Category: 2d animation

Last week at CTN Expo, we attended several panels with creators and other industry professionals in animation. We’ll share what we learned over the next few weeks, beginning with this Twitter thread live-tweet from a screening of “Klaus” on Thursday, Nov. 21.

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Thursday night after the screening, esteemed animation producer Don Hahn moderated the discussion with some of the film’s crew: director Sergio Pablos, production designers Szymon Biernacki and Marcin Jakubowski, character designer Torsten Schrank, and 2D animators Sergio Martins, Victor Ens and Matt Williames.

How did the story for Klaus come about?

Writer and director Sergio Pablos was inspired to come up with an origin story, filling in a missing chapter of a famous or mythical character. The story began to shine with Santa as a symbol of altruism — after Pablos added a character, Jesper, who needs to learn that himself.

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How was the snowy setting a challenge, or an asset, throughout the film?

Production designers Szymon Biernacki and Marcin Jakubowski called Smeerensburg’s snowy setting “like a blank canvas,” giving them so many opportunities to use colors and light to set the film’s unique look.

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Designing Smeerensburg was a “backwards” process:

The designers drew inspiration from the colorful buildings of Scandinavia, knowing that should be their end goal. The artists worked to see where the look might start, as the “before” photo in a transformation.

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Meanwhile, designing the people of Smeerensburg had its own challenges: 

Character designer Torsten Schrank designed 70 unique children among the hundreds of characters in the film. Some of these children were just in the film for a few frames! 

Saami ray of sunshine Margu’s design came together off the instructions to design someone “very cute.” Her final look is very similar to one of the first designs Schrank showed to the director. 

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The lead animators were able to bring their own ideas to expand their characters’ personalities on screen.

“As I was animating Mogens, something about him seemed very familiar,” Matt Williames said. “And then I was like, ‘Oh! That’s my dad!’” Williames, the lead animator on the boat captain/friendly antagonizer Mogens, was inspired by his dad when working on the character. His dad, Williames added, loved the character, though it’s not clear if he noticed the connection!

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Victor Ens was the lead animator on the character Klaus, while animator Sergio Martins took the lead on Alva, the Rashida Jones-voiced school teacher. He said that he enjoyed how Alva was a unique character with many layers; she took time to get right. 

“I could explore that (Alva) was trained to be a teacher, combined with her frustration of selling fish…” Martins said.

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Don Hahn: “The amazing way light plays with characters has never been seen like this before. So two questions: why, and how?”

“I kept looking at the concept art and said ‘why can’t the film look like that?’” Pablos explained. “A lot of people got used to the fact that 2D animation looks a certain way … but we got to the point, why not? Why not try this?”

The challenge was about creating the tools for the artists to use. It was also about finding the artists who knew how to paint light. Hahn suggested there was an even bigger challenge: 

“Taking on an independent animated film on your own is insane! So what did it feel like? How terrifying was it?”

After some laughter, Pablos focused less on the fear and more on their motivation. 

“We have the talent. We have the support. We know there’s the potential in there to make a great film (Klaus), so if we’d messed it up, it would’ve been our own faults.”

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The point of this film was not about CGI. The team is not making a statement about 2D vs. 3D animation. “We wanted to move the animation medium forward.”

Pablos referred to the innovation of CGI animation as a new tool to use in filmmaking when it entered filmmaking years ago, and he was dismayed by a prevailing opinion of 3D being able to replace the hand-drawn animation he loves. The innovations with lighting and traditional animation for Klaus are not meant to compete with 3D, but to add another tool to the toolbox that includes all kinds of animation. 

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Even so, the largest applause of the night was clear: 

When Pablos announced his production company, Sergio Pablos Animation, was committed to more 2D projects! 

Read more crew takeaways on our Twitter account, @animation_force

– Courtney (harmonicacave)

thefloatingstone:

Reminder!

Klaus has just been released WORLDWIDE on Netflix!

Full feature movie. 2D animation. Directed by the lead animator for Dr Doppler in “Treasure Planet”

Seriously do I need to say anything else to sell you on it?

Just watch it.

One of the best films our team has watched this year! Check it out on Netflix now.

Check out Netflix original 2D animated film “Klaus” on November 15

Directed by the writer whose stories became Illumination Entertainment’s “Despicable Me” and Warner Animation’s “Smallfoot” — Sergio Pablos, “Klaus” follows a mailman and a toymaker on their journey to spread holiday cheer to their Arctic town. 

The Christmas film is one of the streaming service’s several exciting upcoming animation projects

– Courtney ( harmonicacave )

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Carmen Sandiego Season 2 Trailer Released

Wednesday afternoon, Netflix released the first look at where its excellent animated adaptation of “Carmen Sandiego” is heading next.

The show, whose first season is available on the streaming service already, follows Carmen and her team as she faces down former mentors and classmates in races to steal or protect items of significance around the world.

The last season ended with one of the most brilliant episodes of animated television I’ve seen in some time, so definitely catch up if you can! Season two hits Netflix on October 1.

– Courtney ( @harmonicacave )

TOMORROW! Season 2 premiere (in US at least).

Carmen Sandiego Season 2 Trailer Released

Wednesday afternoon, Netflix released the first look at where its excellent animated adaptation of “Carmen Sandiego” is heading next.

The show, whose first season is available on the streaming service already, follows Carmen and her team as she faces down former mentors and classmates in races to steal or protect items of significance around the world.

The last season ended with one of the most brilliant episodes of animated television I’ve seen in some time, so definitely catch up if you can! Season two hits Netflix on October 1.

– Courtney ( @harmonicacave )

Archibald’s Next Big Thing is coming to Netflix

Tony Hale, best known for his roles in Arrested Development and Toy Story 4 (as Forky), is taking on a writer role as the creator and executive producer of Archibald’s Next Big Thing. Hale is also continuing his voice acting career as the title character of the series. DreamWorks Animation premieres the new animated comedy series on Netflix, September 6.

Christopher

DreamWorks/Netflix: Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Teaser

The Annecy International Animated Film Festival reveals yet another announcement about an upcoming animated series, this time coming to Netflix, by way of DreamWorks TV.

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is set in a post apocalyptic world: larger than life animals populate vibrant, overgrown urban landscapes, in a beautiful and deadly world. Kipo is raised underground with the rest of the population, until she leaves to find the surface world, singing, playing guitar, fighting monsters and making friends along the way. 

Fans of other Netflix animated series may recognize the voice of lead character Kipo, as she is voiced by Karen Fukuhara, the actress who plays Glimmer in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

Radford Sechrist (How To Train Your Dragon 2) is the creator of Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, and the show is executive produced by him and Bill Wolkoff (Once Upon A Time). The release date of the series has not been announced.

Christopher

New Character Intros Reveal More About Amphibia

In anticipation of the upcoming release of Amphibia on June 17, Disney has been releasing character intro videos this week. Each one introduces us to key characters, while revealing tidbits of information about the world and series. In this video, Anne reveals she’s from “another world.”

Two intros have been released so far, including one about a frog character called Sprig.

Disney has been pretty active releasing info about this and other upcoming series, including lots of new footage for Owl House as well, which we posted about earlier.

Christopher

Annecy Reveals Chip ‘n’ Dale Are Moving To The Big City

Calling it a reboot, Disney announced a brand new Chip ‘n’ Dale cartoon at their Disney Channel and Disney Plus animated series press conference at Annecy. The series will be exclusive to the Disney Plus streaming platform. The show is being developed in Europe, a collaboration between Disney’s London team, and French animation studio Xilam (Oggy and the Cockroaches, Mr. Magoo). 

Disney announced 39 episodes with a seven minute run time. The series will shout out to the original characters with hand drawn animation and classic slap-stick, while putting them in a new urban locale.

Besides the look, new situation, and classic characters that we love, Disney had a lot to say about staying committed to animation as a cornerstone of their company. The future looks bright!

Christopher

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – E3 2019 Trailer