Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" coming March 2, 2012

The journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. That's Hollywood's version. The original Lorax is a story about an entrepreneur getting in over his head and winds up destroying the environment. Directed by Chris Renaud and featuring the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle and Betty White among others, it still looks to be an entertaining animated motion picture experience. Below is the trailer for the upcoming film by Universal, with the Forum topic here.

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Gameloft New Orleans staffing up

Gameloft's New Orleans studio is open for business and looking to fill positions in their state-of-the-art studio. The lead came from CreativeHeads.net which is an excellent site for seeing what's up in animation employment opportunities. Gameloft is a French computer and video game developer and publisher headquartered in Paris. The company has subsidiaries in 31 countries around the world. Check out the videos below and follow this link for more info about what they're looking for at their New Orleans studio. This topic was first posted in AN 's Business Forum which is frequently updated with opportunities and business related information for the community.

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Cisco's 'Ike Theodore Willis' - IT Hero

The Cisco Corporation has gotten into the animation game with a series of short films featuring a character named Ike Theodore Willis. The abbreviation of which is "IT" of course. He experiences adventures that provide an opportunity for him to save the day by virtue of utilizing Cisco networking systems. Very clever and nicely produced by Snowball VFX and Animation Studio in Tel Aviv. You can see more episodes of IT Willis on the Forum topic.

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Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal Nov 1-10 '11

There's a landmark art auction taking place from November 1 - 10, 2011. An online Animated Art Auction will take place to raise much needed funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital in the UK. It's called "Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal". This will give animation fans all over the world the opportunity to bid on original pieces and signed prints from some of the greatest talents in animation. There's a collection of over 30 pieces of artwork including original sketches, paintings and prints created especially for the auction that will be sold.

Most importantly, the auction will raise funds for a charity that supports some of animation’s biggest fans - children.

There's donations from Pete Lord, Nick Park and a host of Aardman artists and animators, John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Ray Harryhausen, Adam Ellis, Pete Lord, Dick Williams, Arthur Leonardi, Brian Cosgrove, Tom Moore, Terry Brain, Nick Park, and many more.

Head to the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal website to see what's up. Updates will be posted in the Forum topic.

WIA presents 'Union: A Debate' - Burbank - Oct 21 2011

You're welcome to attend a significant industry event in Burbank, California on the evening of this Friday, October 21 at the headquarters of The Animation Guild. It starts at 7:00 PM and will go until 10:00 PM. I'll be among four panelists as I represent the independent perspective at a landmark debate in the heart of the animation community. This is sponsored by Women In Animation.

You'll find all the details here at the Forum Topic.

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