Nickelodeon to produce two animated original movies for Netflix
2:00 pm PDT 06/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon Studios will produce two original animated movies for Netflix. The movies will be based on The Loud House and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Viacom CEO Bob Bakish during an investor earnings call described the deal as part of the company’s broader efforts to leverage Nickelodeon’s IP to continue to produce new content for digital and linear platforms. Nickelodeon Studios has already produces the animated series Pinky Malinky for Netflix, and is currently in production on the … Read More

‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ slated for a March release in India
1:00 pm PDT 06/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is slated to hit the Indian screens on 22 March 2019. According to a press release, the third part of the hit animated film franchise by Universal Pictures International and DreamWorks Animation will release across the country in 2D, 3D and IMAX. Produced by Brad Lewis and Bonnie Arnold, the movie will see Dean DeBlois return as writer and director alongside Jay Baruchel who will reprise his role of Hiccup. The film … Read More

Have a look: Some legal aspects involved in animation and other creative processes
6:30 pm PDT 05/02/2019 By Sharmindrila Paul

2018 was the year of animated IP rush! Creation of some fascinating characters and brands have paved the way for higher expectations in the sector, anticipating an even bigger and better 2019! Though still nascent, Indian animation industry has seen the demand for animated characters opening up from many cross-sectors. The growth of the industry has started to race up and has started creating a buzz across the globe. The country is also known in the global market for its … Read More

Pixar’s animated short, ‘Purl’ helps in weaving the gender dynamics at workplace
5:30 pm PDT 05/02/2019 By Yugandhara Shete

The SparkShorts program by Pixar is designed to discover new storytellers, experiment with the new production workflow and explore new techniques to bring the story out to the audience. Purl is one such animated short from the same program which highlights the work patterns in any corporate office. Directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan, Purl features a ball of yarn who tries to fit in his start-up company job. An earnest ball of yarn named Purl gets … Read More

9 Story Media Group acquires Asian Animation Studio
6:00 pm PDT 04/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has announced to have acquired PT Bali Animation Studio and PT Bali Animasi Solusi Ekakarsa (collectively known as ‘BASE’), a full service CGI animation studio located in Bali, Indonesia. Known for its full-scale creative, production and international distribution capabilities, 9 Story Media Group employs more than 800 staff with operations in Toronto, New York, Dublin and Manchester. Its award winning animation studio, Brown Bag Films, is recognised internationally for hit children’s series such as Doc McStuffins, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Top Wing, Octonauts and The Magic … Read More

Animation International takes up L&M rights of ‘Purple Turtle’ in India
4:00 pm PDT 04/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Good news for cartoon lovers! Animation International (AI) India has acquired the licensing and merchandising (L&M) rights of leading pre-school and home-grown IP, Purple Turtle. Purple Turtle is now officially available for licensing and merchandising. Animation International, one of the most renowned and respected names in content licensing and syndication industry across Asia, has been active for the last five decades. Being the pioneers, AI India launched some of the most credible IP’s in India including Hello Kitty, Marvel, WWE, Dragon … Read More

Cosmos-Maya pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi with its brand-new kids’ show ‘Bapu’ 
11:30 am PDT 04/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

“If we are to reach real peace in this world, we shall have to begin with children” – Mahatma Gandhi. Looks like Cosmos-Maya is following exactly what Mahatma had prophesied! The creators of Motu Patlu are launching a new show inspired by Gandhiji, titled Bapu, for kids. This development comes as 2019 marks the 150th birth anniversary of our ‘Father of the Nation’. Cosmos-Maya CEO Anish Mehta commented, “Bapu will be a tribute to the man who had the power to shape … Read More

#FeatureFriday: Tavrohi Animations – The studio behind ‘OMG’ politoon, Star Screen Awards’ animated nominations and Khelo India mascots
7:00 pm PDT 01/02/2019 By Sharmindrila Paul

What’s 2019 for you? The year of ICC Cricket World Cup? Or the year of Loksabha Elections? With the latter, the political scenario of India is heating up everyday. Every parties are taking pot-shots at each other and even the news channels are not devoid of it – be it news anchoring, news stories or even political cartoons or ‘politoons’. Been in vogue for a while now, one such politoon that is creating a stir for sometime now is OMG … Read More

‘Cartoon Network Watch & Play’: The newest destination for all things cartoon
12:00 pm PDT 01/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Cartoon Network has made playtime bigger and more fun with its newest offering – Cartoon Network Watch & Play (CN Watch & Play) app. Featuring an ever-increasing inventory of fun games and videos that can be curated and personalised, the app has something for every Cartoon Network fan. Available on all iOS and Android mobile devices, the mobile app has been organically built for engaging fans with iconic, classic cartoon characters through a blend of short-form and micro-content along with … Read More

IMPS appoints WildBrain as the YouTube manager of ‘Smurfs’
4:00 pm PDT 31/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Leading kids’ network and studio, WildBrain, has been appointed by IMPS (International Merchandising, Promotion and Services) to manage iconic Smurfs brand on YouTube on an exclusive worldwide basis. Under this agreement, WildBrain will assume management of 41 existing localised Smurfs channels for IMPS and implement a global strategy to grow The Smurfs’ audience on YouTube and YouTube Kids, including optimising distribution of The Smurfs’ content catalogue, beginning with The Smurfs TV series. WildBrain managing director Jon Gisby said, “The Smurfs is a wonderful brand, with humour and … Read More

Locksmith Animation appoints Dónall Crehan as chief business officer
12:00 pm PDT 31/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

London based animation studio, Locksmith Animation has named Dónall Crehan as its chief business officer. In his new role, he’ll directly report to Locksmith founders and CEOs Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart. In his new role, Crehan will oversee the company’s legal and business affairs, business strategy and development, commercial operations and the implementation of its long and short-term strategic plans. Crehan joins Locksmith from All3Media, where he served as the general counsel, where he provided legal counsel and risk management … Read More

Sphereorigins names HopMotion as their Animation Division
7:00 pm PDT 23/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

India as a market for animated content is absolutely raking up the pitch! From being an outsource-heavy destination, the subcontinent has begun churning out original content and is pushing it ahead. Co-productions, mergers and collaborations are on the rise, for good and as the appetite for content is only increasing, these events are only expected to grow manifolds in 2019. Being considered as one of the best times for the Indian animation ecosystem, players in the industry are spearheading changes to … Read More