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
Jazwares, LLC has announced a groundbreaking new partnership with USP Studios, one of the world's foremost creators of online animated content for kids. Through this strategic partnership, Jazwares has obtained the licensing rights for USP Studios original properties that air exclusively on YouTube. In addition, JazWings®, the innovative idea incubation arm of Jazwares, and USP Studios will develop animated content based on exciting new brands in the JazWings incubation program to air on YouTube. With billions of views and growing, animated shows by USP Studios are known by kids and parents worldwide. Jazwares and USP Studios, recognizing the way in which kids consume content, believe that products based on YouTube brands will play an increasingly large role in the toy industry in the
Nickelodeon’s spankin’ new, original animated series Bunsen Is a Beast will debut on Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT! Created and executive produced by Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy), the monstrous misadventures will air at 5:30 through Feb. 24, and continue to premiere new episodes Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Bunsen Is a Beast is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, which officially opened the doors on its newly expanded building — a 200k-plus square-foot, state-of-the-art, sustainable complex — on January 11. The Bunsen is a Beast voice cast includes: Jeremy Rowley (iCarly) as Bunsen, the first beast ever to attend a middle school for human kids; Ben Giroux (Henry Danger) as Mikey, a sweet and quirky kid and Bunsen’s best fri
PAW Patrol’s live stage tour is making way for the UK and Ireland, following strong TV ratings for the Spin Master-produced series in those regions. Produced by Nickelodeon, VStar Entertainment Group and Life Like Touring, PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue will launch in Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin in September, before rolling out in England and Wales later in the year. Ryder and his team of pups will be the stars of the live show, which also features puppetry, music, dance and a story. It also includes interactive video elements that allow young members of the audience to participate in the show. PAW Patrol currently airs on Channel 5′s Milkshake!, and is the Viacom-owned net’s top preschool property. The announcement comes on the heels of PAW Patrol receiving a number of nods at
Sambro International has been named the plush toy, bags and arts and crafts partner for the iconic pre-school property, Sesame Street. The firm will deliver the range of Sesame Workshop licensed items across the UK, Benelux, Iberia, the Nordic countries and CEE. Sambro will focus on creating a variety of branded products to build a strong presence with major retailers working closely with Sesame’s UK licensing agency CPLG’s local network of offices. “We are pleased to be working with Sambro to offer children and their families a new collection of Sesame Street products that will help spark imaginative play, creativity and learning,” said Risa Greenbaum, assistant vice president, international licensing, Sesame Workshop. Nikki Samuels, licensing director at Sambro, added: “Sesame Stre
Samurai Jack’s fifth season will premiere on Adult Swim on March 11, the network confirmed. During a promotional bump for Adult Swim, a fan asked what was going on with the show. In response, the network responded with the date and air time — March 11 at 11:30 p.m. ET. Samurai Jack originally ran for four seasons on Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2004, and chronicled the tale of a time-displaced samurai prince’s battle against demonic, shape-shifting warlord Aku. Unfortunately, the series ended without providing fans with closure — and with Jack still stuck in the future. The new episodes will focus on the character’s final journey, serving as an official conclusion to the series. Creator Genndy Tartakovsky is once again working on the series, along with Jack’s original voice actor, Ph
Among the highlights of Mondo TV at Kidscreen Summit Miami 2017 are four major new series. In the preschool animated show Yoohoo & Friends 3D (2017: 52’ x 11) a group of animal friends who inhabit the magical island of Yootopia help endangered animals in their home and on Earth. The show has a massive appeal both as a TV series and as a licensed property, not least because awareness is sky-high: more than 80 million YooHoo & Friends plush toys have been sold since the worldwide launch of the line by Aurora World in 2007, driving enormous interest in the forthcoming animated version. Heidi, Bienvenida a Casa (2017: 60 x 45’), a co-proction with Alianzas Producciones, is a modern adaptation of the famous story of Heidi. Based on an original idea by Argentinian writer Marcela Ci