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Linux Journal: Linux and Scooby-Doo

Jun 21, 2002, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Rowe)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Scooby-Doo, the computer-generated dog in the Warner Brothers film of the same name, was created using Linux. Scooby-Doo was released on June 14, 2002 and stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, from the popular TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Live footage for the film was shot in Australia, and the Scooby-Doo character was added electronically later.

"Animators at the Los Angeles post-production studio Rhythm & Hues used Maya, Houdini, Film GIMP and proprietary Linux-based tools. 'We utilized about a hundred Linux desktops to create Scooby-Doo', says Technology VP Mark Brown. 'My biggest problem was all the animators yelling at me for more Linux boxes.'

Film GIMP is the motion picture version of the popular open-source GIMP image editing program. Scooby-Doo was in production at the time I visited the studio for my article, 'Film GIMP at Rhythm & Hues', which appeared in the March issue of Linux Journal. Both a developer and a user of Film GIMP, Rhythm & Hues keeps a few Windows and Mac OS X machines around, mainly for compatibility with Adobe Photoshop..."

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