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China Getting Smurf Theme Park

China will get a Smurf theme park courtesy of IMPS and Chengdu Teda Sino-Europe Construction, The Wall Street Journal reports. The park, which will cost $2.9 million, is set to open in three to five years.

Hollywood Reporter on China's Bid for Japan's Success in Animation

The Hollywood Reporter has covered this year’s Asian Youth Animation and Comics Contest, held in Guiyang, China, attracting “jurists, speakers, panelists and other participants from more than 26 countries and regions, including the United States.” The event is incorporated into larger coverage of China’s bid to emulate Japan’s success at exporting anime internationally. As part […]

Nick Int'l Signs New Deals Across Asia

Nickelodeon has struck numerous international deals that will spread its animated series across central Asia and Japan, World Screen reports. Sony’s Animax channel in Japan will add Nick Time, a half-hour programming block that will air three times a week, to its schedule. The anthology block will launch on September 1 with episodes of SpongeBob […]

East Asian Studios Announce "Ribbit" Feature

Malaysia’s KRU Studios and India’s Crest Animation are partnering to produce the 3D-animated feature Ribbit, DNA reports. The film will be about a misfit frog who, in the throes of an identity crisis, teams with a flying squirrel to find his rightful place in the world. Voice actor Chuck Powers has been announced to direct.

Short Heroines to Solve Love Woes in Shorts Series

India’s DQE and Neo Network will co-produce The Qpiz, a 52-episode animated series of short interstitials about a group of self-styled “love superheroines” who try to smooth out the love troubles of others. The series is aimed at girls 6-12 years old. Italy’s RaiSat has already picked up the series. Zodiak Entertainment will distribute. [Source: […]

ToonSeum Hosts Te Wei Screenings May 25, 2010

On May 25, 2010, the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, PA, will be hosting a screening of two short films by Te Wei, the Chinese animator known for his work in ink-and-paint animation who passed away in February 2010. The short films “Where is Mama?” and “The Cowboy’s Flute” will be screened at 7:00 PM, and admission […]

AP on China's Animation Push in Japan

The Associated Press has taken a look at the rise of Chinese animation in the Japanese market as a result of the Japanese anime industry slump and a major push in creative efforts in China. The article notes that Chinese animation companies tripled their presence at the Tokyo International Anime Fair while the overall number […]

Imagi Animation Studios Shuts Down

Imagi Animation Studios has shut down as of February 5, 2010, and will ask a court to name liquidators. Its parent company said that it would continue to develop movie ideas and outsource the animation work to China. The studio has been on shaky financial footing for some time, going through several rounds of funding […]

Animation Copyright Protection Service Week Begins in Beijing

The English language site of China’s CCTV reports that Animation Copyright Protection Service Week has launched in Beijing this week to develop “effective copyright protection measures, combining the efforts of animation makers and producers, intellectual property experts and the government.” (NOTE: Link includes embedded video.) The article states that China’s Pleasant Sheep and Big Bad […]

National Film Board of Canada's "Animation Express": Here's to Another 70 Years

The residents of Canada are fortunate enough to receive a high-quality, state-funded resource that is critical to life in this modern world, making them the envy of the civilized world and clearly a model to be emulated as soon as practically possible in the United States. I am referring, of course, to the wonderful animation […]

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