Among the most frustrating aspects of spring—if you don’t live in southern California—is the fluctuating weather. One moment it’s T-shirt weather, the next, heavy overcoat. The 1936 MGM cartoon “To Spring” explains the scientific reason for why this occurs: the elves who live underground aren’t working hard enough.
DreamWorks has released a stockpile of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” film stills and publicity shots on the film’s official website. There’s new renders of Hiccup, Astrid, and Stoick, along with the dragons, including a new one, Cloudjumper. The quality of lighting and atmosphere has progressed notably since the first film in 2010. The Dean DeBlois-directed sequel will arrive into U.S. theaters on June 13.
What’s the only thing better than a Chuck Jones museum show? How about TWO Chuck Jones museum shows?
The taboo-shattering counterculture films of seventy-five-year-old animation legend Ralph Bakshi will be the subject of a retrospective this May in his childhood home of Brooklyn, New York.
The DreamWorks feature “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” moved from second to first place in its sophomore weekend with a modest gross of $21.2 million (estimated)
As part of its recent upfront presentation, Nickelodeon released new art from their previously announced series: “Pig Goat Banana Cricket,” “Bad Seeds” and “Welcome to the Wayne.” If their new slate of shows look comedy-centric, it’s the result of Nick’s market research, which revealed to them that children rank laughter as more important than vacation, family meals and holidays.
Andreas Martini created this video for the song “VBFkt Ub/Migraine” by Mtch. Both the video and audio will be a part of the upcoming Krux records compilation “black box one.”
Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day is Jason Reicher who studies animation at CalArts.
Rowland Emett, one of the greatest British cartoonists of the previous century yet mostly forgotten today, is finally getting his due. The Birmingham Museum in England will open “Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett” on May 10.
Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967) was an artist’s artist, renowned among critics and curators, but hard for the general public to warm up to. His most famous fine art works are his Black Paintings, from the 1960s, which at first glance appear to be solid black, but on closer inspection turn out to be blocks of black and almost-black shades. Important, but challenging.
Electronic music acts Skrillex and Boys Noize recently approached London-based animation studio Golden Wolf to create a music video for their collaborative, experimental music project ‘Dog Blood.’
The website Short of the Week, which has established itself as one of the preeminent online forums for short film discourse, has announced the winners of their 2014 awards, honoring projects that “took the torch of short film and charged into the unknown [and] explored new genres, new characters, new styles, and left an impression upon us we can’t ever shake.”
DreamWorks has announced three new series as part of its mega-content deal with Netflix.
Continuing the inexplicable trend of people named Chris directing animated features, Chris McKay, the animation co-director of “The LEGO Movie,” will direct the film’s sequel, which is currently set for a May 26, 2017 release.
Benjamin Flouw is a Paris-based artist who has also worked in London on animated productions. He designed some of the hybrid art/photo backgrounds for the second season of “The Amazing World of Gumball.”
Besides today’s bonanza of Genndy Tartakovsky projects, Sony Pictures Animation also made it official that Kelly Asbury (“Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” “Shrek 2,” “Gnomeo & Juliet”) will direct the upcoming, as-yet-untitled “Smurfs” movie.
GKIDS announced today that they have entered into a distribution agreement with Studio Ghibli for the North American rights to “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” the new film by 78-year-old director Isao Takahata.
Sparrow is struck by a plane and lands wounded in a mysterious city inhabited by anthropomorphized birds. With the chaos of urban life all around him, Sparrow goes on a heady journey of self-discovery and is faced with a choice: should he follow his natural instinct and flee, or adapt his nature and embrace city life.
Pierre Zenzius studied animation production at Gobelins.
“The Believer” is one of the magazines in “McSweeney’s” indie publishing empire. Published nine times a year, it focuses primarily on books, but occasionally devotes an issue to another topic. This year, the March/April film issue includes a DVD of shorts by John and Faith Hubley, in tribute to John Hubley’s centennial, which happens on May 21st.
The Cartoon Network upfronts took place yesterday and the now Stu Snyder-free network presented its slate of upcoming shows for the 2014-’15 season to their advertising and promotional partners.
Robert Ryan Cory, a veteran character designer on “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Secret Mountain Fort Awesome,” has posted a helpful set of notes from a character design lecture he presented recently to CalArts animation students.