I spent the morning at Imagi, satellite studio of the Hong Kong c.g.i. animation company. They've got newer, larger quarters at the Galleria which are wonderfully decked out.
Astroboy is moving through pre-production. With the story more-or-less locked down, a c.g. crew is visualizing the characters and various environments.
"On other c.g. pictures I've worked on, 2-D designers drew up characters and handed off to the computer graphics crew. On this one, 2-D and 3-D artists are paired up and working together. It makes things go a lot smoother ..."
While Astroboy moves down its track, Gatchaman -- the other feature that's been in work -- is going through continuity and boarding changes.
Over at Nick, Madagascar Penguins is going full steam while El Tigre ends production after two years and 26 episodes.
Penguins is doing a lot of c.g. modelling and visualization work at the Burbank Studio. Animation will be done overseas.