20 Years 20th Cen­tury Fox An­i­ma­tion Vanessa Mor­ri­son, Pres­i­dent

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Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox cre­ated its own an­i­ma­tion divi­sion in 1997 to branch out into the then-evolv­ing world of CG films. Its first project, the Christ­mas tele­vi­sion spe­cial Olive the Other Rein­deer, was re­leased two years later. Since that time, 20th Cen­tury Fox An­i­ma­tion has pro­duced films in styles rang­ing from 2D and 3D an­i­ma­tion to stop-mo­tion, in­clud­ing The Simp­sons Movie (2007), Fan­tas­tic Mr. Fox (2009) and The Book of Life (2014). The stu­dio has op­tioned a num­ber of projects for fu­ture fea­tures, in­clud­ing Mutts, Mr. Men and Lit­tle Miss, Ni­mona and The Dam Keeper. Hon­ors and Awards: Fan­tas­tic Mr. Fox (2009), Acad­emy Award Nom­i­nee for Best An­i­mated Fea­ture; Ice Age (2002), Acad­emy Award Nom­i­nee for Best An­i­mated Fea­ture Com­ing Soon: Fer­di­nand (2017) Web­site: fox­movies.com This Pol­ish VFX and an­i­ma­tion stu­dio is mark­ing its 20th year as a ma­jor player in Euro­pean an­i­ma­tion. Platige’s work spans film, tele­vi­sion, gam­ing and com­mer­cials, and in­cludes CGI as well as 3D and 2D an­i­ma­tion. Platige Im­age has pro­duced nu­mer­ous live-ac­tion and an­i­mated films and shorts, in­clud­ing In­flu­ence (2015). The stu­dio also crafted spe­cial ef­fects for vi­sion­ary di­rec­tors like Lars von Trier, in An­tichrist (2009) and Me­lan­cho­lia (2011); and An­drej Wa­jda, in Katyn (2007). Hon­ors and Awards: Cathe­dral, Acad­emy Award Nom­i­nee, Best An­i­mated Short Com­ing Soon: Another Day of Life Web­site: platige.com

Births: An­i­ma­tor Otto Mess­mer, voice of Goofy Pinto Colvig. Events: Charles-Émile Rey­naud gives the first public per­for­mance of Théâtre Op­tique in 1892, show­ing the first an­i­mated films on pic­ture band: Un bon bock, Le Clown et ses chiens and Pau­vre Pier­rot. Births: Voice ac­tress Sara Berner; Czech an­i­ma­tor/il­lus­tra­tor Jirí Trnka; Hun­gar­ian an­i­ma­tor John Halas; an­i­ma­tor Frank Thomas; an­i­ma­tor, pro­ducer and union ac­tivist Chuck Jones; Bon­nie Poe, the orig­i­nal Olive Oyl; an­i­ma­tor Ol­lie John­ston. Re­leases: Win­sor McCay’s How a Mos­quito Op­er­ates.

Births: An­i­ma­tor/di­rec­tor Ki­tarô Kôsaka, an­i­ma­tor/di­rec­tor Bill Kopp, voice of SpongeBob Tom Kenny, co­me­dian/voice ac­tor Car­los Alazraqui, ac­tor and voice artist Dee Bradley Baker, Beavis and Butthead cre­ator Mike Judge. Founded: Tat­sunoko Pro­duc­tion Co. Events: Mis­ter Ma­goo’s Christ­mas Carol ed hol­i­day TV spe­cial. Re­leases: Hanna-Bar­bera’s The Jet­sons, UPA’s Gay Purr-ee ring Judy Gar­land, Dis­ney’s A Sym­po­sium on Pop­u­lar Songs. Births: Voice ac­tor Jim Cummings, di­rec­tor Henry Selick, sons voice ac­tress Mag­gie Roswell. Events: The Screen Car­toon­ist’s Guild (now The An­i­ma­tion Guild — IATSE Lo­cal 839) is of­fi­cially formed. Wile E. Coy­ote speaks for the first time in Oper­a­tion: Rab­bit. Re­leases: UPA’s Made­line brings the beloved book char­ac­ter to cine­mas for the first time. Founded: Para­mount’s an­i­ma­tion divi­sion Fa­mous Stu­dios (for­merly Fleis­cher Stu­dios) is of­fi­cially in­cor­po­rated, and re­leases its first car­toon, You’re a Sap, Mr. Jap, star­ring Pop­eye. Events: Ter­ry­toons’ The Mouse of To­mor­row in­tro­duces Mighty Mouse. The first Looney Tune in color, The Hep Cat, de­buts. Tweety Bird makes his first ap­pear­ance in A Tale of Two Kit­ties. Re­leases: Dis­ney’s Bambi, Tex Avery’s WWII par­ody Blitz Wolf, Tex Avery & Fred Quimby’s The Early Bird Dood It!, Chuck Jones’ The Dover Boys.

Tron, Reg­u­lar Show the first ma­jor fea­ture with ex­ten-

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