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press release: Portfolio Entertainment Appoints Liliana Vogt To the Newly Created Position of Senior Vice President, Content

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, ON [November 11, 2014] —  Portfolio Entertainment is pleased to announce the appointment of senior development executive, Liliana Vogt, to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Content. Reporting to Lisa Olfman, CEO and Co-Founder of Portfolio Entertainment, Vogt will oversee all facets of content development for the company. In her new role,… »

from the internets: Grayden Laing interviews Torill Kove

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s the link:… »

OIAF 2014 Winners Announced! Poland and Canada Take Top Prizes

By Mike Valiquette

  OTTAWA (September 20, 2014)— The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) competition component has come to an end with the highly anticipated award ceremonies, which were held this evening at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. OIAF organizers announced the 2014 winners of the official competition during the ceremonies. This year’s OIAF, which is in… »

Athena Georgaklis steps into Director of Content role at Teletoon

By Mike Valiquette

It was announced today by Corus Entertainment that the position left open by Alan Gregg back in May, when he left the broadcaster to head up Mercury Filmworks’ new European studio in Ireland, will be filled by Teletoon mainstay, Athena Georgaklis. Athena has been with Teletoon for 17 years, based out of the Montreal office…. »

press release: 9 Story Entertainment appoints Natalie Dumoulin to new role of VP, Creative Affairs

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – September 9, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce the appointment of award-winning media executive Natalie Dumoulin to the newly created position of Vice President, Creative Affairs. Reporting directly to President and CEO Vince Commisso, Dumoulin will be responsible for sourcing and developing animated and live-action properties for kids of… »

from the internets: Oscar-Winning Animator Torril Kove at TIFF

By Mike Valiquette

CP24 ran a nice little interview with Award-winning animator, and Concordia alum, Torril Kove. Torril is a wonderful filmmaker and her latest, Me and my Moulton, will be screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Here the link:… »

from the internets: A Day In The Life Of An Animator (Tomas Patlan), courtesy of No Such Thing as Grown Ups

By Mike Valiquette

East coast podcasters, No Such Thing As Grown Ups give us an in-depth look at Tomas Patlan’s daily routine. It’s edge-of-your-seat stuff. SPOILER: He has breakfast for dinner!… »

press release: Tricon Kids & Family welcomes Frank Saperstein as new Executive VP

By Mike Valiquette

Tricon Kids & Family expands with the appointment of Frank Saperstein as EVP, Kids, Family & Animation Toronto/Los Angeles – July 30, 2014 – Tricon Films & Television continues to grow its boutique Kids & Family division with the appointment of Frank Saperstein as Executive Vice President, Kids, Family & Animation.  In this new position,… »

more cool beans: Angora Napkin’s Troy Little adapting Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By Mike Valiquette

This finally got announced at Comicon in San Diego: PEI-based comics/animation pro, Troy Little (co-creator of cult-fave Angora Napkin and arguably the holder of the title: Most tiny leaves ever drawn in an episode of Franklin the Turtle) will be adapting Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as a graphic novel for… »

cool beans: Hobo Divine Teases Superhuman Cartoon Extravaganza!

By Mike Valiquette

I can’t get enough of the sweet, sweet teases showing up on Hobo Divine’s blog these days. He’s making what appears to be the greatest cartoon ever. If you don’t believe me you should seriously rethink your life choices. I can not wait…. »

Press release: Media entrepreneur Neil Court and ZM Capital make equity investment in 9 Story Limited

By Mike Valiquette

  I’m going to post this and just let it hang there. This is a big, big move for a company that’s already got unprecedented momentum. It’s hard to imagine that adding one individual to the mix could mean so much to an organization, but Neil Court’s potential impact on the growth of 9Story should… »

TAAFI 2014: #FindKyu update

By Mike Valiquette

Film-maker. animator, designer, CAR contributor and sneaky guy Kyu-bum Lee has been posting updates on his various TAAFI activities, and yet there have still been very few confirmed sightings. We caught him stopping by the booth yesterday with Darren Rawlings. And here’s a sneaky shot of free-range Kyu. But apart from that, he’s pretty much… »

TAAFI Maarket Booth Pics! Today’s Guests: Kris Pearn, FunkFuzz, Jon Ng, Joel MacKenzie, Lillian Chan, Kaj Pindal!

By Mike Valiquette

The Animation All-Stars booth at this year’s TAAFI Maarket is a hit. I’m calling it. Yesterday’s turnout was amazing. Despite a few slow patches, we had a pretty steady stream of fans stopping by to say hi to our lineup of amazing guests. Aaron Hong, Dave Cooper, Jon Ng, Jess Borutski, Mike Geiger, Kalman Andrasofszky… »

Where in the World is Kyu-bum Lee?

By Mike Valiquette

CAR contributor Kyu-bum Lee is going to be out and about this weekend at TAAFI. I can’t keep track of the guy, but perhaps you, our readers, can! Kyu’s a little on the quiet side, so if you see him skulking about, I want you to walk right up to him and say hello, snap… »

CAR Presents: Animation All-Stars booth at the TAAFI MAARKET! June 14th and 15th!

By Mike Valiquette

I don’t have an official schedule yet, but I’m super pleased to announce that Canadian Animation Resources is sponsoring a booth at the TAAFI MAARKET this weekend! We’ve got some prime real estate, and will be hosting shifts of top notch talent as they meet and greet and peddle swag. Curious who would set their… »

shameless self-promotion: Creating Success Panel at TAAFI 2014 featuring Natasha Allegri, Dave Cooper, Rob Davies, Michael Rex and Mike Geiger

By Mike Valiquette

With TAAFI 2014 just around the corner, you’re going to be hearing a lot about it on here. This festival just keeps getting better with each year, and we’ll have a few more exciting announcements over the next couple of days. Today’s bit of shameless self-promotion is this: The Creating Success panel, which yours truly… »

CAR Presents: Redesigning Looney Tunes with Jessica Borutski

By Mike Valiquette

Today is the last day of TAAFI’s 48 hr workshop sale on all workshops – $75 (regularily $99). The price goes up today (Tuesday) at midnight. The panels look great this year, but I’d be doing ourselves a disservice here if I didn’t point out that Canadian Animation Resources is a presenting sponsor for the… »

ANIMATIC T.O. This Week: House of Cool Retrospective

By Mike Valiquette

  EDIT: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED    Ricardo Curtis will be hosting a retrospective on the past 10 years of House Of Cool. This talk will cover all the things House of Cool has been doing in feature animation along with an in depth discussion on where things are going in the next 10… »

Rebecca David chats with Rebecca Sugar (STEVEN UNIVERSE!!!)

By Rebecca David

    With Steven Universe premiering on Teletoon late last month, we were given an opportunity to speak with creator Rebecca Sugar. Within our talk we cover Rebecca’s journey from school to now, her hopes and intentions with the show, how marvelous her crew is (both at Cartoon Network and overseas in Korea) and how she’s… »

press release: Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks launches European Production Studio under former Teletoon Content Exec Alan Gregg

By Mike Valiquette

Ottawa, Canada & Ireland – (May 2, 2014) – Mercury Filmworks, Canada’s premiere animation studio, proudly announces its expansion into Europe’s creative market with former Teletoon content chief, Alan Gregg, at the helm. Citing high demand for its creative services and production pipelines, the move marks a significant step toward accessing a broader talent pool… »

CAR welcomes our newest contributor: Kyu-bum Lee!

By Mike Valiquette

I’m very happy to announce that we’ve got a new contributor here at Canadian Animation Resources: Kyu-bum Lee! Kyu’s an enthusiastic and talented member of our community who spends an awful lot of whatever free time he’s got scouring the internet for amazing animation blogs and short films. And now, he’s going to be doing… »

REMINDER: Animatic TO presents Brandon James Scott, April 23, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Animatic TO’s next event: an evening with the Creator of Justin Time, Brandon James Scott. Brandon James Scott is a Toronto based Illustrator working at leading animation entertainment company, Guru Studio, and he is also the creator of the award winning Guru television series JUSTIN TIME! Join us as he talks about the process that… »

showcase: 40K Anijam

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s a little story about an anijam that spontaneously erupted last week. On Monday morning, I noticed a Facebook update from musician Buck 65, known also as Rich Terfry. Rich hosts the afternoon drive show on CBC 2, something I used to listen to very regularly back when I had a commute. Rich/Buck is a… »

press release: Atomic Cartoons Broadens Creative Focus Under New Creative Director, Luke Carroll

By Mike Valiquette

(Vancouver, BC) – Atomic Cartoons is revving up investment in generating creative content, with a mandate to develop more original properties and diversify offerings in response to the evolution of the animation and broadcasting industries. To support this new initiative Atomic – known for its service work on series such as Rocket Monkeys, as well… »

from the internets: It’s Mark Mayerson day!

By Mike Valiquette

Mark Mayerson did an Animatic TO event in March: Don’t Pitch To the Buyer, Pitch To the Audience. It was great. I always enjoy getting Mark’s side of things, despite wanting to argue a couple of points with him. We chatted afterwards, and he gave me a hard time for not opening my big mouth… »

from the internets: AWN Interviews Retiring NFB Producer, Marcy Page

By Mike Valiquette

Marcy Page has had an amazing career in animation. As one of two English Language Animation Producers for the National Film Board of Canada, she’s worked with, nurtured, managed, and enabled(in the best sense of the word) some of the top animation talent Canada has to offer since 1990. Her filmography includes Madame Tutli-Putli, the… »

from the internets: Lillian Chan interview on Film Annex

By Mike Valiquette

Jeff Chiba Stearns continues his series of interviews with Lillian Chan:… »

events: PIXEL ANIMATION, Quebec City, April 4-5, featuring Masterclass events with Hyrum Osmond, Kris Pearn, Pierre Perifel

By Mike Valiquette

14 MASTERS WILL UNVEIL THEIR SECRETS AT PIXEL ANIMATION Pixel Québec is proud to present PIXEL ANIMATION. Co-organised with TECHNOCompétences, this international convention will gather together video game, visual effects and animation artists, who worked with Dreamworks Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Weta Digital and Blizzard Entertainment, among others. The event will be held on April… »

from the internets: Jeff Chiba Stearns interviews Paul Driessen for Film Annex

By Mike Valiquette

Jeff Chiba Stearns has been releasing a series of interviews on Film Annex. The subjects are all animators who contributed to his Yellow Sticky Notes Anijam. So far, we’ve seen Marv Newland and Alison Snowden, two heavyweights in the Canadian animation landscape. The latest is another legend: Paul Driessen. Read it… »

events: Animatic TO presents Mark Mayerson! This Wednesday.

By Mike Valiquette

This Wednesday, Animatic T.O. presents guest speaker: Mark Mayerson! Mark has worked as an animator, writer, producer and director in TV animation for 29 years and he currently is a professor at Sheridan College teaching animation. Mark is also the man behind Mayerson on Animation, an informative and opinionated animation blog that we feature in… »

Canadians making a mark on this year’s Cartoon Network Lineup

By Mike Valiquette

Cartoon Network announced its new lineup yesterday, and there are two Canadian connections worth noting (well, probably a lot more, considering half the story team on Adventure Time is Canadian eg: Steve Wolfhard, Seo Kim). First up is the new Bugs Bunny show, Wabbit. Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production: The hilarious, heroic and mischievous… »

from the internets: Alison Snowden Interview on Film Annex

By Mike Valiquette

Last time it was Marv Newland, now it’s Alison Snowden. Jeff Chiba Stearns is sharing a who’s who of animation talent on Film Annex. This is another case of “if you don’t know who she is, you should”. Alison, along with her husband, David Fine, are the creative voices behind classic NFB shorts George and… »

from the internets: New Corus structure revealed

By Mike Valiquette

I’ve been waiting to hear about this, and it looks like it’s finally being announced. Apologies to Jeremy Dickson at Kidscreen for swiping the press release: On the heels of its CRTC-approved US$233 million buy-out of the 50% stake in Teletoon Canada that it did not already own, Toronto’s Corus Entertainment has revealed a divisional… »

events: Animation Masterclass with Charlie Bonifacio

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI‘s hosting a masterclass with Animaton vet Charlie Bonifacio. Here are the details: Saturday, March 1, 9am – 5pm + Sunday, March 2, 1pm – 5pm Join us for the first, of many, TAAFI Masterclasses. On March 1st and 2nd, be trained by Disney and Arc Productions animation artist Charlie Bonifacio who will focus your… »

from the internets: Interview with Marv Newland on Film Annex

By Mike Valiquette

Jeff Chiba Stearns has a great little chat with legendary Canadian animator Marv Newland over at Film Annex. Read it. Educate thyself. Here’s the… »

press release: Jamie Piekarz joins Youth Media Alliance Board of Directors

By Mike Valiquette

Montreal, February 3rd, 2014 – Youth Media Alliance (AMJ) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member to its board of directors: Jamie Piekarz, Director of Original Programming, Corus Television, Corus Entertainment. She takes over from Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice-President, Programming and Original Productions, Corus Kids, Corus Entertainment.YMA sincerely thanks Ms. Hamilton for her… »

press release: Mike Drach at 9Story

By Mike Valiquette

Another announcement from 9Story. This time it’s former March Entertainment everyguy Mike Drach, stepping into a development role. Good call, 9Story. 9 Story Entertainment appoints Mike Drach to Development Executive   Toronto, Canada – January 27, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce the appointment of seasoned creative executive and writer Mike Drach… »

press release: Tanya Green upped to VP Production at 9Story

By Mike Valiquette

A big congratulations to Tanya Green at 9Story for the promotion. Tanya is one of the nicest and hardest-working people in this business, and this is one case of a press release barely doing justice to the subject. Way to go Tanya! Mike 9 Story Entertainment promotes Tanya Green to VP Production   Toronto, Canada… »

from the internets: RIP Larry Mann

By Mike Valiquette

Jerry Beck just reported that Canadian-born voice actor Larry Mann has passed away at the age of 91 in Los Angeles. http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/larry-mann-voice-of-yukon-conelius-rip   Mann’s voice was a fixture of my childhood, as both the voice of Yukon Cornelius in the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas special, and Rusty, the Tin Man in the Rankin-Bass… »

Frederic Back, April 8, 1924 – December 24, 2013

By Mike Valiquette

We lost a great animator this past week. Frederic Back, the man behind films such as The Man Who Planted Trees and The Mighty River, passed away December 24th of cancer. He was 89. The Man Who Planted Trees from MrGreatShortFilms on Vimeo. A beautiful remembrance by Charles Solomon can be found here: http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/charles-solomon-recalls-frederic-back Composer… »

press release: Teletoon President, Len Cochrane announces retirement

By Mike Valiquette

In the first post-CORUS-acquisition press release I’ve received, here’s news that ling-time Teletoon president Len Cochrane is retiring in January. TELETOON Canada Inc. President to Retire in January 2014 (Toronto, Ontario, December 23, 2013) – TELETOON Canada Inc. today announced that the company’s President Len Cochrane has decided to retire in January 2014, following Corus… »

from the internets: a conversation with Tinman’s Brett Jubinville

By Mike Valiquette

M.R. Horhager is back with another interview via TAAFI. This time he’s chatting with Brett Jubinville, one of the partners at Toronto’s Tinman Creative Studios. I’m a genuine fan of all things Tinman, it’s a good little read. Check it out… »

from the internets: Guys with Pencils talk to Adam Brown

By Mike Valiquette

Remember Calvin & Hobbes? Remember that sweet animated clip of them dancing that the internets loved soooo much a few weeks back?! Well, Guys with Pencils want to remind you, and more! On their latest podcast, they talk to Adam Brown, the Hamilton-based animator who created the clip. Check it out… »

from the internets: Interview with 9Story’s Brandon Lane, via TAAFI

By Mike Valiquette

Our pals over at TAAFI just posted an interesting conversation between M.R. Horhager and Brandon Lane. Brandon works at 9Story, until recently, as a development executive, and has just shifted into a creative producer role. Brandon’s taken a different route than some to get to where he is. Check out his origin story. Here’s the… »

AWESOMESAUCE! Michael Fukushima named Executive Producer of NFB English Animation Program!!!

By Mike Valiquette

  NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA NAMES MICHAEL FUKUSHIMA EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF ENGLISH PROGRAM ANIMATION STUDIO Montreal, November 4, 2013 – Michael Fukushima has been named Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s acclaimed English Program Animation Studio in Montreal. Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984. He first joined the NFB… »

from the internets: House of Cool’s Ricardo Curtis on Guys With Pencils

By Mike Valiquette

The Guys With Pencils podcast has a special two hour edition with House of Cool top dog, Ricardo Curtis. Check it out here:… »

Grant Campbell, February 27, 1956 – September 4, 2013

By Mike Valiquette

A few weeks ago, Mark Mayerson posted some sad news about the passing of longtime Ottawa animator Grant Campbell. Grant passed away on September 4, at the Mission Hospice in Ottawa. I worked with Grant at Dynomight Cartoons in the 90’s. I didn’t know him well, but he was a warm and friendly presence at… »

breaking (non-Canadian)news: Bob Peterson and Pete Sohn off Pixar’s Good Dinosaur

By Mike Valiquette

I had this from an anonymous tipster, and it’s apparently the worst kept secret on LA, but the story is breaking now. Apparently, in a move that is become a bit of a habit, Pixar has removed director Bob Peterson from their upcoming feature, the Good Dinosaur. There’s been no official word from Disney/Pixar yet,… »

Roddy McManus leaves NFB

By Mike Valiquette

I have no idea how I missed this. AWN reported on May 31st that Roddy McManus has stepped down from his position as Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s Academy Award-winning English-language animation studio. No official word yet about why McManus left the position, to which he was appointed in July 2011,… »

coolest beans: Graham Falk on Adventure Time

By Mike Valiquette

Tonight’s episode of Adventure Time was boarded by Graham Falk. I’ve mentioned Graham on here more than a few times. He’s an amazing cartoonist, who’s been hugely influential among the current crop of animators in Canada. He created Untalkative Bunny, one of the more charming kids shows to come out of Canada over the last… »

from the internets: Warren Leonhardt on Animation Insider

By Mike Valiquette

Sometimes contributor and all around swell guy, Warren Leonhardt, answered a few questions for Animation Insider. Apparently, Warren used to be a logger, and is too lazy to be an amateur kickboxer. I had no idea he was so… »

RIP Stompin’ Tom Connors

By Mike Valiquette

This guy was the real deal. An inspiring Canadian if ever there was one. Here’s an animated connection, courtesy of the NFB and Paul Morstad, it’s Moon Man, from 2004. Moon Man by Paul Morstad, National Film Board of… »

from the internets: J.J. Sedelmaier talks Lightboxes and Peg Bars

By Mike Valiquette

Imprint magazine has a great article by New York animator J.J. Sedelmaier that features an awesome array of animation discs and setups that are drifting into antiquity.  You young’uns won’t barely recognize most of this stuff, but it’s great to see it all laid out.  No Canadian connection mentioned in the article, but I’ll add… »

from the internets: Guys With Pencils talk with Scott Caple

By Mike Valiquette

Guys with Pencils podcast, featuring a conversation with Scott Caple.  Scott is an instructor at Sheridan, whose resume includes the Incredibles and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Here’s the download link…. »

Michael Fukushima at Reel Asian Film Festival

By Mike Valiquette

Following part one of our interview with Michael Fukushima, we present, care of Grayden Laing, Michael’s presentation at this year’s Reel Asian International Film Festival.  Michael is the first producer to be honoured by the festival.  Traditionally they recognize directors. A selection of films were screened, including Michael’s first film, Minoru: Memory of Exile, that… »

from the internets: Winsor McCay Google Doodle

By Mike Valiquette

Google’s got a Winsor McCay homage up today.  For those who don’t know him, he’s one of the defining pioneers of animation.  He’s best known in cartoon circles for Gertie the Dinosaur, his traveling Vaudeville show where he interacted with an animated Brontosauraus of his own creation, a process that precision timing, and painstaking animation. … »

Attention Directors: Directors Rights Collective of Canada may be holding foreign royalties for you, list attached.

By Mike Valiquette

This came in via Mark Mayerson, and seems to be on the up and up.  Basically, the DRCC collects foreign royalties on behalf of Canadian directors, and is affiliated with the Directors Guild of Canada.  There’s a very long list of directors they are trying to reach, and quite a few are very recognizable(Kaj Pindal,… »

from the internets: Ted Wilson, Animation Insider interview

By Mike Valiquette

More Animation Insider interviews: today’s Canadian Animator is Ted Wilson, co-creator of Mondo Media’s Gundarr the Barbarian. Here’s the… »

from the internets: Animation Insider interviews Diamond Dave Merritt

By Mike Valiquette

Animation Insider has a great formula.  Standardized interview questions that they send out to all kinds of animation types.  There’s a pretty huge catalogue on there, including a number of notable Canadians.  The latest is “Diamond” Dave Merritt.  Whether you know it or not, you’re probably familiar with the man’s work. Have a read here…. »

Post-TAAFI: Guys With Pencils Podcast

By Mike Valiquette

There’s going to be a fair bit of post-festival wrap-up to do, but first, I have to get some day-job under my belt.  So to keep you all from getting too lonely I’m going to link to the Guys With Pencils podcast.  This week they grabbed Nick Cross and Marlo Meekins during their TAAFI visit… »

A conversation with Josh Bowen, creator of Mondo Media’s Goodwin VS Badwin

By Mike Valiquette

  A little while back, I had a few minutes to chat with Toronto’s Josh Bowen.  Josh is an independent producer who had some recent success with Goodwin VS Badwin, a webseries being showcased on Mondo Media’s YouTube channel.  GvsB has ranked up a solid chunk of numbers, and while it hasn’t been a breakout… »

press release: Butch Hartman at TAC 2012

By Mike Valiquette

Continuing to put their best cartoon foot forward, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, has announced Butch Hartman as a keynote speaker for TAC 2012.  I’ve never seen so focused an attempt to please the cartoon crowd form the normally indie-oriented event.  Granted, TAC is an industry event, but this is still pretty hardcore cartoonery. Here’s… »

from the internets: Student profile of Kyle Mowat at TAAFI.com

By Mike Valiquette

Over on the TAAFI website, there’s an interview with soon-t0-be Sheridan grad, Kyle Mowat.  The interviewer is Chris Walsh, a prof at Sheridan, so there’s some clear familiarity between the two.  They mainly cover Kyle’s grad film, Ball Pit.  Kyle’s work is not what one generally expects when the words “Sheridan Grad” are mentioned.  Much… »

TAAFI poster chit-chat with Mike Geiger and Rich Duhaney

By Mike Valiquette

About a week or so ago, we posted Mike Geiger‘s design for the inaugural TAAFI poster.  Lots of you seem to like its obvious cartoonery, so we decided to ask Mike and Rich Duhaney (of TAAFI) for a little background on the design. Mike’s pretty busy, but he managed to squeeze this out for us:… »

press release: Nerd Corps hires Juli Boylan to head up Consumer Products

By Mike Valiquette

 With original action series SLUGTERRA launching in the fall on Disney XD, Nerd Corps Entertainment has recruited a new nerd to lead its consumer products activities, Juli Boylan. Boylan will be at Toy Fair in New York this week seeking licensees to help move the program forward and support the global launch. Nerd Corps will… »

press release: Andrew Kerr heading up Consumer Products, Nelvana Enterprises

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada — Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises announced the appointment of respected industry veteran Andrew Kerr to Head of Consumer Products, The Americas and Australasia, effective immediately. Kerr brings over 14 years of international industry experience in licensing, consumer products and marketing, and will be responsible for strategy, brand management and development for Nelvana properties including Beyblade, Babar, Franklin… »

RIP, Ron Searle, 1920-2012

By Mike Valiquette

The new year is off to a rocky start with the announcement this morning that legendary illustrator Ron Searle has passed at the age of 91. Ron is best known in non-animation circles as the creator of the St. Trinian’s stories, with which I’m admittedly not too familiar.  I know him better by his breadth… »

from the internets: Jon Klassen on Cartoon Brew

By Mike Valiquette

Great interview by Chris Arrant with Toronto-based artist Jon Klassen over on Cartoon Brew.  Jon’s an animation guy who’s moved into illustration and pretty much kicks ass.  I’m a fan. Go read. Here’s the… »

press release: Jennifer McCarron joins Atomic Cartoons as Head of Production

By Mike Valiquette

VANCOUVER, BC October 17, 2011 – Atomic Cartoons Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Jennifer McCarron to the studio’s management team. An award winning animation producer, Jennifer Twiner-McCarron joins Atomic Cartoons as the Head of Production in October 2011. Over the past 15 years, Jennifer has produced or executive produced dozens of animated… »

from the internets: Mark Mayerson on Animation Insider

By Mike Valiquette

Mark Mayerson takes his turn with the usual round of questions on Animation Insider. Here’s the… »

from the internets: Ken Davis on Animation Insider

By Mike Valiquette

Storyboard artist Ken Davis shares his thoughts on Animation Insider. Here’s the… »

from the internets: Rob Davies on Animation Insider

By Mike Valiquette

Got another Insider interview for you.  This one’s with Rob Davies.  Rob’s one of the founders of Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons, and also the guy who gave me my first job in this business back when he was a young hotshot at Studio B. There’s a lot in this one, go read. Here’s the… »

from the internets: Jess Borutski on Animation Insider

By Mike Valiquette

One more pillaged from my Awesome List.  Here’s Jess on Animation Insider…. »

from the internets: Robbie Anderson on Animation Insider

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s another one!  Once again, one of our very own, Mr Robbie Anderson, answers the usual round of questions on Animation Insider. I should swipe their format. Here’s the link…. »

from the internets: Mike Geiger on Animation Insider

By Mike Valiquette

Animation Insider is on a roll.  First Warren Leonhardt, now Mike Geiger.  It’s like they swiped my awesome list. Here’s the… »

from the internets: Warren Leonhardt on Animation Insider

By Mike Valiquette

Well, well, well.. if it isn’t our very own Sir Warren B Leonhardt the first over on Animation Insider.  As someone who is prone to bouts of grumpiness, I’m constantly inspired by Warren’s seemingly boundless positivity and love for what he does.  Animation Insider managed to turn the tables on our Mister Leonhardt and get… »

press release: TELETOON PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE LANDS AT MERCURY

By Mike Valiquette

Travis Williams leaves Teletoon to head service and co-production development slate at Canada’s Mercury Filmworks August 19, 2011, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Mercury Filmworks announces former Teletoon production executive Travis Williams as the new head of its development team. In 7 years at Teletoon, Williams supervised the development and production of over 300 hours of television… »

from the internets: Gazette article on David Verrall’s departure from the NFB

By Mike Valiquette

David Verrall has been with the NFB for over 30 years, the past 14 as the Executive Producer of the English Language Animation program.  The torch is passing this September to Roddy McManus.  The Montreal Gazette has a nice piece on the upcoming… »

Checking in with Kevin Parry

By Mike Valiquette

I’ve been meaning to post this chat I shared with Kevin Parry.  It’s been a busy year for Kevin, with a lot of well-deserved attention from his first film, the Arctic Circle, and the release of a new film, a music video he directed with the help of a few friends.  I though it would… »

press release: Bonita Siegel joins Atomic development team

By Mike Valiquette

July 15, 2011 Atomic Cartoons is pleased to announce the addition of Bonita Siegel to their development team. Bonita is an experienced Executive Producer and Broadcaster who, in her role as Director of Original Productions at Corus Television, developed, commissioned and supervised production on over 1400 hours of children’s programming for all age groups and… »

Roddy McManus named new top dog for English language animation at NFB

By Mike Valiquette

I’m lifting this directly from MediaCaster, since I don’t seem to have received a press release: The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has named Roddy McManus as the new Executive Producer of its Oscar-winning English-language Animation Studio. McManus succeeds veteran animation producer David Verrall as head of the Montreal-based Animation Studio starting August 8,… »

cool beans: Curtis and Tara

By Mike Valiquette

Not sure where to put this.  Maybe under profiles, maybe under showcase?  Either way, today I’m introducing you to Curtis and Tara.  Apart from being two of the most genuinely (as far as I can tell) nice people I’ve met since I got my first job in animation, they also make stuff.  They’re responsible for… »

press release: Mercury promotes Sandra Green to VP Finance

By Mike Valiquette

Entertainment finance veteran promoted to Mercury Filmworks Vice‐President of Finance Mercury Filmworks is pleased to announce the promotion of Sandra Green from Director of Finance to Vice President, Finance. In her new position Green will report directly to Mercury President Clint Eland and oversee all aspects of the company’s production and corporate finances. Green, a… »

Joseph Gilland’s Elemental Magic special effects workshop (quick review by Barry Sanders)

By Mike Valiquette

Friend of the site, Barry Sanders, was fortunate enough to attend Joseph Gilland’s effects workshop in Toronto last week.  He was kind enough to send over a quick write up: On Sunday February 20th the Toronto Animated Image Society presented a full day lecture by veteran effects animator Joseph Gilland to a sold out NFB… »

Rock & Rule Premiere at Corus Quay

By Mike Valiquette

by Peter Roe (Guest Contributor) On January 19, 2011, intrepid Nelvana animator, Barry Sanders, presented the first of (what is to become) a monthly event, at the Toronto home base of Corus Entertainment: an after-hours screening of a non-mainstream animated feature film. The obvious choice to kick-start this series was Nelvana’s own attempt at breaking… »

profile: Kevin Parry

By Mike Valiquette

Last week I posted a fantastic film in the showcase, the Arctic Circle,  by Toronto’s Kevin Parry.  Months back, Kevin was good enough to take some time to chat with me about himself and the film.  Not long after,   I had one of what amounted to three major system crashes over the course of… »

press release: Atomic Cartoons adds Rob Simmons to Executive Team, Partnership

By Mike Valiquette

Industry Finance veteran becomes partner at Atomic Cartoons VANCOUVER, BC November 8, 2010 – Atomic Cartoons Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Rob Simmons to the company’s executive team. During his years as a finance and business affairs executive in animation, Rob has structured and executed multiple international treaty co-productions and joint ventures… »

From the internets, URBMN interview with Troy Little

By Mike Valiquette

Friend of the site, Cameron Archer, has a posted a short interview with Troy Little, Eisner-Award-nominated graphic novelist, animator, dad, and coffee junkie, over on his URBMN blog. Troy is one of the creators, along with Nick Cross, of Angora Napkin, the pilot for which will be airing on Teletoon this coming Halloween at 11:30… »

Algonquin Shuffle update

By Mike Valiquette

Thanks to everyone who has chimed in with their comments and concern over the recent changes at Algonquin.  Word is now out, to some degree, regarding the situation. Last Thursday, October 7th, Neil Hunter and Paul West were removed from their positions as co-coordinators of the Animation program at Algonquin College.  It was reported to… »

Sudden changes at Algonquin College

By Mike Valiquette

This past Thursday afternoon, October 7th, Neil Hunter and Paul West, the co-coordinators of the Algonquin College Animation Program, were fired from their position.  There’s been no official statement, but further information should be available regarding the changes in the coming week. The timing of this move seems really odd, particularly with the Animation Festival… »

Official word on Bob Jaques from Mercury Filmworks

By Mike Valiquette

September 29, 2010 REN & STIMPY DIRECTOR LANDS AT MERCURY Mercury Filmworks is excited to announce the addition of acclaimed director Bob Jaques (The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Ren & Stimpy’s Adult Cartoon Party, The Oblongs, Family Guy, Robot Boy, Woody Woodpecker, Cow & Chicken, The Baby Huey Show, Ren & Stimpy) to its… »

Mercury lands Bob Jaques for Studio Director position

By Mike Valiquette

Well, the word on the street has been confirmed, Bob Jaques, formerly a partner at Carbunkle Cartoons, is the new studio director at Mercury Filmworks in Ottawa. Here’s Bob’s very short bio from his blog: Hardcore Popeye cartoon and Fleischer fanatic. Animation producer, director, and co-owner of Carbunkle Cartoons. My partner Kelly Armstrong and I… »

Character Design Blog interviews Colin Jack

By Mike Valiquette

If you don’t have the Character Design blog in your bookmarks already, now’s a good excuse as any to add it.  They recently posted an interview with Colin Jack, a designer/director/illustrator out of Toronto.  Colin’s a great talent and fantastic to work with.  We’ll be profiling him here on the site in the future, but… »

profile: Kris Pearn

By sir warren b leonhardt

image © ken bautista EDIT NOTE: This article was originally run in the Spring 2007 issue of Apatoons , a closed-loop a.p.a., and the longest running animation related publication in American history. With permission from all those involved, we’ve managed to get a Canadian Animation Resources exclusive! *Be sure to read through to the end… »

from the internets: mini update

By Mike Valiquette

Steve Lambe, originally of Newfoundland, now based out of Ottawa, is picking up his daytime Emmy today, read about it… »

Profiles: GAGA, a conversation with Jessica Borutski

By Mike Valiquette

Sometime back, Ottawa artist Jessica Borutski landed herself an amazing and intimidating gig. She was asked to redesign the iconic cast of Warner Bros classic Looney Tunes characters for an upcoming relaunch.  Well, Jess has been hard at work from her canal-viewed apartment/studio here in Ottawa and the show has been announced for Cartoon Network… »

Happy Birthday, Canadian Animation Resources

By Mike Valiquette

Tomorrow is May 8th, and it will officially be one year since Canadian Animation Resources migrated from a bunch of hacked together Blogspot pages to it’s current home, right here.  I’ve had an amazing year running this site.  It’s what I love doing, and I owe all of you a huge thank you for the… »

profile: Troy Little

By sir warren b leonhardt

TROY LITTLE is one of the many maritimers carving their own path through animation. Geographically isolated from traditional media centers like Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver, the maritimes have found themselves the center of attention in the late 90s and early 2000s, becoming a new hotspot for Canadian animation production. While things may have taken a… »

New contributor: Warren Leonhardt

By Mike Valiquette

I’d like to invite everyone to join me in welcoming Mr Warren Leonhardt the Canadian Animation Resources team.  I met Warren a few years ago at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.  We have a lot of people in common and I’m a huge admirer of his work.  Warren’s been a frequent commenter here and has… »

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