Gladstone lends hand to Imagi animators


HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Imagi Animation Studios has appointed animation industry veteran Frank Gladstone to provide advanced training for their more than 400 artists and animators, parent company Imagi International Holdings said Tuesday.

Gladstone's experience includes a stint at DreamWorks, where he worked on "Sinbad" and "Shark Tale" among other titles. While at Disney he was involved with productions including "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."

Already working with Imagi's Los Angeles office -- where he has been training their artists and animators -- Gladstone will now divide his time between Los Angeles and Hong Kong, spending every other month in each location.

"Frank's lecture series provides wonderful insights into the thoughts of the directors, designers and writers who create great animation entertainment," Imagi deputy chairman, co-CEO and chief creative officer Francis Kao said.

Newly listed on Hong Kong's stock exchange, Imagi's first theatrical feature was the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" CGI update "TMNT." Upcoming features in the works include films based on the hugely popular Japanese anime series "Gatchaman" and "Astroboy."