FLiP wishes Chris a most speedy recovery.
Monday, September 7, 2020
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Animation lost another great artist yesterday, as Sue Nichols lost her life after a long battle with cancer. FLiP posted about her fight back in March of 2015, ten months after cancer took my wife, Donna. And though we weren't close, I really, REALLY wanted Sue to make it. Medical justice, I guess.
Sue worked in story and development on a heap of features, from Beauty and the Beast to Princess and the Frog, and most recently, Ugly Dolls. I knew her from our student days at CalArts where she was best friends with Brenda Chapman, a friendship that lasted until the day she died. Often, if I ran into Brenda somewhere, Sue was with her. She had a big bright smile and taste for twisted humor. At CalArts, she was responsible for creating a series of haunted house mazes in good ol' A-113. I experienced one of these mazes first hand, and I can attest to their brilliance. There's a FLiP post about it from back in 2012 that is a worthy tribute to Sue. Click here to check it out.
So long, Sue!
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Harold Rees is the father of my longtime friend and animation colleague Jerry Rees. Over the past 35 years, I have seen Mr. Rees at Jerry's house on many occasions. I've also seen many of his handmade instruments - violins, violas, banjos, and ukuleles. After one such visit to Jerry's with my wife Donna, she commented on the incredible craftsmanship in Mr Rees' work. I confessed to her that I had always wanted to buy one of his ukuleles but was afraid to ask.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
I really enjoyed doing the FLiP e-zine as both a writing exercise and means of meeting new artists and hearing their stories. Three years on, it became a chore instead of creative outlet, so I stopped.
The COVID lockdown and other current events have brought me back to FLiP, hence the new look.
Viva la hunched and goofy!
Sunday, July 26, 2020
By Jill Daniels
ARTXFREEDOM is an art competition to raise awareness on human trafficking and the deep darkness of slavery and bondage that is in the porn industry sponsored by Exodus Cry. When I read the emotional stories of the victims my heart just burst with the piece (above) and it felt like my hands just followed along as best they could. :)
I became aware of the work of Exodus Cry after a dear friend told me about how good their “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” film on you tube is - I have added the link below.
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls | Human Trafficking Documentary - Full Movie
Watch the film, pray, sign up with the website, donate to the cause! By supporting the light that this organization is shedding and all standing together we can make a difference and truly set people free from lives of bondage that are not their own choice.
Voting ends today! Check it out!
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Six months after it was announced, Gary Larson has posted the first three NEW Far Side cartoons in 25 years on his website. He picks up right where he left off in terms of the humor and staging. Stylistically, he has ventured into the digital age, working from a tablet. He explains on his site that experimenting with digital tools has given him a renewed enthusiasm for cartooning, which led to this casual revival of the strip. The end result is an evolved Far Side, more painterly,with little line work. It's a fresh look that puts the Far Side smack into the year 2020. And yes, they're hilarious.
Bookmark his site, www.thefarside.com!
Monday, July 6, 2020
By Ed Bell
Think of The History of White People in America as the School House Rock for the racial history of America.
When the Pilgrims arrived, there was no notion of white, black, or red as we understand race now. In 1950s Georgia, Chinese immigrants were perceived as white or black depending upon what town they lived in. Today, academics say some Latinos and Asian-Americans are “white.” What does that mean and why does it seem so important to our nation’s story? This series that will tell the story of how whiteness and non-whiteness were invented and continue to evolve, morph and drive the American story.
In 15 animated short films, we will tell American history as it has never been told before. We wanted to at least make the attempt to offer people a platform or an inducement to actually talk about the real problems we face as a country, let alone as an industrialized world. I won't pretend to know who the target audience is anymore. I won't BS about it: everyone should see and contemplate these shorts.
Sunday, July 5, 2020
|Top row: Kevin Lima, Steve Moore, Chris Bailey, Fred Cline. Middle row: Kirk Wise, Dan Jeup, Rob Minkoff, Wendell Luebbe. Bottom row: Tim Hauser, Butch Hartman.|
For the most part, the gang looked the same - a testament to living the animation life, I guess. Most of us wore glasses now. Kevin was rocking a new, bearded cue-ball look. And me with my COVID lockdown '70's hair (cowbell band, anyone?). The only real sign of age is that we were on Zoom for more than three hours and never talked shop once.
Stories I either didn't know or had forgotten kept us laughing for hours - the crazy shit that makes us glad cell phones and social media did not exist back then. These were not the flattering stories told at funerals, but hilariously human stories about Kelly. Maybe you had to be there. I'm glad I was.
"He was like the Sun." Kirk said. "People just gravitated to him."
|CalArts dorm, July 1984. From left: Mark Rouse, Kirk Wise (white shirt), Butch Hartman, Steve Moore, and Kelly Asbury. Photo by Kevin Lima|
Monday, June 29, 2020
|Thorfinn, aka Richard Morgan - the nicest viking indeed.|
by Richard Morgan
My daughter and I have started cycling together during the lockdown and felt we wanted a goal, so we joined the Cancer Research UK Cycle 300. I lost my Mum and my wife's Gran to cancer, plus I have lost several close friends to this disease and seen the horrible upset it leaves in its wake. However, I have also seen close friends fight and beat cancer due to the amazing treatment available now.
Living in Cambridge, its all road bike for us. We've been building momentum since the Tour De France came to visit. I have always cycled its like second nature. I got my first bike from Ellis Briggs in Shipley, Yorkshire, and rode it everywhere. As I learnt to drive I got a mountain bike and took it to the lakes in Cumbria to hoon down mountains. When I moved to Auckland NZ to work for Disney*, I treated myself to a new Marin and cycled all over, it was amazing. So at 53, this seems like a wonderful thing to be doing with my daughter before she goes off to university in September, hopefully!
The cycle is over the whole of September and my daughter is keen to do it as lots of short rides and avoid the pain in the bum. I would rather do one or even two bigger rides for the adventure, so we will see who wins. I will be updating the charity page as we do the rides so you can see us on the road and follow our progress.
People can donate on my Just Giving page.
Or join ... and get on your bike . Cancer Research cycle 300 website.
*Toonz Animation in Auckland produced shows for Disney TVA, including Redux Riding Hood.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
|Kelly at the "Nightmare Before Christmas" wrap party. To his right, Allison Abbate dances with Joe Ranft.|
Thursday, June 11, 2020
By Ed Bell
The times are hitting me hard, this time around.
So, How were the protests I attended?
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
What can be said that is not already being said about the state of affairs in our country? And who cares what an animation blog thinks of national affairs? All I know for sure is that the protesters are on the right side of history. I know for sure we have a President who only represents those who agree with him and rejects the rest - loaths them, calls them names, belittles them. We can surely do better than having a school yard bully as leader, someone who only cares about himself. But what do I know, I'm an animator. But for what it's worth, I'm with them.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
On March 16th, the studio where I work announced that we would all be working from home until the COVID-19 pandemic was under control. The IT department had worked through the weekend on the logistics of this large, sudden shift in production. Now this computer-tech luddite was tasked with applying their plans to my computer at home.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Thursday, December 19, 2019
The overwhelming majority of Americans can agree that the return of Gary Larsen's "The Far Side" comics is great news. I read about this yesterday on CNN's website though it was not headline news for some reason. In the CNN article, Larsen explains that he decided to make an official Far Side site because so much of his work was posted online without his permission - fan sites, but more irritatingly, sites exploiting his work to promote their own products or services. His new site will feature the old strips, but promises some new stuff to come.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
While Santa Claus gets the glory for pulling off Christmas every year, it is common knowledge that he has 'helpers'. A team of little elves - the Merry-Makers - work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring joy to the world. But did you know there's a second rank of helpers, an off-shoot of the Merry-Makers? These are the Havoc-Makers, Santa's Dipshits.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Years of brushing my teeth too hard had caused my gums to recede to the point where I needed oral surgery. And so I found myself reclined in a dentists' chair, having just had four shots of novocaine injected into the roof of my mouth. Yes, it hurt.
While the oral surgeon left me to numb up, a woman with a clipboard asked me some questions. One of them was "Occupation?"
I answered, "Animation."
I elaborated, "I work on cartoons."
"Oh, interesting." she said. "Anything I would know?"
"How old are you?" I asked.
"Thirty two." she said.
I did some quick math, then said, "How about 'The Brave Little Toaster'?"
She squealed. Like a girl. She squealed so loud the dental assistants rushed in to see if she was alright. She turned to them and said, "He did 'The Brave Little Toaster'!"
Then they squealed. Right before me, four professional women morphed into cooing little girls, talking over each other how they had loved that movie growing up.
The one with the clipboard broke through the cacophony. "Oh my god! There's a scary clown in that movie that scared the crap out of me!" She was referring to Toaster's nightmare sequence.
I laughed. "I animated that sequence."
"Really?" she said.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
You might think animators can't cook, but you'd be wrong. "Eat Drink Animate" is where you can learn the secrets of Walt Disney's chilli and and Tissa David's Hungarian Goulash.
Tom is a prodigious author, with many books on animation and animation history to his name.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Six years later, Ross's book "Pulling a Rabbit from a Hat" has finally hit the bookshelves; he was signing copies at this year's Annecy film festival.
Ross's book aims to be the definitive history of the making of the film. It is well researched and very detailed, and appears to very accurate down to the smallest details,
I've been looking forward to buying my copy for years. Among the highlights are Tom Sito's hilarious sketches and scribbles that documented the roller coaster ride that was the making of the film.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
|Kathleen "Kay" Bell 1937|
Kathleen "Kay" Bell was born on 19th May 1909, and lived in Toronto, Canada, where she worked as commercial illustrator. Of her vast body of work for newspapers and magazines, almost nothing survives.
All I have of her published work is the illustrations for one book, so long out of print that it doesn't even show up anymore as a listing at Amazon.com. A few years ago I managed to buy what was most likely the last remaining copy available for sale, and since then the listing has been deleted.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
In May of 2014, my wife Donna was a patient at Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan, being treated for complications from the cancer she'd been fighting for 3 1/2 years. The doctors were treating her aggressively. They were the best in the country, so we were confident she would beat it. As she rested, I sat next to her bed with my Cintiq, doing storyboards for Illumination on "The Grinch".
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
|From left: Charles Solomon, Bob Kurtz, Scott Johnson, Howard Green, Eric Goldberg, Tom Sito, |
Alex Williams, Ruben Aquino and Ross Blucher. Photo copyright the nice waitress at "The Counter".
Who says 2D animation is dead?