Media conglomerates export American culture throughout the world, but other countries often don’t consume that culture in its intended manner. Here’s a great example: a performance that took place yesterday at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Seth MacFarlane can do anything: create animation, make live-action features, sing, act, produce live-action sitcoms and science documentaries, host the Oscars, and add to that list now, write novels. Of course, whether he does any of it well is another question.
A humoristic turbo drama. Floyd, after being dumped by his girlfriend, suffers from psychological problems manifested as a little demon who disrupts his everyday life. Floyd has to go through great depths before he can continue his life.
At the end of Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck’s acceptance speech for “Frozen,” a clearly emotional Chris Buck said, “And finally we’d like to dedicate this to our guardian angel, that’s my son Ryder Buck. Thank you, Ryder.”
The Oscars just did a little segment on their Scientific and Technical Awards. Among the the winners of the Technical Achievement Award this year was Rhythm & Hues for its proprietary Voodoo software.
No surprise in the Best Animated Feature category. “Frozen” won. No surprise in the Best Visual Effects category. “Gravity ” won. Huge surprise in the Best Animated Short category. “Mr. Hublot ” won.
Those of us in animation always gripe that the rest of Hollywood doesn’t care or know the first thing about animated films. There are tons of anecdotal stories to support this position, but finally, we’ve got some definitive proof. And if you think Hollywood doesn’t understand animation, it’s even worse than you could imagine.
It’s a special day for directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Their film “Frozen” will win the Best Animated Feature Oscar on the day that it crosses $1 billion in global box office revenue. It becomes, along with “Toy Story 3,” only the second animated feature to achieve this distinction, and the 18th film overall.
On April 1st, Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release “Birds Of Paradise” on DVD exclusively at Walmart and Redbox. If the film looks and feels suspicously like Fox’s “Rio” franchise, well…that’s the point. One of the film’s PR people sent us a press release that states matter-of-factly that “Birds of Paradise” is “timed to the theatrical release of ‘Rio 2.'” The latter Blue Sky Studios-produced movie will be released on April 11.
Last weekend the town of Taylor, Texas held their first-ever Tex Avery Day in honor of their hometown animation hero. Here is a look at what happened.