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Pac-Man still hungry at 35
6:00 pm PDT 26/05/2015 By Vivek Kapadia

Back in the days of arcade games, one definitely remembers sitting in front of the coin machines waiting hours in line for one’s turn to play, or in front of one’s television set or personal computers, playing the yellow chomping hockey puck look-alike ‘Pac-Man’. Toru Iwatani, an employee in Namco, while working there came up with an idea to develop something different from what the popular game genres in rage at that time, such as space shooters: Space Invaders and … Read More

Barajoun Entertainment’s ‘Bilal’ re-imagines an African hero’s epic journey
4:00 pm PDT 26/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

UAE-based Barajoun Entertainment had fairly recently released a two-minute teaser for its upcoming animation feature film Bilal that created quite a buzz on social media. Zuhair Fayez, chairman of the studio, said the project involves professionals from at least 22 countries. A remarkable account of faith, hope, and self-discovery, the animated feature, Bilal is the true and telling story of an African hero and his epic journey, from braving oppression to becoming a noble leader. The animated feature takes inspiration … Read More

Centroid to provide mo-cap facility for Pinewood studios
3:00 pm PDT 26/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Centroid, one of the best in the motion capture business, has found a partner in Pinewood where the facility will be the preferred supplier of motion capture services for Pinewood’s three UK studios. Centroid has worked on feature films such as, the upcoming James Bond flick SPECTRE, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla, World War Z, 300: Rise of an Empire, Prometheus, Snow White and The Huntsman and multiple games titles as video games are increasingly using motion capture technology for in-game moves, as well as … Read More

Quebec government invests $1 million in VFX studio behind ‘Gravity’
2:00 pm PDT 26/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Quebec government is infusing the Montreal based visual effects studio Framestore with $1 million to expand its operations. Framestore Studio is a Quebec subsidiary of Guidedraw Ltd., which produced Oscar-winning effects for the Hollywood film Gravity. Premier Philippe Couillard said he met with the company’s co-founder, William Sargent, in London last year and they spoke about helping the company grow. The investment will help create 150 high-paying, specialised jobs, according to the government. The Montreal studio opened in January … Read More

WB launches new DC, Looney Tunes, Scooby interactive sites
1:00 pm PDT 26/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment have launched, and as three new entertainment destinations for kids that will feature original content starring the WB characters. The WB Kids character driven environments, and, will inspire imagination and encourage interaction with many of Warner Bros.’ most recognizable franchise animation characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the Gang, engaged through fan-favorite content, exclusive videos, interactive and downloadable activities, comics and exciting games. will feature … Read More

Cartoon Network introduces another original production series ‘Clarence’ in India
12:30 pm PDT 26/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Clarence, the latest original animated comedy series from Cartoon Network Studios, premieres Monday, 01 June 2015 and will air weekdays at 5:00 pm on the kids’ network. Clarence follows a spirited, quirky boy who always sees the best in all things. When everyone else turns right, Clarence turns left … into a wall – but he keeps on going. Daily life is a fun and thrilling adventure for Clarence and his friends. There’s streetwise Sumo, slightly neurotic Jeff and his … Read More

Animation SA announces board and sub-committees
12:00 pm PDT 26/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Nick Cloete, the new chairman of Animation South Africa (ASA), announced the recently elected board after an AGM held 30 March 2015 facilitated by Martin Cuff. Animation SA is a section-21 non-profit organisation mandated by industry to develop and promote South African animation. The four-person board of directors and the four sub-committee chairs bring together leading members of the industry, including business owners and academics. The board of directors consists of: Chairperson - Nick Cloete (3 year term) CEO and producer … Read More

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra hires ‘Life of Pie’ VFX team for ‘Mirziya’
7:00 pm PDT 25/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is all set to take the director’s chair once again after the landslide success of his last biopic on the ‘Flying Sikh’ – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – with his next project titled Mirziya. Now the director has hired a special VFX team for a night safari sequence, which marks the debut of star kid – Harshvardhan Kapoor (son of Anil Kapoor) and Saiyami Kher. This VFX team he has hired has worked on hit films like … Read More

10 reasons why CW’s ‘The Flash’ is probably the ‘Best Superhero TV Show’
4:00 pm PDT 25/05/2015 By Shivang Arora

CW’s latest money-bagger, The Flash embraced an epic finale to its successful first season spanning across 23 episodes. (Spoilers Alert) The much awaited finale (Fast Enough) to the Scarlet Speedster’s saga lived up to the fans’ expectations (rated 9.8/10 on IMDB) played up with a lot of emotional content, tying up some untold character arcs and finally wrapping up with a save-the-world type of climax for our favorite superhero. With amazing scientific concepts of worm-holes and black holes woven into … Read More

Luma Pictures shares the VFX Breakdown of Thanos from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
2:00 pm PDT 25/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Californian based visual effects studio, Luma Pictures recently uploaded a near two minute video on their website, breaking down the VFX artwork behind creating Marvel’s Galactic Super villain, Thanos. Thanos voiced by Men in Black 3 actor, Josh Brolin debuted first on-screen in the end-credit cameo of Marvel’s Avengers (2012). Last year Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) showed a bit more of the Galactic King. The VFX Breakdown video shows the detailing behind creating those scenes of Thanos … Read More

Discovery Kids brings Kisna to kids through mall activations
12:30 pm PDT 25/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

In order to bring its most popular animated character Kisna closer to kids, Discovery Kids is organising a meet and greet with Kisna between 23 May to 11 June at various malls and amusement parks in Mumbai and Delhi. Discovery Kids will be recreating the stories of Anandnagri with Kisna along with his friends Radhika, Suddi, Ballu and Toto who battle the evil Raja Durjan. The story narrates Kisna’s zeal to save the village and its citizens from the atrocities … Read More

9 Story Media Group’s ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood’ travels to Disney Junior Latin America
11:30 am PDT 25/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has announced that it has licensed the second season of the award winning preschool series Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood to Disney Junior Latin America. The first season premiered on the Latin American network in 2013. The series launched in 2012 on PBS KIDS in the US and CBC in Canada.  It has also been licensed to SRC (French Canada), ABC (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), Canal+ Family (France), France Télévisions, Super RTL (Germany), YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway), SVT … Read More