New animation studio, This Thing Of Ours, launches ‘Sub-Surface’, an experimental film inspired by hi-tech tourist tat
4:30 pm PDT 21/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

This Thing Of Ours, a new design and animation studio, has lately launched Sub-Surface, an experimental animated film inspired by hi-tech tourist tat. Sub-Surface struck to This Thing of Ours director Alex Robinson on a trip to Brighton, where he saw tourists buying personalised crystal engravings of themselves or their pets using a process that involved customers having their faces scanned, then etched inside crystal mementos. The etching is achieved by two laser beams focusing on the same spot, shattering … Read More

Sony Pictures Animation reveals new images from upcoming animated feature
2:30 pm PDT 21/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Sony Pictures Animation revealed that the originally titled feature The Mitchells vs. the Machines has been officially renamed as Connected. The recently revealed images show a first look at the upcoming animated comedy about a family on a road trip when a robot apocalypse starts. Written and directed by Mike Rianda (creative director/writer, Gravity Falls), co-directed by Jeff Rowe (writer, Disenchantment, Gravity Falls) and produced by Oscar winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), the CG comedy … Read More

Upcoming catalogue of Digitoonz includes service work and IP development
7:30 pm PDT 19/02/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

It’s just been a month since noted Indian animation studio, Digitoonz Media and Entertainment opened a branch in Kolkata, and they’re already working on multiple projects. Specialising in 2D and 3D animation, Digitoonz is a full-service animation production company that has worked on several animated TV series and feature films across different genres. So far, their strength has been primarily 2D animation and now are pushing themselves to enhance their 3D animation, capability in CGI and VFX pre-production.  Shared Digitoonz … Read More

Dandelooo announces sales for the new 2D animation series ‘Stinky Dog’
12:30 pm PDT 19/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

French animation production and distribution company Dandelooo announces sales for the new 2D animation series Stinky Dog, commissioned by France Televisions. Based on the books written by Colas Gutman, with illustrations by Marc Boutavant the slapstick series targets six to 10-year-olds and follows the comical and hectic adventures of a maverick mutt, Stinky Dog, and his flattened best friend Flatty Cat, a couple of oddballs who live in a garbage can. The series is co-produced by Dandelooo, Folivari, France (Didier … Read More

Beautifully animated ‘Children of the Sea’ US trailer sails online
11:30 am PDT 19/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

GKIDS and Fathom Events announced that the latest feature from Japan’s STUDIO4°C’s Children of the Sea is coming to select U.S. cinemas this spring. Directed by Ayumu Watanabe (Space Brothers), featuring a score by award-winning composer and longtime Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro), the beautifully animated Children of the Sea, is adapted from Daisuke Igarashi’s manga of the same name. The unconventional sketching style, fairy tale abstract drawings and undoubtedly beautiful anime … Read More

Young Indian animators are making their presence felt with brilliant award winning creations
7:00 pm PDT 18/02/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

Animated films by young, independent and creative filmmakers are gaining praise all over! With the medium gaining more popularity and respect, several film festivals are showcasing and awarding brilliant animated films and their creators. Divakar Kuppan and Swati Agarwal are among the many whose passion and creativity have been recognised and appreciated lately.  Kuppan has recently won the Silver Conch for Best International Animation at MIFF (Mumbai International Film Festival) 2020 for his animated short film The Fox of the … Read More

Disney Junior announces voice cast and premiere date for ‘Mira, Royal Detective’
5:00 pm PDT 18/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney Junior has announced the voice cast for its animated series Mira, Royal Detective which will premiere in the U.S. on 20 March, Friday, at 11:00 am EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and 7:00 pm EDT/PDT on Disney Junior.  Disney Channel India will also be showing a sneak-peek on the same day, followed by the premiere on 22 March, Sunday. Set in the magical Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, Mira, Royal Detective introduces a brave and resourceful girl Mira, a commoner who … Read More

Red Carpet Studio inks a deal with Beijing Joy Culture Media to explore Chinese territory
12:00 pm PDT 18/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Russian television and film production studio, Red Carpet Studio, has signed a deal with Beijing Joy Culture Media for the toy show Space Dr. Cat and animated web series Blinky and Knobby. Launched in October 2019, Space Dr. Cat is a toy show with 2D-animated elements, and tells a story of a cat who lives in a fictional galaxy and works as a doctor.  Space Dr.Cat flies on a spaceship and helps residents of different planets, and at the end … Read More

‘Daiblo’ and ‘Overwatch’ may get animated series
12:00 pm PDT 18/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Blizzard may have plans to adapt both Diablo and Overwatch into animated shows. As confirmed by sources, an anime based on Diablo is heading to Netflix. Alongwith the details, a small teaser about an animated Overwatch series was seen, though it’s unclear whether it, too, will end up on Netflix. As reported, Activision Blizzard Studio co-president Nick van Dyk has revealed the adaptations through his LinkedIn profile. The profile lists him as being the executive producer of a TV adaptation … Read More

Netflix announces animated series, ‘Mighty Express’
11:00 am PDT 18/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has picked up Spin Master Entertainment’s new CG-animated series Mighty Express. The 52 x 11-minute series will debut globally (excluding Canada) on the SVOD in September. Executive produced by Spin Master Entertainment EVP Jennifer Dodge and co-CEO Ronnen Harary, with Vancouver-based animation company Atomic Cartoons providing animation services, Mighty Express features an ensemble cast of trains and kids in an expansive world, with the Mighty Express train on big adventures. The Mighty Express brand is owned by Spin Master, … Read More

‘Please’, Indian animated music video on sexual abuse, nominated at the Oregon Short Film Festival 2020
9:30 pm PDT 17/02/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

There goes hardly a day when we don’t get to hear about any incident or news about violence against women. According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) released by the Union health ministry, every three women out of 10, has faced violence of various forms in India since the age of 15. In times when talks and writings about women empowerment is sky-high, women are facing visible and invisible forms of violence till date. Often ‘objectified’ or ‘thingified’, women … Read More

‘Tokyo Godfathers’ gets a new English dub cast
1:30 pm PDT 17/02/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

GKIDS has announced the English voice cast for the critically-acclaimed animated feature Tokyo Godfathers. Directed by Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika), Tokyo Godfathers follows the story of three homeless characters during the holiday season as they attempt to figure out what to do when they find a newborn baby. As they try to find the baby’s mother, they undergo a series of misunderstandings and life or death scenarios that made the anime a classic tale, sitting among some of the … Read More