CA – The Art of Rio 2 Signing

Meet the artists of RIO 2 one-on-one as they share rare behind the scenes stories and sign copies of the new Art of Rio 2 book at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday April 12th!

Rio 2 is an upcoming 3D computer-animated musical adventure from Blue Sky Studios, and the sequal to the acclaimed film, Rio. It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in Rio 2, after they’re hurtled from a magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. When the family leaves their domesticated life in the city of Rio de Janeiro for a journey to the rainforest, they encounter a menagerie of characters that are born to be wild! Upon arrival, the family comes across Jewel’s long-lost father, in hiding with a group of other Macaws. But things get worse when they realize that their Amazonian habitat is under threat and that Blu and Jewel’s old nemesis Nigel the Cockatoo is back for revenge!

Featured Artists:

rio2Stephen P. Neary: Story Artist
Natalie Wetzig: Story Artist
Maggie Kang: Story Artist
Mike Walling: Character Animator
Miurika Valery: Animator

more to be announced!

Event Schedule:

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Panel Presentation)
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Q&A)
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Signing)

$5 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of the Art of Rio 2 book (seats are limited, standing room available).

Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

MA – Rio Festival Day

Meet animation director Carlos Saldanha on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 1 p.m. He will share a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of Rio, the acclaimed feature length film that has received rave reviews since its worldwide release this spring. Set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the film traces the adventures of Blu, a domesticated blue macaw, and reflects the color, beauty and excitement of Saldanha’s native city. This lively look at the complex process of creating a 3D animated film is sure to delight! Carlos Saldanha is also the director of Robots and the beloved Ice Age series. Art activities and a reception with the director will follow. Free with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Blue Sky Lecture

Animation Artist William H. Frake III appears on Thursday, July 21, 5:30

Join us for an engaging evening of conversation with William H. Frake III, an innovative artist who will create drawings on the spot as he shares stories of his extraordinary career in animation—from the art of the traditional cel to the digital world.

During his outstanding career, William H. Frake III has worked as a layout and story artist on many animation projects for television and feature length films. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Cabbage Patch Kids, Scooby Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, Pound Puppies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Muppet Babies, Hercules, Pocahontas, the Ice Age series, Robots, Horton Hears a Who!, and Rio, are among his many credits.

The evening talk is presented as part of the Museum’s “Blue Sky & Beyond” summer program series, that celebrates the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers. These visionaries combine artistry and technology to create compelling new realities.

A reception with the artist will follow the program. Free for members, or with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Blue Sky & Beyond Lecture

Art Director Thomas Cardone speaks on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 5:30 p.m!

Learn about the art of visual storytelling with Blue Sky Studios’ Art Director Thomas Cardone! With credits ranging from Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast to Ice Age: The Meltdown and Rio, Cardone may seem high-tech, but he speaks passionately about timeless craftsmanship. Discover what it takes it create the overall look and feel for some of your favorite animated films.

About Thomas Cardone

A gifted painter and draughtsman, Thomas Cardone has been working in animation and special effects for more than twenty years. Before art directing Rio, Horton Hears a Who!, and Ice Age: The Meltdown for Blue Sky Studios, he created imagery for many other films, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Prince and the Pauper, Pocahontas, Hercules, and The Emperor’s New Grove, among many others. Cardone is also an outstanding plein air painter who creates luminous artworks inspired by the waterfront of eastern Long Island.

The evening talk is presented as part of the Museum’s “Blue Sky & Beyond” summer program series, that celebrates the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers. These visionaries combine artistry and technology to create compelling new realities.

A reception with the artist will follow the program. Free for members, or with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Blue Skies Family Day

Nick Bruno, Scott Carroll, Paul Downs, and Peter Paquette on Saturday, July 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet The Lost Boys?four talented artists from Blue Sky Studios?during this exciting look at the process of digital animation for feature length films. Nick Bruno, Scott Carroll, Paul Downs, and Peter Paquette will offer insights into how beloved characters from Robots, Ice Age, and Rio are brought to life. Family exhibition tours, hands-on workshops, and the opening of Robot Nation, a special outdoor exhibition, will delight visitors of all ages. Free with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – ICE/HOT Exhibition

Press Release:

Join the Norman Rockwell Museum for a special evening to preview this summer’s hottest exhibition “Ice Age to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios” and celebrate award-winning artist and Blue Sky Studios character designer Peter de Sève on Friday, June 10, 6:00  to 9:30 p.m.

The evening will include a cocktail buffet, raw bar, winetasting, private preview tour with Peter de Sève, music, champagne and dessert. On the lawn at historic Linwood House, located on the scenic grounds at Norman Rockwell Museum.

Limited tickets available. Ticket prices start at $125 and table sponsorship are available — call 413.298.4100, ext. 230 for more details and to make reservations.

In addition to his work in animation, Peter de Sève’s elegant drawings grace the covers and pages of The New Yorker, and appear in many illustrated books, including Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery, and A Marriage;” The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Sève; Fin McCoul by Brian Gleeson, among others.

All proceeds from this event support Norman Rockwell Museum.  Additional support provided by Winetasting.com

Exhibition Opening Celebration
Saturday, June 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Animazing opening night with the stars!

Commentary at 6:30 p.m. by award-winning illustrator and Ice Age character designer Peter de Sève.

Celebrate the art of animation with a first-ever look behind the scenes at the world of digital animation at Blue Sky Studios, where cutting-edge creativity and technique brings imaginative characters and stories to life. Meet members of the Blue Sky creative team.

A festive reception and party will follow (think Hollywood premiere crossed with a Berkshire-style family picnic!).

Tickets– Members: $20 per person, or $50 per family*. Non-members: $30 per person, or $75 per family*. *Family:maximum 2 adults and 3 children under 12.

Reserve tickets by: Email: events@nrm.org , call 413-931-2221, by mail– send your check payable to Norman Rockwell Museum, PO Box 308, Stockbridge, MA 01262

Blue Sky Studios specializes in photo-realistic, high resolution, computer generated animation and rendering. Critically acclaimed for their animated films Ice Age and its popular sequels, Robots, and Rio, as well as special effects and animation work for TRON, Alien Resurrection, Star Trek: Insurrection, Joe’s Apartment and numerous others. Rarely-seen conceptual drawings, character illustrations and expression sheets, 3D models, story boards, and background paintings illuminate the years of development behind the films. Visit the exhibition webpage!

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262