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  • Animal magnetism - Ottawa Sun 05/22/05

    Article from Ottawa Sun Online - May 22, 2005
    Animal magnetism

    Madagascar 'blows door off' art of animation

    The art of making a 21st-century animated cartoon will never be the same again.

    That's because the new comedy Madagascar -- a magical mystery tour with zoo animals -- makes such a significant breakthrough in digital animation that it will, in the words of one animator, "blow the doors off" what is possible.

    Oddly enough, DreamWorks animators had to go to the past to create their new future. "We wanted to harken back to the old days of animation when it was really snappy movement with the 'squash and stretch' -- really quick stuff," Rex Grignon says during a recent interview in San Francisco.

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