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  • ‘Angry Birds’ Feature Will Cost $180 Million to Produce and Market

    Cartoon Brew
    Amid Amidi
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Whether or not the "Angry Birds" feature will be creatively risky, it's definitely a financial risk.
  • Here’s what the CGI Thing will look like in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot

    Animated Views
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
  • Artist of the Day: Peter Millard

    Cartoon Brew
    Chris McDonnell
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    Discover the work of Peter Millard, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!
  • It's Not Just Disney ...

    TAG Blog
    Steve Hulett
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    ... making live-action from animated properties. 1980s sci-fi anime series Robotech is being fast-tracked for the big screen by Sony. The studio acquired rights to the toon with an eye on developing it as a worldwide franchise. Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are producing from Michael Gordon’s script. Doug Belgrad, Michael De Luca and Matthew Milam are overseeing. ... I guess it's better than doing big screen, live-action remakes of Circus Boy and Sky King, but can't these heirs to Sam Goldwyn, Darryl Zanuck and Harry Cohn come up with original properties once in a while? No, I guess not.
  • Once upon a time

    15 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    I fear that it appears to be,a quarter of a century,since many of us tried and failed,while still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,to finish one ambitious plan,but best laid schemes of mice and men,don't always work out as they ought ta',so let's grab beer or wine or water,and all meet at that hallowed spot,we once used to frequent a lot,and hug and chat and reminisce,'bout what once was and what still is.Some people say, "No it's much more",it started all in sixty four,If you were there than it appears,t'is more like one and fifty years,it doesn't really matter though,just raise your glass, say…
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    TAG Blog

  • It's Not Just Disney ...

    Steve Hulett
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    ... making live-action from animated properties. 1980s sci-fi anime series Robotech is being fast-tracked for the big screen by Sony. The studio acquired rights to the toon with an eye on developing it as a worldwide franchise. Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are producing from Michael Gordon’s script. Doug Belgrad, Michael De Luca and Matthew Milam are overseeing. ... I guess it's better than doing big screen, live-action remakes of Circus Boy and Sky King, but can't these heirs to Sam Goldwyn, Darryl Zanuck and Harry Cohn come up with original properties once in a while? No, I guess not.
  • The Smaller Blue People

    Steve Hulett
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Sony announces their release. Sony Pictures Animation has set for March 31, 2017 global release an untitled animated Smurfs film, which means it will bow during the Easter holiday. This will be a new fully animated on the blue crew that propelled the live action Smurfs franchise. The first Smurfs movie, released in July 2011, ended up making $563.7M worldwide. The second in Columbia’s franchise, released in 2013, grossed $347.5M worldwide. ... Board artists have been working on the latest iteration of Smurfdom for awhile now. There have been multiple changes and tweaks as they've gone…
  • President Foster recommends ..

    Steven Kaplan
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    I received word from retired Guild President Bob Foster today asking to share this tidbit with you. So, from the land of blissful retirement: A Recommendation From Bob Foster - Attention writers, storytellers, artists and people who like to laugh - Over a year ago I discovered Instaplay at The Fanatic Salon in Culver City and haven't missed a performance since. Instaplay is an improvised musical created by a group of writers and performers who are brilliant. Even though I'm now living in Oregon, I was going to fly down for their next show. That's how great I think they are. Unfortunately…
  • The Wise Old Cartoon Producer

    Steve Hulett
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    I had lunch today with my friend the wise old cartoon producer (now retired). He related this. Years ago I was supervising an animated feature. We were about a quarter of the way through it, and I realized that there were too many characters and too much movie for the budgets we had, that we'd be over budget if we didn't trim both. And I made a mistake. Upper management said they wanted to know if there were problems, so I thought, "Okay, I should be transparent about what's going on here, tell them about the problems. So I wrote a detailed memo about what the issues were, how we'd go over…
  • Wayback

    Steve Hulett
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Hans Bacher posted this tidbit on his blog. beauty+beast london 1989 A from hans bacher on Vimeo. Copyright Disney Enterprises, inc. As Mr. Bacher says: ... I chose a 6 1/2 min short compilation from my 5 hour video documentary during the DISNEY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST storyreel development time in london and the research trip to the loire in france. it happened during august 1989 in the PURDUM animation studio in london. you might recognize in the order of appearance – myself, MEL SHAW, JEAN GILMORE, DEREK GOGOL, TOM SITO, GLEN+LINDA+CLAIRE KEANE. at the party – DON HAHN, ANDREAS DEJA,…
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    Comic-Con International

  • Eighth Wave of Comic-Con International 2015 Guests Announced!

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    COMIC-CON SPECIAL GUEST MONDAY!Eighth Wave of Comic-Con International 2015 Guests Announced!It's the big 4-0 ... 40 special guests, that is! Today we announce five more Comic-Con International special guests for this year's big show! Read more
  • 2015 Hotel Reservations Open Tuesday, March 24!

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2015 HOTELS!2015 Hotel Reservations Open Tuesday, March 24!Comic-Con International 2015 Hotel Reservations open this coming Tuesday, March 24, at 9:00 AM, Pacific Time. Here are some tips and advice to help you get ready for Tuesday! Read more
  • Seventh Wave of Comic-Con 2015 Guests Announced!

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    COMIC-CON SPECIAL GUEST MONDAY!Seventh Wave of Comic-Con 2015 Guests Announced!It's Monday, and we're back with 5 more great special guests for Comic-Con International 2015! Read more
  • Sixth Wave of Comic-Con International 2015 Guests Announced!

    9 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    COMIC-CON SPECIAL GUEST MONDAY!Sixth Wave of Comic-Con International 2015 Guests Announced!Spring is coming, we promise, but we're going to talk about July today with five more Comic-Con International 2015 Special Guests! Read more
  • Comic-Con Reveals 2015 Souvenir Book Art at Special Event in NYC!

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    CELEBRATING THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF WILL EISNER’S THE SPIRIT!Comic-Con Reveals 2015 Souvenir Book Art at Special Event in NYC!Comic-Con International revealed their Souvenir Book cover art for 2015--celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Spirit--at a special event in New York City, in honor of Will Eisner Week! Read more
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    The Disney Blog

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap – 2×14: Love in the Time of Hydra

    Chris Fox
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    This week’s episode was full of revelations and putting are characters where they need to be for the rest of the season. The main storyline followed Ward and Agent 33. The episode begins with them at a diner. We think … Continue reading → Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap – 2×14: Love in the Time of Hydra 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.
  • Disney Cruise Line sets sail for first British Isles visit in 2016

    John Frost
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    So many of Disney and Pixar’s fairy tales original in Europe, so taking a Disney Cruise to Europe, and for the first time the British Isles, is bound to be extra magical. That probably explains why Disney Cruise Line is … Continue reading → Disney Cruise Line sets sail for first British Isles visit in 2016 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.
  • Counting up all the illegal acts in Pixar’s Ratatouille

    John Frost
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    We know that Disney and Pixar’s animated films aren’t set in real life. That would take all the fun out of it. But if they were, there’s at least one film in the library that would have some serious problems … Continue reading → Counting up all the illegal acts in Pixar’s Ratatouille 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.
  • Studio Catering Company at Disney’s Hollywood Studios updates menu

    John Frost
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    I’ve lived in Central Florida for 11 years now and I can count the number of times I’ve eaten at the Studio Catering Company on one finger. The panini and wrap heavy menu just doesn’t appeal to me. It looks … Continue reading → Studio Catering Company at Disney’s Hollywood Studios updates menu 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.
  • Star Wars Space Battle Aloha Shirt for Sale at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    John Frost
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    I’m always on the lookout for great new merchandise at Walt Disney World. My favorite new item this week is a new Star Wars patterned Aloha shirt. If you know me, you know this combines two of my life’s obsessions. … Continue reading → Star Wars Space Battle Aloha Shirt for Sale at Disney’s Hollywood Studios 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

  • Woody’s News Round-up! (3/23/15)

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Quite a fair bit of Pixar news today! First, Pixar just launched a new Renderman site. Pixar’s Renderman technology has shaped the visual effects in the studio’s animated films as well as those made outside of Pixar. The sleek new site is brimming with tons of great information and resources, as well as a free download of a noncommercial Renderman.       Over in Toronto, Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera appeared on Breakfast Television to talk about Inside Out and sing their praises of the voice cast. Pete mentions Amy Poehler, who voices Joy, was such an…
  • Toy Story 20 years later

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    In November of this year, Pixar’s first feature length film, and the first to make the foray into feature length computer animation, will turn twenty years old. That’s right, Toy Story is twenty! Thanks to Bryan Bishop over at The Verge, we now have a little more insight into the film and what it was like making history. Pete Docter was one of the speakers at Austin’s annual SXSW conference, where music, film, and technology collide. Docter announced that he just wrapped up filming on Inside Out last Friday, which opens in theaters on June 19th. A new Spanish trailer for the…
  • John Lasseter: “There’s no desire to make things fit perfectly into any kind of Pixar model.”

    11 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Variety spoke with John Lasseter for their March 10 issue, and the animation chief discussed sequels and how things are run at Pixar. photo via Variety The article touches on Pixar’s philosophy of failure, which is encouraged in order to make room for risks. Once the fear of failure is removed, directors are freer to honor their ideas. It’s a strategy Pixar president Ed Catmull discussed at length in his book, Creativity, Inc. Naturally failure is on everyone’s minds as Pixar plans to release more sequels. Although they’ve haven’t produced a mediocre film (those…
  • Inside Out gets emotional

    10 Mar 2015 | 6:46 pm
    There are many new new things to see in the second official trailer for Pixar’s June 2015 release, Inside Out. The plot, which concerns Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) getting booted out of headquarters in the mind of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is finally shown in this trailer. We get to see exactly how they’re separated from the other emotions, and those who have been unfamiliar with the movie’s synopsis have a better idea of what’s going to take place.   This trailer builds on the previous one which also showed the emotions in the mind of Riley’s…
  • Toy Story 4 details surface

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:58 pm
    New details on Toy Story 4 have emerged. Since the project was announced last November, the reaction to it hasn’t been the most welcoming. Kyle recently shared an interview with Pixar’s president Jim Morris, and he had some interesting things to say about the 2017 feature. The interview appeared on Disney’s Latino News blog. What can be gathered from my translation is that this fourth film is not a continuation of the third one. If that’s the case, does this mean it’s not part of the trilogy at all? Is Toy Story 4 going to function as a separate film entirely? Is…
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  • TV SKETCHING: 2013/2014

    James Baker
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Here’s a roundup of TV sketching done in 2013/2014 that I’ve not yet posted here in this blog. These sketches of PRIS from BLADE RUNNER, were among the earliest drawings I ever did with my left hand that I actually began to like. I’d avoided drawing for the better part of 2013, because my crude left-handed [..READ MORE..]
  • February Sketches

    James Baker
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Here are some watercolor sketches done on location around San Francisco in this past month. The first was done in Union Square while Julia and I sat prior to our dinner reservation on Valentines day. It was gloriously warm and sunny, with many people out enjoying themselves, and I managed to get a scribbly sketch [..READ MORE..]
  • Teenage Camelot

    James Baker
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:57 pm
    At around the age of 15, I met a group of older teenagers who’d already finished with high school, shared a house and lived on the dole. I thought they were the height of teen cool because they could do whatever they wanted; woah. I was still obliged to wear my school uniform and kow-tow [..READ MORE..]
  • Phil Robinson

    James Baker
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:28 pm
    A beloved longtime member of the Bay Area animation community, has finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer after battling it bravely for over 3 years. Phil Robinson will be greatly missed by his loving wife Jennifer, and his many friends from around the world, me amongst them. Phil came to the Bay Area in the early [..READ MORE..]
  • The Bullet Train

    James Baker
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    In late 1996 I was in a mood to travel. There was an impasse in my life and, as with similar confusing junctions before and since, I hit the road, spending Christmas in Britain with friends, planning to head to Paris in the New Year, by way of the train through the CHUNNEL. Nobody was [..READ MORE..]
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    Ice-Cream Monster Toon Cafe

  • Chronicle Book Cover Reveal!

    Alina Chau
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    My new Chronicle Book cover reveal  This book will be out in July💕Will share more about the book, when I can💕 Thank you Nancy for writing this lovely book and Tamra for having me to illustrate for the book  alinachau‬watercolor‬ childrenbook‬ chroniclebook‬
  • Acquerello III printing up-grade!

    Alina Chau
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Just receive the color dummy of Acquerello III this morning, the book is looking great Thank you everyone's Kickstarter support, we now have extra budget to upgrade the book cover. Today marks the last 24 hours of the campaign, please continue to support us at -
  • Got into Spectrum 22 ^_____^

    Alina Chau
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
       First time submit to Spectrum and get selected 💐 YAY!!😊🌸
  • Last week of Acquerello III Kickstarter campaign!

    Alina Chau
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    This is the last week of Acquerello III art book Kickstarter campaign!!  Snatch your special Kickstarter edition goodies plus bonus gift before they're gone!!Please support us at -
  • Original Gallery Art Give Away!

    Alina Chau
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Acquerello III Kickstarter up-date:I can't thank all of you enough to help me reach my campaign goal.  This is the last original art give away.  I will randomly select two luck winners and announce the result on the last day of the campaign, on Friday, March 13, at 9am.  The cityscape painting is a special edition original painting created for Acquerello III.  It's painted in Hong Kong during my travel.  The abstract piece on the left, is a gallery painting, which is first exhibited at Asterisk Gallery, San Francisco at the "Party Mix Tape" show with Beehive Society.
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    Disney History

  • 26 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    The Disney Book, which has just been announced on Amazon could be quite fun if one believes the online description:[The Disney Book is a beautiful, visual exploration of all things Disney from the animated and live-action movies to the theme parks and attractions that have made Disney the beloved brand it is today. This classic DK-style book is packed with stunning visuals including concept art, original story sketches, merchandise, a range of movie posters, and collectibles.Explore rarely seen treasures including props, art, early merchandise, and more from Disney's extensive archives and…
  • 25 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    On Monday, I posted a note about the artist who created these pieces of concept art for the abandoned Hans Christian Andersen project. I knew that there had been mostly two artists working on the project in the early '40s: John McLeish and a French painter called Charles Hoffbauer. Based on their respective styles I am now 99.9% sure that it was actually Hoffbauer who created this art. We should have more info about the whole thing in a few months since some of Hobbauer's diaries have survived and are preserved in Washington D.C.
  • 24 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    This upcoming book from Theme Park Press could be interesting. I like the cover in all cases.
  • 23 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    Based on documentation I located recently, I am almost, but not completely, certain that the pieces of concept art created for the live-action section of the abandoned Disney project about the life of Hans Christian Andersen from the early 1940s were created by story artist (and narrator of the "How to" Goofy short) John McLeish (a.k.a. John Ployardt). The issue is that I have not been able to find any other piece of art by John McLeish (Disney or non-Disney) and I can't therefore compare the style of these renderings to other works by McLeish (save for as series of totally abstract paintings…
  • 20 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    This just in from Dave Bossert:[Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra proudly presentsLACO @ the moviescelebrates Walt Disney Animation Studiossave the date: sat jun 13 @ 7 pmThe Theatre at Ace Hotel929 South BroadwayLos Angeles CA 90015Dustin Hoffman honorary chairmanMark Watters, a six-time Emmy Award-winning composer, conducts the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.     - Two previously “lost” Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shorts, Poor Papa (1927) and Africa Before Dark (1928), newly restored, and screened for first time in over 50 years, premiering orchestral scores written by Mark…
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    Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

  • Smaug and Scale

    mark kennedy
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:45 pm
    I was watching the second Hobbit movie on my iPad (it's available on the HBO GO app, if anyone is interested) and I noticed some interesting techniques that were used to make Smaug the Dragon look large (I don't think there are any actual spoilers ahead, unless it counts as a spoiler to tell you there's a dragon named Smaug in the film, which I already did, sorry).One of the hardest challenges in creating illustrations, painting pictures and in creating movies is making sure that things that are supposed to be massive in size actually look large. If you don't include humans in scenes (or…
  • Collapsing and Expanding Time, Part One

    mark kennedy
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    There are really only two ways to edit film…you can either collapse time or expand time. If there's a simple rule of thumb, I would say that one of the basic principles of film is that you should use editing to collapse the boring, uninteresting parts and to expand the rich, dramatic, meaningful, emotional and/or entertaining parts.Sounds easy, right? Like a lot of what we do, it's basic in principle but can be very difficult in execution.One of the greatest storytelling tools film has is the ability to cut out the dull and uninteresting parts. Characters can cross town in the blink of an…
  • Getting In The Character's Head

    mark kennedy
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:33 pm
    While we're on the topic of tools for storyboard artists and the best way to approach a scene, I thought I'd talk about one of the biggest problems I see sometimes in storyboards and even in finished films on the whole.One of the things that makes me lose interest in a film is when I don't understand why the characters are doing what they're doing.As we watch films, one of the ways that we get engaged and wrapped up in the story is that we project ourselves onto the characters on the screen and we put ourselves into their shoes, empathizing with them and (if the film is done well) feeling…
  • What's Different By The End?

    mark kennedy
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:34 pm
    At Disney, storyboard artists are issued a sequence to storyboard at a time. A sequence is usually anywhere from 2 minutes to 5 minutes of screen time and usually takes place in one location. A sequence is usually one idea, like "Rapunzel meets Flynn" or "Rapunzel and Flynn spend a day in town".A film is usually made up of around somewhere between 28 and 32 sequences, just to give you an idea.So as you figure out how to approach a sequence and how to board it, one of the most important questions you can ask yourself is, "what's different by the end?" What changes during the course of the…
  • Music, Storytelling and "Serial"

    mark kennedy
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    A big part of my job as a "Head of Story" at Disney is spending time in editorial as the editor, the director and I look at storyboards cut together with temporary dialogue and temporary music as a stand in for the soundtrack to judge how the story is developing and work at improving every aspect of the story and the storytelling. We spend a lot of time discussing the temporary soundtrack and looking for just the right kind of music to fit each moment. We have a great music editor who works very hard to cut together pieces of existing soundtracks to reflect the mood of each moment and make it…
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  • Once upon a time

    15 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    I fear that it appears to be,a quarter of a century,since many of us tried and failed,while still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,to finish one ambitious plan,but best laid schemes of mice and men,don't always work out as they ought ta',so let's grab beer or wine or water,and all meet at that hallowed spot,we once used to frequent a lot,and hug and chat and reminisce,'bout what once was and what still is.Some people say, "No it's much more",it started all in sixty four,If you were there than it appears,t'is more like one and fifty years,it doesn't really matter though,just raise your glass, say…
  • The next feature . . .

    Matt Jones
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Reader Liam Scanlan wrote to point out Bristol based photographer Adam Cook listing 'Lysistrata' on his credit page. It has been rumored for years that this is what Williams' ongoing feature project is and this would seem to confirm it.See also this blog that mentions Dick as considering the Greek play as a vehicle for his animation skills as far back as the early 80s.
  • The Museum of Curiosity

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Michael Schlingmann found this radio interview with Dick Williams.BBC "The Museum of Curiosity"available for 15 more days
  • 'The Brigands' pt.2

    Matt Jones
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:05 am
    I've found time to work through the rest of the storyboards from 'The Brigands' sequence.  I'll begin posting them here.  As Dick mentions in the recent interview at the BFI the Brigands were designed by Corny Cole. These boards are mostly by Cole I believe with some by Dick (those drawings featuring the Mulla Nasruddin from an earlier version).See more story sketches from 'The Brigands' sequence here
  • Richard Williams BFI The Thief and the Cobbler: A Moment in Time

    Matt Jones
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:39 am
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    Spline Doctors

  • Setting it in Motion

    Dr. Gordon
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    Found this really great little short film on how Michael Arnt started Toy Story3. Beginnings… Very cool and educational. Every student should watch this!            
  • Composition is King

    5 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Here’s a great write-up on the beautiful, creative, and bold compositions in the recent Foreign film IDA (Poland). Shot in Black & White and with a 1:33 framing, the director and his crew created some stunning imagery. In the link you can find a nice array of screen shots from the film, all worth studying and taking in. I highly recommend seeing the film if you haven’t yet, one of the ‘Best Foreign Film’ nominees for the upcoming Oscars in a few weeks.   - N. Stanton  
  • Visual Storytelling

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Happy New Year out there ! I hope this post finds everyone starting a new creative endeavor. I wanted to focus on what we all look for when watching a film – great ‘Visual Storytelling’. Whenever I get a sequence I always ask myself –  How can I ‘show’ what is on the written page, and not rely on dialogue to get the action or  emotion across in the sequence ?  This is the Holy Grail that I seek when I put the pages down, and start drawing. There are many great examples out there in cinema that show this, and I was very happy to find this post recently…
  • 2015!

    Dr. Gordon
    3 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Happy New Year! Some exciting things happening this year! • New Podcasts • New Doctors (story specialists and more) • Masterclasses! • A new look for our 10 year anniversary! Thanks for the support as always and please tell us what you want to hear. -Andrew
  • The Toy Story That Time Forgot

    Dr. Gordon
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I had the opportunity to be a Directing Animator on the TV special “The Toy Story that Time forgot. I thought I would share a few things that I learned on that special. • The world of Toy Story really requires a different style of animation in that the characters we animate need to look like toys not people in Toy suits. What does this mean? It was very much the same idea on Ratatoullie. We wanted Rats to feel and move like Rats, not like people in Rat suits… Toys have limited ranges of motion. This is important to sell how they are constructed. John Lassiter likes to talk about…
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    Lineboil - Animated News and Videos

  • Manetta’s SVA Film is Hijacked

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    Elena Manetta created a sea-faring world filled with unique animal characters for her third year film during her studies at School of Visual Arts (SVA). Hijacked tells the story of “Black Bear the Pirate and his lowly crew attempt to steal a ship from the intimidating Captain Jack Rabbit.”
  • A 4 Year Quest To Produce Epic Star Wars Short

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    Paul Johnson is a much bigger Star Wars fan than you. Want proof? Watch TIE Fighter, his 7-minute Star Wars fan film, animated over 4 years, and produced at a very professional quality level. The 37-year old UK-based artist has staged an epic space battle that, while devoid of much story, is quite the sight to behold. His style “focuses on extreme detail and shading commonly seen in high budget Japanese animation of the late 80s-early 90s”.
  • 9 Animators Illuminate Dan Deacon Track

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    Nine talented animators were brought together to created this new music video for Dan Deacon. Adult Swim initiated the project as part of their Off The Air series. Animators in order of appearance: Jake Fried Chad VanGaalen Dimitri Stankowicz Colin White Taras Hrabowsky Anthony Schepperd Masanobu Hiraoka Caleb Wood KOKOFREAKBEAN
  • Mothersbaugh is a California Creation

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    Mark Mothersbaugh, who my kids know as the interesting guy who draws stuff on Yo Gabba Gabba!, is known to adults as the lead singer of DEVO. He recounts his artistic youth and unlikely musical success in this new California Inspires Me short. It was artfully directed by Manson, and produced by Not To Scale. The series is a collaboration between California Sunday Magazine and the Google Play.
  • Dinosaurs: Terrible or Morons?

    18 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    Joel Veitch (the purveyor of Rathergood, and creator of the Quiznos Spongmonkeys) has teamed up with Alex Mallinson and David Shute for a new dinosaur short. Produced in CG, Dinosaurs: Terrible Lizards takes a humorous look at dinosaurs as “magestic morons.”
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    Comedy For Animators

  • Kramer’s falls

    Jonathan Lyons
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Michael Richards did some of the best physical comedy on television.
  • Buster Keaton: Symmetry of Laughter

    Jonathan Lyons
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Writer and filmmaker Vince Di Meglio edited together this instructive selection of clips from Buster Keaton films to show how he used symmetrical composition. In his description, he writes: After watching twenty-nine Buster Keaton films, I was struck by his use of symmetry and center framing. This is an attempt to capture that. Before Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson made it famous for modern audiences, there was Buster Keaton.
  • How to be a perfect actor

    Jonathan Lyons
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:36 am
    I wonder how much it would cost to have Jimmy Kimmel give feedback on animated shots. Seriously, this is how acting teachers appear to me.
  • Documentary: The Chaplin Puzzle.

    Jonathan Lyons
    7 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    This is a worthwhile documentary about Charlie Chaplin’s early film work. It goes into some detail about his development as an actor in the movies.
  • Biography: Buster Keaton

    Jonathan Lyons
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
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    Toon Radio

  • The Tibetan Rock Dog Scores Rolfe Kent

    Robert Stukowski
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Coming on the heels of last year's The Prince and the 108 Demons, Rolfe Kent has signed on to compose the music for the upcoming animated feature Tibetan Rock Dog. The Tibetan Rock Dog Scores Rolfe Kent
  • The SpongeBob Movie Music Out of Water

    Robert Stukowski
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:06 pm
    We all have a love-hate relationship with Spongebob, but we can all agree that he brings in the best music. To celebrate, Varese Sarabande will give us the soundtrack for The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water soundtrack later this month. The SpongeBob Movie Music Out of Water
  • Home Soundtrack Details

    Robert Stukowski
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:09 pm
    DreamWorks made us want to go Home even more by dropping the full soundtrack track list and details late last week. The album will feature performances by Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Coffee, Kiesza, Charli XCX, and Jacob Plant. Home Soundtrack Details
  • Mothersbaugh Returns for Hotel Transylvania 2

    Robert Stukowski
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    We're going back to Hotel Transylvania, and Mark Mothersbaugh is bringing the music. Sony Pictures hired the man to helm the score for this upcoming sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2, for some real vampire fun. Mothersbaugh Returns for Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Towards The Sun From Home Online

    Robert Stukowski
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:13 pm
    With a month left before release day, Westbury Road Entertainment dropped the original song Towards the Sun for digital distribution. Performed by Rihanna, the song comes from DreamWorks Animation's upcoming animated feature Home. Towards The Sun From Home Online
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    Cartoon Research

  • Random Ramblings – and another Scrappy!

    Steve Stanchfield
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    I’ve wanted to do a post on a bunch of small random things for a while, so this starting-to-be spring Thursday seemed like a good day for some Spring cleaning, It was nice catching up with so many old friends at Cinefest; it’s sad that this was the last year of the annual event. Over the last handful of years, I was lucky enough to find some great 16mm films and other things at the show. This year, I managed to find a 16mm print of Doomsday for Pests produced in 1946 by Jerry Fairbanks productions for Sherwin Williams. It’s a 15 minute or so promotional film for the product…
  • “Abou Ben Boogie” (1944)

    Devon Baxter
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    We’re shaking things up this time with a very popular Walter Lantz Swing Symphony! Director Shamus Culhane’s keen sense of design, cutting, timing and characterization at the Lantz studio gave their output a large step in quality, far ahead of what Alex Lovy and Walter himself achieved when they directed during the early forties. The Swing Symphonies – a more contemporary pastiche on Disney’s Silly Symphonies – was Culhane’s chance to give it his all, presenting a quick, energetic style to the Lantz product. Although he considered the music to be “junk,” Culhane was prepared…
  • De-Patie-Freleng’s “Goldilocks” (1970) on Record

    Greg Ehrbar
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Bing Crosby Meets the Sherman Brothers Meet De-Patie-Freleng Meets Disney – in soundtrack albums for their live-action/animated TV special. Bing Crosby Introduces Mary Frances Crosby as GOLDILOCKS Original TV Soundtrack Evans-Black Carpets by Armstrong Promotional Album (Produced by Disneyland Records) DL-3511 (12” 33 1/3 RPM / Stereo) Disneyland Storyteller Series ST-3998 (12” 33 1/3 RPM / Mono) Released in 1970. A Sherman Bros/DePatie-Freleng Production. Show Producers: David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng. Director: Marc Breaux. Associate Producer: Walter Bien. Co-Producers: Richard M.
  • Paramount Sales News #43: “Many Tanks”

    Thad Komorowski
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    May-June 1942 In May 1942, behind the scenes in Miami, the animators and personnel at Fleischer plant were told that Seymour Kneitel, Isadore Sparber, Sam Buchwald and Dan Gordon now would be running day-to-day production and that the studio would now be renamed Famous Studios. On screen, Max and Dave still receive credit for the cartoons, and in the Paramount Sales News (despite the ongoing and expensive Superman series) Popeye continues to front the studio as its sole cartoon superstar. This week’s batch of promotional print cartoons also includes something special: signed artwork!
  • Uruguayan Animated Features

    Fred Patten
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Here we go – the entire filmography of animated features from Uruguay. The good news: There are only two. After 18 columns on French animation, here is something that I can cover in just one column! Selkirk, el Verdadero Robinson Crusoe, directed by Walter Tournier. 80 minutes. February 2, 2012. This was a Uruguayan-Argentine-Chilean co-production, advertised as the first stop-motion feature made in Uruguay. Tournier, the director, is Uruguayan, and his Tournier Animation studio in Montevideo that specializes in stop-motion animation, shot all of the animation between May 2010 and…
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    Skunk & Burning Tires

  • Recommended Viewing: TIE Fighter

    Ju-osh M.
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Paul Michael Johnson has created an intense and intoxicating animated Star Wars short — by himself! Yes, as unbelievable as it may seem, Johnson animated the WHOLE THING by his lonesome, only asking for help on the score and sound. Johnson’s visual inspiration (well, besides ILM’s awesome, original starship designs) are the classic space anime of the 1980s. Do yourself a favor and set aside 9 minutes to really savor it. You’ll be glad you did! (Post-prequels, I can’t believe I’m getting excited about Star Wars again.)
  • A Mini Masterpiece Of Smears (Or: 1.5 Seconds, 27 Frenzied Frames)

    Ju-osh M.
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    In animation, a ‘smear’ is an image (or series of images) that uses bizarre, often grotesque distortions to mimic the blur seen when an object is in motion. When done right, they’re magical and manic and one of my favorite parts of hand-drawn cartoons.                                                                                                                                               click pics to enlarge   This brief clip from…
  • Does Disney’s ‘Avengers Playset’ Spoil A Secret Superheroine Cameo?

    Ju-osh M.
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Disney’s new Avengers Figure Playset contains one character who is definitely not part of the Avengers…yet. CAPTAIN MARVEL! Does that mean we might see her in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Uh…maybe. This cameo isn’t all that far-fetched when you consider that Captain Marvel — aka Ms. Marvel, aka Carol Danvers — will be starring in her own Marvel film in 2018. Plus, Joss Whedon LOVES him some strong female characters, so it seems like a pretty likely cameo if you ask me. To get a better look at the figure and playset, click here.
  • Steve Ditko Vs. His Fans

    Ju-osh M.
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    The eternally cantankerous Steve Ditko responds to a letter asking him what he remembered about designing Spidey’s costume. Hilarious! (x)
  • Air Force Officers Identified With Avery’s Wolf

    Ju-osh M.
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    “Personnel of the 667th Bombardment Squadron, training in Gainesville, Fla., have adopted this scene from the MGM cartoon, Red Hot Riding Hood, as their squadron insignia. The ‘Wolfe’ — in white tie and tails — appears on all their planes. In writing to Fred Quimby, in charge of cartoon production at MGM studios, the commandant stated that they wanted the drawings because ‘the modern wolf is so typical of many of our officers here.’” — Showmen’s Trade Review 1/1/44 (x)
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    CG Mantra

  • Animation & VFX- A Growing Trend in Bollywood

    CG Mantra
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    Our own, Very known Bollywood Film director, Vikram Bhatt has been there in buzz among VFX fraternity, whether these are VFX students or VFX professionals. He created India’s First 3D Monster movie “Creature” in 2015 and now he is coming with most talked about Emraan Hashmi Starrer Sci-Fi film “Mr.X”, which is going to mass visible on 17th April, 2015 as per sources. The Base of the movie is the social justice by the hero who accidentally got power of Invisibility and same old love angle whether required or not. Emraan Hashmi has maintained his identity of kisser in this film also…
  • Animation & Visual Effects

    CG Mantra
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
    It is a good idea to dream a Career in Animation & Visual Effects and join some academy to fulfill the dream. But it is better to have some type of introspection before launching yourself in the industry rather than going with the rumors about it. “Passion & Patience” is the key of success in Media & Entertainment industry which further broadly divided into Multi-Media, Animation, Visual Effects, Cinematographic, Motion Graphics and Advertisement areas. Let us make you understand that Media & Entertainment industry works under Tight Schedule, Re-Takes are very common in…
  • Thriving Career in Mass Communication

    CG Mantra
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    After taking 12th examination, the first question which pops up in the mind of students is “what next?” It is the time when they are in quest of best career option. If you have good communication skills and you are creative too in that case Mass Communication can be a good career option. The rapid advancement of technology has brought lots of career prospects in the field of Mass Communication. This field is all about disseminating news to mass through various channels of media. It can be electronic media, print media, broadcast media, new media etc., each channel has its own beauty. It…
  • Visual Effects-An Insight-2

    CG Mantra
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Many Animation & VFX institutes in all over India have been adding Practical Effects Techniques at least as a theoretical subject nowadays. Thanks to World Wide Web for its rich resource that enables a youngster to understand the Visual Effects Industry better and to chose the appropriate Animation & VFX institutes. This youngster are no more focusing on software centric education but also exploring other techniques of visual effects for better & higher career prospects in the industry. In continuation of our last write-up about “Forced Perspective” &…
  • Visual Effects- An Insight-1

    CG Mantra
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:29 am
    Forced Perspective is one of the other ways to create visual effects in movies and television serials which is nowhere visible as a part of curricula of any Animation VFX institute in India. Recently the use of this is seen in Hollywood movies “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” & “Harry Potter” in the modern Era of Computer advancement. It raises the many questions on Animation & VFX Institute that whether they should restrict their curricula to Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) or explore other way of visual effects Actually Forced Perspective is a…
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  • How to create an exciting travel slideshow

    Content Renderforest
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    So, you’re back from your trip, fueled with breathtaking experiences and discoveries made in the newly explored land. It’s an incomparable sensation, isn’t it? Now it’s time to share them with your family and friends who can’t help asking questions about your summer adventure. Jetlagged and a bit overwhelmed with the flow of emotions, it’s perhaps exhausting to the repeat the same stories one friend (parent, relative, sibling) at a time during the first days of your return. However, there is a rational and time-efficient way to help you out: once you feel settled, create a travel…
  • How to make an engaging slideshow with music

    Content Renderforest
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Thinking of an exciting photo slideshow with music for your next big family occasion? That’s really a fascinating idea. Perhaps, you’re already busy digging for your favorite family photos and whistling one of your beloved tunes which you think will be in sync with the slideshow and event on the whole. It's a creative process, indeed, and a large ground for improvisation. However, there are some basic steps and guidelines which you should follow to make your slideshow a really festive event.First of all, consider the quality and variety of photosEven though latest innovations in digital…
  • Tips for writing a great script for explainer video

    Content Renderforest
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:17 am
    When you’re creating an explainer video for your products or services, writing an awesome script can make all the difference to your customers and boost your sales.  But how do you know if your script is good enough?  We’ve asked leading scriptwriter, Derek Jackson, to discuss what makes a great script and how you can use Renderforest to create amazing videos.  Here are some excerpts from our interview, where he discusses 5 tips for making a great script. Tell us about yourself and how you got started scriptwriting. Well, I came from a writing background and had worked in…
  • Love Confession Letter Videos (Valentine Card Videos)

    Content Renderforest
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am
    Are you struggling to show that special someone how you feel about them? Sometimes it’s hard figuring out just how to let them and everyone else know that they mean more to you than anything else.  You could get them some chocolates or perhaps even take them out for a romantic dinner, but that’s just what anyone else would do.  He or she means more to you than that, right?  If you want a unique way to show the person you love just how important they are to you, Renderforest’s love letter template is just what you need to get started creating something special for your…
  • Create Engaging Corporate Explainers and Animations

    Content Renderforest
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Introducing Your Business: a video primer Getting your company name in front of as many potential customers as possible is one of the best ways to build your business and increase revenue.  If you’ve already created a great website and filled it with relevant content that’s engaging and useful to visitors, you may be wondering what else you can do to increase your business’ exposure.  There are many different ways to increase your business’ exposure but one of the quickest and easiest ways is by creating unique video content.  But what type of video content do you…
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