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This year’s Cartoon Movie, organized by CARTOON (from 8th to 10th March) ended successfully at Palais des Congrès in Bordeaux, France. It was the first Cartoon Movie, which moved from Lyon to Bordeaux, and gathered 850 participants (+14% compared to 2016) from 41 different countries. 221 buyers including 125 distributors …

The Bitkiz (Status: in development) The Bitkiz is an anticipated animation series in development by French animation studio Dandelooo. It is a fun and playful story that explores the afterhours of a shopping mall with three main characters, who are actually plants, with a secret that they can move and …

Maya the Bee 2 (Status: in production) Following the success of Maya the Bee (2014), directed by Alexs Stadermann, the sequel project has been greenlit. The original film was based on the famous German classic children’s book The Adventures of Maya The Bee (1912), written by Waldemar Bonsels. We interviewed …

‘Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)’ is one of the major Japanese broadcasters, broadcasting TV and Radio programs to the whole area of Japan through their network, based in Osaka. ‘ABC Animation’ was established to take over the service of the animation department in ABC in July 2016. ABC Animation’s business covers …

NHK Enterprises, Inc. is a subsidiary of Japan Broadcasting Corporation (Nippon Hoso Kyokai: NHK in Japanese), the Japanese national public broadcasting organization. NHK Enterprises, Inc. works closely with NHK and plays a key role in the planning, production, sales, and acquisitions of TV programs for NHK. The Animationweek editorial team …

Runes (Status: in development) Runes is a TV series in development by Les Armateurs, known for The Triplets of Belleville, Michel Ocelot’s Kirikou, and Ernest and Celestine. It is an epic adventure story which centres on Young William, who becomes William the Conqueror, the future of Duke of Normandy and …

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The Bitkiz (Status: in development) The Bitkiz is an anticipated animation series in development by French animation studio Dandelooo. It is a fun and playful story that explores the afterhours of a shopping mall with three main characters, who are actually plants, with a secret that they can move and …

Maya the Bee 2 (Status: in production) Following the success of Maya the Bee (2014), directed by Alexs Stadermann, the sequel project has been greenlit. The original film was based on the famous German classic children’s book The Adventures of Maya The Bee (1912), written by Waldemar Bonsels. We interviewed …

‘Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)’ is one of the major Japanese broadcasters, broadcasting TV and Radio programs to the whole area of Japan through their network, based in Osaka. ‘ABC Animation’ was established to take over the service of the animation department in ABC in July 2016. ABC Animation’s business covers …

NHK Enterprises, Inc. is a subsidiary of Japan Broadcasting Corporation (Nippon Hoso Kyokai: NHK in Japanese), the Japanese national public broadcasting organization. NHK Enterprises, Inc. works closely with NHK and plays a key role in the planning, production, sales, and acquisitions of TV programs for NHK. The Animationweek editorial team …

Runes (Status: in development) Runes is a TV series in development by Les Armateurs, known for The Triplets of Belleville, Michel Ocelot’s Kirikou, and Ernest and Celestine. It is an epic adventure story which centres on Young William, who becomes William the Conqueror, the future of Duke of Normandy and …

The Three Little Superpigs (Status: in Development) Animationweek (AW): Why have you decided to produce an animation series based on The Three Little Pigs? Joe Moroney (JM): We initially developed the property as a children’s book through our publishing division because the classic tale – The Three Little Pigs – …

Vanille (Status: in development) Synthesis of Drawings and Live-Action Backgrounds Animationweek (AW): Where did the initial idea of the project come from? Guillaume Lorin (GL): The idea is inspired by a fairy tale in the Caribbean with a little black bird, called the Soukounian. It’s a very famous creature in …

Mush-Mush & the Mushables (Status: in development) Mush-Mush & the Mushables is an upper preschool series project developed by La Cabane Productions (France) and Thuristar (Belgium). It is a cute and fun concept featuring lovable characters in the unique universe of mushrooms. The series centers around a character named Mush-Mush, …

Candide (Status: in production) Candide is the main character who is an optimistic, young and innocent guy, and takes on a journey around the planet. In this 21st century version of Candide, Candide will travel to Silicon Valley, The Amazon jungle, Europe, The Middle East, North Korea, and even to …

The Sea Wolf (Status: in development) Emmanuel Gorinstein, the director and author, and Christilla Huillard-Kann, the producer, are working together to bring this classic to life as an animated series with their own interpretation. “To Take Control of your Own Life” Gorinstein tells us that the story contains multiple different …

Finding Moo Friends (Status: in development) Explore a Moo positive, Moo fun, Moo loving way to overcome your fears and problems Initial Story Idea Animationweek (AW): Where did the initial story idea come from? Marcos Correa (MC): One day, when I was playing with my daughter in kindergarten, there was …

MANIVALD AND THE ABSINTHE RABBITS (Status: in development) In the story, “Closet” is used as a metaphor for hiding a part of an identity that cannot yet be revealed to the public, usually for personal reasons. By listening to others, Manivald eventually finds a way to get out of his …

Fantoche, the 14th edition of the international festival for animated films, was held from 6th to 11th September in Baden, Switzerland. Throughout the festival, 14 feature films were premiered and 321 short films from 23 countries were screened in across 6 different theatres, which counted about 24,000 entries. A variety …

Behind the story of Pokémon : Meeting the Challenge of 2D digital production with care, passion and a meticulous attention to detail <Part 2> [Link to Part 1] The Merits of Digital Production Aspects of the Business Animationweek (AW): The video (Video 3 in Part 1) that I just saw not …

FLEE (Status: in Production) Pitching sessions were held for feature films, short films, TV series, specials, and transmedia during The International Animation Film Market (MIFA) 2016 in Annecy. A team of an animated documentary, titled FLEE, gave a presentation at a pitching session for TV specials on 16th June as …

Kubo and the Two Strings, now in the UK cinema, had its Swiss (German) premiere at the Fantoche International Animation Festival, held from 6th to 11th September in Baden, Switzerland. Kubo and the Two Strings is a Japanese mythology based action-adventure, which centers around a clever and kindhearted boy named …

Baobab Studios exhibited its latest animated short film Invasion! in virtual reality (VR) during Annecy 2016 where you could experience being one of the characters in their story. Invasion! is influenced by the imaginative setting of the H.G. Wells classic, The War of Worlds. The story centres on two bunnies …

Behind the story of Pokémon : Meeting the Challenge of 2D digital production with care, passion and a meticulous attention to detail <Part 1> A Challenging digital production with Toon Boom Harmony Animationweek (AW): How has OLM decided to pioneer 2D digital animation production in Japan? Hiroyuki Kato (HK): We …

Richard the Stork (Status: in Post- Production) Animationweek had the chance to talk with screenwriter and co-director Reza Memari and producer Kristine Knudsen on a new CG-animated feature titled Richard the Stork at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2016. It is a co-production between studios in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg …

Tito and the Birds (Status: in production) Pitching sessions in MIFA The International Animation Film Market (MIFA) was held from 15th to 17th June 2016. For 2016, MIFA had 2,800 pass-holders (a 4.5% growth over 2015) and attracted 370 buyers, distributors and investors (a 1.5% increase, compared to 2015). During …

The Badi Badi team: Dominika Osak (producer) Tomek Paziewski (managing director and producer) Tomek Niedźwiedź (creative producer) Arek Paziewski (financial director) The first success with Agi Bagi The journey of Badi Badi embarked in 2003, and in the early stage they focused on animation for TV commercials and VFX for …

During Annecy 2016, there were demos where you could experience Google Spotlight Stories with a VR headset. Many visitors were in a line to enjoy demos of the Spotlight Story Pearl, directed by Patrick Osborne on 14th June and the Spotlight Story Rain or Shine, directed by Felix Massie on …

London Comic Con was held in London, UK with over 133,000 visitors between 27th and 29th May 2016. On 28th May, the third episode of Gundam The Origin, “Dawn of Rebellion”, had a special premiere screening and panel session with Osamu Taniguchi (Producer) and Mika Akitaka (mechanical designer), followed by …

(It will be releasing in cinemas THIS FRIDAY 15th July 2016) Since the first Ice Age hit the scenes in 2002, four films of the Ice Age series have been in theatres globally. Being one of the most loved animated film franchise in the world, the fourth title Ice Age: …

Did you know that Vancouver could be your next destination for your animation studio and career? The VFX Vancouver Job Board has more than 800 listings, with more positions created every week. There are animation studios from big to small that cover various animation techniques, including VFX, 3D CGI, 2D, …

Robot Chicken is an Emmy award-winning animated sketch comedy series. It now spans 8 seasons, 160 episodes and 6 specials, which have been broadcasted on Adult Swim, a programming block (from 8 pm to 6 am) of Cartoon Network, an American cable network. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Matthew Senreich, Seth Green, …

Another Day of Life (Status: in production) We talked to Damian Nenow, the director of the film, via an email interview. He shares his creative insights and how they carefully planned and designed the full film in production. Interview with Damian Nenow Story development Animationweek (AW): What drew you to …

We had an interview with Pi San at his studio Hutoon, located in Beijing, China. He shares his view and creativity behind his influential and successful animation series. He also announces the exclusive news on Miss Puff. This interview was done by Zimeng Liu for Animationweek at his studio (Picture1-4). Animation …

Moustique, Cigale & Cambriole (Status: in development) Moustique, Cigale & Cambriole is an anticipated feature film currently in development, directed by Cédric Babouche, following his successful titles such as Houdini, Imago, and La Routine. His known beautiful watercolour style maximizes the beauty of this film. Moustique, Cigale & Cambriole is …

Waiting for the Butterflies (Status: in concept) We asked Cyril Le Pesant, the producer, about the journey of this collaboration project and his passion for the film. Interview with Cyril Le Pesant Meeting China Animationweek (AW): Why did you choose a Chinese story for your latest project? Cyril Le Pesant (CP): …

Spirit Seeker (Status: in concept) Start of the project Bo Juhl Nielsen, co-director of the film, says that the idea came up while they were discussing about a series for The Reward. “We were talking about bringing a feel of traveling and something emotional to The Reward. After going through …

Minna and the dream builders (Status: in development) They held a workshop with the creators to work on a strong storyline for two weeks and they presented that it was effective at Cartoon Movie. We asked Kim Hagen Jensen, the director, and Nynne Selin Eidnes, the producer, about the workshop …

Domenica (Status: in development) Directors: Ugo Bienvenu / Kevin Manach Producer: Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, MIYU Productions (France) Target audience: Young adults / adults Technique: 2D digital A creative team with young talents and experienced writers We asked Pierre Baussaron at MIYU productions why they chose Domenica for their featured animated film. …

Lone (Status: in concept) If you became the sole witness of ‘Jack the Ripper’, who was the most horrified serial killer in Victorian London, what would you do? Sergio Laguarda, the producer and director, says that it is the question that led to his original creation of the featured film …

Heart of Darkness (Status: in development) We had an interview with Rogério Nunes, the director, and Sébastien Onomo, the producer, about the film in development. Interview with Sébastien Onomo and Rogério Nunes The start of the project Animationweek (AW): How did you meet and decide to work together? Sébastien Onomo …

Animationweek editorial team had an interview with Chris Colman, the founder of China Animation & Game Network (CAGN).  Our interview was held at Central Saint Martins, the University of the Arts London.  This is the place where Chris Colman pursued his passion and studied MA “Character Animation” before starting his …

Eddie Mehong shared his experience working in Japan and France as a 2D animator and starting his own studio in Tokyo Japan. We are pleased to present his inspiring story of what it’s like to bridge the animation industry internationally. This interview was done by Drifa Benseghir for Animationweek. Working …

Animationweek editorial team had an interview with Drifa Benseghir, a professional 3D character animator and lecturer at Gobelins, l’école de l’image, Supinfocom and The Animation Workshop. It is our great honour to be able to share her knowledge, expertise, and broad international experience with you. Starting as an animator Animationweek …

The Animationweek editorial team visited Nørlum, the animation studio in Viborg Denmark and interviewed Claus Toksvig Kjaer, the Producer and Partner at Nørlum. We also glimpsed behind the scenes of their three beautiful animated films: Song of the Sea, Long Way North and Miles. It is our great pleasure to …
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