Ellipsanime uses Voice-O-Matic (XSI Edition) to create the Dr Contraptus animated series

Ellipsanime uses Voice-O-Matic (XSI Edition) to create the Dr Contraptus animated series

Ellipsanime uses Voice-O-Matic (XSI Edition) to create the Dr Contraptus animated series

Ellipsanime uses Voice-O-Matic (XSI Edition) to create the Dr Contraptus animated series

Ellipsanime uses Voice-O-Matic (XSI Edition) to create the Dr Contraptus animated series

Ellipsanime uses Voice-O-Matic (XSI Edition) to create the Dr Contraptus animated series

Ellipsanime uses Voice-O-Matic (XSI Edition) to create the Dr Contraptus animated series

Ellipsanime uses Voice-O-Matic (XSI Edition) to create the Dr Contraptus animated series

Ellipsanime uses Voice-O-Matic (XSI Edition) to create the Dr Contraptus animated series

Ellipsanime uses Voice-O-Matic (XSI Edition) to create the Dr Contraptus animated series

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Animating Dr Contraptus

For Dr Contraptus the genius inventor (also known as Leonard in many countries) coming up with new ideas and concepts is an everyday thing. But no genius is complete without his very own sidekick… bring forth the lazy, the clumsy, the maladroit Basil, who, in all of their adventures, has the joy of testing some of these wacky creations…needless to say, when the pair is at work, everything really works according to their plans!... or not…


In 2010, Dr. Contraptus celebrates 35 years of success, and 40 comic books with over 6 million copies sold in over 15 languages.

At Ellipsanime’s Paris studios, around a hundred people have been working on Dr. Contraptus in order to give the white-bearded inventor free reign to torture his apprentice. Ellipsanime worked closely with Turk and De Groot, the series creators, to ensure the spirit of the show is accurately represented.

The animated series of 78 episodes of 7 minutes is fully animated and rendered in Autodesk Softimage 64-bit and to speed up the facial animation process while maintaining high-end result, the production team opted to implement automatic lip synching with the help of Di-O-Matic solutions.

Voice-O-Matic automates lip sync animations with any 3D character rig and language, which helps reduce production time drastically, as it creates a first pass animation that can easily be tweaked. Voice-O-Matic from Di-O-Matic is available as plug-in for Autodesk 3ds max, Autodesk Maya as well as Autodesk Softimage. 

Cyrille Paulhiac, R&D reveals: "Voice-O-Matic brings to Ellipsanime/Dargaud-Media a fast and effective solution for all our characters lips sync. This flexible and effective technical solution, combined with an exemplary customer service, allows us to keep the pace of our series. Moreover, vomBatch is an amazing way to integrate this solution in a production pipeline."

The 78 episodes of the animated series were processed automatically with Voice-O-Matic and vomBatch, allowing the character animators to focus their energies on the character performance and emotions while Di-O-Matic solutions provides a first preliminary pass of high-quality mouth timing animation.

Once again, Di-O-Matic technologies helped artists bring unique CG characters to life, this time as a key component of the facial animation pipeline of Dr Contraptus animated series produced by Ellipsanime/Dargaud Media, adding the well known genius inventor and his friends to the list of famous CG characters like Pink Panther, Garfield or Mickey Mouse that rely on Di-O-Matic technologies to come to life and entertain audience worldwide.

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Visit Dr Contraptus website and learn more about the series.

Voice-O-Matic is available at $349, for more info visit Voice-O-Matic's webpage or get the FREE trial here.
Voice-O-Matic is also available for Softimage and Maya.

Léonard de Turk & de Groot avec la participation de CANAL J / GULLI / ARANEO et les Editions LE LOMBARD.
LEONARD ©2009 Ellipsanime, Canal J, GULLI and ARANEO. All rights reserved.

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