Donato Sansone (aka Milkyeyes) is back. His previous film was the experimental Videogioco. His new film, Topo Glassato al Cioccolato, is (literally) a mind-blowing stream-of-consciousness pencil sketch animation. Not Safe For Work.
This fun little Christmas short by students (Jess Hilliam, Carlyle Wilson, Lillian Lai, Mike Jones, Courtney Pearson and Josh Pan) from North Vancouver’s Capilano University’s was the final for their first semester 3D program.
2012 is shaping up to be a great year for animated features. Even the sequels-to-sequels look great. Case in point: Madagascar 3:
Wanna know what’s on the mind of college students these days? Perhaps this photo of an elaborate desk doodle is the answer. Found on the image sharing site Imgur.com. Nice job!
Telecine is a suite of cable movie channels in Brazil. This beautiful spot by Beeld Motion (Eduardo Tosto, Greco Bernardi, Luiz Maggessi, Marcelo MourÃ£o,Papito, Victor Seabra, Filippo Johansson) uses five different directors, using different techniques, to relay its core message to stay home and watch movies.
Client : Rede Telecine
Direction, Design and Animation: BEELD
Copywriter: Alex Mendes (Telecine)
Voice over: Juca de Oliveira
A newer, longer look at Illumination’s upcoming The Lorax.
I know we have a lot of Jessica Borutski fans here (I’m one of them myself). Jessica has just created this incredible cartoon crest and is selling it as a limited-edition print. It’s available in different color tones (click image above to see the variant editions). A big version (34×36 inches) is limited to 5 prints. The smaller ones (13×15 inches) are a series of 10. Contact Jessica via email – through her website – if you would like to get one.
Yeah, I know. It’s not animated. But the Stooges are part of my childhood – part of my life. And heck, they were animated several times (unfortunately). Here’s our first look at the Farrelly brothers movie. What do you think?
Tis the season… to post another batch of 60s era in-house Walter Lantz Productions studio Christmas Cards – from the grateful staff to their beloved bosses, Walter and Gracie Lantz. We posted several of these from 1964-1971 back in May, courtesy of animation art collector Martin Almeyra. Martin was kind enough to provide a few more (click thumbnails below to enlarge) from 1965, 1967 and 1968. Look close and you can see the signatures of Lantz mainstays Paul Smith, Cal Howard, Les Kline, Sid Marcus, Al Coe and others. Click the image above for the card from 1963, when Art Davis was there between gigs at Warner Bros. and DePatie-Freleng.
Heads up on another free-wheeling interview with Hanna-Barbera veteran animators Jerry Eisenberg and Willie Ito, today on internet radio’s Stu’s Show. It’s being broadcast live at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific on StusShow.com. Both Willie and Jerry designed some great characters during their years at H&B, and Stu will dig in to get the whole story, along with a look at both gentlemens’ careers pre-and-post Hanna Barbera, in what promises to be a great show for every animation buff.
And next week (Dec. 14th) yours truly, Jerry Beck, will be on the broadcast with a bunch of news about upcoming cartoon DVDs. I’ll remind you again next week.
The latest spot, a powerful piece, from Paris based CRCR for Amnesty International. CRCR is an independant collective of artists including Remi Bastie, Nicolas Dehghani, Nicolas Pegon and Jérémy Pires, Kevin Manach and Paul Lacolley (the same team as Les Chiens Isolés).
Client: Amnesty International
Sound design: Kouz
(Thanks, Wesley Lewis)
What fresh hell is this?
From the people that brought you Chop Kick Panda, here’s a new 45-minute, direct-to-dvd Puss in Boots knockoff done in the style of a Jay Ward Fractured Fairy Tale. Darrell Van Citters (Renegade Animation) explains:
“The cover was meant to create confusion in the marketplace by intimating that the film is CG but unfortunately bears virtually no resemblance to what’s actually on the DVD. I only directed it, but I worked with the writer to make sure he didn’t write anything that couldn’t be executed for more than a $1.98.”
If you can’t locate it in the bargain bins at Target, you can order it on Amazon for $6.69. It actually looks like fun… here’s a sample clip:
Walt Disney was born December 5th, 1901. Today would be his 110th birthday. He started as an independent cartoonist and filmmaker and built an empire based on animated cartoons. Rest in peace Walt – the world is a better place because of you.
Cartoonist Mark Tatulli honored the day with today’s Lio (above). Brazilian animation director Ale McHaddo marked the occasion by creating this parody (embed below), D. On Ice, a sci fi animated musical and a satiric jab at the Disney of today (and tomorrow).
The slate of nominations for Best Animated Features tops 10 this year and include: A Cat in Paris (Folimage), Arthur Christmas (Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations), Arrugas (Wrinkles) (Perro Verde Films, S.L.), Cars 2 (Pixar Animation Studios), Chico & Rita (Chico & Rita Distribution), Kung Fu Panda 2 (DreamWorks Animation), Puss In Boots (DreamWorks Animation), Rango (Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies), Rio (Blue Sky Studios) and The Adventures of Tintin (Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall). The Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement goes to color stylist and background painter Walt Peregoy, animator Borge Ring and artist Ronald Searle; and the June Foray Award will be given to animator Art Leonardi for his “significant and charitable impact on the art and industry of animation”.
The 2011 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 4th, 2012, at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. A pre-reception begins at 5:00 pm with the awards ceremony following at 7:00 pm. A post-show celebration immediately follows the ceremony. For ticket and event information, please visit annieawards.org.
#1 – Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris — Folimage
Arrugas (Wrinkles) – Perro Verde Films, S.L.
Arthur Christmas — Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations
Cars 2 — Pixar Animation Studios
Chico & Rita — Chico & Rita Distribution Limited
Kung Fu Panda 2 — DreamWorks Animation
Puss In Boots — DreamWorks Animation
Rango — Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies; A Blind Wink/GK Films Production
Rio — Blue Sky Studios
The Adventures of Tintin — Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall
#2 – Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production
Adventure Time: Thank You — Cartoon Network Studios
Batman: Year One — Warner Bros. Animation
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas — Blue Sky Studios
Kung Fu Panda — Secrets of the Masters — DreamWorks Animation
Prey 2 —Blur Studio
Star Tours — Industrial Light & Magic
# 3 – Best Animated Short Subject
Adam and Dog — Lodge Films
I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat — Warner Bros. Animation
La Luna — Pixar Animation Studios
(Notes on) Biology — Ornana Films
Paths of Hate — Platige Image
Sunday — National Film Board of Canada
The Ballad of Nessie —Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Girl and the Fox — Base14
Wild Life — National Film Board of Canada and Studio GDS
Complete list of nominees follows the jump.
Vincent Cafarelli, co-founder of NYC animation shop Buzzco Associates, passed away Friday morning. He was 81 years old.
Cafarelli began his career in the 1950s at Paramount’s Famous Studios as an assistant (photo above) but made his name as an animation director at Stars & Stripes Productions Forever in the 1960s and Perpetual Motion Pictures in the 1970s. He began with Buzzco in 1982, becoming its president in 1985.
His longtime partner Candy Kugel reported his passing today on Facebook:
It’s with a very heavy heart that I report the passing of my longtime partner, Vincent Joseph Cafarelli. Vinny was at work last week– overseeing the annual brownie baking, finishing the last roughs on a small job we’re doing, and finally helping to send out our holiday cards last Thursday. He was tired, he went home, went to bed, and never woke up. He will be sorely missed.
For more on Vinnie Cafarelli, I refer you to an excellent tribute on Michael Sporn’s Splog.
For the past two years, SVA grad Ross Bollinger has been animating his own web series, Pencilmation, out of Charlottesville, Virginia. These modest little stick-figure films have gained a following for their humor and simplicity. Here’s a sample:
The Cinefamily’s Animation Breakdown festival (co-sponsored by Cartoon Brew) – going on right now in L.A. at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax – has turned out to be a huge success. Sunday brings Animation Block Party’s Brunch with animators (including Adventure Time’s Tom Herpich premiering the new AT short Thank You, creator Steve Dildarian (The Life and Times of Tim), and a sneak peek of Titmouse’s new Disney show Motorcity), a screening of mind-blowing Polish animated children’s films, and clay-animation genius Bruce Bickford in person.
Tuesday night at 8pm I will be presenting a special program of rare Walt Disney silent films. Direct from The Museum of Modern Art, I’ll be showing brand-new 35mm restorations of previously “lost” Disney Laugh-O-Gram cartoons (his very first series of animated shorts, produced in Kansas City during 1922). These include Jack The Giant Killer, Goldie Locks and The Three Bears, The Four Musicians of Bremen and Little Red Riding Hood. In addition to these early updates/parodies of classic fairy tales, we also have Disney’s original Puss In Boots (1922) and several other 35mm rareties: two of Disney’s live action/animation “Alice Comedies”, one of the rarest “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” cartoons ever made, and live musical accompaniment to all the films.
Several of these shorts were thought lost for many years, and thanks to animation archaeologists David Gerstein and Cole Johnson, MoMA restored several of these cartoons they had long held in their archives, previously misidentified under alternate titles. For more background information on the discovery of these incredible finds, check David Gerstein’s blog; Tickets to the Laugh-O-Grams screening are available here. Disney fans – this is a must-see!
Two animated features opened quietly in Los Angeles this weekend. Both are well worth seeing in a theater and deserve our support. Both are hand drawn films – one from France, one from Japan – both offering a diversity of style, storytelling and substance not seen in the standard American studio product.
A Cat In Paris opened its Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles this weekend at the AMC Burbank Town Center 8 (201 E Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA), with shows daily at 4pm and 7:30pm. The film made its international premiere at 2011 Berlinale and has been nominated for a European Film Award in the Best Animated Feature category. It has garnered raves on the US and international festival circuit including appearances at San Francisco Int’l Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, London International Film Festival, and Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
Redline opened in limited release in Los Angeles this weekend at the Downtown Independent (The film opens in NYC on January 6th before hitting blu-ray & dvd on January 17). The screenings will alternate between dubbed English and original Japanese (with sub-titles). It’s one of the best anime features I’ve seen in a while – wildly imaginative and occasionally surreal – Speed Racer on acid would sum it up quite nicely. Advance tickets can be purchased here.
Times are tough in Toontown…
Opening tomorrow (12/3) in Winter Garden (near Orlando) Florida is the Theme Park Connection, a pawn shop specializing in buying or selling authentic Walt Disney memorabilia, from costumes from the Haunted Mansion to signs from the Splash Mountain ride. According to Click Orlando:
The store is not affiliated with Disney, but it offers Disney employees the chance to turn in their costumes and collectibles for cash. Mark Pianko, the store owner, told our sister station Local 6, “No one else is doing it. We’re the only place I know that’s offering people cash to bring in Disney theme park items.” People have referred to the Winter Garden store as “the world’s largest Disney pawn shop.”
Click here to see a video of the shop.
It’s December. Holiday gift-giving time. Prepare for several posts in the next few weeks about new books and DVDs you must own – or give to your toon-headed loved ones. But first up, above all else, are these two:
How can you resist any book with Horace Horsecollar on the cover? How many books even have Horace Horsecollar on the cover? This one does. Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Vol. 2: “Trapped on Treasure Island” is the latest edition in a series of magnificently produced hard covers reprinting vintage Mickey Mouse comic strips by Floyd Gottfredson from the 1930s. Specifically from January 1932 through January 1934, this book gloriously reprints six classic continuities (The Great Orphanage Robbery, Mickey Mouse Sails For Treasure Island, Blaggard Castle, Pluto And The Dogcatcher, The Mail Pilot, Mickey Mouse And His Horse Tanglefoot and The Crazy Crime Wave), each strip restored from the best possible archival materials. Uncut, uncensored and politically incorrect – these tales are from an alternate Disney universe, where Mickey is a red-blooded, two-fisted adventurer; they are fun to read and a delight to view. Gottfredson’s comics are as classy, funny and as slick as the Disney shorts from the same period. And as usual, co-editor David Gerstein provides a plethora of “bonus materials”: galleries of rare art and merchandise, character histories, essays about scripter Ted Osborne and collaborators Webb Smith and Merrill De Maris, aided and abetted by noted Mouse historians Alberto Becattini, J.B. Kaufman and Malcom Willits – and over a half-dozen pieces are penned by Gerstein himself! A fine package, a full meal, and a perfect follow-up to volume 1, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Vol. 2: “Trapped on Treasure Island” fills a gap long-neglected in animation history. Buy it.
I think I’ve been waiting for this book my entire life. I’ve always enjoyed the artistry and wit of Walt Kelly’s Pogo, but the historian in me always wanted to read the entire thing, strip by strip, from day one. At long last the complete Pogo has been compiled, lovingly, by Fantagraphics Kim Thompson and Kelly’s daughter Carolyn Kelly in the miraculous new hardcover, Pogo: The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips, Vol. 1: Through the Wild Blue Wonder. Buy this book. It wasn’t the first newspaper comic strip by an former Disney animator, but it’s the best – and the first I’d encountered to have an animators aesthetic in the layouts and character poses. This fascinated me no end as a child. Kelly’s drawings are just magnificent, and his sophisticated writing style was far ahead of its time. Its time has come – and Fantagraphics has gone out of its way to ensure the best possible copies of these rare strips were found, restored and preserved perfectly here for all time (BTW, I’m compelled to point out the reference on the cover to Ward Kimball’s band, The Firehouse Five!). The book includes all the initial dailies and Sundays (in color) from 1949-1950, the earlier NY Star run (from 1948), annotations and essays by R.C Harvey, Mark Evainer, Steve Thompson and a Foreword by legendary newspaperman Jimmy Breslin. A great gift for anyone – especially you. Amazon has it for $26.39 – a steal!
RISD grad and now NYC-based animator/illustrator Andrew Kaiko has completed his first self-funded short, Orbis Park. Says Kaiko:
“Orbis Park is my first short as a professional animator since my college senior thesis five years ago. This is an attempt to display the type of animation I always wanted to do and the inspirations that I am affected by every day. It is also the first short where I wanted to gather a more solid crew – basically all of it brought in online.”
Cartoon Brew at Animation Breakdown, currently going on this week at The Cinefamily, is incredibly proud to present a special advance screening of Pixar’s newest Oscar ‘short-listed’ short film La Luna, a full six months before it hits the mainstream movie audiences! After the screening there will be a Q&A and a “Making of La Luna” presentation by its director, Enrico Casarosa. Casarosa will discuss the journey that led him to create the short and illustrate the roots, influences, and inspirations that led him to tell this very personal story. Join us at 2pm on Saturday (12/3) – Advance tickets available now.