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Google’s Toontastic 3D App Teaches Kids Basics of Animation

Google’s Toontastic 3D App Teaches Kids Basics of Animation

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Google released Toontastic 3D, an app that teaches kids how to create animated storybooks using their device’s camera and microphone. Aimed at six- to 12-year-olds, Toontastic 3D lets kids make their own animations (including shorts and classics) based on pre-set options. Users are able to pick settings and characters—from pirates to aliens, to images of themselves. They can perform tasks like shooting off canons or opening trap doors in order to create storylines. They can also select a mood, which changes the look and adds music. Finally, they can add their own narration to the story. The original Toontastic, released in 2D animation in 2011, was created by Launchpad Toys, which was acquired by Google in 2015. “With Toontastic 3D, kids can draw, animate, and narrate their own advent
Nick lines up new animated series ‘Nella the Princess Knight’

Nick lines up new animated series ‘Nella the Princess Knight’

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Nickelodeon has lined up the all-new animated preschool series Nella the Princess Knight, about an unconventional royal. Nella the Princess Knight will premiere on Monday, February 6, at 10 a.m. Following its U.S. launch, Nella the Princess Knight will debut internationally in spring 2017. The show tells the story of 8-year-old Nella, who is compassionate and graceful like a princess, and courageous and determined like a knight. Whenever a problem arises, she sets out on daring quests to save her kingdom, transforming into Nella the Princess Knight. The 40×30-minute series aims to teach preschoolers self-confidence, inclusiveness and compassion for others. Leading up to the premiere of Nella the Princess Knight, exclusive content will be featured on the Nick Jr. website and app. The ex
Hasbro introduces Animated Digital Series ‘Hanazuki’

Hasbro introduces Animated Digital Series ‘Hanazuki’

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Hasbro Studios has unveiled its first animated digital series and story-driven lifestyle brand, Hanazuki. Dubbed a ‘franchise brand in the making’ the series, Hanazuki Full of Treasures, lands on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app today, January 12, with toy and apparel lines to follow. The series follows the adventures of Hanazuki, a moonflower who finds herself at the centre of a galaxy filled with adventure and new friends. Inspired by character creations originating in Amsterdam, the Hanazuki brand is being brought to life through a rich and immersive storyline focused on the power of embracing emotions, no matter what your mood. “We couldn’t be happier that our beloved Hanazuki inspired Hasbro to further develop the colourful cast of characters and create such a unique and dynamic
Ben 10 Gets Up To Speed with New Mobile Game

Ben 10 Gets Up To Speed with New Mobile Game

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New Mobile Game Tells the Origin Story of Kids’ Favorite 10-Year-Old Hero Following the successful global re-launch of the beloved franchise Ben 10, Cartoon Network now introduces Ben to a new generation of fans with the new mobile game, Ben 10: Up to Speed. The runner launches worldwide on January 12 on iOS, Google Play and Amazon for US$2.99. Up to Speed follows Ben Tennyson as he goes on the best summer vacation ever with his Grandpa Max and cousin Gwen. He discovers an alien artifact called the Omnitrix that allows him to transform into powerful alien heroes. Playing as Ben and his various alien alter-egos, gamers will save the world by stopping evildoers, from giant robots to menacing magic users. The game will launch with a selection of five alien forms and 60 levels, with new a
Amazon Prime and Xilam Animation Sign Content Deal

Amazon Prime and Xilam Animation Sign Content Deal

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Amazon and Xilam Animation announce a multi-year content deal that makes Amazon Prime Video India the exclusive SVOD home of four existing and three upcoming seasons of the French studio’s popular toons Oggy & the Cockroaches and Zig & Sharko. Prime members in India now also have access to Xilam’s library of top-rated titles like Floopaloo Where Are You, A Kind of Magic, If I Were an Animal, Paprika and The Daltons. “Amazon Prime Video India is delighted to partner with Xilam Animation, creators of the world‐famous animated series Oggy & the Cockroaches that continues to entertain kids for nearly 20 years,” said Nitesh Kripalani, Director and Country Head, Amazon Video India. “This is an important milestone in the journey to offering the best kids’ entertainment to our Prim
The 10 Most Awaited Animated Movies Of 2017

The 10 Most Awaited Animated Movies Of 2017

Animation, Headlines
2016 was a remarkable year when it comes to animated movies with Moana, Sausage Party and many such movies (Be it good or bad). Disney was the biggest contributor to the record-breaking year, taking in over $7 billion at the worldwide box office thanks to titles like "Captain America: Civil War," "Finding Dory," and "Zootopia," which all earned over $1 billion in worldwide earnings. Five of the top10 worldwide box office earners of 2016 are Disney Titles. With 2016 being good to us, we have pretty good expectations from 2017. We hope the world of animation and the storytellers weave us the best magical movie experience with the change of thought to our minds. So, here are the top 10 much awaited animated movies of 2017: The Baby Boss Release Date: March 31st, 2017 This comed
Disney Opens First-Ever Marvel-Themed Ride ‘Iron Man Experience’

Disney Opens First-Ever Marvel-Themed Ride ‘Iron Man Experience’

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in conjunction with the Hong Kong Government, has opened the first-ever Marvel-themed ride, titled Iron Man Experience, at Hong Kong Disneyland. The new attraction will allow guests to enter the Iron Wing flight vehicle and join Iron Man in a battle against Hydra across the city of Hong Kong. Riders will make their way to the Hong Kong Stark Tower powered by the arc reactor and fly alongside Iron Man through the streets that resemble those in West Kowloon and downtown. Other Hong Kong landmarks, such as the Tsing Ma Bridge and the Victoria Harbour, will also be featured in the ride. Iron Man Experience is also the first Disney attraction to feature the city of Hong Kong as its story setting. "We are always pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovat
Sanrio introduces new character ‘Aggretsuko’

Sanrio introduces new character ‘Aggretsuko’

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Sanrio has introduced a character which is not all so good and cuddly like Hellokitty but is disgruntled Sanrio has hit the target market as adult base with the introduction of the new character Aggretsuko. She is cute, angry and a single scorpion woman who loves heavy metal. She is Aggretsuko, who is grown up adult and goes to work at a trading company who wakes up every morning and embarks on a hellish commute to her generic, soul-sucking high-rise office, where her dickhead boss tries to pass all kinds of extra work off on her and her annoying coworkers bother her while she’s trying to get shit done. So she copes in the same way untold scores of modern women do: By getting drunk and screaming out aggro heavy-metal songs at karaoke night. So far, all Sanrio has rolled out in the way
Beauty and the Beast new poster and trailer revealed

Beauty and the Beast new poster and trailer revealed

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The new clips sees Emma Watson singing and meeting the beast, the new trailer was revealed at Golden Globe Awards Disney aired a special sneak peek of the live-action Beauty and the Beast during the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday. The film, directed by Bill Condon, brings the classic fairy tale classic to life with Emma Watson as Belle, a young woman whose love for a monstrous beast (Dan Stevens) could break a curse placed upon a castle. Watson sings “Belle (Reprise)” in the below clip, which features a glimpse of her character meeting the titular Beast for the first time. Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17.
Netflix’s Trollhunters gets a Stranger Things themed Trailer

Netflix’s Trollhunters gets a Stranger Things themed Trailer

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Trollhunters may have premiered just a couple weeks ago, but it didn’t take long for Netflix to give it the Stranger Things treatment. Footage from the new Guillermo del Toro animated series, as seen in the video, has been edited together and set to the already iconic theme song from the streaming service’s summer hit. For fans eagerly awaiting the second season of Stranger Things, the mash-up is a fun introduction to the new show, which has a lot in common with the Golden Globe-nominated drama — including a single mother concerned for her son, a lot of biking, and a whole host of creatures. Trollhunters follows the adventures of Jim (voiced by the late Anton Yelchin), a teenage boy who finds a magical amulet and becomes the first human troll hunter. Together with the help of his best