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from the internets: Nelvana and Sony Team Up For Hotel Transylvania TV Adaptation

By Mike Valiquette

In more Sony-related animation news, Variety is reporting that Toronto-based (and Corus subsidiary) Nelvana is developing a television series based on the Hotel Transylvania feature film from Sony Pictures Animation. There’s not much more to say, other than they’re aiming for a 2017 airdate. It’s anyone’s guess right now as to where the series will… »

from the internets: Sony Pictures Imageworks opens Vancouver Studio

By Mike Valiquette

The Georgia Straight has coverage of the latest addition to the Vancouver FX and animation landscape. According to the piece, the new facility will also serve as the global headquarters for the company, and it’s presence in BC gives Vancouver bragging rights as the “largest cluster of visual effects and animation studios in the world”…. »

from the internets: Talking ‘Bout Shorts

By Mike Valiquette

Some love for short films this week it seems. First up is a piece on examiner.com about James Stewart’s Foxed: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-short-path-of-foxed Foxed is a great example of a quality short finding second life as a feature. James put everything into his film, and it’s a story he’s clearly not done telling. Examiner sheds some light… »

from the internets: Animation Pimp On Our Golden Age of Animation

By Mike Valiquette

From Chris Robinson, via AWN. If you want to see a true Golden Age of Animation, just take a look around you right now. Never before has there been so much inspiring animation (short and to a lesser degree, features) being produced by so many generations, cultures and genders (although that needs some fine tuning… »

from the internets: Animal Logic Opening in Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

Score another one for Vancouver, and give the credit to a very healthy tax credit system. Nova Scotia, are y0u paying attention? According to this article in The Hollywood Reporter, Animal Logic, the studio that produced The Lego Movie, will have a shop up and running in Vancouver, BC as early as September. They expect… »

from the internets: REBOOT Reboot finally on it’s way from the Weinsteins

By Mike Valiquette

Back in 2013 we shared a press release that demanded to be titled Reboot reboot. (it’s here) Fast forward a few years and now we’re hearing that it’s finally going to happen courtesy of Bob and Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Company. It’s part of a slate of animated properties that includes a Spy Kids… »

from the internets: Canadian Animation Blog Interviews M.R. Horhager

By Mike Valiquette

Grayden Laing’s got another interview up on his Canadian Animation Blog, and this time it’s with Toronto-based director Mathias (M.R.) Horhager. Mathias is a good friend of mine and a coworker at Smiley Guy Studios. He’s also one of the hardest working guys I know. He’s been in the business about 5 years now and… »

Animatic TO’s Mark Mayerson Pitch talk is up online

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto’s animation lecture series Animatic T.O. is posting another talk online; Mark Mayerson’s “Don’t Pitch To Buyers, Pitch The Audience!” https://youtu.be/KtQQmmbvmGc Mark’s blog ‘Mayerson on Animation’ (http://mayersononanimation.blogspot.ca/) is one of the sharpest commentaries on the state of animation and his talk is just as insightful. New Animatic T.O. lectures go up every two weeks on… »

from the internets: Kim Wilson Out at Kids’ CBC

By Mike Valiquette

Kidscreen received confirmation that  longtime creative head of children’s content at the CBC,Kim Wilson,  is no longer with the Canadian pubcaster. No other info about her sudden departure has been made public. A search for replacement is underway. Read more:… »

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… »

from the internets: Esquire’s talking about DHX’s new Inspector Gadget

By Mike Valiquette

It’s great when “mainstream media” covers cartoons. We feel so privileged and honoured. It’s happening all the time these days in comics, and every story reads like they discovered comic books. So now here’s Esquire, doing a little piece on the relaunch of Inspector Gadget, which is airing in the US on Netflix: http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a33462/inspector-gadget/ Clearly,… »

from the internets: ALL THE HOTHOUSE FILMS

By Mike Valiquette

This year’s crop of Hothouse short films are online for your viewing pleasure. I love this program. Years ago there was funding for what was called “calling card films”. An opportunity for young film-makers to independently produce a film that would showcase their aesthetic and story sense. I can’t remember now if it was the… »

from the internets: Canadian TV? Cancon Overhaul from the CRTC, daytime requirement on local broadcaster drops to ZERO %

By Mike Valiquette

So, this is a thing that is happening: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/crtc-eases-canadian-content-quotas-for-tv-1.2992132 I don’t even know what this means yet. Canadian “local” TV stations no longer have any requirement to air Canadian content during the daytime hours, a drop from 55% Cancon to 0. Not sure what they mean by “local”. Money’s still being funneled into Canadian production,… »

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:… »

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… »

from the internets: Battle of the Planets reboot coming from Nelvana!

By Mike Valiquette

This is the greatest cartoon of my childhood. And the folks at Nelvana are bringing it back. Some lucky buggers are getting directed to “re-imagine the cult anime series with a distinct new look and feel, but will feature the same big action stories and characters”. Here’s the link to the news on Kidscreen. Excuse… »

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…. »

from the internets: Netflix to CRTC, nope.

By Mike Valiquette

This is so important. I’ll find some time to share and talk about it, but you should be following what’s happening right now. All this talk about the future of TV, cable-cutting, all the theoretical discussions we’ve been having for the last 10 years, this is it. Right here. Is Netflix bigger than Canada? Maybe…. »

from the internets: Grayden Laing interviews Torill Kove

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s the link:… »

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…. »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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

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

By Mike Valiquette

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

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… »

Last episode of Guys With Pencils Podcast

By Mike Valiquette

Here it is: http://guyswithpencils.tumblr.com/post/95741176775/guys-with-pencils-ep175-thats-all-folks-well It was a great run. Thanks to Adam and Andrew for 4 years of informative, entertaining podcasting. GWP will be… »

from the internets: Nelvana was going to produce a Doctor Who animated series?

By Mike Valiquette

According to BlogTo, it almost happened…. »

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… »

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… »

from the internets: Disney extends Netflix deal to Canada

By Mike Valiquette

This news broke last week, but I was busy. So that. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2014/07/17/disney_pixar_marvel_lucasfilm_movies_coming_to_netflix_canada.html Basically, Disney has set up an exclusive distribution deal with Netflix, that they’ve now extended to Netflix Canada. What this means: if you want to watch Disney movies, which now include productions from Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Walt Disney Animation Studios, you… »

from the internets: Chris Walsh’s Stop-Mo Horror, The Shutterbug Man

By Mike Valiquette

Fangoria’s got the coverage: http://www.fangoria.com/new/excl-canadian-animator-launches-stop-motion-horror-the-shutterbug-man/ but the Cole’s notes version is Chris Walsh and Mad Lab Productions’ latest, the Shutterbug Man, is scary, puppety and getting close to done! Go… »

from the internets: Ontario Provincial Politicians Attemtping to Make Tax Credits an Election Issue

By Mike Valiquette

It’s voting day in Ontario, and, as usual, it’s turned into a mudslinging affair. In the last few days, the various representatives, and their representatives, have been shaking the political tree to see what kind of spoiled fruit will fall from the branches. One topic they’ve tried out is our provincial tax credits. It doesn’t… »

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…. »

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…. »

from the internets: Warren United, from Smiley Guy Studios and Baby Cow Productions

By Mike Valiquette

As always, for the sake of total transparency, I work at Smiley Guy. So I try not to overdo posting about them. But here’s a great little piece of press touting the studio’s new co-production with Steve Coogan’s (yes, THAT Steve Coogan) production company, Baby Cow: Warren United. The Mirror is actually calling it “hilarious”,… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

from the internets: It’s Mark Mayerson day!

By Mike Valiquette

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

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

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: Lillian Chan interview on Film Annex

By Mike Valiquette

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

It’s finally happened: No Ford Nation presents, the Toronto Mayor Show

By Mike Valiquette

This popped up on BlogTO today: 3 episodes so… »

from the internets: Industrial Light and Magic Expanding in Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

Had this little piece from Inside Vancouver forwarded to me this morning: http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2014/03/20/star-wars-is-officially-coming-to-vancouver/ They’re increasing their presence from 130 employees to approximately 330, and will be taking over the space left vacant went Pixar Canada shut down last year. And yes, they’re going to be working on the next Star Wars trilogy. So if you’ve… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: Alison Snowden Interview on Film Annex

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: New Corus structure revealed

By Mike Valiquette

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

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… »

from the internets: Interview with Marv Newland on Film Annex

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: More Cordell Barker on NFB Blog

By Mike Valiquette

Cordell “the Cat Came Back” Barker has another blog post over on the NFB blog. He’s just finished up a stint at the NFB Montreal studio working a stop motion segment for his newest film. Stop-motion is a new medium for him, and it’s interesting to gt a glimpse of his struggles. As a established… »

from the internets: RIP Larry Mann

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: AWN talks to Jonathan Ng

By Mike Valiquette

Jonathan Ng is one of those guys who’s always got a project on the go. One of those projects, Requiem For Romance, has been shortlisted for the Oscars. AWN posted an interview with him last week. Here it is: http://www.awn.com/animationworld/jonathan-ng-talks-requiem-romance     And here’s the film: Requiem for Romance from Jonathan Ng on Vimeo. Congrats… »

from the internets: NFB Animation Blog

By Mike Valiquette

For anyone who’s interested in a peek at the world of NFB animation, they update their blog on a pretty regular basis. You’ll find posts from the Hothouse program, occasional thoughts from famed Canadian animator Cordell Barker, and other animated ephemera. I make it a regular stop. Check it out… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: Guys with Pencils talk to Adam Brown

By Mike Valiquette

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

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

By Mike Valiquette

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

showcase: Adam Brown’s Calvin & Hobbes dance

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto animator Adam Brown likes to make things. The latest thing he made was a short bit of animation featuring the iconic comic strip characters of Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes. It’s a cute little dance, and the internets sure like it. Here ya… »

shameless plug: Miley Cyrus t-shirt by Steph Ramon

By Mike Valiquette

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:… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: Post-OIAF Roundup

By Mike Valiquette

Ottawa 2013 has come and gone, and I had a great time, as usual. TAC went really well, I was able to do some real business this year. It’s a more intimate event than other markets, and you get to spend more time focusing on the meetings you’ve got, rather than speeding off to the… »

from the internets: Asphalt Watches/VICE

By Mike Valiquette

I haven’t seen Asphalt Watches yet. I have to fix that. Soon.VICE has. And then they had a little chat with the… »

from the internets: Mike Geiger’s Leroy Dorsalfin pitch

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: Mark Mayerson on TAAFI, day 2

By Mike Valiquette

Mark Mayerson’s coverage of TAAFI, Day 2 is up, with a hearty recommendation aimed directly at Dr Stuart Sumida and some shorts programme coverage. Thanks Mark! Follow the… »

from the internets: Mark Mayerson on TAAFI, day 1

By Mike Valiquette

Mark Mayerson has posted his coverage of TAAFI, day 1, Industry Day. It’s over here. Mark is always a welcome voice in our world, and his coverage is excellent. I don’t agree with everything he has to say, but it’s totally worth reading. Now I know what I missed, and I’m especially glad Mark has… »

from the internets: Amid Amidi (Cartoon Brew) Identifies Exactly What Canadian Animation Should Aspire to

By Mike Valiquette

Amid’s a pretty opinionated guy, and I don’t always agree with him. But in his description of the European animated feature climate, he presents very eloquently the model Canada should be aspiring to: Amid: The big advantage that European animated features have is their lower budgets. Why is that an advantage? The benefit of smaller… »

from the internets: the best god-damned thing I’ve read about in forever.

By Mike Valiquette

Or, Fuck Yeah Fox. Say what you will about the content they’ve been previewing online. Axe Cop may not be your cup of tea, nor perhaps Apollo Guantlet. But the situation that is playing out at Fox in LA sounds amazing. The confidence the network has put in the hands of their designated shepherds, Nick… »

from the internets: the Animation Pimp’s Must-Watch List

By Mike Valiquette

Chris Robinson (OIAF Artistic Director) has listed off his 24 must-watch animated shorts over on his Animation Pimp column at AWN. Some of them might surprise… »

from the internets: Warren Leonhardt on Animation Insider

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: OIAF’s Chris Robinson talks to FilmFestivalLife

By Mike Valiquette

Nice little chat with OIAF Artistic Director, Chris Robinson, over here at www.filmfestivallife.com. Look at that smile. Deadline for entries is coming up May… »

Colin Jack and Galaxy Zack. A little friendly promotion for something that won’t suck.

By Mike Valiquette

All around swell guy, and current PDI Dreamworks story man, Colin Jack, has somehow found time to illustrate some books. Galaxy Zack is coming out April 2nd, and I’m personally looking forward to getting my hands on a copy. I’m a fan. Here’s a link to Colin’s post about the books. There’s more artwork to… »

Last day for NIKO AND THE SWORD OF LIGHT

By Mike Valiquette

Amazing looking Kickstarter project, Niko and the Sword of Light, out of the UK. It’s an animated comic book, with a lot of Canadian talent on board. They’ve already hit their goal, but you just need to see it…. »

from the internets: Capilano Grads sharing Oscar gold on Disney’s Paperman

By Mike Valiquette

Capilano University’s animation program has always done a great job of promoting and keeping tabs on their alumni. Don Perro recently sent me a link to a post they ran about a couple of their grads who played key roles in the production of the highly acclaimed Disney short, Paperman. Here’s the post (original can… »

from the internets: Mark Mayerson’s review of Sick Little Monkeys

By Mike Valiquette

Thad Komorowski has written an unauthorized, behind-the-scenes account of the making of Ren & Stimpy.  Here’s Mark Mayerson’s… »

from the internets: Noam Sussman on Animation Insider

By Mike Valiquette

Looks like it’s unofficially Noam Sussman week.  There’s a quick interview with the Toronto Animator on Animation Insider where Noam answers the usual set of questions.  Check it out… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: Guys With Pencils talk with Scott Caple

By Mike Valiquette

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

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

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

from the internets: Animation Production Insight, from Echo Bridge

By Mike Valiquette

Steve Valdez runs Echo Bridge Pictures.  They’re a boutique animation studio out of Florida.  Yeah, I know that’s not in Canada, but I’m not going to hold it against him.  Steve’s an honorary Canadian in my book.  I met him a few years ago at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, an event he tries to… »

Ikea Munke: Animators finding creative ways to make a living

By Mike Valiquette

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. … »

Even more HOLIDAY AWESOME!

By Mike Valiquette

From designer, illustrator, ex-pat story-man, and all around swell fellah: Colin Jack.  Sheridan animated this fun little greeting: West-coaster, Cale Atkinson offers a how-to for a festive paper-box pug: And this one came in from Katarina Antonic: And while I’m at it, here’s the link to the animated Christmas Card my gang here at Smiley… »

CBC’s Wiretap Animation Contest: finalists announced

By Mike Valiquette

A few weeks back we announced a contest that CBC was running, asking listeners to animate segments from their popular series: Wiretap.  There was some discussion over the ethics of contests in our comments section, and not only was the CBC listening, but they also acted, taking our comments into consideration and amending the contest… »

Why did the animator cross the road?

By Mike Valiquette

Brent Forrest supplies the answer after the… »

showcase: Smiley Guy’s HALO 401K

By Mike Valiquette

Another short from my gang here at Smiley Guy Studios.  HALO 401K.  Just in time for the launch of the game tomorrow, and this one we just made for ourselves. … »

CBC Radio’s WireTap: Animated…UPDATE: Contest rules amended!!!

By Mike Valiquette

UPDATE: We posted this a few days ago, and a few of our regulars chimed in over the specifics of the ownership breakdown in the contest rules…. well, looks like the kind folks at the CBC were paying attention, and producer Mira Burt-Wintonick had this to say in our comments thread: We want you to… »

from the internets: Winsor McCay Google Doodle

By Mike Valiquette

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

OIAF pre-festival coverage: Chris Robinson on CTV

By Mike Valiquette

A little clip of OIAF Artistic Director Chris Robinson chatting up the festival in our nation’s… »

from the internets: more PIG GOAT BANANA MANTIS? could it be?

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s some good news!  A little while back, Nick Cross posted a pilot he animated for  Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan‘s PIG GOAT BANANA MANTIS!  The cartoon was produced for Nickelodeon, and we all got to see it because the network had finally passed on the project.  It looked like a candidate for our “Greatest… »

from the internets: OAIF 2012 coverage begins

By Mike Valiquette

With this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival just around the corner, mainstream media starts to throw a few stories our way.  First up is local Ottawa fare: Metro Ottawa as a nifty little picture of Chris Robinson, OIAF Artisitic Director, resident curmudgeon, and Animation Pimp.  Chris looks frighteningly cheery.  The brief piece mainly covers the… »

from the internets: Digital Domain’s stock sinking faster than the Titanic

By Mike Valiquette

(see what I did there?) A few months ago, the internets were in an uproar over US-based FX house Digital Domain and their new business model, involving student labour, government money, and comments made by CEO John Textor.  We snagged half an interview with Textor, but that was it.  Well, reports are coming in that… »

from the internets: Thunderpaw

By Mike Valiquette

It’s important we all see this.  It’s not Canadian, but it may be the future of everything I love.  It’s Thunderpaw.  Go experience it here, then come back and tell me how awesome your life… »

from the internets: Ted Wilson, Animation Insider interview

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: Sandra Loke on Animation Insider

By Mike Valiquette

So the other day, Animation Insider drew my attention with a Dave Merritt interview.  As is usually the case, I started poking around to see who else had recently been subjected to the Insider questionnaire.  I found another Canadian: Sandra Loke.  Sandra’s a talented artist who works at Chuck Gammage Animation. Here’s her interview. And… »

from the internets: Animation Insider interviews Diamond Dave Merritt

By Mike Valiquette

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

from the internets: Tribute.ca points out that Canadians work on American movies!

By Mike Valiquette

A little piece popped up on tribute.ca about Canadian talent working on Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania.  It is cool that they mentioned some animators by name.  We don’t usually see that kind of coverage.  Here’s the… »

from the internets: Troy Little on CBR!

By Mike Valiquette

One of my favourite people, talking about one of my favourite things, on one of my favourite sites! Here’s the… »

from the internets: Mike Geiger’s Super Duper Super Hero, coming soon!

By Mike Valiquette

Over on his blog, Mike’s announced a web-series he’s independently producing, Super Duper Super Hero!  Coming August 6th!  Can’t wait!… »

from the internets: TAAFI roundup

By Mike Valiquette

Lots of TAAFI stuff to share as it looms ahead of us this week. One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while is the 30 second bumper that TAAFI commissioned Sam Chou’s company, Style5, to produce.  Its not available for viewing anywhere yet, but I managed to score a sneak peek about a… »

from the internets: Rainmaker announces sale to Xing Xing Digital

By Mike Valiquette

Two days after announcing that Catherine Winder will step down as president and executive producer on June 30, Rainmaker has revealed it’s selling its animation studio to Beijing-based animation company Xing Xing Digital. No announcements as to how this will affect day to day operations.  Kidscreen has more complete coverage here:… »

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… »

from the internets: Meet the cartoonists behind Cartoon Network’s hottest shows, c/o the Beat

By Mike Valiquette

  Heidi MacDonald’s long-running comics blog, the Beat, is currently running a series of articles featuring the cartoonists behind Adventure Time, the Regular Show and Problem Solverz.  The pieces showcase the crossover of current talent working on these shows from indie comix to animation.  It’s a good read, and shows the impact having the right… »

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… »

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