This past weekend, Ice Age: The Meltdown, a new feature-length animated film directed by Carlos Saldanha (MFA 1993 Computer Art), was #1 at the box office with an opening-weekend take of $70.5 million. The film not only broke the box-office record for best March weekend opening, but the movie it topped was its own predecessor, 2002’s Saldanha-directed Ice Age. “This is completely out of the ballpark, beyond my expectations,” Saldanha told the L.A. Times. “They called me Friday night, and when I heard the number, I couldn’t believe it.”
Also, several 2005 alumni from the BFA Computer Art Department have animations screening at festivals this month. The Aarhus Festival of Independent Arts in Denmark, which takes place April 20 – 25, will feature One Short of a Dozen, by Anton Tokar and Kirill Yeretsky; Abridged, by Joshua Harvey and Mats Andersson; A Blue Collar Tragedy, by Jordan Blit; The Life of a Mime, by Jason Wolley; 1851, by Brian DiNoto; Modern Romance, by Amanda Pecharsky; and Betty, by Rie Ito. That same week, April 20 – 23, the Red Stick Animation Festival in Baton Rogue, Louisiana will also show One Short of a Dozen, A Blue Collar Tragedy, The Life of a Mime and Abridged, alongside If All Else Fails, by Sonya Park; Urban Visual Stereo, by Beldon Wolson; Eternity, by Travis Griggs and Ylli Orana; Amazing Little Story, by Jungeun Kim; and The Messenger, by Lee Wolland.