Simpson short to open Disney-Pixar animated feature ‘Onward’
1:30 pm PDT 29/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The upcoming Disney-Pixar original feature Onward will be preceded in theaters not by a homegrown studio short, but by a new Simpsons adventure: Playdate with Destiny. It has become a standard practice for Pixar to showcase their animated shorts before the full-length feature films, and many of these have also gone to win Oscars for best animated short film. Bao, which was shown before The Incredibles 2, took home an Oscar in 2019. The Simpsons short, which stars baby Maggie … Read More

Netflix opens a new program for emerging animation talents
11:30 am PDT 29/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has got some interesting news for the aspiring animators. The streamer has opened up a new Emerging Animation Talent program, which will help Netflix find storyboard artists to work across series and features. The applicant may get a chance to create content for audiences in the kids and family space. The portfolio submission deadline is 15 March and finalists will be notified in May and begin the four month program in June. In the post announcing the initiative, Netflix … Read More

Saudi-Japanese animated feature secures distribution deals
12:30 pm PDT 27/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Animated feature titled The Journey co-produced by Saudi animation studios Manga Productions and Japan’s Toei Animation, secures deal with Dubai-based Vox Cinemas for the theatrical distribution across Middle East and North Africa. The Journey tells the story of Aws, a potter with a secret past who’s caught up in an epic battle to defend his city. Manga has also announced that the toon epic based on Saudi folklore and directed by Japan’s Shizuno Kobun (Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle) … Read More

Lattu Kids collaborate with Xiaomi’s Mi TV to reach three million+ new potential consumers
6:30 pm PDT 26/02/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

Lattu Kids has inked a market and content partnership deal with Xiaomi’s Mi TV. With this deal, Lattu Kids will reach an additional three million new potential consumers and Smart TV homes across India.  “At Lattu Kids, we believe in breaking barriers for our consumers, no matter what it takes and winning with category leading ecosystem partners like Xiaomi. All Mi TV users existing and new buyers of Mi TV will get access to Lattu Kids content via patchwall,” shared … Read More

An interactive Carmen Sandiego will be coming to Netflix
4:30 pm PDT 26/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix is bringing an interactive Carmen Sandiego special in March, adding to its lineup of viewer-controlled episodes. In the 45-minute special, Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal, kids get to decide what happens as Carmen (Gina Rodriguez) finds herself forced to steal for the instructors at her former crime school, V.I.L.E. They’ve captured her friends, Zack and Ivy, during a heist in Shanghai, and if Carmen wants to rescue them, she’ll need to follow V.I.L.E.’s commands. Executive produced … Read More

Jellyfish Pictures expands Northern presence with new studio in Sheffield
3:30 pm PDT 26/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Multi-award-winning animation and VFX studio and creators of original kids’ content Jellyfish Pictures, has announced the opening of its new facility in Sheffield. The new studio is the result of the company’s outgrowth of its current location following the expansion to the North of England less than a year ago. Opening its Northern arm in May 2019, Jellyfish Pictures has witnessed rapid growth in both its Southern and Northern UK offices over the course of the past year. The newest … Read More

Studio Durga looking for distributors and screenings for ‘Karmachakra’, India’s first independent anime film
6:00 pm PDT 25/02/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

Studio Durga, the first Indian anime studio has published the compiled mini series of the first 20 minutes of the first Indian anime film, Karmachakra on 23 February and is currently looking for distributors. The pilot episode has garnered more than 10,000 views and 2000 likes on YouTube. Since they announced the teaser of Karmachakra, Studio Durga has been basking in applause and appreciation for their commendable work in creating the first independent Indian anime. The Studio Durga team is … Read More

Ghost Animation screens their four animated shorts at their home city, Kolkata
8:00 pm PDT 24/02/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

After showcasing their thought provoking animated short films across several cities in India, Kolkata based animation studio, Ghost Animation returned to their home, the City of Joy as the next stop for the screening of its animated short films. Titled, ‘First Flight’, Ghost Animation screened – Mother, Beyond Borders, Watchmaker: At Time’s End and WADE in Kolkata over the weekend, on 22 and 23 February at Sienna Cafe, Park Street. Starting from Mumbai (Anifest 2019), they took their amazingly crafted … Read More

Streaming app, Quibi greenlights stop-motion animated series
3:00 pm PDT 24/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Quibi greenlights Micro Mayhem, a stop-motion animated series from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and eOne. Created and executive produced by Eric Towner (Robot Chicken), Micro Mayhem is a series of over-the-top shorts where the cars are the characters. Executive producers for the series are Jon Favreau’s Golem Creations, Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Matthew Senreich and Chris Waters. “Quibi’s focus on micro storytelling provides the perfect platform for Micro Mayhem. We are excited to work with Eric and his team at Stoopid … Read More

‘Onward’ is the first Disney film to have a self-identified LGBTQ character
2:00 pm PDT 24/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney-Pixar’s Onward is going to be the first animated film from Disney to feature the first self-identified LGBTQ character. While Onward isn’t the first time Disney has featured its first LGBTQ character in its cinematic universe, it is the first animated film from The House of Mouse to have a character explicitly identify as apart of the community. The character, Officer Specter, a cyclops police officer , who will appear briefly in the film, discussing her girlfriend with other characters in a scene, which is … Read More

‘PAW Patrol’ animated movie coming to the big screen in 2021
11:00 am PDT 24/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The popular Nickelodeon animated series, PAW Patrol is coming to the big screen. The movie will be directed by Cal Brunker (Escape from Planet Earth, Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature; Escape From Planet Earth), with Spin Master Entertainment’s EVP Jennifer Dodge producing. Spin Master co-founder and co-CEO Ronnen Harary, Spin Master executive vice president, strategic partnership and franchise development Adam Beder, and Peter Schlessel will executive produce. PAW Patrol, which premiered in 2013, centers on a young boy named Ryder who leads a crew of search … Read More

‘Punyakoti’, first Sanskrit animated film taken up by a global digital platform
6:30 pm PDT 22/02/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

The first Sanskrit animated film, Punyakoti will be available on a global digital platform soon, as director Ravi Shankar revealed to Animation Xpress and on social media.  “The trailer has received close to half a million views. The interest in Punyakoti has grown organically. Sanskrit is getting a lot of respect and interest outside India as well. Now an international digital platform has shown interest in taking the movie to the world. It is a big boost for Indian animation. … Read More