Open-Source Animation Production Software Used By Studio Ghibli Available Next Week

Along with a March 26th release, the OpenToonz software will be presented at next week's AnimeJapan tradeshow

Japanese developer and media company Dwango announced the acquisition of animation production software Toonz from Italian developer Digital Video. An open-source version will offer the same feature sets as the Toonz Ghibli Edition developed by longtime Toonz user Studio Ghibli, including the ink and paint, color design and digital composition process for most of their titles since 2010's The Secret World of Arrietty


OpenToonz will also offer effects developed by Dwango that utilize its artificial intelligence technology, and a plug-in feature for adding original effects.


Digital Video will also continue to develop and market a Toonz Premium.


Along with a March 26th release, the OpenToonz software will be presented at next week's AnimeJapan tradeshow.


OpenToonz Seminar in AnimeJapan 2016
“Open-Source Project of Animation Production Tool”
Saturday, March 26, 2016 -- 11:00-11:45
Tokyo Big-Sight, Creation Stage in East 6 Hall

Speakers: Nobuo Kawakami, chairman of Dwango, Shun Iwasawa, assistant professor at Tokyo University, and special guest Atsushi Okui, Executive Imaging Director, Studio Ghibli.


“During the production of Princess Mononoke in 1995, we needed a software which enables us to create a certain section of the animation digitally,” Atsushi Okui, Executive Imaging Director, Studio Ghibli, commented. “We checked for what was available at that time and chose Toonz. Our requirement was that in order to continue producing theater-quality animation without additional stress, the software must have the ability to combine the hand-drawn animation with the digitally painted ones seamlessly. From then onwards we continued to use the software while going through major updates to make it easier for us to use. We are happy to hear that this open-source version contains the Ghibli Edition. We hope that many people inside and outside of the animation industry will utilize this software for their work. We would like to extend our gratitude to the staff of Digital Video.”




Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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