Leading animation company Toon Boom sponsors child animator Perry Chen's new film about late father

Toon Boom Animation, a worldwide leader in digital content and animation creation software, is the first animation industry sponsor to 7th-grade award-winning animator Perry Chen's new animation film about his late father, "Changyou's Journey."
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SAN DIEGO - March 22, 2013 - PRLog -- Toon Boom Animation Inc, a worldwide leader in digital content and animation creation software, sent a donation check to Perry S. Chen, a 13-year-old award-winning animator in 7th grade from San Diego, and his mother and producer Dr. Zhu Shen, becoming animation industry's first corporate sponsor to Perry and Zhu's new and most personal animation film "Changyou's Journey," about Dr. Changyou Chen, Perry's father, a biotech CEO and cancer drug researcher, who lost his brave fight against metastatic skin cancer in 2012 at the age of 49. Perry and Zhu received Toon Boom's donation on the date of what would have been Changyou's 50th birthday.

Perry and Zhu started their first collaboration with Toon Boom Animation in 2010 when Perry was animating his first short film, "Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest," in collaboration with animation legend, two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, about a young Holocaust survivor.  

The film is distributed by Shorts International, the world's leading short movie entertainment company with the globe's largest catalog dedicated to short movies, and distributor of Oscar-nominated shorts. "Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest" is now available on iTunes in 54 countries.  Changyou's Journey" is Perry's 4th animation film.  

"We are honored to team up with Perry Chen in his new project 'Changyou's Journey,' which will surely be a wonderful love testament for his dad. Perry is a remarkable artist we have grown attached to since our first successful collaboration on Perry's critically-acclaimed, multiple awards-winning film 'Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest' in 2010, and it is our pleasure to facilitate his creative process," shared Joan Vogelesang, President and Chief Executive Officer at Toon Boom Animation Inc.

“Toon Boom has been a 'Perrific!' sponsor and supporter to my animation films for years," said Perry Chen.  “I want to thank the wonderful team at Toon Boom for their generous donation and support to my new film about my dad, and great technical support throughout the making of my first three animation films. 'Changyou's Journey' is my most important and personal film, which I will write, animate, and direct.  And to receive Toon Boom's donation on my dad's birthday means so much for my mom and me, as we move forward to production.”

"We are indebted to Toon Boom's commitment to support Perry's talents and budding career in animation, and look forward to many years of great partnership ahead," said Zhu Shen, Producer of "Changyou's Journey."  "We are also grateful to so many friends and colleagues in and outside of the film and animation industry both in the U.S. and China, for their generous donation and support to our film so far, and look forward to welcoming new supporters in our own journey of making 'Changyou's Journey.'"

"Changyou grew up in an impoverished mountain village in China, becoming the first person ever to leave that village and go to college.  Changyou's dream was one day developing powerful cancer therapeutics to benefit patients around the world.  In making our film 'Changyou's Journey,' we hope to inspire all who have experienced great joy and loss in their lives, who have loved and lived a life of purpose and pursued their dreams.  The film is also our way to give back to the community of care and those who have touched our lives in many ways.  The journey will go on."

Upon learning that Changyou had only two weeks to live, Perry decided to start making an animated film "Changyou's Journey," about his dad's life, to give him hope to live, something to look forward to each day, and to honor his legacy. Changyou was profoundly moved and delighted to see the first 8 scenes of this film, which were presented as a trailer at Perry and Zhu's Comic-Con Panel on July 15, 2012 to an enthusiastic audience.  

“Changyou’s Journey” is expected to be completed by 2014.  The film will be made with Toon Boom Studio 7.0 software and Wacom tablet.  Additional Corporate sponsorship and private donation of any amount are greatly appreciated.  All donors' names will appear at "Changyou's Journey" film's end credits.  Visit http://perryspreviews.com and contact Dr. Zhu Shen for additional benefits to donors. Email: bioforesight@gmail.com,  858-761-7955.  

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Donation link and background info about "Changyou's Journey:"

About Perry S. Chen:

Perry S. Chen is an 13-year-old award-winning animator, renowned film and entertainment critic, artist, TEDx speaker, and entertainment personality, currently in 7th grade from San Diego.  

Perry became the youngest animator at age 10 when he made his first critically acclaimed 6-minute animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” about a young Holocaust survivor. More info:
http://ingridpitt.co.uk (Official film website)

Perry started reviewing movies at age 8 in 3rd grade using a kid-friendly starfish rating system, and became a national sensation when he debuted on CBS Evening News as the youngest film critic in the country in May 2009.  

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About Toon Boom Animation Inc.
Toon Boom Animation Inc., a Corus® Entertainment Inc. company, is the worldwide leader in digital content and animation creation software, delivering products and services online to its global community. Toon Boom carries user-friendly applications for all, catering to children, home users, creative professionals as well as students, educators and schools. Toon Boom is an influential advocate of bringing industry and education together, while partnering with value-added partners to help students achieve their goals.

Over the years, Toon Boom has garnered multiple awards for its family of products, including the prestigious 2013 Ub Iwerks Award granted by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, a 2012 Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Storyboard Pro, and many more.

Toon Boom's client base ranges from major studios creating Hollywood blockbuster animated films to individual animators creating their first masterpieces.

For information about Toon Boom Animation, contact Karina Bessoudo, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Toon Boom Animation Inc, email: karina@toonboom.com, tel:  800-962-8666 .
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