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  • Kelly Kulchak named head of current programming for DreamWorks Animation TV

    Animated Views
    Josh
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
  • Yet One More Into the Pool

    TAG Blog
    Steve Hulett
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    There can never, apparently, be too many companies doing animation. ... DreamWorks Animation and Pixar have some new competition on their hands, as a joint venture has been announced between Chris Columbus (director of the first two "Harry Potter" and "Home Alone" films) along with his 1492 Pictures producing partner Michael Barnathan (The Help), Haim Saban (Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group and Founder of Saban Brands) and Jeremy Zag (Founder of ZAG Entertainment LLC/Zagtoons), to form ZAG Animation Studios. This new family-oriented studio will develop, produce and distribute one 3D…
  • First look at our 2016 release!

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

    Temple of the Seven Golden Camels
    mark kennedy
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    One of my favorite life drawing books is "The Human Figure" by John H. Vanderpoel. Originally published in 1907, it is a very short and concise primer on anatomy. Vanderpoel has a unique way of looking at the human body and many of his thoughts on construction are exceptionally original and unique to his teachings.For example, one of his illustrations shows the male and female forms from above in cross-sections. I really like this drawing because it's very helpful for picturing the human body in three dimensions and from an angle that we don't always consider. Here are scans from the…
  • Latest Earnings for DWA

    TAG Blog
    Steve Hulett
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    One more "box office disappointment" (per the financial press) fuels DreamWorks cash accumulation. DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. reported stronger-than-expected profits in the third quarter, fueled by the box-office success of "How to Train Your Dragon 2.". The Glendale-based animation studio earned a profit $11.9 million, or 14 cents a share, on revenue of $180.9 million in the third quarter. That was an improvement over the same quarter a year ago, when the company posted a net income of $10.1 million, or 12 cents a share, on revenue of $154.5 million. ... Remember the last DWA release How…
 
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  • Lessons of Hollywood?

    Steve Hulett
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    From The Economist: ... Film is an eccentric business, filled with egos and excess. For most of their history, studios have had neither the stunning returns of startups nor the steady profits of mature firms. ... Film is an eccentric business, filled with egos and excess. For most of their history, studios have had neither the stunning returns of startups nor the steady profits of mature firms. ... Studios recruit a fresh creative team for each film, leaving its members to work intensely together with a minimum of interference, stepping in only when things are clearly going wrong. This gives…
  • Spin Offs

    Steve Hulett
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Animated sequels are so ... Wednesday of last week. Now the deal is to spin off side characters into their own franchises. Next month we get smart-ass penguins. And next year? ... ... Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. After accidentally killing off so many of them—from T. Rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without a master to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he — alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into…
  • New DreamWorks Exec

    Steve Hulett
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    As DW Animation expands into new areas, it gets a new honcho. Kelly Kulchak has been named head of current programming at the TV division of DreamWorks Animation. In the newly created post, Kulchak will supervise the day-to-day production of all series, which totals nearly 1,200 episodes of original animated television content. She joins DreamWorks Animation as it prepares to unveil two new series, All Hail King Julien and VeggieTales In The House, by the end of the year. ... Ms. Kulchak has served as the producer of Psych, a live-action comedy that's run for over 100 episodes on the USA…
  • Latest Earnings for DWA

    Steve Hulett
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    One more "box office disappointment" (per the financial press) fuels DreamWorks cash accumulation. DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. reported stronger-than-expected profits in the third quarter, fueled by the box-office success of "How to Train Your Dragon 2.". The Glendale-based animation studio earned a profit $11.9 million, or 14 cents a share, on revenue of $180.9 million in the third quarter. That was an improvement over the same quarter a year ago, when the company posted a net income of $10.1 million, or 12 cents a share, on revenue of $154.5 million. ... Remember the last DWA release How…
  • Yet One More Into the Pool

    Steve Hulett
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    There can never, apparently, be too many companies doing animation. ... DreamWorks Animation and Pixar have some new competition on their hands, as a joint venture has been announced between Chris Columbus (director of the first two "Harry Potter" and "Home Alone" films) along with his 1492 Pictures producing partner Michael Barnathan (The Help), Haim Saban (Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group and Founder of Saban Brands) and Jeremy Zag (Founder of ZAG Entertainment LLC/Zagtoons), to form ZAG Animation Studios. This new family-oriented studio will develop, produce and distribute one 3D…
 
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    Comic-Con International

  • 2014 Photo Gallery

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

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

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

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

    mgates
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
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    The Disney Blog

  • Disney Springs To Open Westside Parking Garage to Guests in Late November

    John Frost
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    Just in time for holiday season shopping rush, Downtown Disney will open part of the new Westside Parking Garage to guests in late November. That extra capacity is much needed and I’m sure it will be appreciated. Some Cast Members … Continue reading → Disney Springs To Open Westside Parking Garage to Guests in Late November 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.
  • Learn to Draw: Stitch

    John Frost
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    He’s an alien who knows how to get into trouble. But in the end everything is alright because Ohana means family. Our learn to draw subject this week is Stitch from Disney animated feature Lilo & Stitch. Today we’re led … Continue reading → Learn to Draw: Stitch 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.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Attraction Poster T-shirt

    John Frost
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is really the attraction that started the modern era of themed entertainment at Disney’s theme parks. It’s pretty cool to see this retro look at the attractions original poster now available on a t-Shirt. Jim Michaelson, … Continue reading → Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Attraction Poster T-shirt 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 Scars – a OneRepulic cover featuring Disney Villains

    John Frost
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    It’s Halloween, which is one season when villains get their due at Disney. Which must be what inspired the company to produce this video. Some of Disney’s most feared villains take stock of Scar from The Lion King in this … Continue reading → Counting Scars – a OneRepulic cover featuring Disney Villains 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.
  • Elsa and Anna have a Frozen Holiday Wish for the Magic Kingdom

    John Frost
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Nightly beginning Nov. 5 in the Magic Kingdom, Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” will appear in a new show on the Forecourt Stage in front of Cinderella Castle in the heart of the park. Queen Elsa will use her incredible … Continue reading → Elsa and Anna have a Frozen Holiday Wish for the Magic Kingdom 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

  • The Good Director

    Simoa
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Congratulations are in order for Peter Sohn. The longtime Pixarian has been announced as the new director of Pixar’s other 2015 feature, The Good Dinosaur! (Inside Out will open in June with this film taking the November slot, a first for Pixar). You can watch a brief clip of Sohn drawing Arlo, the main character, here. Sohn has lent his talents to a number of Pixar features over the years, such as The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and Wall-E. His first directing gig for Pixar was the 2009 short, “Partly Cloudy”. He was also the inspiration for Russell in Up and provided the…
  • James Ford Murphy talks 'Lava' and Pixar

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

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

    Simoa
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    "Lava", the next Pixar short to play before Inside Out next year has been generating as much excitement as the feature length film itself. Described as a musical love story taking place over millions of years, it promises to be a unique love story erupting between two volcanoes. One still and one poster have been released, and now there’s a clip courtesy of Yahoo Movies. The short clocks in at seven minutes, but this clip is thirty seconds long. Yet it’s still an impressive preview of what’s to come. Imagine what the finished product will look and sound like! In…
  • Sneak peek at 'Inside Out'

    Simoa
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While a teaser trailer for Pete Docter’s highly anticipated film Inside Out continues to allude Pixar fans, a small clip has been released on Disney Movies Anywhere. (Note: you must be a member in order to view the footage). Just over a minute long, this sneak peek of the film is attached to a Monsters University featurette, but well worth checking out. Although actual footage of the film is not shown here, there is a brief look at an animation test and the reveal of a crucial character. Inside Out centers on emotions as characters in the mind. The four principal ones are Joy (Amy…
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    FALLOUT

  • Here Be Monsters

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

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

    James Baker
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Last weekend Julia and I went to Flora Grubb nursery  to buy some plants. I had heard of this cool place before, but had not realised that it was over by the area where I used to work when I first came to San Francisco. It was a dodgy neighbourhood back then, when I worked [..read more..]
  • The Time Trickster

    James Baker
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Old plot details (and fan-enthusiasm!) refreshed by a Netflix marathon, we recently watched the theatrical, big screen debut of the 12th (or is it 13th?) actor to play DR WHO- that alien space/time traveller in the big blue box. As with last year’s 50th Birthday episode, likewise screened in movie theatres worldwide, this feature-length episode, [..read more..]
  • Hotel Holiday

    James Baker
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
    My Brother Jo and his family recently invited Julia and I to join them, and my Dad and his wife Wendy, for a holiday in Mexico. We’ve had a rocky time of things the past few years, and this was a wonderful opportunity to relax. Despite feeling ill the entire time, I did some sketching, [..read more..]
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    John K Stuff

  • Say hi at SoCal Comicon tomorrow

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

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

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

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

    JohnK
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
 
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    Hyrumosmondanimation

  • First look at our 2016 release!

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

    Hyrum Virl Osmond
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
  • Dog and Butterfly

    Hyrum Virl Osmond
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Check out this amazing work done by my good friend Wayne Unten. Absolutely beautiful. Dog and Butterfly from Wayne Unten on Vimeo.
  • A tribute to Osmondness

    Hyrum Virl Osmond
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:18 pm
    http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-news/frozen-exclusive-clip-love-is-an-open-door-donny-osmond-tribute-165833344.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory"
  • 15 Mar 2014 | 4:21 pm

    Hyrum Virl Osmond
    15 Mar 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Han's big note from the "Open door" song was an intentional "Donny Osmond" moment. The directors actually had to ask me to "dial down the Donny" just a bit but I think the end result still captured that pure signature Osmondness.
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    Disney History

  • 31 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    I also had the pleasure of getting Animation Anecdotes by Jim Korkis and was delighted to find in it a long chapter filled with Disney stories. The book is a real treasure and a must have from my standpoint. One key frustration however (as in all of Jim's books) is the lack of endnotes to identify the sources of the information.
  • 30 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    I had the pleasure of receiving last week my copy of The Vault of Walt Volume 3 by Jim Korkis, released by Theme Park Press. I wrote the foreword for that volume, so instead of reviewing it, here is what I had to say about it:[“All roads lead to Jim Korkis.” I have been conducting research about Disney history for over twenty five years and that truth is unavoidable. Whatever the subject matter that you are investigating, Jim Korkis has already written about it.At some point I became interested in understanding more about the highly stylized commercials that the Disney Studio produced in…
  • 29 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    I love Chronicle Books' "art of" series (no wonder they were the ones I approached to release my own book series They Drew As They Pleased) and The Art of Big Hero 6 is no exception. It's a gorgeous book filled with - to my eyes - wonderful artwork. I love the concept of a mix between San Francisco and Tokyo and I admit that I am now more curious than ever about this movie, although the upcoming animated feature I am most looking forward to seeing remains Inside Out by Pete Docter. In summary: If you liked the other volumes in Chronicle Books series, you will enjoy this one too.
  • 28 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am

    Didier Ghez
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Joy! Today is a beautiful day: Michael Barrier is starting to post interviews again on his web site. Not to be missed!
  • 28 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    I can't wait to pick up this book, which will be released by Tomart Publications in a few weeks. According to Tom Tumbush it will contain tons of new information about the history of Disney merchandizing in the '30s.In addition I just learned that unbeknownst to me issues 77, 78 and 79 of the magazine Tomart's Disneyana Update have been released over the past few months. I just gor my copies and they are as good as always, especially issue 77 which contains a profile of Kay Kamen's artist Lou Lispi.
 
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    The Ward-O-Matic

  • New Website

    Ward Jenkins
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Ladies and gentlemen, my revamped, redesigned and renewed website: www.wardjenkins.com. ENJOY!
  • This year...

    Ward Jenkins
    18 May 2014 | 11:43 pm
    I am not going to compare myself to others as much. Or at all. I am embracing the struggle, accepting the mistakes I've made and pushing through. I am learning. I am trying. I am not going to let it get to me. Everything. It is going to be okay. I know it will. I am going to finish that one project I've been working on for some time now. I will not put it aside and forget it. I will keep it up front and center. Because I know that that's my spark. I know that it will keep me whole. I know that I can call it my own. I am going to draw when I don't want to. I am going to draw when I'm tired. I…
  • Here's a b-boy for ya.

    Ward Jenkins
    8 Jan 2014 | 9:29 am
    Let's start 2014 off with a bang, shall we? Enjoy.
  • Etsy Shop Update!

    Ward Jenkins
    22 Jul 2013 | 1:48 pm
    Yes, it's finally happened: an actual update to my Ward-O-Matic Etsy Shop with NEW prints! Amazing! Here are the three prints that are now available (top to bottom, L to R): Vinyl Kid, SX-70 Camera Boy, SX-70 Camera Girl.Prints shown above are the 5" x 7" size. All three are available in 8.5" x 11" as well. Yay!Here, let me hold them for all of you to see (again, these are the 5 x 7" size):The link: The Ward-O-Matic Shop
  • Elly in Ink & Gouache

    Ward Jenkins
    16 Feb 2013 | 1:42 pm
    It's always nice to break out the ink and gouache. Trying some things out with my Calico Elly character. Although the calico pattern is a little difficult to convey in paint. But hey, it's always worth playing around here:And who wouldn't want an extra appendage for eating chips out of the bag while reading? I mean, c'mon.
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    Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

  • Vanderpoel Cross Sections

    mark kennedy
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    One of my favorite life drawing books is "The Human Figure" by John H. Vanderpoel. Originally published in 1907, it is a very short and concise primer on anatomy. Vanderpoel has a unique way of looking at the human body and many of his thoughts on construction are exceptionally original and unique to his teachings.For example, one of his illustrations shows the male and female forms from above in cross-sections. I really like this drawing because it's very helpful for picturing the human body in three dimensions and from an angle that we don't always consider. Here are scans from the…
  • Black Swans

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

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

    mark kennedy
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Sorry it's been so long!The Atlantic Monthly published an interesting article about the creative partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, focusing on how the two of them accomplished great things by both complementing and challenging each other.Part of what I really like about the article is that it challenges the common assumption that art is best created by a single person with a single voice expressing their vision without interference or compromise. From the article:For centuries, the myth of the lone genius has towered over us, its shadow obscuring the way creative work really gets…
  • The Benefits of Visual Variety

    mark kennedy
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:35 pm
    One of the things I like about "Game of Thrones" is how the art direction is employed in telling the story. The nature of the show is to cut continuously from location to location as several different stories unfold simultaneously. This could easily lead to confusion in the viewer's mind because there are so many locations that there's a danger of being disoriented as you go from place to place over the course of an episode. But the creators of the show have carefully crafted each location to have it's own color scheme (as well as architecture and costume design) so that you always know where…
 
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    Spline Doctors

  • Horror Films

    Dr.Nate
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Hey there folks, Nathan Stanton here , very happy to be joining the SplineDoctor group. I’ve been at Pixar for over 18 years in the story dept. and have worked with great directors in that time. Some of the films I’ve worked on include ‘A Bug’s Life’, ‘Toy Story II’, ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘WALL-E’, and ‘Brave’ amongst others. With Halloween approaching in a few days, I thought  I’d share this great post on Horror storytelling , breaking down 13 scenes from some great films. These  highlight good directing,…
  • New Masterclass coming in 2015

    Dr. Gordon
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    I really happy and excited to announce that I will be conducting some masterclasses in 2015 with none other than Academy Award winning director Mark Andrews. Mark is the most dynamic teacher I have ever seen. We will be doing a two day class in a few select cities. More info on that coming soon We have been conducting this masterclass with Vanarts and other schools for many years. We have received so many great comments and we are always trying to make it the best possible class. There are copycat classes out there so beware… I can’t wait to share more about what this class will…
  • More New Doctors

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

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

    Dr. Gordon
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Ill be giving a class next week in Vancouver. If your a spline doctor reader please say hi and Ill try to bring something to give you. I can’t wait to come back to one of my favorite cities. This is our last class of the year. We are changing up the masterclass for 2014…There is some really exciting stuff that will happen that I can’t wait to tell you about. All coming soon! Also excited that my old pal and supervising animator at sony in vancouver.. Pete Nash will be there giving a talk on his recent work. Hope to see you there!!! Andrew
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    YouTube: Animation

  • WHY AREN'T YOU LAUGHING?! - Pewds Animated (By Coyotemation)

    PewDiePie
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    WHY AREN'T YOU LAUGHING?! - Pewds Animated (By Coyotemation) Check out Coyotemation ▻ http://bit.ly/1gPJ2eR (He animated this). COMMENT HERE: http://bit.ly/BroComments Get awesome games: http://www.g2a.com/PewDiePie Cl... From: PewDiePie Views: 4761883 175561 ratings Time: 01:22 More in Film & Animation
  • Scaredy Cat - Simon's Cat (A Halloween Special)

    Simon's Cat
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Scaredy Cat - Simon's Cat (A Halloween Special) 'A frightening feline turns his owner into a scaredy cat!' Don't forget to share this with your friends if you think Simon's Cat is just like your own cat! A... From: Simon's Cat Views: 2031842 40506 ratings Time: 02:31 More in Pets & Animals
  • Washed Up - Simon's Cat

    Simon's Cat
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Washed Up - Simon's Cat "A sleepy cat gets a rude awakening!" Don't forget to share this with your friends if you think Simon's Cat is just like your own cat! Also don't forget to S... From: Simon's Cat Views: 2109329 44594 ratings Time: 02:27 More in Comedy
  • Penguins of Madagascar Official Trailer #2 (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Penguins of Madagascar Official Trailer #2 (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch Movie HD Subscribe to TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/sxaw6h Subscribe to COMING SOON: http://bit.ly/H2vZUn Like us on FACEBOOK: http://goo.gl/dHs73 Follow us on TWITTER: htt... From: MOVIECLIPS Trailers Views: 977479 6574 ratings Time: 02:30 More in Film & Animation
  • Hot Water - Simon's Cat

    Simon's Cat
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Hot Water - Simon's Cat A hungry cat goes in search of food and gets his owner into some hot water!” Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=... From: Simon's Cat Views: 3866043 56696 ratings Time: 02:26 More in Entertainment
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    Lineboil - Animated News and Videos

  • Supamonks Team Powers Fishing Train

    Aaron
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Fishing Train is a new CG short about “two mercenaries go to a very special fishing trip.” The high-energy adventure was directed by Vincent Gibaud, and produced at Supamonks in France.
  • Buck Animates White Chocolate Xmas For McDonalds

    Aaron
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Ryan Honey lead the team at Buck, the studio that created this new winter-themed spot for McDonalds.
  • Giant Ant Tackles Bullying Topic With Stickboy

    Aaron
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Animation and opera go together like… ummm… well they don’t. At least not until this week. Giant Ant and the Vancouver Opera have teamed up with composer Neil Weisensel on Stickboy, which is based on the bullying experiences of Shane Koyczan, the spoken word poet.
  • Over the Garden Wall Promo by Bent Image Lab

    Aaron
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Over the Garden Wall premieres next Monday on Cartoon Network. This mini-series about two brothers lost in a forest will air for 5 straights nights. It was directed by Nick Cross, and created by Patrick McHale. Here’s a promo that was directed by Solomon Burbridge at Bent Image Lab:
  • Pecknold Seeks the Meaning of Life for NYT

    Aaron
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    LA-based animator Sean Pecknold was recently commissioned by the New York Times Magazine to create a short that seeks to discover nothing other than the meaning of life. Produced via The Academy Creative.
 
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    Comedy For Animators

  • Jacques Tati: Anatomy of a gag

    Jonathan Lyons
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    This week the complete films of Jacques Tati was released on blu-ray and DVD. You cannot study the history of film comedy and not know about Tati. He had a marvelous sense of humor, and a unique style of comedy. Here is an excellent analysis of some of his work. PlayTime: Anatomy of a Gag from Criterion Collection on Vimeo. I also recommend this post from Criterion films for further reading.
  • Toddler in a minion costume.

    Jonathan Lyons
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This is not a fail video, despite the graphic.  The boys response to falling is priceless.  If he broke down  crying it would be much less funny.  It is the survival of the spirit that makes great comedy.
  • Funny short: Wake Up Call

    Jonathan Lyons
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Here is some terrific animation that is pure physical comedy. Funny and short. Wake Up Call from Kevin Jackson on Vimeo.
  • Big Hero 6 character studies

    Jonathan Lyons
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    This is a great video about the characters in Big Hero 6.  Each character simply enters and sits in a chair.  By having them do the same thing, it is clear how different they are, and what is on their minds.
  • Rickey Gervais on how Laurel and Hardy have influenced him.

    Jonathan Lyons
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Ricky Gervais on the radio describing what he learned from Laurel and Hardy, and how he uses it in his work.
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    Toon Radio

  • Sklar, Guardino Music in Elf Holiday Special

    Robert Stukowski
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    If you loved the Elf movie staring Will Ferrell, you may want to know that there will be a Christmas Elf special this holiday season. Called Elf: Buddy's Music Christmas, it will be a musical stop-motion play featuring the music of Matthew Sklar and Christopher Guardino. Sklar, Guardino Music in Elf Holiday Special
  • A Word About Essay Writing Services

    Robert Stukowski
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Recently, someone asked me to write on essay writing services. I was hesitant at first because the topic wasn't related to Toon Radio and I believe everyone should at least try to do their homework themselves. But, I then realized that writing isn't for everyone. It takes an artist's skill that doesn't come easy. Therefore, I decided to go ahead and write a post on the topic. A Word About Essay Writing Services
  • Legend of Korra Book 4 Episode 4 The Calling

    Robert Stukowski
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Ikki gets some well deserved screen time. The AIr Kids go on a little adventure. Toph gives Korra the abridged version of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Plus, we get confirmation on Kuvira's next target on the fourth episode of the fourth book of the Legend of Korra, The Calling. Legend of Korra Book 4 Episode 4 The Calling
  • Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2014 Performers and Nomonees

    Robert Stukowski
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Gregg Alexander will perform the song Lost Stars from the film Begin Again at this year's Hollywood Music in Media Awards, which announced its nominees earlier this month. Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2014 Performers and Nomonees
  • Titan A E is back in Limited Music Form

    Robert Stukowski
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    If you missed getting the Titan A E soundtrack when it was first release, you're in luck. La-La Land Records is planning to rerelease the original score of the 1997 Don Bluth & Gary Goldman animated sci-fi feature. Titan A E is back in Limited Music Form
 
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    Cartoon Research

  • Animation Anecdotes: Halloween Special Edition

    Jim Korkis
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    “Monsters lead such interesting lives,” according to Bugs Bunny in the Warner short cartoon Hair Raising Hare (1946). In 1973, The Monster Times, a newspaper devoted to fantasy films, conducted a poll and determined that according to the readers, the top four favorite monsters were Godzilla, Dracula, Frankenstein and King Kong. These characters and the films in which they appeared were taken very seriously by audiences which made them ripe for parody in animation. Whether it was Mighty Mouse battling Frankenstein’s Cat (1942) or Porky Pig racing against “Borax Karloff” in Porky’s…
  • A Thunderbean Halloween

    Steve Stanchfield
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    So, Halloween has gotta be the cartoon lover’s favorite holiday, at least for all the weird animated films that either have Halloween themes. We seriously could put a link to the hundreds of them…but instead, here’s a few that I especially like myself (and since it’s Halloween, some local TV from the 70s included). I wish I was out in New York to see the show Tom is doing. Here are some of my favorite Halloween and spooky cartoons. I know some of these are old saws, but heck, isn’t this a site dedicated to them? We have to start this year with the one we put up last…
  • Halloween Horror: “The Mad Doctor” (1933)

    Tom Stathes
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    It seems this year has really flown by for us Cartoon Researchers. So much work had been put into the big Turner Classic Movies broadcast show of early animation in recent months (which I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed, Van Beuren mishap aside!). In the time since then, my close colleagues, collaborators and I have also been going full steam ahead to get my new Cartoon Roots Blu-ray release finished and ready to go for cartoon lovers around the world. We’ll have a big official announcement about that here in just a few weeks. Now Halloween is upon us, and to celebrate the glorious…
  • Halloween Magic! Hanna-Barbera’s “Winsome Witch”

    Greg Ehrbar
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Check out Jean Vander Pyl’s well-earned lead role as a helpful, huggable harpy in this HBR album based on The Atom Ant Secret Squirrel Show segment. Hanna-Barbara Presents WINSOME WITCH in “It’s Magic” Hanna-Barbera Records Cartoon Series HLP-2042 (12” 33 1/3 RPM / Mono / 1965) Executive Producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera. Producer/Writer/Director: Charles Shows. Music: Hoyt Curtin, Ted Nichols. Song Arrangements: Al Capps, Larry Goldberg. Editor: Larry Cowan. Engineer: Richard Olsen. Mastering: Dave Diller, Joe Leahy. Hand Lettering: Robert Schaefer. Cover Art: Fernando…
  • Max Fleischer Promo Art #22

    Thad Komorowski
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Bigger than MacMurray, Lombard, and Bing? The ads seem to think so. I love that the marketing people promoted the idea that Popeye and Betty had the same star power as the real-life Paramount players. If only Max and Dave’s names had that cache! Shield your eyes from the Jan. 5, 1938 mention of “Popeye scripts.” Because we know that animation scripts didn’t exist before 1960! (Despite some guys named Shamus Culhane, Myron Waldman, and Al Eugster saying otherwise – but who are they.) Jan.-Feb. 1938 Click each to enlarge:…
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    Skunk & Burning Tires

  • Meet Taika Waititi – The Multitalented Goofball Writing Disney’s ‘Moana’

    Ju-osh M.
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Yesterday’s big animation news was that Taika Waititi will be writing the screenplay for Disney’s next animated princess film, Moana. But who exactly is this Taika Waititi?     Taika Waititi was born on August 16, 1975 in Wellington, New Zealand. He initially entered the film industry as an actor, but quickly expanded his resume, writing, directing and starring in a number of short films. (Bonus! Most of these shorts can be viewed here.) After Waititi’s short, Two Cars, One Night, began winning awards at film festivals, Waititi was offered the opportunity to helm his…
  • ‘The Simpsons’ Showrunner Reveals How The Show Should End

    Ju-osh M.
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    The Simpsons‘ showrunner, Al Jean, told CNN what he believes is the ideal way to end the series: Loop it back around the show’s beginning! “There is an ending I’ve always had in mind, which was, I thought it would be cool if in the last episode they’re getting ready to go to a Christmas pageant, and they go to the Christmas pageant that opens up the first episode, Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, so the entire series is a loop with no end. That would be my way of concluding the run, but nobody has asked me for it yet.” To read CNN’s whole interview with Jean, click…
  • Letting A Li’l Too Much Go

    Ju-osh M.
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Comic by hope-for-snow.
  • How The Big Bird Costume Works

    Ju-osh M.
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    How cool is this? I’d always sorta known how most of it worked, but I *never* would’ve guessed the trick to moving right hand. You learn something new every day! Via: Educational GIFs
  • Stop-Motion ‘Elf’ Special Coming This X-Mas

    Ju-osh M.
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    NBC has announced an hour-long, stop-motion animated special starring the characters from Will Ferrell’s hit holiday film, Elf. Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas premiers Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. and will feature NINE new songs, including Happy All the Time, A Christmas Song and Nobody Cares About Santa Claus. Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) will voice Buddy, with Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Gilbert Gottfried, Jay Leno and Kate Micucci also doing voices. The film will be animated by Screen Novelties.
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    Rotoscopers

  • Villain Vignettes #30: Sid

    Pablo Ruiz
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Oh, Sid. He’s just insane,isn’t he? As you probably know, Sid is that sadistic kid who blows up toys for fun in Toy Story. He’s the complete opposite of sweet, caring Andy and […]
  • Villain Vignettes #29: Other Mother

    Pablo Ruiz
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Over the past month we’ve written about truly great villains. But I don’t think any of them are nearly as scary as the Other Mother from Coraline. The movie itself is surprisingly […]
  • Lost Boys-centric Peter Pan TV Series in Development for Fox

    Brandon Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Have you ever wondered what would happen if Peter Pan’s trusty group of ‘Lost Boys’ grew up and left Neverland? This new project may attempt to answer that question. According […]
  • Saban and Chris Columbus Team Up to Form Zag Animation Studios

    Brandon Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Another day, another animation studio jumping headfirst into what must be a pretty packed-in pool right now. According to Variety, Saban Capital Group (holders of the English-language rights to Digimon […]
  • Four Voices Added to ‘Norm of the North’ Animated Movie

    Brandon Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Last month, on the opening day of the Toronto International Film Festival, Splash Entertainment made the announcement that they had launched a new feature film division of the company. Yes, […]
 
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