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Percy Jackson & The Olympians Animated Sequence

Percy Jackson & The Olympians Animated Sequence

In Episode 5 of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, titled “A God Buys Us Cheeseburgers”, Percy and Annabeth visit an abandoned amusement park and take a boat through The Tunnel of Love ride. Inside the tunnel an important history of a character is portrayed on the walls as animated shadow puppets, performed to the song, “Baby Don’t Hurt Me.” We created the shadow puppet animation at Tonic DNA.

The complete animated story that we produced lasted about a minute and a half (if I my memory serves me) but, as you can see in the clip below, only a small fraction was used in the show, which was by design. We had a great experience working with the creators.

The sequence is here:

The trailer to Episode 5

Looney Tunes Movie ‘The Day the Earth Blew Up’ Launching at AFM From Warner Bros. Animation

Looney Tunes Movie ‘The Day the Earth Blew Up’ Launching at AFM From Warner Bros. Animation

The Looney Tunes feature is almost released! I had the priviledge of supervising much of the character animation on this wonderful film for the past year and a half, which is one of the highlights of my career. The team at WB lead by Pete Browngardt and Alex Kirwan are some of the best people I’ve worked for.

From the article on Variety:

Directed by Pete Browngardt and the creative team behind the “Looney Tunes Cartoons,” “The Day the Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie” stars Porky Pig and Daffy Duck as unlikely heroes and Earth’s only hope when facing the threat of alien invasion. In this buddy comedy, the heroes race to save the world, delivering all the laugh-out-loud gags and vibrant visuals that made the Looney Tunes so iconic, but on an epic scale not seen in the franchise before.

Read the article here.

Animation Magazine Interview on the production of “Disenchanted”

Animation Magazine Interview on the production of “Disenchanted”

Animation Magazine interviewed Simon Pope and I on the production of Disenchanted. The article is titled How Tonic DNA Sprinkled 2D Animation Magic into Disney’s ‘Disenchanted’

As in the original, Disenchanted crosses the line from live action to animation, requiring the services of an animation studio — and animators — to bring key parts of the movie to life. With a script in hand and director Shankman on board, Disney turned to Montreal-based Tonic DNA, where the project was overseen by creative director Todd Shaffer and animation supervisor Simon Pope.

“They came to us with already some preconceived ideas of how they wanted to approach it,” says Shaffer. “We wanted that classic Disney style, but we also wanted to honor what was done with Enchanted, which was just really good for the time … we were just basically trying to follow their lead.”

Read the article on Animation Magazine

FIRST LOOK: Looney Tunes Feature The Day the Earth Blew Up

FIRST LOOK: Looney Tunes Feature The Day the Earth Blew Up

From THE WRAP:

This week, Warner Bros. Animation will have a presence at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. And one of the projects that they’ll be highlighting is “The Day the Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie,” one of several animated features and TV series that HBO Max scrapped earlier this summer. The feature is still in production and looking for a new streaming home, and we’ve got the exclusive clip that you can watch above.

The clip not only captures the spirit of classic Warner Bros. characters like Porky and Daffy, but also because reveals that the film is seemingly traditionally animated, which harkens back to the company’s rich history of hand-drawn animation. What makes it so striking, too, is that the comedy in the clip is contemporary. Yes, it’s indebted to the past, but it’s not mired. It’s unafraid to be modern.

Read the full article at The Wrap.

One of our latest Looney Tunes Shorts: Howl-O-Skreem Spooktacular

One of our latest Looney Tunes Shorts: Howl-O-Skreem Spooktacular

From ANIMATION MAGAZINE:

Daffy and Porky are pulling a literal graveyard shift in the new sneak peek clip for “Bugs Bunny’s Howl-O-Skreem Spooktacula” — the new half-hour Looney Tunes Cartoons Halloween special streaming Thursday, September 29 on HBO Max.

The clip dug up today is for the short “Graveyard Goofs,” which follows Daffy (voiced by Eric Bauza) and Porky (Bob Bergen) down to the cemetery to take a dear friend to a final resting place.

Read the full article on Animation Magazine

The Bob’s Burgers Movie now on HBO Max and Hulu

The Bob’s Burgers Movie now on HBO Max and Hulu

The Bob’s Burger Movie is an animated film the entire family can enjoy. At Tonic DNA we animated many of the musical sequences, and it was great fun.

Below is part of an article about the film from Collider:

Fire up the grill and get your best burger puns ready, The Bob’s Burgers Movie is headed for Hulu and HBO Max in the U.S. on July 12. We’re sensing a lot of themed parties as the burger flipping funny family’s big screen adventure takes over your home movie theater. Since heating up cinemas everywhere since the end of May, the Belcher’s first feature length story has been raking in praise from the critics, including Collider’s very own film aficionado, Ross Bonaime, whose review you can check out here.

Just like in the episodes of the quirky and hilarious TV show, The Bob’s Burgers Movie centers around the terrible luck of the Belcher family and the lengths they go to in order to smooth things over and get back to business. This time, a ruptured water main has caused a gargantuan sinkhole to block customers from attaining their Burger of the Day. Panicked that this will surely sink their uptick in summer customers, Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) and Linda (John Roberts) try out all the ideas they can think of to get customers in the doors and butts in the booths.

Read the rest of the article on Collider

Bringing Space Jam 2 to Life

Bringing Space Jam 2 to Life

The Little Black Book interviewed our team and produced an article about our studio’s work on Space Jam 2.
To go behind the hand-drawn scenes of the animation blockbuster, LBB spoke with several members of the team who brought the project to life. In no particular order, we heard from head of production for Space Jam Laura Montero, lead animator Alain Seguin, FX supervisor Geneviève Létourneau, animation supervisor for Space Jam Todd Shaffer, and supervising producer and Tonic DNA partner Howard Huxham…