According to Joel Cohen, how does Red Hat help make The Simpsons happen? I quote:
“The show is all hand-drawn and digitally animated, and the movie was too. However, because we were writing and re-writing the movie at such a furious pace, the scenes we would write needed to be seen and approved or revised (or often rejected) before they committed to the very labor-intensive process of hand drawing the cels.
For that purpose, crudely animated scenes were produced with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Linux animation technology, so our animators were able to show us these scenes incredibly quickly. Once a scene or piece of a scene was approved, it would begin the more traditional animation route; however, the volume and speed of material that was created for the movie could never have been done without that Red Hat-fueled system.”
Crazy mad props to Ruth Suehle of Red Hat Magazine for getting this awesome scoop. Go read it. Right now.
(p.s. can ya Digg it?)