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Beauty and the Beast crosses $500 million mark

Beauty and the Beast crosses $500 million mark

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has just crossed $500 million at the domestic box office after Saturday earnings were taken into account. This makes it the eighth movie ever to do so. The film has been a box office favourite and one of the few bright spots of this year since it released on March 17 and went on record a $174.8 million opening weekend. Overseas, the film has been a hit as well, earning over $732 million. Its worldwide total shows that it has made over $1.2 billion. Beauty and the Beast is currently the tenth highest grossing movie of all time behind Frozen. Directed by Bill Condon, the film stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. The supporting cast includes Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKell
Amid Communist party crackdown, foreign children’s picture books feel the heat in China

Amid Communist party crackdown, foreign children’s picture books feel the heat in China

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Amid reports of a Communist party crackdown on children’s literature, Winnie-the-Pooh, Peppa Pig, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and even James and his Giant Peach are feeling the heat in China. With about 220 million under-14s and a rapidly growing middle class, China is home to a potentially massive market for children’s picture books. More than 40,000 children’s books were reportedly published here last year alone. But with an aggressive Communist party campaign against supposedly hostile western ideas currently underway, foreign storybooks appear to have found themselves in a big soup. According to a Chinese newspaper, Chinese publishers have received orders that the number of foreign picture books being printed in China must be brought down. Storybooks from South Korea and Ja
Throwback Thursday – 5 Doordarshan TV Shows That Will Make 90s Kids Nostalgic

Throwback Thursday – 5 Doordarshan TV Shows That Will Make 90s Kids Nostalgic

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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
Throwback Thursday – 5 Not-so-known Disney Animated Movies You Should Watch

Throwback Thursday – 5 Not-so-known Disney Animated Movies You Should Watch

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Walt Disney has always been the King of classic animated movies with their absolutely beautiful films. Some of the animated movies deserve to be known more and we tell you about the not-so-known movies you should watch. Disney has produced over 50 animated films and we sure do expect much more entertaining animated movies from them each time. They have been as innovative and important as they have been cherished by children all over the world. Movies like Frozen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast are the commonly known and seen movies of Disney. There are few Disney Movies which are not so common to hear about or have been watched before. This week we tell about 5 Disney animated movies which you may have not seen but you certainly should. The Fox and th...
Is the art of storyboarding being lost in animation?

Is the art of storyboarding being lost in animation?

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Many thought demand for animation art had petered out after a boom in the 1980s. But new generations of animators have stepped in. The animators still believe storyboarding is the best way to share your vision and thereby animate objects. Desirable periods run the gamut from the 1920s, when animation shorts began, to the late 1990s, when studios producing animated films switched from hand-painted to digital images. Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar Animation Studios, responsible for such hits as “Toy Story,” was an early practitioner of digital animation. Walt Disney animator Webb Smith first used storyboarding during the early 1930s. Smith used the idea of drawing scenes of the Disney short “The Three Little Pigs” on separate sheets of paper and pinning them up on a bulletin board to tell the s
IMG Worlds plans for Theme Park IMG World of Legends in Dubai

IMG Worlds plans for Theme Park IMG World of Legends in Dubai

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Theme park owner and operator, IMG Worlds, is bolstering its offering with the opening of its latest project, IMG Worlds of Legends. Boasting nine unique zones across two million square feet, IMG Worlds of Legends will feature a range of global brands. Attractions will include characters from the likes of Mattel, including Barbie, Hot Wheels and Bob the Builder, while Nickelodeon will offer Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob SquarePants. In addition, Cartoon Network will offer We Bare Bears and Ubisoft will include brands such as Just Dance and Assassin’s Creed. The park will also feature futuristic rollercoasters, water-based attractions, live entertainment and rides for guests to enjoy. Lennard Otto, CEO of IMG Worlds, “IMG Worlds continues to attract truly international b
Throwback Thursday – 5 shows from 90s Cartoon Network which we still love

Throwback Thursday – 5 shows from 90s Cartoon Network which we still love

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We never stop loving cartoon shows, from childhood days to adulthood we enjoy watching them. We still binge watch cartoon shows from the past just to make us feel at home and bring some fun and joyful memories. Today, we have cartoon shows in abundance and most of them are reboots from the past. Most of cartoon shows we watched as kids brought positive messages and learning. They had simple yet amazing storylines. We all could relate to the characters. Although, In India Doordarshan was the first channel to bring cartoon shows, we always remember cartoon network for making us fall in love with awesome series. Well, today we take you down the memory lane with 5 cartoon shows of Cartoon Network which we still love: Scooby-Doo, where are you! This show was the first incarnation of t...
Super Mario headed to Universal Theme Parks

Super Mario headed to Universal Theme Parks

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Universal Parks and Resorts and Nintendo are joining hands to add life to the Super Mario and other video game characters to theme park and company resort. The Nintendo-themed areas will launch at Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, and each interactive environment will include multiple attractions, shops and restaurants. Nintendo has a full stable of characters it can pull from, such as the elflike warrior Link. Details on what other characters might be used will be announced at a later date, it said. The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions. Their goal is to bring the characters, action and adventure of Ni
Thanksgiving Thursday – 5 Best Animated Thanksgiving Specials You Should Watch

Thanksgiving Thursday – 5 Best Animated Thanksgiving Specials You Should Watch

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Today is Thanksgiving Thursday, although it is not celebrated in India, the excitement is all over the world. And we cannot deny that we do not know what Thanksgiving is, after all, we need to thank TV shows and animated shows from the West that always have a special thanksgiving episode. Thanksgiving is the day which marks the beginning of the holidays in the U.S. It is celebrated on the last Thursday of November in the US. In other parts of the European nation and Canada, it is celebrated on a different date. Thanksgiving weekend is one of the biggest weekends of the year and when it comes to celebrations it is friends, family and a slew of television specials. This week we tell you about 5 best animated thanksgiving specials you ought to watch: Garfield and Friends – Garfield’s
Throwback Thursday – The Journey Of Mickey Mouse

Throwback Thursday – The Journey Of Mickey Mouse

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Tomorrow Mickey Mouse turns 88-years-old, and to cherish and celebrate his life we take a flashback of his journey so far. Mickey Mouse is undoubtedly the most popular and loved animated character of all. He has evolved through the years from The Steamboat Willie to what we see him today on our screen. He is also one of the figures which are instantly recognized by all even surpassing Santa Claus. With this little character, Walt Disney created a cult figure which continues to entertain children, even today. Mickey Mouse first appeared on the screen in the short film Steamboat Willie (1928), the first animation to feature synchronizes music and sound effects. It premiered on November 18, 1928 and proved to be an instant hit. Mickey went on to appear in over 130 short films. In honor