I can remember looking at anime titles in British video catalogues back in the nineties; as the pastoral fantasies of Hayao Miyazaki would not reach prominence in this country until the new millennium, UK distributors placed a strong emphasis on futuristic thrillers. The films of Mamoru Oshii certainly fit that bill.
Month: April 2014
The most fascinating bit of news out of WonderCon last weekend? Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa (“Mind Game”) has storyboarded and directed an upcoming episode of “Adventure Time.”
We’re entertaining ourselves on Cartoon Brew’s Instagram account this afternoon with a series of childhood photos of famous animation folk. How many can you identify? Click on the images for the answers.
Determined to unleash Smile’s potential, Coach Koizumi devises a relentless schedule of training that culminates in a death match pitting old veteran versus young hopeful. Smile’s resistance finally cracks under the pressure, and he begins to get serious. Meanwhile, the appearance of a new rival – the tough-looking Ryuichi Kazama – sets the stage for a later showdown.
“Animated cinema is the demiurgic art par excellence: matter comes to life and is transformed in the hands and imaginations of the creators. They, more than anybody, know about the secret life of objects.” This description, comes from the exhibition “Metamorphosis: Fantasy Visions in Starewitch, Švankmajer and the Quay Brothers,” now playing at the Centre de Cultura Contemporanea (CCCB) in Barcelona, Spain, and it’s a good summary of the work of these four visionary animators.
Tonight, just for fun, I posted a series of photos of legendary animators from the Golden Age of theatrical animation. We owe them a great deal. Without the pioneering efforts of these artists (and hundreds of others like them), animation would not be nearly so advanced as it is today. How many of these animators can you identify? You can click through to Instagram for the identifications.
A look at animation history via Cartoon Brew’s archives.
DreamWorks is developing “Hot Stuff,” a feature film starring the diaper-wearing demon-baby Hot Stuff the Little Devil, who originally appeared in Harvey Comics.
It’s been one week now since CG Hub, the popular portfolio site and social network for digital artists, unexpectedly shut down, leaving thousands of its users angry and confused.
She’s young, dreamy and fearless, she drives cars way too fast, she’s also a yamakasi. She likes adventure, fireworks and unrelenting seas. From the day I conceived her, I’ve been a worried father. And a proud one too.
The Brothers Quay, the legendary team of identical twin stop motion animators, will be appearing tonight in Chicago at DePaul University for a screening and conversation about their work.
This week’s issue of “The New Yorker” does something that they rarely ever do: review an animated TV series. The show they elected to discuss is “Adventure Time.”
Blue Sky’s “Rio 2” failed to unseat “Captain America 2” at the box office last weekend and settled for a second-place opening of $39.3 million.
This short animation of a seemingly CG bear climbing stairs is garnering a lot of attention on the Internet because it’s actually a CG bear printed as 3-D models and then animated in stop motion.
Van Partible, the creator of Cartoon Network’s Nineties series “Johnny Bravo,” is making the rounds with a new third-person video game concept called Dancers of War. In the game, Marine Sgt. Jack Dancer is out to save the world from a maniacal pop star by strapping on an exoskeleton/leotard called “The Exo-Tard 3000.”
“Green Lantern: The Animated Series” showrunner Giancarlo Volpe drew a mini-comic about his first experience attending a focus group for his series.
“The Tale of the Plump Bird” was directed, animated and edited by Saki Iyori
“Ren & Stimpy” creator John Kricfalusi attended the Dallas International Film Festival this weekend to accept the Texas Avery Award.
A man appears on a talk show.
New York City-based artist Arik Moonhawk Roper illustrates fantasy art in full washes of color or in limited colors for black light posters, books, and shirts. He has illustrated a handful of covers and articles for “Arthur” magazine, and he also frequently gets commissions from musicians that find his art to evoke exactly the right visual mood for their music.
It’s been a few weeks but the last few times in Beach City we witnessed a lot of growth in the series. Steven had an anger revelation after he hung with the cool kids and really showcased the father-son relationship thanks to little Onion. Now we’re back and “Steven Universe” went and explored the maternal dynamic within their group after Pearl took a blade through the chest.
The elaborate “Simpsons” couch gag directed by Sylvain Chomet (“Triplets of Belleville,” “The Illusionist”) now has a making-of video courtesy of the production company that produced the opening, London-based th1ng.
A recap of the first episode of Masaaki Yuasa’s new series “Ping Pong.”