Joseph Bennett is an animation artist for J. Walter Thompson by day, working on various commercials for MicroSoft and Zyrtec, and by night he does his own thing. Here’s one of ‘em: Odin’s Afterbirth, part of a trilogy he’s working on. I like his stuff, reminds me of animated mini-comics. Warning: this 3 minute chapter is a bit violent.
No one does Holiday Greetings better than those in animation. Here’s a few I received this year at Cartoon Brew headquarters:
First up, from my friend Andrew Kaiko:
From Hans Bacher:
From Xeth Feinberg:
From John Dilworth:
From my friends at Mukpuddy Animation:
CLICK HERE and drag the glasses over the image.
And finally, from Gene Deitch and his lovely wife Zdenka in Prague:
Insight Editions is giving our readers an incredible Christmas gift: an autographed copy their latest Dreamworks tie-in book, The Art of Megamind by Richard von Busack. The book, and the production art it showcases, is very cool. Sketches, paintings, storyboards and much more from names you should know like Tony Siruno, Craig Kellman, Andy Bialk, Kory Heinzen and Tim Lamb (and many others) fill the pages. Absolutely great stuff. What do you have to do win a free copy? The first five people to correctly answer the following Megamind question in the comments section below will get it (Dreamworks/PDI employees should refrain from answering).
Here’s the Question:
What is the name of Megamind’s TV reporter girlfriend?
The contest is now CLOSED! Winners are listed in the comments section below. Thank you for your participation. To all those who didn’t win… buy the book, it’s one of the best “Art-Ofs” I’ve seen, and makes a great Christmas gift.
P.S. We no longer announce Cartoon Brew Pop Quiz Contests in advance. They will appear occasionally and mysteriously. The reason: we had server overloads the last few times we gave advance notice. So keep reading Cartoon Brew regularly for your chance to win free books and DVDs. You never know.
Though not strictly an animated film, Tron Legacy certainly has its roots in animation and contains some incredible CG visuals. Yay or Nay? Should our readers go see it? Those who’ve screened it should post their reviews below.
Meanwhile, for those of you who need a Tron recap, check out the cardboard version below (originally posted here back in March 2008):
Is there such a thing as Russian anime?
Rinat Timerkaev‘s I Love You, evokes the gentle moods of Japanese directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Makoto Shinkai. In Russian, without subtitles, it plays both as a human love story as well as a love letter to its director’s home town, Yekaterinburg.
Her new short will also appear here on CARTOON BREW on Christmas Day.
It wouldn’t be the end of the year without JibJab’s traditional musical summary of the years events. And, as usual, check out how they conceived this with several extensive behind-the-scenes videos: HERE.
Ziggy (12/15) by Tom Wilson
Off Center (12/12) by Tom Gibson & Gary Varvel
Reality Check (12/18) by Dave Whamond
(Thanks, Jim Lahue and Ed Austin)
This came to my attention just in time to celebrate the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: a Hello Kitty Assault Rifle. This prototype firearm, first posted on the Rifle Gear blog back in 2007, is apparently not for sale but does indeed work. I suspect this product was not authorized by Sanrio.
(Thanks, Jeffrey McAndrew)
“Yogi Bear” gives cheap hackwork a bad name” – Michael Phillips, LA TIMES
“This mostly live-action film is a bland 21st-century family comedy without a single moment that captures the wit, energy or sophistication of the original, which by now dates back more than 50 years.” – Mike Hale, NY TIMES
“Dumber than the average cartoon adaptation. Yogi Bear is a big boo-boo!” – Claudia Puig, USA TODAY
The critics have had their way with Yogi Bear and we’ll miss bashing this film ourselves. So here, one last time, we open the commentary to those brave souls who actually screened this cinematic travesty. C’mon – someone reading this blog must have seen it. Tell us who you are – and what you thought.
I had the pleasure of moderating a Q&A with Adrian Garcia, Alfredo Torres and Victor Maldonado of Headless Productions at the recent CTN Expo in Burbank. This Barcelona-based trio is fighting the good fight to revive hand drawn character animation in new exciting ways. Case in point: this test piece created for their latest project-in-development I’m A Monster. We sneaked this at CTN and I’ve been waiting for them to post it online to share with our readers worldwide – now, the wait is over. Someone, please, give these guys the money to make this movie:
Here’s a rare holiday treat. Someone posted the original GE commercials, the open and end titles from the original 1964 NBC airing of Rankin Bass’ Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer on YouTube. It’s a black and white kinescope featuring Santa’s Elves showing off the latest GE appliances, and some bonus shots of the voice cast to wish you Season’s Greetings. The unidentified actors pictured are Janis Orenstein (Clarice), Paul Kliegman (Donner and The Coach) and Paul Soles (Hermey), then Paul Soles, Billie Mae Richards (Rudolph), Carl Banas and Alfie Scopp (Charlie-In-The-Box).
(Thanks, Mike Nickel)
For the past 10 years, animator/educator Frank Gladstone has presided over a very successful big-screen Three Stooges Festival each Thanksgiving weekend at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Expanding on the idea of big-screen movie events, Gladstone and the Alex Film Society have decided to start an annual “Cartoon Hall of Fame” to screen each year, the day after Christmas.
I was asked to be a member of the selection committee, and I’m proud to say the inaugural presentation is shaping up to be a real event. The Greatest Cartoons Ever! on Sunday, December 26th, will screen studio vault prints of eight animated classics: The Rabbit of Seville (Bugs & Elmer), The Band Concert (Mickey Mouse), One Froggy Evening (Michigan J. Frog), Snow White (Betty Boop), Three Little Pigs, Duck Dodgers in the 24th and a half Century, Mechanical Monsters (Fleischer’s Superman) and a brand new restored print of Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad The Sailor – all projected as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen in 35mm.
It’s going to be a real celebration of classic cartoons. On-line tickets are available now for two shows, at 2pm and 7pm, and will also be available at the door – at the historic Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Blvd. in Glendale. If you happen to be in Southern California for the holidays, join us!
One more plug for the forthcoming DVD collection I raved about in our recent Holiday Gift Guide. Here’s a sneak preview, below, courtesy of producer Steve Stanchfield. It’s a little overview of the Pvt. Snafu series, narrated by yours truly, one of the bonus features on Thunderbean Animation’s Private Snafu Golden Classics DVD set (pictured at left, cover art by Eric Goldberg). It features a title sequence animated by Mark Kausler (cleanup by Patrick Stannard and Stanchfield) and lots of clips of the restored cartoons contained on the disc. If you only buy one classic cartoon collection on DVD this year – this is the one to get!
Rango still intrigues me. Here’s the third trailer for the Gore Verbinski/Johnny Depp/ILM/Nickelodeon Movie slated for release next March:
Rabbit Habit (1975) by Steve Peck. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Mr. Peck, please let us know – the man needs help. BTW, the Elmer voice is pretty good.
(Thanks, Chris Sobieniak)
Just in time to cash in on the Twilight craze – (Not!) – someone posted on You Tube this anti-venereal disease educational film, produced for the Navy Medical Center in 1973, which casts Syphilis as a vampire. Oh, and in case you want to own a physical copy of this masterpiece, The US Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service will sell it to you on video — on VHS — for just $55!
(via Armed With Science)
Burbank, CA—Dec. 13, 2010—Nickelodeon today announced a round of promotions at the network’s Animation Studio in Burbank, CA. Dina Buteyn has been named Vice President of Animation Production; Dean Hoff is now Vice President of CG Production and Jason Stiff has been promoted to Vice President of Post Production. The announcement was made today by Mark Taylor, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nickelodeon Animation Studio.
“Dina, Dean and Jason represent the heart and soul of the studio,” said Taylor. “They have outstanding track records for producing successful shows and have shown strong leadership that has helped build Nickelodeon Animation Studio into the top-notch producer of the most popular 2D and CG animated for TV series with kids around the world.”
Dina Buteyn is now Vice President of Animation Production. In this role, she will be responsible for oversight of all production and development production for Nickelodeon’s 2D animated shows, including SpongeBob SquarePants and T.U.F.F. Puppy.
A 13-year veteran of Nick’s Animation Studio, Buteyn has held several positions, serving as producer for several Nicktoons productions, including Making Fiends, The Penguins of Madagascar and SpongeBob SquarePants. She has also served as production manager for several pilots, including The X’s and Catscratch.
Dean Hoff is now Vice President of CG Production. Hoff will oversee all the CG shows and the CG core animation team. A force in pioneering CG production at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio, over the last five years he has helped produce several of Nickelodeon’s hit CG series, including The Penguins of Madagascar, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Planet Sheen and the upcoming new series Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.
Hoff previously was the Director of CG Production and Producer, overseeing all CG production for the Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Hoff worked on traditionally animated series Chalkzone and the Holly Hobbie direct to video series before helping to build the CG Department at Nickelodeon. He began his career as a cinematographer and camera assistant in live action film, transitioning to traditional animation in 2001.
Jason Stiff is now Vice President of Post Production and will be responsible for the management and oversight of the entire post production process. He will work in conjunction with external vendors, the editorial, sound, production and CG teams to ensure successful delivery of all current animation series, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Dora the Explorer and the upcoming series Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, among others.
Previously, Stiff served as Senior Director, overseeing post production for Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. animated series, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Fairly Odd Parents, ,and Ni Hao Kai-lan. In 2001, he was the Post Production Supervisor for Invader Zim and then took on the role of Director and eventually the Senior Director, overseeing all of Post Production in September of 2002. In addition to his work on Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Nicktoons, Stiff has also worked on animation projects for Nick at Nite, TV Land and Spike.
Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Stiff worked on FOX’s King of the Hill as a Post Production assistant, coordinator and then supervisor from 1997 — 2001. Stiff began his career in animation in 1996 as a freelance animatic scanner on various projects at Sony.
This parody is the brainchild of RISD grad/animator Edmund Earle. Almost makes me want to see the real Yogi Bear movie. Almost.
(Thank you Paul Dini, Joseph Game and all the others who sent this to us)
What did you expect? The Hollywood trades are out with their luke-warm reviews of the live action-CG Yogi Bear feature, which opens this Friday, Dec. 17th.
Justin Chang in Variety (review blocked by a pay-wall) says:
“Neither smarter nor dumber than the average family-friendly comedy, “Yogi Bear” is a bland and innocuous small-fry outing that retains a measure of the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon’s charm, though scarcely enough to justify the time, expense and visual-effects trickery it must have taken to inflate an endearing 2D cartoon into a dopey 3D extravaganza….
“…Aykroyd and Timberlake do fine approximations of their characters’ distinctive cartoon voices and speech patterns; teens and adults in particular can keep themselves amused by imagining Timberlake, in one of his more self-effacing career moves, having to record lines like “I have a problem with baked beans” in Boo Boo’s trademark nasal delivery. By comparison, the not-quite-photorealistic, borderline-alien look of these CGI bears is off-putting, the technological advancements of lifelike fur and detailed eye movements being no match for the clean, expressive lines of hand-drawn animation.”
Samuel Landa heads a new CG company called Fungus Studios in Perth, Australia. His team, which includes Mitch Perry, Russell Grinbers, Barnsley Karim and Lorenzo Monteleone, created Bus Stop in 3 months, as a group project, their last college assignment from Perth’s SAE Institute.
Not sure how many will get the same kick out this as I did – but my inner geek is grinning ear to ear. Here’s a fan-made opening title for a Mighty B episode, done in the style of Paramount’s old Noveltoon theatrical cartoons. Aspiring cartoonist/animator John Paul Cassidy, who is apparently huge fan of both Nick’s Mighty B and old Paramount cartoons, got it right. It’s also worth noting that both Nickelodeon and Paramount are owned by corporate parent Viacom, so this isn’t as far-out as it seems.
That doll is HOT… and the girl is cute, too!
(Thanks, Devlin Thompson via RetroZone)
Medium Large (12/7) by Francesco Marciuliano
Mother Goose and Grimm (12/5) by Mike Peters
The Flying McCoys (12/5) by Gary & Glenn McCoy
(Thanks, Jim Lahue, Kurtis Findlay and Uncle Wayne)