“The Art of Pho” website contains additional info, as well as a “Making Of” video and interviews with illustrator/animator Hanshaw and animation director Lois van Baarle. A beautiful, worthwhile project – take a peak:
Just a heads up on a new personal short by Disney visual developement artist Minkyu Lee. It was just nominated for an Annie Award, but it hasn’t been widely seen yet. Minkyu sent us the trailer with this note:
This is a short film that me and a group of my close friends made. It was put together by artists who work at various studios, including Disney Feature, Dreamworks and Pixar; The animation is done by myself, Jennifer Hager, James Baxter, Mario Furmanczyk, Austin Madison, and Matt Williames. Glen Keane also helped by being a consultant on the film, and also doing some visual development. It is a completely independent film without any major studio involvement. We are really excited for people to see it, and wanted to share.
Here’s a few scenes to whet your appetite:
As blu-ray catches on with consumers, more and more vintage animation is getting a hi-def make-over. Disney has been releasing its features, one by one, in this format for years. Warners has just begun releasing classic Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry shorts on blu-ray.
20th Century-Fox has now jumped into its vault and has remastered Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards for blu-ray release on March 13th. I remember loving this flick when I first saw it back in the seventies. It inspired Wendy Pini’s cult comics masterpiece Elfquest, and was the catalyst for several animated fantasy features that followed in the next few years (Heavy Metal, Rock & Rule, not to mention Bakshi’s own Lord of The Rings). I always remember Wizards as Mark Hamill’s other 20th Century-Fox fantasy film from 1977 (you-know-what was the other one).
The Wizards blu-ray is being tied to the film’s 35th Anniversary, and being released in “Digi-book” format which packages the disc inside a commemorative 24-page book. The book features an introduction from Ralph and is illustrated with much rare artwork from his personal collection. The film comes with audio commentary by Ralph, a documentary Ralph Bakshi: The Wizard of Animation, theatrical trailers and TV spots and 300 still photos.
So what do you think? Has time been kind to Wizards? How does it hold up in your opinion?
Andy Lyth created this trailer using the track from the Spielberg trailer with visuals from 90s cartoon series.
(Thanks, Betsie Beadling, via Cartoon Brew’s Facebook page)
If drawings of cartoon people in the nude is NSFW – then Burrow by Frederico Gutierrez is “Not Safe For Work”. This is Gutierrez’ graduation film from the Vancouver Film School Classical Animation program. I have no idea what its about – but I enjoyed its surreal sensibility.
Electroshock feels like feature film condensed into 8-and-a-half-minutes. Directed by five students (Hugo Jackson, Pascal Chandelier, Valentin Michel, Bastien Morteleque and Elliot Maren) at France’s ESMA School of the Arts (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques), it’s a nicely paced spoof of superhero/geek culture.
Combining CG with live footage, Yevgeni Krachak made this crusty little short as his third year project for Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
New from London’s Studio AKA is this spot for Statoil, the Norwegian energy company. David Prosser designed and directed, seamlessly blending live action into gorgeous CG animation, telling the tale of a father and his daughter at storytime. The 60 second spot is titled Good Night. More about it here.
San Diego animator Che Lopez created this film using, if I’m reading his blog correctly, CG characters against live action miniature sets. Looks impressive.
Yesterday the Library of Congress announced its latest inductees to the National Film Registry, which included work by these notables in (or related to) animation: Walt Disney’s Bambi (1942), Ed Catmull’s A Computer Animated Hand (1972) and George Pal’s live action War Of The Worlds (1953). Great choices, well deserved!
But where is the love for the groundbreaking Van Beuren cartoons of the 1930s? When will the Library of Congress recognize the greatness of Cubby Bear, Waffles the Cat and Molly Moo Cow? Vincent Gargiulo created this faux commercial from 1986 for the 50th anniversary VHS edition of Van Beuren’s Molly Moo-Cow & The Butterflies. Gargiulo says “only 4 copies were sold”.
(For high quality DVD copies of Van Bueren cartoons, visit Thunderbean Animation)
Tobias Knipf and Andreas Kronbeck of animation/illustration collective Musclebeaver create stylish commercial spots in Munich, Germany. Their latest piece for Swiss NPO “Gluekskette” (Swiss Solidarity) urges fund raising for natural disaster relief in an entertaining way.
If you liked that video you should check out their earlier How Your Money Works, an equally stylistic piece:
Our friends at Headless Productions, the independent studio based in Barcelona Spain run by Adrian Garcia, Alfredo Torres, Victor Maldonado and Julien Bizat, have just made public this teaser piece created for their proposed 2D feature. The idea is fanciful, the graphics are amazing; I’d trade ten Tintin’s for one of these…
To “Pat and Kenny” everywhere, Seasons Greetings from Freddy Moore and Cartoon Brew.
(Courtesy the collection of Tim Walker)
Several more outstanding Christmas films from animators far and wide. Some of these are greeting cards, one is a commercial spot, another a segment from a TV show…
First up, from London-based Beakus, this sweet little piece by Matthias Hoegg for client CBeebies, guaranteed to make you feel all warm and tingly…
Vancouver animator Trent Corey, who worked on Sony’s Smurfs movie, sent us this:
Kirsten Lepore (Bottle) did this spot for the Yo Gabba Gabba Christmas Special! (Nick Jr.). Music by Adam Deibert, performed by James Husband:
Get ready for a treat! Virgina Mahoney has started building a virtual Fleischer History Museum online at the Fleischer Studios website.
The first exhibit is now open and its dedicated to “Christmas at Fleischer Studios”. Ginny writes:
“Since Christmas was a special holiday for them… a good time to show off their drawing skills, get together, be crazy, and party! This was a nutty group and this exhibit shows it. To visit the exhibit go to our website – Fleischerstudios.com – Click on the word ‘Museum’ near the top of the page (under Fleischer Studios) This will take you to our museum site– where you can click to enter our first exhibit ‘Christmas’. This is a ‘preview,’ an early look at our first exhibit. We plan to have an Official Museum Opening sometime in January.”
Ginny has posted 86 Fleischer staff Christmas cards, from the likes of Max and Dave Fleischer, Dick Huemer, Shamus Culhane, Al Eugster, Ted Sears, Dave Tendlar and dozens of others. In addition, she’s uploaded rare footage from the 1935 Fleischer Studio Christmas party, and the entire contents (24 pages) of the 1939, 40 and 41 Flipper Club menus and program books. These rare items contain articles by Pinto Colvig, Tedd Pierce and Dan Gordon, and rare artwork by Grim Natwick, Dave Tendlar, Gordon Sheehan and lots of lettering my the mysterious Fleischer/Famous calligrapher (the cover for the 1939 edition – thumbnail below right – gives a credit “Cover design by Arthur Greenbaum”. Is that the mysterious Fleischer lettering genius?).
All-in-all, this is a must-see; An early Christmas present from the Fleischer family to all of us who appreciate the artists behind the great Paramount cartoons.
Looking for something to do after all the presents have been opened and all the parties are over? On Monday, December 26th at 2 & 7 pm, The Alex Film Society (of which I am a part of) will be presenting the 2nd annual Greatest Cartoons Ever event at The Alex Theatre in Glendale California (216 N. Brand Boulevard).
Each year we select eight great cartoon shorts from the golden age of animation, then project rare 35mm film prints (some of them in original Technicolor; all of the from the studio vaults) on the large Alex Theatre screen. Great characters, great films and an incredible movie-going experience. This year’s program includes:
Duck Amuck (Daffy Duck, 1953, Warner Bros.)
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Mouse (Tom & Jerry, 1947, MGM)
Mother Goose’s Birthday Party (Mighty Mouse, 1950, 20th Century Fox)
Popeye Meets Ali Baba (with Olive Oyl & Bluto, 1937, Paramount)
Gerald McBoing-Boing (1951, UPA, Columbia)
Lonesome Ghosts (Mickey, Donald & Goofy, 1937, Disney)
Woody Woodpecker (1941, Universal)
What’s Opera, Doc? (Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd, 1957, Warner Bros.)
Tickets on sale now online or at the box office. Hope to see you there!
What’s Cookin’ Doc? Another classic card from Eddie Selzer and family. Click the image below to see enlarged to full size.
(Courtesy the collection of Tim Walker)