This month ‘CNN Ones to Watch’ explores the world of animation, meeting two masters of the art form, Pete Docter and Sylvain Chomet, who both choose up-and-coming animation talent.

U.S. animator and director Pete Docter is an integral figure at Pixar Studios in California. He is best known for directing ‘Monsters, Inc’ and ‘Up’, and has been nominated for six Oscars, winning one in 2010 for Best Animated Feature. This month sees the release of Docter’s next directorial project, ‘Inside Out’.

Docter chooses a former Pixar art director and a 2015 Oscar nominee, Dice Tsutsumi as someone to watch. Born in Tokyo, Tsutsumi left Pixar last year to begin an independent venture aiming to bring together two powerhouses of animation, the U.S. and Japan. Tsustsumi has lived in the U.S. for the past 23 years, and ‘CNN Ones to Watch’ is there as he works on a new feature film that blends the best tools and techniques from both countries.

Also on ‘CNN Ones to Watch’ this month, CNN meets the twice Oscar nominated animator Sylvain Chomet whose images convey an exciting, colourful and deeply visual perspective on life. Chomet nominates British animator Daisy Jacobs as someone to watch. Jacobs, who trained at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art in London, won a Bafta in 2014 for her short film ‘The Bigger Picture’. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, she is now creating her new movie. CNN witnesses her innovative 2D stop motion technique close-up.

CNN ‘Ones to Watch’ is a monthly program that focuses on a particular discipline – including classical music, modern dance, filmmaking, architecture and sculpture – as a recognized master of their craft identifies ‘ones to watch’ and explains why their careers are on an upward trajectory. The master in each show guides viewers into their art form, shows how it’s evolving and explains what new talent needs to do to succeed.  

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Friday June 12 at 1730 and 2330 HKT

Saturday June 13 at 2130 HKT

Sunday June 14 at 0830 HKT

Tuesday June 16 at 1730 HKT

Wednesday June 17 at 0030, 1130 and 1630 HKT

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