Following Sylvain Chomet’s first-class “Simpsons” opening, I didn’t expect any animator to top it creatively—and certainly not so soon after. I’ve never been happier to be wrong.
After a relatively quiet stretch, John Kricfalusi (“Ren & Stimpy”) is popping up everywhere nowadays: at the front “Simpsons” episodes, behind Miley Cyrus, and now, in your milkshake machine.
Animation artist Jamie Baker (“UP,” “WALL·E,” “Finding Nemo”) has written a hilarious and detailed account of what it was like to work as an artist in Taiwan in the mid-1980s. Spoiler—it was weird:
“Feast,” a new short by “Paperman” head of animation Patrick Osborne, will debut at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10, Disney announced this morning.
India’s first 3-D mo-cap CGI feature, “Kochadaiiyaan,” will open on May 9th. By Western feature animation quality standards, it looks unwatchable, but perhaps it’s considered acceptable in India.
Two bodies, giants almost naked, advance slowly to a circle of clay. This graphic experience features the expressiveness of their bodies which are to repeat a sumo ritual. The two wrestlers are fighting in a lightning way through each of their deeds, which are the direct expression of their most exposed being.
The most fascinating bit of news out of WonderCon last weekend? Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa (“Mind Game”) has storyboarded and directed an upcoming episode of “Adventure Time.”
We’re entertaining ourselves on Cartoon Brew’s Instagram account this afternoon with a series of childhood photos of famous animation folk. How many can you identify? Click on the images for the answers.
Tonight, just for fun, I posted a series of photos of legendary animators from the Golden Age of theatrical animation. We owe them a great deal. Without the pioneering efforts of these artists (and hundreds of others like them), animation would not be nearly so advanced as it is today. How many of these animators can you identify? You can click through to Instagram for the identifications.
A look at animation history via Cartoon Brew’s archives.