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.