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  • Season 2 of Comedy Central’s ‘TripTank’ Will Debut on September 25

    Cartoon Brew
    Scott Thill
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:09 am
    The raunchy Comedy Central series is returning for 10 new episodes.
  • War will be break out between birds and piggies when Angry Birds opens next summer

    Animated Views
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:14 am
  • ‘Disneyland Texas’ Real Estate Scammer Sentenced in Federal Court

    The Disney Blog
    John Frost
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:38 am
    Disney real estate scammer Thomas Lucas Jr. learned his fate yesterday after scamming gullible investors out of millions of dollars by proclaiming Disney was coming to Texas with a new Disneyland theme park, but only he knew where. Disney, of course, was planning no such development and all those investors...Follow The Disney Blog on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Feedly. ‘Disneyland Texas’ Real Estate Scammer Sentenced in Federal Court originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site,…
  • Three New Stills From ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ Released

    Max den Hartog
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:58 am
    In an article that was released on the website of Entertainment Weekly earlier today three new stills for the upcoming animated adaptation of the immensely popular Angry Birds mobile game were revealed. […]
  • Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway “A Whole New World” Music Video

    The Disney Blog
    John Frost
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:35 am
    Broadway’s Aladdin and Jasmine, played by Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, share their backstage journey from rehearsals to the stage of the New Amsterdam Theatre as part of this music video for ‘A Whole New World.’ Jacobs recently met up with Playbill’s Seth Rudetsky for his Obsessed! vlog series. While...Follow The Disney Blog on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Feedly. Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway “A Whole New World” Music Video originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this…
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    The Blackwing Diaries

  • Pay Dirt: Michael Barrier's Interviews: Wilfred Jackson

    Jenny Lerew
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:33 pm
     From Barrier's blog, photographs of Jaxon posing for Bill Tytla's benefit on his "Night On Bald Mountian" animation. "Yeah, without a shirt" he says in the interview. "And don't think some of the fellows around the studio didn't have a lot of fun with those photostats."There are a few writers on animation without whose work there'd be little or no bedrock of history to learn from. These are the people who did first-person interviews with veterans now long dead, who made tremendous efforts to screen and analyze films not readily available anywhere, and who produced books that…
  • New Book Review: The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic

    Jenny Lerew
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    It takes a long time to look through John Canemaker's new book  The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic, and it should. Nearly 300 pages are filled with examples of every aspect of Disney's production: drawings, model sheets, camera setups, and hundreds upon hundreds of photographs of how shots were achieved, animators at work, models posing for animators, reference photos of animals and humans, cels, drawings, the Burbank studio being built, "The Reluctant Dragon" live action production, Bambi, Fantasia, Dumbo, Pinocchio. Numerous examples of…
  • John Canemaker in Los Angeles: Thursday 9/11 at the Central Library, LACMA on Saturday, September 13: Gertie, Fantasia and...SCHULTHEIS!

    Jenny Lerew
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:57 pm
    It's always an event when John Canemaker comes to Los Angeles-literally. In 2012 he was here to present and moderate a program honoring the work of John and Faith Hubley, a fascinating and wonderful evening.  Now in September we have an embarrassment of riches.This coming Thursday it's a double dose of Canemaker and author and author/librarian Christina Rice, both authors of new books on the enigmatic Herman Schultheis. They'll be reading and signing in downtown's Central Library from 6 to 8pm, and the event is free.Then on Saturday, a triple threat: on Saturday, Sept. 13th,…
  • Women In Animation

    Jenny Lerew
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This Saturday, March 15, I'm moderating a panel at the Walt Disney Family Museum where I'll be talking with Claire Keane, Lorelay Bove, and Brenda Chapman about their experiences in the animation business, and their lives as animation artists.Last October the museum also asked if I would write an essay for their quarterly on the subject of women in animation, past and present, which follows here.In the 1970s there was one must-have for every aspiring young animator's bookshelf: Christopher Finch's oversized, heavy and beautiful The Art of Walt Disney.  Illustrated books detailing the…
  • Magic! Color! FLAIR! The World of Mary Blair exhibit is opening March 13, 2014

    Jenny Lerew
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Is there anyone in animation who isn't excited by the work of Mary Blair?  Oh, probably a few misanthropes or those who go the contrarian route, but Blair's gargantuan reputation grows year after year for good reason. Many have spoken and written about her influence more eloquently than I ever could, but nothing beats seeing the real thing, up close and personal. To this end the Walt Disney Family Museum is opening the largest show to date of Blair's accomplishments both inside and outside animation.  Curated by Oscar-winning animator, writer (and Blair biographer) and NYU professor…
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    TAG Blog

  • Middle Kingdom Marches On

    Steve Hulett
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:15 pm
    The trade press informs us: ... In its latest foray into the fast-growing Chinese entertainment sector, the film unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has partnered with upstart animation studio Light Chaser Animation to co-finance and distribute its debut film, Little Door Gods. Light Chaser was launched in Beijing in March 2013 by Gary Wang, founder of, which was bought by rival Internet video company in a $1 billion stock deal in 2012. Wang has said his ambition for the company is for it to be China's answer to Pixar – a boutique studio "creating world-class…
  • The Job Action Thing

    Steve Hulett
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Apparently the subject of a possible contract strike two years hence is coming up in current WGAw elections: When the WGA’s current contract expires in May 2017, it will have been almost 10 years since writers last struck the film and TV industry. Negotiations for a new contract won’t start for another 18 months, but the topic is taking center stage in the the guild’s ongoing officer and board elections as those elected will represent film and TV writers in the upcoming negotiations with producers. Gearing up for tough talks, WGA candidates are already talking about the need for a…
  • The Marvel Two-Step

    Steve Hulett
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Micro-managers sometimes wear out their welcome. After what one source describes as "several years of frustration," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has pulled off a reorganization of the vaunted film company that has him reporting to Disney studio chief Alan Horn as opposed to the infamously micromanaging Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter. Feige, the architect of Marvel's transition from a flailing comic book company into a film powerhouse that was sold to Disney for $4 billion in 2009, is said to have vented his unhappiness to Horn and Disney CEO Bob Iger earlier this…
  • The Animated Productions Among Us

    Steve Hulett
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Add On: Kindly note that this post is being continuously updated as studios call and members weigh in down below in comments. From time to time we put up a roster of teevee shows and theatrical features being made in the Southern California area of Cartoonland. We try to be reasonably comprehensive, but we're constrained by 1) A reluctance to list stuff that hasn't been announced (although we screw up), and 2) A lack of total knowledge. Feel free to chime in with things we've missed. And be aware that we might be taking things down as we get e-mails and phone calls from studios that don't…
  • An Over-Abundance of Free Money?

    Steve Hulett
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Some people across the pond, they aren't too happy. ... A report disclosed that more than 50 European Union grants were handed out to media production companies making documentaries, films and even cartoons – including some with a slant that promoted the work of the EU. Projects funded by the Creative Europe initiative, backed by the European Commission, included a film about a climate change activist and an animated series about alien squirrels. .... Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the Taxpayers Alliance, said: “Another day, another prime piece of evidence that Brussels bureaucrats…
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    Comic-Con International

  • The Art of Comic-Con Ends This Sunday!

    20 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE OUR FIRST-EVER EXHIBITIONThe Art of Comic-Con Ends This Sunday!We're extending The Art of Comic-Con gallery exhibition for one extra week, until Labor Day weekend! Your last chance to see the show is Sunday, Sept. 6th. Read more
  • The Professional Application Period Is Now Open!

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2016 PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION UPDATEThe Professional Application Period Is Now Open!The Comic-Con 2016 application period for professionals will be open until October 31, 2015. Read more
  • 2015 Photo Gallery

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    All the Comic-Con International 2015 Inkpot Award recipients!
  • Our Book Clubs' August Reads!

    13 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUBS!Our Book Clubs' August Reads!Comic-Con's four branches of the Graphic Novel Book Club got back into the swing of things this month, with new books being tackled by each group! Read more
  • A Few Moments from the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards!

    6 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    2015 EISNER AWARDS PHOTOS!A Few Moments from the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards!Here are a few moments from the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony, held Friday, July 10 at Comic-Con International! Read more
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    The Disney Blog

  • #Dancebattle America is ABC’s New Dance Competition Special

    John Frost
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:46 am
    Disney has had a huge success with “Dancing with the Stars” (which is now on Season 21) and is looking for ways to capitalize on that momemntum. It just might have it with “#Dancebattle America.” The new show will air followign the premiere of DWTS and is being produced by...Follow The Disney Blog on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Feedly. #Dancebattle America is ABC’s New Dance Competition Special 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…
  • ‘Disneyland Texas’ Real Estate Scammer Sentenced in Federal Court

    John Frost
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:38 am
    Disney real estate scammer Thomas Lucas Jr. learned his fate yesterday after scamming gullible investors out of millions of dollars by proclaiming Disney was coming to Texas with a new Disneyland theme park, but only he knew where. Disney, of course, was planning no such development and all those investors...Follow The Disney Blog on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Feedly. ‘Disneyland Texas’ Real Estate Scammer Sentenced in Federal Court originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site,…
  • TGIT Returns on ABC with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal & HTGAWM

    John Frost
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:31 am
    ABC TV has released a fantastic new trailer to mark the return of TGIT (Thank Goodness is Thursday). The casts of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder dance it out and celebrate with a little wine and popcorn. I hope all those stains come out. Shonda...Follow The Disney Blog on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Feedly. TGIT Returns on ABC with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal & HTGAWM 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…
  • ‘Minnie Mouse’s Costume Chaos’ revealed as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ‘Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom’ exclusive card

    John Frost
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:57 am
    It’s almost time for another year of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. Starting on the first night, Sept 15, guests will be able to pick up a new exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (SotMK) event card. This year’s card is called “Minnie Mouse’s Costume Chaos.” it...Follow The Disney Blog on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Feedly. ‘Minnie Mouse’s Costume Chaos’ revealed as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ‘Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom’ exclusive card originally posted on The…
  • Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway “A Whole New World” Music Video

    John Frost
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:35 am
    Broadway’s Aladdin and Jasmine, played by Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, share their backstage journey from rehearsals to the stage of the New Amsterdam Theatre as part of this music video for ‘A Whole New World.’ Jacobs recently met up with Playbill’s Seth Rudetsky for his Obsessed! vlog series. While...Follow The Disney Blog on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Feedly. Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway “A Whole New World” Music Video originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this…
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    Upcoming Pixar

  • Our new writer

    20 Aug 2015 | 5:26 pm
    I am very pleased to announce that a new writer is joining me here at Upcoming Pixar! It’s been a year since I took over from Bryan, and it truly has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I’m so happy that I also get to share it with someone else! My co-writer is Nia! Nia grew up on a strict diet of animated and classic films. Her lifelong love affair with Pixar began after watching A Bug’s Life in cinemas many moons ago. Previously writing for BuzzFeed, Nia hopes to provide a unique commentary to the Studio’s films, culture, and animation. I’m so…
  • Pixar at D23 (UPDATE: Toy Story Land)

    15 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    D23 is this weekend, and there’s no shortage of awesome Pixar news! New logos, images, release dates, and synopses have been revealed for their upcoming slate, and the excitement for them has only increased. Without further ado, here’s all the brilliance fans were treated to. “Riley’s First Date?” Pixar Animation Studios heads back inside the mind with an all-new short. “Riley’s First Date?” made its world premiere at D23 EXPO 2015. Director Josh Cooley, along with Inside Out filmmakers Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and Jonas Rivera (Up), introduced the…
  • Love Story

    14 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    When Toy Story 4 was first announced last November, an interesting detail came to light: it would be a love story. Since all the films in the Toy Story universes center on the relationship between children and toys, this is a surprising shift. While Bonnie might not be as prevalent in the forthcoming sequel, someone else is. After much speculation, John Lasseter has revealed that Woody and Bo Peep will be reunited. Fans were upset when Bo Peep was absent from the third film. Her role had started to get smaller when Toy Story 2 was released in 1999. Lee Unkrich explained that her porcelain…
  • Gorgeous new still of The Good Dinosaur

    12 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Feast your eyes on this hi-res still of The Good Dinosaur! This breathtaking image captures the scope of the film as well as the natural beauty of the world. Although Arlo will find himself battling rough terrain, you couldn’t tell from this image. It’s so beautiful and vivid, and of course the finished film will be as well. Continue to follow along here for more about Pixar’s November release. D23 is this Saturday and there will be plenty more news to look forward to. The post Gorgeous new still of The Good Dinosaur appeared first on Upcoming Pixar.
  • The Science of Pixar

    9 Aug 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Back in June, Boston’s Museum of Science opened The Science Behind Pixar, an interactive exhibit that gives guests the chance to learn about the math and science in Pixar films. I was lucky enough to attend this weekend, and it was quite an enriching experience! The exhibit was set up to focus on each aspect of Pixar’s production and animation process. There are sections devoted to modeling, rigging, animation, lighting, surfaces, simulation, and more. It’s all presented in a unique, eye catching way. Visitors not only get to see how the films are created firsthand, but…
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  • SF Sketches

    James Baker
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Here are a few sketches done around San Francisco over the past few months. I've been spending a lot of time at the California Pacific Medical Centre's Castro Street branch lately, and on my way there and back I sometimes stop by the Market and Castro intersection to eat prior to riding the Muni-M line. Here [..READ MORE..]
  • HUBERT’S BRAIN Storyboards

    James Baker
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Storyboards I did for HUBERT'S BRAIN, a short film by Phil Robinson from 2001. This sequence was ultimately cut, but was intended to show Hubert's nerdy fear of the neighbour's pug dog. More work I did on that project HERE.
  • JaMiE-CoN!

    James Baker
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    It's been a while since I've exhibited at COMIC-CON (in fact, my seller's permit was recently cancelled from lack of use) so I thought I might hold JAMIE-CON instead; an online convention for anyone unable to attend the San Diego convention in person, and I finally added all my comic books and just some of my prints to my Nerve Bomb [..READ MORE..]

    James Baker
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:17 pm
    INSIDE OUT is an unusual film for a big studio to make; it is very ambitious and abstract. I worked on the story team from 2010 to late 2012, and everyone was excited about the idea, but dramatising that idea was at times quite challenging. I finally saw the film at a crew Wrap Party [..READ MORE..]
  • Monterey: Trip Home

    James Baker
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Driving up Highway #1 from our visit to Monterey Aquarium, Julia and I saw a beautiful spot and pulled over to see Pigeon Point Lighthouse. This picturesque scene was made even moreso by the sight of a grey whale and her calf swimming past the lighthouse at close quarters. We enjoyed the scenery so much [..READ MORE..]
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    Ice-Cream Monster Toon Cafe

  • New Social Media locations

    Alina Chau
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Dear friends,Thank you for supporting my Ice-Cream Monster Blog for many years.Lately, I start getting storage max out message from Google.  I don't want to delete the content of this blog.  So from now on, I will post all my new blog postings at other social media accounts:Instagram- - http://alinachau.tumblr.comFaceBook - there is always my web-site - http://alinachau.comAnd my newsletter for regular official shows and events up-date -…
  • Getting ready to head to SDCC!!

    Alina Chau
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Fine me at SDCC Small Press with lots of SDCC Exclusive Goodies!!  
  • Invitation to gallery shows and party!

    Alina Chau
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Dear all,We would love to invite you to a series of up-coming summer gallery events and parties!!1) Book launch party of Acquerello III on June, 20th, Sat, 1pm - 4pm at Center Stage Gallery, 847 Hollywood Way Suite 100 Burbank, CA 91505Event Detail - will be food and beverages, fun live demo and interview and we will be exhibiting selected original artworks from the book!  2) Greetings From Paradise Gallery Show Open Sat, June 13 at TR!CKSTER2631 Ashby Ave, suite ABerkeley,…
  • Padme commission

    Alina Chau
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    Padme commission piece, print available at have a couple fun art events coming up and just update my site with the new events All invited!! Hope you can join the fun!!
  • Double Happiness available for Pre-Order at Amazon

    Alina Chau
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    My new children picture book - Double Happiness is available for Pre-Order from Amazon at: 
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    Disney History

  • 27 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm

    Didier Ghez
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    The blog will be updated less often until September 14.
  • 27 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am

    Didier Ghez
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    I discovered this exceptional Japanese book last week and ordered it on right away. I had never seen so many examples of artwork created by the Disney artists during WWII reproduced in a book. Combined with David Lesjak's Service With Character The Disney Studio and World War II (which contains the English explanations) this becomes a truly fabulous reference book and a "must have". 
  • 24 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm

    Didier Ghez
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    The blog will probably be updated again on Thursday, August 27.
  • 21 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    I received a copy of this book yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. It is much more interestingthan what I expected. The author cares about the subject matter and it shows. The book is not an in-depth history book, but it is not pure marketing "puff" either. There are dozens of wonderful surprises both within the text and among the illustrations. The layout is also a pure delight.While this is not necessarily a "must have" for readers of this blog, it is a book that I am really happy to recommend snce it made me smile from ear to ear yesterday.There is real care that went into the making…
  • 20 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    Heads up from Are Myklebust about some great Disneyland-related documents that can be found at this link.
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    Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

  • Thinking, Processing, and Reacting

    mark kennedy
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    People often ask me what makes a good story artist and what we look for in story portfolios at Disney. By far, the most important quality we look for is people who can invest their boards with a sense of personality and character. Do the boards show a unique character that feels like a developed personality? That's always our number one question when we look at people's portfolios, and the board artists who have been the most successful at Disney are the people who excel at that.The number one job of a story artist at Disney is to storyboard in a way that lets the viewer understand what is…
  • Eyelids and Eye Types

    mark kennedy
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:12 pm
    One of the first posts I wrote for this blog was concerning this page from "The Big Yellow Drawing Book", a short book written to teach kids about drawing. It contains some interesting insights I haven't seen written down anywhere else. Including this advice about how to use eyelids to show emotions:I drew a few more tips that I think are important to consider when drawing eyelids:There are other factors that affect eye shape and expressions than just the upper and lower lids. Obviously, the eyebrows change the shape of the eye as they pull upwards and push down on the eye in different…
  • Arnold on Creating The Terminator

    mark kennedy
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Arnold Schwarzenegger has been doing interviews to promote his new Terminator movie, and he revealed an interesting tidbit in one of them. Arnold was recounting that when he first met with James Cameron to talk about doing the movie, Arnold told the director that he wanted to play the hero and not the Terminator. The Terminator has very few lines and it seemed, to Arnold, that playing the part wouldn't be that glamorous and exciting.But what convinced Cameron that Arnold was perfect for the role was how much thought Arnold had already put into the way the Terminator should act and look.
  • Match Cuts

    mark kennedy
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    A match cut is when you cut from one scene to another, but the place where you want the viewer's eye to focus on is in the same spot in each composition. Before and after the cut, the viewer is focusing on the same part of the frame. It makes it easier for the viewer to track what's going on, and minimizes the amount of effort the viewer needs to expend in searching around for what's important every time you cut. It can be really helpful in fast cutting action scenes to keep the viewer oriented and clear about what's happening. It can also be useful in simple, straightforward scenes, because…
  • Foreground, Middle ground, Background

    mark kennedy
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Sorry my posts have been infrequent lately. As a lot of you know, I've been feverishly working on my own thing for a while. It takes a lot of energy. And I've been blogging for so many years that I can't always muster up the inspiration to write about something I've never written about before.So here's a topic I've covered before that some of you may have never heard. Or maybe some of you could use a refresher. It's one of the very first topics I covered.Like a lot of great drawing tips, it seems so simple that it's easy to dismiss.I started out as an animator, and when I transitioned into…
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    Spline Doctors

  • Pixar in a Box Live

    Dr. Gordon
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:24 pm
    I just wanted to tell you all about a great collaboration with the Khan Academy and Pixar. Pixar in a box is a education program where students can learn all about how we do things at Pixar and apply it to the things they learn in school. Check it out here:  
  • 129 Beautiful Shots

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Here’s a great collection of screen shots to pour over. These are all wonderful scenes from a wide variety of films, and not only do they point out great cinematography, but many are good examples of strong visual storytelling that you can achieve in one single image. I hope this inspires any out there to start their own collection of screen shots, it’s a really good way to break down a scene and see how it’s all put together. Enjoy !   - N. Stanton
  • Coming Soon

    Dr. Gordon
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Ill be planning to do a Animator Round Table for Inside Out. Please show your support in the comments section if this is something you want! If you have not already had the chance to see the film, check it out.   Andrew
  • Anime Studio

    Dr. Gordon
    6 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Back in the day I discovered a really cool hobbyist 2d animation program called moho. I loved it. Little did I know that program grew up along time ago and is called Anime Studio Pro. They also have beginner and students version called anime studio debut which has fewer features. Even at 299, Anime Studio Pro is a bargain. It really is a powerful tool. The new version supports many new features such as custom brushes, photoshop layered imports, frame by frame animation and much more. What I love about this program is that it has full featured inverse kinematics. You can rig your 2d creations…
  • A couple cool links

    Dr. Gordon
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    Wanted to pass along a couple of cool links. One is an amazing trailer Sergio Pablos did. Great stuff Sergio! plus and interview: Also of note is a really cool looking VR short former colleague Ramiro is doing over at Occulus Pix…uhh… Rift looks really great guys -Andrew  
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    Cartoon Research

  • Reviews, Plugs and Appearances

    Jerry Beck
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:01 am
    Time for another round-up of reviews for books and videos (strangely, most of them Disney-related this time around). But before we get into that I want to plug a couple of personal appearances this month – some local to Southern California, and a couple back east. First off, I’ll be attending Cinecon 51 this weekend (Sept. 3-7) at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd. It’s mainly an oasis of classic movies – mostly uber-rare titles (like Universal’s rarely seen Myrt and Marge (1933) with Ted Healy and The Three Stooges). However, this year the Con is giving…
  • Filmation’s “The Archie Show” on Records

    Greg Ehrbar
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:01 am
    A groovy peep at the first album by the world’s most successful animated pop band, from a Saturday Morning series that almost half the U.S. watched every week. THE ARCHIES Calendar Records (RCA Victor) KES-101 (12” 33 1/3 RPM LP) Records) CD Reissue: Repertoire Records (Germany) REP-5025 (2006) Available for download on iTunes Released in 1968. Lead Singer: Ron Dante. Music Supervision: Don Kirshner. Producer: Jeff Barry. Engineer: Mike Moran. Technician: Gus Mossler. Recorded in RCA’s Studio C, New York. Running Time: 30 minutes. Songs: “Archie’s Theme (Everything’s Archie)”,…
  • Famous Studios 1955-56

    Jerry Beck
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    The 1955-56 season. This would be the final one for Famous Studios as we know it. Change was in the wind. First, the good news – the annual option to extend the agreement between Paramount Pictures and Famous Studios (below) requires the usual deliverables of 24 pictures: eight Popeye, six Noveltoons, four Herman and Katnip and six Casper cartoons. Then, even better news: Paramount agrees to extend an additional ten option periods – guaranteeing production of cartoon shorts through the 1966-67 season. Considering the turmoil in the business, technological challenges and…
  • Argentine Animated Features, Part 2: García Ferré Appears

    Fred Patten
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Continuing my survey of animated films from Argentina. This Week: The mid-1970s and artist García Ferré. Anteojito y Antifaz, Mil Intentos y un Invento (Anteojito and Antifaz, A Thousand Attempts and an Invention), directed by Manuel García Ferré. 84 minutes. September 14, 1972. Anteojito is an 8-year-old boy, the little star of cartoonist and animator (Manuel) Garcia Ferré. But before going on, something should be said about García Ferré himself. Manuel García Ferré (1929-2013) was roughly the Argentine Walt Disney. He created dozens of characters that appeared in magazines from the…
  • The Art Of John Foster

    Charlie Judkins
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    John Foster in a rare moment of relaxation with wife Grace and daughter Doris, 1933 (click to enlarge)I have always been a great admirer of the work of John Foster (1887-1959), the pioneer animator who directed the Van Beuren studio between the Summer of 1929 and Spring of 1933. Foster spent the majority of his career before and after this working for Paul Terry, who worked closely with Foster on Terrytoon stories for many years and considered him the “most brilliant” of all his employees. Several years ago, I learned to identify Foster’s stylistics when Milton Knight called to my…
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    Skunk & Burning Tires

  • Pixar Adds Cultural Critic To ‘Coco’ Crew

    Ju-osh M.
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    IO9 reports: “Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz just announced that he’s joining the crew of Pixar’s Coco, an upcoming movie inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead. Why is this news? Well, in addition to being a fantastic artist and the creator of the syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha, Alcaraz is a political cartoonist who’s been sharply critical of Disney/Pixar’s treatment of Latinos and Latino culture. “[...] In 2013, when Disney attempted to trademark the phrase “Día de los Muertos,” or “Day of the Dead,” as part of the legal preparations for Coco,…
  • My Very Own D23 Exclusive…

    Ju-osh M.
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Check out the bulge on that bull!
  • Lasseter Reveals Plot to ‘Toy Story 4’

    Ju-osh M.
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    John Lasseter got a little emotional while celebrating the 20th anniversary of Toy Story at this weekend’s D23 Expo. So emotional, he went ahead and revealed the (previously) top secret plot to Toy Story 4! “When we made the first three Toy Story films,” Lasseter said, “we didn’t realize what we had done was to change the genre of each of the films’ story. For Toy Story 4, we are doing a type of story we have not done before: a love story. It’s a story about a relationship between Woody and Bo Peep.” Considering how strangely the sudden disappearance of…
  • Al Hirschfeld Draws Disney

    Ju-osh M.
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    “The Disney Clan gathers at the Roundtable of the Algonquin to celebrate the publication of The Art of Walt Disney by Christopher Finch. Published by Harry N. Abrams Inc. on Oct. 16, 1973. Julie Andrews, Peter Ustinov, Walt Disney and Annette Funicello in the background.” (Pic via
  • Madventure Time

    Ju-osh M.
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    Animator Egor Zhgun took the beloved cast of Adventure Time and recast them in the roles of Mad Max: Fury Road‘s sand-swathed stars. The result? Maaaaadness!
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  • Keeping your photos cloud safe

    Content Renderforest
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:43 am
    Chances are that if you have a camera on your phone, you’ve taken a picture. Between selfies, interesting food and the occasional truly excellent photo, your phone is loaded with (possibly) years of photos. All of that occupied space means a slower phone and, worst of all, no more room for new pictures. Thankfully the tech world is actively solving this problem for us with the use of cloud storage. Several options exist and are likely built right into your phone. Backing up photos with your iPhone, Android or Windows Phone has never been easier, and it easily one of the biggest savers of…
  • Back to school 2015

    Content Renderforest
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    August is nearly over, and that means only one thing for everyone from the smallest elementary student to the most overworked senior undergrad. School is back, and it’s getting more technology friendly than ever before. For the students entrenched in the photography, videography and media fields, this is a good thing. You no longer need an expensive camera to create your next project. While programs from Adobe and Apple are helpful, they are no longer (strictly speaking) a requirement when making attractive videos and slideshowsThat said, there are some limitations to what you can do with a…
  • The benefits of marketing with video

    Content Renderforest
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    People crave information. It’s in our blood, and thanks to the internet it has never been easier to get the answers you want at the speed you want it. Running a successful business means being able to convey information as fast as your customers want it. We have all been to that website where one feature or another is hidden. Did you stay on that website for longOne of the easiest ways to convey information quickly and efficiently is with a video. Pictures are nice for decoration and easy ideas, but everyone from Google to Microsoft are embracing videos as a direct method to convey a new…
  • Reduce your wedding cost with the web

    Content Renderforest
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:22 am
    Congratulations! You found that special someone and you’ve decided to spend the rest of your life with them. The time to plan the biggest day of your existence is at hand, yet once you start looking at the prices of wedding dresses, venues, dj’s, photographers, videographers, catering, party favors and all of the other standard wedding accoutrama, suddenly getting married is a less happy occasion, and instead one that will make starting your new life difficult and filled with debt. But this is 2015, and the internet is ever more ready to fix your problems. The traditional wedding needn't…
  • Understanding the Basics: Three must-know camera settings

    Content Renderforest
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    So you just got that new camera, and it’s heavy, tough, and loaded with buttons. Your pictures are coming out great. Congratulations! But did you know you can get professional quality pictures out of even the most budget DSLR? Sure your pictures look good - the high quality sensors and lens on your camera see to that - but you can do so much more. You may even find a new hobby that’s easy to share with your friends and beneficial at family events. It’s time to shift that dial away from the auto setting and start exploring the Manual setting. Don’t worry. Play with these options…
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