Nickelodeon has asked for a 12th season of 26 episodes for its iconic cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants, the No. 1 animated show for kids between 2 to 6 and 11. The upcoming adventures of eternal optimist SpongeBob, BFF Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward in Bikini Bottom will premiere in 2019, the show’s 20th anniversary year. The go ahead signal of the series comes on the heels of confirmation of a third SpongeBob SquarePants film coming from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, also due in 2019. The most-watched animated program with kids for more than 15 consecutive years, SpongeBob SquarePants season 11 will debut on Nick later this summer and feature the return of fan-favourite characters including Doodle Bob, Bubble Buddy, Man Ray and Cave SpongeBob of internet
Production work of DC Super Hero Girls, an all-new animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation based on characters from DC Entertainment has begun. Featuring fresh character designs and storytelling from Emmy Award–winning producer Lauren Faust, DC Super Hero Girls will debut on Cartoon Network in 2018. The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara along with their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life.But add super powers and a secret identity
DigiPen Institute of Technology has been making its mark as a key higher education institution for students looking to pursue careers in film and animation. This month, two films made by student teams of DigiPen have been selected for screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) as well as other recent film events around the world. The two animated shorts namely Adija and Arpeggio were most recently named official selections for ‘The Family Picture Show’ a SIFF-curated presentation of 12 films for the young and young at heart. The screenings will take place on May 27 at the SIFF Uptown Cinema in Seattle. Additionally, Arpeggio was selected as one of seven SIFF short films that will be available to view in Starbucks coffeehouses for the duration of the festival. Bo
Women in Animation (WIA), and its sister organization in France namely Les Femmess’ Animent (LFA), along with various corporate partners including The Walt Disney Studios and French organizations have put together the first Women in Animation World Summit. This is set to take place next month at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France. “Our big focus for this year is on recognizing and understanding unconscious bias, an achievement which will help everyone work together towards WIA’s goal of bringing equity to creative leadership in our industry by 2025,” said WIA co-president Marge Dean. “Annecy has always been a place of debate and exchange,” said Mickael Marin, the head of Annecy’s business market MIFA, “and we are proud to support and welcome such great dialogue d
Following the success of The Angry Birds Movie, which reaped nearly $350 million in worldwide box office and launched a global movie brand, Columbia Pictures in association with Rovio Entertainment Ltd. have once again joined forces to make the Angry Birds Movie 2. The Angry Birds Movie 2 will be directed by Thurop Van Orman. Incidentally, Orman recently worked at Disney and Sony Pictures Animation. The film will be co-directed by John Rice who served as lead storyboard artist of The Angry Birds Movie and also directed the popular Angry Birds Hatchlings shorts. The talented team at Sony Pictures Imageworks will once again be handling the animation for the film which will be with the collaboration of Sony Pictures Animation. Also returning from The Angry Birds Movie will be production...
Education & entertainment group Aadarsh Pvt. Ltd has launched their e-books on 258 digital platforms. With the growing popularity of its fictional character Purple Turtle, the massive launch has brought in the value added e-books to a larger audience through the various platforms. Expressing his gladness, Manish Rajoria, Director, Aadarsh said, “Purple Turtle is a gender-neutral IP that delights a child’s mind. This deal permits us to expand Purple Turtle’s increasing popularity even further. Purple is always surrounded by his friends. These friends come together and educate children with value based stories that are fun and easy to read. Purple Turtle’s series of stories are informative and contain action and adventure with a touch of humour. Purple Turtle is India’s 1st
Production house UYoung has announced that its animated pre-school comedy series P.King Ducking has been approved for a second batch of 52 x 11 minute episodes. This marks the coming of the show’s second season. The new episodes are slated for a fall 2018 debut in China to be followed by a global roll out. P.King Ducking is created by Emmy-winning TV producer Josh Selig in collaboration with UYoung’s GM James Chen Gu. The show focuses on the adventures of the eponymous duckling who ventures out of the rural hometown of Hilly Hole with friends Chumpkins and Wombat in tow – in order to with explore the world and experience new things, often hilarious results. Beside the new season, UYoung has also signed two new licensing agents namely Biplano, that will represent the brand in Southern
Well-known auction house Bonhams along with Turner Classic Movies is going to present ‘An Important Animation Art Collection, The Property of a Gentleman from June 2 to 5. This will feature more than 290 Disney animation drawings, storyboards, posters, concept artworks and cels. Collected over a quarter of a century, the collection encompasses 60-plus years of Disney history from early 1930s shorts, comic strips and the 1980s feature animation revival. The collection previewed at Bonhams Los Angeles and will go on display at Bonhams New York. Highlights include: The Mail Pilot (short, 1933) animation drawing in graphite and colored pencil on paper, matted and framed. Estimate: $1,000-1,500 The Brave Little Tailor (short, 1938) cel of Mickey Mouse in gouache, multi-cel set-up, applie
Come Sunday the 28th of May, there is a treat lined up for VR enthusiasts. ElseVR-a one of its kind reality quarterly magazine has arranged for the screening of four documentaries-all in VR. The short films of eighth minute duration each will be available to viewers via four headsets. Cover topics include cow vigilantes to the fight for women’s entry at Trimbakeshwar temple, coal mines threatening indigenous population in central India and what wrestling champion Mahavir Singh Phogat had to endure. Earlier, ElseVR had erected special booths at Metro stations in New York. Similar activity is being planned for the UK. While Sunday Shorts and Screenings usually stick to traditional short film and full-length feature films, the ElseVR promise to be a different experience is a must for one
Netflix, the SVOD giant has given its go ahead signal to The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 10-episode prequel series of The Jim Henson Company’s 1982 feature film The Dark Crystal. The new series revolves around three Gelfing (elf-like creatures) that discover a secret behind the evil overlord’s power and set out on a journey to save the world. The series will be shot in the UK and will star an ensemble of fantastical puppets created by Jim Henson‘s Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer. Produced by The Jim Henson Company, the Netflix original will be executively produced by Louis Leterrier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Leterrier will also direct the series. Meanwhile, McFarlane Toys is also joining the brand’s 35th anniversary celebration.