Turner and Cyber Group Studios have joined forces to create a brand-new animated series, currently entitled Taffy, for Turner’s second flagship kids’ channel Boomerang across international markets. Based on an original creation from Cyber Group Studios and developed with Turner, Taffy follows the non-stop, slapstick extravaganza faced by loyal hound dog, Bentley. His life is turned on its head when Bentley’s billionaire old-lady-owner, Mrs Muchmore, takes in a raccoon called Taffy – an imposter posing as a wide-eyed, fluffy angora cat. Each instalment sees Bentley try to expose the intruder – while super-clever Taffy handily frames the dog for every one of his exploits and disastrous messes. Whether travelling from Mrs Muchmore's luxurious mansion, to a five-star cruise, to jet-setting
Netflix has announced that Guillermo Del Toro’s Trollhunters will be renewed for a second season, which will bring back the late and great Anton Yelchin as the titular Trollhunter Jim Lake Jr. The 13 new episodes will follow the continuing adventures of young hero Jim as he quests into the Troll world to face the vicious leader of the Darklands, while his team works to maintain order in the human world. Del Toro spoke with EW about season two, which is currently in production,“Well, we got very good news about how many people were watching the series, but we got confirmation that the next  episodes are a go. We’ve been working on a second season for a while now because we knew that if everything went right, we could proceed. We’re going to go ahead and now continue, rather than sta
Key European Platforms Secured in France and Italy’s Super! Televisa, Pol-ka Producciones and Federation Kids & Family announces the sale of LOVE, DIVINA to leading French broadcaster France Television. Coming on the heels of its acquisition by Super! in Italy. The agreement sees the premium daily drama series secured in two of the most important markets in Europe. Co-produced by Televisa, Pol-ka Producciones and Federation Kids & Family LOVE, DIVINA features TV and pop star Laura Esquivel. She came to fame in Patito Feo, a Televisa co-production broadcast in more than 40 countries, which became a ratings, licensing and music sensation, with an amazing 5 Platinum and 5 Gold albums. France Televisions’ Head of Acquisitions Tiphaine de Raguenel commented, “We are delighted to
Fisher-Price to Develop Comprehensive Toy Program Across Multiple Categories for the Preschool Property for Broad Retail Distribution Worldwide Genius Brands International, Inc. “Genius Brands” has signed Fisher-Price, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., as global master toy partner for the Company’s all-new original CGI-animated preschool series, Rainbow Rangers, marking the first licensing partnership as Genius Brands develops its global licensing program and content distribution strategy. Currently in development on season one and two with broadcasters to be announced shortly, Rainbow Rangers features an all-star team of acclaimed creators that includes Rob Minkoff, Director of Disney's Lion King, Shane Morris, who co-wrote Disney's Frozen, along with his partner Tim Mansfield and writer
Get ready to snuggle up in love with these beautifully romantic animated movies. They are the perfect remedy to make your day go awesome. Animated movies are not just ‘Children’s movies’ they are more than that. They are for the ‘Kidults’. By Kidults, we mean, it is for all the Adults who have a soul of Kid and of course, for all the little kids. In the world of animated movies, the genre of romance and action movies is never enough. What makes these movies brilliant is that there are plenty of quotes, songs and dialogues which would inspire you and make you fall in love with them. They provide the opportunity to enter a world where dreams come true and happily ever afters happen every day. So, just in case you’re in need of some warm fuzzies, here’s a list of some of our favorite animat
Animationsinstitut at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and their diploma project BreakingPoint, which was directed by Martin Lapp and produced by Anica Maruhn (live action) and Tobias Gerginov (live action) as well as Francesco Faranna (effects producing), won a VES Award for "Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project" at yesterday's ceremony. Only four days ago, Andreas Feix - who also won yet another VES laurel with his team from MPC Advertising for John Lewis; Buster the Boxer - claimed the Annie Award in the "Best Student Project" category with his diploma film Citipati. BreakingPoint, which already took the honors as "Best Student Project" at SIGGRAPH Asia last December, is an outstanding example of interdisciplinary team work: the short film was realized in cooperation
Andreas Feix' diploma film Citipati has scooped the Annie Award for "Best Student Project" at the 44th Annie Awards ceremony this Saturday. Feix and his Animation Effects Producer Francesco Faranna, who graduated from the Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2016, are thus able to continue a veritable success story: they were already able to take home the VES award for "Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project" one year back. Andreas Feix finds himself in good company this week, since three further Filmakademie projects - Shine, Breaking Point and the FMX 2017 trailer Elemental - are nominated at the VES Awards, which are given this Tuesday, February 7. Both the VES Awards and the Annie Awards count among the most important industry events and serve as reliabl...
Kilkenny, Ireland-Based Studio to Create 140 Jobs and develop Animated Children’s and Family Television Entertainment, for Multiplatform Global Distribution Significantly bolstering animation production in Ireland, Mercury Filmworks, one of Canada's most prolific independent animation studios, has joined forces with acclaimed Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon to create an all-new 2D-focused animation studio in Ireland, Lighthouse Studios. The joint venture, supported by Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland will create over 140 jobs in the next three years. In the coming weeks, Lighthouse Studios plans to announce development and production projects, as well as a hiring initiative encompassing production management, designers, animato
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...
The Lego Group has launched Lego Life, a free app-focused social network that gives the youngest of builders a safe online platform to bridge their physical and digital play experiences. The network aims to be the next step in the sociability and personalization of Lego, after the company witnessed millions of kids sharing their work in the “Cool Creations” section of Lego Club magazine and using Lego.com message boards to share stories and photos. Among the new platform’s features are a Lego Emoji keyboard, exclusive content, a 3D Lego minifigure avatar creator, daily building challenges, rewards and tools to help kids build their physical Lego collections. Kids can also choose to follow groups dedicated to certain animals, vehicles, heroes, specific Lego themes, seasonal programs an