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  • The Legend of Korra is leaving Television

    Toon Radio
    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.
  • Your International Box Office

    TAG Blog
    Steve Hulett
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    The animation, she is going good. Foreign Weekend Box Office -- (Total Accumulations) Animation: How To Train Your Dragon 2 -- $24,000,000 -- ($425,800,000) Planes Deux -- $6,900,000 -- ($56,100,000) Semi-Animation: Dawn of Apes -- $54,500,000 -- ($355,900,000) Maleficent -- $5,200,000 -- ($715,019,000) Transformers Extinct -- $37,500,000 -- ($966,400,000) You will note that the Planes franchise , inexpensive though it is, takes in much less money than its bigger theatrical cousins. But it keeps the toy business humming, which of course is a major reason for its production. And Dragons 2…
  • Netflix Adds More Animated Series: ‘The Knights of Sidonia,’ ‘Ever After High,’ and ‘Dinotrux’

    Cartoon Brew
    C. Edwards
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Netflix’s slate of original animated programming continues to grow with the recent announcements of three new series: "The Knights of Sidonia," "Ever After High" and "Dinotrux."
  • Learn How Satoshi Kon Edited Space and Time

    Cartoon Brew
    Amid Amidi
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In his four features and one TV series, the late anime director Satoshi Kon developed a unique style of cutting and editing, says Tony Zhou in a new video essay.
  • Hot Tip: Watch ‘The Onion’ Make Fun of Hyper-Real CGI ‘Ninja Turtles’ (NSFW)

    Cartoon Brew
    Amid Amidi
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    If you thought the faces of the new hyper-real Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were disturbing, wait until you see their dongs. This "Onion" piece is an instant classic:.
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    TAG Blog

  • The Growth (and Influence) of the Comic Convention

    Steve Hulett
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Five thirty-eight, the go-to site for stats of all kinds, put up this about San Diego's Comic-Con. [San Diego's Comic-Con] has never been more relevant for the entertainment industry. Expanding beyond the comic book industry, the annual gathering has become a prime place for TV networks and movie studios to announce future projects. Only recently did these conventions, which originally appealed to a small subset of media consumers, begin to get coverage in the mainstream press. Comic-Con started with 300 people in the basement of a hotel in 1970. Today’s Comic-Con is a hive of…
  • Animation Tools

    Steve Hulett
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    And the advance of technology: ... How To Train Your Dragon 2 marks the first feature created using DreamWorks Animation’s new Apollo animation platform, developed and implemented over the course of the past five years. ... [D]irector Dean DeBlois said Apollo let him do things he couldn’t before, specifically, get more complex. “We used to have to simplify a lot of our characters, and animators had to work on characters individually, waiting lengthy time to render,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “They no longer have to do that, it's real time and it allows us to have detailed…
  • Your International Box Office

    Steve Hulett
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    The animation, she is going good. Foreign Weekend Box Office -- (Total Accumulations) Animation: How To Train Your Dragon 2 -- $24,000,000 -- ($425,800,000) Planes Deux -- $6,900,000 -- ($56,100,000) Semi-Animation: Dawn of Apes -- $54,500,000 -- ($355,900,000) Maleficent -- $5,200,000 -- ($715,019,000) Transformers Extinct -- $37,500,000 -- ($966,400,000) You will note that the Planes franchise , inexpensive though it is, takes in much less money than its bigger theatrical cousins. But it keeps the toy business humming, which of course is a major reason for its production. And Dragons 2…
  • The Drawing Game

    Steve Hulett
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    I get a lot of newbies coming through my office asking, "How do I get into the animation biz?" I tell them there are a lot of different goat paths in, and everybody has to find their individual way. But I always mention that it's a good idea to have multiple arrows in your quiver, among them the time-tested skill of drawing. Here's why. ... ... For 82 years, Disney’s in-studio life drawing classes have helped evolve its animated characters. But as increasing reliance on computers lures young animators away from classical drawing, three of Disney’s current master teachers are reminding…
  • And Other Comic-Con Animation Panels/News

    Steve Hulett
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    So let's highlight some additional animation thingies from the Con, shall we? Seth Myers: Season 2 of his animated superhero Hulu series [The Awesomes] is truly upping its testosterone with the addition of his Saturday Night Live pals Amy Poehler, Maya Rud0lph and Will Forte voicing new characters. While season one focused on a rag-tag misfit superhero team (inspired largely by DC’s The Justice League), in season 2, we find The Awesomes getting more respect. ... “This show wouldn’t have worked on a network. We don’t have to chase ratings with this model,” said Meyers about the perks…
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    Comic-Con International

  • 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners!

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    COMICS' BIGGEST NIGHT!2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners!The comic industry's biggest night was held Friday, July 25 at Comic-Con International! Here's a complete list of all the winners of the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards! Read more
  • Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Finalists Announced!

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    12 FINALISTS THIS YEAR!Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Finalists Announced!The judges have met and the 2014 field of 37 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Awards nominees has been narrowed down to 12 finalists! Who will be this year's award recipient? Read more
  • #31/SDCC 2014: The Final Tip: Make it YOUR Best Comic-Con Ever!

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY!#31/SDCC 2014: The Final Tip: Make it YOUR Best Comic-Con Ever! Okay ... here we go! It's Preview Night, the official start of Comic-Con International 2014. Now it's all up to you! Read more
  • #30/SDCC 2014: Some Additional Tips and a Little Review!

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY!#30/SDCC 2014: Some Additional Tips and a Little Review!We've gone through 29 straight days of Toucan Tips, providing you with info about Comic-Con 2014. Now it's time for a little review along with some last-minute reminders! Read more
  • #29/SDCC 2014: Keep Your Comic-Con 2014 Badge … Even After the Show is Over for 2015 Online Badge Preregistration!

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY!#29/SDCC 2014: Keep Your Comic-Con 2014 Badge … Even After the Show is Over for 2015 Online Badge Preregistration!We've said it before, we'll say it again: Wear your Comic-Con 2014 badge at all times in the Convention Center, but also make sure you keep it after the show ... you'll need it for 2015 preregistration! Read more
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    The Disney Blog

  • Marvel’s Ant-Man Cast Assembled at SDCC

    John Frost
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    There was a lot more to see and do at SDCC with Marvel than just the big suits of The Avengers. Minor films like Ant-Man got their due too. We were treated to an early concept poster for the film (above) and some exciting casting news. Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Hope Pym, the daughter of Hank Pym, and Darren Cross, a.k.a. Yellowjacket the primary antagonist, respectively, in Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” “We’ve been fans of Evangeline for years, and couldn’t be more pleased that she’s agreed to join us on Ant-Man’s journey to the big…
  • Marvel Set to Release Three Versions of Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack

    Michelle Snow
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:17 am
    If you’ve seen any of the trailers for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, you’ve probably noticed music plays an intricate part in setting the tone of the movie. Well, get your eardrums ready because Marvel, via Hollywood Records, will be releasing three versions of the movie soundtrack. The first is subtitled “Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1” and features all of the classic 70s songs used in the movie and the trailers. The cover design even mimics a vintage cassette deck. It may seem odd for the tunes to be in a movie that is supposed to be set in another galaxy, but…
  • Buzzfeed Video Shows How Creepy Some Disney Scenes Would Be in Real Life

    Michelle Snow
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Over the years, Disney movies have created many memorable scenes and snappy dialog to quote. But did you ever wonder how some of those scenes might come across if they happened in real life? Buzzfeed did and put together this hilarious video. So sit back and enjoy “Things Disney Characters Do That Would Be Creepy If You Did Them.” Which scenario do you find most creepy in the video? Or do you have a suggestion for a scene they missed? Let us know in the comments. Buzzfeed Video Shows How Creepy Some Disney Scenes Would Be in Real Life originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney…
  • Behind The Scenes With Innovative Merchandise From Disney

    John Frost
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    I’ve had this video in my open tabs for a few days waiting for the perfect time to spring it. With San Diego Comic Con dropping loads of exciting merchandise upon the reverent masses, now’s a great time to go behind the scenes and meet some of the people and processes that bring that merchandise to reality. Check out this peek at upcoming merchandise from Disney, Marvel and Star Wars films and TV shows: Has Disney done a good job bringing you the toys and collectibles you want for your favorite movies? Behind The Scenes With Innovative Merchandise From Disney originally posted on…
  • First Look at Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

    John Frost
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Thanks to the panel at San Diego Comic-Con and a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly we get to see some of the first images from “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron” and a fantastic panel of the stars of the movie. EW journeyed to the set on a day they filmed a pivotal early scene. The cover even offers the world its first look at Ultron, and inside you’ll find a brief synopsis on how he became the bad guy. There’s also a nice sidebar about how director/writer Joss Whedon creatively worked around Scarlett Johansson’s pregnancy, which was announced just prior…
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    Upcoming Pixar

  • Premiere Date and Huge Cast Revealed at 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' SDCC Panel

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The Good Dinosaur may be over a year away, but we’ll be able to see another Pixar take on dinosaurs much sooner in Toy Story That Time Forgot. As the synopsis and poster have hinted, dinosaurs will play a big role in the second half-hour Toy Story special. At this morning’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, the cast and crew behind the short finally shed light on these new characters and brought along new concept art, plot details, and a release date. Many have noted that for a Christmas special, Toy Story That Time Forgot seems only tangentially related to the holiday season.
  • 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' Heads to Comic-Con with New Poster

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Disney has recently eschewed San Diego Comic-Con in favor of its own D23 Expo, but with D23 taking a year off, Pixar will still be showing up at Comic-Con this weekend. Rather than showcasing its 2015 films, the studio will be pushing its 2014 holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, with a one-hour panel on Thursday. Attendees will receive a gorgeous new poster by Hellboy artist Mike Mignola featuring Reptillius Maximus, a new character voiced by Kevin McKidd. The official panel description reads: "Calling all Toy Story fans! ABC and Disney•Pixar present an exclusive first look…
  • Pixar Reveals 'Lava', Previews 'Inside Out' at Press Event [UPDATE]

    12 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    With exactly one year to go until the release of Inside Out, Pixar invited members of the press to a special Inside Out preview event at the Director’s Guild of America last night. Unexpectedly, Pixarian James Ford Murphy took the stage to introduce his directorial debut: Lava, the previously-rumored 2015 short that will play before Inside Out. The official synopsis reads: "Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. From Pixar Animation Studios, director…
  • Pete Docter Sheds Light on 'Inside Out'; New Logo Revealed [UPDATE]

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Today, Pete Docter took the stage at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival to share details on his next film, Inside Out. Along with the clip from last year’s D23 presentation, Docter revealed more about the inspiration behind the film and screened a never-before-seen sequence. (Also new: a revised logo for the film. Photo via Disney France.) Pete’s daughter Elie was a major influence on the design and characterization of young Ellie in Up; in fact, she even voiced the character. For Inside Out, Elie provides the inspiration for the main character (and setting),…
  • 'Finding Dory' Gets a Co-Director

    5 Jun 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Pixar’s reveal of Finding Dory came with the reassuring news that Nemo director Andrew Stanton is on board with the sequel as director. Apparently, though, he won’t be alone in his directing duties. Sharing the work of longtime Pixarian Angus MacLane, Stanton tweeted the following: From my co-director’s clever Lego "couch" series: "AngusMacLane: Tony Stark having a drink on a couch, in LEGO." Since joining the studio in 1997, MacLane has gradually risen through the ranks at Pixar. After making his directorial debut with…
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  • 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..]
  • One Flew Off to CUCKOO’S NEST

    James Baker
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    July 15, 1986, I left Australia for what I thought would be a 6 month or one year trip at most, but it ended up being an overseas jaunt that lasted the rest of my life. I’d worked in Sydney animation studios since 1982, saving money for a trip to Japan. By mid 1986, I’d [ more..]
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    John K Stuff

  • He's Losin' It, Man...

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
     Here's some crap me and Jim and Alex made  here're story sketches that the animation translated
  • My Attempt at Cute

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
  • Cans Grabs

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
     Continued from Eddie's blog...UNCLE EDDIE'S THEORY CORNER: "CANS WITHOUT LABELS"  these are frame grabs from some sweet animation and assisting by Gabe, Nick and Alex (and me)
  • All American Holiday Decision to Make Tonight

    6 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    There are 2 great shows on tonight? Do what I'm doing and record them so you don't miss one of them! But then which to watch first?? 9:00 PM PCT on  NBC: MILEY CYRUS BANGERZ TOUR Behind the scenes. I think they are going to run our animated video: Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour Gets NBC Special or from 5 to 10 PCT on Fox Sports 1: BJ PENN VS FRANKIE EDGAR  TUF 19 Finale I'm
  • Get the UFC T Shirt Here

    4 Jul 2014 | 10:34 pm  and lots of other fun stuff to do at the UFC Fan Expo in Vegas this weekend!
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    The Pen Addict

  • The Pen Addict 115: The Panic Addict

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In this weeks episode Brad and Myke discuss the upcoming move of The Pen Addict Podcast. We aren't going away, just pushing the reset button. Be sure to listen for all of the details. Also, Brad goes through his recent flea market finds, pen durability, and works on his Japanese. Links for this episode:Myke Hurley - Internet Broadcaster and Producer Time For a New Challenge — The Studio Temporary on Behance Scott, Brad and Jeff | Instagram Zach and Beth Brad's Esterbrook Nibs Esterbrook Nibs | Fountain Pen Quest Carter's Ink | Instagram - Your source…
  • The Pen Addict 114: Butchering The Orange

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    It's been a great week in Pen Addict land with a host of new things to talk about. Myke and Brad dig into the Midori Travelers Notebook, the Parker Jotter, refreshing your pen and ink load out, and then Brad goes and does something crazy. He writes in his Field Notes Butcher Orange Colors Edition!!! Links for this episode:Midori Brad's Packaged Midori's Midori Traveler's Notebook - Black Gourmet Pens: Review: Pelle Journal - Burnt Cognac, Large Midori and Mr. Pink Parker Jotter 60th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen Review — The Pen Addict Parker Pen Company - Wikipedia, the free…
  • The Pen Addict 113: The Pen Whisperer

    1 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    In this episode Brad is on vacation and still manages to show up for the podcast! We discuss magical refills, pink Bolt's, and booze. Wait, this is a pen podcast, right? We also elaborate on the Chronodex system and answer some awesome listener submitted questions. Links for this episode:The Vacation Pen Show The Epic Refill Reference Guide: Rollerball, Gel and Ballpoints | The Well-Appointed Desk Nock Co. Twitter / NockCo: A little something special ... Twitter / awelfle: @dowdyism @imyke Here you go, ... My Fountain Pen Education: The Pilot Metal Falcon — The Pen Addict Doodlers…
  • The Pen Addict 112: Take Out The Trash

    23 Jun 2014 | 4:45 pm
    In this episode of The Pen Addict Podcast Brad and Myke discuss a slew of new pens to cross Brad's desk. From Rotring to Kaweco to Nakaya to Edison and more - they are all covered! Links for this episode:“Arts and Sciences,” Reviewed MAGNOTE - The Notebook Reinvented by orange monkie — Kickstarter The Scription Chronodex Scription Gourmet Pens Rotring 800+ Mechanical Pencil Review — The Pen Addict Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil Review — The Pen Addict Uni Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencils - Uni Kuru Toga | Cult Pens Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen Brass Wave Body…
  • The Pen Addict 111: A Podcast Divided

    17 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    In this episode the boys are joined by Josh Ginter from The Newsprint. We discuss his start in blogging and his transition of content from the digital to analog. Field Notes are a big topic, and we get into some follow up concerning the lack of information around the Scribble Pen. Links for this episode:The Newsprint Joshua Ginter (joshuaginter) on Twitter A Color Picker Pen That Reproduces Any Color. Twitter / yippeecahier: If getscribblepen isn't ... Portrait Of Young Happy Woman Writing On Paper Stock Photo 139642622 : Shutterstock Brad's New Nakaya Sale N° 2531 - Collectible…
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    Disney History

  • 28 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    I had the pleasure of watching this weekend on Netflix the episode of American Experience from PBS about Henry Ford and thoroughly enjoyed it.I am mentioning this, of course, because its director is Sarah Colt, who is in the process of directing a 4-hour long documentary about Walt Disney which will be released in the fall of next year on PBS.I have had the pleasure of meeting Sarah earlier this year and know that she has done her homework. I have a feeling this documentary will be something truly special and I am hoping that it will be one of the best movies about Walt to date.Time will…
  • 25 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    I just ordered the books Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles' Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier and Pleasure Island (Images of Modern America). They are not Disney history books, of course, but so many former Disney Imagineers worked on those two parks that I know many of you would like to be aware of their existence.
  • 24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am

    Didier Ghez
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    The documentary about Disney and Italy, which I mentioned a while back on the blog has finally been released in DVD. The good news is that the DVD contains English subtitles (but it uses the European format, so unless you have a multi-zone player you will not be able to watch it in the US).The documentary is very weak, both from a structural standpoint and from the point of view of historical accuracy. However it contains enough rare sequences of Walt visiting Italy for me to be happy to own it. I am a very special nut case, of course, so I would not really recommend any of you outside of…
  • 23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    This just in from Jim Lentz at Heritage Auctions:[Did you know Heritage auctions weekly Comic and Animation auction is selling tons of vintage disney animation drawings cels and extibles each week? If you could let people know I'd appreciate it.  This week a ton of feature animation 1990 crew jackets as well as great 30s Disney animation drawings.  These type itmes are up every week!]I didn't know and I enjoyed what I saw.
  • 22 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Not 100% Disney history related but I am very much looking forward to Sebastien Roffat's second volume of his history of animation in France, now available on
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    The Daly Blog

  • Last Day of Vacation

    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

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

    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© Daly 2005-2014
  • Original Art

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    New in the store. Original $20 +shipping© Daly 2005-2014
  • Art for everyone

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:10 am
    Everyone should have a chance to own an original. Just started to release a new series of small brush and inks in the store. Starts at $20 + shipping. I'll update as they get placed. Item link here..  © Daly 2005-2014
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    Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

  • 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,…
  • "Presentation of Storyboards" by Joe Ranft

    mark kennedy
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am
    Another gem from the Vance Gerry Disney storyboard book is this section on how to pitch storyboards, written by the great Joe Ranft.I apologize for the number stamp over the text. This used to be considered confidential material and everyone's book was stamped. I actually never received a copy of the book…someone let me copy their book at some point.I don't think this material is considered secret anymore.So this handout is full of helpful pointers for back when story artists used to do sketches on paper, pin them to a board, and pitch them to a group. Story isn't really done that way…
  • More From Vance Gerry

    mark kennedy
    19 May 2014 | 9:52 pm
     Some more handouts from Disney Story artist Vance Gerry about basic storyboard drawing composition and clarity. In the first example on the page below (titled "Perplexing Annoyances"), Vance illustrates why you should leave a little "air" or white space around your characters instead of continuing the background lines into the lines of the characters. In the second example, Vance points out how awkward it looks when you cut off the hands and feet. Part of what Vance is pointing out is how bad it looks when you cut off a character by placing a joint at the edge of the composition.
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    Spline Doctors

  • The One Academy!

    Dr. Gordon
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    I am so excited to announce that I am directing a new animation program with the One Academy. I, as well as many aritsts I work with have visited the One Academy Campus in Malaysia and were so impressed with the people and the things they were doing there. The school was started by artists and has been around for over 20 years.  I am very excited to work with them on some  of the most exciting animation training around.  The aim of the program is to create thinkers,  and great storytellers. Over the years, one of the frustrations of teaching at many of the different schools is the lack of…
  • Duet

    Dr. Gordon
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I had the pleasure of attending a screening of Duet last week, Glen Keanes new animated short for Google. Its a beautiful work. Check it out here. This is a great thing that is happening. Congrats to Glen and all the people that worked on this great film. -Andrew
  • School films 2014

    Dr. Gordon
    7 May 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Some cool films from Cal Arts this year here: Please post films from your school in the comments and we will update the page. Congrats classes of 2014!
  • Cool Interview…

    Dr. Gordon
    5 May 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Here is a great podcast with my ol pal and co worker Mark Oftedahl on Toon Talk. There are alot of really cool interviews on this site…    
  • Free Flash Animation Lecture!

    Dr. Gordon
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    There is a great free online lecture on the subject of Flash for Animators this weekend. It will be taught by Sam Hood who is currently a storyboard artist at Pixar. Sam was also a flash animator for various studios Check it out here: Sign up soon because its filling up quick.
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    YouTube: 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: Subscribe to COMING SOON: Like us on FACEBOOK: Follow us on TWITTER: htt... From: MOVIECLIPS Trailers Views: 600582 6181 ratings Time: 02:17 More in Film & Animation
  • ♪ Diggy Diggy Hole

    YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    ♪ Diggy Diggy Hole Out now on iTunes: ♪ Amazon UK: ♪ Amazon US: ♥ Diggy Diggy Hole ... From: YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon Views: 3663660 108416 ratings Time: 04:09 More in Gaming
  • Pawtrait - Simon's Cat

    Simon's Cat
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:20 am
    Pawtrait - Simon's Cat "A doting cat owner tries to capture a memorable moment!" Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE! CREDITS Di... From: Simon's Cat Views: 2363011 40590 ratings Time: 01:24 More in Film & Animation
  • Crazy Time - Simon's Cat

    Simon's Cat
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    Crazy Time - Simon's Cat "A frenzied feline has a moment of madness!" Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE! CREDITS Directed by: Si... From: Simon's Cat Views: 6430953 84797 ratings Time: 01:47 More in Film & Animation
  • Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:41 am
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    Lineboil - Animated News and Videos

  • 3rd Year Sheridan Students Ready To End it All

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Here’s Mort, a short from third year students at Sheridan in Canada. His name is Mort, but he’s also into death, as his name might imply. Full credits below. [mildly NSFW] CREDITS: Elita Elkana Cody Forkes Hong Suk Kim Catherine Lee Yolanda Liu Mara Soriano Carol Tang Michelle Ventura Josh Wald Coco Yang Allen Yu
  • 250 Animators Remade a Sailor Moon Episode

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    As we wrote about back in March, a full episode of Sailor Moon is being re-imagined by 250 different animators. The final results of project Moon Animate Make-Up is below:
  • Psyop Slices Open Series of Chobani Spots

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Psyop Director Borja Peña took cues from nature documentaries in developing a new series of spots for yogurt brand Chobani. The result is a lush land inhabited by fruit animals. Here’s Fruits and Their Mating Games:
  • Trouble Starts At Home in Moreno’s New Short

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Gobelins graduate Hugo Moreno has revealed a new short, which only begins to suggest at a much bigger narrative. Home plays almost as a trailer for a mega-blockbuster summer sci-fi flick. What is that slime? Run!
  • Women in Animation Team Announces Mentoring Program

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    The LA-based not-for-profit Women In Animation organization has just announced a great opportunity. The WIA mentoring pilot program will start in October of this year and selected mentees will meet with their assigned mentor roughly once a month for six months, gaining “professional skills and knowledge” about the animation industry. Interested mentees can find the application here.
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    Comedy For Animators

  • 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.
  • Edgar Wright: How to do visual comedy

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

    Jonathan Lyons
    28 May 2014 | 8:45 am
    I was poking around on the Simpsons Wiki site, and I found these images, which I have crudely assembled into one pic. I am not familiar with the episode, but it looks likes Lisa Simpsons subconscious personified. Apparently young girls are inhabited by such things. Pixar’s next feature, “Inside Out” is about what goes on inside a girls mind. Below is a recently released image. I’m not surprised that Pixar doesn’t include a chained up libido.
  • Big Hero Six teaser

    Jonathan Lyons
    22 May 2014 | 9:53 am
    The teaser for Disney’s Big Hero Six looks promising. The blobby white thing, called Baymax, has some fundamental comedy happening. That kicking the ball ahead of his reach is an old bit.
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    Toon Radio

  • The Legend of Korra is leaving Television

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

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

    Robert Stukowski
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Unless you stayed away from the internet for the past few hours, you already know that Nickelodeon’s next installment to the Legend of Korra saga, Book 3: Change, premieres in one week from the date of this post on June 27 at 7 pm ET. While I love watching more Korra so soon, I wonder The post A Week Until the Legend of Korra Book 3 appeared first on Toon Radio.
  • DBZ Battle of Gods in Theaters Trailer

    Robert Stukowski
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:10 am
    Here’s the trailer for FUNImation’s dub of the DBZ movie Battle of Gods. They say they are showing it in theaters, but probably no where near me. They don’t have a theater list yet. So, there is still hope.   The post DBZ Battle of Gods in Theaters Trailer appeared first on Toon Radio.
  • Minecraft Attack on Titan Zombies

    Robert Stukowski
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:45 pm
    With Toon Radio back online, I have been looking for blogging topics. While I have a few already, the first post is not ready yet. Until then, here’s a Minecraft version of the Attack on Titan opening sequence. Enjoy!   The post Minecraft Attack on Titan Zombies appeared first on Toon Radio.
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    Toon Boom Blog

  • 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 …
  • Animation Bitmap and Vector Drawing in Toon Boom Harmony 11

    Toon Boom Guy
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    See how to draw in bitmap and in vector.  Understand the differences between bitmap and vector drawing and how to mix the two. The latest tips video shows you all about the new drawing features in Toon Boom Harmony 11. Filed under: 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Animation, animation education, Animation Industry, Corus Entertainment, digital communication, How To …
  • Toon Boom Harmony 11 New Animation Software Product Released

    Toon Boom Guy
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The latest version of Toon Boom Harmony 11 proves it is the most versatile advanced professional animation software available. Harmony 11 delivers new leading-edge capabilities related to bitmap drawing and advanced warped drawings, as well as significant timeline, workflow and user interface enhancements.     New Harmony 11 Feature Highlights Bitmap and Vector Drawing Draw entirely in bitmap, …
  • StoryBoom Storytelling Software Easy as 1-2-3

    Toon Boom Guy
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:11 pm
    StoryBoom is the latest way to tell your story. Using this innovative storytelling software, use it to express ideas as a storyboard or a scrapbook. It’s easy-to-use, just plan your story, add your own photos, narrate it in your words by recording your own voice, and then share it with your family or friends on social …
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    Cartoon Research

  • Fleischer Promo Art #9: “Popeye Today!”

    Thad Komorowski
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Crowds are the stock in trade in this lovely batch, the fighting panel of August 28th foreshadowing 1936′s Brotherly Love. It’s a sure sign of classic Popeye art when little care is made with the placement of his pipe—in that panel, it appears to be coming out of his ear. July – August 1935 (click images below to enlarge) 07-03-193507-10-193507-17-1935 07-24-193507-31-193508-07-193508-14-193508-21-193508-28-1935 Above and Below, a sample of what the Paramount salesmen were selling to the theaters at the time these promotional pieces above appeared in print. Above: Betty…
  • The Tezuka Pro TV Specials #9: “I Am Son Goku: The Osamu Tezuka Story”

    Fred Patten
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    I Am Son Goku: The Osamu Tezuka Story. Tezuka Osamu Monogatori: Boku wa Son Gaku August 27, 1989. 70 minutes, 10:00 p.m. to 11:25 p.m. Directors: Rintarō, Masami Hata. Development: Kuniaki Yamashita, Rintarō, Masami Hata. Character design: Osamu Tezuka (classic characters), Yoshiyuki Momose, Norihiro Matsubara. Music: Haruhiko Maruyama. This is listed on almost all anime websites as the 12th Tezuka Pro movie for the Love Will Save the Earth NTV telethons. But Yoshimi Suzuki of Tezuka Productions says that this really means that it was part of NTV’s 12th annual telethon in 1989. There were…
  • A Few Bugs in the System

    Mike Kazaleh
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Summer’s here, and that usually means insects. As much as folks hate ‘em in real life, insects in cartoons can sometimes become beloved characters. Advertisers even use them as mascots, hoping that we will clutch the happy little varmints to our collective bosoms. Even Walt Disney allowed Jiminy Cricket to sell the sponsor’s products, and really, that’s a great idea. I mean, if you can’t trust the voice of your conscience, who can you trust? Wheat Honeys Years before the Honey-Nut Cheerios Bee, Nabisco had Buffalo Bee out there selling Rice Honey’s and…
  • Animation Anecdotes #172

    Jim Korkis
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    When is a Walter Lantz character NOT really a Walter Lantz character? In 1959, Western Publishing was creating a series of comic books based on licensed characters from Disney, Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera and Walter Lantz. Unfortunately, the Lantz stable of characters was pretty small compared to the other two companies but the licensing fee was still very steep. Editor Chase Craig saw that Lantz had announced he was producing a new theatrical cartoon entitled “Space Mouse”. Craig envisioned a mouse character in a spacesuit and acting like Buck Rogers and asked to see the storyboards.
  • “Mr. Bug” and “Hoppity” Go To Town

    Jerry Beck
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
    While Steve Stanchfield takes a well-deserved break after a whirl-wind trip to LA this past week (he’ll be back next week with BIG news), I’ll fill in today by posting this fascinating email I just received from another “Steve” – Cartoon Research reader Steven Losie: Recently, I had the chance to do some original research on old Hollywood films – “Mr. Bug Goes To Town” being one of them. Your readers might be interested to know that two commonly held beliefs concerning the film are probably bunk. Namely: 1) The film’s box office failure…
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    Skunk & Burning Tires

  • Toy Story That Time Forgot: 2 Plots & 11 Pics

    Ju-osh M.
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Wanna sample some semi-spoilers from Pixar’s upcoming short, Toy Story That Time Forgot? We’re talking film stills, concept art, a Mike Mignola (Hellboy) promo poster and TWO different plot summaries!     Here’s the official, Disney-distributed plot description: During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room. Here’s HitFlix’s much…
  • Well, It’s New To Me

    Ju-osh M.
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Dexter x Dexter by Victor Maury.
  • Coming Soon: Mondo Toys’ Iron Giant

    Ju-osh M.
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Having won the Poster Wars, Mondo turns their talents to toys. First up, this STUNNING Iron Giant figure! For a photo of the full figure and lots and lots of product details, click through.     Mondo: Celebrating its 15th anniversary, The Iron Giant has reaped praise as being among the greatest animated films ever made (recently ranked #7 on Time Out’s 100 Best Animated Movies list) and it was important for Mondo to honor the film with an appropriately stunning collectible. The 16” tall figure will have over 30 points of articulation, light features, and other fun surprises!
  • Batgirl: Kicking Ass & Taking Selfies

    Ju-osh M.
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Art by Mark Henry Bustamante
  • Disney Is Developing A ‘Haunted Mansion’ Animated Special

    Ju-osh M.
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    THR reports: “Disney Television Animation is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction in a big way. The studio is developing [an] animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction. [...] The Haunted Mansion special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes), who also will exec produce and art direct. Scott Peterson(Phineas and Ferb) will serve as writer, EP and story editor.” To read the whole article, click…
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