Feature Animation

After our pioneering work on the Academy Award®-winning Rango, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has returned to the world of Feature Animation with Netflix’s Ultraman: Rising, and Paramount Pictures’ Transformers One. With the tools and resources of a major animation studio, ILM is building upon nearly fifty years of  world-class artistry, powerful storytelling, and trailblazing technology. We are inspired by a bold future of animation empowered by imaginative filmmakers who partner with our teams to tell original, enduring stories.

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Ultraman: Rising

Baseball superstar Ken Sato returns to his home country of Japan to pick up the mantle of Earth-defending superhero Ultraman, but quickly finds more than he bargained for when he’s forced to raise the offspring of his greatest foe, a newborn Kaiju. Struggling to balance the roles of teammate and new father, Ken must confront his own ego, his estranged father, and the conniving Kaiju Defense Force to rise up and discover what it truly means to be Ultraman.

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Rango was ILM’s first full-length feature animated film. Directed by Gore Verbinski, this refreshingly original film was awarded the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature in 2012.Those two sentences exemplify ILM’s dedication to their craft, as the work on Rango comprised everything from layout to final render. ILM took a unique approach to this film leveraging virtual production techniques such as virtual camera technology for shot design and to craft realistic camera movement.

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