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Paul is an old-timer here at BCDB- his contributions go back to before the site! Paul is widely regarded as a Disney historian, and is also on staff at the Disney Museum in San Francisco. Paul is also a contributing historian for D23, the Disney Club. Paul has published several books and magazine articles on Disney history, too. You are welcome to drop Paul a line here.

Phineas and Ferb Up for Producers Guild Award

Phineas and Ferb

Phineas and Ferb

Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb” was the sole animated program announced Wednesday as a nominee for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards.

Phineas and Ferb is up for the Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. Other shows nominated by the Producers Guild of America in the same category are the live-action Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel), iCarly (Nickelodeon), Sesame Street (PBS) and The Weight of the Nation for Kids: The Great Cafeteria Takeover (HBO).

Nominees were also announced for the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama; the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy; the Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television; the Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television; the Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television; the Award for Outstanding Sports Program; and the Award for Outstanding Digital Series.

All other nominations for the 2013 Producers Guild Award categories will be announced January 3, along with the individual producers.

All 2013 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced January 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the Producers Guild will also award special honors to Bob and Harvey Weinstein, J.J. Abrams, and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, among others. The 2013 Producers Guild Awards Chair is Michael DeLuca.

Gumball Gets Two British Academy Kids’ Animation Awards

Brian Cosgrove

Brian Cosgrove (left) was presented with the Special Award at the British Academy Children’s Awards by long-standing friend and colleague David Jason.

Cartoon Network Europe series “The Amazing World Of Gumball” was the winner in both the Animation and Writing categories Sunday at the British Academy Children’s Awards.

The show, which airs on Cartoon Network UK, was produced in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media and Studio Soi.

Ben Bocquelet, Mic Graves and Joanna Beresford were singled out for their work in animation, Bocquelet, James Lamont and Jon Foster were honored as the writers.

Other British Academy Children’s Award nominees for animation were The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers (Pesky Productions/POP), The Gruffalo’s Child (Magic Light Pictures in association with Studio Soi/BBC One) and The Mechanical Musical Marvel (Chris Randall and Julie Boden; Second Home Studios/THSH Birmingham).

In Pre-School Animation, the winner was Peppa Pig (Philip Hall, Joris van Hulzen and Phil Davies; Astley Baker Davies/Five).

Others nominated for Pre-School Animation were Rastamouse (Greg Boardman, Eugenio Perez and Derek Mogford; The Rastamouse Company/CBeebies), Timmy Time (Jackie Cockle, Liz Whitaker and David Scanlon; Aardman Animations/CBeebies) and Tree Fu Tom (Daniel Bays and Adam Shaw; Plug-in Media/Blue Zoo Productions/CBeebies).

The award in the International category was given to SpongeBob SquarePants (Paul Tibbitt, Casey Alexander and Zeus Cervas; MTV Networks International/United Plankton Pictures/Nickelodeon UK).

The animated Share A Story 2011 (Dave Hickman, Carl Hadley and David Heslop; CiTV Creative/CiTV) won in the Short Form category.

CBBC was named Channel Of The Year, defeating CBeebies, CiTV and Cyw.

Brian Cosgrove, the man behind classic children’s animations The BFG, Count Duckula, DangerMouse and many more, was honoured with the Special Award for outstanding creative contribution to the industry.

Cosgrove formed Manchester-based animation studio Cosgrove Hall with his business partner Mark Hall in 1975. The studio quickly established itself as the leading producer of animated programmes in the United Kingdom. It created shows and films that have entertained millions of people all over the world, including Bill and Ben, Noddy, Rainbow and Chorlton and the Wheelies.

The Special Award was presented to Cosgrove by long-standing friend and colleague David Jason.

“I had the pleasure of working with Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall a number of times, and it was always a joy. The quality of the creative work, the high standard on which they based every detail of every project was so reassuring for one of the newer people like me,” Debra Gillett explained.

“No matter how long the day, work was always fun, and felt like a family getting together every time we met to record the next set of episodes. Cossie, as he was affectionately known by some, knew what he wanted down to the last minute detail, and the result was wonderful, original shows which were enjoyed all over the world. I am so pleased that his work is being recognized with this well-deserved award.”

Cosgrove and the team at Cosgrove Hall were also champions of Manchester’s arts and cultural scene, so much so that members of Joy Division (Bernard Sumner), The Stone Roses (John Squire) and Inspiral Carpets (Craig Gill) all worked under Cosgrove and Hall’s tutelage at some point in the studio’s life.

Said Cosgrove: “After 40 years of making children’s programs, it is an honor and a privilege to be receiving this Special Award from BAFTA. On hearing I would receive the Award, I was thrilled!

“I’ve been lucky in many ways, particularly that I’ve spent my whole career doing what I would have chosen to do as a hobby, and I was fortunate in finding the right person, Mark Hall, to work alongside. Together, we built a company that gave work to a whole generation of artists and filmmakers, and hopefully, via the programs we made, brought pleasure to many generations of viewers.”

In the BAFTA Kids’ Vote, the partly animated The Smurfs won for Feature Film.

Sunday’s ceremony took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Disney Animator and Story Man Mel Shaw Dies at 97

Mel Shaw

Mel Shaw

Visual development artist, animator and story man Melvin “Mel” Shaw, named a Disney Legend in 2004, has died at 97, layout artist Mike Peraza announced.

Shaw has been called one of Disney’s “elder statesmen” of animation. Walt Disney, who personally recruited him to join his team, observed another side.

During his early polo playing days, Shaw recalled first meeting Disney at the field, who announced, “You ride like a wild Indian!” And thus, the door opened for Shaw to infuse his passion into Disney animation.

Born Melvin Schwartzman in Brooklyn on December 19, 1914, he discovered his artistic bent at age 10, when selected as one of only 30 children from New York state to participate in the Student Art League Society. Two years later, his soap sculpture of a Latino with a pack mule won second prize in a Procter & Gamble soap carving contest, earning the young artist national fame.

In 1928, his family moved to Los Angeles, where Shaw attended high school and entered a scholarship class at Otis Art Institute. But the teen had an itch to become a cowboy and ran away from home to work on a Utah ranch.

After four months of back-breaking work, he returned home and took a job creating title cards for silent movies at Pacific Titles, owned by Leon Schlesinger. With help from Schlesinger, two former Disney animators, Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising, had made a deal with Warner Bros., and soon, Shaw joined Harman-Ising Studios as animator, character designer, story man and director. While there, he worked with Orson Welles storyboarding a live-action/animated version of The Little Prince.

In 1937, Shaw arrived at Disney, contributing to Fantasia (1940), Bambi (1941) and The Wind in the Willows, which later became a segment in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949).

His Disney career was interrupted by the Second World War, when he served the United States Army Signal Corps as a filmmaker under Lord Louis Mountbatten, helping produce films, including a live action/animated documentary of the Burma Campaign. He also served as art editor and cartoonist for the Stars & Stripes newspaper in Shanghai.

After the war, he ventured into business with former MGM Studios animator Bob Allen. As Allen-Shaw Productions, he designed and created the original Howdy Doody marionette puppet for NBC; illustrated the first Bambi children’s book for Disney; and designed children’s toys, architecture and even master plans for cities, including Century City, California.

In 1974, Walt Disney Studios called Shaw to help in the outgoing transition between retiring animators and the next generation. He offered skill and knowledge to such Disney motion pictures as The Rescuers (1977), The Fox and the Hound (1981), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994) and more.

Though uncredited, he was an animator in the theatrical cartoon shorts We’re in the Money (1933), Toyland Broadcast and Tale of the Vienna Woods (both 1934), To Spring (1936) and Merbabies (1938).

He offered additional story contributions to The Black Cauldron (1985) and provided the cartoon story for the 1957 Disneyland episode “Tricks of Our Trade.” Shaw appeared as himself in the 2001 TV documentary Walt: The Man Behind the Myth.

Shaw recently completed his autobiography Animator on Horseback at his home in Acampo, California. It has not yet been released.

In June, he lived with his son and daughter-in-law in Woodland Hills, California.

Mel Shaw married Florence, the widow of Disney animator John Lounsbery.

One Boy’s Story Cartoon PSA Wins Two Regional Emmy Awards

One Boy'€™s Story

One Boy’€™s Story

Blending 3D animation with live action, the public service announcement One Boy’s Story has won two Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Chicago/Midwest Chapter.

Created by Mode Project, a Chicago-based design and production studio, it won for Outstanding Achievement for Community/Public Service (PSAs) and Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air – Graphics Arts/Animation/Art Direction/Set Design. The spot was created for the non-profit organization Court Appointed Special Advocates, dedicated to providing volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children.

The spot tells the story of a young boy who was abandoned by his parents, but with the help of a CASA volunteer, was adopted into a loving family. Previously, One Boy’s Story was recognized with a Silver award for Art Direction & Design in the 2012 PromaxBDA North America Design competition.

Mode Project was presented with this opportunity via design studio Thirst/Chicago on behalf of EPIC (Engaging Philanthropy Inspiring Creatives), an organization which helps top-tier creative talent join forces with nonprofit clients. “Mode Project totally made Kelly Butler’s script come to life in this incredible video hybrid that is obviously digital, but remarkably analog in spirit. I love this Mode brand of innocence!”, said Thirst founder and design director Rick Valicenti.

“As always, the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards were full of extraordinary projects produced by talented creatives with an unparalleled passion for their work,” said Mode Project President Colin Carter. “Our whole team is incredibly honored by this recognition, and we offer our congratulations to all of the winners.”

These projects demonstrate the diverse capabilities of the studio, which creates original content for an expanding client roster that includes global ad agencies, non-profits, and major brands such as Gogo, Marriott International, AT&T, United Airlines and UPS.

The Chicago / Midwest Emmy awards add to Mode Project’s growing list of industry recognition, including Cannes Lions Titanium and Integrated Grand Prix awards, New York Festivals World Medals, and Promax/BDA North American Design Awards.

One Boy’s Story can be viewed at www.modeproject.com/work/casa-one-boys-story/.

Stray Bullet Kills Boy Watching “Wreck-It Ralph”

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

Mystery continues to surround the fatal shooting of a 10-year-old boy who was watching Wreck-It Ralph in a southern Mexico City theater.

Hendrik Cuacuas died two days after a November 2 shooting when he, his father and 12-year-old sister were viewing the animated Disney film, according to an continuing police investigation and local media reports.

Cinepolis, the chain owning the theater, was a Twitter top trend Tuesday.

Strangely, the boy’s father and others in the theater said that they did not hear any gunshots.

Hendrik was hit in the head by a 9-mm bullet at the theatre in the rough neighborhood of Iztapalapa, prosecutor Edmundo Garrido said Tuesday.

According to an autopsy report, the victim was shot from four to six feet away. It said that the bullet entered the front of his head. Oddly, however, the coroner was quoted as saying that the shooter was not necessarily standing in front of the victim.

The boy’s father, Enrique Cuacuas, told investigators and radio station Radio W that his son was sitting on his right side in a full theater when, roughly half an hour into the screening, he heard something whiz past his ear, then the sound of a thud. Turning to his right, he saw his son convulsing and bleeding from the head. He realized that his son had been shot.

According to ballistics expert Anselmo Apodaca, a bullet passed through the building’s laminate roof, then through a suspended ceiling, and traveled to the upper right side of the boy’s head.

Hendrik was rushed to a hospital in critical condition.

Cuacuas told Radio W that he learned similar incidents had taken place in the same theater in the past. However, he did not provide proof.

The head of Cinepolis’ legal department, Pablo Jimenez, told Foro TV that there was an incident in March, “also difficult to explain… in which a person received an injury to the foot.” He said he did not know if the injury caused by a gunshot.

Police have closed the theater as the investigation continues.

Wreck-It Ralph Destroys Competition, Makes $49.1M

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph” topped the box office at $49.1 million to achieve the highest-grossing opening weekend in Walt Disney Animation history.

Following superstorm Sandy, there actually was an increase in theater attendance in areas affected.

In a distant second place was Denzel Washington’s live-action Flight, which sold $25 million in tickets at United States and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Wreck-It Ralph had been predicted to earn grosses in the mid-$40 million range this weekend, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office division of Hollywood.com.

Last weekend, the box office was lukewarm as the U.S. East Coast prepared for Sandy.

Weekend ticket sales at international theaters for films distributed abroad by Hollywood studios put Wreck-It Ralph in fourth place at $12 million.

Movie attendance in areas affected by the storm was “very healthy,” according to Dave Hollis, executive vice-president of film distribution at Walt Disney Studios. School closures Friday boosted matinee screenings, he added.

“In a nice way, Wreck-It Ralph, in areas affected by the storm, ended up actually becoming an opportunity to relieve yourself from the reality that might be going on around you. We saw the theater business around areas affected by the storm very healthy,” Hollis said.

“The storm and its impact — I don’t know if it was a function of cabin fever or just escaping by getting into a movie theater, but there was definitely a gravitating-towards-the-theater phenomenon.

Wreck-It Ralph became something of a distraction and an opportunity for families to do something separate of the storm. Schools being shut down on Friday also played a role as parents were looking for things to entertain the kids and keep them out of the cold,” Hollis added.

Over a decade in development, Wreck-It Ralph cost an estimated $165 million to produce. It was made by the team behind Disney’s animated movie Tangled, which set the previous highest opening weekend gross with $48.8 million in 2010.

“The Disney movie would benefit from school being out in a large number of big urban and suburban eastern markets, they were always going to have a very good opening, I think they got a little help on Friday,” acknowledged Don Harris, president of distribution at rival studio Paramount Pictures.

Hotel Transylvania was in seventh place at the North American box office with $4.5 million and third overseas with another $13.7 million.

Also abroad, Madagascar 3 took in $7.9 million to reach #5, while Frankenweenie was 10th with $5.3 million.

The North American box office gross increased 21 percent over the same weekend last year.

Final domestic figures are scheduled for release Monday.

 

DWA’s Katzenberg To Receive 150% Salary Increase

DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s annual base salary will increase 150% from $1 million a year to $2.5 million under a contract extension reached with the studio.

Katzenberg’s term as CEO will now run through 2017. His previous contract had run until the end of 2014.

He will also be eligible for $4 million a year in cash bonuses. According to United States Securities and Exchange Commission, he will also be eligible for long-term equity incentives of $4.5 million. These have been reduced from $8 million under his previous agreement.

In addition, Katzenberg will be compensated for such business expenses as private aircraft use for business-related travel and security personnel.

The new terms stipulate that if DWA changes owner, Katzenberg could collect his compensation for the rest of the current contract or for two years, whichever is longer.

Meanwhile, Ann Daly’s term as chief operating officer has been extended through 2017, too. Her annual base salary is being hiked from $1.012 million to $1.5 million.

Daly will be eligible for $750,000 in annual cash bonuses this year, which will be doubled in 2013. She also will be eligible for annual long-term equity incentives of $3.5 million, up from $2.5 million under her earlier agreement.

Under a new agreement, general counsel Andrew Chang’s annual salary increases from $460,000 to $550,000, starting next year. The agreement runs until January 1, 2016.

[Via The Hollywood Reporter -- www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jeffrey-katzenberg-ann-daly-up-384615]

Creators of Chicken Run Release A Pig’s Tail

A Pig's Tail

A Pig’s Tail

The Humane Society of the United States has teamed up with Academy Award-winning film company Aardman Animations to produce a four-minute animated children’s film titled “A Pig’s Tale” exposing problems with factory farming from the perspective of a piglet named Ginger.

The film’s release coincides with Food Day, a national movement for healthy, sustainable food.

Aardman Animations, creators of Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit and other beloved animated feature films, produced the short film A Pig’s Tale under a grant from the Steven C. Leuthold Family Foundation.

“The Humane Society of the United States is thrilled to celebrate Food Day with the release of this endearing and educational short film,” said Joe Maxwell, vice-president of outreach and engagement at The HSUS. “We hope A Pig’s Tail will launch a conversation about how food gets to the table and help end inhumane practices in the pork industry.”

Added Aardman Animations director Sarah Cox: “I was very proud to direct this film for The Humane Society of the United States because it is about an issue I passionately believe in. It is so important that children understand where their food really comes from, particularly the connection between meat products and the treatment of the animals that they are made from. I wanted the campaign to be positive and optimistic, so I created a strong and likable lead character — a little piglet called Ginger — and gave the story a happy ending because that is ultimately what we are trying to achieve.”

The film features voices from actress Catherine Taber and voice actor James Arnold Taylor of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Original music was produced by singer and songwriter Steven Delopoulos.

The film, intended for children ages 7 to 10 and accessible to all audiences, follows Ginger and her mother as they experience life on a typical industrial factory farm. After Ginger is taken from her mother, she is determined to escape. The film follows her journey, and the evolution of a farmer who opens his eyes to a more humane and sustainable way of farming.

The film centers on industrial pig farming, where most breeding pigs are confined day and night during their four-month pregnancy in gestation crates, cages roughly the same size as the animals’ bodies, preventing them from even turning around. The pigs are then placed into another crate to give birth, re-impregnated, and put back into a gestation crate. This happens pregnancy after pregnancy for their entire lives, adding up to years of virtual immobilization.

Recently, such leading food companies as McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel, Oscar Mayer, Costco, ConAgra and Kroger have agreed to eliminate gestation crates from their pork supply chains. This corporate shift away from crates comes on the heels of nine American state laws banning the crates.

A Pig’s Tail is available online.

Kids’ Delhi Safari Hits U.S. Theaters December 7

Delhi Safari

Delhi Safari

Delhi Safari,” directed by Nikhil Advani, will be in theaters across the United States in the top 20 regional markets featured on over 70 screens starting December 7, Applied Art Productions announced Wednesday.

The film features the vocal talents of Hollywood’s favorite stars, including Jane Lynch (Glee), Cary Elwes (Princess Bride), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Brad Garrett (Ratatouille, Everybody Loves Raymond), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Carlos Alazraqui (Happy Feet) and Tara Strong (Rugrats, Little Mermaid). Delhi Safari‘s message is the preservation of the environment and the celebration of wildlife.

Delhi Safari is a journey for these animals to stand up for their own rights, the rights to exist in nature and on the planet. They have to go to the humans because they’re in charge. What is really wonderful about it is even with such a huge cast, every part is very funny and unique,” said Lynch, the voice of the female flamingo.

“We’ve got a strong family that deals with crisis together; we’ve got a group of characters that go off on an adventure together with a mission, and a happy ending with fantastic music and great performances,” said Williams. the voice of Begam, Mother Leopard.

In the movie, the tranquility of jungle life is threatened when a real estate developer begins construction on a new subdivision. The unlikely team of a leopard cub named Yuvi; his mother, the leopardess Begam; an unruly monkey, Bajrangi; and a lovable bear named Bagga realize that the only way to stop things before it’s too late is by talking to the humans. This will take a major feat: enlisting the support of the only human-speaking animal, Alex, the Parrot.

Long since “off the reservation,” Alex lives in a high-end neighborhood with all the conveniences of modern life, from air conditioning to a massive flat-screen television, and a master. Surrounded by his comforts, he lives in denial that he is someone’s pet. When he rejecting the pleas of his friends, they resort to kidnapping him and showing him what is becoming of their precious home.

The clock is ticking as the troop set off on a seemingly impossible journey meeting an eclectic array of characters along the way. Arriving in Delhi, they cause absolute commotion and with it, successfully get the attention of the media. Now in the spotlight, they must share their story and get the support of the only ones who can make a difference: humans.

Animation for the 90-minute movie was produced by Krayon Pictures, a 3D animation studio in Pune, India. Directed by Nikhil Advani, the film is an original screenplay by the writing team of Nikhil Advani, Girish Dhamija and Suresh Nair, with additional dialogue by Milap Zaveri. Delhi Safari was produced by Anupama Patil and Kishor Patil and executive produced by Fred deWysocki, Ni***th Takia, Aditya Nath Jha and Namrata Sharma.

A Delhi Safari featurette can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8yHngCe9hc&feature=plcp.

For more information on Delhi Safari, visit www.delhisafarimovie.com/.

NFB Offering Free Animation Films and Workshops

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada is launching the sixth edition of Get Animated!, bringing many of the country’s finest and funniest animated films to communities across Canada in celebration of International Animation Day (Sunday, October 28).

Taking place this year from Friday, October 26 to Saturday, November 10, Get Animated! will bring the magic of animation to over 30 centres, in every province and territory, with screening programs for audiences of all ages, workshops and more. And it’s all absolutely free!

Get Animated! is coming to a location near you, in:

Abbotsford, BC (October 27 and 30)
Calgary (November 2 and 4)
Charlottetown (November 2 and 4)
Edmonton (November 7)
Flin Flon (October 28)
Halifax (October 26 and 27)
Iqaluit (November 8 )
Miramichi, NB (October 28)
Moncton (October 27 and 30)
Montreal (October 27)
New Westminster (November 7 and 8 )
Prince George (November 2 and 4)
Regina (November 2, 3 and 10)
Richmond (November 4)
St. John’s (October 27, 28 and 31)
Saskatoon (October 29, 30 and November 1)
Stephenville, NL (November 4)
Tatamagouche, NS (October 28 )
Toronto (October 27 and November 1)
Vancouver (October 27 and 31)
Victoria (November 7)
Whitehorse (October 28)
Windsor (November 3 and 4)
Winnipeg (October 26 and 27; November 2 to 5)
Yellowknife (October 29)
– and more!

Get Animated! is presented by the NFB in collaboration with local partners across Canada. For a complete and up-to-date schedule of screenings, visit nfb.ca/getanimated.

Get Animated! programs New Releases

The New Releases program features a dazzling selection of the NFB’s most acclaimed international co-productions, created by many of the world’s top animation directors.

Highlights include Georges Schwizgebel’s Genie Award-winning Canada-Switzerland co-production Romance; Franck Dion’s Canada-France co-production Edmond Was a Donkey, winner of a Special Jury Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival; Régina Pessoa’s Kali the Little Vampire, a France-Canada-Portugal-Switzerland co-production, recipient of the Hiroshima Prize at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival; Oscar nominee Paul Driessen’s latest NFB short, the Canada-Netherlands co-production Oedipus; and Polish filmmaker Kamil Polak’s international co-production The Lost Town of Switez, winner of 10 awards.

Family Program

Get Animated! also offers kid-friendly animation fun for all.

The “Not So Scary Stories” program of animated films features Lynn Smith’s The Sound Collector, the quirky tale of a 6-year-old who collects sounds, along with Antoine Lanciaux and Pierre-Luc Granjon’s colorful and charming fairy tale Bonifacio in Summertime – perfect films for children ages 5 and up.

“Friends and Monsters” is ideal for the 10+ crowd, with Catherine Arcand’s Nightmare at School, a humorous look at the unsettling experience of being in a new school; Claude Grosch and Luc Otter’s Rose & Violet, about a very unusual set of twins’ and Paula Gillgannon’s vignette The Big Swing, from the NFB’s renowned Hothouse program for young animators.

Workshops

Hands-on workshops will accompany the Family Program in a number of Canadian cities, giving participants the thrill of being part of an animation film crew while making their own short film.

Workshops in Toronto and Montreal on October 27 will feature puppet animation, with participants invited to bring costumes and story ideas. To register for the Toronto workshop, or for more information, call 1-800-267-7710; for the Montreal workshop, call (514) 283-9000. Both workshops include a half-hour program of animated short films. Workshops are offered in English or French, based on demand. Pre-registration is required for the workshop; screenings are open to everyone. For complete info on these and other Get Animated! workshops, visit nfb.ca/getanimated.

Industry Events

Get Animated! will include free events for animation filmmakers and students — however, these industry events are open to the public, too.

Highlights will include a presentation about the NFB’s Hothouse program by producer Michael Fukushima and industry panels led by Animation Studio executive producer Roddy McManus.

List of industry events:

Panel discussion with Roddy McManus: Carbon Arc cinema (Halifax, October 27, 3 p.m.)
Hothouse presentation with Michael Fukushima: Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, October 31, 11:30 a.m.)
Panel discussion with Roddy McManus: OCAD University (Toronto, Nov. 1, 6:00 p.m.)
Panel discussion with Roddy McManus: ACAD (Calgary, Nov. 2, 1:00 p.m.)
Industry presentation with Roddy McManus: Université St-Boniface (Winnipeg, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.)
Industry presentation with Roddy McManus: Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.)

Visit nfb.ca/getanimated for details.

International Animation Day, October 28, is an annual celebration in over 40 countries, initiated by the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) in 2002. Norman McLaren was the first president of ASIFA, and the NFB is proud to be bringing this global celebration to Canadian communities for the sixth consecutive year.