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Walt Disney Feature Animation Selects Side Effects Software's Houdini

(August 07, 2001)
Side Effects Software announced today that the company is expanding its relationship with Walt Disney Feature Animation with an agreement that includes a significant purchase of software licenses and the integration of Side Effects Software's Houdini 3D animation tool into Disney's production pipeline.

The high level of productivity and the rapid prototyping features of Houdini's procedural paradigm is at the center of Disney's decision. Over the years, Houdini has been used in many projects at the Walt Disney Company including FANTASIA 2000, GONE IN 60 SECONDS and TARZAN.

Houdini will be fully integrated into the Disney production pipeline to assist their artists and animators in seamlessly producing stunning visual effects to meet Disney and the Secret Lab's world class animation needs.

Houdini provides the animators and technical directors with maximum flexibility and control to meet their most demanding requirements and to simulate a wide range of needs in the most efficient manner.

"Houdini's flexible procedural paradigm helps our artists be more creative, while maintaining an efficient production environment," John Carey, Vice President of Technology, said. "With Houdini's custom panels and consistent, intuitive interface the software can be tailored to specific production needs and facilitate rapid deployment for non-technical artists."

"We have been working collaboratively with Disney's team since 1994, providing 3D animation software and support on many of their projects," Tony Cristiano, General Manager, Side Effects Software U.S., said. "And we're delighted to expand that relationship worldwide. Disney has teams of highly talented artists, and we look forward to further supporting their sophisticated and demanding operations."

Houdini is an award-winning 3D animation software package that includes a comprehensive set of capabilities for digital content creation including modeling, animating, compositing, characters, textures, shading and rendering. Houdini has been used to create stunning visual sequences in blockbuster feature films including "Tarzan," "Fantasia 2000," "The Mummy Returns," "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "X-Men," "Hollow Man" and "The Matrix."

Houdini's unique and award-winning Visual Procedural Network technology facilitates quick learning, rapid experimentation and the ultimate in production flexibility. Its revolutionary, fully non-linear architecture lets artists work the way they think. The powerful new customizable interface has been designed to handle the most sophisticated production environments with efficiency.

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