Artist of the Day: Danny Hynes

Danny Hynes

Danny Hynes has worked on television series The Venture Bros. and Robotomy, and is now working on Steven Universe at Cartoon Network.

Danny Hynes

Danny has a blog here with his latest funny doodles, personal art and things like this run cycle:

Danny Hynes

Danny has an older blog that was active during his Venture Bros. work period that show off his skills drawing in that mode as well.

Danny Hynes

Danny Hynes

Adult Swim Announces 2013-2014 Lineup

Adult Swim has announced its new lineup of 2013-2014 programming, which includes returning favorites like Black Dynamite, The Boondocks, Robot Chicken and The Venture Brothers as well as new acquisition, Bob’s Burgers, a Halloween special from Tim & Eric and various live-action pilots from, among others, Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks), Paul Scheer (The League, Human Giant) and the creators of Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

Here’s a summary of the new animated content they’ll be offering to stoners throughout the 2013-2014 season:

Rick and Morty, Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland’s (Disney’s Fish Hooks) pilot about the adventures of a “genius inventor grandfather and his less than genius grandson” will go to series for a late 2013 premiere.

King Star King, about an amnesiac modern-day he-man “who falls from the realm of the gods” and lands a job as a waffle fry cook, by JJ Villard (The Son of Satan, Monster Vs. Aliens).

Mr. Pickles, a new show featuring “ a deviant border collie with a secret satanic streak” in a polluted old-fashioned town, created by Will Carsola and Dave Stewart (Funny Or Die Presents Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time).

Mike Tyson Mysteries, a new series by Warner Bros Animation that places the ex-boxer in a problem solving premise alongside a talking pigeon and a magical face tattoo.

Ghostbags
, a pilot produced by Hayes Davenport (Eastbound and Down) and Guy Endore-Kaiser (Allen Gregory) about the afterlives of three “douchebag” frat guys who die in a horrible car accident.

Metalocalpyse: The Doom Star Requiem
, a one-hour special picking up where the Metalocalypse season 4 finale left off, created by Brendon Small and airing in October 2013.

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II, the 2014 sequel to the Annie Award-winning Robot Chicken DC Comics Special made in partnership between Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.

John K Presents: Spumco Comic Book Exclusive Preview!

IDW Publishing and Yoe Books are set to release John K Presents: Spumco Comic Book in June. The 160-page book reprints the original run of four Spümco Comic Book issues from the mid-90s, which were published by Marvel and Dark Horse. In addition, the book will include an unpublished 25-page story called “Jimmy the Drooling Numbskull in Nutty the Friendly Dump,” which is dedicated to Chuck Jones “for the decades of warmth he’s brought to lovers of cute cartoons everywhere.” The book features the drawings of John Kricfalusi, Jim Smith, Vincent Waller, and Mike Fontanelli, inking by Shane Glines, and stories by Rich Pursel.

IDW provided Cartoon Brew with an exclusive preview of the book including a couple pages from the never-before-published “Nutty” story. Pre-order on Amazon for $22.98.

Is The Hub’s “SheZow” The First Transgendered Cartoon Character For Kids?

Recently, Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.com alleged that Margeret Loesch, CEO of the Hub, the network that brought you My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Transformers Prime, was under the influence of drugs (and “leftist”) when she greenlit the animated kids series, SheZow, which premieres on Hub this Saturday, June 1.

The “she-larious” show, which features a 12-year old boy named Guy Hamdon, who inherits a magic ring from his aunt that turns him into a female superhero named SheZow, is aimed at children aged seven and above. In the form of SheZow, Guy is gifted with superhuman abilities, a skirt, thigh high boots and a pink shapeshifting car. All triggered by the phrase, “You go girl!”

Created by Obie Scott Wade (a writer on Baby Looney Tunes) and produced by Kickstart Productions and Moody Street Kids, SheZow has been airing in Australia since December 2012, and as reported by ABC news, is picking up heat from conservative pundits like the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue who criticized the show for exposing children to gender bending at an inappropriate age. “The target audience here is not adults,” said Donohue. “The target audience are young people, many of whom may be confused about their own sexuality.”

GLAAD spokesperson, Rich Ferraro sees it differently: “I don’t think this show is about transgender issues anymore than the Teletubbies were about gay issues, because one of the characters was purple and carried around a purse.” The Hub also denies the accusations of trans-indoctrination, commenting that, “ is a light-hearted, animated comedy, like Bugs Bunny, who could make kids laugh out loud by wearing a dress and wig.”

http://youtu.be/cW3FBjKt7Co

Artist of the Day: Nicolas Ménard

Nicolas Ménard

Nicolas Ménard is an artist from Montreal currently studying at the Royal College of Art in London. His website is NicolasMenard.com.

Nicolas’s work straddles graphic design and animation. He also creates illustrations and prints.

Nicolas Ménard

See the colorful, blown-out graphics of Woop woop, chop:

Or the unique crayon-animated Micromachines:

Nicolas Ménard

Nicolas Ménard

Nicolas Ménard

Nicolas Ménard

Anima Mundi Announces Lineup for 2013

The 2013 edition of Anima Mundi, the International Animation Festival of Brazil, has revealed its line-up for competition and non-competition film screenings. The 21st edition of the festival will take place in Rio de Janeiro from August 2 through 11 and São Paulo from August 14 through 18.

In the main competition category, 106 animated shorts were selected to be shown. There are additional competition categories for student films and children’s films. Seven animated features were also selected for competition in two categories:

Feature Film
Couleur de Peau (Approved for Adoption) directed by Jung Henin and Laurent Boileau (France, Belgium)
Fuse Teppo Musume no Torimonocho directed by Masayuki Miyaji (Japan)
Dae-Gi-Eui Wang (The King of Pigs) directed by Yeun Sang-Ho (South Korea)
Padak Padak directed by Lee Dae-Hee (South Korea)

Feature Film for Children
Krishna Aur Kans directed by Vikram Veturi (India)
Zambezia directed by Wayne Thornley (South Africa)
Anina directed by Alfredo Soderguit (Uruguay, Colombia)

Go to Anima Mundi’s website for the full list of film selections.

Disney and Pixar Will Release 15 Features Over Next 6 Years

This afternoon, Disney announced release dates for all of its animated features produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar through 2018. The two studios will be responsible for fifteen theatrical releases over the next six years. During the previous six-year period (2007-2012), Disney and Pixar released a total of 12 films.

Here’s what we know so far based on available information:

  • Pixar’s Monsters University – June 21, 2013

  • Disney’s Planes – August 9, 2013

  • Disney’s Frozen – November 27, 2013

  • Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur – May 30, 2014

  • Disney/Marvel’s Big Hero 6 – November 7, 2014

  • Pixar’s Inside Out – June 15, 2015

  • Pixar’s Finding Dory – November 25, 2015

  • Disney Untitled Animation – March 4, 2016

  • Lee Unkrich’s Untitled “Day of the Dead” project – June 17, 2016

  • Disney Untitled Animation – November 23, 2016

  • Pixar Untitled Animation – June 16, 2017

  • Pixar Untitled Animation – November 22, 2017

  • Disney Untitled Animation – March 9th, 2018

  • Pixar Untitled Animation – June 15, 2018

  • Disney Untitled Animation – November 21, 2018

(via @ERCboxoffice and /Film)

Artist of the Day: Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith (not to be confused with indie animator Pat Smith) is an artist whose work tends to be constructed of colorful objects as if toy construction and geometric block sets have assembled into new beings and landscapes.

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Patrick is the rare artist who is equally accomplished in the technical aspects of digital design and programming as he is working on paper. He built the interactive Vectorpark website early in the history of online Flash animation using self-taught ActionScript programming techniques to produce curious worlds for users to manipulate with mouse clicks (and now with fingers on updated mobile versions).

Patrick Smith

Above is a screenshot from one of the Vectorpark pieces, Feed the Head.

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

You can see a portfolio of drawings and paintings here and more drawings on his blog.

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Blue Sky’s “Epic” Opened in 4th Place at the Box Office

Blue Sky’s Epic, directed by Chris Wedge, opened its U.S. box office run in fourth place with a respectable weekend take of $33.5 million. If you add in earnings from Monday, which was a holiday in the States, Epic’s 4-day total stands at $42.8M.

The film was based on a story by children’s author/illustrator Bill Joyce, whose movie projects have had difficulty capturing the attention of audiences. Similarly, Epic is the weakest opening ever for a Blue Sky feature. While Epic outperformed the dismal openings of the last two films based on Joyce properties—DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians ($23.8M) and Disney’s Meet the Robinsons ($25.1M)—it still failed to match the opening weekend of the Blue Sky/Bill Joyce collaboration Robots which had a 3-day total of $36 million in 2005.

Fox president of dommestic distribution, Chris Aronson, was optimistic about the film’s long-term potential, telling the Hollywood Reporter, “I think it’s a fantastic start. We have a four week run before Monsters University opens, and I’m very bullish on where Epic goes.”

In other box office news, after ten weeks in theaters, DreamWorks’ The Croods continues to show great legs and remains in the top ten. The film took ninth place last weekend with $1.2 million. As of yesterday, its U.S. total stands at $179.6 million and its foreign total is $383.4 million for a grand total of $563 million.

Finally, GKIDS is headed for its first million dollar-grossing release in the U.S. with Goro Miyazaki’s From Up on Poppy Hill. The film earned $17,281 last weekend pushing its grand total to $958,610.

“Saari” Creators Distribute Their TV Show Through An iPad APp

A few years ago, I offered praise for a Spanish preschool series called Saari, created by Veronica Lassenius and directed by Pablo Jordi. Unfortunately, the show wasn’t easily viewable in many regions. Lassenius and Jordi, who are wife-and-husband, have solved that problem by releasing a new Saari app for iPads and iPhones to distribute episodes of their show.

The app, produced through their Helsinki-based company Pikkukala, is free and offers a new episode every two weeks. For those who wish to watch more episodes, episode packs can be purchased and downloaded for offline viewing. Visit Apple’s App Store to download Saari TV.

Artist of the Day: Magic Sweater

Magic Sweater

The artist known as Magic Sweater lives in Melbourne, Australia. His illustration revels in its pop culture roots and his stylistic influences are worn on his cartoon sleeves with pride.

Magic Sweater

Influences listed in correspondence with him include:

“Classic Looney Tunes and Disney animation, Harvey comics, Archie comics, John Kricfalusi, Mad Magazine, Akira Toriyama (Dr. Slump, Dragon Ball), Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Rankin-Bass movies, Will Eisner, vintage Golden Books, early Peanuts, etc.”

Magic Sweater

Magic Sweater

Magic Sweater’s portfolio is notably not a gallery of fan-art, but instead full of original creations in the vein of things that are familiar. He further writes, “I like creating my own characters and cartoon concepts. On my website you may come across images related to a group of characters called ‘The Poo-lution Pals’ who are a parody of early ’90s environmental/save-the-planet themed shows like Captain Planet, Toxic Crusaders and Widget the World Watcher.”

Magic Sweater

For more, visit Magic Sweater’s website.

Magic Sweater

Magic Sweater

Magic Sweater

Brigham Young’s Computer Animation Program Profiled in “NY Times”

Last weekend, the New York Times Sunday Magazine published a proile of the computer animation program at Brigham Young University. The school has gained a reputation in the last decade for its student films which are typically produced as group projects by the entire class, and thus exhibit high production values. (Some of these films have been featured on Cartoon Brew in the past.)

The focus of the article is the creative tension that exists between the students who attend the school and their Hollywood aspirations because Brigham Young is a Mormon-owned university run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Students must regularly attend church services. No sex outside of marriage. (“Live a chaste and virtuous life.”) No alcohol or coffee. (There aren’t even caffeinated sodas in the vending machines.) No swearing. No deviations from the university’s meticulous grooming standards. (“If a yearly beard exception is granted, a new Student ID will be issued after the beard has been fully grown and must be renewed every year by repeating the process.”)

The director of B.Y.U.’s animation program, R. Brent Adams, says that the students who come out of the program have a different approach to filmmaking and life in general than the average fresh-out-of-school film industry pro: “Without being preachy about it, if we can add something to the culture that makes people think about being better human beings—more productive, more kind, more forgiving—that’s what we want to do.”

Curiously, the write-up mentions praise for the school from Disney Animation and Pixar president Ed Catmull, the highest-profile Mormon working in animation, but neglects to mention that he is a Mormon, too. The films that Catmull oversees, such as Wreck-It Ralph, get an ethical pass from at least one student interviewed for the piece:

It wasn’t simply a matter of avoiding sex and violence. (A few times, I heard even Shrek described disapprovingly: too many fart jokes, too much cynicism.) There was, instead, a fixation on whether you walked away from the movie feeling uplifted. That question superseded everything, even the usual genre and age-demographic lines. A senior, Megan Lloyd, told me: “I just saw The Dark Knight. It was wonderful, but it’s just so dark. I didn’t feel better about myself after I saw it. Instead, I felt like, I’m a horrible human being—like all human beings are. Now,” she went on, nearly in the same breath, “contrast that with a film like Wreck-It Ralph. That teaches you: Hey, you can be a better person. Here’s how!”

Earthworm Jim Creator Doug TenNapel Is Crowdfunding Armikrog, A Stop Motion Game

Doug TenNapel, creator of games like Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood and the TV series Catscratch, is crowdfunding a new clay-animated stop motion game called Armikrog. He’s working with Mike Dietz and Ed Schofield of Pencil Test Studios, his animation collaborators on earlier games, to create a point-and-click adventure game for PC, Mac OSX and Linux.

In the game, you control the adventures of “a space explorer named Tommynaut and his blind alien, talking dog named Beak-Beak [who] crash land on a weird planet and end up locked in a mysterious fortress called Armikrog.” TenNapel’s Kickstarter goal is to raise $900,000 in 30 days, and the production has already received over $11,000 in a little over one hour of campaign time.

The Most Inappropriate “Monsters University” Movie Tie-In

Many people online have already criticized the premise of Monsters University, which appears to want to be both a raunchy college life movie and a safe children’s film. Promotional tie-ins don’t lie though, and this Huggies promo with its euphemistic “Big Kid” language, suggests that Monsters University will be neutered enough creatively that parents will still feel good about wrapping their children’s asses in characters from the film.

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Artist of the Day: Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis is an artist based in Athens, Georgia who creates comics and illustrations.

Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis

Above is an alternate cover that Eleanor illustrated for an Adventure Time comic book.

Eleanor Davis

Eleanor has a portfolio, blog and a sketch blog which are full of funny, informal drawings, comics and observations.

Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis

“Wacky Races” Peugeot Ad by Partizan

Here’s a recent car commercial for the Peugeot 208 produced by Partizan and commmissioned by Y&R Brazil, where the car outperforms the cast of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera TV series Wacky Races. While it’s kind of fun to see the characters and their outlandish vehicles being translated into live-action, it’s more than a bit horrifying seeing these real-life versions of the characters suffering ultra-realistic crashes and fiery explosions. At least Muttley makes it through in one piece.

CREDITS
Client: Peugeot
Product: Peugeot 208
Title: Wacky Races
Agency: Y&R Brasil
Creative VP: Rui Branquinho
Creative Director: Victor Sant’Anna/ Rui Branquinho
Creatives: Fabio Tedeschi/ Leandro Camara/ Felipe Pavani/ Victor Sant’Anna/ Rui Branquinho
Agency Producer: Nicole Godoy
Production Company: Partizan/ Movie & Art
Director: Antoine Bardou-Jacquet
DOP: Damien Morisot
Executive Producer: Douglas Costa/ David Stewart, Paulo Dantas
Editor: Bill Smedley
Post production: Electric Theatre Collective
Music: A9 Audio
Music Producer: Apollo 9/ Henrique Racz
Sound Design/Final Mix: Factory UK

For comparison, here’s the opening of the original 1968 television series:

“Sanjay and Craig” Talkback

Desperate-for-a-new-hit-show Nickelodeon debuted a new animated series Sanjay and Craig this morning. The show, which is about an Indian boy Sanjay and his talking pet snake Craig, was created by Jim Dirschberger, Jay Howell (designer, Bob’s Burgers) and Andreas Trolf, and exec produced by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (The Adventures of Pete and Pete, KaBlam!, Bravest Warriors).

Early reviews have been positive for the hand-drawn series. Entertainment Weekly says that the show is “a quick-paced, eminently GIF-able product of the Internet age,” while also being “a clear throwback to a simpler time.” The AV Club acknowledges the show’s Calvin & Hobbes-like dynamic” and says that it has “wonderful messages of friendship, joy, intelligence, and most importantly, imagination.” And the San Francisco Chronicle calls the show “juvenile, but also smart and very, very funny” and applauds the creators who “gets that kids are kids, but also that they are often more sophisticated than children’s TV gives them credit for.”

If you’ve seen the show, report back here with your thoughts. As always, these talkbacks are open only to those who have seen a show and wish to discuss it.

6 Days Left to Submit Your Films to Cartoon Brew’s Student Animation Festival

A reminder to student filmmakers that just SIX days remain to submit your film to Cartoon Brew’s 4th annual Student Animation Festival. We’ve already had a record number of submissions this year, but we’re still looking for great student films to share with the animation community.

Every filmmaker whose work is selected to screen in the online festival will receive $500 US. This year, guest judge Evan Spiridellis, the co-founder of JibJab, will select one additional film to receive the Grand Prize and a $1,000 cash prize. Go HERE for all the details.

“Epic” Artist of the Day: Jake Panian

Jake Panian

Today, we wrap up our week of featuring artists who worked on Blue Sky’s Epic by focusing on the drawings of Jake Panian.

Jake Panian

Jake Panian

Jake Panian works as a visual development artist at Blue Sky, where he started as a junior designer during the production of Ice Age: Continental Drift. A few of his pieces from that production are below, and some larger pieces can be seen here:

Jake Panian

Jake Panian

Jake’s personal drawings are often created in pencil and explore how shadows and light impact characters. He posts personal drawings and sketchbook work on his blog JakePanian.blogspot.com.

Jake Panian

Jake Panian

Jake Panian

Monkey Light Pro Allows Bike Riders to Screen Animation on Their Wheels

It used to be that the only places where animation was screened was on rectangular screens, be it a large theatrical screen or more modest TV and computer screens. Times are changing though. Today, animation is projected onto irregularly-shaped three-dimensional buildings and trees in nature. Or it’s painted on subway tunnel walls where it can be viewed from a moving subway car. And now, thanks to MonkeyLectric, the bicycle wheel has become a new and unlikely distribution platform for animation:

Over the past few years, the small Berkeley, California-based company has developed numerous LED bike wheel display prototypes. The Monkey Light Pro is their most advanced product to date with over 256 full-color LEDs on each wheel. The system allows users to upload approximately 90 seconds of animation in a variety of media formats including AVI, MPEG, MOV, Quicktime, and FLV, and to display stable full-wheel images to the public while riding a bike.

To begin manufacturing the Monkey Light Pro, MonkeyLectric has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a funding goal of $180,000 by July 21st. They’ve already raised over $68,000 during the first three days of the campaign. The lights aren’t cheap—prices range from $495 to $795 per wheel depending on what stage of the campaign the product is ordered—but that seems a small price to pay for the opportunity to extend animation beyond the rectangular screen by pedalling your cartoons all over town.

Sponsor News: Animal Drawing Workshop and a “Sleeping Beauty” Art Book

There’s some upstanding companies and artists advertising on Cartoon Brew nowadays, and we want to take a moment to highlight some of the useful products and services they’re offering the community. This week’s highlights include a drawing workshop by Mike Mattesi and a new Disney art book offered in the U.S. exclusively by Stuart Ng Books.


Mike Mattesi, author of the Force drawing book series, will be holding an Animal Drawing workshop on Saturday, June 1st, at the LA Zoo. The class will take place from 10am to 4pm and costs $100. Class description:

Mike Mattesi, author of FORCE Animal Drawing, will return to LA after six years for an eventful weekend. One of his favorite locations to draw and share his knowledge about FORCE is the LA Zoo. Join him June 1st, 10am at the front gate to the LA Zoo so he can share with you how to see, understand and draw the residents within through the concept of FORCE! Mike has a specific order of animals he will guide the class through to help you understand how to grasp FORCE. He will cover basic anatomy to shape and design. Mike will instruct the group and speak to artists individually based on your abilities.

Tuition can be paid through PayPal to [email protected] Space is limited to 25 students.


Stuart Ng Books is the U.S. distribution partner of the upcoming Pierre Lambert book Sleeping Beauty (La Belle au Bois Dormant). Like the previous art-filled books in the series—Pinocchio, Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Walt Disney: l’Age d’Or, The Jungle Book—this new title promises to be chock-full of beautifully printed artwork from the classic 1959 Disney feature.

The recent books in the series, including this one, are only being published in France, and Stuart Ng’s should be the easiest way to get your hands on this in the United States. Stuart is offering a pre-publication price of $170 which includes an exclusive English translation booklet. The book will be released on June 30th. Preview and pre-order the book at StuartNgBooks.com.


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“Epic” Artist of the Day: Dan Shefelman

Dan Shefelman

As Blue Sky’s Epic opens theatrically in the United States, we continue our week of featuring artists who worked on the film. Today we look at the work of storyboard artist Dan Shefelman.

Dan Shefelman

Dan Shefelman

Dan has worked as a story artist at Blue Sky in addition to doing boards for television series such as The Venture Bros., Robotomy, Celebrity Deathmatch, and Doug.

Dan Shefelman

When drawing caricatures of celebrities and politicians, Dan distorts and renders faces with equal humor in digital paint, marker, pencils, ink and watercolors.

Dan Shefelman

Dan previously worked as an editorial cartoonist for Newsday and continues to draw illustrations and cartoons that you can see on the pages of his website DanShefelman.com.

Dan Shefelman

Dan Shefelman

Dan Shefelman

Above are a few of Dan’s story drawings from the Ice Age cave painting sequence. The finished version from the film can be seen below:

“Epic” Talkback

Blue Sky’s eighth feature film, Epic, directed by Chris Wedge and based on a book by children’s author Bill Joyce, opens in the United States today. Reception to the film has been fair to middling. The film currently owns a 63% critics’ rating and 74% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Stephen Holden in the NY Times sums up the majority viewpoint: “As beautiful as it is, Epic is fatally lacking in visceral momentum and dramatic edge.”

Check out the film and report back here with your opinion in the comments below. As always, this talkback is open only to those who have seen the film and wish to share an opinion about it.

(Epic Billboard via Daily Billboard)