Nicki Minaj joins the voice cast of ‘Angry Birds Movie 2’
11:30 am PDT 26/12/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Nicki Minaj will be joining the cast of Angry Birds Movie 2 alongside Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloo, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, and Zach Woods. Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Peter Dinklage are all expected to reprise their roles from the first movie. Expected to hit the the theatres on 16 August 2019, Angry Birds Movie 2 is directed by Thurop Van Orman and co-directed by John Rice, with David … Read More

Christmas animated shorts that will melt your heart
6:30 pm PDT 24/12/2018 By Yugandhara Shete

What would Christmas be without love? It is sharing. It is caring. It is all the emotions bundled and wrapped together to gift your near and dear ones. What is celebration without all this, and what is all this without your dear people. These Christmas shorts will bring out the emotions in you, making you feel loved and cared. Here is a list of animated shorts I found fascinating: This animated short shows how friends bring out the best in … Read More

Andrews Serkis’ bolder adaptations of novels written by India-born authors
2:00 pm PDT 24/12/2018 By Parth Kaushik

Andrew Serkis’ recent bold adaptation of Mowgli set a benchmark that flies in the face of filmmakers who have long been playing safe in creating content appropriate for kids, thereby eroding the baseline essence and profundity of the original novels. Why do storytellers feel obligated to dilute and sanitise content in order to fit in the bracket of family-friendly and clean entertainment? Have we collectively regressed to infantilism in our bid to mollycoddle kids? Are we undermining kids’ psychology by … Read More

Cosmos Maya rings in holiday cheer with ‘The Smurfs’, ‘Boonie Bears’ and ‘Little Baby Bum’
12:30 pm PDT 24/12/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Cosmos-Maya, has many surprise gifts in its content bag to make this holiday season more joyous.  The company has acquired the Hindi language rights to the widely popular series, The Smurfs,  premiered recently on its YouTube channel, WowKidz. The company has also acquired the English language rights of the successful Chinese franchise Boonie Bears and the same will be aired on WowKidz for the holiday season. Bablu Dablu, the Hindi version of the show, has garnered around 400 million views … Read More

Director of SAARC and MENA region for Animation International Nitin Kalra shares nuggets of insight.
6:30 pm PDT 22/12/2018 By Tarachand Wanvari

Nitin Kalra is director of SAARC and MENA region for Animation International through AI Licensing India Pvt Ltd. Kalra was at Bengaluru at ABAI’s AVGC B2B summit to check out and pick some IP. Kalra has found two or three proposals interesting and will be meeting the creative teams of these projects for the second round soon. Here are excerpts of a small interaction that he had with AnimationXpress   Tell us something about your company and your role/responsibility in … Read More

Toonz Animation’s ‘Boo Bah B’ will make Christmas merrier for kids
5:30 pm PDT 22/12/2018 By Yugandhara Shete

Toonz Animation’s YouTube channel Chotoonz TV is the most sought after channel in the comedy kids’ genre. The studio was planning to start a property of its own for this YouTube channel, and thus, Boo Bah B reached the audience. The idea is from an internal animation director. Talking to AnimationXpress, Toonz Animation founder P Jayakumar mentioned that though the series will be currently seen on YouTube, the team is planning to take it to television and other OTT platforms … Read More

Review: VFX-rich movie ‘Zero’ casts a winning spell
12:30 pm PDT 21/12/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

The much-anticipated Zero celebrates human imperfections as the heart-warming story captures the redemption of a dwarf named Baua Singh played by Shah Rukh Khan. Baua’s inner-mental choreographies are brought alive in the Freudian dream sequence that depicts him posturing as a Hollywood-style hero rescuing a lone woman from the thuggery of his own father. In contrast to the vertically-challenged wayward dwarf that he is, his dream projects him as a French-speaking quintessential hero who is no stranger to fisty cuffs.     … Read More

Online petition calls on Disney to renounce trademark on phrase-‘Hakuna Matata’
6:30 pm PDT 20/12/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney seems to have reasons to worry! The phrase ‘Hakuna Matata’ is at the core of ‘the reason’ for using it in the song Hakuna Matata from the 1994 animated classic, The Lion King.   Originally a Swahili phrase, an online petition recently has called on Disney to give up its trademark on the phrase. Created by Zimbabwean activist Shelton Mpala, the petition has received more than 50,000 signatures. The phrase roughly translates to “no problems” or “no worries” and … Read More

Netflix original ‘Carmen Sandiego’ to premiere early next year
11:30 am PDT 20/12/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has officially announced that its upcoming animated Carmen Sandiego reboot will premiere on 18 January 2019. The 20 episode 22 minute each series will have Gina Rodriguez voice the protagonist. The animated reboot, produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and DHX Media, will see the master criminal pulling off epic adventures and evading laws with her crew. The series is based on the property which became popular in 1985 with an educational computer game Where in the World Is Carmen … Read More

The complete list of 16th 24FPS Annual International Animation Awards 2018
3:00 pm PDT 19/12/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

The leaders in 3D Animation and VFX training, Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) hosted the 16th 24FPS Annual International Animation Awards 2018 on 17 December at the Sahara Star in Mumbai. The 24FPS International Animation Awards of MAAC holds a position of repute in the Media and Entertainment Industry that honours the brightest talents in the field of Animation, VFX & Live action film-making across the globe.  Winner List: Best 3D Animation Short Film (MAAC Team) – Gold : Ooh … Read More

Diamond Toons’ Tinga Dojo is the first ever IP in the world to lead through an experiential playzone
2:00 pm PDT 19/12/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Diamond Toons, part of one of the largest publication house in India Diamond Group of Publications, has lately created a brand new character, Tinga Dojo. It is the first ever character IP in the world which would lead through an experiential playzone – Tingaland, going to be live soon. Tingaland playzone will be the first licensee of the character Tinga Dojo. It is a new age character for preschool kids who are always curious and hyperactive to learn more, see … Read More

The Common Man to make a comeback in an animated avatar!
4:00 pm PDT 18/12/2018 By Yugandhara Shete

Common Man Works, a joint venture between RK IPR Management, a company led by family and friends of RK Laxman and Assemblage Entertainment, an Indian animation and content studio is bringing The Common Man back to life in animated form. The launch of this new venture was announced today alongside the book launch of Laxman’s previously unpublished works, Timeless Laxman by honourable prime minister Narendra Modi at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Usha Srinivas Laxman, a key force in continuing the … Read More