Chronicle Books Is Releasing A Ton Of Cartoon Titles This Fall

My favorite publisher Chronicle Books just put out their Fall/Winter 2012 catalog and they’re releasing more animation and cartoon-related books this holiday season than ever before. Below are the six titles (including one by myself) that will be of interest to Cartoon Brew readers, followed by the catalog pages with images and descriptions of each book.

The Art and Making of ParaNorman by Jed Alger
August 2012, Pre-order for $21.74.

Sketchtravel by Gérald Guerlais and Dice Tsutsumi
September 2012, Pre-order for $23.52.

The Art of Wreck-It Ralph by Maggie Malone and Jennifer Lee Monn
November 2012, Pre-order for $21.74.

Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal by Karen Falk
November 2012, Pre-order for $16.27.

Full Steam Ahead!: The Life and Art of Ward Kimball by Amid Amidi
November 2012, Pre-order for $29.70.

The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation by Charles Solomon
December 2012, Pre-order for $20.83.

Today’s CB Biz Roundup

Today’s news from around the industry, only on CB Biz:

Pixar Releases Upcoming Film Slate at CinemaCon

Columbia College Chicago Honors Outstanding Alumni At Commencement Ceremonies, Including Disney Animator Marlon West

The One Club Announces Judging Panel For 4th Annual One Show Awards

Anaheim’s Promenade Gallery Hosts Disneyland-themed “Rat Trap Gallery” Show

New Zealand Animation/VFX Company Toybox Hires Bruce Carter & Leoni Willis

DreamWorks Animation Releases iOs App For “Rise of the Guardians”

Korea Announces Government Funding For Dubbing Of Korean Films For Foreign Release

Call For Entries: Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival

Call For Entries: Athens Animation Festival

New York Int’l Children’s Festival Invited Adults For Claymation Workshop Benefit For Scholarship Program

Anaheim’s Promenade Gallery Hosts Disneyland-themed “Rat Trap Gallery” Show

The Rat Trap Gallery will be featuring original artwork by a group of 22 Artists, inspired by the world famous “Happiest Place on Earth”, Disneyland. This is a totally unofficial show and has no affiliation to the Walt Disney Company. I invite you to come to Downtown Anaheim’s very own Promenade Gallery starting Saturday May 12th from 6-10pm to take a look at a collection of original paintings, sculpture, and other pop art inspired by Orange County’s Magic Kingdom.

Featured Artists: Dan Almanzar, Keith Batcheller, Ryan  Batcheller, Sam Carter, Tracie Cotta,  Julianne Eckert, Ray Francisco, Bimal Gorajia, Ryan Hernandez, Ryan Hungerford, Rustin Jessen, Chris Lowk, Brandon Ramirez, Justin Ridge, Seth Reek, Amy Shimoshige, Israel Sanchez, Lance Thatcher, Brent Whittington, Chris Williams, Tim Wollweber and Nicole Yang.

Opening Night Reception: May 12, 2012, 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Promenade Gallery

149 Center Street

ANaheim, CA 92805

Also on Opening Night, experience the Art Crawl! Art, Mmusic, Food & Crafts. 208 Center Street, Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805.

New Zealand Animation/VFX Company Toybox Hires Bruce Carter & Leoni Willis

Bruce Carter, Creative Director and former Head of Film and TVC Visual Effects at Animal Logic, has joined Auckland based animation, VFX & post company Toybox.

Bruce has worked alongside a number of international award-winning directors, producers, film studios, production companies and advertising agencies throughout the world and led diverse, multi-disciplined teams producing work across a range of award winning projects. Film and television credits include 300 by Zack Snyder, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Centre, Verizon Mercy and Comcast Rabbit by Noam Murro.

Most recently Bruce has been focussed on the development of feature film, television and new media projects as part of Animal Logic’s development group.

In his new role Bruce will lead the Toybox team to build creative opportunities and strategic relationships across the television, film and entertainment industries.

“The media world is shape changing almost daily, with the lines between design, art, fashion, advertising, games and film being blurred and distorted in all kinds of exciting ways. New Zealand is known for innovative talent and TOYBOX is no exception. With an amazing core group of artists and advanced technical infrastructure, Toybox offers end to end creative solutions across all media. The opportunity to return to New Zealand and work with the Toybox team was too good to pass up”

Joining Bruce at Toybox is leading VFX Artist Leoni Willis. After 15 years as Senior VFX Supervisor and Lead Compositor in TVC at Animal Logic in Sydney, Australia, Leoni has returned home to Auckland.

Leoni has supervised and composited many high profile, award winning projects. With a background in design, she brings a wealth of ideas, creativity and knowledge, which are ever present in her speedy compositing skills. Her credits include work with directors Baz Lurhman, Alex Proyas, Noam Murro, Steve Rogers, Bruce Hunt, Graeme Burfoot, Steve Ayson – to name just a few.

Says Leoni, “I’m looking forward to working with Bruce and the team at Toybox. Colourist Pete Ritchie and Animation director Andrew Newland are leaders in their fields and I’m confident that through sharing ideas and expertise we’ll be able to create some great work together.”

Nanette Miles of Toybox says “We are really thrilled about Bruce and Leoni coming on board. Leoni’s strong ability to collaborate with directors throughout a project, from initial preproduction to on-set VFX supervision, and work closely with our 3D department, will further strengthen our team. Bruce has a terrific reputation and his experience and commitment to creative excellence will ensure a strong creative culture at Toybox.”

DreamWorks Animation Releases iOs App For “Rise of the Guardians”

DreamWorks Animation brings fantasy to life with its Rise of the Guardians app that incorporates incredibly stunning visuals for an epic adventure with the movie’s heroes, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Sandman…

The new universal iPad and iPhone application unveils a visually stunning world for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming November 21 movie release of Rise of the Guardians. The app, built from the ground up, targets the new iPad’s retina display. The mix of stunning artwork, the world’s most advanced tablet display, and the latest technology around the in-built gyroscope, results in a truly novel way of revealing each of the Guardian’s spectacular worlds.

You can download it here:

DreamWorks Animation brings fantasy to life with its Rise of the Guardians app that incorporates incredibly stunning visuals for an epic adventure with the movie’s heroes, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Sandman…

The new universal iPad and iPhone application unveils a visually stunning world for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming November 21 movie release of Rise of the Guardians. The app, built from the ground up, targets the new iPad’s retina display. The mix of stunning artwork, the world’s most advanced tablet display, and the latest technology around the in-built gyroscope, results in a truly novel way of revealing each of the Guardian’s spectacular worlds.

You can download it here:

Korea Announces Government Funding For Dubbing Of Korean Films For Foreign Release

The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for the dubbing of Korean feature animations. The KOFIC Prints & Advertising (P&A) Fund For Animation (Dubbing) is designed to expand opportunities for Korean films to screen abroad by providing additional support for the international sale of Korean animations, ultimately aiming to increase the theatrical release of Korean animations in foreign markets.

Any Korean animation scheduled to be released in a foreign market during 2012 is eligible for support. Companies that are eligible to apply include Korean distributors who hold international rights for such animations or their sales agents in foreign markets, and foreign distributors currently preparing foreign language dubbing in order to distribute a Korean animation in their home territories.

The fund will cover up to 70% of dubbing-related expenses for selected projects, with a cap of 35,000,000 KRW per film. Such expenses may include studio rental, mixing/recording, translation fees, material production (M&E), and labor costs for dubbing directors and voice actors. The application period ends May 31, 2012. Please visit for further information and apply via email at [email protected]

For further questions or inquiries, contact Yoonhyung Jeon at KOFIC’s International Promotion Center (Tel: +82 02 958 7595/ Email: [email protected]).

The Poster for Disney’s “Paperman”


This is the poster (designed by Jeff Turley) for Paperman, a Disney short that’s been generating buzz for its distinctive melding of CG and hand-drawn animation. It’s the directing debut of veteran CG animator John Kahrs (Toy Story 2, Tangled, The Incredibles). Paperman will debut at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June. It will be distributed more widely in November when it plays in front of Wreck-It Ralph.

The synopsis below is from the film’s Facebook page:

Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting… with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

Pixar Releases Upcoming Film Slate at CinemaCon

[Editor's Note: At this week's convention for the National Association of Theatre Owners (known as CinemaCon), Pixar released details on three upcoming pictures. Pixar sent out the synopsis details for each of these pictures, which are below.]


U.S. Release Date: June 19, 2015

Director: Pete Docter

Co-Director: Ronnie del Carmen

Producer: Jonas Rivera

Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and producer Jonas Rivera (Up), the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.


  • Director Pete Docter is the Academy Award®-winning director of Up. He made his directorial debut with Disney•Pixar‘s smash hit Monsters, Inc., which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, Docter developed the story and characters for Toy Story, Pixar‘s first full-length feature film, for which he also served as supervising animator. He served as a storyboard artist on A Bug’s Life and wrote the initial story treatment for Toy Story 2. As one of Pixar Animation Studios’ key creative contributors, Docter garnered an Academy Award nomination for his original story credit on Disney•Pixar’s Golden Globe®- and Oscar®-winning WALL•E.
  • Jonas Rivera produced the Academy Award-winning Up, for which he was nominated for Best Picture. Prior to Up, he had worked on nearly every Pixar film since joining Pixar Animation Studios in 1994, beginning with Toy Story for which he served as production office assistant. His subsequent credits include A Bug’s Life (as art department coordinator), Toy Story 2 (as a marketing and creative resources coordinator), Monsters, Inc. (as art department manager) and the Golden Globe-winning Cars (as production manager).


U.S. Release Date: May 30, 2014

Director: Bob Peterson

Co-Director: Peter Sohn

Producer: John Walker

What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? This hilarious, heartfelt and original tale is directed by Bob Peterson (co-director/writer, Up; writer, Finding Nemo) and produced by John Walker (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant).


  • Bob Peterson made his directorial debut as co-director of the Oscar®-winning film Up, for which he was also Oscar-nominated as one of the film’s screenwriters. His other credits include Toy Story (as layout artist and animator), A Bug’s Life (as story artist), Toy Story 2 (as story artist), Monsters, Inc. (as story supervisor) and Finding Nemo (as a screenwriter), which was also an Oscar winner. Peterson also lends his voice to a host of iconic characters, including Roz (Monsters, Inc.), Mr. Ray (Finding Nemo) and Dug the dog (Up).
  • John Walker produced the Academy Award®-winning film The Incredibles for Pixar Animation Studios, and served as associate producer for Warner Bros.’ Osmosis Jones and The Iron Giant. He also has an extensive background in producing live theatre.


Director: Lee Unkrich

Producer: Darla K. Anderson

From director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, the filmmaking team behind the Academy Award®-winning Toy Story 3, comes a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.


  • Oscar® and Golden Globe®-winning director of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich began at Pixar Animation Studios in 1994 as a film editor on Toy Story and continued on to A Bug’s Life as the supervising film editor. He made his directing debut in 1999 as co-director of the Golden Globe-winning Toy Story 2.  Unkrich co-directed Monsters, Inc. and served as co-director and supervising film editor of the Oscar-winning animated feature Finding Nemo.
  • Joining Pixar Animation Studios in 1993, producer Darla K. Anderson counts A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc. and the Golden Globe-winning Cars among her producing credits. Anderson most recently produced 2010’s Oscar and Golden Globe-winning Toy Story 3, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and the award for Producer of the Year in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild of America.

Columbia College Chicago Honors Outstanding Alumni At Commencement Ceremonies, Including Disney Animator Marlon West


Cartoonist, Jewelry Designer and Animator Embody Columbia Spirit

CHICAGO (April 23, 2012) — Continuing an annual tradition, Columbia College Chicago will honor outstanding alumni during the college’s commencement ceremonies on May 5 and 6. These alumni, who have taken the Columbia College spirit and translated it into successful careers in the arts, entertainment and media industries, have utilized their talents and experiences at Columbia, creating names for themselves far beyond the college community.

The alumni honorees whose time at Columbia College helped shape them into outstanding professionals with careers allowing them to live represent the School of Liberal Arts and Science, School of Fine and Performing Arts and the School of Media Arts, respectively:

Art Baltazar – Undeclared (BA ’92), cartoonist

A cartoonist born and based in Chicago, Baltazar defines cartoons and comics not only as an art style but as a way of life. His career began in 1994 with his self-published comic book, “The Cray-Baby Adventures.” Since then, he has created other comics such as “Gyro-Man,” “Captain Camel & the Space Chicken,” “Jimmy Dydo,” “Lunar Lizard,” “Meteor Mite,” and the famous “Patrick the Wolf Boy.” He is the creative force behind The New York Times-bestselling, Eisner Award-winning “Tiny Titans,” and the artist of the “Super Pets” children’s book series, and many more projects.

Lana Bramlette – AEMM: Fashion/Retail Management (BA ’97), jewelry designer

Lana Bramlette is the face and force behind Lana Jewelry and the “Lana Look,” a term that has come to stand for the world’s most delicate and modern jewelry. She launched Lana Jewelry in 2002 with her boyfriend (now husband) Rob Bramlette and today, Lana Jewelry is in more than 150 retailers worldwide. Her collections can be seen in magazines and on numerous A-list celebrities. Lana is also the founder of the Chicago Fashion Foundation (CFF), a nonprofit that gives annual scholarships to deserving Chicago-area design students.

Marlon West – Film & Video: Animation (BA ’85), effects animator/supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios

After graduating from Columbia College in 1985, Marlon West started his career producing educational films for Encyclopedia Britannica. In 1989, he moved to Los Angeles, working on special effects for music videos, television commercials, and motion pictures. Marlon joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1993 as an effects animator on “The Lion King.” Since then, he has worked constantly as an animator with Disney, on many of its blockbuster animated classics. As effects lead, West has worked as a digital artist on Disney CG-animated films, as well as helped to usher traditional, 2-D back to the studio, as evidenced by Disney’s recent releases.

The One Club Announces Judging Panel For 4th Annual One Show Awards


Brett Ratner, CAA, HBO, Interscope Records, NBC-Universal, and United Talent Agency and more join top advertising creatives to judge the best in this year’s branded entertainment

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (April 25, 2012) — A roster of some of the best creative minds in advertising and entertainment has been selected to judge the 4th annual One Show Entertainment, the prestigious awards competition held annually to honor the year’s best in branded entertainment from around the world.  Leading the panel of 26 top creatives is Jury Chair Chris Bruss, vice president of branded entertainment at Funny or Die, a rising force in Hollywood.

Conceived and produced by The One Club, One Show Entertainment is the first and only awards competition dedicated to honoring the agencies, production companies, network/cable TV channels, film studios and clients creating and producing branded entertainment.  Launched in 2008, the awards competition since has grown in industry popularity.  Entries have tripled in number over last year, including submissions from 35 countries across the globe.

Being selected to judge One Show Entertainment is a career-defining honor, as is winning the One Show Entertainment’s coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze Pencil awards, considered the ultimate achievement in the industry.

The stellar roster of judges, in alphabetical order, includes:

  • Chris Bruss, VP Branded Entertainment (Jury Chair), Funny or Die
  • Stephan Baik, Art Director
  • Archie Bell, Creative Director, NBC-Universal, Inc.
  • Jesse Coulter, Co-Chief Creative Officer,CAA
  • Mark Crumpacker, Chief Marketing Officer, Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Richard Farmer, Director, Green Dot Films
  • Catherine A. Finkenstaedt, Executive Producer, Go Film
  • Darren Foldes, Executive Producer, Green Dot Films
  • Jennifer Frommer, SVP Branded Content & Partnerships, Interscope Records
  • Dana Garman, Owner/Principal, Super Studio
  • William Gelner, Executive Creative Director + Managing Partner, 180 LA
  • Neil Hamel, West Coast Director/Branded Entertainment, Ensemble
  • Charles Jensen, Director, Go Film
  • Liz Jones, SVP Digital Marketing, Relativity Media
  • Shira Lazar, Executive Producer, What’s Trending
  • Dana Locatell, Executive Producer & Partner, Supply & Demand Integrated
  • Steven Marrs, President, Momentum Entertainment
  • Peter McDonough, Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer, Diageo North America
  • Ned McNeilage, Creative Director, CAA
  • Nate Morley, Creative Director, Skull Candy, Inc.
  • Matt Murphy, Creative Director, 72andSunny
  • Tim Piper, Partner, Piro
  • Brett Ratner, Director/Producer
  • Chris Spadaccini, SVP of Brand Marketing, HBO
  • Jeff Tomsic, Director, Go Film
  • Brent Weinstein, Head of Digital Media, United Talent Agency

One Show Entertainment will reveal the winners on June 13, 2012, when the advertising elite join the Hollywood entertainment crowd for cocktails, awards ceremony and after party at the newly opened Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, CA.    So save the date and purchase your tickets now at

“From the surprising, novel and other wise delightful fusion of advertising and entertainment, we’re thrilled to have such an illustrious and cross-disciplinary group of industry leaders serve as jurors to determine the best in all forms of branded entertainment content,” said Kevin Swanepoel, President at The One Club.

One Show Entertainment features a broad range of categories including television, film, motion graphics, music, gaming, branded applications, online branded entertainment, events and installations, and innovation in branded content. Three exciting new categories were added to this year’s competition: best brand channel, promos and title sequences.

Jury member bios and headshots are available at

You can follow One Show Entertainment online at, on Facebook and at Twitter.

Call For Entries: Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival

Philadelphia…April 25, 2012. Project Twenty1, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization, has opened its call for entries for live-action and animated shorts, features, and music videos for the annual international Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival.

Judges for this year’s Festival have not yet been released, but past judges include Aaron Parry (The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, The Last Airbender, Thor), James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd), Mike Mayfield (The Cleveland Show, American Dad), and Deborah Twiss (KickAss). Unlike the traditional film festivals model where there is one artistic director viewing and selecting all of the films, a panel of at least 21 rotating volunteer community screeners make all of the Official Selections of the festival. “As a fellow filmmaker and animator, I know how frustrating it is to submit to festivals that only seem to curate their friends work,” says Project Twenty1 Executive Producer, Stephanie Yuhas. “We put the power of curation into the hands of the community to keep selections unbiased.”

In addition to accepting pre-existing work, Project Twenty1 runs the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition, an international contest where Teams of animators and filmmakers must create an original short based on a common secret “Element” in only three weeks. On July 28, 2012, Project Twenty1 will host its annual free “Launch Event” in Philadelphia for the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition as a way for filmmakers and animators to meet musicians, actors, writers, crew, and volunteers to help them with their production. Non-local teams are encouraged to find eager partners on Facebook via Project Twenty1′s networking “mascot”, Susie Filmmaker.

“Birds of a feather flock together, which is why most animators hang out with other animators, actors tend to know a lot of other actors, etc.” says Matt Conant, Project Twenty1 Artistic Director. “We’ve created a platform to allow for cross-disciplinary team building to help creatives get their foot in the door, get screened, and create lifelong partnerships. We want people to utilize our mailing list of fellow artists to create the best shorts possible.”

All films completed within the guidelines of the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition and all Official Selections of the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival will receive a theatrical debut and Red Carpet event Top 21-Day Filmmakers will also have a chance to receive DVD distribution, awards, prizes, and a national festival tour. “Top films are also submitted to screening partners on our filmmakers’ behalves, which saves filmmakers time and money,” says Aislinn Tomchak, Project Twenty1 Event Coordinator.

“I participate in the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition every year,” says Team Drop the HAT leader Jason Heffner. “It’s the best thing I could have ever done for my film career.”

“I’m blown away by the number of festivals I’ve gotten into since becoming an Official Selection,” says Michael Licisyn, the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival’s “Best Feature” of 2010. “Project Twenty1 got me a huge article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, I’ve been getting phone calls from agent and sales reps – I can’t express my thanks enough.”

Call For Entries: Athens Animation Festival

Attention all Animators with a message:

The Athens Animation Festival is now accepting applications. Please download the application on our website, fill it out and send it into us with a DVD of your animation. Please make sure to check your DVD before you mail in your application.

Deadline to submit is July 1st 2012. Don’t wait we like early submissions!

Animation Matters!

PixyKids Reveals 3D Avatar Plans, Announces Development Deal with Gaming Powerhouse, Frima Studio

Will Unveil 3D Avatar App at Digital Kids Conference 2012

MENLO PARK, Calif., Apr 25, 2012 –First Realistic Animation On Social Media Platform To Represent Kids’ Styles, Personalities, & Interests

PixyKids, an interactive and immersive social media platform where kids 6-12 can create, share, learn, and have fun through their personalized digital space, today announce their animation plans, including a partnership with Frima Studio, a world renowned and award-winning digital design, development and gaming company, and one of the fastest-growing companies in Canada. Both companies will exhibit at the 6th annual Digital Kids Conference on April 25-26, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA, where they will unveil the PixyKids 3D Avatar App, offering the first realistic animation of kids’ authentic styles, personalities, and interests on a kids social media platform.

“We are thrilled about our partnership with Frima Studio and are excited to introduce the PixyKids 3D Avatar App for the first time,” said Rajul Kadakia, CEO and Co-Founder of PixyKids. “We have been admirers of Frima’s work with leading digital, gaming, and entertainment brands. The partnership pairs our vision to enable personalization as a digital expression of kids’ personalities, individual styles, and interests with Frima’s originality and expertise in creating engaging and realistic digital experiences. Our identifiable and customizable 3D avatars offer kids an animated way to express themselves on a digital canvas that evolves over time as they grow and their interests change.”

Frima Studio boasts a client list that includes Electronic Arts, Activision, and Nickelodeon and a reputation for high-quality 3D games such as Zombie Tycoon. Looking to expand beyond the console, Frima Studio uses the Adobe Flash Platform to bring engaging 3D experiences to the widest audience. Most recently, Frima Studio became the first Quebec Company to earn Work-Family Balance Certification from the Bureau de normalisation du Quebec (BNQ).

“Frima is all about supporting the future of 3D across all digital and entertainment domains. Working with PixyKids to create experiences that engage kids through a social media platform of their very own is a tremendous partnership opportunity for Frima and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Steve Couture, CEO Frima Studio. “Partnering with PixyKids to develop their new social platform for kids has been a tremendous experience for us, and will be widely embraced by children and families all over the world.”

New York Int’l Children’s Festival Invited Adults For Claymation Workshop Benefit For Scholarship Program

Please join us for an adults-only claymation benefit! No talent or experience necessary – just eat, drink cocktails, play with clay and make a movie. All proceeds benefit NYICFF‘s Scholarship Program, providing underprivileged children the opportunity to attend NYICFF’s Film Production Workshops free of charge!

Thursday, May 3rd
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Lower Manhattan

NYICFF’s Scholarship Program

NYICFF’s film production workshops give children ages 6-16 an opportunity to collaborate with filmmakers to conceive, write, storyboard, produce, shoot, edit and score a short film in a variety of genres, including clay animation, 2D animation, documentary filmmaking, and film-acting. Twenty percent of enrollment space in each workshop is reserved for low income students who receive full scholarships.

In 2012, NYICFF aims to offer 20 full scholarships to ten unique film production workshops. NYICFF strives to ensure the economic and cultural diversity of our audience by offering discounted tickets to partnering public schools; bringing Title 1 school groups to Festival screenings free of charge and by offering full scholarships to children from low income families to attend NYICFF’s film production workshops, an immensely educational experience which fosters creativity and builds self-confidence.

LACMA: Paramount Cartoons and Oskar Fischinger

Thursday and Friday this week, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is running two great evenings of animated art.

First, I’m presenting a mini survey of Paramount theatrical animation (1930-1967) this Thursday, April 26th. As part of the museum’s film series celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Paramount Pictures, there will be a double bill saluting the studio’s animated legacy. At 7:30pm South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut will screen – followed at 9pm by my tribute (introduced by yours truly, Jerry Beck); a full program of rare 35mm archival film prints, which will include Fleischer Betty Boop, George Pal Puppetoons, Famous Studios’ Baby Huey, Gene Deitch’s Munro and John Hubley’s Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass Double Feature. An incredible show that would be difficult to repeat. If you want to buy a separate admission ticket ($5) for just the Paramount shorts at 9pm, click here.

On Friday April 27th LACMA will host a double feature of experimental classics. First, at 7:30 Design In Motion: Oskar Fischinger and Abstract Animation a program of 35mm preserved prints of Fischinger’s visual music films: Allegretto, Motion Painting no. 1, Composition in Blue, Kreise, An American March, Radio Dynamics, Spirals, Spiritual Constructions, Studies 5,6,7 and 8, and more. At 9pm, a program of modernist animation by California artists (including 16mm films by Jordan Belson, Jules Engel, Harry Smith and others). These programs will introduced by Cindy Keefer of The Center for Visual Music.

“Hansel And Gretel – Epic Tales” Animated Storybook App Launched For iOs Devices

The Hague, the Netherlands — April 24, 2012 — Hansel and Gretel – Epic Tales animated storybook is the first in a series of tales as told by Silvertongue, the likeable dwarf and storyteller, and is now available on the Appstore for IPad and IPhone.

Hansel and Gretel – Epic Tales animated storybook offers a world filled with whimsical characters ranging from pesky gnomes to witty dwarfs; from brave children to wicked stepmothers and cunning witches.

“But we are not just another fairytale App,” says Paul Hanraets, founder and producer. “What sets Epic Tales apart from other storybooks are the incredible production values. Each of Epic Tales storybooks are digitally hand-drawn by our award winning animators, and offer stunning 2d animations, professional voice acting, original music scores and ambient sounds by game industry veterans. These elements combined offer spellbinding interactive environments that are sure to draw readers even deeper into the story.”

“Of course, our alternating witty and wacky humour and the high quality of our animations are amongst the things that separates Hansel and Gretel from other storybooks,” says creative director Albert ‘t Hooft.”However, what ultimately distinguishes Epic Tales is the implementation of our central storyteller, Silvertongue the dwarf.” Using the magic of pesky gnomes, Silvertongue brings the stories to life and narrates them.”Silvertongue used to be quite the adventurer, travelling the world in search of the most intriguing tales and stories, and now looks after your storybook collection in his humble bookstore. He is a truly gifted storyteller who can take an audience from a gasp of fright to a roar of laughter in just the twist of a phrase.”

Epic Talesâ„¢ is a series of high quality, interactive fairytales that allows you to not only enjoy enchanting tales, but to experience their magical worlds more closely than ever before. Children will love the sense of wonder and discovery,while adults will certainly appreciate the clever and wacky humor.

Fox To Create Animated Show Based On Comic “Axe Cop”

Animation Domination HD, the new animation unit created by Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), has acquired the rights to the hit comic phenomenon Axe Cop, it was announced today by Nick Weidenfeld, Head of Animation Domination HD. Axe Cop will premiere as part of FOX’s new Saturday late-prime Animation Domination HD block (11:00-12:30 PM ET/PT) debuting in 2013, and across digital platforms.

“AAxe Cop is one of the most creative, hilarious and naturally viral comic properties to emerge in the last decade,” Weidenfeld said. “I’ve hoped someone would adapt Axe Cop for television for years and couldn’t be happier that we get to be that someone. Axe Cop has all the makings of an iconic animated series and it will help set the tone for FOX’s new late-prime Saturday animation lineup.”

Axe Cop is the first new series in development by Animation Domination HD. The new unit has ordered six quarter-hour episodes of the series. Additional auspices to be announced.

The Axe Cop web comic was created by then five-year-old Malachai Nicolle and his 29-year-old brother, Ethan, and chronicles the adventures of an axe-wielding police officer and his loyal team of allies as they fight bad guys. Written by Malachai and drawn by Ethan, the first five installments of Axe Cop were put online on January 25, 2010 and went viral in a matter of days. Three days after went live, it was featured as Entertainment Weekly’s “Site of the Day,” and the series quickly became an Internet meme. Since its debut, Axe Cop has gained cult status and prominent recognition in the comic sphere through Dark Horse, on the web, and various media circuits.

Web Roundup: Art Babbitt, Organized Animation Tips and Creating a TV Show

Jake Friedman emailed yesterday to tell me about, a site dedicated to all things Art Babbitt. Jake has been researching a biography of the legendary animator for the last few years, and if the blog is any indication, there’s still a lot left to learn about Babbitt.

There’s no shortage of animation tips posted online nowadays, but this mass of how-to advice isn’t particularly well organized. Thankfully, Jonah Sidhom has created the Animation Article Database, an invaluable list of links to animation tips from industry pros, organized alphabetically.

Canada’s only animator with three first names, Brandon James Scott, has an informative series of blog posts about creating Justin Time, a preschool animated series that is now in production on its second season. He takes the reader through the entire process from pitch to development to bible, and finally, production.

The Art of Designing Cartoon Pasta

Have you ever thought about the guy who designs all the pasta based on cartoon characters? Neither have I. But now we know who it is. It’s Guillermo Haro, a Mexican immigrant who has overseen the production of cartoon-shaped macaroni for 22 years at Kraft Foods. The Wall Street Journal explained how he does it:

Back at Kraft’s pilot plant, Mr. Haro was prepared to discuss his technique, while his boss, Ricardo Villota, stood by to keep him from spilling trade secrets. “If I can put it on paper, I can imagine how it’ll end up in a box,” said Mr. Haro, opening a guide to Spider-Man poses: crouching, leaping, dangling. “You choose the ones that are easy for pasta.”

He draws pencil sketches, knowing that all lines must connect, and not be too thick or thin. “You get carried away with detail,” he said. Mr. Haro was about to tell how he employs stubby lines to suggest eyeballs when Mr. Villota said, “Watch it!” and cut him off.

Moving to a computer, Mr. Haro showed how he had perfected a Ferb likeness, which he sent to De Mari Pasta Dies in Dracut, Mass. De Mari cast a die, from which Mr. Haro made a Ferb prototype, which he then sent to Disney for the ultimate noodle test: hot water. “They want it to look like they want it to look, before it’s cooked and after it’s cooked,” Mr. Haro said on his way downstairs to Kraft’s test kitchen. “Right up to launch day, you’re nervous.”

Guillermo Haro
Photo of cartoon pasta designer Guillermo Haro taken by Barry Newman/The Wall Street Journal.

TRAILER: “The Lady of Names” by Adam Ciolfi

Adam Ciolfi has been essentially working alone on his stop-motion feature The Lady of Names for the last 15 years. He’s done almost everything himself, from designing the sets to photography and animation; he even constructed the orchestral score. Is it a masterpiece or a misguided mess? Either way, you have to admire Ciolfi’s obsession in finishing the picture. In L.A. the film will be screened this Sunday, April 29th at 2:45pm at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival returns with exhilarating short-film programs to enchant moviegoers of all ages, May 5-13, 2012

Saturdays and Sundays, May 5 — 13, 2012
tickets: Only $5 per screening!

LOS ANGELES, CA – The REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival makes a most-welcome return to enchant moviegoers of all ages. Presented by CalArts in partnership with Northwest Film Forum, this family favorite brings together the best live-action and animated short films for young audiences. This year’s festival will be held over two consecutive weekends at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater May 5, 2012 through May 13, 2012 with multiple screenings daily.

Each spring, REDCAT turns its focus to engage young audiences and their families with a program that expands cultural horizons by raising the curtain on a world of celluloid wonder. Created with celebrated children’s film specialist Elizabeth Shepherd, each program is thoughtfully designed to engage kids from ages 3 and up, to early teens. The Festival provides unique offerings that shed light on kid’s experiences throughout the globe.

Showcasing work from more than 25 countries–including Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Iran, Japan, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and Vietnam–the 7th annual Festival brings together a fresh collection of inspiring stories, exhilarating adventures and pure cinematic joy with programming that includes award-winning features and shorts. From animated antics to rip-roaring live action, festival highlights include favorites from famed Russian studio SHAR, a new delight from Aardman Animations and a very special Nick Family Fun Day.


For detailed information–including film titles, running times, suggested age groups, and more–click on the dates below or here to download in PDF.

Saturday, May 5

12:00pm Birds of a Feather (ages 4 and up)

1:30pm Planet Kid (ages 7 and up)

3:00pm Once Upon a Time (ages 8 and up)

Sunday, May 6

Nickelodeon Family Fun Day

12:00pm Nick Jr. (ages 2 to 6)

3:00pm Nickelodeon (ages 7 and up)

Saturday, May 12

12:00pm Touch My Heart: Gentle Films on the Big Screen (all ages)

1:30pm A Journey Beyond (ages 7 and up)

3:00pm Yes I Can: Kids Come of Age (ages 9 and up)

Sunday, May 13

12:00pm Fire and Ice (ages 7 and up)

1:30pm Wild Ride (ages 7 and up)

3:00pm Fright Delight (ages 9 and up)


When the wind turns |

Pigeon: Impossible |

Lost Places |

Chaos |

The Road Home |

Keenan at Sea |

Beans |

Snowflakes and Carrots |

Jillian Dillon |

The Lost Thing |

The Bear Facts |

Marvin |

Superdad and PelŽ |

Toot Toot |

El Salon Mexico |

The Story of Little Paolo |

Coast Warning |


Oscar-Nominated “Chico & Rita” Debuts Sept. 18th On Blu-Ray/DVD And Digital Platforms

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their ambitions and each other from Havana to New York and Hollywood to Paris, in an epic story of love and heartbreak spanning six decades.

Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and Spain’s renowned designer and illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate their passion for the people and culture of Cuba in a red-hot musical love story set against the color and bustle of 1940’s Havana and jazz-era New York.

Chico & Rita was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature and took home prizes for Best Animated Film at both the European Film Awards and Spain’s Goya Awards, among other accolades. The film has played prestigious festivals including Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival and was opening night film at Miami International Film Festival. The film opened theatrically in the US in early 2012.

“Exuberant. A visually hypnotic, musically electric film.” — The Hollywood Reporter
“Almost unimaginably rich and resonant.” — The New York Times
“A buttery rich animated tale of love, jazz, showbiz and fame that is as catchy as its tunes.”
Los Angeles Times

With an original soundtrack by multi-Grammy®-winning Bebo Valdés, Chico & Rita captures a definitive moment in the evolution of jazz and features the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Tito Puente, and others.

43rd ASIFA-East Animated Film Festival Awards Ceremony

You are most cordially invited to attend the 43rd ASIFA-East Festival Awards!

Awards will be presented, bashful thank you’s will be recorded for all posterity, and a raucous reception will follow. And then there’s even an after-party! Be there or be square!

Sunday, April 29, 2012
7:00pm — 11:00pm
Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street

Admission: FREE! And open to all!

The after-party is at:
Fiddlesticks Pub & Grill
56 Greenwich Avenue (between Charles Street and Perry Street)

Happy Hour prices all day on Sunday.
Artwork by Chris Conforti and Kristen Chiappone!

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