At Annecy 2018, French cg studio TeamTO previewed their ‘hyper-real’ animated animal series Mighty Mike & The Wild Bunch. The show follows a hapless dog and several other animals in a suburban home, marketed as a cross between Tom and Jerry and pet home videos.
Thanks to the the animators at Disney and Pixar, visual culture abounds with adorable critters that walk and talk just like we do. Yet it wasn’t until the late-19th century that such anthropomorphic animals were popularized, almost single-handedly, by a British illustrator named Louis Wain.
The eighth annual “Art Gone Wild” exhibit will display artwork from alligators and anacondas, ocelots and okapis, snow leopards and sea lions throughout September in the south lobby gallery of the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Crystal Bridge.
Among the new artists who will be showing their work are the zoo’s 3-year-old Indian rhinoceros Rupert, two baby flamingos and a group of juvenile Galapagos tortoises. Returning favorites like the great apes and Asian elephants were provided a few larger canvases than last year, meaning that there will be even bigger paintings for their fans to admire and acquire.
THE Comedy Wildlife Awards are back this year, putting the fun back into fauna and the fierce back into our furry friends.Photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam founded the awards to spotlight conservation efforts and to inject some humour into the otherwise serious world of wildlife photography.