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  • The Toy Story That Time Forgot

    Spline Doctors
    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…
  • Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon join Nut Job studio’s Spark

    Animated Views
    Josh
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
  • Wild Brain Co-Founder Phil Robinson, RIP

    Cartoon Brew
    Amid Amidi
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Animation veteran Phil Robinson, one of the founders of the former San Francisco studio Wild Brain, has died.
  • Working Life of Kelly

    TAG Blog
    Steve Hulett
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Director Kelly Asbury details various points of his life. ... Disney. DreamWorks. Independent Production. And now Sony Pictures Animation and a rebooted Smurfs. When you're in animation, you go where the jobs are.
  • Comic-Con 2015 Souvenir Book Call for Submissions is Now Open!

    Comic-Con International
    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    THE WAIT IS OVER! TIME TO START WRITING AND DRAWING!Comic-Con 2015 Souvenir Book Call for Submissions is Now Open!Comic-Con International is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Souvenir Book! Check out our anniversary celebrations and submit art and/or articles for consideration in the book! Read more
 
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    TAG Blog

  • Working Life of Kelly

    Steve Hulett
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Director Kelly Asbury details various points of his life. ... Disney. DreamWorks. Independent Production. And now Sony Pictures Animation and a rebooted Smurfs. When you're in animation, you go where the jobs are.
  • Animation on the Continent

    Steve Hulett
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Not surprisingly, European cartoon studios shadow their American counterparts. The leading players in the European animation market are France, Spain, Germany and UK. The strong European demand growth has mainly been in television and the growth in TV animation content demand has boosted the animation market. The average budget for European feature films is around 6 million euros and only a few have exceeded 10 million euros, which is about one-tenth of the budget of Hollywood blockbusters. Animation studios in European countries such as France and Spain have emerged as the market leaders in…
  • What's Wrong

    Steve Hulett
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    One of our fine trade papers does a lengthy story listing DreamWorks Animation's problems. You can boil it down to Diversify more. Make warmer, fuzzier movies. Make less expensive movies. Make more money. Well, yeah. The diversification efforts should have started long ago, but here DWA is, and they have to make the best of it. And I never could figure out why the features, after starting out in the fifty and sixty million dollar price range, nearly tripled in cost. Sure, wage minimums crept up, but these things weren't being made in the Weimar Republic (land of rampant inflation). It's as a…
  • TAG's New President

    Steve Hulett
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Animation Guild Vice President Jack Thomas was elected President of the guild tonight at TAG's January General Membership meeting. Mr. Thomas was nominated by the membership and elected by white ballot. ... Outgoing Animation Guild President Nathan Loofbourrow resigned as President at the end of 2014. As required by the guild's constitution, an election was held at the next membership meeting. Mr. Thomas will serve the balance of the Presidential term, which ends in December, 2016.
  • Warner Bros. Launch

    Steve Hulett
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Tom Sito, our history expert, tells us: Jan 27, 1918- Warner Bros. Pictures incorporated. The Brothers Warner- Sam Albert, Harry and Jack were the sons of Jewish immigrants named Wonskolasser who had moved from Poland in 1882 and set up a bicycle repair shop in Ohio. They later acquired a movie projector and showed films in Pennsylvania miners camps. Their first movie was Five Years in Germany. Throughout the 1920’s their little studio survived making pictures with dog star Rin Tin Tin. They called him the Mortgage Lifter, because the profits from his pictures paid their bills. Later they…
 
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    Comic-Con International

  • Comic-Con 2015 Souvenir Book Call for Submissions is Now Open!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    THE WAIT IS OVER! TIME TO START WRITING AND DRAWING!Comic-Con 2015 Souvenir Book Call for Submissions is Now Open!Comic-Con International is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Souvenir Book! Check out our anniversary celebrations and submit art and/or articles for consideration in the book! Read more
  • Will Eisner Hall of Fame 2015 Voting Now Open!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    2 INDUCTEES AND 13 NOMINEES FOR 2015!Will Eisner Hall of Fame 2015 Voting Now Open!The Eisner Awards judges have made their choices for the two individuals to be inducted into the Hall of Fame ... and the 13 nominees for 2015! Read more
  • Call for Nominations for the 2015 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE COMIC BOOK STORE!Call for Nominations for the 2015 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer AwardIf you love new comics day each week, here's your chance to nominate your favorite comics shop for the industry's most prestigious retail award: the 2015 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Read more
  • Happy Holidays from Comic-Con International!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    WISHING YOU THE VERY BEST THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!Happy Holidays from Comic-Con International!Comic-Con International wishes you the very best this holiday season and a happy New Year! Read more
  • Judges Named for 2015 Eisner Awards!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    SIX COMICS EXPERTS MAKE UP NOMINATING COMMITTEEJudges Named for 2015 Eisner Awards!The judges for the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced! Read more
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    The Disney Blog

  • Tomorrowland Movie to get Super Bowl ad

    John Frost
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    As we learned last night, Disneyland is throwing a big party for it’s 60th anniversary starting May 22nd. You know what else starts May 22nd? That’s the premier of the much anticipated movie “Tomorrowland.” To help build up excitement, Disney … Continue reading → Tomorrowland Movie to get Super Bowl ad 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.
  • Digital Projection Demo from “Forever” Disneyland’s new Fireworks show.

    John Frost
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    Last night Disneyland made the big announcement covering the three new shows coming to the park for its diamond celebration 60th anniversary. One of those shows is a new fireworks show called “Forever.” The premise is to Live the Magic … Continue reading → Digital Projection Demo from “Forever” Disneyland’s new Fireworks show. 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.
  • Sold-Out Disenchanted! gets open-ended run on Broadway

    John Frost
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    The Snowpocaplyse may have left New York City as quick as it came, but the off-Broadway hit of the year “Disenchanted!” will stick around for an extended stay. The crew just found out that their sold-out limited holiday engagement was … Continue reading → Sold-Out Disenchanted! gets open-ended run on Broadway 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.
  • ABC Family show “The Fosters” gets a companion novelization

    John Frost
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    ABC Family show “The Fosters” now has an official companion novel. From author Stacy Kravetz comes “The Fosters: Keep Your Frenemies Close.” The novel takes place over a weekend community service/extra school credit trip Callie is required to take in … Continue reading → ABC Family show “The Fosters” gets a companion novelization 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.
  • Top 10 Options for Lovebirds on Valentine’s Day at Walt Disney World

    John Frost
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    For Disney fans, there’s nothing more romantic than a trip for two to the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World. But what are some of the specific activities you can do together that will make your Valentine’s Day, … Continue reading → Top 10 Options for Lovebirds on Valentine’s Day at Walt Disney World 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

  • Lots of Joy

    Simoa
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Now that Inside Out is less than five months away, there’s lots of new promotional material which will only increase as the release date gets closer. Over the past month there have been new stills, posters, toys, and a new character! One of the first stills to be released was of Joy and Sadness on the Train of Thought, presumably, with Joy holding one of Riley’s memories. The background is absolutely gorgeous. We have to wonder where the two are headed. The bottom still features a very wistful looking Joy in the main headquarters of Riley’s mind. The Argentinian poster shows…
  • Pixar in 2015

    Simoa
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    As this year ends and the new one begins, we have not one, but two Pixar features to look forward to. Pete Docter’s ambitious mind film Inside Out will hit theaters on  June 19th. We shared two new images from that film in our last post, and now there’s one more still. In this image, it looks as if one of Riley’s memories is being projected in her mind as the emotions observe. Riley is walking with both of her parents on either side of her, and if I were to guess, I’d say it’s a happy memory. The color in this still is soft, yet vibrant. You can really see…
  • Woody's News Round Up! 12/28/14

    Simoa
    28 Dec 2014 | 4:19 pm
    We hope everyone had a festive, restful holiday! With 2014 coming to a close, we have a list of Pixar news you may have missed over the past couple of weeks. Luxo Jr. added to the National Film Registry: The 1986 short, directed by John Lasseter and Bill Reeves, was one of 25 films selected for the 2014 registry. As part of the Library of Congress, the film registry is dedicated to highlighting films for their "cultural, historical or aesthetic significance." The iconic short, featuring two lamps come to life, was nominated for an Academy Award and was the first 3D animated film to…
  • New Inside Out trailer is a clever, mind bending treat.

    Simoa
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The latest full length trailer for Pixar’s June 2015 Inside Out debuted today, and with unsurprisingly brilliant, witty results. Though eleven year old Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) is the primary setting for the characters/emotions in her mind, this new trailer also gave us a glimpse into the minds of her parents. The family of three are all sitting down for dinner when mom (Diane Lane) asks Riley how her first day of school was. She responds less than enthusiastically, which sets off signals in her mother’s brain. We see the emotions that inhabit Riley’s brain in her…
  • 'Toy Story that Time Forgot': the perfect gift

    Simoa
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:58 pm
    The lack of a full length Pixar film this year caused unhappiness for many people. But with 2014 coming to a close, Pixar has not disappointed. ‘Toy Story that Time Forgot’ premiered last night and we were treated to yet another stellar half hour Pixar special. As with the Halloween themed ‘Toy Story of TERROR!’, this special was female led with Trixie the triceratops (Kristen Schaal). While ‘Toy Story that Time Forgot’ was advertised as a Christmas special, the holiday is more background than anything else. It does still spread plenty of holiday cheer and…
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    FALLOUT

  • 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..]
  • Sketch Trek: THE NEXT GENERATION

    James Baker
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    As a follow up to some Star Trek TV sketching we did months ago, Julia and I did more sketch nights of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a favourite of Julia’s that I wasn’t so familiar with. When Star Trek: TNG was first broadcast, in the late 1980s, I was working in Asia and Europe; countries where I couldn’t understand [..READ MORE..]
  • Happy CHRISTMAS 2014!

    James Baker
    25 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy Christmas to you all (please insert whatever holiday you prefer, religious, or secular) and I hope you gather with your loved ones today. Speaking of good company; two years ago, before I got sick, I was surrounded by dear friends as we worked together on a TV Christmas special; “The Toy Story that Time [..READ MORE..]
  • Space FLiK

    James Baker
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Recently, I found a small cardboard box that contains all the artwork, and the super-8 film spool of a movie I made when I was 15/16, for my final high school HSC art exam. This celluloid masterpiece was called SPACE FLiK, and was a hopelessly crude parody of Star Wars in the style of Mad [..READ MORE..]
 
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    Ice-Cream Monster Toon Cafe

  • The Best Mobile App Award nomination!!

    Alina Chau
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    Junganew: A Herd of Sounds get nomination for The Best Mobile App Award!! Junganew: A Herd of Sounds just got nominated for our first award. Feel free to hit the "Recommend this App" button! https://lnkd.in/bhtsKWBYou can download Junganew from iTune Store @ http://goo.gl/L6USgdCreator, Writer and Executive Producer - Esther GiordanoExecutive Producer - Timothy Michael HarringtonArt Director - Alina ChauLead Software Engineer - Skye FreemanMusic Composer and Sound Designer - Max RepkaAnimator - Jen Paehr 
  • Simpsons Tribute Art Show

    Alina Chau
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Want to find out what's Maggie drew? Please come and join us @ “Springfield, Springfield!” The Simpsons Tribute Art ShowWhen: Friday, January 16th from 6-10pmWhere: Asterisk San Francisco Gallery3156 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110The 24th Mission BART stop is only a couple blocks away! 
  • Shadow Gate - Ch10

    Alina Chau
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    A new chapter of Shadow Gate, Author Myra McEntire is now available @ http://goo.gl/PDwqV0
  • Junganew App Launched!!!

    Alina Chau
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Junganew - One of the most exciting projects I help develop last year is now available in the iTune store 🌸http://goo.gl/3z3xRy#alinachau #watercolor #animation #app #appdevelopment #education #speechtherapy #junganew #artdirection 
  • Medical App

    Alina Chau
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Earlier this year, I help Stanford Hospital develop a Medical App for post-cancer breast reconstruction surgery.  Here are the development art and final art.The app is free to download from the iTune store:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stanford-medicine-breast-reconstructive/id945773675?mt=8
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    Disney History

  • 28 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    Help needed in Washington D.C.I am still looking for a volunteer in Washington D.C.who would be willing to conduct some research in the Archives of American Art. If you are willing to help, could you please email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com?Jim Korkis recently reminded me that the magazine The Atlantic Monthly commissioned writer Paul Hollister to do a series of articles on Walt (just as Pete Martin did later for The Saturday Evening Post) which would be released as a book.  Apparently, the manuscript was completed but never released. The Paul Hollister papers are preserved by the…
  • 27 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
     I just picked up this great magazine from Uruguay and thought that some of you might enjoy it.
  • 26 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    This just in from Amid Amidi:[Hadn't seen anything about this on your site so I wanted to make sure you were aware of the new bio about Disney Burbank architect Kem Weber, written by Christopher Long.There's a chapter on the Disney studio with about 20 images from the Weber archives at UCSB (mostly familiar). The write-up, while nicely done, also relies on familiar published material (Gennawey, Gabler, Thomas, the usual suspects), and there are few, if any, new revelations. The book is short on key details; for example, how did Disney choose Weber or even know about him? Still unclear.Going…
  • 25 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am

    Didier Ghez
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    The Disney Books Network has just been updated.
  • 24 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am

    Didier Ghez
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
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    Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

  • 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…
  • Jon Stewart on Steve Carell

    mark kennedy
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I recently heard an interview with Jon Stewart (host of "The Daily Show") where he talked about former Daily Show cast member Steve Carell's role in the film "Foxcatcher". Jon said something along the lines of "What makes Steve so good is that he finds the moments in scripts that no one else realized were there".I'm paraphrasing, but it was something along those lines. In any case, I thought it was an interesting thing to say. We've been talking a lot at Disney about what makes a good story artist, and it can be hard to define what makes a story artist so good at what they do. Drawing is…
  • "Paths of Glory" Blocking

    mark kennedy
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    If you have a Netflix account, I'd recommend checking out the early Kubrick film "Paths of Glory". It's a great, well-made film that holds up well. It's set during WWI and stars a young Kirk Douglas.There are quite a few scenes of two or three characters talking, and one of the things I like about the film is that the dialogue scenes are very compelling and interesting. Part of what makes the dialogue scenes so watchable is that the film is well-written and the acting is great. But the scenes are also blocked out really well, and I think this makes them compelling and interesting as well…
  • Contrast and Variety

    mark kennedy
    1 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    One of the simple ways to make any picture more interesting is to make sure you use variety and contrast to create visual interest. I've written about this a lot in the past, of course, but it's been a while so let's take another look at this concept.Years ago I created this graphic to show how many different kinds of shapes make up this one drawing of a Rhino from "Robin Hood" by Milt Kahl.The variety of types of shapes creates a lot of interest, of course, but at the same time, not every design needs to have that much variety. Sometimes that can fight what you're trying to do. Some designs…
 
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    Spline Doctors

  • Visual Storytelling

    Dr.Nate
    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…
  • New Inside Out Trailer.

    Dr. Gordon
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    I can’t wait for this film to come out. It’s great! Below is a new trailer. Click the image.            
  • Revenge ! – Part II

    Dr.Nate
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Revenge ! – Part II When revenge is based on a personal trauma – whether it be a shooting, rape, kidnapping, or torture – these films often veer into ‘extreme’ or ‘exploitation’ cinema, ‘I Spit on Your Grave’ and ‘Ms. 45′ being two examples. John Boorman’s ‘Point Blank’ is a great take on the singular minded criminal who has been double-crossed by his partners, and one by one hunts them down. This was re-made in the 90′s with ‘Payback’ starring Mel Gibson, also very engaging in it’s own…
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    Lineboil - Animated News and Videos

  • Please Sit Down To Watch Mr Selfie

    Aaron
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    London-based animation and design studio weareseventeen has produced a new short film about our relationship with smartphones. Mr Selfie takes a look at ‘cell phone zombies’ who walk around without looking at their surroundings. I can say I’ve been that guy before…
  • Hindson’s Dis\Connect From Technology

    Aaron
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    Dis\Connect is Doug Hindson’s graduation film from his studies at Kingston University in England. It’s a coming of age story told with beautifully-constructed puppets. Hindson is now repped at Beakus .
  • Conan Rides Shotgun With Archer

    Aaron
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    On a recent episode of Conan, the TBS talk show, Archer welcomes the red-haired host into his green machine for a gun battle with Russian mobsters…
  • Students Re-Imagine Classic Cinema Trailers

    Aaron
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    Students at The Animation Workshop in Denmark were recently challenged to create a completely new trailer for a classic film. Below you can see the results of 2 of these efforts, both in CG. Apocalypse Now Grease (mashed up with Tron) APOCALYPSE NOW CREDITS CG-Artists: Ann-Christine Immersköld Cecilie Madsen Tobias Larson Kjartan Tysdal Animators: Kathrine Andersen Marie Eriksen Anne Prip Emile Gignoux GREASE CREDITS Computer graphics artists: Maximilian Lund – Art director Sarah Kær Nedergaard Nielsen – Production manager, Generalist Michael Euribe – Generalist Ebbe Lønborg –…
  • Shushko Teases X-Story

    Aaron
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Russian animator Vitaliy Shushko is directing his first original short, titled X-Story. He’s promising a full short sometime this year, and you can count me as one of those holding my breath to see how this plays out.
 
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    Comedy For Animators

  • George Carl, funny dancing and comedy.

    Jonathan Lyons
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
  • The drunken audience member

    Jonathan Lyons
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    There is an age old comedy tradition of a show being disrupted by an unruly audience member, usually one who is drunk. Before going into movies, Charlie Chaplin found his fame on stage by playing a drunken theater goer in a play called “The Mummingbirds.” He sat in a box near the stage, and was able to draw more attention than the “real” show going on. This sort of interrupted performance was used by Disney for a handful of short cartoons. In The Orphan’s Benefit, it is mishcievous children making trouble. In Magician Mickey, Donald Duck tries to ruin the show. Early circuses were…
  • Fun Factories

    Jonathan Lyons
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    I am currently reading The Fun Factory by Rob King. For my purposes it’s the most useful book I have found on the topic of Mack Sennett and his Keystone Studio. It’s not about the personalities who worked there, but about how their style of comedy and how it was influenced by changes in American society.  I will probably pull several blog posts from the book. I like studio history, and from reading this book, it’s obvious things don’t change all that much. Sennett’s financial backers brought in Thomas Ince to organize the studio; Ince’s involvement is crucial to the present…
  • Some history of character walks

    Jonathan Lyons
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    I didn’t start off writing a post about character walks, but that’s where it ends up. Popular culture has been the breeding ground for many things that get developed into “highbrow” culture.  I recently learned a bit of trivia about the Commedia del ‘Arte that I had never heard before.   While driving home the Friday evening, I listened to the NPR program Fresh Air.  It was a rebroadcast of Terry Gross’s interview with Jennifer Homans, author of Apollo’s Angels, a history of ballet dance.    Here is the piece of the transcript that caught my attention. GROSS: So how did…
  • Harold Lloyd: The Third Genious

    Jonathan Lyons
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    From the PBS American Masters series:
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    Toon Radio

  • LEGO Movie Soundtrack Going Vinyl

    Robert Stukowski
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I got some great news for old school media fans. A few days ago, I learned that the soundtrack for the LEGO Movie will arrive on vinyl in a special double LP set with a matching color booklet. This booklet comes with liner notes from composer (and DEVO member) Mark Mothersbaygh. LEGO Movie Soundtrack Going Vinyl
  • Is South Park Among the Best Musicals?

    Robert Stukowski
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:07 pm
    With the release of Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic, Den of Geek decided to list the best non-Disney musical features since 1980. While no list is completely objective, I find the inclusion of South Park disturbing. . Is South Park Among the Best Musicals?
  • RIP Origa 1970 – 2015

    Robert Stukowski
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Over the weekend, the world lost one its great animation film music singers. Origa (burht name Ol'ga Yahovleva) passed away at 44 years old on Saturday, January 17, 2015 due to lung cancer. RIP Origa 1970 – 2015
  • Batman vs Robin with the Music of Wiendmann

    Robert Stukowski
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Bat fans rejoice! We got a new Batman animated feature in the works, and Frederick Wiedmann is providing the music. Dubbed Batman vs Robin, the film draws from the Batman: The Court of Owls storyline from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Batman vs Robin with the Music of Wiendmann
  • The Prince and the 108 Demons of Music

    Robert Stukowski
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    We're going international to bring you news that Same Player is giving us a soundtrack album for the French animated film The Prince and the 108 Demons (Les 108 Rois-Démons). Featuring music by Golden Globe-nominated composer Rolfe Kent, the album will drop digitally on January 19, 2015. The Prince and the 108 Demons of Music
 
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    Cartoon Research

  • In His Own Words: Bob McKimson

    Jim Korkis
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    I’ve talked about animation legend Bob McKimson before on this site. McKimson was born in 1910 and passed away in 1977. He died from a massive heart attack while eating lunch with his friends Friz Freleng and David DePatie for whom he was working directing Pink Panther shorts, among other things. Ironically, just days before the attack, he had visited the doctor for a complete physical and got a clean bill of health. He was best known for his work on Warner Bros. cartoons where he created Foghorn Leghorn, Tasmanian Devil and Hippety Hopper the kangaroo among others. He worked as an animator…
  • Japanese Animated Commercials, Part 4

    Charles Brubaker
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Here we go again with these silly Japanese adverts! Let’s see what’s in store this week. Maruai Hanakatsuo 1960s commercial for a brand of katsuobushi. Featuring an American woman speaking broken Japanese. Must be a payback for all those times American cartoons depicted Japanese people speaking broken English. Shiseido Pearl Toothpaste Here’s a 60-second commercial for a toothpaste. Cute song. Produced by TCJ in 1960. Chicken Ramen A fun, bouncy commercial for Nissin’s Chicken Ramen. From 1963 Watanabe Juice A very simple animation for a juice product. Dated 1960.
  • Hanna-Barbera’s “Magilla Gorilla” on the Record

    Greg Ehrbar
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    In honor of National Gorilla Suit Day (have YOU made your plans yet?), we salute the recording debut of the gorilla who’s mighty nice, along with his co-stars. Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera’s MAGILLA GORILLA AND HIS PALS Original TV Cast Golden Records LP-120 (12” 33 1/3 RPM / Mono / 1964) Executive Producer: Arthur Shimkin. Writer/Producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera. Musical Direction: Hoyt Curtin. Running Time: 27 minutes. Voices: Allan Melvin (Magilla Gorilla, Punkin’ Puss); Mel Blanc (Droop-A-Long); Howard Morris (Mush Mouse); Don Messick (Ricochet Rabbit). Songs: “Magilla For…
  • Paramount Sales News #35: Animated Antics

    Thad Komorowski
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    As we enter the final year of Max and Dave Fleischer’s studio, we find the disappointing Animated Antics getting top billing in these little spaces. To be a fly on the wall when they decided Twinkletoes would make a possible reoccurring character. Fortunately he was only revived one more time years later in Dan Gordon’s A Jolly Good Furlough to be shot in the head. February 26′s panel made the call of Popeye being draft exempt a little prematurely… The next few batches will be all about Paramount promoting the fact that the sailor is now fighting the good fight.
  • French Animated Features – Part 12: 2010

    Fred Patten
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Here we are with the twelfth part of my checklist of French animated features, continuing this week with a look at the releases in 2010 – with films by such diverse talents as Sylvain Chomet and once again, Luc Besson. L’Illusionniste (The Illusionist), directed by Sylvain Chomet. 79 minutes. June 16, 2010. In 1959, “Tatischeff”, an elderly stage magician, runs out of employment and moves to London, where he is considered too old-fashioned – the public wants lively rock bands today. He accepts lower and lower billing, and moves to an isolated Scottish isle after…
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  • Here’s Some Fun, Non-Cannon Star Wars Mythology: Chewbacca Is The Sasquatch

    Ju-osh M.
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    “TIL that in Star Wars Tales #19 Han Solo travels through time and crashes on Earth. Han is killed in an attack by Natives, but Chewbacca lives and becomes the Sasquatch. 126 years later, Indiana Jones is tracking down the Sasquatch only to find the crashed Millennium Falcon and the body of Han Solo.” – Skweres88 The comic being referred to is Into the Great Unknown by W. Haden Blackman and Sean Murphy, and it’s a delight. Click here to read.
  • In Or Out Of Context…Ouch

    Ju-osh M.
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    To find out the sage reasoning behind this seemingly harsh quote…     Quote and explanation via shenpai-please-notice-me.
  • Book Review:Cinderella – A Dream Come True

    Ju-osh M.
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    Cinderella: A Dream Come True may only be 8” tall, but it is PACKED with gorgeous concept art and insightful behind-the-scenes anecdotes. The first half of the 160-page hardcover is a delightful re-telling of Walt Disney’s Cinderella. What makes this ‘storybook’ section so special are the illustrations. The book uses crystal-clear stills from the film, Mary Blair’s pretty pastel concept art and various pieces of pencil animation and storyboard excerpts to bring the text to life.     Reading this half of the book reminded me of the magnificent bonus feature on the Beauty…
  • ‘Attack On Titan’ Papercraft

    Ju-osh M.
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    These wonderful works of anime-inspired art were created by a paper-folding pro known only as Kira. To see some close-ups, click here.
  • Stay Up Late And Hurt Your Brains

    Ju-osh M.
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    David OReilly has put his newest short, The Horse Raised By Spheres, online – and it’s free! What’s more, OReilly has released five other equally effed-up + enthralling shorts as well. I happened across them while I was getting ready for bed, and now I’m afraid to go to sleep. Quick question: Is it possible to have a horrific nightmare that doesn‘t make you wake up screaming and crying whilst simultaneously lowering your ability to look your next door neighbors in the eye for at least a week? Anyone? Anyone? Oh, well. I’ll find out soon enough. (This is…
 
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