‘Zootopia’ land comes alive at Shanghai Disneyland, the first in any Disney resort
5:00 pm PDT 23/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

The magic of Zootopia land is finally coming alive in real! Shanghai Disney Resort has announced plans to bring to life the characters and stories from one of Disney’s latest and most popular animated films, Zootopia. It is the second major development at Shanghai Disneyland, less than one year after the opening of its first major expansion — Disney·Pixar Toy Story Land. Released in 2016, Zootopia  was a global success that broke box office records in China to become the … Read More

USP Studios partners with Cosmos-Maya to expand the global entertainment content distribution network for kids
2:00 pm PDT 23/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Parents nowadays are constantly trying to find the right balance of screen time for young ones. Entertainment along with interactive learning plays an imperative role. Edutainment has surfaced as the new face of education with enhanced creative thinking, more grasping power, better aesthetic senses and improved intellectual learning. Recognising this need, USP Studios, one of the largest kid’s content creators and publishers in the world, has announced their partnership with Cosmos-Maya, Asia’s one of the leading animation studios to exchange … Read More

‘Kite’: Sagar Funde’s new animated short will hit you with nostalgia
7:00 pm PDT 22/01/2019 By Sharmindrila Paul

Childhood is perhaps the fondest phase of one’s life. A phase that’s replete with memories, happiness and everything joyful, that everyone likes to hold on to. These bittersweet memories help an individual to temporarily escape the otherwise mundane and monotonous reality. To relive these memories, Indian animator Sagar Funde who has been a part of Hollywood biggies like, Life of Pi, The Big Friendly Giant, The Mummy : Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Night at the Museum 2 and many … Read More

CG cats that won us over with their feline charm
6:30 pm PDT 21/01/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Someone has rightly said, “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this” No animal in the world has divided the human society in the way cats have. While some might find them selfish or unfriendly, many can’t resist the charm brought about by the felines. Intriguingly so, many great men have had profound things to say about them. Cats have been a subject of interest for many filmmakers and storytellers. We made a list of … Read More

Guest column| Paradigm shift witnessed in the ecosystem of the Indian animation studios due to the Indian IP rush – Anish Mehta
6:00 pm PDT 21/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Indian animation is on the ascent. The past few years have been very favourable for our animation industry, with several small-time studios having grown into larger, successful brands. With the scope and reach of home-grown content growing rapidly, Indian studios have begun to focus on building successful intellectual properties-IPs. The Indian animation industry is growing at a rate of 20 per cent y-o-y. To maintain this momentum, the creation of successful IPs through partnerships is the way forward because retention … Read More

Arena Animation’s first ‘Coffee Conversations’ kick starts with a bang
5:00 pm PDT 21/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Arena Animation organised the first of its ‘Coffee Conversations’ at its Jayanagar (Bengaluru) India campus on 12 January 2019. The guest panel industry experts from different genres of film making including Yunus Bukhari from Artery Animation and FX and Unipix, Vivi5 Animation Art & Design Studio creative director and executive producer Mehul Mahicha, filmmaker Chaitanaya, Zynga India animation manager Elumulai Somu and MPC senior animator Ibrahim Basha. The session began with a welcome note by Aptech assistant vice president Shajan … Read More

Will we see Cyborg in the ‘Young Justice: Outsider’?
12:00 pm PDT 21/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

We get to know the goals of the light and how the characters of the Justice league plan to stop the team in the recent episodes of Young Justice but it also teases a new generation of heroes. While Teen Titans were nowhere to be seen in the animated series so far, the episode Evolution and its follow up Triptych make it clear that more members of the fan-favourite superhero group could be coming soon. Spoiler alert, during a scene … Read More

Ambivalent CG characters that spooked and melted us at the same time.
7:30 pm PDT 18/01/2019 By Parth Kaushik

We can all recall catching ourselves in the vortex of emotions about certain whimsical CG characters who almost set us off in the beginning but ended up winning us over. 1) Dobby – Elves have always been known for nefariousness in the folklore with their amplified facial characteristics and shenanigans. Earlier, Elves evoked feelings of mistrust and wickedness that one would want to street clear of if we ever were pushed down the rabbit hole.     Courtesy of JK Rowling’s … Read More

Arena Animation launches its first centre in Belgaum
6:00 pm PDT 18/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Powered by Aptech, India’s premier educator in high-end 3D animation and visual effects, Arena Animation has today announced the launch of its first centre in Belgaum, Karnataka. With this centre in Belgaum, the place gets its first world class animation institute as Arena Animation intends to provide world-class animation courses and a broader spectrum of career opportunities to the state’s youth. Arena Animation intends to penetrate small cities to encourage skill development amongst the youth. This initiative is a part … Read More

The ‘Carmen Effect’: How one character helped shape a generation
4:00 pm PDT 18/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

For kids who grew up chasing the elusive thief, Carmen Sandiego was an icon in every sense of the word—she was an impeccably dressed, fearless world traveller, who even taught them a few things along the way. The season one of Carmen Sandiego animated reboot is streaming on Netflix and it is starting from today 18 January. The animated reboot, produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and DHX Media, will see the master criminal pulling off epic adventures and evading laws with … Read More

Disney remaking ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ in live-action
12:00 pm PDT 18/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney seems to be high on live-action remakes! ‘The House of Mouse’ is reportedly remaking its 1996 classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame. As Deadline reports, Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang has been roped in to pen the new live-action musical, alongside Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz to compose the music. Although, casting decisions have yet to be confirmed, the live-action revamp of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is co-produced by Mandeville Films along with Josh Gad.   Based on … Read More

‘Myth-o-Katha’ goes AR and gets its second season
7:00 pm PDT 17/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Myth-o-Katha is back! The animated GIF series from the house of Vaanarsena Studios has returned with its second season from 14 January after a little hibernation. Available across several social media platforms, Myth-o-Katha focuses on one mythological character through three GIFs a week and is out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The second season has started with a fresh batch of characters and not all of them were heroes. Vaanarsena Studios’ ‘Senapati’ Vivek Ram revealed the reason for this temporary slumber … Read More