Tuesday, December 12

Animation

Rovio launches Angry Birds Blast

Rovio launches Angry Birds Blast

Animation, Gaming
Rovio announced the release of Angry Birds Blast on iOS and Android. Developed in collaboration with MYBO, the puzzle game challenges users to save the Angry Birds, who have been trapped inside balloons. Each level in Angry Birds Blast challenges users to complete a different objective before running out of moves. For instance, one level may ask users to pop a required number of balloons of a specific color, while another stage may ask players to remove pigs from the board by popping balloons next to them. There are more than 270 levels available at launch, and more will be added going forward. Angry Birds Blast is also one of the most approachable games in the franchise, playable offline and conveniently downloadable anywhere at a svelte 80 MB. Connect the game to Facebook and find yo
Walt Disney India To Restructure Its Operation

Walt Disney India To Restructure Its Operation

Animation
World's largest media and entertainment conglomerate, The Walt Disney Company, is set to restructure its India operations under new managing director Mahesh Samat, who rejoined the company on October 25, 2016 after a gap of four years. Under Samat, the company has been working towards the new lean structure, more aligned to the international organisational set-up. Disney India will now focus on its core strengths - Hollywood films and consumer products business. The Hindi film production business has been suspended after suffering major losses. Already, two top level executivesfrom the India leadership team, Nikhil Gandhi (head of revenue - media networks) and Sameer Ganapathy (head of interactive) have put in their papers. Also, according to multiple sources in the company, Disney Ind...
Discovery Kids announces new series of ‘Sheikh Chilli and Friendz’

Discovery Kids announces new series of ‘Sheikh Chilli and Friendz’

Animation, Channels
Sheikh Chilli and Friendz second season to premiere early in 2017 Going strong on its go-local drive, Discovery Kids has announced the second season of Sheikh Chilli and Friendz. Slated to premiere early 2017, the channel is committed to bring refreshingly new, clutter-breaking and heart-warming entertainment to millions of its fans across India. “Sheikh Chilli and Friendz will be one of the most endearing series on Indian television. Each character has been crafted to offer unmatched entertainment and will reset the narrative of kids’ content. Nothing stimulates mind more than an overwhelming emotion of humour and this series will offer it in abundance," said Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific vice president - entertainment products – South Asia Rajiv Bakshi. The show revolves around th
Disney to create Mini-TV series for Snapchat

Disney to create Mini-TV series for Snapchat

Animation, Channels, Headlines, Latest News
The Walt Disney Company’s U.S. television arm will create shows for Snap Inc’s Snapchat, Disney announced on Wednesday, in Snapchat's latest deal with a major U.S. media company. Financial terms were not disclosed. Snap, which is preparing for next year's initial public offering, has signed a variety of advertising and content agreements this year with Viacom, Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Time Warner Inc’s Turner Broadcasting System Inc. Media companies such as Disney partner with Snapchat in an effort to reach the type of younger viewers the social media company targets, which increasingly eschew traditional television. The two had previously worked together for a special Live Stories, a Snapchat feature that curates user-submitted photos and videos tied to a specific event, around ABC
Check out the latest Emoji Movie Tease trailer!

Check out the latest Emoji Movie Tease trailer!

Animation
Sony Pictures Animation has revealed The Emoji Movie teaser trailer, which you can check out through twitter.   Discover the secret ? inside your?. Only on your ?. Watch the new #EmojiMovie ?? teaser trailer now! (best viewed on your phone) pic.twitter.com/8C062Br969 — The Emoji Movie (@EmojiMovie) December 20, 2016 For the first 24 hours, the trailer will be optimized for mobile users and best viewed on the phone. An extended version of the trailer will play in theaters nationwide this Wednesday. The teaser trailer features the vocal performance of Steven Wright, who joins the cast as Mel Meh, the father of T. J. Miller’s character, Gene. Formerly titled “Emojimovie: Express Yourself,” the animated comedy also stars Emmy and Tony award winner James Corden (Into the Woods) and
Walt Disney Breaks Records By Reaching $7 Billion At The Global Box Office

Walt Disney Breaks Records By Reaching $7 Billion At The Global Box Office

Animation
Disney has become the first film studio to take $7bn (£5.7bn) in global ticket sales in a year, after Star Wars spin-off Rogue One became its latest hit in 2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which tells the story of the mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, took almost $300m (£323m) globally on its opening weekend. The film’s performance has propelled the studio past the $6.9bn record set by Universal last year, when Jurassic World and Furious 7 dominated the box office. With almost two weeks of the year left, the momentum generated by the most famous sci-fi franchise in the world and the popularity of the studio’s animated film Moana is likely to push Disney’s overall takings closer to $8bn. Disney has released the four top-grossing films of the year so far with Captain Amer
PBS Kids to premieres TV movie ‘Splash and Bubbles’

PBS Kids to premieres TV movie ‘Splash and Bubbles’

Animation, Channels
PBS Kids invites youngsters and their family as it premieres the first television movie event for its pre-school property Splash and Bubbles, from the Jim Henson Company. “One Big Ocean” will launch in tandem with the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream announced in February on Monday, January 16, and air across all its platforms. The one-hour special will teach kids about marine life and explore how small gestures can make big ripples across a larger community as the Reeftown friends learn that we are all part of one big ocean. “One Big Ocean” will also repeat throughout the month on PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS 24/7, as well as being available for free through pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App for mobile and OTT. Splash and Bubbles also gets a new sand-art design game on pbskids.org
Cartoon Network partners with Mumbai Juniorthon

Cartoon Network partners with Mumbai Juniorthon

Animation, Events
The second edition of Mumbai Juniorthon aimed to encourage kids of Mumbai to have outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle. Cartoon Network partnered with the Mumbai Juniorthon  to encourage kids of Mumbai to run towards a healthier future and enabled the Cartoon Network brand to reach out to over 3000 children and more than 10,000 parents. The marathon was held on December 04th, 2016. Excitement, enthusiasm and fun was what made up this event a memorable one, while supporting a good cause. Joining the kids on Sunday were our toons – Ben10 and Kris from Roll No. 21, who flagged off the marathon with celebrity mom and popular TV host, Tara Sharma, much to the delight of the participants. A special Ben10 themed stall with a photo-booth and ‘Score a Goal’ game was specially created in
DisneyXD reveals Voice Cast of all new DuckTales

DisneyXD reveals Voice Cast of all new DuckTales

Animation
When Disney XD finally takes us back to Duckburg with the summer 2017 premiere of the all-new DuckTales, the voices behind the beloved characters are going to sound awfully familiar! The cable net just announced the voice cast for the new series, and the list reads like a who's who of some of our favorite TV stars. Stepping into the roles of Huey, Dewey, and Louie are comedy faves Danny Pudi (Community), Ben Schwartz (Parks & Recreation) and Bobby Moynihan (SNL), respectively. And, for the voice of their wealthy granduncle Scrooge McDuck, it's none other than Doctor Who himself, David Tennant. Other Duckburg denizens will appear in the series, including Disney’s Ur-water fowl Donald Duck, Duckworth, Gizmoduck, and villain fixtures Magica De Spell and the Beagle Boys. The series is
UN drops Wonder Woman as the Ambassador for Women Empowerment

UN drops Wonder Woman as the Ambassador for Women Empowerment

Animation, Headlines, Latest News
The UN has dropped the superhero Wonder Woman as an ambassador for empowering girls and women after a brief stint that drew widespread criticism. The DC Comics cartoon character was appointed Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls on her 75th birthday in October. Wonder Woman has long been considered a feminist icon (her creator, psychologist William Moulton Marston, was reportedly inspired by the suffrage movement) and she was expected to be the face of a year-long social media campaign promoting gender equality. Wonder Woman’s appointment, the protests, and her recent exit have all contributed to an ongoing conversation about the involvement of fictional characters in real-world issues. To be sure, the UN and others have effectively used fictional characters to ra