Disney Animation, Foundry reach licensing deal

Software pact includes Mouse House's Paint3D

Following Walt Disney Animation Studio’s groundbreaking deal to license Nuke compositing software from The Foundry, the two companies have struck a more far-reaching agreement that marks the first time the Mouse House has licensed its proprietary animation software to an outside company.

Parts of the Mouse’s Paint3D software will be incorporated into Mari, the Foundry’s off-the-shelf texture painting tool. Mari was originally developed by Weta Digital and has been used on “Avatar” and “District 9,” among other pics.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios technology group will be part of a Mari steering committee.

Paint3D was introduced on “Chicken Little” and has been used on every Disney animated release since “Meet the Robinsons.”

WDAS recently licensed the Foundry’s Nuke, marking the first time the Mouse had licensed commercial software for animation production.

Nuke is emerging as a de facto standard for compositing and the incorporation of Paint3D tools may nudge Mari toward similar status.