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Google celebrates Lachhu Maharaj’s 74th birthday with doodle

Google celebrates Lachhu Maharaj’s 74th birthday with doodle

Animation, Latest News
To mark the 74th birth anniversary of Tabla virtuoso Lachhu Maharaj, Google celebrates with a simple doodle today. The doodle is designed by guest artist Sajid Shaikh. In a statement issued by Google, Lachhu Maharaj was best known for his inherent sense of rhythm which was best exemplified in his solo performances. Even though he played alongside nearly all the greatest tabla players of his time, his solo performance is the most remembered. Girija Devi, whom he often collaborated with, claimed that “he would play for hours without repeating himself, new gats, tukras and parans, leaving his audiences awestruck.” Born on this day in 1944 to a family of musicians, Lachhu Maharaj (born as Lakshmi Narayan Singh), was one of the most celebrated tabla players of his time. Maharaj trained unde
Director Shekhar Kapur makes short animation film on water crisis

Director Shekhar Kapur makes short animation film on water crisis

Animation, Latest News
Shekhar Kapur's Paani might not have seen the light of the day, but that hasn't dissuaded him from making a film on the water crisis. The filmmaker has joined forces with WaterAid to create a short animation ‘Brides of the Well’, adapted from a story written by Kapur himself highlighting the water scarcity issues and how it impacts on women and girls globally, read a statement. "Water is one of the world's most precious resources. But for those who live with water on tap, it can be difficult to imagine how life would be if the water wasn't so accessible," Kapur said. "That is why I wanted to tell the story of Paras and Saraswati and show how people across the world live every day without water, dictating their futures, dreams, and prospects. It is a great injustice that 1 in 9 people
Can’t keep calm! First teaser of the much awaited ‘Aladdin’ is out

Can’t keep calm! First teaser of the much awaited ‘Aladdin’ is out

Animation, Latest News
Disney finally released the first teaser trailer for the 1992 Guy Ritchie-directed remake, and it’s even more magical. In the clip, we get a glimpse of Aladdin inside the Cave of Wonder where he obtains the magic lamp. Watch the official trailer here: The trailer for Disney’s live-action Aladdin comes a day after Will Smith debuted the official poster for the movie on Instagram, which reads, “LEMME OUT!! Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE!” Get excited for the film with the trailer above, and catch Aladdin in theatres on May 24, 2019.” View this post on Instagram LEMME OUT!! 🧞 Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE! :-) #aladdin A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) on Oct 10, 2018 at 12:02pm PDT The teaser gives us a brief glimpse of Agrabah, the fictional city in wh
‘Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington lends his voice to BBC kids film ‘Zog’

‘Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington lends his voice to BBC kids film ‘Zog’

Animation
Magic Light Pictures, the multi-Oscar-nominated production company, has been providing festive family treats to BBC One for over a decade.  This Christmas it’s bringing much-loved children’s picture book ‘Zog’ to BBC One. Written in 2010 by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creators of the modern classic The Gruffalo, this heartwarming and enchanting half-hour animated special will be voiced by a stellar cast of British acting talent, featuring Sir Lenny Henry (Broadchurch) as the narrator, Tracey Ullman (Tracey Breaks the News) as Madame Dragon, Hugh Skinner (W1A) as Zog, Patsy Ferran (Jamestown) as Princess Pearl and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as Sir Gadabout. Sir Lenny Henry said:  "It's wonderful to have voiced the narrator in Zog for this Christmas.  The stor
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is all set to release in India in November

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is all set to release in India in November

Latest News, VFX
"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is all set to release in India by Warner Bros Pictures on November 16. The sequel to "Fantastic Beasts" will be released in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu by Warner Bros Pictures, read a statement to IANS. The J.K. Rowling movie is the second in the planned five movies spin-off franchise from the "Harry Potter" films. The film explores the adventures of "magizoologist" Newt Scamander, essayed by Eddie Redmayne. Dumbledore (Jude Law, as a younger version of the professor played by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter films) gives his ex-student Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) the address of a safe house in Paris. Newt is tasked with hunting down and killing Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), a tyrant with dark ma...
SLR Productions announces animated telemovie ‘Alice-Miranda Shines Bright’

SLR Productions announces animated telemovie ‘Alice-Miranda Shines Bright’

Animation
SLR Productions announced the production of an 80-minute animated drama comedy telemovie, “Alice-Miranda Shines Bright” in association with Screen Australia, Nine Network and ZDF Enterprises. The animated telemovie, targeted to the 6 to 9-year-old audience, will premiere locally on the Nine Network and will be distributed internationally by ZDF Enterprises. SLR Productions has adapted Alice-Miranda from the award-winning series of books by bestselling Australian author Jacqueline Harvey, published by Penguin Random House Australia. The 17-part book series (and counting) has been an extraordinary success with sales exceeding 850,000 copies in Australia and 1 million including key international territories such as UK, North America, Germany, Brazil, Hungary, Turkey and Indonesia. “Alic
Aquaman extended trailer: Jason Momoa enthralls audience in classic suit

Aquaman extended trailer: Jason Momoa enthralls audience in classic suit

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Fans went berserk after an extended video for Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, hit on Friday. On Thursday, director James Wan shared a poster and hinted "something" else was coming. A Son of the Land... A King of the Seas... He’s the Protector of the Deep. Something arrives tomorrow. #Aquaman pic.twitter.com/cFsiH0e2jQ — James Wan (@creepypuppet) October 4, 2018 Fans who perhaps were expecting only a short two-minute trailer were gifted with the new footage which runs over five minutes and shows basic story origin, marine action scenes and Jason in classic Aquaman suit for the first time. Watch here: As per the official synopsis, the film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime-one that will not only force
Hoho Rights hatches new preschool series ‘Chickpea & Friends’ with S4C

Hoho Rights hatches new preschool series ‘Chickpea & Friends’ with S4C

Animation
Hoho Rights announced its latest partnership with Welsh broadcast channel S4C, to co-produce and distribute new preschool series, Chickpea & Friends. Developed and written by An Vrombaut (64 Zoo Lane), Chickpea & Friends is based on animal characters from S4C’s existing popular pre-school strand Cyw. A cute and colourful animated series with a playful, informal tone and lots of silliness, its twin themes of exploration and making sense of the world inspire the adventures of Chickpea the chick and her six animal best friends who all live together in a big yellow house. They might discover an octopus, launch a sailboat or get blown around on a windy day as they explore and make sense of the world around them. Sioned Wyn Roberts, Commissioning Editor for Kids, S4C, said, “For over
Indian YouTube channel ChuChu TV’s three videos cross 1 bn views mark

Indian YouTube channel ChuChu TV’s three videos cross 1 bn views mark

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ChuChu TV, the world’s most popular YouTube channel for kids has notched up yet another record with three videos crossing the One billion views mark. The “ChuChu TV Johnny Johnny Yes Papa” video has more than 1.5 billion views, the “ChuChu TV Surprise Eggs Old McDonald” video has more than 1 billion views and the latest “ChuChu TV Phonics Song with two words” crosses the 1 billion views mark. This is the first time for a YouTube channel in the kids and family genre to have achieved this distinction and it is a first for a YouTube channel originated in India to achieve this feat across all genres. Till date, only five international music superstars (Shakira, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift) have three or more videos that have crossed the 1 billion views mark. “
Media I.M.’s Sunny Bunnies land on Milkshake! Here’s how

Media I.M.’s Sunny Bunnies land on Milkshake! Here’s how

Animation
Media I.M. Incorporated, the London-based content distribution company that specializes in premium animation and family entertainment, has licensed all three seasons of Sunny Bunnies to Channel 5’s pre-school programming block Milkshake! in yet another landmark deal for the hit Belarus animation, which is now on air in more than 160 territories. Sunny Bunnies will telecast in the UK in January and will also feature on the Milkshake! block’s related platforms and brand extensions, including the website, monthly magazine, YouTube channel and Channel 5 On Demand service, My5. Louise Bucknole, VP Programming VIMN Kids said, “We’re delighted to welcome Sunny Bunnies to Milkshake! which is the number one UK preschool destination for kids during weekday mornings.” Produced by Digital Light S