Author: Mike Valiquette

Animation professional, dad, closet optimist.

events: Schoolism LIVE, Toronto, May 7-8

Schoolism LIVE Toronto Workshop is happening this weekend! May 7-8, 2016. http://www.schoolism.com/workshop-toronto/ Learn from instructors Stephan Martiniere (Rage, Guardians of the Galaxy) Chris Sasaki (Inside Out, Sanjay’s Super Team) Andrea Blasich (Brave, The Dam Keeper) Mike Yamada (The Croods, Big…

TAAFI 2016 STARTS TOMORROW!

It’s going to be a busy few days for animation here in Toronto! TAAFI 2016 launches tomorrow and there’s too much to see and do. We’ll be at our table at the MAARKET on Saturday and Sunday, and will do…

EVENTS: Animation Job Fair at TAAFI 2016

Get a Job – Animation Arts Maarket 2016 Free animation job fair and networking event at TAAFI 2016 From April 23 to 24, the Animation Arts Maarket returns during the TAAFI 2016 festivities held at George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus…

press release: BOAT ROCKER MEDIA ACQUIRES RADICAL SHEEP

This is kinda huge. First they bring Industrial Brothers under their umbrella, now this. Congrats to John and Michelle and congrats to the team at Boatrocker for knowing a good thing when they see it. BOAT ROCKER MEDIA ACQUIRES RADICAL…

showcase: Kafka’s Little Fable, by M. R. Horhager

Something a little different from Toronto-based director, M. R. Horhager. Kafka’s Little Fable features really gorgeous art direction from his frequent collaborator Aaron Hong, and some rock solid animation by Omar Al-Hafidh We’ve featured Horhager’s work on here before. He’s…

Earlybird Rate Extended for TAAFI Passes! Additional Discount for CAR Readers! For Reals! Read this Post Far Cheap TAAFI Tickets!

TAAFI has extended early bird sales until Friday March 25. The full program is almost completely locked in and can be viewed on TAAFI’s new website: taafi.com/festival-2016/program-overview. There’s a ton going on at the festival this year, as usual. They’ve…

The Big News: Toonz Software Goes Open Source

This is everywhere, and it seems to be pretty great. Toonz software, the animation software used by only the greatest animation studio of all time, Studio Ghibli, will be made available for free via an open source version beginning on…

The Little Prince’s Bumpy Ride, or: Distribution’s a Bitch.

Some of you went out to your local theatre last weekend and treated yourself to a screening of the latest retelling of the classic Antoine de Saint-Exupéry story, the Little Prince. It’s a great looking movie, a  CG/2D/Stop-Motion Animated Feature…

CBC Short Film Faceoff Deadline This Week

Attention Filmmakers!  Short Film Face Off is back for another season on CBC TV!  We are now looking for the best short films from every region of the country to take part in the program. For ​complete ​guidelines​, criteria​ and…

2D Digital Design Breaker, Nelvana Studio, Toronto

Nelvana Studio, A Corus Entertainment Company 2D Digital Design Breaker, Toronto  Nelvana Studio has an exciting opportunity for 2D Digital Design Breaker in our Toronto office. Reporting to the Design Supervisor and Animation Director, the successful candidate will be responsible…

Press Release: NFB Commits to Gender Parity, 50 Percent of Production Budget Earmarked for Films By Women

National Film Board of Canada commits 50 percent of its production budget to films by women Already an industry leader in gender equality, NFB introduces new initiatives in International Women’s Day announcement from Claude Joli-Coeur March 8, 2016 – Vancouver…

jobby: 3D Animators, Gallus Toronto, Toronto

Gallus Entertainment is a Canadian CG animation studio located in Downtown Toronto. Gallus Toronto is looking for 3D Animators to work on our latest animated series Luna Petunia (Cirque Du Soleil, 44 episodes X 11mins) for NETFLIX. – Start date…

TIFF KIDS Industry Registration Opens

Industry registration for TIFF Kids 2016 now open! TIFF Kids celebrates great children’s screen content with a programme of terrific new films, a three-day Industry Conference, networking opportunities, workshops, roundtable discussions and our award winning digiPlaySpace. Industry passes offer fluid…

jobby: Modellers, Lighters, Shading Artists, Rune Entertainment, Toronto

Type:Contract with the possibility of becoming permanent Positions available:  2 Start Date:ASAP About Rune Entertainment: Based in Toronto, RUNE Entertainment is a multi-disciplinary production studio with a passion for design and narrative. We love new challenges, working with driven people…

jobby: Designers, Animators, Industrial Brothers, Toronto

Industrial Brothers is hiring! Seeking the following experienced & talented crew for our newest animated series DOT with KIDS CBC. • 2D Designers Character and prop designers Must have experience working in FLASH productions o Strong drawing skills Posing, lip…

Watch this! Space Missionaries, by Solis Animation and M.R. Horhager

Want to watch a not-quite-safe-for-work cartoon? Well, Space Missionaries could be your thing. We posted a trailer way back in 2013 (right here, see? http://www.canadiananimationresources.ca.php72-4.phx1-1.websitetestlink.com/2013/04/showcase-space-missionairies-from-m-r-horhager-and-solis-animation/) And it looks like they got to make a few episodes with the folks at…

from the internets: The Little Prince, Made in Montreal

We didn’t give this a lot of coverage while it was happening, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s exciting. March 18th will see the North American wide release of the latest feature adaptation of Anotine de Saint-Exupery’s famous…

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS KICKSTARTER: 6 Days to Go!

There’s just so much to share in the world of the SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS, how can it not be pulling in the big dough? There’s six days to go in the crowdfunding campaign, so if you’ve got a soft spot…

TAAFI 2016 Poster, by Nneka Myers

Here’s this year’s TAAFI poster, by Nneka Myers. And a “making of” video! Designing the TAAFI 2016 Poster – Nneka Myers from Toronto Animation Arts Festival on Vimeo.

press release: Radical Sheep and Teletoon Team up For SPRINKLE and the SWEET SUGAR MAGICS

Toronto, Canada – February 4, 2016 – Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON and RADICAL SHEEP PRODUCTIONS have entered into a development deal for animated comedy SPRINKLE and the SWEET SUGAR MAGICS from Comedian, Writer and Creator Stephanie Kaliner. SPRINKLE and the SWEET…

from the internets: Nickelodeon Announces This Year’s Shorts… CANADIANS!

Here’s the link: http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/nickelodeon-2016-animated-shorts-program-2015-finalists-1201695536/ Here’s the excitement: Ramblers Created by Brett Jubenville and Morghan Fortier Norville, Mr. Gobbles and Opee are Ramblers: intergalactic scouts on a mission to explore the universe and earn badges. THAT’S TINMAN!!! You know? The SUPER…

Demo Reels: Blame Your Brother Creative Workshop

Want to watch another cool reel? Well look no further. Here’s the latest one from Blame Your Brother Creative Workshop. Blame Your Brother is Darren and Geoff Donovan, actual brothers, actual twins, actual crazy talented individuals. Darren’s an animator, Geoff’s…

DEMO REELS: Tinman Creative Studios

I’m tired of posting jobs. It’s great, there’s lots of work out there, but sometimes I get buried under the job posts and it feels like that’s all we share around here anymore. Want to watch some demo reels? Some…

Events: Animatic TO presents Indie Animation Film Maker Carla Veldman, TONIGHT, Toronto

If you’re in Toronto, and you want to hang with the animation crowd, tonight’s a great night to do it. Animatic TO’s latest edition is an evening with award-winning independent film maker Carla Veldman. From the event page: Carla Veldman…

press release: KIDS’ CBC WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVES MARIE MCCANN AND DREW MULLIN

January 25, 2016– Kids’ CBC announced today the hiring of Marie McCann and Drew Mullin as executives in charge of production for Children’s Content.  In their new roles, McCann and Mullin will report directly to Martin Markle, senior director of Children’s Content…

Robert Valley Kickstarter Live: Pear Cider and Cigarettes

In crowdfunding news, Robert Valley has launched a campaign to complete his long-in-progress film Pear Cider and Cigarettes. It’s based on a true story, one he’s told in graphic novel format before, and this is the inevitable final version. Robert’s…

showcase: Jo Minkus, by Benjamin Anders

Nickelodeon International has unveiled another Canadian creation. This one is Jo Minkus, from Sheridan alum Benjamin Anders. It’s a ton of fun. Jo Minkus from Nickelodeon International on Vimeo. This film was originally conceived during Ben’s time at Sheridan, and…

press release: TAAFI ANNOUNCES 2016 GUEST SPEAKERS

Walt Disney Studios, Hanna-Barbera, and many recognized animators TORONTO, ON — The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) has announced six guest speakers for its 2016 program. Recognized for their work on various award-winning animated films and popular television series,…

press release: Nerds and Monsters Season 2 on YTV

SLAP HAPPY CARTOONS’  NERDS AND MONSTERS SEASON TWO PREMIERES SATURDAY JANUARY 9th at 10:00 a.m. ET/PT ON YTV (Jan. 6, 2016 – Vancouver, Canada) – Vancouver-based animation studio Slap Happy Cartoons Inc. is pleased to announce the premiere of the…

showcase: Happy Holidays from Eoin Duffy

One of the great things about this time of year, for animation fans, is all the animated greetings that start to pop up. Like this one, from Eoin Duffy! Happymerry! Happy Holidays from Eoin Duffy on Vimeo.

Call For Entries: 2016 Fest Anca

The 9th Fest Anča International Animation Festival has launched a call for entries that will end on March 15, 2016. Only films made after January 1, 2014 can be considered for the 9ᵗʰ Fest Anča 2016. Only those submitters whose…

press release: NFB’s Carface directed by Claude Cloutier wins at 2015 Sommets du cinéma d’animation

  Carface (Autos Portraits) by Claude Cloutier, a short produced by Julie Roy for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), won the International Competition Prize at the 2015 Sommets du cinéma d’animation earlier this evening. The Festival ran from…

events: Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Holiday Party, Wednesday December 2, Toronto

In celebration of the holidays, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter would like to invite you for a festive fun time at Betty’s on December 2nd, 2015! This year’s holiday party will feature Party Games, Prizes and a lot of good cheer! We are also bringing Resume and…

Showcase: Eoin Duffy’s Einstein100 – General Relativity

We’ve showcased his work before (check out the Missing Scarf here), and now we’re doing it again. This one’s got it all: Einstein, animation, and Doctor Who himself, David Tennant!!! Last time they got Sulu, this time Dr. Who. Crazy.…

press release: Youth Media Alliance launches its Digital Toolkit

 Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is pleased to unveil its Digital Toolkit, a practical tool to answer ethical and legal questions that producers of digital content for young people may have.   Development of the Digital Toolkit was made possible through…

from the internets: Michael Hirsh Masterclass at World Animation Summit, via Animation Magazine

“You’ve got to believe that you will survive those tough moments.” Michael Hirsh, Co-founder of Nelvana and Cookie Jar, current vice chairman of DHX Media and chairman of The Entertainment and Media Finance Group. One of the biggest figures in…

press release: Annecy 2016 – Film and Project Submissions

Opening of Registration for Films and Projects Annecy 2016 will be opening its doors from 13th June. For the first time the International Animation Film Festival will pay tribute to… French animation! We have asked a number of foreign programme…

Great Event in Toronto on Saturday: Animation, Routes to Success, Moderated by Howie Shia

Toronto’s Reel Asian Film Festival has done a great job of embracing animation over the years. Next Saturday, they continue that tradition with an excellent looking panel hosted by animation director Howie Shia. The panelists include NFB animation honcho Michael…

from the internets: Patrick Loubert and Michael Hirsh Honoured by the Joe Shuster Awards

Here’s a really great article over on Comic Book Daily delving into the early days of what would become Nelvana, and how the founders contributed to the Canadian Comics community. Loubert and Hirsh are responsible for the rescue and archiving…

press release: YMA Conference presents Lion Guard Supervising Director Howy Parkins, November 18-20, Toronto

Montreal, October 19, 2015 – You have until this Friday, October 23, to take advantage of the early-bird rate for the 2015 Children, Youth & Media (CYM) Conference – the must-attend event for youth TV and digital production professionals, November…

showcase: TRUTH OR DARING, The Canadian Federal Election Cartoon, by Barnabas Wornoff and Friends, UPDATED: Part 1 and 2 are up!

It’s topical, and almost dirty. It’s maybe not-totally-safe-for-work. It’s the latest offering from Toronto animator and madcap animation hooligan, Baranabas (Barney) Wornoff (along with a whole gaggle of other animation types, this stuff doesn’t just make itself). Barney’s the manic…

jobby: Character Finaling Artist, Toon Box, Toronto

POSITION: Character Finaling Artist DESCRIPTION The Character Finaling Artist applies a number of techniques—including but not limited to sculpting, grooming, and simulations of cloth and hair—to clean up and enhance character animation on a computer-generated feature. RESPONSIBILITIES • Collaborate in…

from the internets: Bento Box Canada is Actually Happening

In other news, the Hollywood Reporter is sharing news that Primetime/Adult animation powerhouse Bento Box is making good on last year’s announcement about some kind of deal with Corus to open a shop in Canada that will produce animation for…

showcase: Foxed!, by James Stewart

I’m overdue sharing this. It’s James Stewart’s awesomely creepy stopmo film, FOXED! Foxed has a bit of history, making the rounds on the festival circuit and finally securing a development deal to be adapted as a feature. It’s a unique…

jobby: Assistant Director, Industrial Brothers, Toronto

 Industrial Brothers is hiring! We are currently seeking Assistant Directors with experience in 3D animation to work on a variety of high profile productions. As the assistant director, you will work closely with the director to develop and implement the…

jobby: Line Producer, Animation Director, Editors, Designers, more positions, Industrial Brothers, Toronto

 Industrial Brothers is hiring! We are hiring for our two new animated pre‐school series beginning production immediately. We are looking for the following experienced & talented crew: All crew must have at least 2-­‐5 years experience working in the animation…

jobby: 3D Rigger, Guru Studio, Toronto

Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto is looking for a 3D Rigger to help bring our next batch of fantastic projects to life. Responsibilities: Use available studio tools to rig characters and props Rig…

jobby: 3D Character Modeler, Guru Studio, Toronto

Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto is looking for a 3D Character Modeler to help bring our next batch of fantastic projects to life. Responsibilities: Model appealing production friendly Characters for a television series…

jobby: Junior-Senior Compositor, Legend 3D, Toronto

Legend3D, Inc. is an innovative stereoscopic and visual effects company committed to advancing the art of 3D for first-run feature films while also identifying opportunities to create new revenue from iconic library titles.   Summary Statement: With a background in…

jobby: Digital Artist Manager, Legend 3D, Toronto

Reporting to the VP Operations, The Digital Artist Manager plays a key role in effectively staffing and retaining artists to strategically support corporate endeavors. Major daily responsibilities include recruitment, management, professional development of artists in all departments with varying skillsets…

jobby: Production Coordinator, Legend 3D, Toronto

The Production Coordinator implements the schedule of production shots for an assigned show. The Coordinator will partner with the Depth Lead, and Lead Stereo Compositor, and Associate Stereographer to take ownership of the production schedule and budget of assigned shots…

jobby: Supervising Producer, Spin Master Entertainment, Toronto

Job Title: Supervising Producer, Spin Master Entertainment Reports to: Senior Director Production, Toronto Term: rolling contract (initial term 1 year)  Spin Master Entertainment has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Animation Supervising Producer to join our vibrant team in the…

jobby: 3D Environment Artist, Welcome to the Wayne Inc., Toronto

We’re looking for 3D Environment Artists for Nickelodeon’s newest series ‘Welcome to the Wayne’. The candidates will be tasked with build 3D sets based on per-existing concept designs. The sets will be used in the production of aforementioned 2D series.…

Press Release: Portfolio Entertainment Announces Launch of Toronto Production Studio

(September 21, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) – Producer and distributor Portfolio Entertainment is pleased to announce the launch of Portfolio Animation, a creative-driven animation studio equipped with top-tier talent, cutting-edge technology and commitment to excellence. The studio is part of…

OIAF 2015: FREE WEEKEND PASSES!!!!!

That’s right! Free passess! 2 of them! The Ottawa International Animation Festival is almost upon us. If you’ve never been, now’s your chance! They’ve graciously offered us 2 free weekend passes, and I’m passing them on to YOU! If you…

OIAF 2015 Trailer Film

2015 Ottawa International Animation Festival Trailer from Ottawa Animation Fest Press on Vimeo. The 2015 edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival is a week away, and I can’t wait to see you there. Ottawa’s my home town, and the…

jobby: Designers, Welcome to the Wayne Inc., Toronto

We’re looking for Flash designers for Nickelodeon’s newest series ‘Welcome to the Wayne’. Minimum 2 years of experience on Flash or Harmony tv series is required. Candidates must be comfortable working with Cintiqs. Knowledge of Flash is essential. The candidates…

jobby: Lead Lighter/Compositor, Arc Productions, Toronto

Arc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto is looking for a Lead Lighter Compositor to join our team. With over 450 artists and technical directors and the most up to date resources…

jobby: Lighter/Compositor, Arc Productions, Toronto

Arc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto is looking for a Lighter/Compositor to join our team. With over 450 artists and technical directors and the most up to date resources available, we…

jobby: Lead Harmony Supervising Compositor, Tycoon Animation, Manila, Philippines

Company: Tycoon Animation Inc. Location: Manila​, Metro Manila (PH) Job Title: Lead Harmony Supervising Compositor Job Type: Full Time Relocation assist: Yes Summary of the role: Work in the tropics and skip the winter blues! Tycoon Animation Studios 2D Animation…

jobby: Senior FX Lead, Nitrogen Studios, Vancouver

Position Overview: The Sr. FX Lead is a highly skilled team leader, responsible for the day-to-day management of the FX Artists working on specific shot tasks and sequences, as well as designing/maintaining current workflows and setups needed to deliver specific…

showcase: Sublo and Tangy Mustard, from Aaron Long

Aaron Long is back with a whole new cartoon show! The creator of Fester Fish has just launched what he’s describing as his next independent webseries, Sublo and Tangy Mustard. From Aaron’s Tumblr: Here’s Episode 1 of Sublo and Tangy…

jobby: Feature Director, Trixter Canada, Toronto

Trixter Canada is seeking a Director for an animated feature film being produced for the Chinese and International marketplace. This can be a fantastic first time directorial opportunity for the candidate who has a strong background in story boarding and…

jobby: Pipeline TD, Nitrogen Studios, Vancouver

We are looking for a Pipeline TD to join the team on our CGI theatrical animated feature film, Seth Rogen’s “Sausage Party”. Position Overview: The Pipeline TD works with the Pipeline Supervisor to help maintain an effective and efficient pipeline…

jobby: Asset Supervisor, Guru Studio, Toronto

Guru Studio’s dedicated team is passionate about bringing inspired character driven stories to screens around the world. Our award winning and internationally renowned Toronto animated entertainment company is looking for an ASSET SUPERVISOR who is responsible for managing the Asset…

jobby: Crowd Animator, Nitrogen Studios, Vancouver

Nitrogen Studios is seeking a Crowd Animator to help us embark on an exciting new CGI animated theatrical feature film, Seth Rogen and  Evan Goldberg’s “Sausage Party”. The crowd animator will perform key frame animation for background characters, taking the…

jobby: Senior CG Animator, Guru Studio, Toronto

Guru Studio’s dedicated team is passionate about bringing inspired character driven stories to screens around the world. Our award winning and internationally renowned Toronto animated entertainment company is looking for a SENIOR CG ANIMATOR who are responsible for animating characters…

jobby: CG ANIMATORS, Atomic Cartoons, Vancouver

Atomic Cartoons Inc.  is an award-winning full-service animation studio located in Vancouver’s busy Animation District.  Since its inception over 16 years ago, Atomic Cartoons has created, produced and financed numerous animation productions for television series, commercials and music videos.   Our…

jobby: Flash FX Artist, Atomic Cartoons, Vancouver

Atomic Cartoons Inc.  is an award-winning full-service animation studio located in Vancouver’s busy Animation District.  Since its inception over 16 years ago, Atomic Cartoons has created, produced and financed numerous animation productions for television series, commercials and music videos.   Our…

jobby: 2D Animators (Flash), Atomic Cartoons, Vancouver

Atomic Cartoons Inc.  is an award-winning full-service animation studio located in Vancouver’s busy Animation District.  Since its inception over 16 years ago, Atomic Cartoons has created, produced and financed numerous animation productions for television series, commercials and music videos.   Our…

jobby: CG FX Artist, Atomic Cartoons, Vancouver

Atomic Cartoons Inc.  is an award-winning full-service animation studio located in Vancouver’s busy Animation District.  Since its inception 16 years ago, Atomic Cartoons has created, produced and financed numerous animation productions for television series, commercials and music videos.   Our crew…

jobby: BG Painters, Guru Studio, Toronto

Guru Studio’s dedicated creative team is passionate about bringing inspired character driven stories to screens around the world. Guru is looking for BG Painters to join our team on one of our 2D Productions. Responsibilities: Collaborate with Art Director, paint…