View Full Version : Animation software used by Studio Ghibli will soon be free

03-26-2016, 07:14 AM
Toonz was used to produce "Tale of the Princess Kaguya" and the "Futurama" series.
You may not have heard of Toonz animation software, but you've no doubt seen work it was used in: Studio Ghibli films like Spirited Away and Tale of the Princess Kaguya (above), or the animated series Futurama. Now, the Toonz Ghibli Edition used by legendary Japanese filmmakers like Hayao Miyazaki is going open-source, making it free to use by studios and novice animators alike. The deal came after Japanese publisher Dwango acquired the software from Italian developer Digital Video. It's now focusing on customization and training, but will still sell a premium version to companies "at a very competitive price."


PS: I do wonder how it is Lightwave Integration?

03-29-2016, 03:29 PM
Thanks for sharing, very interested in this.
I've just found the link to where it can be downloaded...


And a video tute on basic usage. Yet to try it however.



03-29-2016, 03:34 PM
PS: I do wonder how it is Lightwave Integration?

I might be totally wrong, but from what I've read, it is more about importing your renders and then Toonz kind of converts it all to vectors and gives it a flat look.
But I think you can also import a character image somehow and "rig" it in 2d. (?)

This.... is all I know... and even that might be wrong.

03-30-2016, 01:51 AM
It makes old traditional cel animation available in a software format, you get a multi plane camera setup in the computer with a lot of tools added on top of that including IK, 3D (as in 3D glasses) and lots of other stuff, it does look pretty cool.

03-30-2016, 04:34 AM
I just downloaded it and when I get the time I look forward to doing something with it.