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Software behind 'Big Hero 6' pushes envelope on computer animation
Software behind 'Big Hero 6' pushes envelope on computer animation

"Big Hero 6" has been a critical and commercial hit for Walt Disney Animation Studios, scoring an Oscar nomination and taking in more than $500 million at the box office. But the more important number may be the 39,000 hours Disney Animation spent developing the computer program that made the movie possible. The software, called Hyperion, simulates the physics of light, which can make animated films more lifelike or give them an otherworldly look. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2015 It's the latest salvo in a technological arms race among animation houses. One of Disney's rivals, DreamWorks Animation, had a research and development group of about 120 people as of last year...

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