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For Immediate Release: February 7, 2011; Toronto animation school Max The Mutt™ announces a redesigned Classical & Computer Animation & Production Diploma program. The updated 4 year curriculum focuses on character animation based on Warner Bros and Disney guidelines. With the school continuing to grow, Max the Mutt™  is opening additional facilities at 1139 College Street.

This Career College currently at 952 Queen Street West was founded in 1996 in a small studio by professional artists and animators. Max the Mutt’s founder, Maxine Schacker is an accomplished artist whose work has been exhibited in Montreal, Toronto and New York. She studied with world-famous Instructor of Drawing and Anatomy, Robert Beverly Hale, at the Arts Students League of New York.

As the success of the animation program grew, the school added programs in Illustration for Sequential Arts, and Concept Art for Animation & Video Games.  Most of the instructors at Max the Mutt™ are current, working professionals who teach on a part-time basis. All want to teach at Max the Mutt™ because of the serious, professional students, small classes, and ability to input the curriculum.

The new facility will house most of the courses for years 2, 3 and 4 of the animation diploma program and some of the 3 and 4 year courses for Concept Art students. Max the Mutt™ Productions Inc. will also be housed at this location. An additional benefit of the new location is an exciting art gallery. Max the Mutt™ plans to have ongoing shows of work done by students, alumni and faculty. A spring exhibition will celebrate the opening of the new facility showcasing work by the Max the Mutt™ faculty.

The updated 4 year animation curriculum includes a stimulating experience of working in a studio environment. Students from Max the Mutt™ will enter the industry with hands-on production experience, a skill that is extremely attractive to the industry.  The goal at Max the Mutt™ is to create and maintain a vibrant, ethical community dedicated to passing on skills to upcoming generations.

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“I hired one more graduate of yours.  Your students are the best.  Eager, professional, humble and well trained. Thanks so much!” - Sonya Carrey,  Department Head, Yowza Animation, Toronto

“I did three years of fine art before coming to this school and I found I learned more in my first semester at Max than I did in three years of “fine art” - Megan Jessup

"I came to the school in my mid-twenties and was offered 2 jobs within three weeks after graduation.” - Kelly Conley – Graduate

“I wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I have a job! I have been working at 9 Story Entertainment for the past few weeks doing Character Design for the new up-coming “Pound Puppies” show for YTV. Megan Leonard is working with me as well; we are really enjoying our new careers as designers!” - Karly MacDonald, Graduate

Upcoming Events:

Comicon – February 6, 2011 @ Metro Centre N; Comicon, Fan Appreciation – April 9 & 10, 2011 @ Metro Centre S                              

Open House Information Sessions 2011: Date: The first Saturday of each month (February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4 Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Information Session 11:30 a.m. Visit Max the Mutt™ Animation School in the heart of Toronto’s Art & Design District. If you have not already booked a tour, this is your opportunity to see our facilities, view our student demo reels and find out what Max the Mutt Animation School is all about! Remember, we’re more than Animation – we’re also Illustration, Comic Books & Graphic Novels, and Concept Art for Animation & Video Games! RSVP to Information Sessions: Carla Drmay – or 416-703-6877

First year show: April 23 at Max The Mutt™
Skills Canada May 2-4, RIM Auditorium in Kitchener)
OCTE  May 12-14, Nottawassauga Inn- Alliston
Industry Night: May 18
Graduate Show: May 21
Anime North May 27-29, Toronto Congress Centre
Fan Expo Aug 25-29, Metro Centre S
Ottawa International Animation Festival Sept. 21-25

Media Inquires Contact: Diane Foy, Publicist, Skylar Entertainment 416-413-9672;


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