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n o v e m b e r . d e c e m b e r 2 0 1 4 c g w 4 7 thetic. For The Boxtrolls, Laika relied on CG technology more than it had in the past. Facial expressions were generated in the computer and then 3D printed, with VFX artists removing the seam lines. Animators also performed CG crowds for some scenes that had to match the stop-frame motion of the hero characters in the foreground. Digital set extensions expanded the town of Cheesebridge, while CG extras made it feel more densely populated. T H E B O O K O F L I F E RELEASE DATE: October 17 PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Reel FX Animation Studios, 20th Century Fox, Chatrone Last year, Reel FX entered the animated feature genre with Free Birds, which had a Thanks- giving theme. This year, the studio followed up on that suc- cess with a Halloween theme (Day of the Dead). The unique story – about a confl icted young man who must embark on an adventure that spans three fantastical worlds – is told with a unique visual style that captures the spirit of Mexican folklore. The colors in the fi lm are rich, vibrant. T H E L E G O M O V I E RELEASE DATE: February 7 PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Enter- tainment, The LEGO Group, Ver- tigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Warner Bros. Animation LEGO bricks are one of the most popular toys for children, so it's hardly surprising that the animated feature star- ring CG versions of LEGO mini-fi gures, objects, and environments was a hit. The fi lm contains a non-tradi- tional computer animation style resembling stop motion that gives the characters and settings the endearing home- made aesthetic that defi nes LEGO construction. Animal Logic stepped up to the plate and delivered on that vision, as did Chris McKay from Robot Chicken, who served as anima- tion co-director. T H E N U T J O B RELEASE DATE: January 17 PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Gulfstream Pictures, Red Rover International, ToonBox Entertainment Things sure are nutty in this fi lm about Surly the Squirrel and his friends and their antics in this acorn caper. ToonBox Entertainment is focused on becoming a serious contender in the CG animation space, and has undergone extensive growth since it opened its doors six years ago with just 10 em- ployees. It also plans to release The Nut Job 2, a sequel, as well as the movie Spark, both of which are in production. ¢ THE CHARACTERS AND ENVIRONMENTS ARE MORE SOPHISTICATED IN THE SEQUEL HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. ACCESS A NUMBER OF STORIES AND VIDEOS RELATED TO THESE FILMS IN THE AWARDS SECTION FEATURED ON THE CGW HOME PAGE. C G W. C O M November.December 2014, Volume 37, Issue 6: COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD (USPS 665-250) (ISSN-0271-4159) is published bi-monthly with special additional issues in Jan- uary and July resulting in 8 issues per year by COP Communications, Inc. Corporate offi ces: 620 West Elk Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204, Tel: 818-291-1100; FAX: 818-291-1190; Web Address: Periodicals Postage Paid at Glendale, CA, 91205 & additional mailing offi ces. COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD is distributed worldwide. Annual sub- scription prices are $72, USA; $98, Canada & Mexico; $150 International airfreight. To order subscriptions, call 847-559-7310. © 2014 CGW by COP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. No material may be reprinted without permission. Authorization to photocopy items for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specifi c clients, is granted by Computer Graphics World, ISSN-0271-4159, provided that the appropriate fee is paid directly to Copyright Clearance Center Inc., 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923 USA 508-750-8400. Prior to photocopying items for educational classroom use, please contact Copyright Clearance Center Inc., 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923 USA 508-750-8400. For further information check Copyright Clearance Center Inc. online at: The COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD fee code for users of the Transactional Reporting Services is 0271-4159/96 $1.00 + .35. POSTMASTER: Send change of address form to Computer Graphics World, P.O. Box 3296, Northbrook, IL 60065-3296. IMAGE ©2014 DREAMWORKS ANIMATION LLC

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