Nintendo has officially launched its new animation studio Nintendo Pictures. The website debuted yesterday confirming that Nintendo had acquired Japanese CG company Dynamo Pictures and rebranded it to Nintendo Pictures Co, Ltd, with the focus on the “development of visual content utilising Nintendo IP.” This announcement comes ahead of the first trailer for the Super Mario movie.
The deal to acquire Dynamo Pictures closed today, hence the launch of the new official website for Nintendo Pictures. Dynamo Pictures has a history in the animation world, developing the CG for Yuri on Ice, Aya and the Witch and Netflix’s Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045. It also worked on several video games, including providing motion capture work for games like Death Stranding, Monster Hunter World, NieR Replicant and Persona 5.
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The company provided a statement on the official website:
“Through our videos, we aim to make Nintendo characters known to customers around the world and create one-of-a-kind videos that will remain in their memories forever. To this end, each and every one of our employees will work hard to create an organisation that can continue to grow, by always considering what could be interesting to customers around the world, and engaging in production work that they enjoy themselves. We will continue to take on the challenge of providing unique and surprising images to customers around the world, transcending generations and eras.”
Of course, this isn’t to be confused with Nintendo Studios, which appeared on recent copyright listings for the upcoming Super Mario movie, which is being animated by Despicable Me studio Illumination.
Nintendo Pictures is seemingly similar to what Sony is currently doing with PlayStation Productions, which encompasses all TV and film projects beyond video games. This includes the upcoming Horizon Zero Dawn TV show currently in the works at Netflix, as well as a live-action Ghost of Tsushima film and HBO’s The Last of Us series.
Source: Video Games Chronicle