Xilam Animation names Safaa Benazzouz as media sales distribution SVP  
3:30 pm PDT 21/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Award-winning French animation studio, Xilam Animation, has appointed Safaa Benazzouz as the SVP of media sales distribution for Latin America, Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe. Benazzouz will report to EVP of global sales development Morgann Favennec and will be responsible for sales across Xilam’s portfolio of kids’ animations including Oggy and the Cockroaches, Zig & Sharko, Paprika and new series Mr Magoo and Moka. Favennec commented, “We’re thrilled to be welcoming Safaa to the Xilam Animation team. Having worked … Read More

The new trailer of ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ introduces Harrison Ford as Rooster
1:30 pm PDT 21/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment revealed a new trailer for the upcoming The Secret Life of Pets 2, which sees a dog named Rooster, played by Star Wars icon Harrison Ford. This is Ford’s animation debut. Written by Brian Lynch and directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me), The Secret Life of Pets 2 stars returning cast members Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, and also Patton Oswalt, Tiffany Haddish, Nick … Read More

VFX heavy movie ‘The Wandering Earth’ lands on Netflix
11:00 am PDT 21/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has announced to stream Mandarin sci-fi film The Wandering Earth. Based on the novella of the same title by Liu Cixin (the first Asian novelist to win the Hugo Award for Science Fiction), The Wandering Earth is directed and written by Frant Gwo. Featuring a stellar cast including Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat and Zhao Jinmai and a special appearance by Wu Jing, the movie was premiered in China, North America, Australia and New Zealand regions during Lunar New Year, and earned … Read More

First programme highlights of 26th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film revealed!
12:30 pm PDT 20/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

With cinematic discoveries, an unusual supporting programme, and festival atmosphere all over the city, the 26th International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) will turn Stuttgart into a centre of the world of animation again from 30 April to 5 May 2019. Anticipations and expectations about the event are already reaching highs. Audiences and professional visitors can look forward to a European focus, a curated programme linking science and animation and two days of music featuring concerts and workshops. With almost … Read More

YRF to release ‘Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka 3D’ in cinemas this May
1:00 pm PDT 19/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Green Gold Animation, the creators of Chhota Bheem has recently announced the release of their next big screen adventure, Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka. Directed by Rajiv Chilaka, produced by Green Gold Animation and distributed by Yash Raj Films (YRF), Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka is all set to release on 10 May, 2019. Packed with fun, adventure and excitement this movie will be the first feature film featuring Chhota Bheem which has been conceptualised and shot in stereoscopic 3D. Green … Read More

Animated series ‘Giri Guru’ is a playful reminder to steal a moment and enjoy the smaller things in life
7:00 pm PDT 18/02/2019 By Sharmindrila Paul

In the world that’s taken over by relentless competition, where people are running behind success to reach the sky, we often forget to live the small moments, losing out on most of the simple pleasures of life. Many a times, I wonder how much time do we devote to ourselves or our passion that drive us; that let us do something beyond our comfort zone. And this is what animated series Giri Guru is all about. Originating from a small … Read More

Turner Asia Pacific and TV Asahi collaborates on ‘Super Shiro’ animated series
5:00 pm PDT 18/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Turner Asia Pacific (APAC) and TV Asahi have announced to have partnered on a new animated series titled, SUPER SHIRO. The collaboration was confirmed last week at Kidscreen Summit in Miami. The agreement includes broadcast rights across Asia Pacific (ex-China) and is the first regional deal between the two parties that includes a sizeable investment from Turner. Turner Asia Pacific acquisitions and co-productions director Edward Barnieh commented: “Turner’s investment in the series is testament to its strategy of developing quality local IP and takes our long-term partnership … Read More

‘Frozen II’ becomes the most-watched trailer of all-time for an animated film
4:00 pm PDT 15/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney has set yet another new record! The first teaser-trailer of Frozen II‘s released on Wednesday 13 February, has racked up a whopping 116.4 million views in the first 24 hours, breaking Incredibles 2‘s record of the most-watched trailer of all-time for an animated film by 2.8 million views. This marks the third trailer record for Disney the last few months following The Lion King that became Disney’s most-watched trailer debut ever with 224.6m in November 2018, then Avengers: Endgame … Read More

Unusual yet adorable animated shorts to watch this Valentine’s Day
6:30 pm PDT 14/02/2019 By Sharmindrila Paul

“If love is your greatest weakness, you’re the strongest person on Earth” – Rabindranath Tagore Love is perhaps the most prized sentiment of all emotions. It binds us together, breaks us and even makes us. Though a day isn’t enough to celebrate the power and strength of love, this Valentine’s Day, let’s spread love and laughs in this world that’s presently full of hatred and bloodshed. To make this day even more special, we’ve picked few ‘out-of-the-box’ animated shorts that’ll … Read More

Kellogg’s Choco Fills’ latest commercial celebrates Valentine’s Day in a chocolaty way
4:30 pm PDT 14/02/2019 By Yugandhara Shete

It’s Valentine’s Day, the day to celebrate the most amazing feeling, love! Whether you are taken, almost taken, waiting to be taken, assumed to be taken, taken for granted or those who are never taken seriously, this day brings up all the emotions. The latest commercial of Kellogg’s Choco Fills is a perfect representation for those in love and also for those who have tried the potion called love. The advertisement is filled with love, affection, emotions and of course… chocolate! … Read More

Disney releases the first trailer of ‘Frozen 2’
11:00 am PDT 14/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney released the first trailer for Frozen 2, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. The sequel to the Walt Disney Animation Studio’s blockbuster hit from 2013, looks like a magical adventure waiting to be foretold. The trailer showcases the main characters from the prequel, Elsa, her younger sister Anna, snowman Olaf and Anna’s love interest Kristoff. Frozen grossed $876 million worldwide, and won two Oscars for best animated film and best song for Let It Go. The trailer begins … Read More

Nickelodeon to celebrate ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ 20th anniversary with ‘Best Year Ever’
4:30 pm PDT 13/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

The beloved nautical creature, SpongeBob SquarePants turns 20 in 2019 and Nickelodeon is celebrating the show’s massive success with a year-long tribute, Best Year Ever. According to the network, the live-action part of the episode will feature the voice talent behind SpongeBob (Tom Kenny), Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown), Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence), Squidward (Rodger Bumpass) and Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) playing live-action doppelgänger versions of the animated characters they voice. Nickelodeon will also commemorate the series with: a new … Read More