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  • Alvy Ray Smith, Glen Keane, and Tom McGrath To Headline VIEW Conference

    Cartoon Brew
    Amid Amidi
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    The VIEW Conference, which is the largest computer graphics event in Italy, has announced the line-up for its 15th annual conference, which will take place October 14 to 17 in Turin (Torino), Italy.
  • Cable Killers

    TAG Blog
    Steve Hulett
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    A short history of the serial killers of broadcast/cable TV. Hollywood's Big-Money YouTube Hit Factory ... Watching the ways in which his two teenage sons consumed media, [Brian] Robbins became convinced that the future of youth entertainment wasn’t in broadcast or cable TV but in short-form digital videos, particularly on YouTube. He thought big media companies had been slow to adapt, leaving a void that he could fill. ... In June 2012, Robbins launched his YouTube channel, which he named AwesomenessTV. The channel was geared to teenagers and preteens and featured lots of two- to…
  • Artist of the Day: Stevie Lewis

    Cartoon Brew
    Chris McDonnell
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Today we look at the work of Stevie Lewis, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!
  • Combat Carl PSA: "Cough in your arm!"

    Upcoming Pixar
    Simoa
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    "Toy Story of Terror!", Pixar’s first TV special which premiered on ABC family last fall, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD this week and is filled with plenty of bonus features. One of these is a PSA in which Combat Carl (Carl Weathers) warns against the dangers of coughing. It’s a hilarious, tongue in cheek clip animated in 2D which you can watch below. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of Combat Carl in future Toy Story shorts and specials! This brief ad is a brilliant way to continue his presence in the franchise. His appearance in "Toy Story of…
  • Sneak peek at 'Inside Out'

    Upcoming Pixar
    Simoa
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While a teaser trailer for Pete Docter’s highly anticipated film Inside Out continues to allude Pixar fans, a small clip has been released on Disney Movies Anywhere. (Note: you must be a member in order to view the footage). Just over a minute long, this sneak peek of the film is attached to a Monsters University featurette, but well worth checking out. Although actual footage of the film is not shown here, there is a brief look at an animation test and the reveal of a crucial character. Inside Out centers on emotions as characters in the mind. The four principal ones are Joy (Amy…
 
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    TAG Blog

  • Cable Killers

    Steve Hulett
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    A short history of the serial killers of broadcast/cable TV. Hollywood's Big-Money YouTube Hit Factory ... Watching the ways in which his two teenage sons consumed media, [Brian] Robbins became convinced that the future of youth entertainment wasn’t in broadcast or cable TV but in short-form digital videos, particularly on YouTube. He thought big media companies had been slow to adapt, leaving a void that he could fill. ... In June 2012, Robbins launched his YouTube channel, which he named AwesomenessTV. The channel was geared to teenagers and preteens and featured lots of two- to…
  • Co-Production

    Steve Hulett
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    DWA tv isn't sending all its TV production work to Canada. A South Korean animation studio said Thursday it will co-produce multiple television animation series with DreamWorks Studios, a leading motion picture company in Hollywood. Studio Mir Co. has recently signed a contract with the American studio to collaborate on a number of animation projects, including a 78-episode TV animation series by 2018, Mir said. Details of the deal were not immediately available. But sources say it would be the largest deal that a local animation company has ever signed with a foreign studio. "We will start…
  • Cable Ratings

    Steve Hulett
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Cartoon Network trumpets its victories. Across the fourth week of August 2014, Cartoon Network original programming – including new episodes of Teen Titans Go!, The Amazing World of Gumball, Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa – claimed all top 15 telecasts of the week among boys 6-11. Charting growth across all targeted kid demos, Cartoon Network also continued last week to rank as television’s #1 network for Total Day delivery of boys 6-11 & 9-14, and #1 for Early Prime (6p-8p) delivery among all targeted boy demos. Average Total Day delivery increased by double digits among kids 2-11…
  • Dragon Remains On Top

    Steve Hulett
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    DWA's "disappointment" (per Forbes Magazine) romps in the Middle Kingdom. DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” remained atop China’s box office last week, and will soon become the top-grossing animated film of 2014 in the territory. The sequel earned $24.4 million in the seven days ending Sunday, according to figures from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway, bringing the movie’s gross to $51.5 million. “Despicable Me 2,” released in China earlier this year, took in a total of $52.3 million. ... And HTTYD2 is closing in on the $600 million mark:…
  • At the Hat

    Steve Hulett
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    I was at the Hat Building on Riverside Drive during the afternoon, and it seems that the company was promoting a new picture. ... Disney-Pixar chief John Lasseter, [Big Hero 6's] producer Roy Conli and co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams teased the movie Wednesday by revealing 25 minutes of footage at a gathering of Oscar bloggers at the Disney Animation building in Burbank. ... Hero is the first film made on Disney's new high-powered, patented rendering system, which produces images of a greater photo-realistic quality than has been possible before. It is also the first time ... that…
 
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    Comic-Con International

  • 2014 Photo Gallery: Wednesday & Thursday

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    See Comic-Con International 2014 with this official photo gallery for Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24!
  • 2014 Photo Gallery

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    The 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were held July 25 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront as part of Comic-Con International. This photo gallery captures some of the excitement and fun of that evening.
  • Don't Toss Your Comic-Con 2014 Badge Just Yet, You're Going to Need It!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION UPDATEDon't Toss Your Comic-Con 2014 Badge Just Yet, You're Going to Need It!If you would like to participate in Comic-Con 2015 preregistration, you will need information from your physical Comic-Con 2014 badge. Read more
  • Thank You for Making SDCC 2014 Such a Great Show!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014 IS NOW HISTORY!Thank You for Making SDCC 2014 Such a Great Show!The Toucan is still dancing, after another great Comic-Con International! Read more
  • Will Eisner Hall of Fame 2014 Nominees

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    3 Feb 2013 | 1:58 pm
    See the 2014 nominees for the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, including the Judges' Choices for inductees.
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    The Disney Blog

  • Marvel Movies Get An Emotional Fan Tribute

    John Frost
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:55 am
    Disney has lucked out with both the quality and box office success of movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are, for the most part, full of action and witty dialogue, and just plain fun. But there is also a darker more subtle side to most of the films. Those moments are what artist Gen Kim has tried to capture in his latest video. The music is José González’s “Stay Alive” and the clips are all devoid of dialogue, which means the emotions the actors convey with their faces and body language are all emphasized. Kim spent roughly 65 hours and went through 13…
  • “Star Wars: Episode VII” resumes production after injured Harrison Ford returns

    John Frost
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    Galactic Dispatch 103432: Han Solo was on an extended vacation from the Galaxy Far Far Away after breaking his leg when the door of the Millennium Falcon fell unexpectedly. Chewie had no comment, but was heard to chuckle a bit. Solo can outfly any ship, but his ship has been known to fall apart from time to time. With some help from force healers, Solo is on the mend and reportedly already back at work chasing princesses or whatever he does these days. The unfortunately very real injury to Harrison Ford took place on set in June when the door of the spacehip fell and broke his leg. There was…
  • Applications Accepted for Disney Parks Moms Panel beginning Tuesday

    John Frost
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    The Disney Parks Moms Panel is both an army of expert parents that Disney has united to help other families plan their Disney experience and a focus group for executives big Disney family. Each year around two dozen moms and dads are chosen to join the panel, but first they have to apply. Applications for the next panel open Tuesday September 2nd at 10AM and will close on noon Friday, September 5th. They get thousands and thousands of applicants every year, but there are only a small number of spots. So don’t feel too bad if you’re rejected, you’re not alone. But for those…
  • A charming first clip from new Pixar short “Lava”

    John Frost
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Pixar’s next animated short “Lava” is inspired by the beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes. This very charming first clip from the short features a small portion of a musical love story that will take place over millions of years. It’s not a lot of the film, but this glimpse is still great. The clouds there and the galaxy spinning in the sky is fantastic. “Lava” is directed by James Ford Murphy and produced by Andrea Warren. It will open in 2015 in front “Inside Out.” What do you think so far? A charming first clip from…
  • New “Alexander” TV Trailer

    John Frost
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:27 pm
    We’re just about a month and a half away from the premiere of Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and a new TV spot is making its away around the world almost as fast as you can say the film’s title. Ok, maybe a little faster. Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—and soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell),…
 
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    Upcoming Pixar

  • Sneak peek at 'Inside Out'

    Simoa
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While a teaser trailer for Pete Docter’s highly anticipated film Inside Out continues to allude Pixar fans, a small clip has been released on Disney Movies Anywhere. (Note: you must be a member in order to view the footage). Just over a minute long, this sneak peek of the film is attached to a Monsters University featurette, but well worth checking out. Although actual footage of the film is not shown here, there is a brief look at an animation test and the reveal of a crucial character. Inside Out centers on emotions as characters in the mind. The four principal ones are Joy (Amy…
  • 'The Good Dinosaur': "Dismantled and Reimagined"

    Simoa
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    The Good Dinosaur was planned to be Pixar’s 2014 offering, but after it was announced that longtime Pixarian Bob Peterson would no longer be directing, the release date was pushed to 2015. It was reported that the film ran into numerous story problems which made Peterson’s removal and the change in release dates necessary. This news was met with understandable concern and disappointment by Pixar fans, as Peterson is a beloved employee who lent his considerable voice and story talents to the studio’s films for many years. There hasn’t been much news about the…
  • Combat Carl PSA: "Cough in your arm!"

    Simoa
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    "Toy Story of Terror!", Pixar’s first TV special which premiered on ABC family last fall, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD this week and is filled with plenty of bonus features. One of these is a PSA in which Combat Carl (Carl Weathers) warns against the dangers of coughing. It’s a hilarious, tongue in cheek clip animated in 2D which you can watch below. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of Combat Carl in future Toy Story shorts and specials! This brief ad is a brilliant way to continue his presence in the franchise. His appearance in "Toy Story of…
  • Mindy Kaling teases new image for 'Inside Out'

    Simoa
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:34 pm
    With Pete Docter’s Inside Out a little under a year away, actress Mindy Kaling, who provides the voice of Disgust, recently posted a new photo of the character to her Instagram account. The image, which features Disgust striking a new pose and facial expression, generated over 25,000 likes. Although Pete Docter took the stage at the Annecy Festival this past June to discuss the film in depth, information and images of the characters has been relatively sparse. It was in February of this year that Mindy first shared a new image of Disgust (also via Instagram) apart from the official one…
  • Introducing Simoa, Our New Writer!

    Bryko
    2 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Back in 2012, Martin asked me to take over his writing duties at Upcoming Pixar. I couldn’t have been more honored, and the past two-and-a-half years running the blog have been an exciting and educational journey. Now, as I prepare to enter a new chapter in my life, it’s my turn to pass the torch. Today, I’d like to welcome Simoa, our new lead writer at Upcoming Pixar! I have no doubt that she’ll be able to uphold the blog’s 10-year legacy while still bringing her own fresh voice to the table. Here’s a quick introduction from Simoa herself: I’ve been…
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    Persistence of Vision

  • Welcome Dan & Kat Listeners

    Ethan Hurd
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Hello all you listeners to the Dan & Kat podcast. This is my animation blog. I try and update it as often as I can, that is to say not very often, but I do the best I can.If you have any questions about animation or how to be an animator feel free to leave a comment or contact me through Google+ and the TwittersIf you are interested in books on animation here is my recommended reading list:http://ethanhurdam.blogspot.com/2012/09/books-on-animation.html
  • Slow motion Cheeta Run.

    Ethan Hurd
    4 Dec 2012 | 9:00 am
    Cheetahs on the Edge--Director's Cut from Gregory Wilson on Vimeo.Very cool look at a the fastest land animal on earth. Notice how still and steady his head is. Helps him see his pray. Very cool.
  • One More Beer!

    Ethan Hurd
    7 Oct 2012 | 10:16 pm
    Great short film, nice acting. One More Beer! from pedro conti on Vimeo.
  • 4 Oct 2012 | 9:48 am

    Ethan Hurd
    4 Oct 2012 | 9:48 am
    Back in 2009 I bought a copy of Sita Sings the Blues from Nina Paley's website. I did this mainly because of Roger Ebert's review:I began. I was enchanted. I was swept away. I was smiling from one end of the film to the other. It is astonishingly original.  It was surprising for me, I don't tend to like this style of animation, but the story was really good so I enjoyed the film quite a bit. So now I find myself looking forward to her new film  This Land Is Mine:  For more info, including a list of the characters who kill each other, check out her site:…
  • Two-Headed Cop Update

    Ethan Hurd
    2 Oct 2012 | 10:38 am
    There's been an update to the Two-Headed Cop page, it includes the final version of the "Jail" sequence, check it out:http://www.twoheadedcop.com/post/32742534820/the-jail-sequence-and-other-updates#.UGsmNcWmdn8
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    FALLOUT

  • Hotel Holiday

    James Baker
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
    My Brother Jo and his family recently invited Julia and I to join them, and my Dad and his wife Wendy, for a holiday in Mexico. We’ve had a rocky time of things the past few years, and this was a wonderful opportunity to relax. Despite feeling ill the entire time, I did some sketching, [..read more..]
  • Popeye Magazine

    James Baker
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    In 1988 I was living and working in Tokyo, and I had a few steady illustration gigs to supplement my other jobs, which were some English teaching when I first arrived in Japan, and then working at TOEI animation studio when I got better established.  It was a busy time. One of the magazines I [..read more..]
  • Los Troppo Drongos

    James Baker
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:58 pm
    This is the first comic I ever did, for an anthology made by the staff of the animation department of Colossal Pictures way back in 1992. Originally, my contribution was printed as a 4 page story and the end pages were added later. (I have split the pages in half here to make an 8 [..read more..]
  • Stern Grove

    James Baker
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Not far from our flat is the park called Stern Grove, and we went there a few months ago for some sketching. I’ve finally finished and scanned the left-handed sketches from that day. At one end of this long narrow park is a dog paradise, full of people walking their pooches. In the middle is [..read more..]
  • SPACE..The Final Frontier..

    James Baker
    2 May 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Here are some left-handed drawings from recent TV sketch nights drawing Star Trek. The bright colours and simple shapes, not to mention the broad characters and melodramatic action of James T. Kirk and his iconic, space-faring crew, can be quite fun to draw. I remember the very first time I ever saw Star Trek; it [..read more..]
 
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    Ice-Cream Monster Toon Cafe

  • New Chapter of The Shadow Gate!!

    Alina Chau
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    New Chapter of The Shadow Gate with my illustration just published, you can read it for FREE @ https://storybird.com/chapters/the-shadow-gate/7/
  • Back-t0-School Sale!!

    Alina Chau
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Hi everyone, I am doing a Back-to-School sale @ my on-line store!!http://alinachau.com/store/$20 purchase or more 10%off - Coupon Code: schoolrock$35 purchase or more 20%off - Coupon Code: schoolfunSale end Sept 23
  • New Book Review!

    Alina Chau
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    My publisher, Immedium send this new book review of TreeHouse Heros and Forgotten Beast ^______^"The magical artwork will draw readers in to this lusciously illustrated tale. The story focuses on possibly the last Zez, a magical creature from a far-east land, that is near extinction as forests have fallen, rivers dried up, and humans multiplied. Looking for a new unspoiled home she discovers the Treehouse Heroes—five children, each with different gifts (invisibility, shape changing, wind blowing, speed and strength) and their wise teacher. The Zez learns that General Moon, once a man but…
  • Childhood memory

    Alina Chau
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    I have a lot of fun creating this piece.  It's inspired by my childhood Christmas memories in Hong Kong.  We don't get snow in winter.  Instead, the city decorates all the skyscrapers with Christmas lights with interacted patterns and the street and public spaces often decorate with giant Christmas tree and lanterns.  ^______^  The piece is watercolor and oil pastel mix-medium.  Trying to create a child like painting quality with pastel.  Work-in-progressConcept sketch
  • Union Square

    Alina Chau
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
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    Hyrumosmondanimation

  • "Oh captain my captain"

    Hyrum Virl Osmond
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
  • Dog and Butterfly

    Hyrum Virl Osmond
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Check out this amazing work done by my good friend Wayne Unten. Absolutely beautiful. Dog and Butterfly from Wayne Unten on Vimeo.
  • A tribute to Osmondness

    Hyrum Virl Osmond
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:18 pm
    http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-news/frozen-exclusive-clip-love-is-an-open-door-donny-osmond-tribute-165833344.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory"
  • 15 Mar 2014 | 4:21 pm

    Hyrum Virl Osmond
    15 Mar 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Han's big note from the "Open door" song was an intentional "Donny Osmond" moment. The directors actually had to ask me to "dial down the Donny" just a bit but I think the end result still captured that pure signature Osmondness.
  • Congrats Disney Crew!!!

    Hyrum Virl Osmond
    2 Mar 2014 | 10:29 pm
 
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    Disney History

  • 29 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    I had the pleasure of picking up this very rare photo of Mary Blair and Kay Kamen (left) on HowardLowery.com last week and had to share it with all of you.
  • 28 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Not to be missed if you are in LA in September.
  • 27 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    This movie seems to be so different from anything that preceeded it at Disney that I am actually looking forward to seeing it and to getting the Art of book, of course.
  • 26 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    I am very much looking forward to Andreas Deja's upcoming book, The Nine Old Men: Lessons, Techniques, and Inspiration from Disney's Greatest Animators which will be released by Focal Press in February and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
  • 25 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    I am back and in great shape. I really needed that break.No better way to start blogging again than with this upcoming book from Theme Park Press.This just in from Bob McLain, Theme Park Press's owner:[The book is written by Art Adler, a former Disney executive who got wind that "Walt's Garage", the building once owned by Walt's uncle and where Walt did some of his earliest animation in California, was coming up for auction. He found out that Disney wasn't interested in bidding for it. Disney had no interest whatsoever in the garage. Art didn't want the garage to fall into the hands of…
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    Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

  • The Benefits of Visual Variety

    mark kennedy
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:35 pm
    One of the things I like about "Game of Thrones" is how the art direction is employed in telling the story. The nature of the show is to cut continuously from location to location as several different stories unfold simultaneously. This could easily lead to confusion in the viewer's mind because there are so many locations that there's a danger of being disoriented as you go from place to place over the course of an episode. But the creators of the show have carefully crafted each location to have it's own color scheme (as well as architecture and costume design) so that you always know where…
  • Costume Design, Character and Story

    mark kennedy
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    One of the differences between 2D and 3D animation that people don't talk about much is how differently you have to approach costume in each medium.In 2D animation, the characters are all individual drawings, so giving your character a new costume is simply a matter of designing the new costume and then drawing it on the character. 3D is different because it's much more difficult and expensive to design multiple costume changes for the characters.But even so, costume changes for animated Disney characters is rare, and always have been, even in the 2D films. This is because we want the…
  • Composition Tips from "Rendering In Pen and Ink"

    mark kennedy
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Many years ago I bought the classic book "Rendering In Pen and Ink" by Arthur Guptill. Like most of the art books I buy, it seemed important to own when I bought it, and ever since then it has sat on a shelf, neglected and unread.By chance, I picked it up a while ago and flipped through it. There are a couple of chapters on composition and directing the eye, filled with little thumbnail examples. I thought they were interesting and, although they're simple, I always feel that the key to drawing is learning the simple principles and then applying them in more and more complex ways as you…
  • Vance Gerry's "Notes On Story Sketching"

    mark kennedy
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Another page out of Vance's internal Disney Story Manual. This time, it's a list of 6 principles about storyboarding, simplicity and clarity.All great straightforward advice that sounds absolutely simple but is hard to master in execution.For point number 4, where Vance says "Originality often leads to obscurity", I want to add a bit for clarification because I think that might be confusing to some. What I interpret that to mean is "don't re-invent the wheel just to be different" when it comes to drawing story sketches. For example, if you have a character picking up a heavy box, you might…
  • Directing the Viewer's Eye

    mark kennedy
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    In one of my recent posts about Vance Gerry handouts, I mentioned the challenge that every board artist faces about how to direct the eye of the viewer. Often, a story sketch will be on screen for a second of screen time (or less) and it is vitally important that the viewer grasps the meaning of what you are trying to say in an instant. So a big part of doing this is knowing how to get the viewer's eye go where you want them to look and not focus on the unimportant parts of the sketch.(In this post, I will be referring to the "layout department". For anyone unfamiliar with what that means,…
 
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    Lineboil - Animated News and Videos

  • Dripped Explores All-Consuming Art Passion

    Aaron
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Director Léo Verrier, via ChezEddy, invites you into a world of modern art, and a man who consumes it, literally. Here’s Dripped:
  • Carboni Drives Animation For Future’s Coupe

    Aaron
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Chris Carboni recently directed this new music video for Future’s track Coupe. Its part of the Adult Swim 2014 Singles project. CREDITS Director: Chris Carboni Treatment / Co-director: Daniel Garcia Animation: Chris Carboni, Elaine Lee, Dennis Moran, Matt Everton, Simon Ampel Compositing: Chris Carboni Created @ Carboni Studio
  • Watch an Animated Scene Build in The Congress

    Aaron
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Jon Hamm plays the head animator in Ari Folman’s (Waltz With Bashir) latest film, The Congress. Animation is also on display in this film that jumps between live action and animated worlds through a fantasy narrative about immortality and future of cinema. Here’s a behind the scenes clip that gives us a glimpse at the process of a sequence, from animatic to animation (with Toon Boom Harmony) to final cut. The Congress, starring Robin Wright as herself, is in select theaters on August 29th.
  • David OReilly Makes You Relive Childhood

    Aaron
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    David OReilly’s Adult Swim short is as fun as childhood, and as painful and horrifying as childhood. That’s probably why its called Childhood.
  • Aatma Marries Up With Zoosk

    Aaron
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Aatma Studio was behind this new animated campaign for Zoosk, the online dating service. Tony Benna directed.
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    Comedy For Animators

  • Robin Williams in Shakes the Clown

    Jonathan Lyons
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Shakes the Clown starred Bobcat Goldthwait, and billed itself as the “Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies.”  It’s not that great a film.  What I did like was the food chain of clowns.  Top of the food chain were the rodeo clowns.  Below them were the party clowns.  And at the bottom were the mimes. Robin Williams appears as an angry mime instructor and as always, he is great.
  • Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters

    Jonathan Lyons
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    On the sad news that Robin Williams has passed away.   He and Jonathan Winters were two of my favorite comedians, because they were full of many different characters.  Here they are together.
  • The face on Joaquin Phoenix’ forehead.

    Jonathan Lyons
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Joaquin Phoenix is extremely talented.  So talented, he has an extra face on his forehead so he can act out of two faces at the same time.  Thanks to boingboing.net for this.
  • Rik Mayall “Don’t Fear Death”

    Jonathan Lyons
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am
    I am very sorry to say that comedian Rik Mayall died today. I discovered him through an obscure kids show called Grim Tales. Later on I saw The Young Ones, and Bottom. Here is the last credited work he did, narrating “Don’t Fear Death” a short animated film by Louis Hudson. Thanks to Film School Rejects for the link.
  • Edgar Wright: How to do visual comedy

    Jonathan Lyons
    29 May 2014 | 8:12 am
    Here is an excellent look at how Edgar Wright creates comedy simply by how he shoots his scenes. He also tips his hat to animation. Edgar Wright — How to Do Visual Comedy from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.
 
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    Toon Radio

  • Dragon Ball Z Battle of Gods

    Robert Stukowski
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Limited run films do not come around here very often, especially anime. So, when I heard I could see Dragon Ball Z Battle of Gods in theaters, I had to go see it. DBZ Battle of Gods was all you would expect from a DBZ film. It was like watching an extended episode, but the The post Dragon Ball Z Battle of Gods appeared first on Toon Radio.
  • Toon Radio? There is an App for That

    Robert Stukowski
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:56 pm
    This morning, I found an email from StreamLicening.com in my inbox. Normally, their emails are nothing special. Just monthly service updates and performance charts for Toon Radio. However, today was different. Today, I learned that Toon Radio now as a mobile app for your iOS and Android powered devices. I’m still trying to figure out The post Toon Radio? There is an App for That appeared first on Toon Radio.
  • How I started Toon Radio

    Robert Stukowski
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    With Yahoo closing their Voices services, I have to find new places to host my articles. The following article is about Toon Radio. So, I decided to post it here. Published on April 11, 2012 and entitled “How I Started My Small Business, Toon Radio,” it was the first article I ever wrote for the The post How I started Toon Radio appeared first on Toon Radio.
  • The Legend of Korra is leaving Television

    Robert Stukowski
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I was going to write a review series for the Legend of Korra, but that changed when I heard that Nickelodeon was removing the series from their television offerings. Then, I went emo for a moment before coming to my senses and realized this might be the best move for both Korra, the Avatar franchise and television in The post The Legend of Korra is leaving Television appeared first on Toon Radio.
  • Happy 4th of July!

    Robert Stukowski
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Happy Independence Day Everyone. Have fun out there, but don’t get yourself burned. To celebrate here’s an old 4Kids promo. The post Happy 4th of July! appeared first on Toon Radio.
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    Toon Boom Blog

  • SIGGRAPH 2014 – Toon Boom Is Going!

    Toon Boom Guy
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Toon Boom will be at the Siggraph 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. This year it’s in Vancouver on Canada’s Pacific Coast. Our team of expert professionals are here to answer all your queries and to work with you to find the best possible solution for you. The Toon Boom …
  • Artists, Animators and Fans Draw in Support of Traditional Hand-Drawn Animation

    Toon Boom Guy
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    We all have vivid memories of classic scenes and images from animated feature films, but did you know that before the use of digital production techniques all animation was hand drawn? In an effort to preserve this traditional hand drawn style and to bring about more awareness in the animation industry, long-time animation artists Tony White and J. Schuh have come up with a …
  • Swapping Drawings in Toon Boom Harmony 11

    Toon Boom Guy
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    Watch the video to see how to swap drawings in Harmony 11 and how this has improved over earlier versions of Harmony. The video shows you the following: Swapping drawings in previous versions; Creating new drawings; Filling empty cells; What is a Key Exposure?; Adding a Key Exposure; Swapping drawings; Marking drawings; Swapping drawings on cut-out characters.  Filed under: 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Animation, animation …
  • Mesh Warp Animates Distortion in Toon Boom Harmony 11

    Toon Boom Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Watch the video to see how to use the Mesh Warp effect to distort your drawings in Toon Boom Harmony 11. With this module you can create effects such as a character reflected in a distorted mirror or for that bizarre effect of looking through a glass jar.  The new functionality lets you create up to a 10 x …
  • Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires – Storyboard Pro used in pre production

    Toon Boom Guy
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Mike Mort makes a cast of puppets come alive in his upcoming stop-motion adventure, “Chuck Steel – Night of the Trampires”. Working out of Immortal Pictures in the welsh village of Llangynwyd, Mike directs his dedicated team as they take the cast of claymation figures, develop the puppets personalities and manipulate them to perform as believable characters in each scene.  Before any of this can …
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    Cartoon Research

  • Animation Anecdotes #177

    Jim Korkis
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Maurice Noble and Fresh Ideas. In a 1992 interview, animation designer Maurice Noble said, “Whatever I worked on, I tried to give freshness and make as eye-appealing as possible. Always, in the back of my mind, were the fundamentals of composition and color. I believe that the use of happy, bright colors psychologically effect people. Therefore, my palette is always ‘high-keyed’. “For each cartoon, I tried to step into the picture, look around, see what was going to work, and discover, in a sense, the flavor of that particular production. Something which, in a subtle way, was a theme…
  • “The Wild Goose Chase” (1933)

    Steve Stanchfield
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Today was another film transfer day, but because of school meetings I wasn’t able to supervise the whole session; I dropped the films off and Pat Mathews, colorist and Telecine magician, performed his magic on them. I can’t show any of this stuff here (yet anyway) but they’ll be seen before too long. What I can say is that it’s incredible to view how beautiful some of these films can look coming from first or second generation materials – in this case, new 16mm prints made from vintage 16mm negs and 35mm lavender protection master positive picture materials (with…
  • Tom Stathes Travels: “By Land, Sea and Air”

    Tom Stathes
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    The summer has been quite a busy one for this animation historian and archivist. As those of you who tuned in to our host Jerry Beck’s appearance on a recent episode of Stu’s Show will know, I’ve been busy preparing a super important program for Turner Classic Movies in October. I’m also working on a fun home video release as well–but I mention these items solely as a teaser! Jerry and I will have more formal announcements with further details in the near future. Stay tuned… Anyway, as this season wraps up, I’ve decided to focus on journeys and…
  • Bugs Bunny Breaks a Sweat

    Greg Ehrbar
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    In today’s column, we listen to a classic recording of Bugs Bunny’s race against Cecil Turtle, with Mel Blanc; on another LP, Bugs takes a cruise to Fort Lauderdale, without Mel. BUGS BUNNY AND THE TORTOISE A Capitol Record Reader DBX-93 (Two 10” 78 RPM Discs / Mono / 1947); (Two 7” 45 RPM Discs / Mono / 1947); 12” 33 1/3 RPM LP Reissues: L-6818RR (with Bozo Under the Sea / 1962); L-6962 (with Bozo and His Rocket Ship / 1975). Producer: Alan Livingston. Writers: Warren Foster, Tedd Pierce. Music: Billy May. Recorded in Hollywood on November 28 and December 3, 1947. Running…
  • Fleischer Promo Art #13: “Popeye Adds Up The Profits”

    Thad Komorowski
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Continuing our weekly posting of these rare Fleischer Studio promotional illustrations – this time from the March and April 1936 issues of in-house trade publication Paramount Sales News. Please click each illustration to enlarge image. Directly below are a few samples of what cartoon shorts the Paramount salesmen were pushing to theaters at the time these promotional pieces appeared in print. ABOVE: BROTHERLY LOVE (released March 6th 1936) ABOVE: BETTY BOOP AND LITTLE JIMMY (released March 27th 1936)
 
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    Skunk & Burning Tires

  • Matt Groening’s Animation Inspiration

    Ju-osh M.
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    “As a child I loved animation and always wanted to try it. I remember watching Disney’s 101 Dalmatians and the scene of the puppies watching television. I was amazed at that image, the kind you can only get with animation and I knew that I wanted to do the same kind of things myself some day.” Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons (via: Animation Scoop)
  • In Praise Of Nani

    Ju-osh M.
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Pasted below the cut are four fantastic quotes detailing why Nani from Lilo & Stitch is one of the BEST Disney characters ever. The quotes were culled from a long and winding Tumblr thread that emerged organically below a small GIFset (see stills above; see thread here). It’s stuff like this that makes me lose entire afternoons to the internet. stopthatimp: Nani was NINETEEN and such a fucking badass who was so protective of lilo and just ROLLED with aliens being a thing towards the end of the movie. #1 Disney relative of all time. mamasam: I have honestly been waiting AGES for the…
  • These kids are AWESOME!

    Ju-osh M.
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    “My brother sent me a picture of a few young girls protesting outside of Party City in Harlem, today. They want Princess Tiana back.” – ishyagrrrl
  • Laura Jenkison’s Lip-Art Is Creepy

    Ju-osh M.
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Is it clever? Yes. Is it crafty? Most definitely. Does it put a great big smile on my face? You betcha. Still, that doesn’t make it any less creepy. *shudders* THAT SHREK!!! To see more of Laura’s animation-inspired ‘lip-art,’ visit her blog.
  • Before There Was Prozac, There Was Casper

    Ju-osh M.
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    This was an ACTUAL AD, unearthed by the pop culture historians at Showbiz Imagery & Chicanery. Click pic to enlarge.
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