Toon Boom offers free home use licenses to studios and schools for a month
12:30 pm PDT 16/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Coronavirus has seemed to have slowed down the world! Due to the pandemic, Toon Boom Animation, the Montreal, Canada-based company behind software used widely in the animation industry, has made sure that artists at studios and schools can continue to use its software remotely. Toon Boom has announced to be providing studios and educational institutions free 30-day home use licenses for their staff, teachers and students. This is in response to studios and schools which have shut down their physical … Read More

Taika Waititi to direct and write ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ for Netflix
11:30 am PDT 16/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix announced a while ago that it has acquired the rights to many of Roald Dahl’s classics with plans to develop them as animated series. The first is based on the world and characters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The second is a wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas, the laborers in the factory. They will star in their own event series. Taika Waititi will write, direct and executive produce both projects. Waititi’s signing on these two series marks … Read More

Jamie Foxx to lend voice to Pixar’s first black lead
12:30 pm PDT 14/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney Pixar’s new animated feature, Soul which will be coming out this year, releases its new trailer. Soul will feature Pixar’s first black lead. Starring Jamie Foxx, the movie is based around Joe Gardner, a jazz musician and music teacher, whose soul suddenly leaves his body. The euphemism symbolises death, and explores the great beyond. The movie which is directed by Pete Docter who is known to have released successful movies in the past, including Up and Inside Out, is expected … Read More

The Next station for One Take Media Co. (OMTC) is Marathi Kids
3:00 pm PDT 09/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

India is a land of diversity. We are diverse in our cultures, traditions and languages and yet we believe in Unity in Diversity. We are perhaps the richest country in the world, in terms of spoken languages. Exhibiting a baffling range of linguistic diversity, India is a home to many. The languages and dialect spoken here is huge. However, 96.71 per cent of the population in the country have one of the 22 scheduled languages as their mother tongue. In a country … Read More

Animiz unveils free animation software for easy and stunning video creation
3:00 pm PDT 06/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Animiz has announced its free animation software for March 2020 to allow enterprises, marketers, and individuals to communicate their stories through stunning animation videos. With the new software launch, the company allows users of all skill levels across industries to create compelling videos with powerful media elements, animations, and content. The software has loads of features that help to design compelling data visualizations that will engage audiences and bring about better marketing outcomes. Animiz has always been a trend setter … Read More

‘Onward’ finds magic, but lacks wonder in its fantastical roller-coaster ride
1:00 pm PDT 06/03/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

You think you’re no good? Whatever you plan ends up going berserk? Then, Onward is the film for you. Welcome to the land inhabited by mythical creatures where magic lies underneath, to be discovered and its wielders are greatly respected. With the advent of time and difficulty of mastering it as well as technological advances over the years, the use of magic eventually is lost, until one believes it’s not but finds it in himself! Onward is about the journey … Read More

Post Office Studios partners with Asian Paints to launch animated film series for the ‘Colour Next’ campaign
2:00 pm PDT 05/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Post Office Studios, a leading animation and new media technology company based in Mumbai, has partnered with Asian Paints to conceptualise and produce five animated films for their campaign ‘Colour Next 2020’. The campaign was released at India Design ID 2020, the country’s most definitive design and home decor week. Every year, Asian Paints brings together the best of design and research principles to curate trends of the year, that reflect the aesthetic of that time. These trends are later … Read More

Chris Packham, UK’s leading naturalist joins the team of animated series ‘Flora of the Forest’
12:00 pm PDT 05/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Koko Rose Media has announced the partnership between naturalist and conservationist Chris Packham and the creative team of Flora of the Forest as an expert consultant.  In this key role, Packham will provide input on the natural history elements central to the animated preschool eco-comedy, Flora of the Forest, and guide stories towards matters of relevance and interest in the world of conservation and the environment. Commented Packham, “As a passionate conservationist and campaigner, inspiring people into awareness and action … Read More

Meta Media to distribute Korea’s animated series in Europe
11:00 am PDT 03/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The new Korean animated series Bread Barbershop has been taken up by London-based Meta Media Entertainment, which has now been appointed as distributor of the series. The CGI comedy is aimed at six to 10 year olds and set in a world populated by anthropomorphised foodstuffs, who seek out our carb-loaded hero to get decoration makeovers. The hero of Bread Barbershop is a slice of bread who is a master cake decorator. All the cupcakes in town come to his … Read More

MAKAUT: The future of emerging technologies in West Bengal?
8:30 pm PDT 02/03/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

In July 2019, the State Government of West Bengal had announced to set up a Center of Excellence on Innovation at Salt Lake Sector I, dedicated to emerging technologies, with special focus on animation, VFX, AR-VR-MR-XR and more. (VR- Virtual Reality, AR- Augmented Reality, MR – Mixed Reality) Webel, a nodal agency of the State Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) Department joined hands with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), earlier known as WBUT, to provide a B.Sc … Read More

‘Bablu Dablu’ animation series wins International Award
2:30 pm PDT 02/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Bablu Dablu aka Boonie Bears series has bagged the Entertainment Property of the Year Award-Animated honours at the Licensing International Asian Awards 2019 (LIAA) held recently. Bablu Dablu is a popular international franchise. The property now has strategic partnerships in brand licensing, involving online and offline innovation and collaboration with over 20 industries, 100 renowned brands and 3,000 stock-keeping units. Bablu Dablu animation series is running in 180 countries world over successfully and are top rated programmes. The series was … Read More

French animation studio, Prima Linea shuts down
11:30 am PDT 02/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Prima Linea, the well-established French animation studio has closed down. Founded in 1995 by Valérie Schermann and Christophe Jankovic, the company was liquidated on 7 February, according to trade publication Le Film français. Prima Linea’s catalogue includes Zarafa, Fear(s) of the Dark, and last year’s The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily, which has earned it a nomination for European Producer of the Year at next week’s Cartoon Movie forum. It also handled the animation on The Red Turtle, a project … Read More