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  • More Funny Man Faces

    John K Stuff
    2 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
  • Buying Internet Real Estate

    TAG Blog
    Steve Hulett
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    As always, bigger players are gobbling smaller players. ... Amazon believes it’s a $1.1 billion thing. Last Monday, the company announced it would buy Twitch, which surprised most industry observers because they thought Google had wrapped up a purchase. ... Twitch has built a platform that hosts live events akin to the N.F.L., the United States Open or the X Games — and it has the audience to show for it. Part of the magic is that on Twitch, you are not just watching other gamers, but hyper-talented digital warriors, the Peyton Mannings and Roger Federers of Counter-Strike and Minecraft.
  • Cantinflas biopic

    Comedy For Animators
    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.
  • The Humbling producers venture into animation with Arctic Justice Thunder Squad

    Animated Views
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
  • How Contemporary British TV Animation Went Off the Rails

    Cartoon Brew
    Neil Emmett
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    British TV networks wanted to find the next "Simpsons" and "South Park," but things didn't go quite as planned.
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    TAG Blog

  • Buying Internet Real Estate

    Steve Hulett
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    As always, bigger players are gobbling smaller players. ... Amazon believes it’s a $1.1 billion thing. Last Monday, the company announced it would buy Twitch, which surprised most industry observers because they thought Google had wrapped up a purchase. ... Twitch has built a platform that hosts live events akin to the N.F.L., the United States Open or the X Games — and it has the audience to show for it. Part of the magic is that on Twitch, you are not just watching other gamers, but hyper-talented digital warriors, the Peyton Mannings and Roger Federers of Counter-Strike and Minecraft.
  • Your World Box Office

    Steve Hulett
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:52 pm
    ... As tracked by the ever-reliable Rentrak. International Weekend Bo Office -- (Total Accumulations) Dawn of Apes -- $51,200,000 -- ($613,344,991) Galaxy Guardians -- $19,7000,000 -- ($547,700,000) Teenage Mutant Turtles -- $13,000,000 -- ($274,505,980) How To Train Dragon 2 -- $10,500,000 -- ($593,670,227) Entertainment Weekly wonders why How to Train Your Dragon 2 didn't do better than its soon-to-be $600+ billion. ... How to Train Your Dragon 2, written off in July for its underwhelming box-office in the U.S., is now an enormous international blockbuster, with upwards of $413 million and…
  • Crowd-Funded TV Animation

    Steve Hulett
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    They're doing it for live-action, so why not cartoons? Veteran producer James Manos Jr., creator of "Dexter," and fellow Emmy-winning producer Bill Schultz of "The Simpsons," are joining forces to launch a crowdfunding campaign to support the creation and production of the proposed "Jimmy Stones," animated series. ... With a goal of raising $100,000, Manos and Schultz plan use the money to produce 10 three-minute fully animated episodes using voice actors, artists, and animators - as well as music and post production. Once produced, the episodes will go online to create support for the…
  • Your American Box Office

    Steve Hulett
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    The halfway animated pics remain on top. The Weekend Top Ten 1). Guardians of the Galaxy (DIS), 3,462 theaters (+91) / $3.8M Fri. / 3-day est. cume: $15.6M to $16M / 4-day est. cume: $20.6M to $21M+ / Total est. cume: $278.5M to $279M / Wk 5 2). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PAR), 3,543 theaters (-321) / $2.65M Friday / 3-day cume: $11.2M To $11.4M / 4-day cume: $14.9M / Total cume: $165.55M / Wk 4 3). If I Stay (WB), 3,003 theaters (+96) / $2.59M Fri. / 3-day cume: $9M+ (-42%) / 4-day cume: $11M to $11.7M / Total cume: $31.6M to $32M+ / Wk 2 4). As Above/So Below (UNI), 2,640 theaters /…
  • Passage

    Steve Hulett
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:27 pm
    AB 1839 moves closer to Governor Brown's signature. ... Two days after a deal was struck between the governor and the legislative leadership to increase California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program to $330 million, the state Senate today passed the Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act. The bi-partisan vote on the amended legislation was 32 to 2 with 6 Senators not voting. The bill is a response to years of seeing the film and TV industry “cannibalized by states and other countries poaching tens of thousands of good California jobs,” said Senator Kevin De León…
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    Comic-Con International

  • APE News, Comic-Con 2014 Photo Galleries!

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND, AMERICA!APE News, Comic-Con 2014 Photo Galleries!As we head into the last holiday weekend of Summer 2014, we update our next big show, APE, the Alternative Press Expo, and take a look back at Comic-Con 2014. Read more
  • 2014 Friday

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    See Comic-Con International 2014 with this official photo gallery for Friday, July 25!
  • 2014 Photo Gallery: Wednesday & Thursday

    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

    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!

    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
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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

  • Watch and listen to "Lava"

    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'

    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"

    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!"

    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'

    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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    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:
  • 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:
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  • 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, [ 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 [ 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 [ 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 [ 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 [ 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 @
  • 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!!$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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  • "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"
  • 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 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

  • Lava Set to Erupt in 2015

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    James Ford Murphy helmed the upcoming CG short Lava, which will precede screenings of Pete Docter’s 2015 film Inside Out. The 7-minute Pixar film stars an island, arguably the biggest character to hit cinema screens since Clover, the Cloverfield monster, hit theaters in 2008. Here’s a sampling from the short:
  • Dripped Explores All-Consuming Art Passion

    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

    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

    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

    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.
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    Comedy For Animators

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
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    Toon Radio

  • 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 The post Ghosts on a Disney Recess? appeared first on 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 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.
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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

  • Fleischer Promo Art #14: “Betty Boop – The Audience’s Eyeful”

    Thad Komorowski
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Continuing my weekly postings of these rare Fleischer Studio promotional illustrations – this time from the May and June 1936 issues of in-house trade publication Paramount Sales News. As summer winds down and work comes back full-swing, it’ll be even tougher to do these little Fleischer posts, but I’ll do my best to come through! This week, Bob Jaques reminded me in the comments of last week’s post that there’s been a definite change in the artist of these cartoons. It’s at least no longer exclusively (if at all) Hal Seeger’s work. Any educated (and…
  • Anime “Jack And The Beanstalk” (1974)

    Fred Patten
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Top Ten lists are popular. I have been asked (before Steve Stanchfield brought it up on Cartoon Research) what I think are the Top Ten (Japanese) anime features, or what my ten favorite anime features, or anime TV series, are. I have not decided so far. I keep changing my mind, so I want more time to consider this. Yet there is one Japanese animated feature that I have always enjoyed very much, which is hard to think of as “anime” because it does not look “Japanese” at all. Since it is not likely to end up on a “top anime” list, here it is separately. Jack and the Beanstalk Jack…
  • Everybody Loves Animals

    Mike Kazaleh
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    If you’re like me, you would be more inclined to take the word of a cartoon animal than a real live human being. Maybe that’s why animals make the perfect commercial pitchmen. Today we devote the entire post to those lovable animated critters who’ll sell you soap, cereal, and especially beer. Jax Beer Featuring the voices of Mike Nichols and Elaine May. From Pelican Films. Animated by Emery Hawkins. Duz Detergent With the voices of June Foray and Joan Gardner. Sugar Crisp Before the various versions of Sugar Bear started hawking Post Sugar Crisp, there were three little…
  • 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…
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    Skunk & Burning Tires

  • Two New Pics From Disney’s ‘Feast’

    Ju-osh M.
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Disney has just released two new, ADORABLE film stills from Feast, the upcoming short by Paperman‘s head of animation Patrick Osborne. Shown above is but a fraction of the first still. To see both stills in all of their full-sized glory…   The plot: “Feast is the story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.”     If the rumors are true, Feast will use the same stylized CG technique as Paperman. This technique was achieved using a program called Meander.
  • The Inside Scoop On Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’(Updated On 8/28 With Two New GIFs!)

    Ju-osh M.
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:52 pm
    It took a little digging (and a helluva lot of YouTube clips), but Skunk has found some short-but-sweet quotes from the voice cast of Pixar’s upcoming animated feature, Inside Out. While the normally outspoken Lewis Black remains mum, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Bill Hader have all gone on the record regarding their characters. Curious? Click through…   Let’s start with Bill Hader. Hader not only gives you the skinny on his character, he briefly describes the basic premise of Inside Out.     Bill Hader: I’m doing a movie called Inside Out.
  • Help Fund ‘Hullabaloo’

    Ju-osh M.
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    James Lopez is a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) who is trying to raise funding for his primarily hand-drawn short film, Hullabaloo, with hopes of eventually finding a studio to fund a full-length version.     From the film’s IndieGo page: Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her…
  • First Look: Pixar’s ‘Lava’

    Ju-osh M.
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Here’s the first clip from Pixar’s upcoming musical short, Lava. The short is being directed by longtime Pixar animator James Ford Murphy, and will premier June 19, 2015 in front of Pete Docter’s Inside Out. Click here for more info!
  • 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)
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  • ‘Frozen Free Fall’ Gets Sunny New Update

    Gary Wright
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Fans of the jewel-matching Disney mobile game Frozen: Free Fall are in for a late summer treat! The app has recently been updated and refreshed with an all-new season: summer! […]
  • [DVD REVIEW] ‘Mickey Mouse: Season 1′

    Blake Taylor
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Call me mainstream, but Mickey Mouse is my favorite Disney character. As the first prominent entity of the Walt Disney Company and a leadership figure for the studio’s family of […]
  • New Teaser Trailer Released for ‘Shaun the Sheep’

    Alissa Roy
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Aardman Animation (the producers of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run) have just released a new teaser trailer for the theatrical version of Shaun the Sheep. The synopsis reads: When Shaun decides […]
  • Indie-mation: ‘Patema Inverted’ Screening in NYC for One Week!

    Mayra Amaya
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the physics of this earth were turned on its head? What would happen if you fell up instead of down…Patema Inverted uses […]
  • Indie-mation (REVIEW): ‘A Letter to Momo’

    Mayra Amaya
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    We first told you about A Letter to Momo almost a month ago when it opened in New York City. Beginning today August 29th Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, and Washington […]
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