Directors who have graduated from CalArts’ character and experimental animation programs have generated over $30 billion in box office grosses since 1985. However you slice it, that’s a remarkable amount.
Month: April 2014
For the past few days on Cartoon Brew’s Instagram account, we’ve been running a series called 25 Cartoonists You Should Know. The entire series is below, and yes, the list could easily be twice as long and still incomplete.
A look at the work of Rustam Hasanov, Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day.
In 2011, Jeffrey Katzenberg proclaimed that moviegoing audiences would embrace 3-D and would continue to attend theaters despite higher ticket prices. Three years later, it’s obvious that his prediction was a little off.
The soon-to-debut Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, promises to feature some of the most advanced audio-animatronics that the Disney company has ever produced, in large part due to a collaboration between Disney’s Imagineering and feature animation divisions.
Joyce Pensato (b. 1941, Brooklyn NY) has been painting cartoon characters for years. She takes icons of cartoon art—Felix the Cat, Donald Duck, Batman—and renders them in smudgy charcoal and pastel or runny enamel paint. She works mostly in black and white, occasionally introducing silver and gold for contrast. Though her work seems grounded more in graffiti art, she actually draws from fine art history, from the likes of the Abstract Expressionists, and Philip Guston, who was also influenced by comics.
A look at the work of Annette Marnat, Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day.
Fox’s experiment with late-night animation didn’t go as well as they had anticipated. The network will end its Saturday late-night animation block ADHD (Animation Domination High-Def) in June, less than a year after it began. It was originally created as a replacement for the cancelled sketch comedy show “MADtv.”
A boy goes on a perilous quest through the mountains to rescue his family’s missing goat.
The Oscar-winning Louisiana animation studio Moonbot recently announced that it is developing multiple feature-length film projects. It has acquired the film rights to two YA book series: the “Olivia Kidney” trilogy by Ellen Potter, which it plans to do as a live-action/animation hybrid; and “The Extincts” by Veronica Cossanteli.
Tensions run high during the high school championships, and all eyes are on the showdown between Kong and Smile. The third episode jumps abruptly from Smile’s training in episode 2 right to the championships, and to a Smile who has begun to gain the confidence to show his true potential.
Animated Fragments is our semi-regular feature of animation tests, experiments, micro-shorts, and other bits of cartoon flotsam that doesn’t fit into other categories. To view the previous 25 installments, go to the Fragments archive.
A look at the work of Rob Dunlavey, Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day.
Today the Annecy International Animated Film Festival announced the feature film selections for their 2014 edition. Eighteen films were selected—nine in competition and nine out of competition. A total of 68 animated features were submitted this year.
This week’s “Steven Universe” dived into the whirlwind that is the mindset of an insecure youth, in ways that were similar to the episode “Lars and the Cool Kids.” At first, the episode didn’t really make any sort of impression on me. It took another viewing for me to grasp its depth—or at least theorize things in the whirlwind that in my own mind at 3am.
Next Wednesday, the animated duo of Jeff Twiller and Randy J. Johnson will host their own animated film screening in Brooklyn. It’s a legit line-up of animated shorts, with perceptive cinematic commentary supplied inbetween the films by Twiller and Johnson. Thankfully, they happen to be animation experts.
Following Sylvain Chomet’s first-class “Simpsons” opening, I didn’t expect any animator to top it creatively—and certainly not so soon after. I’ve never been happier to be wrong.
After a relatively quiet stretch, John Kricfalusi (“Ren & Stimpy”) is popping up everywhere nowadays: at the front “Simpsons” episodes, behind Miley Cyrus, and now, in your milkshake machine.
Animation artist Jamie Baker (“UP,” “WALL·E,” “Finding Nemo”) has written a hilarious and detailed account of what it was like to work as an artist in Taiwan in the mid-1980s. Spoiler—it was weird:
“Feast,” a new short by “Paperman” head of animation Patrick Osborne, will debut at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10, Disney announced this morning.
Any exhibition that “…aims to demonstrate the centrality of animation to contemporary global culture…” is worth our attention, and the UK’s Barbican Centre-produced “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show” has been doing that at museum venues since 2011. This June, it comes to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.
India’s first 3-D mo-cap CGI feature, “Kochadaiiyaan,” will open on May 9th. By Western feature animation quality standards, it looks unwatchable, but perhaps it’s considered acceptable in India.
London resident Sam Taylor directs productions through the animation collective that he’s a part of called The Line.
The NFB StopMo Studio app for the iPad provides essentially everything you need to jump into creating an animated film. You won’t have any issues getting comfortable with the user interface if you’ve worked with animation programs before, and it seems more than approachable for newcomers young and old. Once you open up the program, you’re welcomed with a short and succinct tutorial that covers the basic tools, and then opens up to allow you to explore the rest of the options available.
Two bodies, giants almost naked, advance slowly to a circle of clay. This graphic experience features the expressiveness of their bodies which are to repeat a sumo ritual. The two wrestlers are fighting in a lightning way through each of their deeds, which are the direct expression of their most exposed being.
Alix Fizet studies animation at La Poudrière in Valence, France. Here is a thirty-second color pencil animated short with creative sound design and effects matched with humorous rapid-fire imagery.