The Guardian is reporting that the United Kingdom’s Aardman Animations have helped launch South Africa’s first animation academy at Khayelitsha township on the outskirts of Cape Town. The studio is aimed at training more animators for South Africa’s home-grown animation industry (which failed to create a home-grown animated series last year) and address what Aardman […]
Singapore’s Straits Times reports that Toonz Animation has set up Toonz Entertainment USA, a new US-based division that aims to “specialize in sales and distribution of animated feature films, direct-to-video content and television series.” The move is intended as another step in the growth of the parent company Toonz Entertainment into a full-fledged media house.
The Kuwait Times profiles Mohammed Saeed Harib, creator of the Arab animated cartoon series, Freej. The article touches on his school days, the evolution of the Freej’s main characters and his journey in bringing the cartoon to television in 2006. Freej follows the adventures of four older women, living in a secluded traditional neighborhood on […]
The 5th China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) is currently taking place in Hangzhou, capital of the Zhejiang province, and will run through May 3rd. The big winners of the Monkey King Awards were Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda and a revival of the 1987 television series, The Calabash Brothers which received the festival’s top […]
The forthcoming Gundam Unicorn animated adaptation will receive a simultaneous worldwide release, expected to be tied into an earlier announcement of multi-language online releases of past Gundam works. The specifics of the animated Unicorn project are currently uncertain. [Source: Anime News Network]
Italy’s Cartoons on the Bay International Television and Multimedia Animation Festival has handed out its annual Pulcinella awards. The ward for Best TV Series went to Cosmic Quantum Ray. Other winners include Taratabong! The World of Meloditties, Phineas and Ferb, 6Teen, Psicovip, Puberty, My Very First Wedding, Toons ‘n’ Tunes Zecchino d’Oro, Little Big Planet, […]
The Australian has profiled Sydney-based Tui Animation Studios, founded by ex-DisneyToon Studios animators Jonathan Dower and Kelly Baigent. The studio was formed as a result of the shuttering of DisneyToon Studios, with Dower stating that, “Kelly and I wanted to explore ideas and concepts that were our own stuff rather than someone else’s” as the […]