Eid Mubarak: Wishes pour from Animation, VFX and Gaming studios during quarantine

Though unlike other years, Eid is a sacred festival ushering in positivity, faith and hope. While people are celebrating a quaratined Eid this year at their respective homes, there’s no derth in spirit and happiness amid all the chaos and crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AVGC community also salutes the enduring and encouraging spirit. They hence, took to social media to wish and pray for the better future that presently lies uncertain. Here we pick a few studios from the community who took to social media to wish fans and followers :

Green Gold Animation

Speaking on the present scenario, Green Gold Animation founder and CEO Rajiv Chilaka said, “Wishing everyone a happy Eid! This is probably one of the quietest Eid that I have seen in Hyderabad. I pray that we heal soon.”

Red Chillies

“May Allah bless you with peace and good health today, tomorrow and everyday. Eid mubarak!,” wished King Khan’s company on Instagram.


“May you all be blessed with good health, wealth and prosperity! Cosmos Maya wishes you all Eid Mubarak!
Stay Home, Stay Safe,” the studio behind Motu Patlu shared.


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May you all be blessed with good health, wealth & prosperity! Cosmos Maya wishes you all Eid Mubarak! Stay Home, Stay Safe

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Sumo Games

“Wishes to you and your family for a very happy and blessed Eid. May the beneficent Allah fill our lives with joy, peace and contentment!,” the gaming company stated. 

These are indeed unprecedented and uncertain times. While none of us know where this will end, if at all it will, there’s only one way through it – together. Let’s promise to be better versions of ourselves and come together!

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Netflix announces one-tier upgrade at zero cost for Basic and Standard plans

Netflix has announced to offer free one-tier upgrades to a more expensive plan for the first 30 days of one’s subscription, through another new promo. 

Only available to new Netflix subscribers, the offer is applicable to the basic Rs. 499 and standard Rs. 649 plans, which means one who chooses the Basic plan, will be upgraded to Standard plan for the first 30 days at no additional cost. And if a subscriber picks the Standard plan, he/she will get access to a month of the Premium plan, which costs Rs. 799 per month.

The Netflix plan upgrade from Basic to Standard allows access to high-definition (HD) video resolution and simultaneous viewing on two screens, which is otherwise limited to standard-definition (SD) and one screen only. An upgrade from Standard to Premium entails similar ultra-high-definition (UHD) video resolution, up to 4K, and access to watch on four screens simultaneously.

As per a Gadgets 360 report, a Netflix spokesperson shared, “We’re looking at different marketing promotions in India to attract new members and give them a great Netflix experience.”

After the free period, Netflix will give the option of continuing on the upgraded plan by paying the original plan cost. If not, the subscriber will be demoted to the plan that they originally chose. Offering  members a taste of the additional features one tier up, the streaming giant is hoping to lure users to enjoy premium content by paying more going forward.

The streaming platform has previously tested free plan upgrades in other markets, and it’s currently running the offer in countries outside of India as well.

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‘Avatar 2’ production to resume in New Zealand next week

Production on the much anticipated James Cameron sequel, Avatar 2 is set to commence in New Zealand, producer Jon Landau announced on Instagram. “Our #Avatar sets are ready — and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week,” he said. Landau shared a picture from the sets of the sequel stating that the production has begun and could be followed by shooting ahead.

Earlier, Landau shared a cast photo from Avatar 2 sets. It features Avatar leads Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana with new members, Kate Winslet and Cliff Curtis. They were seen dipped in a pool with their motion capture gear on. He captioned the picture with, “Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet and Cliff Curtis enjoying a moment at the surface of the 900,000 gallon performance capture tank that we built for the Avatar sequels.”

This means Avatar 2 will be the first major Hollywood title to start filming again in the wake of the industry-wide production shutdown in March due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The production has also released some concept photos of the sequel, which will explore the oceans of Pandora. Avatar 2 is the sequel to Cameron’s 2009 3D hit movie and it will go to the theaters on 17 December 2021.

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ just debuted in ‘Fortnite’

During Covid-19 pandemic online games, especially, have seen an influx of new players and when it comes to online games, Fortnite Battle Royale is simply unavoidable. The latest trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Tenet debuted in Fortnite recently. Although very little about the film is actually known, Tenet is described as a movie set within the world of international espionage, and the first trailer and marketing material for the movie has played up a concept in which time moves forward and backward — hence the palindrome title. The new trailer expands on John David Washington’s main character as he learns to warp time, with the stake of the world and its future in his hands.

Fortnite is known for its in-game live concerts, taking advantage of it many musical artists are not only taking to Fortnite to hold virtual concerts, they’re even debuting songs on the platform. Travis Scott’s Fortnite concert was quite an extraordinary spectacle. He debuted his new single called ‘Astronomical’ in the virtual space too. From the looks of it, world premiers in Fortnite are here to stay.Prior to Nolan’s Tenet trailer premiering in Epic Games’ massive virtual universe, Disney and director J.J. Abrams teamed up with Epic to debut a scene from Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerAbrams was on hand to introduce the clip, appearing as a tinier virtual version of himself on top of a stage where players could see him talk to host Geoff Keighley. The scene was later alluded to in  The Rise of Skywalker’s opening crawl. After the trailer premiered, Keighley also announced that a classic Nolan movie will screen in Fortnite for fans some time this summer.

Tenate  is still slated for 17 July, according to new marketing material that appeared on Twitter after the trailer debuted. Nolan’s Tenet isn’t just one of Warner Bros.’ biggest movies of the year — it’s also become a litmus test as to whether Hollywood studios could start releasing their films after facing a series of delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mulan, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run, and Wonder Woman 1984 are all set to follow Tenet.

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‘Tuca & Bertie’ is renewed for season two having picked up by Adult Swim

Tuca & Bertie has been renewed for a second season as Adult Swim has revived the series that initially streamed on Netflix. 

The animated series was a hilarious and wonderful examination of adult relationships, coupled with whimsical visuals with a feel-good factor. The show received critical acclaim being referred to as one of the best shows of 2019. 

But in July 2019, the series was discontinued after the very first season, sparking controversy over Netflix’s inability to market the show to a wider audience.

Yesterday, 22 May, creator Lisa Hanawalt herself (the cartoonist behind BoJack Horseman’s visual style) took to Twitter to announce that the show would be returning with a new home- Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block Adult Swim and will premiere in 2021. 

Tuca & Bertie starred comedians Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as two mismatched bird best friends with a supporting cast including Steven Yeun, John Early, Richard E. Grant and Reggie Watts.

Tuca & Bertie follows “the friendship between two 30-year-old bird-women who live in the same apartment building – Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan; and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird.

The move marks a reverse of the more “traditional” model of Netflix picking up canceled network shows, though Tuca & Bertie isn’t the first to pull the reverse-Netflix. Hanawalt also served as the executive producer alongside Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, and Haddish. 

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Monsta YouTube Network garners 10 million subscribers

Monsta YouTube Network has become the first-ever Malaysian YouTube network aimed at kids and families to reach a combined total of 10 million subscribers. 

Established in 2014, it is now one of the biggest digital networks for kids and families in the region, housing 12 different channels including Monsta Channel, Mini Monsta, AnimaSEA, Monsta Keren, Monsta Dhamalastic, Papa Pipi, and so on. Each channel serves different segments of the audience, with subscribers hailing from South East Asia, the United States, India, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) regions.

In response to the growing demand for free content online, Monsta YouTube Network was created with the main purpose of providing quality animated content for kids. It was also the first platform in Malaysia to serve full episodes of its animated shows on YouTube for free, starting with Monsta’s own original series, BoBoiBoy and Apa Kata Yaya.

The kids network has also spent years negotiating with various content providers from around the region in order to obtain the rights to stream their shows online. Though met with initial hesitance, Monsta’s efforts have now led to a variety of shows from all over the world available on the platform to watch legally and and at zero cost. One of Monsta’s many goals is to make content more and more accessible to viewers and to combat online piracy.

Its homegrown IP, BoBoiBoy, has been broadcasted across 70 countries, along with a very popular franchise in the world, Pokémon, Monsta has continued to expand its offerings with a wide range of original and licensed shows. Other popular shows on the Monsta YouTube Network include the family-oriented hit series Pesanan Papa Pipi, the award-nominated travel show Fly With Yaya, the animated series Beyblade Burst based on the popular spinning top toy line, Kamen Rider Zi-O, Zoids Wild, The Oddbods Show and many more. 

Monsta YouTube Network serves children’s content to more than 30 million unique users monthly, with over five billion views in total across all channels. The network is growing at a rate of half a million new subscribers every month, and it expects that growth to not just continue, but multiply in the next 12 months.

As its subscriber base grows, Monsta YouTube Network is more committed than ever to serve high-quality content to families and kids around the world. Monsta promises more exciting titles to come, including Mechamato. 

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Toon Club bags its 29th international award for animated short created by children

Toon Club, a pioneering organisation dedicated to teaching children the art of animation and visual storytelling in India won its 29th international award this month. Morphing Tales won the Senior Jury Award at Corti A Ponte, Italy. 

Five Toon Club films Clean & Green, Out of the Frame, The Great Chase, Monster Land and Morphing Tales were officially selected and screened online on 4 and 5 May 2020. Children studying in Italian schools voted for the best films. “We’re super excited that our sand animation film Morphing Tales was well appreciated,” mentioned Toon Club founder and principal Tehzeeb Khurana.

Apart from this achievement, Something Fishy is a finalist at the 15th Busan International Children and Youth Film Festival’s (BIKY) competition section, Ready~Action!. Three others have qualified in the non-competition program, Reborn the BIKY: Clean & Green, Pika Boo, Out of the Frame. Two films Side Efx and Out of the Frame are among the 90 officially selected animated films of 317 submissions from 35 countries at 11th VAFI & RAFI- International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival, Croatia 2020.

“While India has been extremely strong in pedagogical education, we have been by and large languishing in the Arts domain. The missing A for Arts in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is now made central to understanding varied disciplines and is gathering STEAM!” added Khurana.

The winning film was created in 2017 by a group of seven kids between the age group 10-11 years. Toon Club is proud to be the pioneer in integrating Animation, seamlessly with the pedagogical curriculum in some of the leading schools of Mumbai.

Toon Club, which began in 2003, gives children a platform to tell their own stories. Khurana designs the curriculum and conducts sessions mostly by herself, with support from staff and assistant faculty, and a backend technical team. Toon Club also invites artists and animators from NID and IDC to take sessions on specialised animation techniques.

Still from ‘Morphing Tales’

Most of the kids had school and online classes till recently, said Khurana. “In their free time, they are pursuing their hobbies. I see many of them posting their artworks/comics on Instagram. Though we refrain from teaching softwares and apps at Toon Club, we do suggest apps that kids can download at home and play around with. Our students are adept in apps like procreate, stykz, animation desk and others.

As the organisation cannot conduct their regular workshops, the team is currently in discussion to hold workshops online in collaboration with a leading international studio. This is part of their effort to foster cultural bonds, an exchange program for students from both the countries.

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500+ Chandigarh University students from animation and gaming departments secure placements

While we are coming across layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts as a result of the COVID outbreak as well as live-action projects are stalled, students from animation and gaming sectors are witnessing new beginnings with each batch passing out year-after-year.

More than 500 students of the Chandigarh University have secured placements in top Global and Indian Animation and Graphic Designing Companies over a period of five years.

As announced by the University vice-chancellor Dr. R S Bawa, while giving details about the placements of the Animation and Gaming Department, “More than 70 companies have recruited our 522 Animation and Gaming students from Chandigarh University over the period of five years and the placement trends show 20 per cent increase in the number of placements every year. Film Production companies, Ad Agencies and media companies lead the consortium of multinationals which are big-time recruiters of our young and budding Animation and Gaming professionals.”

He also informed that independent integrated media services company, Prime Focus, has been the largest recruiter over the years and till date, has offered placements to 102 students in different capacities while the other top recruiters included world’s leading Visual Effects and Animation studio, DNEG and global Animation and Multimedia company, Digitoonz Media, who have jointly offered placements to 30 students.

Speaking about the work-profiles offered to the Animation and Gaming students in the Industry, Bawa said that about 101 students are working as graphic designers, 55 students as 3D animation artists, 29 as 2D animation artists, 33 as Roto artists, 20 as motion graphic artists, 15 as VFX artists, 20 as web designers and 10 as rigging and lighting Professionals respectively.

Chandigarh University chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu further added, “Indian animation and gaming professionals are in great demand all over the world which can be ascertained from the fact that India currently ranks 2nd in the Global Animation and Gaming Industry. According to a report, India has a market share of 26 per cent in the Global Animation Market and there are about 2,500 Animation and Graphic studios in the country catering to the global demand which shows that Animation and Gaming professionals in India have a plethora of job opportunities and have a bright future ahead.”

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#WorldTurtleDay: Top five animated turtles to celebrate the day

Celebrated every year on May 23,  World Turtle Day is aimed at drawing attention and knowledge about turtles and tortoises, and increasing awareness about the measures that should be taken to help them survive and thrive in their natural environment against the vicissitudes of the ecosystem.

One of the oldest species known to mankind, turtles are also considered auspicious in India. Folks cosplay  as turtles to raise awareness about the dangers meted out to their natural habitat as a result of human activity as well as natural causes. In popular culture, especially movies and animation, turtles have been depicted in many ways.

On World Turtle Day 2020, here are our top five turtle characters that won our hearts :-


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Squirtle Squirtle! What it rhymes with is just anyone’s guess. And that’s what this adorable little Pokemon derives its inspiration from. Squirtle is a small Pokémon that resembles a light blue turtle. While it typically walks on its two short legs, it has been shown to run on all fours in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It has large, purplish or reddish eyes and a slightly hooked upper lip. Each of its hands and feet have three pointed digits. The end of its long tail curls inward. Its body is encased by a tough shell that forms and hardens after birth. This shell is brown on the top, pale yellow on the bottom, and has a thick white ridge between the two halves. The anime has shown that it can be found living on secluded islands with other members of its evolutionary line. In the past, Skull Bash was its signature move.


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Crush is a sea turtle who speaks in the manner of a surfer dude. He helps Marlin and Dory get to Sydney Harbour to rescue Nemo. His nicknames for Marlin and Dory are “Jellyman” and “Little Blue”, respectively. After he transports Marlin and Dory to their destination to find Nemo, Marlin asks Crush how old he is to which he replies, “150, dude, and still young!” Probably. the best way to describe Crush is a surfer punk who loves and cares for his son, Squirt.

When it comes to traveling the ocean’s currents, no one has as much fun as Crush. The 150-year-old sea turtle is young at heart with a laid-back surfer dude attitude that lets him go with the flow. But Crush is no drifter; he loves nothing more than the thrill of riding the rollicking East Australian Current (EAC) with his offspring. When Crush encounters Marlin and Dory, he’s more than happy to help them find their way, provided they can hold on for the wildest ride of their lives.


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Mr. Lorenzo Trudgealong “Speed” is a turtle the supporting character of The Swan Princess. Odette, Derek, Jean-Bob and Puffin’s friend. He is wise but lazy at most times due to his slow nature. Even though he is slow on land, he is a fast swimmer, thus earning him the name, Speed. He says or does things slowly. He also has a bit of a sarcastic, witty streak to him, particularly towards Jean-Bob.


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Gamera is a Kaiju created by the Daiei Motion Picture Company and now owned by Kadokawa Pictures. The original 1965 Gamera was released to rival the success of Toho Studios’ Godzilla during the “monster boom” of the 1960s. The character has gained fame and notoriety as a Japanese icon in his own right.


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Physically the smallest of the Turtles and the least mature, Mikey is easily distracted and enthusiastic about… well, pretty much everything. He’s also extremely creative. He has a thousand ideas, and every now and then, one of them will be brilliant. This combination of creativity and lack of focus gives him a kind of “flow” that the other Turtles cannot match. He’s a social mutant and more than the others, pines to be part of the real world.

“Mikey here. I’m definitely the funnest of all my brothers. I love video games, skateboarding, pranking my brothers and duh, pizza!! Who does NOT like New York City Style Pizza? I mean, THEY’RE THE BEST!!! Speaking of pizza… I’m hungry.”


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Glimpses of ‘Call of Duty Mobile’ season six final week

Tencent-led Activision’s Call of Duty Mobile has captured the imaginations of a wide range of audiences with its gaming content in Once upon a time in Rust, Season 6. Call of Duty Mobile recently dropped Huntress draw, final episode of the Wild West comics, along with unlocking a free character in a daily bonus section on 24th day log in.

The global pandemic has definitely seen a surge in online gaming as more and more users including women players have taken to this trending activity during the lockdown period. Taking the opportunity Call of Duty Mobile has launched their Season 6 of Once upon a time in Rust which has introduced a flurry women characters in a battle pass as well as Season 6 draws.

The in-game comic book was the introduction of the season and it was divided into four installments which released every Friday in the month of May. Its gripping storyline has glued audiences’ interest in the season. The pilot chapter tells how Ghost Cow Boy reached the deserted lonely enemy camp on horseback which was unexpected as there was no vehicle available to reach the vicinity and on foot, no one can reach there.

The second chapter narrates the story of how Cow Boy Zombie started taking over the enemy despite out of cover with his specialised gun. The third installment tells how the enemy chief came out in vision to Ghost Cow Boy asking to sort out in the ‘old fashioned way’ as the enemy chief lost all other members of his team. And sooner both prepare for one vs one fight which is revealed in the fourth installment and Ghost Cow Boy takes over the enemy chief and enemy chief warned Ghost Cow Boy while drawing his last breath “… you don’t know what’s down there”. Soon after, Ghost Cow Boy enters the enemy den and the chapter ends on a cliff-hanger. This indicates that season two of the comics will commence soon as there is a lot more to tell.

In addition to that, Huntress draw has been introduced with the new character Artery, Artery Avatar, Bloody Vengeance camo for HG40, M16, Knife, Backpack, frame, Do-si-dead emote and special gun-type 25 which has the power to turn enemy into a bloody mist.

The new character Anna “Artery” Buckler is an elite German specialist who knows to kill acrobatic tactics.
She is a survivalist with a weakness to sunburns and a fondness for Gothic cathedrals. She is the 5th woman character introduced in a row since the launch of the new season.

Apart from that, new character Nomad-Druid has been unlocked as a reward on the 24th daily login. The new character Nomad is Tavo Rojas in the Druid uniform seeks retribution for his fallen friends, using his prowess to turn the environment against his enemies. Here is a quick glimpse of the latest update:


Additionally, Call of Duty Mobile recently released the Season 7 update for its test servers. The most important addition teased in Call of Duty Mobile Beta update is the ‘Gulag,’ which is insanely popular in Call of Duty WarzoneBobby Plays, a popular Call of Duty Mobile streamer, uploaded a video on YouTube in which he explored all the cool additions in Season 7 beta update.

In that video, he notices the ‘Gulag’ mentioned in the Download List. Well, that was enough for everyone familiar with ‘Gulag’ to go crazy. According to leaks, Call of Duty Mobile Season 7 beta update is that it brings a bunch of new locations in the Battle Royale map, vending machines, a new Battle Royale class in the test servers called the ‘Smoke Bomber’ and more. The beta update brings so much new content that players are already brimming with excitement.

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