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Google’s annual I/O developers conference gets underway

Google’s annual I/O developers conference gets underway

VFX
With a four-and-a-half-minute animated short film The Story of An Idea by director FX Goby of Nexus Studios, Google’s hotly anticipated annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco got underway. Premiering across three screens to a 7,000 strong audience, the short film was live-streamed to millions of viewers around the globe. The animation film by FX follows the story of Aye protecting and nurturing Idea until it evolves into something stellar. In order to relate the story, FX teamed up with creative studio Mighty Nice and reflected the evolution of animation itself. The film builds from hand-drawn 2D black-and white-animation to a full CG VFX heavy grand finale and is combined with a full soundtrack in surround sound for an advanced concert audio system. “It felt like all t
Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market from 12 to 17 June

Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market from 12 to 17 June

Animation
The 2017 edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market will take place from June  12th to 17th. And with the time approaching fast, the Festival authorities have revealed a first look at what’s in store for this year’s edition. Besides keynote addresses of two of its prominent keynote speakers Kristine Belson (President of Sony Pictures Animation) and Eric Coleman (Senior Vice President Original Programming/General Manager, Disney Television Animation), the 2017 edition of the event also promises a variety of Studio Focus presentations with Cartoon Network, Passion Pictures, The Foundry, Google, Ankama, Original Force and Pixar already confirmed to be participating. The first confirmed Masterclass presentation will be from Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, t
Google releases new app namely Family Link

Google releases new app namely Family Link

Education, Technology, Tutorials
  Google has released a new app namely Family Link that will allow parents to monitor their children’s activity on Android devices. The said app manages the apps that kids can use by allowing parents to approve or block any content from the Google Play Store. Parents can also keep an eye on screen time by seeing how many minutes are spent on each app in the weekly and monthly activity reports. They can then use this information to set daily screen time limits. The app also allows parents to remotely lock a child’s device. The app can also be used to monitor and restrict use of the YouTube Kids app which has collected more than 30 billion views to date and attracts more than eight million weekly users. Google, that is also launching kids original series on YouTube Red, currently
littleBits working out big plans in coding

littleBits working out big plans in coding

Gaming, Licensing, Technology, Toys and Games
Known for its steam-centric electronic building blocks, New York-based tech startup littleBits is working out some big plans when it comes to coding. The company has launched a new kit designed to teach the foundations of coding and engineering through blocks and gaming activities. It will also coincide with the release of a littleBits Code Kit app that features drag-and-drop block programming based on Google’s Blockly. Also included in the kits are more than 100 activities and lessons for kids in grades three to eight as well as start guides for both students and teachers. littleBits, which joined Disney’s 2016 Accelerator Program after raising US$60 million in funding, is currently accepting advanced purchase orders for the kit, which will be released in June. The new kit is perfect
Google’s Toontastic 3D App Teaches Kids Basics of Animation

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

Animation
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
Google’s latest Spotlight Story is ‘Rain or Shine’ 

Google’s latest Spotlight Story is ‘Rain or Shine’ 

Animation
Watch the cute animated short ‘Rain or Shine’ which follows the story of Ella and her new sunglasses Rain or Shine is no regular animated short. It invites its viewers for a 360 degree stage in the streets of London. The story promises to pull android users into a cute little story of Ella and her seemingly cursed pair of sunglasses. Viewers can simply tilt their phones to look up, down, left or right, as if they were to use the phone as a window into an invisible world. “Rain or Shine” takes this idea of giving viewers agency over the story further, and allows them to unlock a number of subplots as they explore the square. “We really wanted to reward looking around,” said Google Spotlight Stories executive producer Karen Dufilho. Rain or shine is directed by Felix Massie. These Spotl
11-year-old Anvita Telang’s Google doodle is the highlight of Children’s Day

11-year-old Anvita Telang’s Google doodle is the highlight of Children’s Day

Animation
Google India celebrates Children’s Day on November 14 with a unique doodle created and designed by the very young and talented Anvita Telang A student at Pune's Vibgyor High School, Anita illustrates greeneries, water, balloons among many other things that every child has grown up playing. She also spreads the message that people should try to enjoy every moment of their lives. This year, Google invited entries from children across the country to create doodles on theme "If I could teach anyone anything, it would be". The best entry is featured on Google homepage. Google has run competitions for its doodles (a special picture message seen above the homepage search bar) since 2009. "With 'Doodle 4 Google' competition, the aim is to promote creativity, passion and imagination in younge

New chapter revealed of Finding Dory…

Animation, Studio, Top Stories
Disney’s Pixar Animation Studio reveals a new chapter to the book ‘Finding Dory’ with new strategies and experiments… Disney reveals a new chapter to the book of Pixar Animation Studios’ ‘Finding Dory’. The first chapter, “Totally Sick,” features the sea turtle – Crush, voiced by director Andrew Stanton and his bozo son, Squirt: (more…)

AnimaKids Makes The Leap to YouTube

Animation, Top Stories
BRB Internacional’s multi-platform portal ANIMAKIDS.COM inaugurates today its new channel on Google’s popular website ANIMAKIDS has also widened its offer by incorporating other productions that aren’t BRB properties  BRB Internacional inaugurates today the channel ANIMAKIDS on YouTube. BRB’s multi-platform portal, ANIMAKIDS.COM, thus extends its reach on Google’s popular website, and also widens its offer by incorporating to its catalogue productions that are not BRB properties. In fact, the channel ANIMAKIDS on YouTube makes its premiere with various recompilations from recent productions from the BRB factory – Bernard, Suckers, Angus&Cheryl …. –, also episodes of series in high demand by audiences on a world level – starting with Iron Kid – and likewise series from other