The New York Times examines the venerable Indian publisher Amar Chitra Katha’s expansion from comics into animation (free registration required). The new initiatives are the result of new management direction from Samir Patel, who acquired the publisher two years ago and is branching out into animation and video games to reach out to the current […]
* The 5th China International Animation Expo opened in Shanghai, China, on Saturday, July 4, 2009, and will continue to next Monday. [CCTV English] * Cartoon Network Asia and Hewlett-Packard have jointly launched the Toon Creators Award “for young talent from Australia, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore to showcase their creativity through technology.” [AWN]
* Ma Kuang-pei’s “The Soliloquist” has received the Special Distinction Award in the Graduation Films category at the 2009 Annecy International Animation Film Festival — the first Taiwanese animated movie to receive an award at the competition. [Taiwan Today] * NBA star Yao Ming provides the voice for a character named “Old Daddy” in the […]
Variety reports that Kung Fu Hustle‘s Stephen Chow will be producing his first animated film: a sequel to the 2008 sci-fi comedy CJ-7. The cast of the original movie will return to voice their characters in the sequel, and the animated film will be directed by Toe Yuen. The movie is targeted for release in […]
Animation Insider has taken a look at the plans to build an animation complex at Bucheon, South Korea, which will incorporate business offices and an animation museum. The complex will be designed by international design group NBBJ’s Los Angeles office and Korean architects with an estimated price tag of ₩80 billion (approx. US$60 million).
Variety Asia is reporting that auditing firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is expressing uncertainty whether Imagi Animation Studios has the financial resources to complete its current slate of animated movies, including the upcoming CGI movie Astro Boy and three more movies in progress (Gatchaman, Tusker, and Cat Tale). Although a company statement said that the firm […]
ExpressBuzz.com reports that Mayajaal Entertainment of Chennai, India, will soon release Jai Vigneshwar, the first full-length film animated entirely with Adobe Flash. The movie of tales of Lord Ganesha will be released on Thursday, October 2, 2008, in India on 30 digital screens in English, with Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu versions to follow. According to […]
On Saturday afternoon at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, Harmony Gold’s Marketing Coordinator Kevin McKeever hosted a panel titled “Anime in China.” This turned out to be a slightly deceptive title, since the panel really focused on McKeever’s trip in May 2007 to the 3rd Annual China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) in […]
Animation Insider has spoken with Tapaas Chakravarthi, chairman and CEO of India’s DQ Entertainment, which is India’s largest animation, gaming, and effects studio. DQ will be using its profits from going public on the London Stock Exchange to expand both within the Indian domestic cartoon market and as a player on the international animation scene.
The CCTV International website has posted a feature article on the success of the animated short films spotlighting the fuwas, the five mascots of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. 100 short films have been created starring the five characters, who also adorn keychains, pins, stuffed animals, toys, and other Olympic paraphenalia. The article also chronicles […]