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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 […]

Briefly: Cricket 'Toon for India; Kong Maquette for Sale; "Up" Still Up Overseas

* Cartoon Network Asia and Animasia are teaming up for a cricket-themed animated series to air on the network’s Indian feed in the second half of this year. [World Screen] * An original stop-motion maquette used to bring King Kong to life in the 1933 movie King Kong will be going up for auction on […]

NY Times on Amar Chitra Katha's Move Into Animation in India

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 […]

Briefly: Shanghai Animation Expo Opens; HP and Cartoon Network Asia Launch Award

* 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]

Briefly: Taiwan Animation @ Annecy; Yao Ming Voices Toon

* 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 […]

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