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Live-Action/Animated "Bhagmati" Set for August Release

Bhagmati, India’s first live-action/animated film, will be released at the end of August, newindpress.com reports. The film tells the story of the romance between the ruler of Hyderabad, Mohammed Qutub Ali Shah, and the dancer Bagmati. It was directed by Ashok Kaul.

"Empress Chung" Debuts in Korea

Empress Chung, an animated feature jointly produced by North and South Korea, will open in the south on August 12 and in the north on August 15, Digital Chosunilbo reports.

"Jay Jay" Lands in India

Hungama TV has licensed forty episodes of Jay Jay The Jet Plane from PorchLight Entertainment, World Screen reports. The series will debut on August 15 and air four times a week as part of a preschool line-up.

"Renart" Toplines Seoul Animation Festival

The 9th Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival will open on August 11 at the COEX center in Samsong-dong, The Korea Times reminds readers. The festival, which will open with Thierry Schiel’s Renart the Fox, will feature 300 short and feature animated films from 40 countries. The festival will run through August 16.

"Postman Pat" Lands Japanese Gig

Japan’s Disney Channel has picked up the rights to Postman Pat and will begin broadcasting the series in April 2006, World Screen reports.

"Kim Possible" Contest in India

India’s Disney Channel is holding a “Kim Possible Code Tod” contest from July 25 through August 12, Indiantelevision reports. As part of the contest, viewers will be able to use secret goggles to intercept Kim Possible secret codes.

Korean Toon Market Booming

The domestic Korean market for animation grew to US$314 million in 2003, Digital Chosunilbo reports, and the number of animated works produced in Korea rose 25 percent.

CN Launches "Tiny TV" Pre-School Block Down Under

Cartoon Network Asia will lauch Tiny TV, a one-hour preschool block, on Monday, August 15, in Australia, according to c21 Media. The block will feature Postman Pat, The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, The Little Red Tractor and Merlin the Magical Puppy.

BBC Launches Taiwan Kids Channel

BBC Worldwide Asia will launch BBC Kids in Taiwan, c21 Media reports. Shows will be dubbed into Mandarin and air five times a week on Videoland General Entertainment.

"Boohbah" Goes to China

Boohbah will come to China’s CCTV and South Africa’s SABC2 on July 11, World Screen reports.

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