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Toon Boom Touts 2D Curious George Release

Toon Boom Animation Inc. celebrates the strong opening of CURIOUS GEORGE, a 2D animated feature from Imagine Ent. and Universal Pictures that employs the software company's Opus to the production of this globally known character. Ranking third place in past weekend box office, the feature offers an all-new adventure based upon the beloved tales of George, the inquisitive little guy with an insatiable taste for action.

"For more than 65 years, this little monkey has captured the hearts and minds of so many people of all ages and we are very proud that Toon Boom has been involved in the making of this fantastic 2D feature for the big screen," said Joan Vogelesang, president/ceo at Toon Boom.

Curious George, the original "monkey see, monkey do" chimp, sets off in a brand new tale for the big screen, where his spunky and fun-loving nature endears him to new friends he meets along the way and lands him in a series of (mis-) adventures in the feature based upon the beloved tales that have been enchanting readers for more than 60 years.

Originally published in 1941, the book has never been out of print since. Authors H. A. Rey and his wife Margret, creative partners who fled Europe during the Nazi occupation and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, wrote the original seven CURIOUS GEORGE tales. In 1998, Houghton-Mifflin began publishing new Curious George adventures and continues to release new titles and formats. Curious George titles have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and have been published in 17 languages, making the little monkey who left the jungle with The Man with the Yellow Hat one of the best-selling and most enduring characters in children's literature.

Winner of the 2005 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award, Toon Boom Animation Inc. is a worldwide leader of animation software solutions with high-tech tools such as morphing, inverse kinematics and glue. Toon Boom carries several leading animation products, including Harmony, Opus, Solo and Studio. Harmony is a revolutionary solution designed to meet digital animation production needs, whether it is cutout or paperless. Its toolset, with morphing, inverse kinematics and glue, makes it a top solution for any studio wanting to create the highest-quality animation cost-effectively. Toon Boom Opus is the industry standard for traditional animation production. From scanning, inking and painting, to compositing and rendering, its powerful features translate into significant savings throughout the production process.

Designed to meet the needs of small studios and independent filmmakers, Toon Boom Solo brings the power of Toon Booms most advanced applications into this stand-alone animation software solution. Toon Boom Studio is a choice tool for individuals. Toon Boom also offers consulting and training services dedicated to increasing animation production efficiency and quality.

Montreal-based Toon Boom's (www.toonboom.com) client base ranges from major studios creating Hollywood blockbuster animated films to individual animators creating their first masterpieces. Market-leading studios using Toon Boom's products include Nelvana, Klasky Csupo, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal, Mercury Filmworks, Wild Brain, King Camera, Cromosoma and Lanterna Magica, to name a few. Some of the prestigious productions done with Toon Booms technology include LES TRIPLETTES DE BELLEVILLE, LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION, RUGRATS, THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE and CURIOUS GEORGE.

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