For your viewing pleasure, CalArts undergrad Sabrina Cotugno‘s third year film, animated mostly at Gobelins in Paris.
Bob Jaroc‘s video for Black Moth Super Rainbow’s “The Sticky” was made by “modding a bunch of old b&w TVs, playing the separate parts from the track through them and taping the results,” plus some After Effects. Some readers on Boing Boing have pointed out that the circuit bending technique that Jaroc used is a variation of the Wobble Vision technique. Whatever Jaroc did, the results are mesmerizing.
Dilcidio Caldeira at Paranoid in Sao Paulo directed this one minute station ID for MTV Brazil using images drawn on hundreds of balloons. They were popped by a needle-tipped camera, mounted on a dolly which traveled at a speed fast enough to pop and film 10 balloons each second.
Director: Duldicio Caldeira
Photography: Alexandre Ermel
Animation/Illustration: Daniel Semanas
Sound Track: Hilton Raw
(Thanks, Kent Osborne and Grey Wears)
Kidscreen is reporting that Luken Communications, the owner of broadcast channel Retro TV (which currently airs much of the Filmation cartoon library), is partnering with Classic Media to create a new retro-style cartoon network called PB&J. According to the press release:
The 24-hour network, set to launch in the US this summer, will feature Classic Media titles from the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Those include The Archie’s, Mr. Magoo, The Lone Ranger, Gumby and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. PBJ will be available to broadcasters, cable and satellite providers.
If they have the Classic Media library, this new channel could also air the Harveytoons (Casper, Herman and Katnip, et al), the Jay Ward library (Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, etc.), Roger Ramjet, Underdog, Felix the Cat, Rankin-Bass Specials, UPA’s Boing Boing Show, Dick Tracy cartoons and Magoo’s Christmas Carol – among others…
I admit it – I would love to program a channel like this. A retro-cartoon channel is very much needed, and Classic Media has amassed an impressive collection of vintage properties. As the basis for such a channel, I dare say they have more potential than the material endlessly rerun on Turner’s tired Boomerang network. And with all the possibilities of future acquisitions (Universal’s Woody Woodpecker Walter Lantz library, Viacom’s Terrytoon collection, Beany and Cecil, and on and on…) this could be a dream come true. If anyone from Luken Communications is reading this, gimme a call…
UPDATE – Reader Steve Cook found a promo for the new channel on You Tube:
La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is theÂ very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with noÂ land in sight, they stop and wait. Â A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work.Â Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of theirÂ conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?
Long-time PIXAR staffer Enrico Casarosa is serving as both director and Head of Story, and previously worked on Cars, Ratatouille and Up.
On The Shoulders of Giants is a new documentary that looks the history of professional basketball through the prism of the Harlem Rens, a pioneering basketball team from the late 1930s, and features three key animated sequences created by Calabash Animation. The film recently had premieres in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and is currently airing on pay-per-view in select markets.
“The producers wanted this film to be graphically strong,” says Sean Henry, Calabash Animation Executive Producer. “There is literally no film footage of any of these major championship games, and although their historical importance is significant, they barely got a footnote in the newspapers of the time. Our goal was to provide visuals that would fit the story and the setting and the mood of the film. A large percentage of our time was spent just developing the style of the animation.
On The Shoulders of Giants honors the greatest basketball team you’ve never heard of — a group of sports pioneers who have been all but forgotten to time, and it celebrates the legacy of a magical game. It tells the story of Bob Douglas, who loved the new sport of basketball and was determined to make it profitable. To do this, he would not only have to fight for the game itself, but against the rampant racism that was determined to see him fail. His team, the New York Renaissance Big Five, affectionately known as the Harlem Rens, became the embodiment of a new attitude among African Americans who fought to be recognized for their abilities rather than for the color of their skin. They were the precursors to those brave men and women who, twenty years later, would found the Civil Rights Movement.
The look Calabash developed has a dynamic, high end feel, but avoids anything overly cartoony or silly. The style takes is cues from the distinct look of urban artist Justin Bua, who contributed original art to the film.
“We weren’t trying to copy him exactly, but be in keeping with his overall sensibility and style,” Calabash animator Eric Meister adds.
For the Calabash creative team, the ultimate challenge was to find a way to depict these games and their intensity through animation.
“It is not easy to capture the physical nature and beauty of the game of basketball in animation,” Henry notes. “In the end we decided not to try to perfectly simulate the action of the game, but rather to tell the story with visuals that complimented the narrative.”
Arc Productions, recently acquired by a Canadian ownership group from Starz Media US, is reshaping the studio management team. After four and a half years as Executive Vice President and Head of Studio, David Steinberg is leaving Arc Productions to pursue the creative development of his own projects. The new management restructuring will include the appointment of Jeff Young as President and C.O.O.
Under Steinberg’s stewardship the company became a major global force in the animation and visual effects sector. Steinberg oversaw the production of 5 feature films in five years – most notably the recent smash success Gnomeo & Juliet.
“I am very proud of what we have built and all that we have accomplished together in my time here,” said Steinberg. “I will personally miss the incredible group of talent that I’ve had the privilege to assemble and work with so closely every day, and I wish them and the studio the very best of luck.”
“The purchase of Arc from Starz and the development of an aggressive growth strategy as a Canadian owned company has required us to cope with many changes,” said Tom Murray, Partner and Co-CEO. Chief among the changes is the promotion of Young. The opportunities are tremendous and we are happy to see Jeff assume more responsibility.”
Young added, “Gnomeo & Juliet‘s recent box office success solidified Arc as a major presence in the animation industry. The latest reviews for Camelot clearly show the company’s emergence as a force in the VFX world. I am excited to lead an organization comprised of such worldclass talent both in animation and visual effects. Our goal is to expand the company aggressively with a clear focus on innovative deal making and partnerships. We will certainly be active in the marketplace.”
In addition to Young’s appointment, Murray also confirmed the addition of Peter Kozik to the Arc team as Vice President Finance. A former Price Waterhouse Cooper Senior Manager, Kozik will report to Young and assume senior financial management responsibilities.
Pure Funk is Marc Adamson’s graduation film, from his third year of animation at the Arts University College at Bournemouth. It’s a 3-minute mixed 2D/3D animation set in a version of the future when the world is ruled by an oppressive dictatorship and music has become illegal. The film took almost a year from the idea to completion. More production information and a gallery of pre-viz art at Freedom to Funk.com.
Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Cartoon Network Enterprises announced today that Generator Rex: Agent of Providence will be available for Nintendo DSâ„¢, the Nintendo 3DSâ„¢ system, Wiiâ„¢ from Nintendo, PlayStationÂ®3 computer entertainment system, and the Xbox 360Â® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft this October.
“Generator Rex embodies the best of boys’ action: a conflict-driven storyline, aspirational characters and an arsenal of cool weapons and vehicles,” said Pete Yoder, Vice President, U.S. Consumer Products, Cartoon Network Enterprises. “Activision’s Generator Rex: Agent of Providence captures this non-stop excitement and is the perfect title to extend the brand to the vital interactive market.”
“This is a property tailor made for video games,” said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. “We look forward to unleashing Rex’s powers in a way that fans of the show will love.”
Based on Cartoon Network’s top-rated animated series, the Generator Rex: Agent of Providence video game lets players take control of Rex, a teenager who has harnessed nanites within his body to become the ultimate weapon. In the game, Rex is in a race against time to prevent Van Kleissand his minions from gaining unprecedented powers that could destroy the earth!
Villains, known as E.V.O.s (Exponentially Variegated Organisms), are infected with “nanites” which mutate their hosts into malicious beasts. An organization named Providence was created to combat these villains with Rex’s help. Players will fight through the depths of the jungle, the scorching deserts, and the heart of metropolitan cities, while on the lookout for blueprints to create bigger and better weapons to use in combat against the increasing power of the E.V.O.s.
Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast in The Pirates! Band of Misfits, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. The film, which will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, will be released March 30, 2012 in North America.
Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Aardman’s most ambitious stop-motion film to date, will be created with the same beautiful hand-crafted technique that the company brought to the Academy AwardÂ®-winning film Wallace and Gromit: The Curse ofthe Were-Rabbit and Chicken Run. The film is directed by Peter Lord, a founding partner of Aardman, director of Chicken Run (with Nick Park), and a two-time Academy AwardÂ® nominee for his short films at the company. The film is co-directed by Jeff Newitt. The screenplay is by Gideon Defoe, based upon his books. Production Designer is Norman Garwood. Producers are Peter Lord, David Sproxton, and Julie Lockhart. Executive Producer is Carla Shelley.
Commenting on the announcement, Lord said, “I’m so grateful to the entire cast for their talent and energy. The characters that they’ve created fill the screen with life and fun. As the Pirate Captain, Hugh Grant has given a stand-out performance – he combines an effortless on-screen warmth with brilliant comic timing. And as the leader of our motley pirate crew, he shows a real barnstorming, swashbuckling side of his character as well. Only Hugh could anchor this story of love, loyalty, greed, and nautical high-jinks.”
ELEVEN ARTS and FUNimation Entertainment are bringing the feature length followup film to the popular Trigun anime series, Trigun: Badlands Rumble, to the big screen in theaters across North America in Summer 2011.
ELEVEN ARTS is the company that has brought you such celebrated Japanese films as Memories of Tomorrow starring Ken Watanabe and Yoji Yamada’s Love And Honor. FUNimation Entertainment is known for releasing quality anime titles to the American market, and they have released such popular titles as Dragon Ball and Full Metal Alchemist.
- About Trigun -
Trigun popular sci-fi action anime series with the original storyline created by Yasuhiro Naito. The setting takes place in a remote planet of the near future. It portrays the life and actions of a wanted man named Vash, an extreme pacifist by nature bizarrely nicknamed as the “human typhoon”. Yasuhiro Naito’s work was adapted into an animated TV series in 1998, and gained massive support throughout the world despite being aired at midnight. Fighting scenes filled with action and meticulous designing captivated the audience. Production was done by Madhouse, which also worked on Naruto animated films, Death Note TV series, and Summer Wars.
Story and designs have been renovated for this animated film, so that not only fans, but people who haven’t read the original manga or seen the animated TV series could enjoy the work.
The animated film Trigun: Badlands Rumble debuted on April 24th 2010 in Japan, and became a long running hit movie. The film was third on the Pia satisfaction ranking of movies released on April 24th 2010 and has screened worldwide.
Turner Broadcasting has announced it will rollout its UK preschool channel Cartoonito across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, increasing the brand’s distribution to 125 million homes in 112 territories.
Cartoonito launched in the UK in May 2007 and since its debut has become the UK’s most widely distributed pay TV preschool channel, airing a raft of popular preschool programming including Fireman Sam, Baby Looney Tunes and the Care Bears.
Cartoonito will roll out across a number of EMEA territories as a branded block on Boomerang in September of this year, and is set to become an exciting new destination for preschoolers aged three to six and their parents.Â In Turkey and the Middle East, the Cartoonito block will broadcast on Cartoon Network.
Launching with a slate of strong and varied content, Turner Broadcasting has picked up the new series of Bananas in Pyjamas as one of its flagship debut shows.Â Produced by Southern Star Entertainment/Southern Star Singapore (a division of Endemol Group) in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the well-known series has a much-loved heritage and a quirky feel that will fit aptly with the channel’s vibrant and imaginative brand attributes.Â Bananas in Pyjamas is one of a number of high profile deal signings by the broadcaster.
Also forming part of the debut line up will be Jelly Jamm, an exciting new 3D animated series, co-produced by Spanish indies Vodka Capital, 737 Shaker and RTVE (Radio Television EspaÃ±ola).Â A number of additional pan-EMEA preschool series are expected to be unveiled for 2012 in the coming months.
Turner Broadcasting’s consolidated expansion into preschool signals an exciting new phase for its kids’ channels portfolio, with Cartoonito providing a stepping stone for preschoolers to its well-known Boomerang and Cartoon Network brands.
Michael Carrington, Chief Content Officer, Turner Broadcasting said: “We’re incredibly excited to be making such a big splash in the preschool market, with a full scale rollout of Cartoonito across EMEA.Â Whilst Controller of CBeebies, I’d always admired Cartoonito from afar, and having the opportunity to extend this wonderful preschool brand across EMEA was one I couldn’t resist.Â Building on the success of the UK channel, and with two fantastic launch shows at the helm – Bananas in Pyjamas and Jelly Jamm – Cartoonito is set to delight audiences across EMEA as a hub of fun, funny and imaginative entertainment for preschoolers and their parents.”
The Cartoonito block will be a clearly signposted place where preschoolers and their parents can watch some of the best preschool content currently available, made up of flagship programming airing in all territories across EMEA and locally produced content.Â The model will mirror that of Cartoonito in the UK, which has had success with locally produced content including Go and Be a Grown Up and Cartoonito Karaoke.
Also making the leap to Cartoonito across EMEA will be the Cartoonitos, the six cute animated character shapes which introduce shows in the continuity breaks, called Lolly, Bubble, Cuba, Spike, Ting and Ringo.Â As the familiar faces of the channel, the Cartoonitos bring Cartoonito its unique and identifiable personality.
The internationally renowned pre-school series Bananas in Pyjamas is a colourful new CGI animated series.Â New stories, new laughs and new songs will delight audiences everywhere as those loveable pyjama wearing bananas, B1 and B2, their adorable friends the Teddies and the ever mischievous Rat, romp their way through the magical world of Cuddlestown.Â There are some new friends to meet too; Topsy the cheeky kangaroo, Charlie the inventive monkey, Pedro the carefree pig and Bernard, the wise old dog.
Cathy Payne, Chief Executive, Endemol Worldwide Distribution adds:‘We are very excited that Bananas in Pyjamas will be one of the flagship launch series for Cartoonito in the EMEA.Â The original series has been hugely popular around the world and now with the expansion of Cartoonito, the new animated series will entertain and delight children throughout these territories’
Jelly Jamm is a comedy series which celebrates music and friendship, and follows the adventures of five friends who live on a magical planet called Jammbo.Â Bello and his friends Rita, Goomo, Mina and Ongo are the quintet of cute characters who, through their comedic adventures, learn to live in harmony with each other on the wonderful musical planet Jammbo.