Baton Rouge Red Stick Toon Fest Lets the Good Time Roll

Toon fans will have a chance to paint the town red at the Red Stick International Animation Festival which will be drawing crowds to Baton Rouge, Louisiana from April 21-23. The festival spotlights the convergence of technology, art, entertainment and exploration in the modern world as more and more artists emerge with advanced technical skills.

A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2 animator Mark Walsh, Bob the Builder designer Curtis Jobling, and Stuart Sumida and Elizabeth Rega, consulting biologists to animators at Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks and Warner Bros. are among the list of invited guests and lecturers this year.

Red Stick’s showcase of cutting-edge animation, scientific visualization and game development will be held at the Shaw Center for the Arts, the Louisiana Art and Science Museum and the Old State. Attendees will get a chance to meet with artists and professionals from companies like Pixar, Sony Imageworks and Rhythm and Hues. And here are some workshop titles to whet your animation festival palette: Acting for Animators with Ed Hook, Playing Games All Day with Clint Ourso and Animator’s Master Class.

Thinking about bringing the kids? Well there’s something for everybody at Red Stick, what with a Kid’s Day for area schools, screenings of major animated films and Cartoon-A-Palazoo with Curtis Jobling, the little ones will squeal with animated delight. And beyond the educational panels and workshops, the grown-ups can hang around for the After Bed Time screenings of animation for adults as well as the Red Stick Animation Awards. To register, visit www.redstickfestival.org or call (225) 578-8903.