Cartoon Network France Imagination Studios 2017 Competition
At the Annecy Animation Festival this year, Cartoon Network France announced the opening of the 2017 Imagination Studios competition in partnership with Gobelins – L’École de L’Image, a world class visual arts and animation school based in Paris. The French version of the competition is open to children aged between 6 and 12 years old, competition entrants must draw two original cartoon characters from their imagination and write a short description about their characters using the submission form on the Imagination Studios microsite.
The winner will get to see their character in a short animation on the Cartoon Network France television channel which will be produced by students at Gobelins. The competition will close on Thursday 31st August and in early September, a jury consisting of representatives from Cartoon Network and Gobelins will decide the winner!
Yesterday (07/04/2017), Elizabeth Ito’s animated short – Welcome To My Life has been uploaded onto Cartoon Network USA’s YouTube channel. The short has been shown at various film festivals including NYICFF 2017 (New York International Children’s Film Festival) where it won an audience award in the ages 12 to 17 category.
Welcome to My Life follows the life of a young American monster named Douglas (nicknamed T-Kesh). However, it’s not easy for a monster to live alongside humans; even though to his classmates he appears to be a monster but really he’s a human in the inside. The short is formatted as a “mockumentary” and is an insight of someone’s life who struggles with their differences. The short features lineless 3D CGI characters with a slightly blotchy shaded texture, also similar to The Amazing World of Gumball, the short uses photographs for backgrounds. Compared to the usual output from Cartoon Network Studios, Welcome To My Life has a more mature, quiet and relaxed tone.
As with all animated shorts from Cartoon Network Studios in recent years, the Emmy-award winning art director Nick Cross has also worked on Welcome To My Life. External animation work on the short was completed by French animation studio TeamTo, known for their animation work on Angelo Rules and My Knight and Me.
Summer Camp Island Coming To Cartoon Network In 2018
Today (30/01/2017), Cartoon Network has announced that they’ve greenlit a new animated series called “Summer Camp Island”, the show will premiere on Cartoon Network next year. The show is about two best friends named Oscar and Hedgehog staying at a magical summer camp full of mystery and wonder. On Summer Camp Island, anything can happen and exist, it’s a place of witches and talking sharks and monsters hiding underneath beds.
The new show is based upon Julia Pott’s animated short of the same name, the short was screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the Animated Short Films category as well as the Ottawa International Film Festival 2016, Toronto International Film Festival 2016 and several others. The animated short was developed at Cartoon Network Studios as part of their successful animated shorts programme.
Rob Sorcher, Cartoon Network’s Chief Content Officer, explained that Summer Camp Island is a magical place where anyone would like to be, he also commented on the creator’s warm artistic approach and inventiveness during the short’s development.
“Summer Camp Island is a great example of the kind of creativity generated by our acclaimed studio shorts program. We are all wanting to spend summers inside this timeless and magical world captured by Julia’s signature warmth and inventiveness.”
Julia Pott is a British animation director based in New York, she joined the Adventure Time writing team in January 2015. Julia graduated from Kingston University in 2007 and completed a masters degree at The Royal College of Art in London in 2011.
Short clip from the Summer Camp Island animated short: