Animation

Sutikki opens office in UK

Animation, Uncategorized
  After getting a 50-episode order from UK pubcaster CBeebies  for its new series Moon and Me, Bento Box Entertainment’s kids and family division Sutikki has now opened an office in UK. Led by former CPLG exec Stephen Gould, Sutikki UK intends to focus on the EMEA region this summer. Gould’s initial focus will be to grow licensing opportunities for Foundling Bird pre-school co-pro Moon and Me that will premiere on the CBeebies in early 2018. Earlier, Gould served as MD for the UK and Eire at DHX-owned CPLG where he worked on a portfolio that included Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Twirlywoos and Care Bears.   His new role sees him team up with Sutikki founders Andrew Kerr and Irene Weibel who launched the company last October as Bento Box’s
Captain Planet series to be available for digital download on April 10

Captain Planet series to be available for digital download on April 10

Animation
If you had admired The Planeteer and felt that you could be among the one who could lend your hand to save our planet, there is great news on hand. Six seasons of super-powered serials like Captain Planet and the Planeteers, The New Adventures of Captain Planet and The All New Adventures of Captain Planet  are being readied to be made available for the first time via digital download on April 10, thanks to Cartoon Network. While individual seasons will be available for $9.99 and $14.99, individual episodes can be had for $1.99 each. Fans can purchase either through major digital content shops including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, Playstation Store and Xbox Store. Captain Planet and the Planeteers centers on a team of five teens from across the globe including Kwame from Afr
Studio Eeksaurus bags two BAF awards

Studio Eeksaurus bags two BAF awards

Animation
It was a red-letter day for Studio Eeksaurus on the penultimate day (March 22) of the just concluded FICCI-FRAMES 2017. For it was on this day, the Studio bagged two awards for Tokri as the best animated short film in the National and International categories at the FICCI-BAF awards 2017. Studio Eeksaurus is a Santacrruz-based oufit owned by Suresh Eriyat. Having set up and run Famous House of Animation in partnership with Famous Studios successfully for 11 years, Eriyat chose to devote his energy into design, creative content development (for both TV & Cinema), pre-production and production of ads, short films and feature films under the new brand name of Studio Eeksaurus Productions Pvt. Ltd.  
Weinstein Company to release Leap! In US on April 21

Weinstein Company to release Leap! In US on April 21

Animation
  The Weinstein Company will be releasing French-Canadian animated co-pro Leap! in theaters across the US on April 21. Featuring a magnificent voice cast and original music from pop stars like Demi Lovato and Carly Rae Jepsen, the film is a heartfelt (and comedic) tale of two young orphans who travel to Belle Epoque Paris to pursue their dreams. Leap! features the voices of Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler, with Mel Brooks and Carly Rae Jepsen. Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon has recently been confirmed for the cast list and will be voicing three roles for the film, including Félicie’s mother. Based in Paris in 1884, the story is the tale of an orphaned girl who arrives to Paris from Brittany. Félicie Milliner (Fanning) is 11 and has no money, but one big, passi
Throwback Thursday: 10 indie comics that deserve animation adaptations

Throwback Thursday: 10 indie comics that deserve animation adaptations

Animation, Uncategorized
  It is universal that in Japan, around 90 per cent of animated shows are sourced from comic books. But, when one glances at the American scene, one can see that very small amount of animated shows or films are adapted from comic books. In the US, most comic-based cartoons aren’t adaptations of specific stories but are part of the big two publishers namely Marvel and DC. For years now, Hollywood has been turning to indie comics for movies with moderate to high success. The few examples of indie comics getting animated adaptations (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Generator Rex, etc.) still follow the familiar characters, new scenarios model that Marvel and DC shows use. Here are CBR’s 10 Indie comics that deserve animated adaptations.   Joe the Barbarian Written by Grant Morrison
This year’s Animayo Festival dedicated to women

This year’s Animayo Festival dedicated to women

Animation, Events
This year, the 12th summit, conferences and International Film Festival Animayo, that will be held on the  paradisiacal island of Gran Canaria from May 2 to 6 this year, is to be dedicated to the women folk. The organisers of the said awards have announced a programme entirely dedicated to women working in animation, visual effects and video games. The week’s activities will pay tribute to great talents of these industries, focus on work by women, and foster the growth of opportunities for and representation of women in these fields. While events across the world are increasingly spotlighting women’s contributions and challenges with special programming, Animayo has decided to go full-bore to demonstrate that work by women in the audiovisual sector is important and remarkable enough t
CAKE ties with Studio Moshi to create Gingerbread Animation

CAKE ties with Studio Moshi to create Gingerbread Animation

Animation, Studio
  London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has partnered with Australian animation producer Studio Moshi to create Gingerbread Animation; a brand new independent and creator-driven animation house based in Dublin, Ireland. Gingerbread Animation will create high quality kids animation content producing and developing its own original projects as well as offering tailored creative and production services to third parties and a key all round solution to strategic players in the market. Talking on the occasion, CAKE, CEO and creative director, Tom van Waveren said, “We are excited to combine Studio Moshi’s production expertise with our joint creative networks and experience to create an entity that will be able to manage its own slate as well as being an attractive partner to
Not To Scale launches domestic violence campaign

Not To Scale launches domestic violence campaign

Animation
International production company Not To Scale along with directors Ralph Karam, Gustavo Karam and Juan Manuel Freire and agency BBH London has launched a domestic violence campaign for British charity Refuge. All of them helped fund the short film which is set to British signer Frances’ popular single Grow. The film seeks to raise awareness of domestic violence and let young women know they are not alone. The film will enable Refuge to let young women know they’re not alone, without any media spend. The film follows the daily routine of an increasingly invisible young woman, Melanie, who is experiencing domestic violence behind closed doors and who feels that no one is there to support her, or can even see her. As the film progresses an increasingly isolated Melanie encounters a chara
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to release The Red Turtle on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on May 2

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to release The Red Turtle on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on May 2

Animation
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment  will release the often talked about feature collaboration between Oscar-winning director Michael Dudok de Wit (Father and Daughter) and the legendary Studio Ghibli The Red Turtle on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on May 2. Marking the return of Studio Ghibli, this animated fantasy film tells the story of a man shipwrecked on sea who gets stranded on a beautiful but desolate island. He learns to live in isolation seemingly tormented in his efforts to escape the island by a giant red turtle. Miraculously, soon he comes upon a young woman, also lost at sea and they make a family together. The Red Turtle is directed by Dudok de Wit, who also wrote the film with Pascale Ferran. The project was produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, Valerie Schermann
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast breaking box-office record all over

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast breaking box-office record all over

Animation
Disney’s Beauty and The Beast has been creating a furore of sorts and breaking all box office records. The film, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in leading roles, collected an estimated total of Rs 6.65 crore (nett) over its first weekend, according to reports. According to the figures released by Disney, 'Beauty And The Beast' raked in Rs 6.67 crore nett (Rs 9.26 crore gross) over the opening weekend. The fairy tale collected Rs 1.42 crore (nett) on Friday, Rs 2.45 crore (nett) on Saturday and Rs 2.80 crore (nett) on Sunday. Otherwise too, the film has created a furore wherever it has released across the globe. The live-action remake of the animated classic has delivered a summer blockbuster-size feature in the month of March, according to a report. In the US, the film topped t