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  • Sony Unveils CGI Popeye Test by Genndy Tartakovsky

    Cartoon Brew
    Amid Amidi
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Sony Pictures Animation just debuted on its YouTube channel an exclusive animation test from Genndy Tartakovsky's "Popeye" CG feature.
  • Coulda Been a Contender

    TAG Blog
    Steve Hulett
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    ... Instead of, you know, a visual effects house in receivership. Visual effects veteran Scott Ross reflected on the heated disagreements he had with James Cameron. ... "Second to my mother dying, [making Titanic] was the worst experience of my life,” Ross admitted, saying he was under very public, “unbelievable pressure” when the budget was rising while the need to complete more work for the director nearly bankrupt the company. “I felt like I had no support,” Ross said. "The studio sided with Jim, I could never ask Fox for a change order. We were the fall guys." “I went head to…
  • Genndy's Popeye

    TAG Blog
    Steve Hulett
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The sailor man in CGI. This arrived in the mailbox hours ago, so we put it up a wee bit late ... And we notice that it's up in a lot of places now. (Deservedly so.)
  • The Power of Two

    Temple of the Seven Golden Camels
    mark kennedy
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Sorry it's been so long!The Atlantic Monthly published an interesting article about the creative partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, focusing on how the two of them accomplished great things by both complementing and challenging each other.Part of what I really like about the article is that it challenges the common assumption that art is best created by a single person with a single voice expressing their vision without interference or compromise. From the article:For centuries, the myth of the lone genius has towered over us, its shadow obscuring the way creative work really gets…
  • Comic-Con Badge ID Validation is Now Open!

    Comic-Con International
    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION UPDATEComic-Con Badge ID Validation is Now Open!If you would like to participate in Comic-Con 2015 Attendee Preregistration, you must validate your Comic-Con 2014 Badge ID before October 15, 2014! Read more
 
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    The Blackwing Diaries

  • New Book Review: The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic

    Jenny Lerew
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    It takes a long time to look through John Canemaker's new book  The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic, and it should. Nearly 300 pages are filled with examples of every aspect of Disney's production: drawings, model sheets, camera setups, and hundreds upon hundreds of photographs of how shots were achieved, animators at work, models posing for animators, reference photos of animals and humans, cels, drawings, the Burbank studio being built, "The Reluctant Dragon" live action production, Bambi, Fantasia, Dumbo, Pinocchio. Numerous examples of…
  • John Canemaker in Los Angeles: Thursday 9/11 at the Central Library, LACMA on Saturday, September 13: Gertie, Fantasia and...SCHULTHEIS!

    Jenny Lerew
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:57 pm
    It's always an event when John Canemaker comes to Los Angeles-literally. In 2012 he was here to present and moderate a program honoring the work of John and Faith Hubley, a fascinating and wonderful evening.  Now in September we have an embarrassment of riches.This coming Thursday it's a double dose of Canemaker and author and author/librarian Christina Rice, both authors of new books on the enigmatic Herman Schultheis. They'll be reading and signing in downtown's Central Library from 6 to 8pm, and the event is free.Then on Saturday, a triple threat: on Saturday, Sept. 13th,…
  • Women In Animation

    Jenny Lerew
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This Saturday, March 15, I'm moderating a panel at the Walt Disney Family Museum where I'll be talking with Claire Keane, Lorelay Bove, and Brenda Chapman about their experiences in the animation business, and their lives as animation artists.Last October the museum also asked if I would write an essay for their quarterly on the subject of women in animation, past and present, which follows here.In the 1970s there was one must-have for every aspiring young animator's bookshelf: Christopher Finch's oversized, heavy and beautiful The Art of Walt Disney.  Illustrated books detailing the…
  • Magic! Color! FLAIR! The World of Mary Blair exhibit is opening March 13, 2014

    Jenny Lerew
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Is there anyone in animation who isn't excited by the work of Mary Blair?  Oh, probably a few misanthropes or those who go the contrarian route, but Blair's gargantuan reputation grows year after year for good reason. Many have spoken and written about her influence more eloquently than I ever could, but nothing beats seeing the real thing, up close and personal. To this end the Walt Disney Family Museum is opening the largest show to date of Blair's accomplishments both inside and outside animation.  Curated by Oscar-winning animator, writer (and Blair biographer) and NYU professor…
  • Michael Sporn 1946-2014 "The wind is rising...we must try to live."

    Jenny Lerew
    30 Jan 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Michael Sporn looking over Richard Williams' shoulder during production of "Raggedy Ann and Andy". Photograph by John Canemaker, from his book.Last weekend, thanks in large part to three consecutive days off, I was finally able to watch a few screeners. One of them was Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises", which I'd been very much looking forward to(happily subtitled instead of dubbed-always the way I prefer to go).  I knew the basics of the story-that it was about the life of the designer of the Japanese Zero fighter plane, Jiro Horikoshi, albeit somewhat fictionalized, and that as a…
 
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    TAG Blog

  • Coulda Been a Contender

    Steve Hulett
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    ... Instead of, you know, a visual effects house in receivership. Visual effects veteran Scott Ross reflected on the heated disagreements he had with James Cameron. ... "Second to my mother dying, [making Titanic] was the worst experience of my life,” Ross admitted, saying he was under very public, “unbelievable pressure” when the budget was rising while the need to complete more work for the director nearly bankrupt the company. “I felt like I had no support,” Ross said. "The studio sided with Jim, I could never ask Fox for a change order. We were the fall guys." “I went head to…
  • Genndy's Popeye

    Steve Hulett
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The sailor man in CGI. This arrived in the mailbox hours ago, so we put it up a wee bit late ... And we notice that it's up in a lot of places now. (Deservedly so.)
  • Gov. Brown Signs AB-1839

    Steven Kaplan
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    In the foyer of the TCL Chinese Theater this morning, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1839 effectively amending the tax code to increase California's entertainment tax incentive starting next year. “California is on the move and Hollywood is a very important part of that,” said Gov. Jerry Brown just before signing the legislation into law today outside of Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre — and behind a sign that read “Keep Cameras Rolling In California.” “It’s not only a golden state but home of the silver screen,”added the governor, promising thousands of new jobs would…
  • Around the Hat

    Steve Hulett
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I was on Riverside Drive at the Hat Building today. Big Hero 6 is in its last week or work. (At least that's what staff told me.) Animation is done, surfacing and lighting are all but complete. Just some retakes and repairs are all that's left. There's a few minor rewordings for foreign releases. Outside of that, we're done. ... The picture launches in weeks, and the Mouse is starting the rollout. I’ve just left The Soho Hotel in London where Disney were showing clips of Big Hero 6, Disney’s new animated movie. ... It begins with a night shot of San Fransokyo. Immediately the topography…
  • Mining the Faults

    Steve Hulett
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Fred Flintstone has been done and redone, so why not the less successful prime time series? Mexican animation shingle Anima Estudios is taking the “Top Cat” franchise back to the bigscreen with “Top Cat Begins.” In 2011, Anima produced “Top Cat: The Movie,” which became the highest grossing Mexican film that year, clocking 2.5 million admissions and its $3.2 million on its opening weekend broke box office records. Toon was theatrically released in more than 25 countries. Warner Bros will distribute “Top Cat Begins” in Mexico. “ ‘Top Cat Begins’ is the most ambitious…
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    Comic-Con International

  • Beware of Comics! A Banned Books Week Conversation with Scott McCloud & Larry Marder

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    SPECIAL EVENT AT THE SAN DIEGO CENTRAL LIBRARY DOWNTOWN!Beware of Comics! A Banned Books Week Conversation with Scott McCloud & Larry MarderComic-Con International and the CBLDF present Beware of Comics! A Banned Books Week Conversation with Scott McCloud and Larry Marder, Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm at the San Diego Central Library. Admission is FREE! Read more
  • 2014 Sunday

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Our fourth and final daily photo gallery focuses on Sunday at Comic-Con International 2014!
  • Comic-Con Badge ID Validation is Now Open!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION UPDATEComic-Con Badge ID Validation is Now Open!If you would like to participate in Comic-Con 2015 Attendee Preregistration, you must validate your Comic-Con 2014 Badge ID before October 15, 2014! Read more
  • 2015 Child Badge Policy

    mgates
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Information regarding Comic-Con International's 2015 Child Badge Policy.
  • 2014 Saturday

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Comic-Con International 2014 Day 3 (Saturday, July 26) photo gallery!
 
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    The Disney Blog

  • Learn to Draw: Grumpy

    John Frost
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    It’s time for another video in the Learn to Draw Disney character series. This week it’s Grumpy from the Walt Disney classic animated tale of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The host in this video is Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Heigh=ho it’s off to the drawing board we go! Keep practicing and soon you too can work for Disney animation. Learn to Draw: Grumpy originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above…
  • Win a trip to Disney’s Aulani

    John Frost
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:02 am
    I’m very sad that Disney’s Aulani didn’t open up while I still lived on the west coast and a trip to Hawaii seemed a lot more achievable. Alas, I’ll just have to suffer with Walt Disney World a stone’s throw a way. However, if you want to get to Aulani, Disney may have just the trick to help you experience one of the company’s best new vacation options. Enter the Boldly Go Sweepstakes for a chance to live life unleashed and win a trip to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa! Enter daily for to increase your chance to win. The Grand Prize Winner will receive some…
  • Batman vs. Superman vs. Star Wars

    Chris Fox
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Last week, rumors began circulating the internet that a Batmobile had been stolen from the set of Batman v. Superman. Why am I talking about this on a Disney blog? Because director, Zach Snyder tweeted out this picture with the caption, “Case closed.” Notice who the culprit seems to be? Everything seemed to be back to normal, but Abrams released a video yesterday of the Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars set. While it’s nice enough just to see Han Solo’s ship again, as you watch be sure to pay attention to the end (when the music changes) and you might catch a…
  • Pogo returns with catchy new Disney Remix Video – The Trouble

    John Frost
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Pogo, the stage name of music producer Nick Bertke, is back with a new Disney Pogoism. The artist blends voices and songs from Disney films and slyly cuts and remixes them to make a new song. This new one is called “The Trouble” and it features clips from Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and Dumbo. It’s my understanding that Disney licenses Pogo’s movies. In this case Pogo cut the music and the video was edited by Joshua Kersaw. What do you think about The Trouble by Pogo? Previously: Bloom and Upular by Pogo Pogo returns with…
  • Chase Cardholder Lounge Returns to 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

    John Frost
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Disney fans who are also Chase credit or debit card holders, will be happy to hear that the Food and Wine Festival lounge has returned. Relax with complimentary amenities, electronic charging stations, air conditioning, and more. The only question I have is why don’t they do this all year long. Press release below: Chase today announced that as part of its multi-year agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S., it continues as the presenting sponsor of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Guests attending this marquee culinary event can experience cuisine from…
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    Upcoming Pixar

  • Watch and listen to "Lava"

    Simoa
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    "Lava", the next Pixar short to play before Inside Out next year has been generating as much excitement as the feature length film itself. Described as a musical love story taking place over millions of years, it promises to be a unique love story erupting between two volcanoes. One still and one poster have been released, and now there’s a clip courtesy of Yahoo Movies. The short clocks in at seven minutes, but this clip is thirty seconds long. Yet it’s still an impressive preview of what’s to come. Imagine what the finished product will look and sound like! In…
  • 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…
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    FALLOUT

  • Flower Car

    James Baker
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Last weekend Julia and I went to Flora Grubb nursery  to buy some plants. I had heard of this cool place before, but had not realised that it was over by the area where I used to work when I first came to San Francisco. It was a dodgy neighbourhood back then, when I worked [..read more..]
  • The Time Trickster

    James Baker
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Old plot details (and fan-enthusiasm!) refreshed by a Netflix marathon, we recently watched the theatrical, big screen debut of the 12th (or is it 13th?) actor to play DR WHO- that alien space/time traveller in the big blue box. As with last year’s 50th Birthday episode, likewise screened in movie theatres worldwide, this feature-length episode, [..read more..]
  • 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..]
 
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    Ice-Cream Monster Toon Cafe

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Official Art Show

    Alina Chau
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Dear all,I would love to invite you to the the first official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle show, "Turtles In Time", with Nickelodeon and curator, Chogrin.Show opening Oct 3, Friday @ Bottleneck Art Gallery60 Broadway, Box 8Brooklyn, NY 11249More information will be posted as the date get closer.If you are in NY area, hope you can make it!Cheers,Alina
  • On-location watercolor sketches

    Alina Chau
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Painted the top piece at Point Reyes at Marin county.  The original is avaible at my on-line store:http://alinachau.com/store/originals/pointreyes/Below set are quick sketches from my recent Hawaii trip.
  • Charcoal quickies - 5 mins pose

    Alina Chau
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
  • TreeHouse Heroes and The Forgotten Beast book review!

    Alina Chau
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    My publisher, Immedium send this new book review of TreeHouse Heros and Forgotten Beast!Library Media ConnectionComic book editor, author, and teacher Amara has written a mystical tale. Chau's work in animation is evident in her uniquely designed color illustrations. In a land where rivers have dried and villagers are cutting old trees, the magical beast Zez finds herself in the care of the Treehouse Heroes, five equally magical beings and their Teacher. But when she is captured by the evil General Moon's bandits, they aren't sure that they can save her. With a little magic, some wit, and…
  • Charcoal quickie is back!!

    Alina Chau
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
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    Disney History

  • 10 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am

    Didier Ghez
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    The blog will be updated again on September 22.
  • 10 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    I have just received The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion by Jeff Baham and I can now confirm that this is one of the best Disney history books related to WED / WDI released in recent years. A "must have" for parks historians.
  • 9 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am

    Didier Ghez
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    This just in from Brad Abbott:[I'm conducting research on the sponsors and lessees at Disneyland, from the parks opening in 1955 until the introduction of New Tomorrowland in 1967. I'm interested in how these companies/individuals came to find out about Disneyland, their decision process in becoming a part of the park, and how both parties were able to benefit (or not) from the relationship. Anyone with information/documents about the early corporate sponsors and small businesses and restaurants at the park that they'd be willing to share can contact me via e-mail (bnabbott@sbcglobal.net).]
  • 8 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    I am very much looking forwars to this new book by Sam Gennaway, which, despite its name, is bound to be a great history book.
  • 5 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    From what I understand, this newly released 3-Disc Mary Poppins album seems to contain a large part of the recordings from the story sessions that P.L. Travers attended at the Studio. It looks like a must-have.
 
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    The Daly Blog

  • New video

    donnachada
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    © Daly 2005-2014
  • Last Day of Vacation

    donnachada
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Last day of vacation. Had time to do a bunch of brush and inks.  © Daly 2005-2014
  • Ink Still Wet

    donnachada
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Ink Still Wet  © Daly 2005-2014
  • More in the Store

    donnachada
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I won't be attending Comic Con this year, so I have more in the store. Original inks from $20 + shipping. Item link http://bit.ly/small15© Daly 2005-2014
  • Original Art

    donnachada
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    New in the store. Original $20 +shipping http://bit.ly/1rbIcz1© Daly 2005-2014
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    Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

  • The Power of Two

    mark kennedy
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Sorry it's been so long!The Atlantic Monthly published an interesting article about the creative partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, focusing on how the two of them accomplished great things by both complementing and challenging each other.Part of what I really like about the article is that it challenges the common assumption that art is best created by a single person with a single voice expressing their vision without interference or compromise. From the article:For centuries, the myth of the lone genius has towered over us, its shadow obscuring the way creative work really gets…
  • 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…
 
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    Spline Doctors

  • See you in Vancouver!

    Dr. Gordon
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Ill be giving a class next week in Vancouver. If your a spline doctor reader please say hi and Ill try to bring something to give you. I can’t wait to come back to one of my favorite cities. This is our last class of the year. We are changing up the masterclass for 2014…There is some really exciting stuff that will happen that I can’t wait to tell you about. All coming soon! Also excited that my old pal and supervising animator at sony in vancouver.. Pete Nash will be there giving a talk on his recent work. Hope to see you there!!! Andrew
  • Story Spines

    Dr. Gordon
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Sure, you thought  ”Spline Doctor”… Well, the story “spine” is such an important part of creating a film.  In many ways its what a spline is to an animator, the spine is to the writer. How many times have you watched a film and felt where the key moments hit? I thought this site provided some very interesting story charts about how the character changes. Ultimately we want a character to change or for the world around him or her to change. Take a look at these various charts as well and see how your character fits into this structure. One thing about structure…
  • Great Frank Oz interview

    Dr. Gordon
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Not sure if you guys have seen this but its a great interview with some interesting insights. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BN-l4r2eIA
  • New Look, Feel and Subject Coming

    Dr. Gordon
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Yes…. Splinedoctors has been around for almost 10 years! And guess what… I think its time for a change… The whole reason to do this site was to give inspiration and advice regarding animation. The reason I wanted to do all those great spline casts was to learn more from the greats at Pixar… These days it isn’t easy to get the time to do all the posts and podcasts but I do want to change it up a bit… Id like to focus the site more on….. drumroll please…. Storytelling. For me, animation is a storytelling medium. I think to be successful as an…
  • cool reference app

    Dr. Gordon
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    I came across a cool app for animators. Its called Aniref. It lets you take videos and track arcs as well as selecting the key frames of a video clip. While the price is a bit steep compared to other camera apps its a cool tool. I only imagine it will get better. check it out on iTunes… http://www.aniref.com/
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    YouTube: Animation

  • Washed Up - Simon's Cat

    Simon's Cat
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Washed Up - Simon's Cat "A sleepy cat gets a rude awakening!" Don't forget to share this with your friends if you think Simon's Cat is just like your own cat! Also don't forget to S... From: Simon's Cat Views: 1148589 37114 ratings Time: 02:27 More in Film & Animation
  • The Penguins of Madagascar Official Trailer #2 (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Penguins of Madagascar Official Trailer #2 (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch Movie HD Subscribe to TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/sxaw6h Subscribe to COMING SOON: http://bit.ly/H2vZUn Like us on FACEBOOK: http://goo.gl/dHs73 Follow us on TWITTER: htt... From: MOVIECLIPS Trailers Views: 615811 5418 ratings Time: 02:30 More in Film & Animation
  • Hot Water - Simon's Cat

    Simon's Cat
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Hot Water - Simon's Cat A hungry cat goes in search of food and gets his owner into some hot water!” Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=... From: Simon's Cat Views: 3012008 51998 ratings Time: 02:26 More in Film & Animation
  • Big Hero 6 Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Disney Animation Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Big Hero 6 Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Disney Animation Movie HD Subscribe to TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/sxaw6h Subscribe to COMING SOON: http://bit.ly/H2vZUn Like us on FACEBOOK: http://goo.gl/dHs73 Follow us on TWITTER: htt... From: MOVIECLIPS Trailers Views: 1402544 8805 ratings Time: 02:17 More in Film & Animation
  • GTA 5 Online Funny Moments - Imaginary Posters & Animation Glitch! (Action Freeze Glitch)

    VanossGaming
    24 May 2014 | 7:22 pm
    GTA 5 Online Funny Moments - Imaginary Posters & Animation Glitch! (Action Freeze Glitch) Leave a Like if you enjoyed the vid! Thanks for the support :] How to do the animation glitch: Stand next to a car, Open the Menu "Select". Go on "Action" an... From: VanossGaming Views: 5695170 97460 ratings Time: 06:56 More in Gaming
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    Lineboil - Animated News and Videos

  • Michael Jackson target in new Blank on Blank

    Aaron
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Jacko is the subject of the latest episode of Blank on Blank, produced and animated by Patrick Smith. We catch Michael Jackson at an early age, flanked by his younger sister Janet.
  • Bad Vibes in Your House

    Aaron
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Michael Marczewski’s short Bad Vibes could make you fear the inanimate objects around your house. And I will think twice before shoving my hand in a blender again. Michael – it’s your fault!
  • Tinman Assembling Super Science Friends Show

    Aaron
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Toronto-based Tinman Creative Studios is hard at work on an original project called Super Science Friends. Its a series concept that features a team of super scientists, including Einstein, Tesla and Darwin, who travel through time fighting nazis. My hunch is this is leading up to a crowdfunding effort.
  • Mortal Breakup Inferno – a Cautionary Tale

    Aaron
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    The Mortal Breakup Inferno is a very appropriate title for this intense firestorm of a short film. We see the visual representation of the saying “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” It was directed by Gobelins students Paula Assadourian, Marlène Beaube, Débora Cruchon, Maxime Delalande, Thibaud Gayral and Batiste Perron.
  • Gobelins Students’ Opening Knight

    Aaron
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    One of many, Folamor is one of many new shorts to find the internet today. This story about a young knight and a game of seduction was directed by Augustin Clermont, Gilles Cortella, Marthe Delaporte, Clement De Ruyter, Maïlys Garcia, Gaspard Sumeire and Pierre Rütz.
 
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    Comedy For Animators

  • Rickey Gervais on how Laurel and Hardy have influenced him.

    Jonathan Lyons
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Ricky Gervais on the radio describing what he learned from Laurel and Hardy, and how he uses it in his work.
  • Cartoons ain’t Human

    Jonathan Lyons
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    I think this is my favorite Popeye cartoon.  He becomes an animator fer cryin’ out loud!  This film has amazing visuals.  Don’t miss the end when the projector starts going crazy.  I just found it on volume 3 of the Popeye the Sailor collection.  I can’t believe it didn’t get a commentary track on the disc.
  • When cartoons attack

    Jonathan Lyons
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Russian dashboard cams are the best.  Thanks to Stephen Worth for sharing this.
  • Cantinflas biopic

    Jonathan Lyons
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    I am a fan of all great physical comedians, and Cantinflas is one of those.  I have posted caricatures of him previously here.  And I also did a guest post about his work, on John Towsen’s blog. I have been taken by surprise with this new biographical film about him, which opens in theaters today.
  • 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.
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  • Hero of Color City Soundtrack

    Robert Stukowski
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack for the family movie The Hero of Color City on October 28, 2014. The album will have the film’s two songs and the original score composed by Zoë Poledouris-Roché and Angel Roché Jr..
  • Frozen Composers Return For Frozen Forever Sequal

    Robert Stukowski
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Reports from Walt Disney have confirmed that Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the composers for the feature film Frozen, have signed on to write the music for Frozen Forever, the sequel short Disney plans to release in Spring 2015. They also plan on performing one of the songs themselves. Frozen‘s directors Jennifer Lee and Chris
  • Philippe Rombi to Score Asterix The Land of The Gods

    Robert Stukowski
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    Philippe Rombi has signed on to score the upcoming 3D animated feature Asterix The Land of the Gods (Astérix: Le domaine des dieux). Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy are directing the 3D CGI film that stars the voices of Roger Carel, Lorant Deutsch, Alain Chabat, Laurent Lafitte, Géraldine Nakache, Elie Semoun, Florence Foresti and Astier himself in the
  • Back Lot Music to Release The Boxtrolls Soundtrack

    Robert Stukowski
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Back Lot Music plans to release the soundtrack for LAIKA Studios’ The Boxtrolls on September 23, 2014. Already on pre-order at Amazon, The album comes with the original music written by Academy Award-winning composer Dario Marianell. I will put the soundtrack on Toon Radio as soon as I can get it. Until then, you can watch the trailer for the movie.
  • Ghosts on a Disney Recess?

    Robert Stukowski
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    There are some cartoon conspiracies that make sense, and then there is the Disney Recess Ghosts Theory. While anything is plausible in fiction, the tenants of the conspiracy make sense and seem too over the top for a Disney cartoon to be true. In fact, the theory sounds like one of those joke comment threads you find
 
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    Cartoon Research

  • Animation Anecdotes #180

    Jim Korkis
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Seeger’s Koko the Clown. “Out of the inkwell, comes Koko the Clown. He’s so gay and he’s so jolly. He will make you laugh, by golly” went the theme song for Hal Seeger’s version of Koko the Clown. As animator Myron Waldman remembered in 1994, “Hal (Seeger) wanted to produce a new series based on the Fleischer Brothers Classic series ‘Out of the Inkwell’. I did a layout for the pilot episode so he could get backers. One of the changes we made in the series was that I updated Koko’s look and since we couldn’t use Betty Boop and others, we created new characters like the…
  • More Animated Pilots

    Charles Brubaker
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Today I continue with more cartoon pilots that never went anywhere. Hang on tight, because there are more of these than you thought lying around. Here’s a fresh crop. Samson Scrap (1960) Created by Gene Deitch and Allen Swift Directed by Gene Deitch Voices: Allen Swift After Deitch was forced off from Terrytoons, he formed his own studio, Gene Deitch Associates (GDA), which did commercial work for television. While there he developed several ideas, including short film “Munro” and a TV pilot “Samson Scrap”. Deitch himself explained the history in his book “How to Succeed in…
  • Paul Terry’s Terryscope

    Jerry Beck
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    This is the marquee of a TerryScope machine – this one owned by a collector in New Jersey. My friend Eric Kurland, visual effects animator (Osmosis Jones) and 3D consultant (Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare), recently came into ownership of a very strange 3-D/Cartoon item. It appears to be a prototype for a coin operated 3-D viewer from Terrytoons. It stands about 4 ft tall, is marked “property of Terrytoons”, and holds a filmstrip containing 4 stereoscopic stories – two Mighty Mouse, one Heckle and Jeckle (with Barker Bill), and one Gandy Goose and Sourpuss. The…
  • Hanna-Barbera’s “Cinderella á Go-Go”

    Greg Ehrbar
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Groovin’ through Paul Frees and June Foray’s steeped-in-the-‘60s spoof of the fairy tale that is, like, for non-squares, you know? PIXIE & DIXIE WITH MR. JINKS TELL THE STORY OF CINDERELLA Hanna-Barbera Records – Cartoon Series HLP-2025 (12” 33 1/3 RPM / Mono / 1965) Edited 7” 45 RPM Version: Hanna-Barbera CS-7029 (1965) Reissues of 45 RPM Version on 12” 33 1/3 RPM: Columbia Special Products P-13908 (Condensed Story with Top Cat’s Robin Hood and Magilla Gorilla’s Alice in Wonderland / P-13934 Fred Flintstone Presents All-Time Favorite Children’s Songs and Stories…
  • Fleischer Promo Art #16: “Betty Slays ‘Em!”

    Thad Komorowski
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Did Paramount Sales News get sent to exhibitors around the globe, I wonder? Paramount had its international news trade, but I suspect even these crossed the border regularly, since Fleischer Studios wouldn’t have pointed out its cartoons’ international popularity to an exclusively American readership. Oct. 21st’s is a throwback to the pre-code classic, Betty Boop’s Bamboo Isle, complete with natives and the navel Shamus Culhane couldn’t draw on Betty in the actual film. Obviously, non-U.S. moviegoers were still enjoying the original Boop. While chatting with…
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    Skunk & Burning Tires

  • Animation Taste Test:Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Popeye’

    Ju-osh M.
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Sony Pictures Animation and Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania) have released a li’l ‘taste test’ reel for their upcoming animated feature, Popeye. According to Tartakovsky, this video is “not a clip, not a trailer. It’s nothing from the actual movie. The voices are all temp. It’s just that represents what we all want to do. I couldn’t be more excited by the way it turned out, and I hope you enjoy it.” Curious to take a peek? Click through… That’s some great, rubber-limbed cartooning! And Jeep! They’re…
  • These Studio Ghibli Dioramas Are Gorgeous!

    Ju-osh M.
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Shown above are a few of the luscious life-sized dioramas created for a Studio Ghibli exhibition currently being held in Seoul, South Korea. To see lots more pics, click through…     Too, too gorgeous! Someone needs to make View-Masters outta these a.s.a.p.! For more info on the exhibition, click here and here.
  • My Goal In Life

    Ju-osh M.
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Avoid similar regrets. (Via.)
  • Why Do Disney Characters Rarely Have Parents?

    Ju-osh M.
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Snow White, Bambi, Cinderella, Wart, Mowgli, Penny, Todd, Oliver, Ariel, Belle, Aladdin, Simba, Pocahontas, Quasimodo, Kuzco, Jack, Koda, Lewis, Nani & Lilo, Elsa & Anna… The list of Disney animated characters who are missing one or both parents is almost as long as the list of Disney animated films. Glamour recently asked legendary Disney producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) the reason for this. To read Hahn’s heartbreaking answer, click through… “I’ll give you two stories that are the reasons. I never talk about this, but I will. One reason is…
  • The 5 Most Humiliating Supervillain Defeats in Comic Book History

    Ju-osh M.
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Click here to cringe.
 
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