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Studio Ghibli Animation Software Going "Open Source"; Details Pending (toonzpremium.com) 102

Michael Tiemann writes: Digital Video, the makers of TOONZ, and DWANGO, a Japanese publisher, announced today they have signed an agreement for the acquisition by Dwango of Toonz, an animation software which was independently developed by Digital Video (Rome, Italy). Digital Video and Dwango have agreed to close the deal under the condition Dwango will publish and develop an Open Source platform based on Toonz (OpenToonz). Effective Saturday March 26, the TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version will be made available to the animation community as a free download. Not yet clear is which existing open source license will be used for the software, if any. If it is properly licensed as open source software, then we should all celebrate this event by drawing unicorns and rainbows. If not, many will be dis-spirited away. Animation World Network also reports this news, and adds a few more details, but is similarly vague about the license terms. I hope the terms are such that we'll soon see Toonz in media-centric Linux distros, and in widespread classroom use.
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Studio Ghibli Animation Software Going "Open Source"; Details Pending

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  • Hope it's GPL, there's some interesting goodies in here, and a stated focus on research.

    In addition, OpenToonz will also include effects developed by Dwango that utilize its artificial intelligence technology, and a plug-in feature that enables anybody to add original effects to OpenToonz. ... With the aim of building an environment where research labs and the animated film industry actively cooperate with each other, Dwango hopes to develop a platform via OpenToonz to help the animation industry instantly apply various animation production-related research results acquired in the field.

    If it's BSD we'll see animation houses suck up any research output and not contribute much of anything back.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Even gpl doesn't require you to disclose your changes if you are not redistributing the changes.

    • If it's BSD we'll see animation houses suck up any research output and not contribute much of anything back.

      If it's BSD then anyone who wants to can re-license it as GPL if they want to.

  • Dwango will publish and develop an Open Source platform based on Toonz (OpenToonz).

    So what are the differences between Toonz and the open source derivative?

  • No, it is "a piece of animation software" or "an animation software package." Would you say "a hardware" or "a clothing"? Do you have "an information" ? Check your grammar.
  • by Type44Q ( 1233630 ) on Sunday March 20, 2016 @11:17AM (#51737031)
    ...if you like Japanese culture and haven't seen Totoro (or is it "My Neighbor Totoro"), do so - you won't regret it.
    • by bmo ( 77928 )

      And then watch "Grave of the Fireflies"

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      BMO

      • by ihtoit ( 3393327 )

        GOTF is one of the saddest movies I've ever seen. Which makes it great.

        • by bmo ( 77928 )

          The director has repeatedly claimed that it's not an anti-war film.

          The artist isn't allowed to decide what the viewer learns/experiences from the artwork.

          It my opinion GOTF is one of the best anti-war films ever because the director didn't intend to make an anti-war film. The film isn't preachy, as a result, as too many anti-war films are.

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          BMO

    • ... if you like Japanese culture and haven't seen Totoro (or is it "My Neighbor Totoro"), do so - you won't regret it ...

      I've been a Japanese anime fan, and I used to think that the philosophy, the background storyline of Japanese anime represents the Japanese culture

      I couldn't be more wrong

      While anti-war theme does make rounds within the Japanese anime the Japanese society is far from anti-war

      Anyone ever stayed in Japan can tell you how war like those rabid right wing Japanese are - and they are the ones which have been controlling the Japanese government 80% of the time since the ending of World War 2

      In Japan, the educator

      • Anyone ever stayed in Japan can tell you how war like those rabid right wing Japanese are

        You are entirely spot-on; I remember how the ultra-nationalists would drive back and forth in front of the Soviet embassy (Ropongi, late 70's), blaring Japanese martial music at top decibel...

        For what it's worth, I believe Totoro offers an interesting interpretation of Japanese - particularly Shinto - cultural practices such as belief in tree spirits, etc...

    • If you've never heard of Japanese culture and haven't seen "My Neighbor Totoro", do so - you won't regret it.

  • Mine was this: http://www.onlineghibli.com/on... [onlineghibli.com] (Chage & Aska - On Your Mark)

    • by ciascu ( 1345429 )

      First was Howl's moving castle: http://www.onlineghibli.com/howls_castle/ [onlineghibli.com]. Finding out later that Howl was from Wales was a bit of a surprise, but I guess they have the world's most castles per capita, so if there's a moving one anywhere...

      Although Spirited Away had the edge, for me.

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