With the news of SRK’s Circus back on Doordarshan (DD), we think DD is on a major nostalgia spree. DD and its iconic shows are always our favorite. With the Indian TV Industry growing, we still love DD for its awesome old shows which are truly treasure trove. According to new agency reports, DD is also planning to bring back some shows on the channel due to the tremendous amount of requests for the programmes which are still fresh in the minds of people. Here we list out 5 awesome DD shows that will definitely make you smile while we take you down the memory lane: Malgudi Days Based on RK Narayan’s popular novel, it followed the lives of the ordinary folk living in the fictitious town of Malgudi. The town of Malgudi felt so real that people actually went in search of this place
Putting together Chinese heritage with British humour, China’s Magic Mall, Beijing and Cardiff-based Cloth Cat are making their new 52 x 11-minute series Luo Bao Bei in an animated preschool series. The upcoming series is based on a little girl character created by Magic Mall general manager Grace Tian in 2008. Since then, LBB, as she’s known, has become popular as a Beijing city spokesperson and road safety icon involved in community outreach programs. Currently under production, Luo Bao Bei is set to make its Mandarin debut in China this spring before rolling out internationally in English. Cloth Cat happened to get in touch with Magic Mall owner DaYe TransMedia in spring last year. It was then when producer Alex Chien was looking for UK talent to hir
Bringing together characters from four of creator Butch Hartman’s popular animated shows for the first time, Nickelodeon has launched The Fairly Odd Phantom, an original digital short. The short follows a ghost-capturing experiment gone wrong for Danny Phantom and his friends, after Dudley Puppy interferes in their lab and accidentally teleports Wanda, Cosmo, Timmy and Bunsen into their world. Currently available across Nick.com, Facebook and the net’s YouTube page, The Fairly Odd Phantom ensemble cast includes Danny Phantom, Wanda, Cosmo and Timmy from The Fairly Odd Parents, Dudley Puppy and Kitty Katswell from T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Bunsen from Hartman’s newly launched series Bunsen is a Beast. To support the project, voice cast members of Danny
Toei Animation Inc. and Funimation Entertainment have come out with multiple licensing partners in a variety of apparel categories for the new Dragon Ball Super and original Dragon Ball Z anime series. The new licensing agreements include: Bioworld, the leading merchandiser of licensed apparel and accessories in the pop culture space, has designed new themed collections based on Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball Z. Items will range from t-shirts, fashion cut and sew tops, bottoms, skirts, dresses and leggings to sweaters, hoodies, vests, jackets to joggers, athleisure and novelty apparel. J Corp, the Canadian-based supplier of fashionable apparel and accessories will launch a collection of Dragon Ball Z themed apparel. Apparel items include men’
Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Awesomeness TV, Brian Robbins has decided to leave the company that he has been helming for the last five years, it is learnt. Airing his decision, Robbins sent a note to the staff of his outfit stating, "the time is right for me to pass the baton and seek new challenges." The move of Robbins comes nearly six months after Comcast's NBC Universal completed its $3.8 billion acquisition of Awesomeness’ parent company DreamWorks Animation. In his memo to the staff Robbins noted that Awesomeness president Brett Bouttier will assume leadership of the company and will look for a creative partner to help him run the business. However, Robbins will stay with the company through the transition. A longtime producer known for Smallville an
Toronto-based Cuppa Coffee Studios has inked a development deal with UK’s Polybank Designs for Pets Rock, a new animated series based on Polybank’s US$60-million licensing brand that interlocks animal imagery with pop culture. Following on the footsteps of other popular animated canine-themed series like Taffy , Dog Loves Books and Rocket Dog, the makers of the series hope to capitalise on a new study showing that kids love their pets more than their siblings. The concept will be unveiled before MIPCOM, which takes place in mid-October.
In its zest to adapt Harold Lloyd’s films into a series of animated features, Cinesite Studios will tie up with the Harold Lloyd Estate and Comic Animations. One of the most influential and successful filmmakers of early cinema, Lloyd was a comedian par excellence. As an actor, comedian, stuntman, writer, director and producer, the noted comedian made nearly 200 films between 1914 and 1947. He was a pioneer in the use of thrill sequences, daredevil physical feats, innovative camera angles, coloured films and 3D photography. All these accomplishments along with the universal appeal of his stories has made Harold Lloyd and his antics a natural for animation. Dave Rosenbaum, Cinesite’s Chief Creative Officer, Eamonn Butler, Cinesite’s Executive Animation Director
Canadian Animation studio Squeeze has shopped its shortform animated series Cracké to Viacom18 in India, which will put it out on the local Nickelodeon channel and the Voot streaming service. The deal brings the show’s reach to 185 countries, and follows a recent launch in EMEA. Nina Elavia Jaipuria, head of kids entertainment at Viacom18, said: “Kids in India love comedy and Cracké, with its short duration format, unique animation style and adorable characterisation, is sure to provide them with an immersive experience.” Denis Doré, Squeeze’s president and co-founder added: “It’s very rewarding to realise that Cracké will make kids laugh around the world on a renowned and leading TV network such as Nickelodeon.” The 52 x one-minute show follows an anxious ostrich dad and his eight r
Mattel Creations’ new series Monster High: The Adventures of The Ghoul Squad is slated to become available exclusively on YouTube and YouTube Kids. The Adventures of The Ghoul Squad looks on as Draculaura, Frankie, Clawdeen and their friends travel to exotic locations, solve mysteries and rescue lost monsters. The 10×11-minute production marks the first full episodic series from Mattel Creations that will debut exclusively on YouTube and YouTube Kids. The show, which premieres later this year, will be offered in English, French, German, LatAm Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian. A 44-minute Monster High special is also being developed to complement the series and will be available to broadcasters and SVOD platforms. Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Mattel’s chief content officer, said
The '90s were a Golden Age for cartoons. Both Cartoon Network and Disney Channel were filled with countless hours of quality television. However, what made the '90s such a great time for TV was the iconic female characters who became our heroes eventually. Whether you were into cartoons or hospital dramas, television series in the 90s, they carried a slew of diverse feminist characters to look up. This Thursday we list few of our favorite female characters who will always remain our heroes. Powerpuff Girls Powerpuff Girls became synonymous with girl power. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercups -proved that girls were equals in the crime-fighting world, and that it takes all types to make up a female power trio. They showed how individuality should be respected and working together for a...