Would you rather watch a creaky stop motion cartoon from nearly fifty years ago or a splashy computer animated cartoon from today? Audiences were faced with that decision on Tuesday night when CBS programmed the venerable Rankin/Bass special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer against DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas on ABC.
Rudolph soundly drubbed its competition with 11.3 million viewers and was the second highest-rated program on network TV during the entire night trailing only Fox’s Glee.Shrek the Halls meanwhile delivered 7.4 million viewers and Grinch 6.9 million viewers. Rudolph had a ratings gain from 2009, whereas bothÂ Shrek and Grinch had significant year-to-year rating declines. Everybody say it with me: audiences don’t watch animation for technique; it’s about how much they love your characters and story.
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.
Cartoonist Ryan Estrada has always dreamt of making his own animated feature. Well, he’s finally going to do it. This month. And he’ll be done with it in 31 days. The complete movie will debut on-line on January 1st. He’s currently set up his studio in a Costa Rican jungle and has made a light box out of a baking tray. In other words, he’s ready to create. There’s an entertaining Tumblr blog to accompany the project. Good luck, Ryan!
So far, this year Cartoon Brew has had visitors from 215 countries or territories. As is to be expected, the United States comprises the largest percentage of our readership (64%) and the top five countries account for 82% of our traffic. Other countries in the top five, like Canada, UK and Spain, have each generated hundreds of thousands of visits in 2010. Our US readership reaches well into the millions. (The biggest surprise for us is Spain, where our readership has dramatically expanded in the second half of 2010. The Spanish cities that deliver the most visitors are, in order, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla and Bilbao.)
Below is a list of countries that have recorded at least 1,000 visits so far in 2010. Continue reading →
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
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