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* California Historical Society Hosts Lecture on State’s Animation Industry
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* New Canadian Production Company debuts with Adventures of Napkin Man
* “Peanut Philosophies” Exhibit coming to Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa
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Some of the commenters in the post about Disney’s disastrous foray into “urban” fashion failed to grasp how embarrassing it is for a company with Disney’s legacy and reputation to release products as ill-conceived as the ones in its Graphic Edge line. Historian Jeff Kurtti saw the bigger picture and eloquently summed up everything that is wrong with the Disney Company’s approach to contemporary fashion:
What’s unfortunate is manifold:
1) Plain poor design. Not just ugly, but uninformed; putting characters in situations that have nothing to do with their long-standing and strong identities, or that belittle their history,
2) That an organization that continues to base so much of its business on the strength of its culture can prostitute their core characters in such a blatant way, and that does nothing to build on those characters, or have any cultural value beyond desire for profit,
3) That “relevance” is seen not in playing up the characters’ strengths and long-standing identities in a new and unique fashion, but rather in dressing them up in “whatever the kids are into.”
4) That, rather than using those built-in strengths to lead a design trend in pop fashion, they choose to ape an already-tired “Urban Fashion.”
It’s “Disco Mickey Mouse,” writ large and without tongue in cheek.
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26 New Episodes of 2010′s Top Animated Kids’ and Tweens’ Program Will Roll Out in 2012
BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Nickelodeon, the number-one kids’ brand and largest producer of television animation in the world, has picked up a ninth season of the hit animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, it was announced today by Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. The network is adding 26 episodes to the series, which ranks as the top animated program with kids and tweens in 2010, that will roll out in 2012, including the series’ landmark 200th episode. SpongeBob SquarePants has been TV’s number-one animated series with kids 2-11 for 10 consecutive years.
“SpongeBob’s success in reaching over 200 episodes is a testament to creator Stephen Hillenburg’s vision, comedic sensibility and his dynamic, lovable characters,” said Johnson. “The series now joins the club of contemporary classic Nicktoons that have hit this benchmark, so we’re incredibly proud.”
SpongeBob SquarePants will once again cap the year as the number-one animated show among kids 2-11 (followed by The Penguins of Madagascar) and kids 6-11 on broadcast and basic cable. The series is also basic cable’s top animated show with total viewers. SpongeBob SquarePants is seen in 171 markets in 26 languages and is the most widely distributed property in MTV Networks’ history.
The last SpongeBob SquarePants special, “Mystery with a Twistery,” aired Nov. 11 and was the year’s top animated telecast with kids 2-11 on TV and basic cable’s number one animated series with 6.6 million total viewers (+122%). The series’ next special, “Legends of Bikini Bottom,” is an hour-long anthology of brand-new four underwater tales that will premiere Jan. 28, 2011.
SpongeBob SquarePants is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer, director and creative director on Nickelodeon’s animated series Rocko’s Modern Life. Hillenburg graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a master’s degree in experimental animation and studied marine biology and art as an undergraduate. Hillenburg created and executive produced The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie which hit theaters in November 2004.
Paul Tibbitt served as a director and writer on SpongeBob SquarePants for its first three seasons and is currently executive producer. He wrote some of the show’s most memorable episodes, such as “Ripped Pants” and “Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy.” Tibbitt was one of the co-writers and storyboard artists on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. SpongeBob SquarePants is a Nicktoons Production and is produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.
Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years.
2011 will be our 8th year of Cartoon Brew. We’re really excited about the site this year and we’ll be spending more time than ever building Cartoon Brew into the Internet’s premier animation destination. How would you like to see Cartoon Brew grow in 2011? What topics would you like us to write more about–industry news, international news, anime, comics, short films, TV, CGI, how-to’s? More episodes of Cartoon Brew TV? More of Brew TV’s Student Animation Festival? Should we start producing original Cartoon Brew animation content? Give us your wishlist. Animation is one of the quickest growing art forms around the world, and we plan to grow along with it.
2011 promises to deliver a brand new slate of American animated features. But how new is it? Our list of sixteen features below reveals an awful lot of familiar faces with continuing adventures for Kung Fu Panda, Shrek’s Puss In Boots, Cars‘ Lightning McQueen, and the casts of Alvin and the Chipmunks and Happy Feet. The Smurfs franchise is dusted off, Winnie the Pooh reappears, and Tintin gets a make-over in mo-cap.
Such reliance on sequels, revivals, spin-offs and specific techniques (all but one film is computer animated) show a greater dependence by producers on traditional major-studio business models. Even Pixar, which once was recognized for its originality, will rely on a sequel (Cars 2) for the second straight year. Expect studios to play it cautious and unoriginal as long as their formulas perform reliably. Animated features may not exactly qualify as an innovative art form in the United States, but they are reliable cash cows for movie studios. This year, six of the top fifteen films at the US box office were animated, which is remarkable considering the tiny percentage of animated features compared to the overall film market.
In 2011, the emigration of live-action directors to animation continues en masse with first timers Gore Verbinski and Steven Spielberg. George Miller and Robert Zemeckis also continue to produce animation. Other notable events to watch: ILM debuts its first CG feature; Illumination (the production company behind Despicable Me) tries for a second box office hit; Aardman restarts its feature ambitions with a new creative/distribution partner.
This is by no means a complete list of animated features slated for release in 2011. Our list focuses on films made by American studios. There will be, of course, dozens of foreign and independent productions, many of which we predict will be more daring in content, style and technique. No one knows how all of this will play out, but two things are for certain: Robert Zemeckis’s films will continue to horrify viewers, and throughout the year Cartoon Brew readers will make their opinions known loud and clear.
LIST OF 2011 FEATURES BY RELEASE DATE
Gnomeo and Juliet
Release Date: February 11, 2011
Director: Kelly Asbury
Production Company: Starz Animation
Label: Touchstone Pictures
Distributor: Walt Disney
Release Date: March 4, 2011
Director: Gore Verbinski
Label: Nickelodeon Movies
Production Company: Industrial Light & Magic
The tenth and concluding entry in our 2010 Cartoon Brew TV Student Animation Festival: The Facts In The Case of Mr. Valdemar was made by Bahij Jaroudi for the MA program at Kingston University. The story is based on an 1845 Edgar Allen Poe story “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”. Traditional animated interpretations of Poe have been rooted in an illustrative tradition, a la the UPA classic The Tell-Tale Heart (1953). Jaroudi’s approach runs counter to convention, and he creates a bright and exaggerated interpretation of Poe’s story with nods to the cartooniest of animators and cartoonists like Rod Scribner and Basil Wolverton. Poe’s gory details, which at point includes a description of Valdemar’s eyes leaking a “profuse outflowing of a yellowish ichor,” are played for comic effect in Jaroudi’s short.
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The Facts In The Case of Mr. Valdemar was made by Bahij Jaroudi for the MA program at Kingston University. The story is based on an 1845 Edgar Allen Poe story “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”. Traditional animated interpretations of Poe have been rooted in an illustrative tradition, a la the UPA classic The Tell-Tale Heart (1953). Jaroudi’s approach runs counter to convention, and he creates a bright and exaggerated interpretation of Poe’s story with nods to the cartooniest of animators and cartoonists like Rod Scribner and Basil Wolverton. Poe’s gory details, which at point includes a description of Valdemar’s eyes leaking a “profuse outflowing of a yellowish ichor,” are played for comic effect in Jaroudi’s short.
Bahij shared some details with us about the filmmaking process and will answer additional questions in the comments:
I think it’s important to note that I’ve always been afraid of watching horror movies, and still am, and I always close my eyes during the scary, gory parts but what I’ve discovered after making this film is that I really enjoy seeing people reacting to it. My parents said to me: we don’t understand why you would do such a film…you’re such a nice boy.
I did this film during my MA in animation at Kingston University. We were required to do a two-minute film. I was really interested in doing my own interpretation of an Edgar Allan Poe short story, and I kept coming back to “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” ( amazing title, don’t you think?)
So, for me, the difficulty was the time restriction, and trying to condense the story, while keeping the beauty of Edgar Allan Poe’s prose and adding my own touch to it; hence the idea of adding an evil black cat.
The background music is an excerpt of Astor Piazzolla’s “Soledad” and the narration is by Mr. William Tombs. (The “KAAA KAAAA” sound in the beginning was beautifully executed by myself.)
An interesting fact about “The Facts in the case of M. Valdemar”: when Edgar Allan Poe wrote it, people thought it was a true story due to the writing style of it, which resembled a scientific report!
Filmmaker Website: Bahijj.blogspot.com
Looking for holiday gifts for that special animation someone…or maybe just for yourself. Look no further than Cartoon Brew’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide compiled by Jerry and Amid.
LEONARDO – THE COMPLETE CODEX
Animator Jim Capobianco (Pixar) first created a beautiful hand drawn short, Leonardo, then packaged it for sale so attractively, it’s a model for what we’d like to see all animators do. Included in the beautiful DVD boxed set is the complete preliminary storyreel, deleted scenes, audio commentary – as well as a flipbook, a notebook and a pencil. And much much more. A perfect gift to all animators and those aspiring to be.
23 More Animated Gift Ideas after the jump!
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this morning the shortlist of ten animated shorts for the 2010 Best Animated Short category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch will now vote one more time to narrow it down to five nominees. The final vote, which determines the winner, is open to all Academy members provided that they have watched every nominated short.
We published the list of 33 qualifying shorts a few weeks ago on Cartoon Brew. The ten shorts that were voted to move forward are below. Did your favorites make the cut?
Director: Matthew O’Callaghan
United States, 2010, 3 min
Link to filmmaker website
Day & Night
Director: Teddy Newton
United States, 2010, 6 min
Link to filmmaker website
Cartoon Network is ordering new seasons of the much-loved and hugely successful Monday night animated comedy series Adventure Time, Regular Show and MAD; it was announced today by Cartoon Network chief content officer Rob Sorcher.
“Each of these shows bring a distinct comedic point of view and are led by a great new group of talented animators and storytellers,” said Sorcher. “It’s wonderful to see how quickly our audience has responded to these unique cartoons, and made Cartoon Network the place to be on Monday nights.”
The Emmy nominated Adventure Time (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) continues to build in popularity among kids. In its first two seasons the series ranked #1 in its timeslots on all of television–broadcast and cable–among kids and boys 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14. Adventure Time has also generated substantial growth versus the same time period last year with kids 2-11 (+74%), kids 6-11 (+78%), kids 9-14 (+75%), boys 2-11 (+82%), boys 6-11 (+88%), and boys 9-14 (+85%) according to Nielsen Media Research. Adventure Time introduced viewers to unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants including the Ice King, Princess Bubblegum and fan favorites Marceline the Vampire Queen and Lumpy Space Princess. Created by Pendleton Ward and executive produced by Fred Siebert, Adventure Time is currently in its second season and is now greenlit for a third.
Consistently winning its time slot with boys 6-11 and boys 9-14, Cartoon Network’s new original animated series Regular Show (8:15 p.m. ET/PT) dramatically increased both ratings and delivery among targeted kid and boy demos vs. the 2009 time period. Since its premiere, average kids 6-11 ratings have grown by 52% and delivery by 53%, average kids 2-11 ratings have grown by 41% and delivery by 43%, and average kids 9-14 ratings have grown by 58% and delivery by 56%. Regular Show features best friends Mordecai, a six-foot-tall blue jay and Rigby, a hyperactive raccoon, whose attempts to escape their everyday boredom take them to fantastical extremes. Created by J.G. Quintel, Regular Show debuted in September 2010 and has been greenlit for a second season.
Deemed a hit by the nearly 7 million kids (2-11) tuning in last month alone, MAD (8:30 p.m. ET/PT), the Warner Bros. Animation original series rooted in the eponymous magazine, will return for a highly-anticipated second season. Following its premiere in September of this year, MAD has been steadily winning its time slot with boys 6-11 and boys 9-14. MAD has also increased key kids and boys audience ratings and delivery, ranging between 31% and 71% across the board. Since the very first issue of the DC Comics magazine was published in 1952, MAD has satirized and parodied the pop cultural landscape. In this MAD original animated series, this same sense of the ridiculous is delivered with fresh relevance with parodies including Trans-Bore-Mores, Fantastic Megan Fox, Uglee, CSI-Carly and Avaturds. MAD is executive produced by Sam Register and produced by Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.
(November 23rd, 2010) BFI Southbank and The Walt Disney Company have launched a season offering audiences a very rare opportunity to enjoy the magic of Disney’s entire collection of animation feature films on the big screen.
Every weekend throughout 2011, the Disney heritage will be showcased, spanning seventy years of films that combine beautiful artistry, masterful storytelling and ground-breaking technology.
The season will launch with the UK premiere of Disney’s fiftieth animated feature film Tangled, a comedic re-imagining of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, Rapunzel. Tangled will screen in 3D on 16 January and will be followed by a special on-stage Q&A with the film’s directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.
The remaining 49 films will be shown in chronological order at BFI Southbank every weekend for the rest of the year, starting with Disney’s first animation feature, and the first ever animation feature in technicolour, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). BFI Southbank will also host a range of on-stage events with Disney artists and directors past and present throughout the year.
The Disney 50:
1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
2 Pinocchio (1940)
3 Fantasia (1940)
4 Dumbo (1941)
5 Bambi (1942)
6 Saludos Amigos (1942)
7 The Three Caballeros (1944)
8 Make Mine Music (1946)
9 Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
10 Melody Time (1948)
11 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
12 Cinderella (1950)
13 Alice in Wonderland (1951)
14 Peter Pan (1953)
15 Lady and the Tramp (1955)
16 Sleeping Beauty (1959)
17 One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
18 The Sword in the Stone (1963)
19 The Jungle Book (1967)
20 The Aristocats (1970)
21 Robin Hood (1973)
22 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
23 The Rescuers (1977)
24 The Fox and the Hound (1981)
25 The Black Cauldron (1985)
26 The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
27 Oliver & Company (1988)
28 The Little Mermaid (1989)
29 The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
30 Beauty and the Beast (1991)
31 Aladdin (1992)
32 The Lion King (1994)
33 Pocahontas (1995)
34 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
35 Hercules (1997)
36 Mulan (1998)
37 Tarzan (1999)
38 Fantasia (2000 (1999)
39 Dinosaur (2000)
40 The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
41 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
42 Lilo & Stitch (2002)
43 Treasure Planet (2002)
44 Brother Bear (2003)
45 Home on the Range (2004)
46 Chicken Little (2005)
47 Meet the Robinsons (2007)
48 Bolt (2008)
49 The Princess and the Frog (2009)
50 Tangled (2010)
James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Ashley Jensen, have joined the voice cast of the 3D, CG-animated family comedy, Arthur Christmas. The highly anticipated film, produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation, is slated for release November 23, 2011.
Set on Christmas night, the story of Arthur Christmas at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic — a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.
McAvoy leads the cast as Arthur, the good-natured but clumsy younger son of Santa. Arthur LOVES everything to do with Christmas; indeed, he is the only one in his family still captivated by the magic of the holiday. Laurie will play Arthur’s older brother Steve, heir to the reins, a cool, incredibly capable guy who has given the North Pole high-tech efficiency, military-style precision. Broadbent plays Santa, who pictures himself as the guy in charge at the North Pole, but is now more of a figurehead as the operation has outgrown him. Nighy plays Santa’s 136-year-old father, Grandsanta, a cranky old codger who hates the modern world, is always grumbling that Christmas ‘was better when I was Santa’ and has a tense relationship with Steve, who he calls ‘A postman with a spaceship.’ Jensen will play Bryony, a lowly elf from the Giftwrap Battalion, with an eager-to-please attitude and an obsession with wrapping and bows. Imelda Staunton rounds out the cast as Mrs. Santa, dedicated wife and mother to her husband and sons.
The director of Arthur Christmas is Sarah Smith. The screenplay is by Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith. Barry Cook is Co-Director. Producer is Steve Pegram. Production Designer is Evgeni Tomov. Executive Producers are Carla Shelley, Peter Lord and David Sproxton. Michael Giacchino and Adam Cohen are the composers.
Commenting on the announcement, Smith said, “We are thrilled to have assembled such a phenomenal group of actors for Arthur Christmas. Not only are they all terrifically funny, charming and characterful but they have also brought an emotional subtlety and depth that gives the film great heart.”
JAMES McAVOY played the iconic role of Mr. Tumnus the Faun in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which became a global phenomenon, making over $700 million worldwide and helping him win the Rising Star Award at the 2006 BAFTAs. He then played the lead in the award-winningThe Last King of Scotland alongside Forest Whitaker, and was nominated for a BAFTA, a BIFA (British Independent Film Award), a European Film Award and a London Critics Circle Award. He next starred inAtonement, which earned him Golden Globe and BAFTA Best Actor nominations and won him Best Actor awards at the London Film Critics Circle Awards and the Empire Awards. He went on to play the lead role in the global smash hit Wanted, alongside Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie and directed by Timur Bekmambetov, and most recently starred opposite Helen Mirren and Christopher Plumber in The Last Station, based on the life of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. His many other film and television credits include “Regeneration,” “Band of Brothers,” “Children of Dune,” “State of Play,” Bright Young Things, “Shameless,” Starter for Ten, Becoming Jane, and Rory O’Shea Was Here, for which he was nominated in the British Actor of the Year category at the 2005 London Critics Circle Awards. He will soon appear in Robert Redford’s The Conspirator and in Wanted 2, and his voice will be heard in the animated featureGnomeo and Juliet. McAvoy is currently filming the role of Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, filming began in the UK in September 2010 and the film is slated for a summer 2011 release.
HUGH LAURIE currently stars in FOX’s hit medical drama “House,” for which he has won two Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards and been nominated for five Emmy Awards. The seventh season of the hit show will debut this fall. Laurie previously starred in a number of groundbreaking British television comedy series, including four seasons of “A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” which he co-wrote for the BBC with Stephen Fry; three seasons of “Blackadder,” written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton; and three seasons of “Saturday Live.” In addition, four seasons of “Jeeves and Wooster,” based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse, aired on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theatre” from 1990-1995. On the big screen, Laurie was most recently seen in Flight of the Phoenix and Street Kings. His voice was heard in the animated hitMonsters vs. Aliens. Other film credits include Peter’s Friends, Sense and Sensibility, Cousin Bette, The Man in the Iron Mask, 101 Dalmatians, Stuart Little, and Stuart Little 2.
On American television, Laurie portrayed Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis in the network telefilm “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.” He also appeared in “Tracy Takes On” and “Friends.”
JIM BROADBENT’s touching performance as Iris Murdoch’s patient and long-suffering husband John Bayley in Iris earned him the Academy AwardÂ® and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. His many other feature film credits include Little Voice, Topsy Turvy, Moulin Rouge!, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Gangs of New York, The Gathering Storm, Nicholas Nickleby, Bright Young Things, Vanity Fair, Vera Drake, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Hot Fuzz,Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Inkheart, The Young Victoria, Harry Potter and theHalf-Blood Prince, and The Damned United. For television, he starred in “Longford,” which earned him the TV BAFTA for Best Actor. His extensive theatre and television work includes National Theatre productions of Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman” and the stage adaptation of “Theatre of Blood,” Jimmy McGovern’s “The Street” for ITV, and the BBC’s “Einstein and Eddington.”
BILL NIGHY’S many film credits include The Boat that Rocked, Glorious 39, Wild Target, G-Force,Valkyrie, Underworld, Love Actually, The Girl in the Cafe, Notes on a Scandal, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Constant Gardener, and Chalet Girl. Television credits include “Absolute Hell,” “The Men’s Room,” “State of Play,” “The lost Prince,” and “Gideon’s Daughter.” Theatre credits include “Map of the World,” “Pravda,” “King Lear,” “Skylight,” “Arcadia,” “Blue/Orange,” “Betrayal,” “A Kind of Alaska,” and “The Vertical Hour.”
IMELDA STAUNTON as an Academy AwardÂ® and Golden Globe Award nominee for her performance in the title role of Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake, which also earned her a BAFTA Award, among other honors. Her many film credits include Alice in Wonderland, Taking Woodstock, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Shakespeare in Love, Nanny McPhee, Much Ado About Nothing, Peter’s Friends, Twelfth Night,Freedom Writers, Crush, Bright Young Things, and Antonia and Jane. Her voice was heard in Chicken Run.
Her television credits include starring in the series “Up the Garden Path,” “Little Britain” (during the third season), and “Big and Small.” She was a member of the repertory cast of the television series “Thompson,” with Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, and Robbie Coltrane; and has starred in such notable miniseries and telefilms as “The Singing Detective” (written by Dennis Potter), “David Copperfield,” “The Wind in the Willows,” “Fingersmith,” and, most recently, “Cranford.” On stage, she has won two Olivier Awards, for Alan Ayckbourn’s National Theatre staging of his play “A Chorus of Disapproval,” and for Richard Jones’ staging of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods.” Ms Staunton was also an Olivier Award nominee for her performance in Richard Eyre’s Royal National Theatre staging of “Guys and Dolls.”
ASHLEY JENSEN’s breakout performance came as the loveable loser Maggie Jacobs on the BBC/HBO series, “Extras,” in which she stars opposite Ricky Gervais. For her work in “Extras,” she has received two British Comedy Awards (Best Actress, Best Newcomer), the Golden Rose of Montreaux award, Best Actress at the Monte Carlo International Television Festival, Glamour Magazine’s Comedy Woman of the Year award and she was nominated for a BAFTA and Emmy award. Other notable television work includes ABC hit drama “Ugly Betty” and the new CBS comedy series, “Accidentally on Purpose.”
Jensen’s film credits include Topsy Turvy for director Mike Leigh and Tristram Shandy, opposite Steve Coogan, for director Michael Winterbottom. She recently completed production on television drama “The Reckoning” will next begin production opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal in new feature film Hysteria. Her voice will be heard in Gnomeo and Juliet and in Aardman Animations’/Sony Pictures Animation’s The Pirates!
Lose yourself in a Winter Wonderland! with workshops, screenings
and FREE digital viewing (Dec. 27 to Jan. 2)
Toronto, Ontario, November 22, 2010 — The National Film Board of Canada is offering fun, creative and wallet-friendly daily activities for families at its downtown Toronto Mediatheque this holiday season. The young and young at heart are welcome to come in from the cold and produce their own themed animation, enjoy a delightful line-up of short films in the NFB Cinema and take in titles from the NFB’s 71-year history for free on exclusive digital viewing stations.
Winter Wonderland! animation workshops — ages 6 to 13
Twice daily, Dec. 27—31 and Jan. 2
12 p.m. — 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. — 5 p.m.
$5/child, supervising adults free
Each day features a different theme and animation technique, so a brand new experience is guaranteed every time! From 3D clay to painting on cel and paper cut-out, there’s always something to discover in these hands-on sessions.
Monday, December 27 — Wintry Windows (2D paper)
What’s that image forming in the frost? Your own original creation!
Tuesday, December 28 — Hockey Fever (3D clay)
Play Canada’s favourite sport in a whole new way!
Wednesday, December 29 — Mush! Mush! (3D clay)
Today, we’ve gone to the dogs. Join us for an animated sled race!
Thursday, December 30 — Snowy Treetops (Painting on cel)
Watch out for falling snow in our animated forest!
Friday, December 31 — Fluffy Snowflakes (2D paper)
They say no two snowflakes are exactly alike… animate your very own!
Sunday, January 2 — Holiday Baking (3D clay)
Make your own tantalizing treats in our creative kitchen… no cooking experience required!
Winter Wonderland! screening program — ages 3 and up
Once daily, Dec. 27—31 and Jan. 2
2 p.m. — 3 p.m.
$2/child or free with workshop registration, supervising adults free
An hour-long program of family-friendly, animated holiday films at the NFB Cinema featuring a selection of the following titles:
Christmas Cracker — 1963 (8 min)
Three segments of movie magic by Oscar-winning animation pioneer Norman McLaren.
HA’Aki — 2008 (4 min)
A lyrical and wonderfully unorthodox interpretation of hockey as played in the mind of lyrical and wonderfully unorthodox animation artist Iriz Pääbo.
Léon in Wintertime — 2007 (27 min)
This delightful puppet animation portrays the adventures of a distraught bear cub who runs away from home.
Lights for Gita — 2001 (7 min)
The traditional Hindu festival of lights, Divali, comes alive in a sparkling new way for eight-year-old Gita.
Molly in Springtime — 2009 (26 min)
In this sequel to Léon in Wintertime, it’s carnival in Balthasarville, and the scoundrel Bonifacio is scheming to overthrow Léon and become King Quack.
The Sweater — 1980 (10 min)
Bestselling author Roch Carrier narrates a mortifying boyhood experience in this animated adaptation of his beloved story “The Hockey Sweater.”
UPDATE (No. 27, 2010): We are no longer accepting applications. Thank you to everybody who took the time to apply. We will be contacting everybody soon.
Cartoon Brew is growing. We’re currently looking to hire a News Editor for our expanding industry news section CB Biz. Candidates should have basic fluency with HTML. Experience with editing a website is helpful. This job is not full-time. In fact, it’s not even part-time. It will be approximately an hour’s worth of work daily. Duties may expand in the future.
(11/10/2010) Award-winning independent animation production company, Nexus Productions, welcomes Ben Hibon. He joins Nexus just as his 3-minute animation sequence for the latest Harry Potter film “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows” premieres worldwide. Hibon designed and directed the sequence, and produced in collaboration with Framestore. He has previous experience as a creative director, worked for MTV Europe and Asia, and designed animated in-game sequences for Capcom’s “Killer 7” and elements of Sakichi Sato’s Japanese horror film “Tokyo Zombie.”
Chris O’Reilly, Co-Founder of Nexus, said, “Ben is above all a fantastic storyteller. With his strong sense of design and his experience in character animation, we’re really excited to have him join the studio.”
In 2007, Hibon was commissioned by Sony Playstation to create and direct an animated mini-series based on their flagship PS3 game “Heavenly Sword.” His short film “Codehunters” has been shown at more than 50 festivals around the world and has been nominated for a D&AD for animation and the Golden Nica Award at the Prix Arts Electronica 2007. In 2008, Hibon also directed series of six films in Paris as part of the re-branding of the French bank Credit Agricole that featured Sir Sean Connery. In 2009, he released “A.D.”, the first animated zombie-movie for a mature audience, and its short teaser received more than a million online views. After being picked up by talent agency William Morris Endeavor in Los Angeles, Hibon has been developing numerous animation and live-action feature film projects. He graduated from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with a Masters Degree.
If you’re attending the CTN Animation Expo this weekend in Burbank, say hi to Jerry and drop by our Brew lounge in the evenings.
The following thirty-three films have fulfilled the qualifications necessary to be considered in the category of Best Animated Short for 2010 Academy Awards. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will vote on a shortlist of ten films from this list. A second round of voting, also restricted to members of the Short Films and Feature Animation branches, will narrow it down to the five nominees for Best Animated Short Film Oscar. The final vote, which determines the winner, is open to all Academy members provided that they have watched every nominated short. It’s a wide open field this year with plenty of newcomers; only three filmmakers among the thirty-three contenders have ever been nominated for an Oscar (Bill Plympton, Tomasz BagiÅ„ski and Don Hertzfeldt).
A Family Portrait
Director: Joseph Pierce
Great Britain, 2010, 4 min
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Angry Man (Sinna Mann)
Director: Anita Killi
Norway, 2009, 20 min
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Animated History of Poland
Director: Tomasz BagiÅ„ski
Poland, 2010, 8 min
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Barking Island (Chienne D’Histoire)
Director: Serge Avédikian
France, 2010, 15 min
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Director: Matthew O’Callaghan
United States, 2010, 3 min
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