Monster to launch new season of animated series ‘Jungle Beat’ at Kidscreen
3:30 pm PDT 10/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

With Kidscreen just around the corner, Sunrise are delighted to announce the eighth season of their award-winning non-dialogue pre-school animated show, Jungle Beat. The series will be distributed worldwide by Ireland’s Monster Entertainment. The new seven-minute each, 13 episode series is currently in production for release in late-2020. The stories feature the Jungle Beat animals as they encounter a group of explorers who have turned- up in their jungle paradise on a mission of discovery. Monster Entertainment has distributed previous … Read More

‘Toy Story 4’ and ‘Hair Love’ bag Oscars for animated films categories
12:30 pm PDT 10/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The Oscars have been announced and social media platforms are floored with updates and appreciation. Apart from the fan-favourite categories, Toy Story 4 won the 92nd Academy Award for best animated feature on Sunday, 9 February. This is the 13th time Disney film has won the golden lady; and the second film in the Toy Story franchise to win the award for best animated feature category, the first being Toy Story 3 in 2011. Toy Story 4 was one of … Read More

Toronto based Relish Interactive acquires Costa Rica-based animation studio Rocket Cartoons
4:30 pm PDT 07/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Award-winning Canadian content and gaming studio, Relish Interactive has acquired Costa Rica-based Rocket Cartoons, to level-up its in-house animation talent. The acquisition is effective immediately. Relish, well known for its app store hit part book, part game, part animated film, Weirdwood Manor, intends  to grow its in-house animation team and bolster its ability to create one of a kind multi platform digital experiences with this acquisition. Rocket Cartoons is an indie animation studio and the first original content studio in … Read More

Golden Robot Animation downsizes operations
1:30 pm PDT 07/02/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

Mumbai based 3D animation studio, Golden Robot Animation (GRA), backed by Green Gold Animation of Chhota Bheem fame, is ramping down its operations.  Commenting on this, Green Gold Animation chief strategy officer Srinivas Chilakalapudi informed  AnimationXpress, “Currently due to market conditions, we have downsized our Golden Robot Animation operations, but the company continues to operate and has not been shut down.”  Confirming the same, Green Gold Animation founder and CEO Rajiv Chilaka said, “[Yes] we are downsizing and will rehire based on market conditions.” … Read More

Illumination releases first trailer for ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’
12:30 pm PDT 06/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Illumination has released a trailer for the sequel to its Despicable Me spinoff-prequel, Minions: The Rise of Gru. The film follows on from 2015’s Minions, a spin-off from the Despicable Me trilogy (2010, 2013, 2017). Directed by Illumination veteran Kyle Balda (with Brad Ableson and Jonathan del Val co-helming), The Rise of Gru follows the misadventures of the Minions as they join forces with a teenaged Gru, whom they met near the end of their first movie spinoff. The concept of … Read More

Charuvi Design Labs create immersive animated film on Guru Nanak
5:30 pm PDT 05/02/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

To commemorate  the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the ministry of culture and IGNCA commissioned an immersive show to be screened at Sultanpur Lodi. Delhi-based Charuvi Design Labs created the one of its kind show, which offered an incredible experience for the viewers. This was curated by IGNCA and was inaugurated in the presence of Government of India minister of food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal and minister of State ministry of railways Sh Suresh Channabasappa Angadi. … Read More

Guru and ADK Emotions sign co-development deal
11:30 am PDT 05/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Japanese ADK Emotions and Toronto’s Guru Studio have signed a co-development deal to produce The Ora Chronicles. Aimed at six to 11 year olds, the new action-adventure series revolves around five middle school girls whose destiny is to defeat a great evil that resides in the Earth’s core. According to Guru VP of creative development Rachel Marcus, the show is a unique blend of Japanese anime and western visual styles and storytelling. This is the first time Guru has ever … Read More

Animated pilot of ‘Malaika : Warrior Queen’ depicts rich Nigerian culture and authenticity of the craft
9:30 pm PDT 04/02/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

The world of animation is expanding and how! Over the past few years the medium has traversed from the periphery towards mainstream of telling myriad stories across the world. Apart from India which has earned a name as one of the major hubs of animation, Nigerian animated content is also making quite a stir. Though based out of the US, YouNeek Studios is creating rich and quality animated content, one of their prominent works being Malika: Warrior Queen. The studio … Read More

Preschool series, ‘Bluey’ launches on Disney+
1:30 pm PDT 04/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Australian animated preschool series featuring a family of dogs has just launched on Disney+. Titled Bluey, the series also continues to air each weekday on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The show follows the adventures of Bluey, a lovable and energetic six-year-old blue heeler puppy who lives with her dad (Bandit), mum (Chilli) and 4-year-old little sister (Bingo). In each episode, Bluey turns her everyday experiences into elaborate games that unfold in unpredictable and often hilarious ways. Both Bandit … Read More

Peppa Pig gets a new voice
11:30 am PDT 04/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Harley Bird, the voice actor behind popular cartoon character Peppa Pig, has stepped down after 13 years in the role. Bird, who is eighteen year old has voiced 185 episodes of the programme. Nine-year-old Amelie Bea Smith will make her debut as the title character on the show’s Valentine’s Day episode. Smith, who had been a huge fan of the show since she was little will become the fourth British voice artist to take on the role in English-speaking territories following … Read More

After winning Annie Awards, animated feature, ‘Klaus’ takes home BAFTA too
11:30 am PDT 03/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix-produced animated feature, Klaus won the BAFTA for best animated feature. The film was in the race against Walt Disney Animation Studios’s Frozen 2, Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 4, and Aardman Animation’s A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. Directed by Sergio Pablos and producer Jinko Gotoh, Klaus recently took home the animated feature prize at the Annie Awards. The story is about Jesper (with the English voice of Jason Schwartzman), a spoiled child’s journey to build a post office from scratch … Read More

Exclusive : Niloy Kanti Biswas steps up as the Wackytoon Studio CEO
4:30 pm PDT 31/01/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

Kolkata based, Wackytoon Studio has promoted studio head Niloy Kanti Biswas as the new CEO, to be effective from February 2020. Biswas, who has been associated with Wackytoon Studio for the past three years, has led the studio from a unit of 18 creative artists, and helped it grow from strength to strength to a crew of 160 super talented and highly creative 2D and 3D artists. He has also been instrumental in forging a new collaboration with kids broadcaster … Read More