US President Barack Obama paid a visit to DreamWorks Animation Studios today to discuss the US economy, take a tour of the studio, and meet with big time supporter Jeffrey Katzenberg. There was speculation that Obama’s speech would be overrun with an audience in green shirts protesting visual effects jobs being outsourced, says Cartoon Brew. Animation Magazine does not mention any particular demonstration and notes that Obama was given high class treatment on his visit. He was able to watch a motion capture demonstration for How To Train Your Dragon 2 and a screening of holiday 2014 film Home. Obama joked during his speech that his ears were inspiration for Shrek and wanted to ask Katzenberg for a job.
UPDATE: The green shirt demonstrators were there to draw attention to VFX jobs being sent abroad. The group wants the US government to tax any VFX work sent abroad to end studios’ financial incentives.