No, it’s not the latest Nickelodeon Movie, but maybe it should be. It’s the third viral comedy video from “Dr. Coolsex” – a NYC sketch comedy trio consisting of Alex Charak (who plays Doug), Dustin Drury (playing Roger), and Greg Murtha (Chalky). This trailer was co-conceived with Alan Starzinski (Boomer), and that’s actress Janet Passanante playing Patti Mayonaise.
This is one of the strangest things I’ve ever plugged on Cartoon Brew. We all know Leslie Cabarga as the author of The Fleischer Story, the best history of the Max Fleischer studio ever published. More recently Leslie blessed us with The Logo, Font, & Lettering Bible, which presents comparisons of early Mickey Mouse comic strip inking of Floyd Gottfredson, and the classic Betty Boop inking of Fleischer animator Willard Bowsky to how various type faces are rendered. Now Leslie’s got a new book and it’s slightly OT, thoroughly XXX and totally NSFW.
Released mid-2010, in a “limited edition” of 250,000, was this Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Collector’s Pez Set. Must have seemed like a good idea at the time… but the designers failed to notice an inappropriate design flaw. Luckily, toy collector Mike Mozart caught it and brought it to our attention:
I’m happy to report that my friends at Cinefamily – along with festival organizers, animation producer John Andrews and animator Miles Flanagan – have assembled a world-class program of new animated features, shorts and retrospectives (not to mention, parties) for this week’s 2nd Los Angeles Animation Festival at the Silent Movie Theater. From Friday December 3rd through Tuesday December 7th the theatre will host an amazing array of hard-to-see recent international animated works – from the U.S. premiere of the new Jan Å vankmajer feature, to the debut of the Chinese independent feature Piercing 1, the anime mindblower Redline, and Sylvain Chomet’s new masterpiece The Illusionist (I’ll be introducing it on December 7th).
Fest guest of honor Will Vinton is presenting his short films, specials, commercials and a 25th anniversary screening of his 1985 Claymation feature The Adventures of Mark Twain. I’ll also be introducing Pixar’s Teddy Newton (on Saturday morning 12/4 @ 11:30am) who will discuss his acclaimed hand drawn/3D/CG short Day & Night, and there is a lot more.
A special Festival Pass is available – it allows you free guaranteed entry into every show, early admittance to any show and admission into all festival parties. Its priced at $125 ($85 to students) and must be purchased no later than Wednesday at 6pm (only 75 passes will be sold). Individual show tickets are $10 ($6 to Cinefamily members). Programs will sell out (theatre only holds 150 seats) so I urge you to reserve tickets now. For more info go to the CineFamily website.
Here’s something for the furries. A sequel to a 2007 Orangina ad campaign which apparently was quite a success…
Agency: Fred & Farid, Paris
Creative Directors: Frederic Raillard, Farid Mokart
DA: Frederic Raillard, Farid Mokart, Thomas Raillard
TV producer & post production: Alexandra Marik, Benoit Armstrong
Director: Tom Carty
Production: Gorgeous, London
Post Production: The Mill, London
Sound Design: Wave Studios, Johnny Burn
(Thanks, Jim Lahue)
Here’s a unique vintage promo for ABC’s Saturday morning programming that was aimed at adults. Shown in prime time during summer 1973, actor Michael Constantine (then of Room 222) extols the virtues of Yogi Bear – whom he says will now face off against such “real life” villians such as “Mr. Bigot” and “Mr. Smog” – and other pro-social animated series like Scholastic Rock (The less said about Goober and The Ghost Chasers the better). “Let’s face it – kids love to watch cartoons.”
(Thanks, Mike Kazaleh)
Medium Large by Francesco Marciuliano
Mother Goose and Grimm by Mike Peters
Rhymes With Orange (11/25) by Hillary Price
Heart of the City (11/26) by Mark Tatulli
(Thanks, Jim Lahue and John Hall)
Check out this exquisite promo for a William Joyce’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore:
I’m not sure if this is a trailer for a longer film, or simply a part of the installation Joyce’s Moonbot Studios created for ArtSpace in Shreveport, Louisana. According to the website, the project is…
…inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
The exhibit runs through January 29th and is free. For more information click here.
(Thanks, David Cowles)
Jot this down on the calendar. The American Cinematheque has scheduled a tribute to Glen Keane for Saturday December 11th at 5pm, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. This event is open to the public, ticket information is located here. The tribute will include a 35mm screening of The Little Mermaid (1989) and a visual presentation detailing Keane’s 35 years as an animator. Charles Solomon will lead a discussion with Glen and a Q&A will follow. Be there or be Tangled.
This moody and stylish little film was directed and animated by french musician/artist Kadavre Exquis (aka FranÃ§ois Grumelin-Sohn). According to the filmmaker,
“it’s the story of a thief who gets into an orchard at night in order to steal some fruit he needs for his fruit addiction. He finally gets killed by the orchard’s owner and then we learn it was only a nightmare. The main purpose of this video was to work on “clichés”.
His official website (including a making-of) is at the Cargo collective.
I was prepared to see Spongebob, Snoopy and various animated stars in today’s telecast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, but was stunned to see Popeye in this commercial from General Motors. It’s a classy spot from GM, thanking us – the American people – for the loan that got them out of a financial hole and allowed them to report a record breaking $1.2 billion dollar profit this past week. I’m pleased they spent some of that money to give thanks – and to license a clip from Max Fleischer’s Axe Me Another (1934).
Disney considers Tangled its 50th animated feature (not counting The Reluctant Dragon, but including Dinosaur and The Three Caballeros, but not Victory Through Air Power or… oh, you get the idea). The other day we posted a goof on this list by The Fine Brothers, but today Disney released its own viral tribute (nicely synched to the song Dreams by Brandi Carlile). Worth a look:
Now it’s your turn. I urge our readers to see Tangled, directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, this weekend and return here with your thoughts. If you don’t agree with my opinion, let me know why. Only comments by those who have seen the film will be approved below.
NBC’s Joe McHale/Chevy Chase sitcom Community is doing a holiday themed show in faux-Rankin-Bass style stop-motion. Here’s a 13-second preview snippet from the upcoming December 9th episode:
If you are in Southern California this holiday weekend weekend, this might be of interest: The Art Institute of California is holding a free visual storytelling workshop featuring:
Floyd Norman…….. Disney Legend, Writer, Storyboard Artist/Diney/Pixar
Ernesto Nemesio…..Background Painter/ Pixar
Carole Holliday…….Director, Character Desinger /formerly Disney
This is a rare opportunity into the minds of three professional animation story tellers as they design and shape an organic story through audience participation and demonstrations of both traditional and digital designs. In this four hour workshop a story will crafted, characters and backgrounds will be drafted with the help of you and the participating guest speakers.
You must RSVP to attend, and arrive early as seating is limited. The workshop will take place Saturday November 27th from 12 noon to 4pm at:
The Art Institute of California Inland Empire
674 E Brier Dr
San Bernardino, CA
For more information, click here.
A nice little teaser trailer as cute as the poster:
Simon Wells directs this Image Movers Digital (re: Zemeckis) production. Disney is releasing it in March. Mo-cap or Mo-crap? You decide:
(Thanks, Ben Price)
Sascha Ciezata (When Herzog Rescued Phoenix, When Lynch Met Lucas) animated this holiday special, featuring Sarah Silverman recalling a pivotal thanksgiving in her childhood.
Here’s the man himself, Jean “Mobius” Giraud, drawing amidst the exhibit hall at the CTN Animation Expo in Burbank yesterday. I was there and had a blast. Like the San Diego Comic Con (but much, much smaller and devoted solely to animation) there was so many things happening at the same time, so many people to meet, so many panels to attend. Congratulations to Tina Price and her crew for putting on a second event that was bigger and better than the first. A true success and a much needed venue for inspiration and networking. Can’t wait for next year!
I caught up with so many friends, spoke to so many acquaintances, colleagues, artists, creators and met so many Brew readers, my voice imploded. So while I’m resting up and drinking hot tea with honey today, I thought I’d open it up to those who attended. What did you think? Have a good time? Let us know in the Comments below.
Naz Ghodrati-Azadi is a 2009 Graduate of Sheridan’s Bachelor program in Classical Animation. She’s since moved to Burbank and is currently working as a freelance Animator/Character Layout artist at Warner Bros. Naz finally finished the hand drawn animated film she started years ago at Sheridan and has graciously posted it online for us to enjoy — just in time for Thanksgiving:
The LA Times had a front page story yesterday reporting Disney Animation is closing the book on fairy tales, saying:
…the curtain is falling on “princess movies,” which have been a part of Disney Animation’s heritage since the 1937 debut of its first feature film, “Snow White.” The studio’s Wednesday release of “Tangled,” a contemporary retelling of the Rapunzel story, will be the last fairy tale produced by Disney’s animation group for the foreseeable future.
“Films and genres do run a course,” said Pixar Animation Studios chief Ed Catmull, who along with director John Lasseter oversees Disney Animation. “They may come back later because someone has a fresh take on it â€¦ but we don’t have any other musicals or fairy tales lined up.” Indeed, Catmull and Lasseter killed two other fairy tale movies that had been in development, “The Snow Queen” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
Other notable quotes from the piece:
Catmull said he and Lasseter have been encouraging filmmakers to break with safe and predictable formulas and push creative boundaries.
“If you say to somebody, ‘You should be doing fairy tales,’ it’s like saying, ‘Don’t be risky,’” Catmull said. “We’re saying, ‘Tell us what’s driving you.’”
Bonnie Arnold, an animation veteran who most recently produced DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” said animated films must vie in the cineplex with effects-laden action films that a generation ago might have been considered more mature fare.
“You see elementary school kids standing in line to see ‘Iron Man’ or ‘Transformers,’ ” Arnold said. “To be honest, that’s who we’re all competing with on some level.”
It was a curious piece to see prominently displayed on page-one of Hollywood’s major newspaper. It was almost as if Disney was hedging its bet against possible low box office expectations. Ed Catmull seemed to back peddle yesterday afternoon, responding to the article on his Facebook page with this:
A headline in today’s LA Times erroneously reported that the Disney fairy tale is a thing of the past, but I feel it is important to set the record straight that they are alive and well at Disney and continue this week with Tangled, a contemporary retelling of a much loved story. We have a number of projects in development with new twists that audiences will be able to enjoy for many years to come. – Ed Catmull
That was certainly a carefully worded statement. I’m glad that fairy tales are alive and well “this week”. Personally, I hope the quote in the article — the one about encouraging filmmakers to break with safe and predictable formulas and to push creative boundaries — is true. There’s nothing wrong with re-telling a great fairy tale, but to truly live up to Walt Disney’s vision the studio needs to move beyond tired public domain fables and push itself in new directions. I sincerely wish them luck with that.
Join us tonight at 8pm as we celebrate Thanksgiving at Cartoon Dump with special guest comedians Dana Gould (from The Simpsons) and April Hava Shenkman (as Princess Sacajawhooza), plus the “Birds of Prey” (Lizzy Cooperman, Emily Maya Mills and Susan Burke). I’ll be there too, with Frank Conniff (“TV’s Frank”), Erica Doering, J. Elvis Weinsten, and Mighty Mr. Titan (to whom I always give thanks), tonight at the Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. â€¢ Free Parking! â€¢ Advanced Tickets here â€¢ RSVP Here â€¢ Phone: (323) 666-9797 â€¢ Map & Directions â€¢ And friend us on Facebook.
Universal and Illumination (Despicable Me) will open the Easter-themed Hop on April 1st. Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks) directed this hybrid live action-animation feature starring Russell Brand (as the Easter Bunny). The teaser poster came out this weekend, and it looks pretty cute:
Benny and Rafi Fine (The Fine Brothers) ruin fifty Disney animated features in 3 minutes:
(Thanks, Kelly Aarons)
Lio (11/14) by Mark Tatulli
Rubes (11/16) by Leigh Rubin
(Thanks, Jim Lahue)