 TVTs
11:30 am PDT 14/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The week 32 of the TAM TV ratings saw a great change among the top five contenders, Disney Channel continued to lead and really consolidate on last week’s 214 TVTs to go up to 250 TVTs this week. Read More

Dhvani Desai’s ‘Chakravyuh’ honoured with yet another award
2:00 pm PDT 13/08/2014 By Niyati Handa

Who thought an animated short like Chakravyuh (Vicious Circle) would bring so many accolades to its maker Dhvani Desai, founder of Metamorphosis Studio. The film that is based on the Right to Information (RTI) Act has recently bagged the award from the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Govt of India apart from winning the most popular film award at MIFF 2014 earlier. Read More