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Bioscopewala Pictures sets up shop in Goa; to focus on creating original IPs
4:30 pm PDT 21/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Bioscopewala Pictures is setting up an animation production studio in Goa. This will act as an extension to the company’s ongoing commitment and effort in growing its business in a strategic move. “We believe that we have a strong case to invest in a studio. For the last two and a half years I have been working with studio partners across India and now I feel its time to invest in a studio myself”, said Bioscopewala Pictures founder and president Nishith … Read More

The Incredibles 2 won’t just follow the superhero trend: Brad Bird
3:00 pm PDT 21/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Brad Bird who is helming the The Incredibles 2 has revealed that he will not follow the superhero trend that has been occurring currently. During a press tour for his new movie Tomorrowland, Brad spoke about the sequel to the 2004 Pixar animation hit and how the superhero genre has been done to death with recent movies. “I would say that the superhero movie turf right now is very trodden over – it’s kind of like a field that’s had … Read More

Former Disney honcho launches new venture with $150 mn from Chinese investor
3:30 pm PDT 20/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

In latest news coming from China, former Disney studio chairman Dick Cook on Monday launched his own entertainment company with $150 million with funds from a Chinese investment group. The LA based entity, called Dick Cook Studios, will focus on creating family-focused movies, TV shows and other entertainment content. The company will offer both live action as well as animated content for television and feature films as well as digital and educational products. The deal with investor CITIC Guoan was … Read More

Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival
6:00 am PDT 17/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney•Pixar has officially announced that its latest animated feature Inside Out will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month, this follows the recent announcement of the film also being released on Dolby Vision. In addition to this news the studio also released a first clip from the film to celebrate this announcement. The Cannes Film Festival is probably one of the biggest international film festivals which is being held in the city of Cannes each year. Every May tons … Read More

DreamWorks Animation to now release Kung Fu Panda 3 on 29 Jan, 2016
11:00 am PDT 15/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Po is on the move again; DreamWorks Animation and distributor 20th Century Fox have shifted the 3D sequel up two months – to 29 January from 18 March 2016. The third installment in the powerhouse family franchise was originally set for release on 23 December of this year, but was pushed after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was set for 18 December, one week earlier. Sony’s The 5th Wave, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, and The Finest Hours, a Coast … Read More

August Media launches Filipino animation studio to celebrate fifth anniversary
2:30 pm PDT 14/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Singapore’s August Media, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary, has teamed up with Manila’s Synergy Group to create a new animation studio called ASI Studios. On the collaboration, August Media founder and CEO Jyotirmoy Saha said: “2D is still the mainstay for good animated comedy. While many Asian service studios seem to be chasing the CG train, I think there is still a lot of demand for good 2D studios. And when it comes to 2D animation, the talent pool … Read More

Netflix readies for launch of new ‘DreamWorks Dragons’ series in June
12:00 pm PDT 14/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge, a new original Netflix show featuring How to Train Your Dragon characters, is set to become available on the streaming service this summer. DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge will see Hiccup and Toothless lead the Dragon Riders past the borders of Berk to discover the mysterious Dragon Eye, an ancient artifact that is being threatened by the thieving Dragon Hunters. The 13-episode action-packed program is scheduled to premiere exclusively on Netflix on 26 June.

Female leads, now a trend in animation movies thanks to ‘Frozen’
5:30 pm PDT 13/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The year 2013 changed the way female characters were looked at in animation films, thanks to the Oscar Award winning film based on the relationship of two sisters – Elsa and Anna – from the house of Walt Disney Animation Studios, ‘Frozen’. According to a recent report, director Mark Osborne, who has been working on adapting the literary classic ‘The Little Prince’ into a feature film, experimented with the idea of actually going ahead with a ‘female’ lead. Well, that … Read More

Gwen Stefani ventures into animation with ‘Kuu-Kuu Harajuku’
12:30 pm PDT 13/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Producers Moody Street Kids, Vision Animation and executive producer Gwen Stefani are creating a new animated series full of fun, colour and music under the working title Kuu-Kuu Harajuku. The (26 x 22 minutes) show is commissioned by Network Ten (Australia) with investment funding from Film Victoria and Malaysia. DHX Media will handle worldwide distribution, and Mattel has signed on as the global master toy licensee. In Kuu-Kuu Harajuku, the protagonists echo the unique style and magic of the original Harajuku Girls … Read More

Activists warn Disney against casting a ‘white’ Mulan
7:30 pm PDT 12/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Fairly recently Disney Studios made a slew of announcements of bringing live action versions of animated Disney classics to the big screen. Though this news was first met with joyful cheers and adulation, Disney is under the radar for the Mulana’s live adaptation, as not everyone is thrilled with the decision. A group of activists have mobilised the public with concerns over who might be cast to play the part of the oriental heroine. The “Tell Disney You Don’t Want A Whitewashed … Read More

What’s prompting Disney to breathe ‘life’ into its classic animated characters?
6:00 pm PDT 09/04/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

The folks at Walt Disney Studios seem to be burning the midnight oil these days as the media is being bombarded with news and leaks of various tent pole characters from the classic hand drawn animation era of Walt Disney being brought back in live-action form. This leads one to ask, is Disney lost for stories? The studio which has given some memorable live action features in the past like Treasure Island (1950); 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954); The … Read More

Marilyn Monroe scales the Great Wall of China courtesy DMG Entertainment
1:00 pm PDT 09/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Chinese film company DMG Entertainment has struck a deal with brand-development firm Authentic Brands Group LLC, for the rights to Mini Marilyn, a cartoon version of the iconic American actress. The two companies plan to develop the character for film, merchandise and in forthcoming retail and entertainment projects, revealed DMG chief exec & co-founder Dan Mintz. The companies are betting that Mini Marilyn, a cutesy cartoon version of her blonde bombshell image, will strike a chord with the Chinese audiences … Read More