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Pixar Unleashes RenderMan Pro Server 16.0

Pixar Animation Studios has released version 16.0 of its Oscar-winning RenderMan Pro Server software. The new release offers innovative advancements in ray tracing technology, including ... Continue Reading →
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Donna Friedman Meir Joins Board of Children Now

Donna Friedman Meir, owner and founder of cross-media outfit Lemonade Creative Consulting, has been elected to serve on the board of California’s health and education policy advocacy ... Continue Reading →
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‘The Illusionist’ Casts Its Spell on DVD

Sylvain Chomet’s highly acclaimed and Oscar-nominated 2D feature The Illusionist arrives on DVD and Blu-ray today. The beautifully drawn movie, which is based on a screenplay by French ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Interactive Unveils ‘Cars 2′ Game trailer

Disney Interactive has just released a new Cars 2: The Video Game trailer entitled “Secrets.” The trailer introduces C.H.R.O.M.E., the spy academy where players train to become ... Continue Reading →
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Framestore Restructures New York Office

Oscar-winning vfx shop Framestore has announced that it has restructured its New York office. The restructure addresses recent changes in the industry, an increased demand for the studio’s ... Continue Reading →
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PBJ Network to Offer Classic Toons

Luken Communications has partnered with Classic Media to launch PBJ, a new TV channel offering favorite shows from the ’50s thru the ‘80s. Luken, which also owns Retro TV and TUFF ... Continue Reading →
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Calabash Animates On Shoulders of Giants

Chicago-based indie studio Calabash Animation recently contributed three key animated sequences to the upcoming documentary On the Shoulders of Giants. The film looks at 1930s-era pioneering ... Continue Reading →
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‘The External World’ Wins at Stuttgart

The winners of the 18th edition of the popular Stuttgart’s Festival of Animated Film (Trickfilm Festival) were announced on Sunday (May 8). David O’Reilly’s The External World ... Continue Reading →
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Colorful ‘Gumball’ Premieres on CN Tonight

If you’ve been waiting for a dynamite new show that is whimsical, funny and cleverly animated, you have to look no further than Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball, ... Continue Reading →
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Girerd Discusses the Making of ‘Mia and the Migoo’

French animator Jacques-Rémy Girerd Looks Back at Mia and the Migoo This month, French animator Jacques-Remy Girerd’s traditionally animated feature Mia and the Migoo (produced by ... Continue Reading →
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Hugh Grant Captured by ‘Pirates!’

Actor Hugh Grant will be the lead voice in Aardman Animation’s upcoming feature The Pirates! Band of Misfits for Sony Animation. The British actor will voice the bearded Pirate Captain ... Continue Reading →
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Nickelodeon Land Opens Doors in U.K.

The UK’s biggest amusement park, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool has opened Nickelodeon Land, a new six-acre area, costing £10.3 million ($16.9 million), offering 12 major themed rides ... Continue Reading →
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Inspired Visions Rendering Competition Opens

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. and MAXON Computer GmbH are teaming up to present the Inspired Visions Global Rendering and Animation Competition. The contest is open to all professional ... Continue Reading →
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‘Jackboots on Whitehall’ Hits DVD, VOD, Digital

New Video’s Flatiron Film Company announces the U.S. debut of the supermarionation WWII farce, Jackboots on Whitehall, available on DVD, video on demand and digital platforms July ... Continue Reading →
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Arc Productions Promotes Young to COO, Pres

Arc Productions, formerly known as Starz Animation, continues its management restructuring under its new Canadian owners in preparation for expanded growth. After four and a half years ... Continue Reading →
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‘Futurama’ Launches Facebook Countdown

Comedy Central has begun a digital 50-day countdown for Futurama on Facebook. Fans will be able to check out exclusive content such as preview clips, character designs, episodes, stills ... Continue Reading →
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Fourth Season of ‘Martha Speaks’ Greenlit

WGBH Boston and DHX Media have begun production on the fourth season of the popular PBS KIDS animated preschool show Martha Speaks. The first episodes of the new season will be delivered ... Continue Reading →
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ASIFA Makes New Plans for Archives

ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive has temporarily suspended operation due to lack of funding this year. For the past five years, the Animation Archive has been funded by the membership ... Continue Reading →
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Interview: SIGGRAPH Technical Papers Chair Hugues Hoppe

This summer’s SIGGRAPH confab in Vancouver (August 7-11) has announced its list of 82 technical papers, selected from among 432 submissions. This year’s Technical Papers program ... Continue Reading →
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LAIKA, Focus Reveal Two Picture Deal

Acclaimed stop-motion studio LAIKA and Focus Features, who partnered on Henry Selick’s Academy Award-nominated feature Coraline, are teaming up again for two upcoming movie projects, ... Continue Reading →