Radar Pictures of Los Angeles has secured a minority interest in the Canadian visual effects group of companies that includes C.O.R.E. Feature Animation and C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures of Toronto, founded by actor William Shatner and four animators. The agreement will provide Radar with a production pipeline for the creation of animated features and is expected to bring more projects to C.O.R.E., which recently delivered visual effects work for Sony’s Resident Evil Apocalypse, opening in theaters today.
In addition to lending pixel magic to movies, C.O.R.E says its has been commissioned to create a fully animated feature for an unnamed major Hollywood studio. The company’s president and co-founder, Bob Munroe, says the partnership with Radar will give C.O.R.E. greater access to the resources required to bring major animated feature films to market.
Radar Pictures is headed by Ted Field, producer of such films as The Last Samurai, Runaway Bride and Jumanji. He comments, "We believe the natural evolution of our business is to move into feature animation. So we began to look for a company that had some unique qualities. First and obviously, it had to have loads of talent and a strong track record, but it also had to share our vision of creating an independent North American animation studio."
With a staff of more than 400, C.O.R.E. is one of the largest employers of digital animators in Canada.