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from the internets: Pixar’s Catmull Announces Retirement, Nelvana Nabs Whoopi Goldberg, and Broadcasters Attempt to Predict the Future

By Mike Valiquette

Cartoon Brew has an excellent article up regarding Ed Catmull’s retirement announcement from Disney/Pixar. Catmull’s impact on the global animation industry and culture is hard to measure, and it’s not all roses. Amid does an excellent job of breaking down an overview of his career for the casual reader. Read it here. Variety shares some… »

2017 Animated Oscar Winners

By Mike Valiquette

Zootopia and Piper. Both good films, both very safe, mainstream picks. No huge suprises. Piper’s got a Canadian director, Alan Barillaro, Sheridan grad from Chippawa, Ontario. Here’s the Toronto Star coverage: https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2017/02/26/ontario-animator-alan-barillaro-wins-best-animated-short-oscar-for-piper.html Congrats to the winners, and big congrats to all the nominees. We had a really strong group of Canadians representing this year. And… »


By Mike Valiquette

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, the industry leaders will speak at George Brown College – Waterfront Campus during the festival… »

jobby: 2D Digital Animators, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

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Job Description We are currently seeking talented 2D Digital Animators to work on Disney’s “Tangled”. This is an exciting new Disney series based off the original feature film. This is a unique opportunity for highly skilled and motivated animators who want to work at the highest level of television animation. Pay is variable and based on… »

made in Canada: Disney’s Lion Guard

By Mike Valiquette

Look what they’ve been up to at Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks! Members of the team have been sharing this link on facebook and pretty much busting with pride (see what I did there?). Looks great. Congrats to all… »

jobby: Background Artist (the Lion Guard), Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

By Mike Valiquette

Background Artist (The Lion Guard) Ottawa, Canada – We are currently seeking a contract Background Artists to work on Disney’s The Lion Guard. This exceptionally talented individual will deliver stunning backgrounds, adhering to color designs and other provided reference. If you are highly creative and motivated, this is a great opportunity for you to work on high profile productions… »

Events: TAAFI Presents, a Masterclass With Disney/Pixar’s Josh Cooley, June 20th

By Mike Valiquette

Coming up, from TAAFI, a chance to get one on one with Disney/Pixar’s Josh Cooley, Story Supervisor on Inside Out. The event includes a special screening of Inside Out, followed by a Q&A with Josh, and then the Masterclass, where Josh will walk you through the story process used in the movie. Here’s the… »

RIP Bob Walker

By Mike Valiquette

Sad news about one of our own: Ottawa native and Sheridan grad Bob Walker passed away from a heart attack at his California home last week. He was 54 years old, and recently retired. Here’s the obituary from the Ottawa Citizen: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/obituary-ottawa-animator-bob-walker-was-nominated-for-academy-award Bob’s career began in Ottawa at Atkinson Film Arts, and eventually led him… »

events: Storytelling Masterclass with Mike Surrey(Lion King, Tarzan, Princess and the Frog), presented by TAAFI

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI is excited to present an inspiring and intimate drawing workshop with Mike Surrey, supervising animator on The Lion King, Tarzan, and The Princess and the Frog. This is a special opportunity for participants to learn from one of the industry’s classically and digitally trained artists’ in both story and animation. Workshop: Understand your Character,… »


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