Toonz is a software package created by Italian studio Digital Video, that is designed to aid in the creation of traditional 2D animation. After Japanese telecommunications and media company Dwango, acquired the package, they're planning on releasing it to open distribution from March 26 on. Toonz Studio Ghibli Version, which includes features the famed animation house has helped develop, will be available for free download.
"Digital Video and Dwango agreed to close the deal under the condition Dwango will publish and develop an Open Source platform based on Toonz. This will be known as simply OpenToonz," the merger's statement read.