Co-production : The way ahead of Indian animation industry
9:00 pm PDT 26/06/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

The Indian Animation and VFX industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, opening new opportunities and avenues. Of all, co-production is indeed a lucrative opening for the sector and is expected to be the way ahead in the near future. India has always remained a favourite in terms of service or commissioned work for foreign countries, due to skilled  labour and value for money. For the last few years, the country has seen multiple co-production … Read More

Nickelodeon greenlits new preschool series ‘Baby Shark’s Big Show’
4:00 pm PDT 26/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon has officially given the greenlight to its new adaptation of Baby Shark. Animated preschool series Baby Shark’s Big Show! (working title) will be co-produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio and SmartStudy, the entertainment company behind IP owner Pinkfong. The viral video has more than 5.7 billion YouTube views. Nick has ordered 26 episodes of the show, to premiere in 2021. Baby Shark’s Big Show! will make its TV debut with a holiday special to air in December before the series … Read More

Disney discontinuing its TV channels in the UK, shifts content to Disney+
3:00 pm PDT 26/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney has decided to discontinue its three linear TV channels in the U.K. beginning this fall, shifting its content to Disney+. From 1 October, Disney+ UK will be the exclusive and only destination for content from Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, the company announced yesterday, 25 June. Commenting on this, Disney told The Hollywood Reporter, “The direct-to-consumer service, which garnered more than 54.5 million subscribers worldwide in its first seven months, will now premiere all the latest films, … Read More

Crunchyroll releases trailer of its original Latinx animated series, ‘Onyx Equinox’
1:00 pm PDT 26/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Crunchyroll has revealed the trailer of its upcoming original Latinx animated series Onyx Equinox.  Created and produced by Sofia Alexander, the animated series was originally announced along with the platform’s in-house slate, and will feature “fantastical-yet-authentic Mesoamerican cultures.”  Onyx Equinox features its protagonist, a young Aztec boy named Izel who is saved from death by the gods and is chosen to act as ‘humanity’s champion,’ forced to discard his apathy toward his fellow man and prove humanity’s potential.  The trailer … Read More

Disney shares adorable unknown childhood tale of Anna and Elsa on Instagram
9:00 pm PDT 25/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney India has shared an adorable animated video, Disney Frozen – Anna and Elsa: Childood Times, that depicts an unknown story of the sisters’ childhood on its official Instagram account. The video looks into a lovely unread chapter from Elsa’s and Anna’s childhood, narrated in the form of reading a storybook. The narrator takes us through Anna and Elsa’s childhood mischief through the castle of Arendelle where they run along playing with ice through Elsa’s magical powers. They go on to … Read More

Do you know about Tansen’s Tanpura? hoichoi’s animated video looks back to its history
8:00 pm PDT 25/06/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

Animation has gained more momentum lately, with many live-action projects taking the help of the medium for announcements, promotional videos, teasers, trailers and so on. Owing to the pandemic and the lockdown, the medium has seen no stopping as it doesn’t require live shooting. Popular Bengali OTT platform, hoichoi has recently shared an animated video (in Bengali) on its social media handles in order to promote its upcoming web series, Tansen-er Tanpura (Tansen’s Tanpura). Starring popular faces of the Bengali … Read More

WildBrain Spark launches a new YouTube channel to boost children’s literacy 
5:00 pm PDT 25/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

WildBrain Spark, the digital media division of WildBrain, a popular independent kids’ and family entertainment company, has launched a dedicated channel of subtitled premium content for kids on its YouTube network in support of the Turn on the Subtitles literacy campaign (TOTS). Commenting on the new venture, WildBrain Spark EVP and managing director Jon Gisby said, “We knew we wanted to support this valuable initiative from its inception and have now launched a dedicated 100 per cent subtitled WildBrain Literacy … Read More

Toonz Media Group partners with American actress Janet Hubert for new animation project
1:00 pm PDT 25/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Toonz Media Group (TMG) is partnering with Daytime Digital Emmy nominated actress Janet Hubert for a new animation project that focuses on representing special kids from diverse backgrounds. The project titled JG & the BC Kids is about a young lady superhero whose travels around the world nurturing special kids from multicultural communities. Hubert is a co-producer of the project. Toonz, Elijah Rock Productions, and Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment have started preproduction on a feature length animated movie, which will … Read More

Pixar has started working on a 2022 untitled film: Aaron Hartline reveals on Instagram
8:00 pm PDT 24/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Pixar has reportedly started working on its untitled feature film slated for 2022, as revealed by Aaron Hartline (animation director for Toy Story 4) on Instagram last week. Hartline took to his official account to share the news that Pixar Animation team has begun work for the untitled feature. He also added that everyone is working remotely on the film and will shift back to the studio when the situation and circumstances permit.    View this post on Instagram   … Read More

Toon Club students add another feather to their cap with their animated feature winning at Blue VAFI
7:00 pm PDT 24/06/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

A group of eleven creative students from Toon Club created an animated project titled, Out of the Frame funded by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya to create a film for the launch of the new Children’s Museum. These students were winners of an art competition organised by the museum. Out of the Frame won accolades and the prestigious Blue VAFI award. The students were asked to curate the exhibit for the new museum and pick three paintings to be part of the … Read More

Netflix and Pearl Studio unveil animated movie ‘Over the Moon’ trailer
1:00 pm PDT 24/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has unveiled the trailer for their new fall animated movie Over the Moon. Directed by Glen Keane, the animated feature will have Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo (Hamilton, Moana), Robert G. Chiu, Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians), John Cho (Searching), Ruthie Ann Miles (All Rise), Margaret Cho, Kimiko Glenn (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Artt Butler and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) joining the voice cast. The animated feature is produced by Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball) and Peilin Chou (Abominable), co-directed by … Read More

Nick brings brand new episodes for ‘Shiva’
7:00 pm PDT 23/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon (Nick) has come up with all new episodes of Shiva airing Monday to Friday at 11:30 am and 7:00 pm. The channel announced on its official Instagram account.  Though country-wide lockdown has now been lifted, given the spike in COVID numbers, schools have still not resumed and kids are still enjoying an extended summer vacation. Thus, kids broadcasters like Nickelodeon and others have ordered new episodes and engaging content to keep kids occupied and entertained.   View this post … Read More