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Disney to debut its first VR short next month

Walt Disney Animation Studio is set to debut its first VR short film, Cycles, this August in Vancouver, the Association for Computing Machinery announced today. The plan is for it to be a headliner

These five trends are rocking the animation industry

I’ve been very lucky to have been in the animation industry since the mid-1980s. Here’s a quick survey of trends in the animation landscape that have me pretty optimistic about the future.

Zoetrope effect could render Hyperloop tubes transparent to riders

An optical illusion popular in the 19th century could make trips on the Hyperloop appear to take place in a transparent tube. Regularly spaced, narrow windows wouldn't offer much of a view individuall

Samsung adds ‘The Incredibles’ to its AR Emojis

Samsung’s AR Emojis were met with a…lukewarm reception when they launched alongside the Galaxy S9. The augmented reality avatars were regarded as a me-too response to Apple’s Animojis — and mo

Pixar’s John Lasseter taking a six-month leave of absence amid reports of inappropriate behavior

John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the latest media executive to face allegations of inappropriate behavior. In a memo to employees, Lasseter

The dream of customizable virtual 3D foliage is alive at Disney

Oh, to work at Disney, to have a hand in creating those lusciously detailed 3D worlds, every character lovingly rendered, every animal sidekick unique and hilarious, every tree... filled with leaves.

Apple adds Disney and Pixar characters to Clips

Apple’s super simple video editing app Clips just got its first significant upgrade since launching in April. There are a couple of feature updates in the mix, but the biggest additions are content

Crunch Report | Judge Rules CRISPR-Cas9 Belongs to Broad Institute

Verizon is reportedly getting a $250 million discount on its Yahoo deal, judge rules CRISPR-Cas9 belongs to the Broad Institute and not UC Berkeley, Pixar teaches the art of storytelling on Khan Acade

Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

There are few organizations in the world that can claim more expertise when it comes to storytelling than Pixar . The Disney-owned animation studio is known for its ability to consistently create worl

Finding a film

Have you ever stopped to think about what it takes to bring an animated fish to life? How a team of people can take a spark of an idea and make it a reality so millions of pairs of eyes can stare in a

Anki aims to bring a Pixar character to life with its plucky little robot

“We went through 45 mechanical iterations of Cozmo,” explains Boris Sofman. “This was a huge, hugely complex problem of mechanical engineering, industrial design and character design. The goal t

Netflix touts Disney partnership to remind U.S. subscribers it still has movies

In the midst of a quest to become an international video streaming success, Netflix has been drawing criticism from core, U.S. customers who say its film and TV library — beyond original series

Pixar-esque Penrose Studios raises $8.5M, VR’s biggest seed round

When a new medium arises, so too do new brands hoping to stake a claim on the frontier. Penrose Studios wants to be the Pixar of VR, telling heartfelt stories in immersive worlds. And now it has the m

Evertoon wants you to build funny 3D cartoon videos on your phone

Niniane Wang was watching the infamous “iPhone vs. Evo” video — a short animated film of two creatures poking fun at the iPhone — on YouTube and was thinking of all the ways a video

Pixar Studios Doubles Effects In Upcoming Film ‘The Good Dinosaur’

“The Good Dinosaur” will feature twice as many special effects as any Pixar film that has come before, Pixar Studios told TechCrunch on a recent visit. The film hitting theaters in Novemb

Watch The Trailer For ‘Henry,’ The Second VR Movie From Oculus Story Studio

Oculus made waves earlier this year when it announced it would be developing its own original film content for consumption on its VR devices – now there’s a second movie coming out of the Ocul

15 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

This week's tech headlines saw Etsy's IPO, the Falcon 9 rocket launch, and an abundance of funding news. These are our best stories of the week (4/11-17).

How Pixar Solves Problems From The Inside Out

It’s easy to forget that Pixar is a technology company. Mostly because the invention that they do is in service of a narrative. When done successfully, your attention is held by that narrative, not

StartSLC Kicks Off To Support A Burgeoning Utah Tech Culture

A crowd of tech enthusiasts sat warm inside the grand hall of an old train station this last Saturday night, on the west end of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. They braved the otherwise chilly evening

Pixar Veterans Launch Vellum, An App To Help Authors Craft Pixel Perfect Ebooks

Vellum is an app for the Mac developed by a team led by two Pixar software veterans that are trying to make the process of creating ebooks less painful. The app allows authors to publish ebooks on App
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