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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… »

events: Cartoon Forum, Quebec City, October 24 to 26

By Mike Valiquette

Cartoon Forum is coming up soon, and there’s a deadline this weekend for registration to their one on one meetings. Here’s the link. Worry free one-to-one meetings At Cartoon Connection there are NO unending email exchanges to organise your meetings. Everything is done online and the only email you will receive is the one with… »

Kyle Marshall’s 3 Amigonauts, FULL EPISODE

By Mike Valiquette

Is the best cartoon to come out of Canada in eons? Maybe. Is the creator, Kyle Marshall, currently living in Los Angeles and working for Nickelodeon? Darn right he is! Did this get made at 9Story? Yes indeed. Watch it. We can discuss… »

jobby: Animation Revisionists, Slap Happy Cartoons, Vancouver

By admin

Animation Revisionists Needed: Great opportunity for talented animators looking to join a dedicated team on a very unique project. A strong 2D animation background in Flash is a must. Position starts July 2017. Please submit resume and demo reel to… »

Startoon Cartoon Podcast, featuring Brett Jubinville, Stephanie Kaliner and Brandon Lane

By Mike Valiquette

The second episode of the new Startoon Cartoon Podcast is online, and, as warned, I’m sharing it here. This week’s episode is an almost 2 hour long conversation with 3 amazingly talented and pretty darn candid human beings. Tinman Creative Studio‘s co-founder and creator of Super Science Friends, Brett Jubinville Writer, comedian, and creator of… »

STARTOON is BACK! Submissions are open!

By Mike Valiquette

Alright. It’s time to talk about Startoon. I always struggle a bit when it comes to cross-promotion. Startoon is my day job these days, so I get a little wobbly about promoting it here. But then I have to step back and tell myself to stop being a dummy and share what we’re doing. Because… »

events: VANIMATIC! April 18th, Grahaeme Cowie Talking About the Impotents, and how they ran a SUCESSFULL KICKSTARTER!

By Mike Valiquette

If I were in Vancouver on April 18th, I’d be here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1892151544392891/ Last year, Grahaeme Cowie and his partner Jeff Cooper set out to get their idea for an adult comedy animated series funded via Kickstarter. They pulled it off. They also made a funny cartoon. I supported it. I got a t-shirt. All this… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS!!!! Cartoons for you to watch!

By Mike Valiquette

I haven’t properly updated the universe about Super Science Friends in a while. And it’s an exciting time for Super Science Fans! The gang at Tinman have been hard at work creating more amazing episodes for us mere mortals. The best thing you could do with your day is to hit this link: http://supersciencefriends.com/ Trust… »

from the internets: APOLLO GAUNTLET ON ADULT SWIM!!!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

YEAH! Adult Swim Greenlights New Animated Series From ‘Robot Chicken’ Producers & Mondo Canadian Myles Langois’s awesome show, Apollo Gauntlet, which I love, is going to be on Adult Swim. Good fit. Congrats to Myles. Keep being awesome…. »

Merry Christmas! Brian McPhail’s DOWN A DARK CHIMNEY

By Mike Valiquette

Yesterday, we posted Tinman’s amazing Super Science Friends Christmas special, and today we’re giving you a rarely seen treat: Brian McPhail’s dark cult favourite, Down A Dark Chimney. In the past, our Christmas tradition at Canadian Animation Resources has always been to share the Nelvana cult classic Cosmic Christmas. Last year, we broke from tradition… »

Merry Christmas from Tinman Creative Studios and the Super Science Friends!

By Mike Valiquette

Just in time for Christmas, a Super Science Christmas treat! Not for… »

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does Whatever a Spider Can! Spidey Redux, courtesy of a whole bunch of Halifax animators.

By Mike Valiquette

So cool to see this making the rounds. Gizmodo picked it up. Polygon posted about it. Something called the Awesomer shared it. And so did GeekTyrant. The Nerdist was all over it. Stan Lee even shared it! (or at least, whoever runs Stan’s Facebook page did) You get the picture. A bunch of animators did… »

jobby: Senior Character Designer, Elliott Animation, Toronto

By admin

Elliott Animation is hiring in Toronto! Elliott Animation is one of Canada’s few Artist owned and managed studios and is dedicated to creatively and technologically empowering our people. Our team thrives on our innovative, entrepreneurial spirit and respect for talent and ability.   We are looking for a Senior Character Designer to create character designs… »

Startoon Character Development Initiative Launches in Canada

By Mike Valiquette

For those readers who don’t know me, when I’m not maintaining this site I also work as an animation producer and director in Toronto. Occasionally what I do in that identity overlaps with what I do here, and I try my best to be really transparent about it. This is one of those times. I’m… »

gradfilm showcase: Beauty, by Alice Lemma (Sheridan)

By Mike Valiquette

I’m really thrilled to see so many of the films from last week’s Sheridan Gradshow actually online. A lot of grads hold off due to somewhat archaic festival rules. I’m 3 for 3 on some of my favourites so far. So here’s Beauty, by Alice Lemma. Amazing work. Easily one of my favourites from this… »

gradfilm showcase: Veggiemancer, by Justin Chan (Sheridan)

By Mike Valiquette

Veggiemancer was another standout at the Sheridan Industry Day this year. Great design and colour styling, solid storytelling, and excellent animation. Justin Chan did a really great job on this one. I’m now a fan. VEGGIEMANCER from Justin C on Vimeo.   VEGGIEMANCER: MAKING OF from Justin C on… »

gradfilm showcase: Blue, by Jason McLean (Sheridan)

By Mike Valiquette

This is beautiful. Great work by Jason McLean. Blue. from Jason McLean on Vimeo. There;s a great interview with Jason over here on Character Design… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 got 6 Workshops, 2 Canadian World Premiere features, SPARK (Toonbox) and Nova Seed (House of… »

jobby: Clean Up Artist, Elliott Animation, Toronto

By admin

Elliott Animation is hiring in Toronto! Elliott Animation is one of Canada’s few Artist owned and managed studio and are dedicated to creatively and technologically empowering our people. Our talent thrives on our innovative, entrepreneurial spirit and respect for talent and ability.   We are looking for a Clean Up Artist to join our design… »

WATCH THIS! Sheridan College Industry Day Promo 2016

By Mike Valiquette

Lots of great stuff teased in here. Can’t wait to see the films. Sheridan College Industry Day Commercial 2016 from Jessica Mao on… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 SUGAR MAGICS is an 11-minute comedy for kids 6-9 about a character named Cara who… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 SCIENCE FRIENDS guys!!!!!! Awesomesauce. But WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!!!! Myth of Robo Wonder Kid Created by… »

jobby: Layout Artists, Welcome to the Wayne, Toronto

By admin

We are currently looking for talented layout artists to work on Nickelodeon’s original series ‘Welcome to the Wayne’. This is a unique opportunity for highly skilled and motivate layout artists who want to work on a challenging and rewarding series.   Start date:  Feb 2016 Est. End date: Feb 2017 Term of employment:   full-time… »

jobby: 3D Environment Artists, Welcome to the Wayne, Toronto

By admin

We are currently looking for talented layout artists to work on Nickelodeon’s original series ‘Welcome to the Wayne’. This is a unique opportunity for highly skilled and motivated artist who wants to work on a challenging and rewarding series.   Start date: Immediately Est. End date: Oct 2016 Term of employment:   full-time in-house Salary:based… »

jobby: Background Artists, Welcome to the Wayne, Toronto

By admin

We are currently looking for talented background artists to work on Nickelodeon’s original series ‘Welcome to the Wayne’. This is a unique opportunity for highly skilled and motivate background artists who want to work on a challenging and rewarding series.   Start date: Mar, 2016 Est. End date: Feb 2017 Term of employment:   full-time… »

showcase: Jo Minkus, by Benjamin Anders

By Mike Valiquette

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 a lot of people noticed it at graduation time. I remember it well. It’s easy… »

IT’S HERE: SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS, from Tinman Creative Studios

By Mike Valiquette

Months ago, Toronto animation shop Tinman Creative Studios decided they wanted to make a cartoon. I know. Revolutionary. They had an idea that no one in the broadcast industry wanted to give them money to make, so they stepped around them and went right to the people. To no one’s surprise, THEY gave them money…. »

TODAY! SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS!!!

By Mike Valiquette

It’s on it’s way later today. We’ll keep you posted. Super Science Friends Trailer from Tinman Creative Studios on… »

showcase: Starboard and Stern – SOS, by M.R. Horhager

By Mike Valiquette

I’m going to try to play a bit of catch up on various cartoons that have been popping up online. We’ve been so overwhelmed by job posts that sometimes we don’t get around to posting the fun stuff. Speaking of fun stuff! This one’s Starboard and Stern, a pretty straight up cartoon by Toronto director… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 will be responsible for production design (cleaning concept design, creating turnarounds and breaking/rigging for animation)…. »

showcase: Sublo and Tangy Mustard, from Aaron Long

By Mike Valiquette

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 Mustard, my new cartoon! It stars Ryan Long, Kevin Doan, Heather Mazhar and myself, with… »

gradfilm showcase: Chums, by Raymond Lefebvre

By Mike Valiquette

It’s Thursday. Want to watch a cartoon? Here’s Chums, Ramond Lefebvre‘s grad film from this past spring at Sheridan. Splodey! CHUMS from Raymond Lefebvre on… »

from the internets: Teletoon Retro Shutting Down

By Mike Valiquette

CP24 (of all places) has got this tidbit: Corus is down Teletoon Retro at the end of August. (Here’s the link) Some programming could shift to Teletoon proper, and I can assume we’ll be getting further announcements as the channels realign themselves. The broadcast landscape is shifting almost weekly it seems, with DHX dropping their… »

press release: Atomic Announces Development on Mariachi Zombie

By Mike Valiquette

ATOMIC AND THE UNDEAD TEAM UP:STUDIO PICKS UP MEXICAN ZOMBIE FESTIVAL WINNER FOR NEW SERIES (Vancouver, BC) – Atomic Cartoons announced today an agreement to develop  Mariachi Zombie, a new animated comedy series for kids seven to 11. Plans are in the works for 52 x 11′ episodes integrating the best of zombie and mariachi… »

Mike Geiger Honoured by the Youth Media Alliance

By Mike Valiquette

This guy was just so aw shucks at last night’s awards show. It was adorable. Mike’s the best, and it’s nice to see him get some attention.  And boy did he get it! Radical Sheep put together a little tribute video that we can share here. Mike Geiger – YMA Music Video from Radical Sheep… »

gradfilm showcase: The Casebook of Nips and Porkington, by Melody Wang

By Mike Valiquette

Some very creative storytelling, accompanied by rock solid design and animation, from Sheridan grad Melody Wang. The Casebook of Nips & Porkington (2015) from Melody Wang on… »

Crowdfunding Cartoons: The Impotents Kickstarter UPDATE: $3500 TO GO!!!

By Mike Valiquette

  UPDATE: 8 days to go, and only about 3500 bucks left to  get these guys to the gate. Clearly they’ve got momentum in their campaign, clearly it’s being well-received by those who check it out. By crowd-funding standards, this one’s a good bet. Let’s spread the word some more and support home-grown, creator-owned cartoons!… »

Gradfilm Showcase: Stay Positive, by Tom Henderson

By Mike Valiquette

Another favourite from Sheridan: Stay Positive, by Tom Henderson. Clearly a David OReilly fan, and it’s evident in more than just the use of rigs. I smelt it in the pacing right away. “‘Stay Positive” – 4th year Thesis Film from Tom on Vimeo. Some background on the film… »

gradfilm showcase: Spaceman Spence, by Luke Coleman

By Mike Valiquette

Love this. Love the Euro/Bande Animee crossed with Kirby goodness. Nicely done Luke! Spaceman Spence from Luke Coleman on… »

Showcase: Cats Can Wear Suits, by Cale Atkinson

By Mike Valiquette

Fun. By Cale Atkinson. Sometimes it’s just about cartoons. Cats Can Wear Suits from cale atkinson on… »

Emmy Nominations Galore! (Especially Jess Borutski)

By Mike Valiquette

The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, and that’s a good day to be a Canadian with Emmy aspirations. 9Story’s got 9, fittingly. Sinking Ship’s got a bunch, primarily for live action, but Annedroid’s got a buttload of animation, so I’m counting it. The Kratt brothers are nominated. It’s a big list, and takes a… »

jobby: Freelance Flash Animators, Jester Coyote, Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

Jester Coyote Animation is a versatile and experienced boutique animation studio based in Vancouver, BC. Our artist driven studio works with a large collective of freelance and in-house animation professionals to create, develop, and produce a wide variety of projects, from commercials and music videos to television broadcast animation. Our work can be viewed by… »

from the internets: Chart Attack asks, Could This Be the Golden Age of the Animated Music Video?

By Mike Valiquette

Good question. http://www.chartattack.com/features/2015/03/26/could-this-be-the-golden-age-of-the-animated-music-video/ They talk to our good pal Joel MacKenzie, who recently transplanted himself to Ottawa. And I’m going to use this as an excuse to share Lumberjacked again. Ta-daah! It also reminds me that I’m way overdue to look into the work of Chad VanGaalen again. He’s crazy awesome. I think it’s time… »

WACKATDOOO! by Benj Arcand!

By Mike Valiquette

From Benjamin Arcand: After screening in more than 20 film festivals around the world, my film Wackatdooo is finally available online! Watch it and let me know what you think, if you like it please share it!  Cheers. Wackatdooo from Benjamin Arcand on… »

jobby: VFX Generalist / Animated Cartoon Technician, Guru Studio, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

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 multi talented, self driven VFX generalist to help build a library of visual FX for a smash-hit CG production television series.   Responsibilities: Primary… »

press release: DHX TELEVISION COMMISSIONS RADICAL SHEEP’S ANIMATED COMEDY ACTION SERIES FANGBONE!

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, March 5, 2015 – DHX Television, the broadcasting division of DHX Media Ltd., is heading to the drawing board for more animation after ordering the new comedy adventure series Fangbone! from Radical Sheep Productions. It was announced today that production has commenced on 52 x 11-minute episodes of the animated series, based on the… »

OIAF 2015 Call for Submissions!

By Mike Valiquette

World-Leading Animation Event Seeks Submissions for International Showcase in Ottawa OTTAWA, ON, CANADA (February 24, 2015) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), one of the world’s most respected film festivals, is seeking state-of-the-art, thoughtful, funny and provocative animated films to showcase at venues in the national capital region from September 16th through the 20th…. »

from the internets: Inspector Gadget Reboot Coming to Netflix

By Mike Valiquette

Word’s getting out. DHX Media’s relaunch/reboot of the classic cartoon Inspector Gadget is going to be streaming on Netflix in the US. The show’s already been seen in Europe. Canada: Teletoon. Here’s some coverage from TIME: http://time.com/3722030/netflix-inspector-gadget-reboot/ And here’s the actual DHX press release:… »

Cast your vote for Uberdude!

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto’s Smiley Guy Studios is in the running to get their original webseries, Uberdude, picked up by SMOSH’s Shut Up! Cartoons! Youtube channel. Shut Up! Cartoons! is collecting viewer feedback and votes on 4 separate shows, and right now, it looks like Uberdude is in the lead. (disclaimer: I work at Smiley) Voting ends on… »

Adamakos Memorabila Collection up for Sale

By Mike Valiquette

Peter Adamakos is an animation producer based in Ottawa. He founded Disada Productions in Montreal in 1971, and has his roots firmly planted in a golden era of Canadian animation. He moved his company to Ottawa in the 90’s working out of his home, and continued to produce both live action and animation. Beyond all… »

from the internets: Over the Garden Wall BG Paint tutorial by Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

There’s a great little BG painting tutorial up on Nick Cross’ Tumblr. It’s a process piece he put together for painters on Over the Garden Wall. Check it out… »

Merry Christmas from Canadian Animation Resources

By Mike Valiquette

Tis the season, gang. Merry, merry. As is tradition, we’re happy to share the Canadian Christmas classic, Nelvana’s Cosmic Christmas. Be well, everyone. Cosmic Christmas from GreenMeanie on… »

from the internets: Flooby Nooby talks to Copernicus’ Murray Bain on the release of “Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo”

By Mike Valiquette

Just in time for the holiday season, a great new animated music video from the gang at Copernicus for David Myles’ Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo”, plus an interview over at Flooby Nooby!… »

from the internets: Huffpost on Rudolph’s Canadian Connection

By Mike Valiquette

I sometimes forget that people don’t know this stuff. The Classic Rankin Bass Christmas Special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is celebrating it’s 50th year on TV this year, and the Huffington Post ran a piece filled with bits of background info. Among the various pieces of trivia is the fact that it’s pretty much cast… »

from the internets: Interview with Joel Mackenzie

By Mike Valiquette

Fantastic Music Videos has an interview with Fantastic Music Video maker Joel Mackenzie. It’s fantastic…. »

Me and My Moulton, by Torill Kove, Available Online For 48 Hours Only

By Mike Valiquette

CHECK OUT TORILL KOVE’S NEW ANIMATED SHORT, ME AND MY MOULTON, AVAILABLE ONLINE FREE OF CHARGE AT NFB.CA FOR 48 HOURS STARTING DECEMBER 2 Me and My Moulton nominated for an Annie Award December 2, 2014 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada Me and My Moulton, the latest National Film Board of Canada… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS: 40 hours to go!!!

By Mike Valiquette

You’re almost done putting up with all my shilling for the Super Science Friends Kickstarter. They hit their goal a few days ago, and added a super science stretch goal of a digital comic if they reach 30K. With 40 hours to go, they’re getting close. I’ve made no effort to contain my excitement for… »

What? Another Super Science Friends update? $22,709 of $25,000! Big news: Fearless Fred Kennedy cast as Albert Einstein!

By Mike Valiquette

We heard a little rumour, and turns out it’s SUPER TRUE! Not only is Super Science Friends less than 3ooo bucks away from reaching their crowdfunding goal, but they just cast none other than Fearless Fred Kennedy to voice the young Albert Einstein in the show! So move over, Yahoo Serious, Fred Kennedy is Young… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS UPDATE: $21,102 of $25,000 goal! Animated intro unveiled! Handmade comics as a perk!

By Mike Valiquette

Lots of great news on the Super Science Friends front! It looks like word is getting out to the whole damn world, and the results are right there on the screen. With 7 days to go, they’re less than 4K away from their goal. (support here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2034721517/super-science-friends) The project has momentum, and I got a… »

Process: Sneak peek behind the scenes at Over the Garden Wall

By Mike Valiquette

We’ve made no secret of our love for the work of Canadian expat animator Nick Cross. The expat part is because he’s been working at Cartoon Network for the last year or so. Nick headed south to Art Direct on Over the Garden Wall. Which happens to be crazy awesome and unlike anything else that… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS KICKSTARTER update: $8,887.00 of $25 000.00 goal

By Mike Valiquette

UPDATE: C’mon people. Not even halfway? 11 days to go? What part of awesome are you not seeing? Who doesn’t want this? What’s a guy gotta do? So let’s figure this out. We need to spread the word. Can we mobilize our community to help a little Toronto studio make a very cool cartoon. What… »

Just in time for Halloween… it’s RINGO

By Mike Valiquette

An eerie little film to tickle your Halloweenie (can I say that?). Here’s M.R. Horhager’s… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS Master Post- Animation update #7

By Mike Valiquette

I love this more than most things. Maybe as much as I love sandwiches. Tinman Creative Studios is a wonderful little studio in Toronto run by wonderful people. They make wonderful things. The most wonderful of those things is Super Science Friends. They refer to it as “the show that no one will ever buy”…. »

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… »

from the internets: Variety puff piece on how awesome Canadian cartoons are.

By Mike Valiquette

To be fair, they spoke to people who make excellent shows. But this feels very much like an attempt to quiet outsource fearmongering…. »

showcase: Black Sugar, by Jiani Cao

By Mike Valiquette

Finally! I caught a look at this film at the Sheridan Gradshow last spring, and was hooked. The design is amazing, from the individual characters to the overall art direction. Jiani understands how colour design works as a storytelling tool. That’s something that few artists ever really grasp, and she’s making a solid attempt in… »

More Networks, Less Animation.

By Mike Valiquette

A few weeks ago, Playback reported that a new movie channel, Starlight, that shows nothing but Canadian movies, would be getting a Category B broadcast license. Awesome! The all-Canadian movie channel Starlight has finally got its broadcast licence from the CRTC. After earlier being denied a category A broadcast licence that would have granted Starlight mandatory carriage,… »

from the internets: Gloryosky responds to Canadaland’s Cartoon Sweatshop Podcast

By Mike Valiquette

A few weeks back, animator Adam Hines, perhaps best know as one half of the already-missed Guys With Pencils podcast, got himself interviewed on Canadaland, where he spoke about the service nature of our animation industry, among other things. (it’s here if you haven’t listened yet.) It generated a fair bit of conversation/debate/praise/ugly trolling. In… »

call for entries: 18th Japan Media Arts Festival

By Mike Valiquette

18th Japan Media Arts Festival | Call for Entries Deadline: 2 September 2014 (18:00 Japan Standard Time) The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Media Geijutsu) that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media – from animation and comics to media art and games. The festival gives awards… »

from the internets: Canadaland ep44, Cartoon Sweatshop

By Mike Valiquette

Animator Adam Hines, of the soon-to-be-defunct podcast, Guys With Pencils, recently found the time to share his thoughts about the nature of the Canadian animation landscape on Canadaland. http://canadalandshow.com/podcast/cartoon-sweatshop He says a lot of stuff that’s quoted on the main page. I haven’t listened yet. I’m suffering from very spotty internet right now. But it’s… »

showcase: Lumberjacked, by Joel Mackenzie

By Mike Valiquette

This all that there needs to be today. Joel’s getting love from Muchmusic: http://blog.muchmusic.com/rich-aucoins-new-music-video-is-the-ultimate-video-game/ And Vice’s Noisey:… »

even more cool beans: Over the Garden Wall Promo

By Mike Valiquette

So, this weekend we shared some news regarding Angora Napkin co-creator Troy Little and the announcement at Comicon that he’s going to be adapting Hunter Thompson’s seminal novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in comic book form from IDW. Now it’s other Angora Napkin co-creator Nick Cross‘ turn in our dimly-lit spotlight. Nick has… »

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… »

Bite on Mondo Pitch Deadline, July 15th

By Mike Valiquette

The deadline for the latest round of pitches to Bite on Mondo is just around the corner. If you think you’ve got it in you to make a cartoon for the Mondo crowd, get it out of you by July 15th. Here’s the link. And here’s a few of the cartoons that have come out… »

showcase: Mike Edel’s The Closer, Mike Edel, Jorge R. Canedo Estrada, Henrique Barone, Thanat Sattavorn, Cesar Martinez, Breno Licursi

By Mike Valiquette

The Closer, a short film wrapped up as a video for musician Mike Edel, premiered today on Vimeo. Henrique Barone, a west coast animator originally from Brazil, sent me the link last night. He described the project as extremely collaborative, but I was able to get a credits list out of him. Mike Edel’s The… »

Showcase: Starboard and Stern, by M.R. Horhager and Solis Animation

By Mike Valiquette

Another fun cartoon from Bite on Mondo? Say it ain’t so. The latest offering is Starboard and Stern: Two shipwrecked castaways, Starboard and Stern, live on a small remote island within swimming distance of the Bermuda Triangle. It’s good fun, and the guys at Solis did a great job on a webchannel budget to make… »

press release: 9 Story Entertainment Announces Sale of CAMP LAKEBOTTOM Season Two to Disney XD U.S.

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – June 22, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has licensed an additional 26 x 22’ episodes of the animated comedy series Camp Lakebottom to Disney XD U.S. The second season of the series has also been picked up by Disney Channel and Disney XD channels in international… »

showcase: Bite on Mondo’s Don’t Feed the Humans, by Jeff Shorkey and Solis Animation

By Mike Valiquette

Bite on Mondo’s started rolling out their pilots, and they got this one right. Don’t Feed the Humans. Created and written by Jeff Shorkey. Animation chores by Solis Animation. Jeff Shorkey. JEFF SHORKEY!!!! That name may not mean much to you, but it does to me. Jeff may not even remember this, but he used… »

Ticket Giveaway in the GTA: Smiley Guy Studios is premiering Warren United on the big screen

By Mike Valiquette

Warren United, the hit British animated comedy about being a working-class supporter cheering on a team that’s totally crap, is coming to the big screen, and Smiley Guy Studios wants to put you in the theatre! We’ve got 10 tickets to offer our readers in the Greater Toronto Area for the event this Thursday, June… »

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… »

Showcase: On the Subway, Mike Geiger

By Mike Valiquette

Mike Geiger is back, united once again with none other than the inimitable Hobo Divine! These guys are a dream team, and the latest concoction is On the Subway. Stick your eyes on this, readers! On The Subway from mike geiger animation on… »

Gradfilm Showcase: The Champ, by Rosemary Travale

By Mike Valiquette

Another Sheridan grad, Rosemary Travale sent us a link to her film, the Champ. Stop-motion, YAY! There was a fair amount of stopmo at Sheridan Industry Day, something that I noticed last year as well. Great work by Rosemary. The Champ from Rosemary Travale on Vimeo. Here’s the desciption: A little boy obsessed with professional… »

Bite on Mondo announces shorts, next round of submissions.

By Mike Valiquette

(TORONTO, ON) APRIL 30, 2014: BLUE ANT MEDIA’S partnership with MONDO MEDIA and YOUTUBE, BITE ON MONDO, has received over 500 submissions since the program first launched in November of last year. BITE ON MONDO is designed to discover, foster and produce breakout animated content. The partnership targets teens and young adults through various distribution… »

cool beans: Look what Noam did!

By Mike Valiquette

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

East Coast Anijam: Beat Boxing!

By Mike Valiquette

Anijams everywhere!!!! This one’s was put together by a group of Halifax animators as an entry for the Nocturne Arts Festival 2013. It’s called “Beat Boxing” Pretty much a who’s who of East coasters. Nocturne Festival Entry 2013 – Beat boxing from grahaeme on… »

Smiley Guy is back with another round of Furry Force

By Mike Valiquette

Another Smiley Guy related post, sorry. Furry Force 2 came out this past week, on College Humor. The first one broke 2 million views in about a week, so the order came in pretty quickly for a second one. Not totally SFW. You are warned. CollegeHumor’s Favorite Funny… »

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… »

Mark Mayerson on Pitching Your Project

By Mike Valiquette

Mark Mayerson has been posting the content of a talk he did for an Animatic TO event in March: Don’t Pitch To the Buyer, Pitch To the Audience. We posted part one last week, and he’s now got 5 of 6 parts up. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here…. »

Cartoon Brew’s new Educational Inititaive: Cartoon Brew-ED

By Mike Valiquette

Cartoon Brew just launched a new initiative, Cartoon Brew-ED. It’s being run by Vancouver Film School instructor, Colin Giles. Here’s the description: Colin Giles, our first Canada-based contributor, will lead our new educational-initiative Cartoon Brew-ED. Colin is an animation industry veteran who currently serves as a senior animation instructor at Vancouver Film School. The new… »

Sheridan Industry Day trailer

By Mike Valiquette

Have a look. They’re going to have a tough time topping last year’s crop of films, but I’m prepared to give ’em a… »

TAIS Animation Showcase 2014!

By Mike Valiquette

TAIS is prepping their Animation Showcase 2014 and the ROBOT anijam! Details below, and at the link. We are now taking film submissions for TAIS Showcase 2014. Films must be 10 minutes in length or less and completed within the past 3 years. There is no fee to submit your film. Films must be 1920… »

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/press release: Mike Geiger’s Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong gets a greenlight

By Mike Valiquette

I didn’t get a press release on this one, so I’ll repost the article from Worldscreen.com. Here it is in it’s entirety: LONDON: Entertainment One (eOne) Family has given the go-ahead to Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong, an animated comedy series that is being produced in association with Australia’s Sticky Pictures. Winston Steinburger and… »

showcase: Backwards Cat, by Versiris

By Mike Valiquette

Have I mentioned I love Backwards Cat? Because I do. Follow Versiris on… »

Holiday animation roundup

By Mike Valiquette

I already posted Shaz Lym’s Hollidizzle greetings, but there are usually a few notable animated greetings worth showing off at this time of year. I’ll update as I find ’em. Here’s the Cineplex holiday bumper, with character animation from Toronto’s Blame Your Brother. Cineplex Holiday from Blame Your Brother on Vimeo. And Sam Chou’s Style5… »

Happy Hollidizzle, Y’all. from Shaz Lym

By Mike Valiquette

Something short and… »

showcase: I Hate You Red Light, MR Horhager and JM Walter

By Mike Valiquette

Audience choice winner at this past year’s TAAFI, I Hate You Red Light is finally available online for your eyes to eat with their bare hands. It’s a great example of old-school cartoonery…. »

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