A new Starz is born in Canada
With all the talk about the Canadian dollar reaching par with its American counterpart, now would seem the perfect time for a US animation studio to branch northward. Starz Animation Toronto officially opened this past Tuesday and is already billing itself as "ne of Canada’s largest 3D animation, effects and compositing facilities, and Toronto’s leading studio for breakthrough digital production."
The studio’s first major project will be fantasy epic 9, based on an Oscar®-nominated short, co-produced by Tim Burton, directed by Shane Acker, and featuring voice work from Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer and John C. Reilly. As one might expect from Burton, it’s a happy tale "about rag dolls battling for civilization’s survival in a post-apocalyptic parallel world." It’s slated to be released late next year.
The studio will also generate income through producing content for TV, commercials and live-action visual effects.