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Animation Insider on Animation Museum and Biz Complex in Bucheon, Korea

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).

Auditors Express Concern Over Imagi's Financial State

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 […]

Mayajaal Entertainment to Release First Flash Animated Feature Film

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 […]

NYAF2008: Harmony Gold's Kevin McKeever Gets Bowled Over by "Anime in China"

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 on DQ Entertainment's Expansion

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.

CCTV on Olympic Adventures of the Fuwas

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 […]

Imagi to be Listed on OTCQX Exchange

Imagi International Holdings has announced that it will become a secondary listing on the International OTCQX Exchange starting in September. The listing on the exchange will make it easier for traders in the United States to invest in Imagi. Being a secondary listing on the exchange means that investments on the OTCQX Exchange will not […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Received with Enthusiasm in Asia

Variety reports a good reception for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda in South Korea and China’s Sichuan province. Even though the movie slipped to the #2 box office spot in South Korea this past weekend, Kung Fu Panda‘s $20.7 million box office take from 3.3 million admissions has made it the most successful animated feature […]

Industry Experts: India Needs Animators

A dearth of manpower will hamper the Indian animation industry, even as it tracks toward doubling its revenues by 2010, India’s Economic Times reports. Presently, the industry employs only 10,000 professionals, even though it is expected to see revenues top $1.5 billion in two years and have the capacity to employ 300,000 professionals in four, […]

Briefly: New Asian Films

* Singapore’s MediaCorp has picked up local distribution rights to the upcoming Madhouse/Rintaro CG-animated feature Yona Yona Penguin. [Variety] * Toei will release its upcoming feature Gegege Kitaro—Nihon Bakuretsu!! in six slightly different versions, each keyed to reflect a different region in Japan. [Variety] * The film Ha! Ha! Ha!, which features several computer-animated sequences […]

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