Boy: Garren Stitt
Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada
Producers: Andrea Riveron, Sarah Lawson and Christian Heuer
EP: Edgar Romero for 3RB
Director of Photography: Larkin Seiple
Production Design: Tyler Jensen
Editor: Trevor Durtschi
VFX Supervisor: Diego Dominguez
Sound Design: Matt Schwartz
Original Score: John W. Snyder and Johnathan Snipes
Sheridan College student Aminder Dhaliwal created this sweet graduation film to complete her studies last year. She’s currently working as a Storyboard Revisionist at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. Her blog is worth a look too.
If you ever wondered what your favorite childhood cartoon characters might look like having sex, or doing something nasty, wonder no more.
Out of Context Animation is a Tumblr site that posts unique frames from innocent animated films, which out of context could possibly be interpreted as something incredibly obscene. Here’s a couple of examples from the site below (click thumbnails to enlarge image). Mickey, Porky, Spongebob, Inspector Gadget… no one is spared. Nothing not-safe-for-work, but actually quite funny… or at least I think so.
Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arrietty opens today and Disney is quite excited about it. It’s the biggest US release of a Ghibli film (1200 screens), and the feature will be shown in selected theatres in Japanese with subtitles, as well as the more common English dub. The press reviews are looking good – The LA Times says the film is “imeccable and pure”; The Village Voice calls it “pure magic”.
As longtime fan, follower and one-time distributor of Ghibli films allow me to add my two-cents and say that Arrietty is one my personal favorites from the Ghibli factory. It’s a gentle film, a beautiful film and, yes, it may have the most accessible story for Western audiences to grasp. It should be, as it is a relatively faifthful adaptation of Mary Norton’s 1952 book, The Borrowers. Who knew this would fit so perfect into the Miyazaki canon?
The comments on this post are open only to those who have seen the film and wish to share their opinion of it. If you haven’t seen it yet, I urge you to go see it this weekend – and tell us what you think.
Three cheers to everyone involved with The Simpsons for achieving the unheard of goal of producing 500 episodes! There has been a lot of deserved hype this week in honor of this milestone – I especially love the $500,000 contribution by Matt Groening to UCLA’s Animation program, an endowment which will “allow visiting master artists to teach classes” and “bring working professionals with wide-ranging expertise” to work with students. Groening also got a star this week on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All well and good.
But someone explain to me these looney “Simpson’s fashions” (below) which made their debut this week in New York. Designer Jeremy Scott, whose previous designs were inspired by The Flinstones and Mickey Mouse, unveiled an entire line devoted to The Simpsons which – as much as I love Bart – are embarassingly bad.
Regardless, I’ll be tuning in this Sunday for the 500th time and, like these fashions above, I’m sure the show will get many laughs. Congratulations Matt, and to the crew at Film Roman.
Tyler Carter produced and directed this beautiful short at BYU’s Center for Animation. It features a sublime use of 2D and CG techniques with spectacular effects animation. The story is good too. For a behind the scenes making-of video, click here.
Two Dreamworks publicity pieces, created for display at Toy Fair (currently going on in New York), have been leaked online and they look intriguing.
First up, a look at the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and Jack Frost by way of William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood. Dreamworks’ adaptation, Rise of The Guardians, will be released this year on November 21st.
Next, Chris Sanders is following up his firstDreamworks success–How To Train Your Dragon–with a caveman adventure, The Croods, due out next year – March 22, 2013. Can’t wait!
BREWMASTERS NOTE: This week Cartoon Brew takes a closer look at the five Academy Award nominated animated shorts. Each day at 10am EST/7am PST we will post an exclusive interview with the director(s) of one of the films. Today, we discuss Pixar’s La Luna with its writer/director Enrico Casarosa:
Jerry: Enrico, how long were you at Pixar before La Luna?
Enrico: Roughly 8 years. I’ve been there 10 years this month, and it was a couple of years ago that I pitched La Luna.
Jerry: You worked on Ratatouille…
Enrico: Yes, I worked on Ratatouille, a little bit on Cars and Up, and then a little bit on Cars 2. It sounds funny, but in eight years I was mostly on two movies. But then, of course, these movies are marathon. (laughter)
Jerry: What is the pitch process for shorts at Pixar? Is John Lasseter open at all times or does he takes pitches for shorts a couple of times a year? How does that work? Continue reading →
Anyone remember Twilight of the Cockroaches or Joe’s Apartment? Serbian director Petar Pasic’s upcoming live action/animation hybrid feature takes that concept to a whole new level. Described as a “dark love story that follows the inhabitants of an apartment complex and the bugs who live in their walls.” I say: can’t wait to see it!
A slick little short about a group of incompetent secret agents, created by Lee Daniels, using Adobe CS5 Master Collection: â€¨After Effects, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop Extended and Apple Garageband ’11.
BREWMASTERS NOTE: This week Cartoon Brew takes a closer look at each of the five Academy Award nominated animated shorts. Each day at 10am EST/7am PST we will post an exclusive interview with the director(s) of one of the films. Today, we begin with The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore:
Far be it from me to urge you to see this weekend’s number 3 film, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – but it is accompanied by the four-minute 3D animated short Daffy’s Rhapsody. Based on the 1953 Mel Blanc recording (written by original Looney Tunes scribes Michael Maltese and Warren Foster), this is director Matthew O’Callaghan’s latest (and in my opinion, greatest) attempt to properly reposition the Looney Tunes in contemporary guise. Inspired by Blanc’s manic vocal track, the artists create a satisfying scenario and the appropriately zany visuals to match it.
But that’s my opinion. What’s yours? Unlike other talkback posts, I’ll allow any intelligent thoughts about the entire series of Looney Tunes 3D theatrical shorts in the comments below.