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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… »

Events: (Toronto) Elliott Animation Presents, Animation Masterclass with Michael Makarewicz (Incredibles 1 and 2, Finding Dory)

By Mike Valiquette

Very cool event coming up thanks to the gang at Elliott Animation, July 28-29th Hello fellow animation friends! Elliott Animation will be hosting a master animation workshop with Michal Makarewicz – animator on The Incredibles and The Incredibles 2, Finding Dory, Up, Inside Out, Brave, Wall-E, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, Cars and more. The event… »


By Mike Valiquette

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE: TAAFI ANNOUNCES AN EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES TALK BY DOMEE SHI, DIRECTOR OF “BAO.” Toronto, ON (May 30, 2018) – Today, the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) announced an exclusive event with Toronto-raised director, Domee Shi. The screening includes an exclusive, behind-the-scenes talk with the director of the latest short from… »

from the internets: Catching Up on Canadian Animation News

By Mike Valiquette

2018 is in full force, and there’s been a lot going on. Here’s a little sampler. -Nelvana signed a big ole deal for the exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to Sesame Street. Read about it here. Here’s what I find interesting about this. It’s Nelvana, and not Corus, that made the deal. Nelvana isn’t a broadcaster,… »

2018 Oscars: Coco and Dear Basketball Win Animation Categories

By Mike Valiquette

That’s the news. Pixar’s Coco took the feature animation award, and Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basket ball won for short animation. I’m sorry that the Breadwinner didn’t win. Coco is a terrific movie. And when Pixar makes a good movie, this category is theirs. I personally feel that The Breadwinner is a superior… »

from the internets: Add John Lasseter to the “terrible men” list.

By Mike Valiquette

Alright, we’re going to share this news too. Not with the obvious glee that Cartoon Brew is indulging in, but it’s real, and it’s big. Pixar’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter, has taken a six month “sabbatical” from the company amid numerous allegations of inappropriate behaviour. Rarely have I seen my social media feeds react… »

press release: Puppetry Workshop for Animators, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI OPENS DOORS FOR PUPPETRY TRAINING FOR ANIMATORS TAAFI and Skyship Entertainment announce exclusive workshop with leading puppetry professionals   TORONTO, ON – The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) announced a partnership with Skyship Entertainment to host an exclusive workshop called PUPPETRY FOR ANIMATORS: ANIMATING THE INANIMATE. Led by industry veterans Trish Leeper (The… »

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… »

Photo Coverage of Josh Cooley Masterclass at Canadian Animation Blog

By Mike Valiquette

Our partner site, Grayden Laing’s Canadian Animation Blog, has some great photo coverage of this past weekend’s Josh Cooley Masterclass, presented by TAAFI. We couldn’t make it out, sadly, but if you jump over to the link you can be as envious as I… »

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… »


By Mike Valiquette

Pixar Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning director joins Richard Crouse for a special onstage conversationToronto – TIFF welcomes Pete Docter, Academy Award®-winning director and Vice President, Creative at Pixar Animation Studios, for a special on stage conversation on March 23 at 7 p.m. where he’ll discuss his extraordinary past projects — including Up, Monsters, Inc., WALL•E… »


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