With the Pixar crew moving in to take over Mouse House animation, Walt Disney Picture’s VP of production and technology, John Carey, has made the move to CritterPix Studios. The fledgling northern California computer animation shop is at work on its first feature film, Ollie, a sea otter comedy-adventure pic tentatively scheduled for release in 2008.
Carey will serve as senior VP of production for CritterPix. The 30-year showbiz veteran has established and maintained CG pipelines for a number of animated feature productions and companies. At Disney, he led a team of more than 150 professionals that managed both technology and film production.
In his new position, Carey will play a critical role in finalizing the implementation of CritterPix’s hardware and software platforms and overall workflow environment. ‘We will be building world-class feature animation workflow systems that will enable CritterPix to develop top-quality 3D animation movies more cost effectively than has ever been done before,” he comments.
CritterPix plans to produce one CG-animated movie per year. Ollie, written by CritterPix CEO Kelly Williamson and co-produced by New Regency, will be followed by Hollywood Vermin, a film being penned by Lion King scribe Jonathan Roberts. That pic will tell the story of unsavory underdog outsiders who break into a fat-cat insider’s game. Three additional features are in development but no details are available at this time.
To help bring its productions to the screen, CritterPix has been enlisting the talents of such animation veterans as producer Gary Goldman from Don Bluth Films, Pixar technical director Chris Rock, visual effects supervisor Nathaniel Hunter from Tippett Studios and production asset developer Sandra Joy Lee from Industrial Light & Magic. Most recently, former Interwoven CFO Dave Allen joined the team as chief financial officer. More information on CritterPix can be found at www.critterpix.com.