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  • Disney Animation Sets Sail with ‘Moana’

    ANIMATIONWorld Magazine
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Ron Clements and John Musker helm the epic comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest.
  • More New Doctors

    Spline Doctors
    Dr. Gordon
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:42 pm
    We have 2 more story GURU’s joining us to contribute. More news this week and hopefully a post. thanks for listening…. Andrew
  • EW ranks every Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror! sketch ever

    Animated Views
    Dacey
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
  • 6 Comedy Lessons that Chuck Jones Learned From Tex Avery

    Cartoon Brew
    Amid Amidi
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    In this 1980 tribute to legendary animation director Tex Avery, fellow legendary director Chuck Jones shared six lessons that he learned about comedy from working with Avery in the 1930s. The advice remains essential to animation director working today.
  • Breaking: Disney Sets ‘Moana’ For Late-2016 Release

    Cartoon Brew
    Amid Amidi
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Disney announced this afternoon that Moana, their 56th animated feature, will be released into theaters in late-2016. The film will mark the CGI directing debut of Disney stalwarts Ron Clements and John Musker, who have helmed many of the studio’s beloved hand-drawn films of the last 30 years. “John and I have partnered on so many films—from The Little Mermaid to Aladdin to The Princess & the Frog,” said Clements. “Creating Moana is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.” The studio offered the following…
 
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    Cartoon Brew

  • ‘The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl’ by Mike Roush

    Amid Amidi
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Meet the Burrowing Owl. He has recently lost his mate to a large predator that is hunting in his treacherous natural habitat. How will he survive in this dangerous wilderness alone? This is a story of love lost… and survival.
  • Glen Keane, Nora Twomey, Roger Allers, Robert Kondo, Graham Annable Will Present at Spark Conference

    Amid Amidi
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    This week in Vancouver, the Spark CG Society will hold its annual Spark Animation conference and festival with an impressive group of presenters including Glen Keane, Nora Twomey, Roger Allers, Robert Kondo, and Graham Annable.
  • Breaking: Disney Sets ‘Moana’ For Late-2016 Release

    Amid Amidi
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Disney announced this afternoon that Moana, their 56th animated feature, will be released into theaters in late-2016. The film will mark the CGI directing debut of Disney stalwarts Ron Clements and John Musker, who have helmed many of the studio’s beloved hand-drawn films of the last 30 years. “John and I have partnered on so many films—from The Little Mermaid to Aladdin to The Princess & the Frog,” said Clements. “Creating Moana is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.” The studio offered the following…
  • ‘Book of Life’ Launches with $17 Million

    Amid Amidi
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    This weekend the $50 million-budgeted Fox/Reel FX film "The Book of Life," opened in the United States with an estimated $17 million.
  • 6 Comedy Lessons that Chuck Jones Learned From Tex Avery

    Amid Amidi
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    In this 1980 tribute to legendary animation director Tex Avery, fellow legendary director Chuck Jones shared six lessons that he learned about comedy from working with Avery in the 1930s. The advice remains essential to animation director working today.
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    TAG Blog

  • New way to make lots of people

    Steven Kaplan
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    The above video was created with the incredible Autodesk Maya plugin for crowd simulation, AI & behavioral animation, creature physical simulation and rendering called Miarmy (read My Army). It came to market a few years ago to be a competitor to the popular program Massive. We share it here, for your wonder, amusement and enjoyment on a Monday afternoon.
  • Tax Incentives For VFX

    Steve Hulett
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    The Wall Street Journal weighs in on California's recently-enactive AB 1839: ... The state recently expanded its tax-incentive program for film and TV productions, offering a larger credit for visual-effects work done in the state and scrapping restrictions that had excluded big-budget movies, which often feature the highest number of whiz-bang effects. Visual-effects artists create special effects and animation and do visual cleanup in “postproduction” work, which can include everything from brightening the lighting of a scene to building whole virtual worlds. The expanded incentives are…
  • Foreign Box Office

    Steve Hulett
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    The most recent accumulations. Foreign Weekend Box Office -- (World Totals) Dracula Untold -- $22,500,000 -- ($136,435,090) The Book of Likfe -- $8,600,000 -- ($25,600,000) Guardians of the Galaxy -- $23,100,000 -- ($732,636,000 Teenage Mutuant Ninja Turtles -- $420,000,000 -- ($374,983,211) The Boxtrolls -- $3,100,000 -- ($82,155,423) As the trade papers tell us about the latest Marvel juggernaut: Guardians Of The Galaxy marked a return to the top of the international box office this weekend, thanks in large part to China — where its local title translates to Interplanetary Unusual…
  • Women in VFX

    Steve Hulett
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Kind of the same deal as in the closely related land of cartoons. Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios’ exuberant EVP of visual effects and post production, told a roomful of VFX industry leaders this morning that it needs to invite more women into the industry, and onto the stage. And for entertainment industry newcomers trying to find their way into the business, she had simple advice: “fill the gap.” VES VIsual Effects Society Eric Roth“I love the fact that you allowed a woman to talk to you this early in the morning,” Alonso told the mostly male audience. “It’s better when the…
  • Your Weekend Box Office

    Steve Hulett
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    ... Inside the United States and Canada. TICKET SALES 1). Fury (SONY), 3,173 theaters / $8.8M Fri. (includes $1.2M latenights) / 3-day est. cume $24.3M to $25M / Wk 1 2). Gone Girl (FOX), 3,248 theaters / $5.5M Fri. / 3-day cume: $18M to $18.4M / Total cume: $107.7M / Wk 3 3). The Book of Life (FOX), 3,071 theaters / $4.9M Fri. (includes $330K late nights) / 3-day cume: $17.8M to $18M / Wk 1 4). Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (DIS), 3088 theaters (0) / $3.2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $13M (-29%) / Total cume: $37.8M / Wk 2 5). The Best of Me (REL), 2,936 theaters / $4.1M…
 
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    Comic-Con International

  • 2014 Photo Gallery

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    27 recipients received Comic-Con's highest honor this year: The Inkpot Award! Here's a photo gallery featuring all those who were honored July 24-27, 2014.
  • 2014 Inkpot Award Winners Photo Gallery

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    COMIC-CON 2014 INKPOT AWARD WINNERS!2014 Inkpot Award Winners Photo GalleryComic-Con International's Inkpot Awards are given to individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services. In 2014, 27 people from comics, science fiction and fantasy, animation, films and television, were presented with Comic-Con's highest honor! Read more
  • Comic-Con 2014 Badge ID Validation Closes Tomorrow!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION UPDATE!Comic-Con 2014 Badge ID Validation Closes Tomorrow! If you would like to participate in Comic-Con 2015 Attendee Preregistration, you must validate your Comic-Con 2014 Badge ID before October 15 (that's tomorrow!). Read more
  • Beware of Comics! Banned Book Weeks Conversation with Scott McCloud and Larry Marder

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL'S LIBRARY EVENT!Beware of Comics! Banned Book Weeks Conversation with Scott McCloud and Larry MarderOn Thursday, Sept. 25, Comic-Con International co-sponsored a Banned Books Week event at the San Diego Central Library in downtown San Diego. Here's a report on Beware of Comics! Banned Book Weeks Conversation with Scott McCloud and Larry Marder. Read more
  • Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2015 Call For Entries Opens Oct. 1!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    FILMMAKERS ... GET READY FOR 2015!Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2015 Call For Entries Opens Oct. 1!The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) will begin accepting films for consideration for its 2015 festival on October 1, 2014. Read more
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    The Disney Blog

  • Moana – officially announced by Disney animation

    John Frost
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Moana will be the 57th animated film from the Mouse House and the second film of 2016 from Disney Animation! The comedy adventure will take place in the South Pacific about 2000 years ago and follows the adventures of Disney’s … Continue reading → Moana – officially announced by Disney animation 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 link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • Instapic: This is a magical place. #tangled #rapunzel #filter

    John Frost
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    from Instagram: Instapic: This is a magical place. #tangled #rapunzel #filter 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 … Continue reading → Instapic: This is a magical place. #tangled #rapunzel #filter 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 link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • If Christopher Nolan directed Wall-E, A mashup trailer

    John Frost
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    When Disney’s Big Hero 6 opens on November 7th, it’s going to have some big competition from the latest Christopher Nolan film – Interstellar, which opens on the 5th. Pre-saging that encounter a little bit, video mashup artist Bobby Burns … Continue reading → If Christopher Nolan directed Wall-E, A mashup trailer 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 link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • Meet Disneyland’s first Ambassador – Julie Reihm

    John Frost
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    The Disneyland Resort recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Disney Ambassador program and the very first ambassador, Julie Reihm (now Casaletto), was able to return to help crown the newest honorees. While at the park, she reflected on her … Continue reading → Meet Disneyland’s first Ambassador – Julie Reihm 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 link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • Instapic: Hidden Mickey Monday

    John Frost
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    from Instagram: Where can you find this interestingly shaped door? Instapic: Hidden Mickey Monday originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please … Continue reading → Instapic: Hidden Mickey Monday 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 link to read the original story. Thank you.
 
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    Upcoming Pixar

  • James Ford Murphy talks 'Lava' and Pixar

    Simoa
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    Back in August, a small teaser for Pixar’s upcoming short ‘Lava’ was released, debuting the stunning animation and music. Thanks to Collider, we also have two new high-res stills, as well as an interview with director James Ford Murphy! The interview, which you can watch here, details Murphy’s path to Pixar and his contributions to such films as A Bug’s Life, Cars, and The Incredibles. He also speaks in depth about ‘Lava’ and the challenges associated with animating volcanoes. This is a chance to really appreciate the kinds of risks and innovations…
  • Teaser trailer for 'Inside Out': A major emotion picture

    Simoa
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    After months and years of waiting, the first teaser trailer for Pixar’s 2015 feature Inside Out has finally been released! So far the reaction has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic, which should surprise no one, as this film is probably one of the next year’s most anticipated. And considering audiences had to go without a major Pixar film this year, the excitement for Inside Out is doubled. The newest still on the right is courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. This teaser is unlike any others that Pixar has debuted before. You can watch it below. The montage of previous Pixar films is…
  • 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…
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    FALLOUT

  • Here Be Monsters

    James Baker
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Here Be Monsters is a book illustrated and written by Alan Snow that inspired the animated film, The Boxtrolls. The book is a rambling grab-bag of fun ideas, seemingly every idea that Alan Snow ever had up till that point. It is a very enjoyable read, but presented a problem to adapt into a 90 [..read more..]
  • The Boxtrolls

    James Baker
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    I’ve admired the films of Laika for years, and now I’m pleased to say that I’ve been involved in one; THE BOXTROLLS. From 2008-2012 I worked on this film, and to make this an extra special experience for me, it was directed by my dear friend of many years, Tony Stacchi, and Graham Annabel, a [..read more..]
  • 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..]
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    John K Stuff

  • Say hi at SoCal Comicon tomorrow

    JohnK
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    http://www.socalcomiccon.com/special-guests.html Here's what happened at Cuernavaca last week . so if you wanna hang out and get a nice souvenir swing by tomorrow! Sunday Oct 5th 2014 http://www.socalcomiccon.com/special-guests.html
  • Ren Gets Mad and Loses His Mind

    JohnK
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
  • the Store Works Now

    JohnK
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Why do Mitch and Harmke look so happy? Because they are wearing their shiny colorful Spumco cartoon shirts! Click the magic spinning store below to see all our wacky cartoon wares!
  • More Funny Man Faces

    JohnK
    2 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
  • More Grabs For Eddie

    JohnK
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
 
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    Ice-Cream Monster Toon Cafe

  • Weekend sketches

    Alina Chau
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
  • 5 mins quickies

    Alina Chau
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
  • Art Pop

    Alina Chau
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This piece is done for an up-coming group show at Gallery 1988.12 x 12 inch Watercolor/Gouache on wood
  • 5 mins quickies

    Alina Chau
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
  • Lord of the Ring

    Alina Chau
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    This piece is painted for a November Benefits Show at Hero Conplex Gallery.The painting is 18 x 24 inch, watercolor and gouache on wood.  It's the largest wood painting I have done so far.  It really give me the confident to experiment more with watercolor wood, I have lot of fun making this painting.
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    Hyrumosmondanimation

  • First look at our 2016 release!

    Hyrum Virl Osmond
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    http://blogs.disney.com/oh-my-disney/2014/10/20/walt-disney-animation-studios-announces-2016-film-moana/
  • "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.
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    Disney History

  • 9 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am

    Didier Ghez
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    The blog will be updated again on October 23.
  • 9 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    This just in from Lars Emanuelsson: [Almost three years ago now, a post on this blog related a story, originally sent to Jim Korkis as a follow-up on an article about the Snow White premiere.The content was this: for the Snow White premiere, Gustaf Tenggren was presented with an envelope with two tickets. But his wife Mollie didn’t like the seats they were given so she didn’t attend. Years later Gustaf had given the envelope and ticket to a friend in the children’s book trade. The e-mail sender had acquired the ticket but had since sold it.As a Tenggren biographer I was quite moved by…
  • 8 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am

    Didier Ghez
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Amazon just listed two books that I am looking forward to getting next year: An Animator's Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters and Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 7: "March Of The Zombies".
  • 7 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    The Kindle editions of both Animation Anecdotes and Vault of Walt Volume 3 are now up at Amazon. And on Saturday, November 8, Jim Korkis will be the guest speaker at the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco speaking about Walt Disney's work with Wernher von Braun on the three Disney outer space television shows produced in the 1950s for Walt's weekly television program. You can find out more information at the museum website.For more info about Animation Anecdotes, check this article.
  • 6 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Good news: Walt's People - Volume 15 was sent to the publisher last week and should be available at some point within the next two months. Once again, I love the caricatures that John Musker created for the cover!
 
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    Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

  • Black Swans

    mark kennedy
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Author Nassim Taleb wrote a book called Fooled By Randomness (which I haven't actually read) where he coined the idea of "Black Swan Events". He was talking about financial occurrences, but I think they can happen in the entertainment field too.The term comes from the idea that in England in the Middle Ages people would use the term "Black Swan" to describe something that couldn't possibly exist, because people had only seen swans that were white in color. Later, when black swans were discovered to exist, people were amazed, but then realized that it only made sense that if white swans…
  • The Positive Side of Insecurity

    mark kennedy
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    U2 lead singer Bono gave an interview on LA's KROQ last week (here's a link to the audio). In the beginning of the interview, Bono expresses what a thrill it is to hear a song from his band's new album played on KROQ. The interviewers respond by asking how he can still feel such excitement at hearing U2 played when the band has been around for 35 years and are arguably the most successful band in the world. I love Bono's response. He replies by saying, "Insecurity is your best security."It's all too rare that anyone admits that they are plagued by insecurity and fear that they're not…
  • 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…
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    Spline Doctors

  • More New Doctors

    Dr. Gordon
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:42 pm
    We have 2 more story GURU’s joining us to contribute. More news this week and hopefully a post. thanks for listening…. Andrew
  • New Doctor!

    Dr. Gordon
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Nate Stanton, Story Supervisor at Pixar and brother to Andrew Stanton will be contributing to the site. Nate was one of the first to do a podcast with us. We really want to focus on storytelling and Nate has so much experience. Welcome Nate! Look for more people coming soon that will be focused on Story and Direction. Andrew
  • 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
 
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    YouTube: Animation

  • Scaredy Cat - Simon's Cat (A Halloween Special)

    Simon's Cat
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Scaredy Cat - Simon's Cat (A Halloween Special) 'A frightening feline turns his owner into a scaredy cat!' Don't forget to share this with your friends if you think Simon's Cat is just like your own cat! A... From: Simon's Cat Views: 1736011 37748 ratings Time: 02:31 More in Pets & Animals
  • 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: 1930637 43598 ratings Time: 02:27 More in Comedy
  • Penguins of Madagascar Official Trailer #2 (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    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: 846698 6131 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: 3712950 55968 ratings Time: 02:26 More in Entertainment
  • 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: 1841575 9945 ratings Time: 02:17 More in Film & Animation
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    Lineboil - Animated News and Videos

  • First Look at 500 New Peanuts Shorts

    Aaron
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Late last year it was revealed that France’s Normaal Animation would be producing an eye-popping 500(!) new Peanuts shorts, helping build into the upcoming $100 million dollar Blue Sky Studios feature film version that’s due out in November of 2015. Now for the first time we’re getting an eyeful of what these 90 second shorts look like, after being revealed at the MIPJunior keynote address in France last week. These 2D shorts are directed by Alexis Lavillat, the founder of Normaal Animation, and I think they did a reasonably good job, with some reservations that I’ll…
  • Blender Getting Set to Release Monkaa Into the Wild

    Aaron
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Monkaa is the name of an upcoming CG short from The Blender Foundation, the team that oversees the animation software Blender, which is free! Here’s a teaser for the 5-minute film about a blue monkey and a meteorite. The full short arrives on October 22nd.
  • Cottin Cruises With Nirvana Police

    Aaron
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Nirvana Police is a new, erotic CG short from director Tristan Cottin about a policeman who falls in love with a Black Panther. [NSFW]
  • López Cooks Up Jamón at NFTS

    Aaron
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Well over 2 years ago we shared the trailer for Iria López’s graduation film (National Film and Television School), titled Jamón. The full 8-minute film is now online, and you can enjoy the her story of “a teenager living in a Spanish town who just so happens to be the only pig in a human family.”
  • Watch the First 4 Minutes of Penguins of Madagascar

    Aaron
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Here’s the first four minutes of Penguins of Madagascar, a new CG feature film hitting theaters on November 26, 2014. Its not to be confused with the TV series of the same name that airs on Nickelodeon. The film is being directed by Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie) and Eric Darnell (Antz, Madagascar). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjGX89RI5Ag
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    Toon Radio

  • Legend of Korra Book 4 Episode 3 The Coronation

    Robert Stukowski
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    This week on the Legend of Korra, Korra gets some training with Toph while Prince Wu becomes the Earth King in Book 4 Episode 3, the Coronation. Along the way, we get Little Ba Sing Se, wild chase scenes through Republic City, and some family bonding. Oh, yeah, Kuvira makes her move too! An interesting episode for what it is. Essentially a transition, this episode moves fast to jumpstart the real plot of the season. Legend of Korra Book 4 Episode 3 The Coronation
  • Legend of Korra Book 4 Episode 2 Korra Alone

    Robert Stukowski
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    While Kuvira draws all nations to herself, Korra is forever alone recovering from the effects of her poisoning in the last episode of Book 3. Along the way, Korra fights her inner demons until she meets Yoda in the Forest. That is how it was written in the Fourth Book of the Legend of Korra Episode 2: Korra Alone. Legend of Korra Book 4 Episode 2 Korra Alone
  • The Little Mermaid Returns as a Legacy Collection

    Robert Stukowski
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Walt Disney Records is bringing The Little Mermaid back as a part of their Legacy Collection. The new soundtrack release celebrates the 25th anniversary of the 1989 classic. The album will feature all the original music composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman, including a few previously unreleased tracks! The Little Mermaid Returns as a Legacy Collection
  • Legend of Korra Book 4 Episode 1 After All These Years

    Robert Stukowski
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    It has been three years to the day (three weeks in reality) since the defeat of Zaheer and the Red Lotus. Our cast of characters has moved on to do their own things, and everything seems to be at peace. The new heir of the Earth Kingdom has been found. Republic City is coming to terms of having spirits vines running amok through the city. All is just fine as the premiere episode of Book 4 of the Legend of Korra series gets under way. Legend of Korra Book 4 Episode 1 After All These Years
  • Rocks in My Pockets Soundtrack in Your Music Player

    Robert Stukowski
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    MovieScore will release the Rocks in My Pockets soundtrack tomorrow September 30, 2014 via digital distribution from Amazon and other online music outlets. The album features the film’s original music composed by Kristian Sensini. Rocks in My Pockets Soundtrack in Your Music Player
 
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    Cartoon Research

  • “Betty Boop at 16″ Fleischer Promo Art #21

    Thad Komorowski
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Continuing my postings of these rare Fleischer Studio promotional illustrations – this time from the November and December 1937 issues of in-house trade publication Paramount Sales News. As the panels appeared weekly once again – ironically, emphasizing the intense labor of animation production – we bring you the conclusion of Eli Brucker’s memories of the Fleischer strike. -Thad “The sympathy of the people was generally with the strikers, who were mostly young people, some with families to support. A neighboring landlord allowed them to use one of his empty lofts…
  • My Top Ten Anime Features – In Conclusion

    Fred Patten
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    For the last six columns, I have listed what I admit are my 15 favorite Japanese anime features, as distinct from trying to figure out what the 15 “Best” might be. If it is all a matter of personal taste, what, then, would I recommend as other high-quality anime features worth watching? They might not be MY favorites, but they may be among many other people’s favorites. Fair enough. Here is an alphabetical list of fifty more theatrical anime features that I consider worth watching, whether or not they are worth adding to anyone’s list of “Best” or “favorites”. Some are famous…
  • American Cartoon Stars in Japanese Commercials

    Charles Brubaker
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Editor’s Note: Mike Kazaleh is taking a well-earned break this week, traveling back to his home town in Detroit. In his place today our colleague Charles Brubaker steps in with a fun look back at the ways our animated super-stars fared in international (mainly Japanese) animated advertisements. - Jerry Beck Even when Japanese studios started producing countless anime, there were always room in the country’s airwaves for dubbed American cartoons. Some of them, of course, would become popular in its own right, resulting in the characters’ image being licensed for use by…
  • Animation Anecdotes #184

    Jim Korkis
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Designing Penelope Pitstop. The female Wacky Racer Penelope Pitstop was a last minute addition to the cast. “I remember sitting in my office while Joe (Barbera) was in a meeting with programming executives,” recalled Hanna-Barbera designer Iwao Takamoto. “Someone apparently mentioned that there was one thing missing in ‘The Wacky Races’ (1968) show. There was no female character! “Joe came charging down to my office and said, ‘Just do anything. Give me a female racing driver that will fit into ‘The Wacky Races’.’ So I just did everything I could to her, including giving…
  • Castle Films and Kiko The Kangaroo

    Steve Stanchfield
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    This week I’ve uploaded a neat curio: A Castle Films promotional film from 1943, featuring Eugene Castle himself and radio-and-movie star Lew Lehr. It’s an odd little promotional film, but a pretty cool look behind the scenes of the promotional efforts of Castle. Prominent during this time were the Terrytoons cartoons, licensed by Castle, with Kiko the Kangaroo being the big star. click to enlargeCartoons were some of Castle’s most popular Home Movie offerings. Eventually, Castle would license films from Celebrity productions (Iwerks Comi Color series) and Universal (The…
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    Skunk & Burning Tires

  • I Already Miss Summer…

    Ju-osh M.
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    …and the cartoon-themed ice cream treats. (Although honestly, c4′s pic makes them look a helluva lot better than they really are. Have you ever — EVER — had one that didn’t resemble Sloth from The Goonies?)
  • Disney’s ‘Moana’ Officially A Thing

    Ju-osh M.
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    We all knew it was coming, but here’s the first *official* announcement.
  • So Bad It’s Good Bad: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue

    Ju-osh M.
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Is this the most awkward, awful piece of anti-drug propaganda ever made? Maybe! Starring all your favorite cartoon characters from the 90s, a slumming Bugs Bunny and two of the most pathetic human ‘kid’ characters ever animated, you are sure to inject yourself with a double dose of heroin long before you ever reach the film’s forced happy ending. Enjoy! (Well, try to…)
  • Can’t Talk.Watching The News.

    Ju-osh M.
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Via: Don Rickles (No, not that Don Rickles. I wish, though.)
  • Hidden Mickeys Found In Africa, Texas, Boston…

    Ju-osh M.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The bad news: This is your blood under a microscope. That yellow thing is Ebola. The good news? Hidden Mickey! (Via: fillurheartwithglee)
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    Rotoscopers

  • Believe It or Not, Hand-Drawn Animation Isn’t Really Dead

    Brandon Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    It’s a common practice in many animation circles today to bemoan the absence of traditional animation. Often at the forefront of this ongoing discussion about the topic is Disney, whose […]
  • Deleted Scene from ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Released

    Alissa Roy
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    With the digital download of How to Train Your Dragon 2 becoming available tomorrow, and the release of the DVD/Blu Ray coming on November 11, DreamWorks has released a new […]
  • Villain Vignettes #19: Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine

    Mark Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Granted there’s a difference of opinion regarding whether or not motion-capture should be considered animation and granted that I myself haven’t made up my mind as to which side of […]
  • Indie-mation: ‘Foxed!’ Short Film Now on iTunes

    Mayra Amaya
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    We told you about the Canadian produced short film Foxed! back in June, and it’s finally available for digital download on iTunes. The film, which is doing really well on iTunes, […]
  • Storybrooke Sound-Off S4E4: ‘The Apprentice’

    Blake Taylor
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Welcome to Storybrooke Sound-Off. Discussion is heating up as Storybrooke is freezing over (PUNS HAHA), and we’d love to hear your thoughts on this season’s Frozen implementation. Summary Fantasia takes the spotlight. The […]
 
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