ASIFA-Hollywood, the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Society, announced its nominations this morning for the 38th Annual Annie Awards. The award recognizes the best in the field of animation, with categories including best animated feature, television production, commercials, short subjects, video games and outstanding individual achievements. The nominations for Best Animated Feature are Despicable Me (Illumination Entertainment); How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks Animation); Tangled (Disney); The Illusionist (Django Films); and Toy Story 3 (Disney/Pixar).
This gorgeous animated short is an exploration of moving gesture drawings by Brigham Young University animation instructor Ryan Woodward (Osmosis Jones). He explains the creative process behind the piece here.
We may never know what Glen Keane’s version of Rapunzel would have been like – but here’s a taste in a 2005 pre-viz demo (Watch it quick, before Disney removes it), created by Tony Hudson under the direction of Glen Keane, of the update he envisioned:
In this age of CG motion capture, old fashioned rotoscope animation looks refreshing. Case in point: Paranoia is an animated short film made by 4 students (Sandeepan Chanda, Sunil Kumar Yadav, Amrita Mukhopadhyay, Nitesh Mishraas) as part of their final year degree project for Mumbai’s Thakur-Toonskool Advanced Animation Academy.
Once again I visited with Stu Shostak this week to do his Internet radio show. During the commercial breaks I peruse Stu’s huge archive of back-issue TV Guide magazines. And, as usual, I found an article worth sharing with Cartoon Brew readers – this time a May 27th, 1961 interview (thumbnail at left, click to enlarge) with actor Jim Backus which makes numerous references to his voicing of Mr. Magoo.
Meanwhile, animator Darrell Van Citters continues to mine the rich history of Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol on his blog dedicated to the UPA holiday special. He just posted a thorough piece about director Abe Levitow. It’s a must-read, with several rare personal photographs from Levitow’s family. Darrell is appearing with layout artist, Bob Singer, actress Marie Matthews (young Scrooge) and hopefully actress Jane Kean at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica on Saturday, December 18th at 4 PM. They’ll be showing the Magoo special on the big screen where it looks particularly amazing. And if you can’t make it, buy the new DVD/Blu-Ray. If you don’t have Darrell’s book, shame on you! If you do, buy another to give as a Christmas gift. You’ll be glad you did.
I’m not the biggest fan of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, but I’ll admit this parody of a behind-the-scenes film may be the funniest thing I’ve seen from Radical Axis. This video was created for the DVD collection Aqua Teen Hunger Force 6.
Kai Wu is a student at Cal Arts. He made a music video about Oprah – specifically a music video for Oprah Juice, “a drink that helps people become happier, smarter and basically bring them a better life”. Don’t ask me why, but I think this is hilarious.
Here’s the trailer for the latest short from the Polish Film Institute and Platige Image, the Polish studio behind Tomek Baginski’s award winning films (Fallen Art, Cathedral). Director Damian Nenow was the key member of Baginski’s team last few years, responsible for editing his last shorts. His Paths of Hate is a 3D animation stylized as 2D comic book (though not based on any actual comic). The film had its premiere last week in Warsaw and has just started screening on the festival circuit. Can’t wait to see it.
Beautiful mix of photography and CG characters – and an intriguing subtext. Fabian Grodde produced and directed his thesis film for Germany’s Bauhaus-University through Berlin-based Quent Film.
DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY:
Alexander Schumann, Christian Brinkmann, Stephan Hempel
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
Johann Niegl, Alexander Binder
Turn on, tune in, and toon up! I will be the featured guest today on Shokus Internet Radio’s Stu’s Show. It’ll air live beginning at 4:00 p.m. Pacific (7:00 p.m. Eastern). Topics will include Looney Tunes on DVD, the Oscar race, Tangled, Yogi Bear and as always, whatever the listeners want to talk about. You are encouraged to call in with your questions and comments on the station’s toll-free telephone number.
Stu’s Show airs live each Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. PST, with rebroadcasts at the same time each day through next Tuesday Dec. 7th. Access to the station’s feed is free, with no registration required, and is available either by clicking on the Enter Site button on the home page (www.shokusradio.com), by choosing one of the audio player links on the site’s main page.
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. Continue reading →