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ANIMATION NEWS!

Lion King is going 3D! According to director Don Hahn who sat down to talk to British magazine, Empire, it seems that a theatrical re-release of Lion King is soon to come — in 3D. Get your glasses ready everyone, though it doesn’t seem like it’ll be coming this year, people are speculating for it to be released in 2011.


Don Hahn is quoted saying:

“I’m actually trying to work out a 3D conversion of The Lion King. I’ll be doing that when I go back to the States in a couple of weeks,” Hahn told Empire. “It’s going to be spectacular – we will do a good job for ya! The technology is tremendous. We did A Nightmare Before Christmas a few years ago and Tim thought it was better than the original because it allows you to walk onto the set.”

You can thank the re-release to the success of the Beauty and the Beast 3D re-release that happened a while back.

More updates when information becomes avaliable!

Resources:
The Animation Magazine
ComingSoon.net
Slashfilm.com 

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Still remember the ThunderCats? Well, guess what? Warner Bros. is at it again, deciding to bring back the ThunderCats in 2011. The twist? It’s going to be an anime style cartoon. The cartoon will be aired on Cartoon Network and is already in production. It seems WB is trying its hardest to come back into the competition of cartoons, about time.

The new revamp of ThunderCats is a collaboration between WBA and Studio4°C, who are also responsible for The Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knights and Halo Legends. The producers are big names that have brought you Avatar: The Last Airbender and Batman: The Brave and The Bold and Teen Titans.

We’ll have to wait and see if it’ll be just as fun and great as the 80s version. This one promises a realistic, visually stunning look into their world. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Resources:
Animation Magazine 
Splash Page

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Introducing Autodesk Maya!

I ran out of time because I realized Tumblr only lets you upload five minutes so sorry about that HORRIBLY rushed ending. I still hope all you guys curious about animating, especially in 3D and have no idea what programs are out there find this a little interesting.

Autodesk Maya software offers artists an end-to-end creative workflow with comprehensive tools for 3D animation, modeling, simulation, visual effects, rendering, matchmoving, and compositing on a highly extensible production platform. All these capabilities are combined into a single application offering CG artists an exceptional value. Newly available for the Mac OS X 64-bit operating system, Maya 2011 delivers a revitalized user interface, enhanced viewport interaction, new 3D editorial capabilities, integrated color management, and improved character animation

                - From Autodesk Maya Website.

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Looney Tunes is making a comeback, or so the Warner Bros. company is exclaiming. In the semi recent attempts (anyone remember the horrible failure of Looney Tunes: Back In Action?) WB has more or less failed to bring back the once beloved and well known characters. But it seems WB is at it again, re-introducing the franchise as neighbors living in a modern cul-de-sac. 

The half-hour 2D series will debuting in the fall on Cartoon Network and will feature the classic characters living as neighbors and roommates on a modern cul-de-sac. The characters Yosemite Sam, Tweety and Sylvester, Marvin the Martian and Porky Pig will be featured in the series. 

The half and hour show will be accompanied for with the Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner in 3D CGI and the first of these will be shown before the new Cats & Dogs movie coming out in July.

We’ll have to wait and see if the series is any good, I’ve always loved the Looney Tunes so, I’m crossing my fingers here!

Resource: Animation Magazine

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AFI's Top 10 Animated Movies

americanfilm:

AFI’s list of the Top Ten Animated Feature Films from the 2007 TV Broadcast, AFI’s 10 Top 10.

I’m not sure I agree with this 2007 list but it’s interesting to see what they consider to be the best of the best.

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Breaking up the UP picspam to bring you some (somewhat old but still exciting) news. For a long time, Disney has talked about focusing their efforts on computer animation (think UP, Wall-E, Toy Story) and in a step in that direction had shut down their US animation studios, outsourcing it all to Europe and Asia, saying it would no longer create new traditional animation but focus more on Tinker Bell and other things for their Playhouse Disney line-up.

Well, as much as I do love Tinker Bell, that news sent a devastating shockwave through the animation world, especially us animators. But we’re in luck! After the success of Princess and the Frog it seems Disney has realized that the style will never go out. So they’ve re-opened their traditional animation shop and are now saying that they want to put out a feature length traditionally animated film every two years.

And it’s been said that Disney’s next traditionally animated film will be a still untitled Winnie the Pooh film (to be released in the summer of 2011), based off of five short stories that includes the voices of Craig Ferguson and Jim Cummings.

Excited?

Resources:
Firstshowing.Net
Chip and Co.
DVDizzy.com
Imdb.com