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Renderman, The Legendary CGI Program is Now Free*

*For educational use and non commercial use. Coming out of the heels of the Unreal Engine, Unity and Source Works change over to these models: Pixar Animation Studios today released its Academy Award-winning RenderMan software for non-commercial use. Free Non-Commercial RenderMan can be used for research, education, evaluation, plug-in development, and any personal projects that do not generate ...

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Popeye (the Sony CGI movie) is alive and well (Despite Fears to the Contrary)

First off – Moviefone stated this in a interview with Genndy Tartakovsky: What’s going on with “Popeye”? I saw the amazing proof-of-concept stuff you put online last year. Is that going to be your next project? Or are we going to be talking about “Hotel Transylvania 3” in two years? [Laughs] We definitely won’t be talking about “Hotel 3,” ...

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Jeff Hale – Creator of the “Pinball Number Count” and “Typewriter” Along with Detective Man For Sesame Street, Passes.

Jeff Hale, the award-winning director best known for his work with Sesame Street and the controversial Lenny Bruce short Thank You Mask Man, passed away in late February. He was 92 years old. Born in Margate, England in 1923, Hale began drawing as a teenager during a long hospital stay and trained at the Royal College of Art in London. His first animation job was at W.M. Larkins studio in ...

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Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Loses his Battle with Cancer.

Sam Simon, the nine-time Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and producer who helped develop The Simpsons, made millions after leaving the show in 1993 and then donated his riches to charity, has died, his foundation announced on Monday. He was 59. “He was a genius and a great humanitarian in ways public and private. I personally owe him more than can be repaid, but I will do my best to help ...

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Netflix Gets Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse in Spring of 2016

Netflix has added five new original and exclusive shows to its growing kids programming portfolio, including new series featuring Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse. Inspector Gadget, a new 26-episode CGI-animated series, will premiere on Netflix in the U.S. next month; the show is running on television in Latin America and European countries.  Inspector Gadget, joined by his niece, Penny, and ...

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Nick Magazine Makes Its Return, and Papercutz makes it Happen…

Papercutz has announced a partnership with Nickelodeon that will give the children’s graphic novel publisher first option to adapt all new Nickelodeon original properties into comics and graphic novels. Papercutz will also begin publishing a new Nickelodeon Magazine. Papercutz will work with the network at the earliest stages of property development, enabling adaptations for shows to enter the ...

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If You Have a Crunchyroll Subscription – You need to ask yourself some questions.

(Note: This essay does not represent the views of Toon Barn) I think that its time for us who love animation and want to see it live on, need to ask fans – erstwhile users, and the disaffected lovers of the anime genre to come to terms with the truth that is staring right in your faces. Crunchyroll, Like Most of The Bay Area protectorate of streaming sites and services are no better than ...

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Laurel and Hardy – Animated series coming from Gaumont

The first one since the 1966 (im not sure if it aired on ABC or CBS) Hanna Barbera series. Larry Harmon Pictures returns to work on this new series. It will be  78 shorts, 7 minute run time (thats comes around to between a 17 to 22 episode run). Gaumont Animation, one of Europe’s leading producers and distributors of children’s entertainment, has secured the worldwide exclusive option to the ...

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Cartoon Network Upfront – Powerpuff Girls Return 2016, but for now – a safe if not stable lineup

At its annual network upfront, Cartoon Network unveiled a conservative 2015′-16 slate, taking an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach. While the line-up is sparse on original series, it will please fans of its current schedule. The series Adventure Time, Clarence, Regular Show, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Teen Titans Go! and Uncle Grandpa will all continue with ...

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The VFX Industry – The Medium Essay (Part 1)

Note: This is Part One, of a two part series dealing with the VFX industry. Originally Planned for the website Medium until Ev Williams changed certain aspects of his collections/publications setup, the recent dislocation of the VFX marketplace is not only a lesson in how far Hollywood has gone in trying to reconfigure animation into a safe mainstream success, but has not only caused ...

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The VFX Industry – Aftermath (Part 2)

Note: This is Part Two, Read Part One first. Its been nearly six months since I wrote that article about the VFX industry for Medium. What has happened since then? The VFX industry dislocated. VFX soldier’s planned Union/Trade Organization fell by the wayside. Marvel/Disney in association with Sony is planning 20 some films in the next five to ten years. PDI, the legendary VFX house – that ...

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Spongebob wins in Box Office (on the back of its Online Game/ Online Campaign, and Victoria Justice’s return)

17 years, two movies. Both made gang busters in the box office. You have to start considering Spongebob as one of the better animated series of its era. With its very strong online campaign, and Victoria Justice’s second chance after her issues/rivalry between her and her former co-stars (Grande and the rumors of partying on the set of Icarly) It was just right. It beat out Jupiter ...

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