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Chris Wedge Previews Vibrant New ‘Epic’

Blue Sky Studios co-founder and Oscar-winning animation director Chris Wedge took some time out of his busy schedule to show a few scenes from his upcoming feature Epic to members of ... Continue Reading →
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Gary Wang Launches New Toon Studio in Beijing

Gary Wang, the man behind on-line video venture Tudou has unveiled a new Beijing-based animation studio to focus on domestic feature projects. Wang, who sold his online venture to Youku, ... Continue Reading →
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‘Guardians’ Rises Amid Week’s DVDs

There’s a veritable olio of diverse DVDs simmering in the pot this week. Rising to the top of our list is DreamWorks’ magical adventure Rise of the Guardians (Paramount/DW, $29.99). ... Continue Reading →
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Peters Named to VES Board for Northern California

Jon V. Peters, CEO and founder of Athena Studios, has been named to the board of directors for the Visual Effects Society’s Northern California chapter. I am thrilled to play a more ... Continue Reading →
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Comic Dane Cook to Voice Planes’ Rusty

The final pieces are coming together for Disney’s upcoming summer feature Planes as the studio announced that comedian Dane Cook has signed to voice its central character Dusty. Cook ... Continue Reading →
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Visual Effects Society Issues Calls to Action

To raise awareness of the plight of the visual effects industry and to create some changes in the way vfx artists are treated in the business, today Visual Effects Society exec director ... Continue Reading →
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DreamWorks Takes $87 Mil. Write-Down on ‘Guardians’

It looks like Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy weren’t that nice to DreamWorks this year. The animation studio will take an $87 million write-down on its 2012 box-office ... Continue Reading →
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‘Gladiators of Rome’ to Open L.A. Italia Festival

Iginio Straffi’s much-anticipated CG-animated 3-D feature Gladiators of Rome is set to open the Los Angeles-Italia Film, Fashion and Art Festival this Sunday (February 17). The Rainbow ... Continue Reading →
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The Elephant Not in the Room (or Anywhere Else)

Last week’s announcement DreamWorks Animation that it was shutting off the lights on its CG/2D mix Me and My Shadow might have surprised some. But it was hardly the first time ... Continue Reading →
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DHX Moves For-Hire Ops to Canada

Canadian indie toon house DHX Media is moving its Los Angeles-based work for hire production operations to Canada to take advantage of tax credits, according to The Hollywood Reporter. ... Continue Reading →