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CalArts Congratulates Alumni Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman on Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

Directors who graduated from California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) legendary animation programs have generated $27,142,629,665.00 in box office grosses since 1985.  Click here for infographics demonstrating cumulative box office revenue.

Since the inception of the award, half of all winners of Best Animated Feature have been CalArts alumni, including Andrew Stanton for Finding Nemo and WALL-E, Brad Bird for The Incredibles and Ratatouille; and Pete Doctor for Up.

Valencia, California, February 25--Congratulations! California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is pleased to announce that alumni directors Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman have won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film for Brave.  Andrews and Chapman join a distinguished list of CalArts alumni directors who have received Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the Academy’s recognition of Mark and Brenda,” said CalArts President Steven Lavine. “Our animation students are taught to fearlessly pursue their independent visions--and it is wonderful that moviegoers throughout the world have experienced Brenda and Mark’s powerfully compelling characters and gorgeous settings. Our students aspire to the highest levels of visual storytelling. Brave demonstrates the extraordinary marriage of an artist’s imagination with technical expertise.”

CalArts alumni comprise nearly all of the animation industry's most prominent directors--who collectively have garnered more than $27 billion in box office grosses. Including Brave, three of the five animated features nominated for Oscars in 2013 were directed by CalArts alumni: Frankenweenie, directed by Tim Burton (Film/Video 79); and Wreck-It Ralph, directed by Rich Moore (Film/Video BFA 87).

Originally founded by Walt Disney and his brother Roy, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is an acclaimed Los Angeles-area institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the visual and performing arts.  Exerting an influence far beyond its size, CalArts was recently dubbed the Harvard Business School of Animation by the Los Angeles Times.

Graduates of the Institute’s animation programs comprise an industry Who’s-Who that includes John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and virtually all of Pixar's brain trust; Disney directors John Musker (Aladdin), Kirk Wise (Beauty and the Beast), Gary Trousdale (The Hunchback of Notre Dame); and director Henry Selick (Coraline) to name only a few.

Remembering his time at CalArts, John Lasseter commented that he and fellow students were taught that they could “achieve the impossible.” With its internationally renowned Programs in Character Animation and Experimental Animation, CalArts provides students a foundation in both technique and creative thinking, and prepares them to work at the forefront of animated filmmaking.

CalArts’ animation faculty are available for comments on both the art and business of the industry. If you would like to schedule a visit to CalArts, please contact Margaret Crane at (661) 222-2787.

Last edited by rsdavid on Mar 01, 2013
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