The last time we did a post about Mike Nguyen’s feature-length film-in-progress was way back in 2004. Life had gotten in the way of completing the movie in all these years, but now Mike is serious about finishing the personal hand-drawn My Little World and has started a blog and revised his July Films website. He’s also posted a recut trailer (embed below). Mike Nguyen is an incredible animator (Iron Giant) and teacher (Cal Arts) and I personally wish him the best of luck in completing this amazing looking film.
As reported here back in February, here’s the trailer for Disney’s spin-off of Pixar’s Cars – an original direct-to-video movie called Planes:
UPDATE: Disney has removed the trailer from You Tube
Ya’ know, I was just thinking the other day that we don’t feature enough industrial and medical animation here on Cartoon Brew. Then I found this nice little demonstration film depicting a dramatic bite from a bed bug. The animation was created at Meditech Communications by Joel Erkkinen and Brian Michaelin using Maya2012, with compositing in After Effects.
Everything Michel Gagné does is worth seeing and owning. His latest project is a video game (which we teased back in 2009): Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, the final trailer for which has just been released. Gagné dropped us this note:
“After 5 years of work including the most intense year and a half of my career, ITSP is finally wrapped up and ready for release. Being a fan of classical animation, I think you should really enjoy looking at the game (and playing, if you’re a player). Five years ago, game veteran Joe Olson and I set out the goal of bringing feature quality 2D classical animation to video games. Working with the amazingly dedicated crew at both, Fuelcell Games and Gagne International, I believe we pulled it off!”
Animator Morgan Miller (Vacuum Attraction) has created a new film featuring his character, “Jeff Twiller”, discussing his obsession with Teela from the old Filmation He-Man cartoons, “poking fun at the strange world of You Tube and this phenomenon of the ‘tribute video’….”
To commemorate the 2012 centennial of Chuck Jones’s birth, IDW’s Library of American Comics will publish Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was. This is the new name for the “Crawford” book project we’ve plugged several times before. Now that it’s getting closer to publication, the cover (above) has just been released. The press release says:
Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was follows the twenty-seven year journey it took Jones to bring “Crawford” to the public, from conception to storyboard to newspaper strip. This incredible volume is loaded with never before seen sketches, drawings, storyboards and production notes, and the six-month run of the Crawford newspaper comic strip from 1978. Accompanying the artwork is a biography of Chuck Jones’s career in the sixties and seventies and how it influenced the creation of Chuck’s only foray into the world of comic strips.
The book is being edited by Kurtis Findlay and Dean Mullaney, and designed by Lorraine Turner. Visit the official Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was website where all-new, never before seen Chuck Jones art will be added in the coming weeks and months leading up to the book’s release in December. I think you will also “like” the Crawford Facebook page.
Warner Bros. Animation today publicly announced three new 3D theatrical cartoon shorts to be released within the next year. Two of the films feature voice recordings by Mel Blanc from songs recorded for Capitol Records in the 1950s. The new shorts, according to the press release, are:
Daffy’s Rhapsody: In the first of the new shorts, a persistent Elmer Fudd chases Daffy Duck (Blanc) on stage during a musical performance. The short features Blanc performing the song “Daffy Duck’s Rhapsody.” Daffy’s Rhapsody is scheduled to debut in theaters on November 18, 2011, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Pictures’ release of Happy Feet 2.
I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat: A classic game of cat and bird transpires in Granny’s apartment as Tweety Bird goes to great lengths to avoid the clutches of his arch-nemesis Sylvester the Cat. The short also features the hit song of the same name, which was performed by Blanc, and sold over three million copies worldwide.
Untitled Coyote & Road Runner: Wile E. Coyote’s epic quest to capture the Road Runner continues in this all-new short. Will the Coyote finally get his paws on his elusive prize?
The three new shorts are all directed by Matthew O’Callaghan and executive produced by WBA’s Sam Register. The producers are Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone. Click the photo above to view larger version.
Shane Acker (“9″) is back with a new sci-fi fantasy, now in production at Gnomon Studios – part of L.A.’s Gnomon School of Visual Effects where Acker is on the faculty. Here’s the teaser for Plus Minus:
UPDATE: In breaking Shane Acker news, it’s just been announced that Acker will direct a live action Thomas The Tank Engine feature film.
(Thanks, Justin James via Twitch)
I repeat, Andreas Deja has a blog! Go there now. Deja View. Bookmark it!
(Thanks, Ed Himmel)
Here’s the intriguing trailer for a new animated documentary celebrating the life of Japanese comic artist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. A disciple of Osamu Tezuka, Tatsumi established an alternative style of comics called Gegika. Tatsumi was screened recently at the Cannes Film Festival and is presently seeking U.S. distribution.
UPDATE: Singapore has now qualified this film with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s as its official entry in the Best Foreign Language category.
Tim Burton, move over. Stephane Berla is co-directing a Burton-esque animated feature based on Mathias Malzieu’s novel The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (aka The Mechanics of the Heart), co-produced by Luc Besson. Writer Malzieu is the lead singer of French rock group Dionysos, and will provide the soundtrack for the film. A work-in-progress screening will be held on Friday at the Annecy Animation Festival (which opens today). Here’s an intriguing viral trailer created a few years ago by Berla and Malzieu to promote the original book: