animation

  • Zoobe Wants To Cute-Ify Your Voice Messages With Animated 3D Cartoon Avatars

    Zoobe Wants To Cute-Ify Your Voice Messages With Animated 3D Cartoon Avatars

    The mobile messaging space is exploding with ever more colourful ways to communicate, augmenting the basics of text and voice — whether that’s stickers, one-to-many video chats or the ability to leave random missives for strangers. Zoobe, a Berlin-based startup, has another cutesy option to add to the pile: cartoon avatars that animate your voice message so you can ramp up the kawaii. Read More

  • Andreessen-Backed MinoMonsters Follows Rovio’s Lead, Signs Book Deal, Releases Trailer As It Plans Move Into TV, Film, Toys

    Andreessen-Backed MinoMonsters Follows Rovio’s Lead, Signs Book Deal, Releases Trailer As It Plans Move Into TV, Film, Toys

    MinoMonsters launched in early 2011 on a mission to become the Pokémon of social games, allowing gamers to explore a world inhabited by bite-sized, furry monsters, taking them on quests and battling their friends. For this reason — and because founders Josh Buckley and Tyler Diaz were Y Combinator’s two youngest graduates at 18 and 17-years-old, respectively — the startup… Read More

  • Tudou Founder Gary Wang To Launch ‘Pixar Of China,’ Looks To San Francisco And LA For Talent

    Tudou Founder Gary Wang To Launch ‘Pixar Of China,’ Looks To San Francisco And LA For Talent

    Gary Wang, the founder of China’s largest online video site Tudou.com, now plans to launch a Beijing-based animated film studio that the Wall Street Journal calls “China’s answer to Pixar” on April 1. Wang says he has already secured “tens of millions of dollars” in funding from an undisclosed international group of investors–and he’s looking… Read More

  • Katzenberg Says DreamWorks Will Render In Realtime, Speed Up Animation Work 50X

    Katzenberg Says DreamWorks Will Render In Realtime, Speed Up Animation Work 50X

    Making an animated movie is a tedious process because of all the intense computing power and rendering required.  “An expert animator can do about 3 seconds of animation in a week,” Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg says, speaking onstage today at the Techonomy conference.  But a joint R&D effort with Intel, which he describes as the largest such effort in Hollywood today with… Read More

  • Papervision parlor trick puts 3D Flash character into web video

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2283082&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1
    Papervision – Augmented Reality (extended) from Boffswana on Vimeo. A digital design shop in Australia, Boffswana, shows off a neat parlor trick in the video above. It places a 3D Flash character made with Papervision into a… Read More

  • Video: New Star Wars: The Clone Wars trailer

    http://www.mtv.com/player/embed/wp/ You guys know my thoughts and feelings on trailers for any geek-related movies, so I can’t tell you anything about this trailer. But feel free to tell us what you think of it in comments. Read More

  • Flash animator wanted


    Hey, CGreaders, like animation? Like Flash? Like to work for next to nothing or nothing? Drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com to discuss some lucrative yet almost completely probably unpaid opportunities at your favorite website. Read More

  • GameTap Gets Creative, Announces Animated Series

    Fan of the original “Aeon Flux” or “Reign: The Conqueror?” Might want to sign up for GameTap soon, as the company will be releasing a new animated series called “ReVisioned.” A collective group of artists and writers will get together to create a cartoon series based on popular video games. Up first is “Tomb Raider” and guess who’s doing… Read More

  • Details On The Simpsons Video Game

    The boys over at Kotaku got a chance to spend quite a bit of time with the new Simpsons game that’s due out this summer from Electronic Arts. Aside from an awesome party with hilarious parodies of current video games (“Grand Theft Scratchy”, “Bartman Begins”), they say the game is very well done and includes plenty of creative input from the show’s… Read More