Uncategorized

Say hi to this guy at OAIF 2017

By Mike Valiquette

It’s the eve of OIAF 2017 and we’re en route from Toronto today. I’m doing some Startoon stuff, including a Cartoons by Cartoonists panel tomorrow morning at TAC. I also finally get to see the Breadwinner on Friday night! Ottawa is where I grew up, and the festival is home. I’ve been going since around… »

here. now. OIAF 2014

By Mike Valiquette
10705233_10154580048340162_2044080462_n

This is… »

cool beans: Look what Noam did!

By Mike Valiquette
Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 8.00.39 AM

Noam Sussman makes cartoons I like. Here’s a birthday card he made for Jib Jab. I like it. Big surprise…. »

from the internets: Ummmmm yeah. Not so sure about this one.

By Mike Valiquette
Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 8.45.21 PM

This is making the rounds, so I guess I ought to share it here. I’m pretty sure this ISN’T the way to “get onto… »

shameless plug: Miley Cyrus t-shirt by Steph Ramon

By Mike Valiquette
miley-steph

I love when animators get entrepreneurial. Take Stephanie Ramon here. She’s a talented designer and board artist, sure, but she’s also taking advantage of recent scandalish behaviour on behalf of one particularly twerky pop star. Who wants to buy a t-shirt? contact:… »

5 years ago today: Happy Birthday, Canadian Animation Resources

By Mike Valiquette
Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 1.42.13 PM

I promised myself I was going to try to make a big deal out of this for a change, but, as usual, I’m too busy doing the things that I do with my life, including running this site, to take the time to celebrate it. Five years ago today, the very first post went up… »

from the internets: Mike Geiger’s Leroy Dorsalfin pitch

By Mike Valiquette
leroy_pitch220002+copy

Here’s a treat! Mike Geiger just posted up a whole bucketload of art from his Leroy Dorsalfin pitch. Check it… »

events: Toons on Tap, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette
14979_486333084746196_425838897_n

For those of you in the Toronto area who are looking fora fresh take on life drawing, I suggest Toons on Tap.  I haven’t been to one yet, but a lot of pals have, and they love it.  Costumed figure drawing, pretty straightforward, and a lot of fun.  Each model has their own “thing”, but… »

from the internets: Style 5’s High Five, 2012 year in review

By Mike Valiquette
18-final4squared_copy1

One of the things I enjoy about this time of year is all the looking back and peering ahead.  Style 5 head honcho, Sam Chou, posted a year in review for 2012, listing off the top 5 highlights of his year.  If you don’t know them, they’re the kind of small shop that always has… »

Last bit of Holiday Awesome

By Mike Valiquette
GetInline

This should be our penultimate post for the Christmas.  I spotted a few last bit of awesome to share. I ran some coverage a few months back about an upcoming comics project, featuring Canadian superheroes: True Patriot.  Well, look what showed up in my inbox, courtesy of Jack Briglio! Here’s Noam Sussman‘s take on the… »

Ikea Munke: Animators finding creative ways to make a living

By Mike Valiquette
sexy-ikeamonkey-shirt

If there’s one thing we’re known for in Canada, it’s monkeys. That’s right.  Monkeys.  Used to be, our most famous animal would’ve been a beaver, or maybe a moose.  But one little monkey in a particularly smart winter coat changed all that about a week ago by paying a mysterious visit to a Toronto Ikea. … »

Shameless Plug Thursday: Colin Jack’s Toads on Toast

By Mike Valiquette

Last week I linked to a bunch of comics by animation types.  This week I’m going to give a shout out to a pal of mine who’s keeping busy working in the world of kids’ books.  By day (mostly), Colin Jack is a story man in the animation world.  He’s worked on lots of stuff… »

cool beans: Dave Cooper does Adventure Time

By Mike Valiquette

This is a bit old, but I had problems linking to it back when it was first posted.  Still worth sharing.  It’s the bee’s knees. Click on the image for more of… »

TONIGHT: Attack of the B-Movies, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Attack of the B-Movies: Check out amazing art from Toronto’s animation industry at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen st. W June 19th-24th, open 12-5 daily Reception: June 21st 7pm-midnight Artwork will be up in the Art Bar.  Surf rock band The Calrizians will be on stage in the Melody Bar…. »

from the internets: Guys With Pencils

By Mike Valiquette

Do you like podcasts?  Do you like animation and comics?  Then you might like this: Guys With Pencils. The guys in question are Adam Hines and Andrew Murray.  They’re graduates of the animation program at Sheridan and have been doing this podcast for around a year.  They get some pretty good guests, including the likes… »

from the internets: just wrong

By Mike Valiquette

Oh dear.  I want to know who approved the posing on this one.  I actually managed the studio that likely did layout on this season of Franklin, so I’m looking at you, Keith Savage. (clip found via Cartoon… »

also from the internets: animation-studio-stuff.blogspot.ca

By Mike Valiquette

Wow. Lots of stuff to look at over here: animation-studio-stuff.blogspot.ca It’s a blog by David Nethery, for “online animation students attending Academy of Art University. (or anyone else interested in the art and craft of classical hand-drawn animation) “, and provides sources & suggestions for setting up an animation workspace for hand-drawn animation. Check it… »

jobby: Modelers/Riggers, Arc Productions, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

April 12, 2012 Arc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto is looking for Modelers/Riggers to join the team. With over 250 artists and technical directors and the most up to date resources available, we bring the vision to both major Hollywood studios and independent producers to life… »

Monday morning cartoon pun: Mike Geiger has a PROPosition for you.

By Mike Valiquette

Yep, I wrote that. Semi-famous cartooner, Mike Geiger, so working on another film starring this little guy at the right. Just for kicks, he’s asked friends and fans to suggest props for him to include in the film, Mad Libs-style.  Just leave your suggestion in the comments thread of his blog post and he’ll pick… »

The Art of Short Films

By sir warren b leonhardt

Here’s a book project to keep an eye on – Morten Enevoldsen, a young animator currently in France, is intent on compiling artwork from a series of contemporary animated short films from around the world. So far it looks like he’s contacted people he knows directly or indirectly, as much of the work is a snapshot… »

from the internets: TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies talks animation with Mark Mayerson, Robin Budd and Chris Landreth

By Mike Valiquette

From Mark Mayerson: TV Ontario ran two animated features, Perspepolis and Mary and Max, on Saturday Night at the Movies on March 17. As usual, between features, they ran interview footage relating to the films. This segment features Oscar winner Chris Landreth (Ryan), Director and animator Robin Budd (Producing Parker, Ruby Gloom) and me. Here are the interviews: In The Interviews… »

from the internets: Nick Cross interview on IndieFlix

By Mike Valiquette

Quickie for you today, Nick Cross talking about stuff on IndieFLix.  Here’s the… »

Annie Awards streaming live on CAR

By Mike Valiquette

Unless something goes terribly wrong (which isn’t out of the question), we’re going to be streaming the Annie Awards live from LA tomorrow!  Hosted by Patton Oswalt!  Cool… »

(bump)from the internets: cast your vote on Ithentic’s latest Golden Play

By Mike Valiquette

Just a quick bump, as today’s the last day to vote. A while back, we drove some traffic over to a Canadian short film that was up for the top prize on iThentic’s Golden Play contest.  As a result, Death By Lemonade got a boost in votes and won.  This month, the category is Sci-Fi,… »

Happy New Year’s, from Norman McLaren

By Mike Valiquette

Friend of the site, Amir Avni directed us to Kaj Pindal’s blog and this: a New Year’s greeting from legendary NFB animator Norman McLaren.  I love the “handy  reference guide.” Cheers!… »

Merry Christmas!

By Mike Valiquette

It’s a bit of a tradition here at Canadian Animation Resources to post the 1970s Nelvana classic, Cosmic Christmas, and since I’m not one to mess with tradition, here ya go! Merry Christmas everybody.  Be safe, be well, and let’s do this all again in the new… »

Cool Christmas Cards: Style5

By Mike Valiquette

Sam Chou and his little gang at Style5 never fail to impress, so I was more than happy to find this in my mailbox. Merry, Merry,… »

Cable News/Rant: Teletoon Retro in Forever Fun…’Till We Can’t Flog the Rerun

By Cameron Archer

The Teletoon channels recently introduced their winter 2012 schedules. Teletoon, being the petulant, eldest sibling, gets the most attention. Teletoon at Night gets by with new episodes of Crash Canyon and Futurama. Teletoon Retro earns…”new” episodes of Care Bears Family, Jem and King of the Hill. Oh, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles makes its Teletoon Retro… »

from the internets: Guys With Pencils interview Colin Jack

By Mike Valiquette

It’s an audio extravaganza today! The Guys With Pencils podcast had a visitor last week in Toronto’s Colin Jack.  Colin’s an aces designer and story man.  He does kid’s book illustration, and was responsible for the art side of “Fifi et Bobo” from Duncebucket, one of the better offerings from Teletoon’s original pilot project. He’s… »

from the internets: CBC on animation

By Mike Valiquette

House of Cool’s Wes Lui (also head of CASO) talks about the industry on CBC radio.  Here’s the… »

Cool Beans: Inkling Tease

By Mike Valiquette

Look what arrived today! Ok, so that’s not very exciting.  A UPS box. But it’s what’s inside the UPS box that’s… »

from the internets: Frenzer Foreman Animation Podcast, OIAF 2011 coverage

By Mike Valiquette

I’m only just listening to them now, but the last two Frenzer Foreman podcasts are OIAF 2011-related.  Here ya go: Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum link. There’s the live coverage of their Q&A with Dino Stamatopoulos, and the latest is coverage from the Animator’s… »

call for submissions: Cine de Alcantarilla, Deadline December 2, 2011

By Mike Valiquette

You only have until December 2nd 2011 to send your short films… so keep sending! Hurry, the time is almost up Send 2 dvd copies to: Cine de Alcantarilla Apdo. Correos 189 03200 Elche ALICANTE (SPAIN) More info? go to www.cinedealcantarilla.com… »

from the internets: The Pimp is making noise again.

By Mike Valiquette

Chris Robinson is the artistic director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.  He is also the “Animation Pimp” on AWN. He’s also a self-styled curmudgeon. He’s recently resumed his column on AWN and the latest post is a discussion of the selection process for the Festival. Worth a read. Here’s the… »

Death By Lemonade needs your vote!

By Mike Valiquette

iThentic.com is an online broadcast portal that  runs a monthly video contest.  This month they’re doing animated videos, and one of the contestants is our fellow Canadian, Kyu-bum Lee.  We ran “Death By Lemonade” in our showcase a while back, and this would be a nice excuse for readers to go have another peek at… »

CAR Funding Drive, approaching zero hour.

By Mike Valiquette

Ok gang, this’ll probably be my last update as the Funding Drive counts down over the course of the next 17 hours.  A big shout out to all those who jumped on board in the last couple of days.  Thank you to David Diaz, Amber Holowaychuk, Brittiny Lepage, and Kyle Marshall.  Every little bit helps… »

CAR Funding Drive, 4 days to go!

By Mike Valiquette

To be fair, I haven’t really been pushing this thing.  I don’t want to be the guy running around bugging my readers for cash.  That being said, I’ve only got four days to go to run around and bug my readers for cash!  We’ve logged in a pretty sad four hundred and sixty five dollars… »

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… »

Sponsorship update: Welcome aboard Shameless Plug Media

By Mike Valiquette

The sponsorship drive is progressing embarrassingly slowly, truly tortoise-like, to be honest. Well, more like a one-legged tortoise.  But there are some shining stars out there who have dug deep and helped out.  Props to Gabe Choquette, Gabriel Martin-Meilleur, Steve Sloan, Grant Moore, Rich Duhaney, and Hilary Moses for their contributions.  You guys are the… »

Workshops: Free Professional Training In Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

I got this announcement regarding some business development workshops being offered in Toronto.  Figured I’d share it: SheridanCorporate, in participation with CASO and the Ontario Media Development Corporation, is offering a select few with an opportunity to participate in free professional training for a series of pilot programs designed to support animation professional, being offered… »

Say “Hi” to this guy, at OIAF 2011

By Mike Valiquette

It’s that time of year again.  If any of you are in Ottawa this year for the 2011 edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and you feel like saying hello, this is what I look like: A lot like I did last year, only without the giant scruffy beard. I’ll try to keep things… »

30 Second film update, “A Gritty Western”

By Mike Valiquette

Over on the 30 Second Film Challenge Blog, for any who are interested, I’ve posted the animatic for what may be the most ambitious film of the bunch.  “A Gritty Western” is just that, a gritty western, in 30 seconds.  The challenge, with this film, is to use the language of the western, the conventions… »

the making of “the Devil and Daniel Mouse

By Mike Valiquette

A look back at animation production at Nelvana through the wayback… »

Funding Drive is on! Support Canadian Animation Resources

By Mike Valiquette

Yep, it’s that time.  We’re running a funding drive again to help keep things going at Canadian Animation Resources.  Running this site takes time, and it takes money.  People keep telling me I should start charging for things, set up memberships, or pay sections, or at the very least, charge for the job posts.  But… »

trailer: “Run”, by Daryl-Lynn Ramsay

By Mike Valiquette

Coming soon: RUN Trailer from Daryl-Lynn Ramsay on… »

on vacation

By Mike Valiquette

Hi gang!  I’m away on the east coast right now with limited web access.  I’ll try to post when I can, but no promises.  In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves.  Also, you could check out our various feeds.  Cartoon Brew never sleeps, and I spotted an update from Mark Mayerson as well.  Also, if you… »

Nick Cross’ IndieGogo campaign, one week to go, now with VIDEO!

By Mike Valiquette

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I’m posting another reminder to head on over to Nick Cross’ IndieGogo campaign to support his upcoming feature film, Black Sunrise. Here’s a little piece of video from Mr Cross. nick indiegogo promo from Nick Cross on… »

reminder: 13 days left in Black Sunrise fundraiser

By Mike Valiquette

There are only 13 days left in the IndieGogo campaign for Nick Cross’ ambitious feature animation project, Black Sunrise.  If you haven’t yet contributed, what are you waiting for!? He’s got 500 bucks to go to hit ten grand, which sounds like a nice round number, wouldn’t you say?  500 dollars is pretty doable, right? … »

Canadian Animation Resources presents: the 30 Second Film Challenge

By Mike Valiquette

We’re trying something new here at Canadian Animation Resources.  It’s called the 30 Second Film Challenge. Here’s what it’s all about.  For the last few years, I’ve been informally challenging recent grads to use the time after graduation to make a second film.  These kids, at that point, have just come off the most productive… »

TAIS Showcase and Bunny Jam! by Bryce Hallet

By Mike Valiquette

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the TAIS Showcase 2011 and BunnyJam! What’s a TAIS you ask? ( I assume..i can’t actually read your mind) TAIS ( Toronto Animated Image Society ) was founded in 1984 originally as a small group of animators getting together in their living rooms to encourage each other in making… »

from the internets: Handsome House Calls with Milo

By Mike Valiquette

The last time I linked to Curtis and Tara, some of ya’ll weren’t too impressed with their brand of amusement. Tough noogies. Milo in the… »

blogroll update

By Mike Valiquette

Added a few more to the list: Ryan Wright Megan Kearney Rich Dannys Carla Veldman Carrie Mombourquette Ginny Milling Vanessa Stefaniuk Gerry Cleary Capilano University Animation Alumni blog and the brotherboxer blog (for purposes of transparency, it’s me and Tavis Silbernagel) Check ’em out here. peace out…. »

call for applications, DRIFT: The Elements, TAIS

By Mike Valiquette

Call for applications to: The Toronto Animated Image Society and Art For Commuters DRIFT: The Elements Deadline Submissions: June 24, 2011 The Toronto Animated Image Society is seeking proposals for a commissioned project. DRIFT: The Elements takes for its theme the essential elements of life: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water; elements that can give or… »

jobby: Associate Production Manager, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

May 9, 2011 Pixar Canada is looking for an Associate Production Manager for its new studio in Vancouver.  Pixar Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios, the world leader in animated films.  The Vancouver studio produces short-form animation focusing on legacy Pixar characters from films such as Toy Story and Cars. Summary of… »

More blogroll updates

By Mike Valiquette

Thanks for all the responses to my shout out for art blogs!  I’m adding a few today, and please be patient, if yours isn’t up yet, it will be soon.  blogspot is screwing with me a bit, and I can’t seem to add anything that isn’t a blogspot address right now.  I’ll get it sorted… »

cool beans: animating on an iPad

By Mike Valiquette

Check it out!  This is from “Animation… »

Attention grads!

By Mike Valiquette

Finishing up that final film?  Got an art blog you want to show off?  Send us your links! One of the main reasons I started this site was to simply share.  Share art, opinions, films, news, whatever I could find.  For the art, we have the blogroll.  There’s tons of amazing stuff being made and… »

blogroll update

By Mike Valiquette

We’ve just added a few names to our blogroll, and they’re doozies. Graham Falk (creator of Untalkative Bunny), Dave Cooper, Bob Jaques’ Popeye Animators blog, and Marc Bell.  Marc’s got less of a connection to animation than the others, but his work is gorgeous. You can check them, and a ton more, out on our… »

Call for Submissions: GIRAF7, animated installations

By Mike Valiquette

Ever wanted to see your animation on a building? Now is your chance… Think GIANT — the GIRAF Animation Festival (or Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival) is now looking for Animated Installation submissions, in all styles, genres, lengths, and mediums. Chosen submissions will be presented through the Animated City component of our 7^th GIRAF festival,… »

Call for Submissions: TAIS Bunny Jam

By Mike Valiquette

TAIS 2011 Bunny Jam – Call for Submissions In honour of the TAIS mascot and this year¹s Chinese zodiac sign, we are proud to announce that this year¹s theme for the TAIS AniJam, ten second animations that will screen in rapid succession at the TAIS Showcase in June, is … BUNNIES! (Rabbits, hares, Thumper and… »

Call for submissions: TAIS Animated Showcase 2011

By Mike Valiquette

TAIS ANIMATION SHOWCASE 2011 – Call for Submissions Have you made an animated short film in the last 18 months?  Want it to screen to a packed house as part of the fantastic TAIS Showcase this June? Then submit! The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) is seeking independent animated films completed after June 2009 that… »

Call for Proposals: GIRAF Animation Festival, Signal Film/Art

By Mike Valiquette

Deadline: Friday March 18, 2011 Quickdraw Animation Society seeks artist proposals for our GIRAF 7 signal film. The Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival runs this Nov 2‐6, and celebrates the best in independent animation, through screenings, visiting artists, workshops, and talks. In 2011, our festival will feature Animated City ‐ an installation component with outdoor… »

TVOntario interview with Jones & Freleng

By sir warren b leonhardt

We’d be remiss if we didn’t post this here, just to continue a bit of a meme if nothing else. Posted on Mark Mayerson’s blog and Cartoon Brew yesterday, here’s an archive interview with Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng circa 1980. For more background on the show, refer to Mark Mayerson’s post on the subject…. »

non-canadian: yeah, ok…Pixar’s pretty cool

By Mike Valiquette

New York Times goes to Emeryville. The embed code didn’t work, sorry.  Follow the link for a rare look inside the Pixar campus.  Those are some happy, fullfilled… »

from the internets: Jay Stephens interview on CBR

By sir warren b leonhardt

Guelph, ON based, award-winning cartoonist Jay Stephens has a great interview over at Comic Book Resources about his newest co-creation, a King Feature syndicated comic strip ‘Oh Brother!’. In it he touches on the animation process of his show ‘The Secret Saturdays’, which airs on Teletoon and Cartoon Network. From the interview: “Can you elaborate… »

from the internets: Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum Podcast, OIAF 2010, part II

By Mike Valiquette
Image

Here’s the latest from this past fall’s Ottawa International Animation Festival from the guys at: Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) Special Guest:  Ottawa International Animation Festival – Part 2 The Big Bang, Opposable Thumbs, Fire, the Wheel, Chop-Sticks, Animal Husbandry, The Mona Lisa, Gigli, Head-On, the Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum.  Now, the most exciting conclusion… »

cool beans: the Making of Samurai Jack

By Mike Valiquette

Thanks to Todd Kauffman for sharing the… »

from the internets: Flooby Nooby, Line of Action

By Mike Valiquette

Over on Flooby Nooby, Ron Doucet shares his thoughts on the concept of Line of… »

Jake and the NeverLand Pirates Preview

By Mike Valiquette

From Disney Junior: Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  This show is premiering next month in the sates, I’ll have to see where you can catch it here.  The Canadian connection is huge.  The whole show is being produced in Ottawa at Mercury Filmworks.  I know a lot of folks who’ve worked on it, and they’ve… »

Your 2010

By Mike Valiquette

It’s time to look back at the year in review.  I’ve got my own thoughts about 2010, and I’m for sure gonna share ’em before we get too deep into 2011.  But first, I wanted to put it out the readership here at Canadian Animation Resources, what do you guys think were the most important… »

non-canadian: Rango reference, voice actors actually interacting for a change

By Mike Valiquette

Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) is making a 3D Feature about a lizard.  Johnny Depp is voicing the lizard.  That’s just about the full extent of most mainstream coverage of Rango. They’ve released a very short promo that shows an interesting approach to voice record.  They seem to have shot the film in a… »

Christmas Greetings

By Mike Valiquette

I’ve been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of a few Christmas Cards here at the site.  I’m going to go ahead and assume it’s cool to post ’em. Here’s one I like from Darren Rawlings: I’ll post a few more later…. »

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… »

Car-powered camera stand from Starz Animation

By Mike Valiquette

Check out the challenge that Starz Canada took on for Subaru and DDB: Car-mounted camera, fence-mounted artwork. The 760 frames of animation were created by Kevin Adams at Starz Toronto, the spot itself was directed by Chris Tait. There’s a  production video too, if you want to see the magic… »

La Moustache

By sir warren b leonhardt

La Moustache, a commercial creative shop whose members hail from Montreal and Toronto have posted some sweet clips & pics of the process behind the recent(ish) GAZmétro ad campaign they animated three months ago. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the environmental chalk animation of flowers, etc growing all over old brickwork. It’s well… »

Say hi to this guy at OIAF 2010

By Mike Valiquette

This is what I look like this year, so if you see me, feel free to say… »

OIAF 2010 coverage

By Mike Valiquette

Ok, I know there’s more going on in this country than the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and I’ll do my best to cover that stuff too, but for the next few days, it’s Festival time!  Tomorrow’s the big day, and I’ll be spending pretty much all my time there. We’re going to do our best… »

jobby: Mercury Filmworks and Guru Studio at Animators For Hire at OIAF 2010

By Mike Valiquette

Every year, the Ottawa International Animation Festival hosts an exclusive hiring opportunity with their Animators for Hire event. They bring a bunch of studios together and allow prospective employees to grab some face time. This year we have some solid representation from Canadian Studios.  Guru from Toronto and Ottawa’s Mercury have been posting on this… »

Full TAC pass available from the Bell Fund! details below

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s your chance to get a Free pass to Canada’s only animation business conference, TAC. The Bell Fund is kindly donating their full TAC Animapass to one lucky winner. Email info@animationfestival.ca to enter the draw starting now until Thursday at noon EST. Winners will be notified and announced on Friday, October… »

PROCESS: Inking, with Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

‘Inking’ in Flash demo Here’s a demo video I recorded of myself inking a drawing in Flash CS3. I accidently exported the video in grayscale…oh well…. »

PROCESS: Animation, with Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

More from Mr Nick Cross: Animation process with video Okay, after intending to do this for ages, I finally took the time to document my steps in taking a scene from animatic through to finished cleaned up animation. I’ve recorded each stage as a video so hopefully you will be able to see the progression…. »

PROCESS: BG Paint, with Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

Nick Cross (Yellowcake, Angora Napkin, Waif of Persephone, Mr Floaf) is a generous soul.  He shares with you, and he shares with me.  Just look at his blog.  See?  Sharing.  Nick has been generously sharing his process in a series of posts, the latest of which exposes the secrets to his succulent background painting.  Nick… »

FanExpo starts today!

By Mike Valiquette

I can’t go, but we’d love to hear from any readers in attendance! Mermaid man himself, Ernest Borgnine, is gonna be there! And probably lots of these guys.  They look tough, but they ain’t. Have… »

back to work

By Mike Valiquette

Hi everybody.  My holiday is over and I’m back at my desk.  I tried my best to keep things going while I was trying my best to take a vacation, but now it’s back to business as usual.  Lots to catch up on and lots to post, I’ll do my best to get things back… »

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… »

from the internets

By Mike Valiquette

blogto did some talking about about the Best of Ottawa screening coming up on the 15th Cat in the Hat is coming to Treehouse with The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! thanks to Portfolio Entertainment Inc, here in Canada, with series production handled by Pip Animation in Ottawa. That’s all I… »

Happy Canada Day!

By Mike Valiquette

»

Jess Borutski hearts Oswald

By Mike Valiquette

Jess wrote a short post about her love for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  Here’s the Disney version: And here’s her… »

CORE Auction online now

By Mike Valiquette

Go here to watch the auction online.  If you want to bid, you have to register.  You can check out the items available here. Good… »

from the internets, June 9, 2010

By Mike Valiquette

Nelvana announces new deals for Babar and Max and Ruby Toon Boom making bigger steps in Indian market.  It’s amazing how these guys do business.  They get their product into new markets, get it into schools and make it the industry standard from the bottom up.  Then its all the emerging, or recently emerged territory… »

jobby: Storyboard artists, Eh-Okay Productions, Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

June 9, 2010 STORYBOARD ARTISTS Type: Freelance Project: Voltron Force (boys action/adventure 2D/3D series) Wage: TBD – comparable to industry standard Start date: immediately Job Description: To generate a tight rough storyboard based on provided script, designs, audio track and directorial notes. 3 weeks for first rough pass of assigned script pages (approx 10-11).  Will… »

blogroll update

By Mike Valiquette

May 31, 2010 Just wanted to mention a few new additions to the blogroll.  Four of my students from Algonquin College: Mike Collymore, Cassie Young, Brian Grzech, and Natasha Armolavicius.  Also, Kevin Parry (awesome stopmo from Sheridan), and Jon Izen (Yam Roll!).  Finally, a few readers also sent in there blogs a while back, apologies… »

Tonight: He-Man & Skeletor Walk Into a Bar…

By sir warren b leonhardt

Sounds like a joke, but could be serious fun – Tonight, Monday May 31, Toronto’s faction of the Dr. Sketchy crew will be hosting a ‘He-Man vs. Skeletor’ sketch session @ the Cameron House in downtown Toronto. Fully licensed venue. You might even win a prize courtesy of the Silver Snail. From their Facebook page:… »

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… »

RSS Canadian Animaton Blog

  • Canadian Animators Shine Again at the OIAF
    Ottawa International Animation Festival Competition Selections AnnouncedOttawa (July 13th, 2017) - The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation film festival, is pleased to announce the Official Competition for 2017. Once again Canadian artists are well represented. Out of the 94 films selected for Competition, 14 are Canadian. Several films are standouts with […]

Cartoon Awesome!

User Login