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Aardman Animations Helps Launch Animation Academy in South Africa

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 […]

Toonz Animation Sets Up Distribution Shop in US

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 Secret of Kells" Wins at Edinburgh Festival

Tomm Moore’s animated feature The Secret of Kells has won the Standard Life Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The winners were revealed on Sunday. [ Source: AWN ]

Russian "South Park" Lawsuit Dropped

A religious group’s lawsuit against Russian channel 2X2 for airing South Park was dropped yesterday. The Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith objected to the series’ portrayal of religious subjects. Central Moscow Basmanny district court ruled in favour of 2X2. [ Source: AWN ]

The Kuwait Times Profiles "Freej" Creator

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 […]

China Int'l Cartoon and Animation Festival Updates

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 […]

"Gundam Unicorn" To See Global Release

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]

Cartoons on the Bay Hands Out Pulcinella Awards

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, […]

How Ex-DisneyToon Animators Founded Tui Studios in Australia

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 […]

"Waltz with Bashir" Wins Documentary Association Award

Ari Folman’s animated feature Waltz with Bashir tied with the live-action Man on Wire for the Best Feature Documentary award, handed out by the International Documentary Association this weekend. [ Source: AWN ]

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