Lucasfilm enters Feature Animation Fray

Luxo, the Pixar Animation Blog, links to an MSNBC story reporting that The Orphanage, a studio with ties to Lucasfilm, has hired Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of ‘Samurai Jack’ and big honcho on ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ to run their CG feature animation. The division will be called Orphanage Animation Studio and is an offshoot of The Orphanage, a visual effects studio founded by ex-Lucasfilm employees. I so <heart> the design behind Samurai Jack and the Clone Wars series. Can’t wait to see how it translates to feature animation length work.

The Bay Area is getting crowded with animation and effects studios. It looks like even Pixar is going to need to grow eyes on the back of their heads. As far as I’m concerned the more competition in the field the better. As long as Tartakovsky and Orphanage Animation Studio can begin by telling great stories with interesting animation, then everyone will be pushed to do better.

update: corrected fact that Orphanage, not Lucasfilm, hired Genndy

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