Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it will screen a newly edited director's cut of The Thief And The Cobbler - introduced by the Director in person - on Tuesday December 10th at 7:30pm, at the Academy, in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. The Thief will be preceded by Williams' Oscar winning short, A Christmas Carol. You can also see an exhibition, Richard Williams: Master of Animation in the building lobby until Sunday December 22nd.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Sad news. Diane Disney, Walt's daughter, died today at the age of 79.
I had the opportunity to meet Diane in 1984, as a Cal Arts student. The school had just completed a new student apartment complex, and was having an open house for the trustees. As a rule, if there was free wine and food to be had, we were there - we being fellow students Tim Hauser, Kevin Lima, and myself. Tim has the greatest knowledge of all things Disney of anyone I know, and he was quick to point out the presence of the big players - Card Walker, Donn B. Tatum, Roy Disney, and his cousin Diane.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
|Brandy, an upper crust pure breed, is shipwrecked in the Amazon jungle with Mr. Whiskers, a bunny used for science experiments.|
Does anyone out there remember a show called Brandy & Mr. Whiskers? No? It ran from 2004 to 2006 on The Disney Channel. Last night, I came across some forgotten design work I did for that show at this time of year in 2002. I was freelancing then, and Disney TV Animation hired me to design characters for the show, in its early development stage. Barry Blumberg was in charge of DTVA then, and instructed me to come up with something really far out, maybe some mixed media stuff, like the photo collage elements I used in Redux Riding Hood, which DTVA produced and everyone loved but didn't love enough to release on DVD.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
|Bubble Boy - the Musical. Photo by Christina L. Wilson|
In 2001, the future writers of Despicable Me, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, rewrote the story as the Jake Gyllenhaal comedy Bubble Boy.
Cut to 2013, and those same writers have adapted their film into a stage musical which just premiered in Rahway, New Jersey. Yes, Rahway, home of the penitentiary from Scared Straight, another TV blast from the '70's - could a musical comedy version of that be next? Hmm - that could work, actually.
Read more about the Bubble Boy musical in this New Jersey Star Ledger article:
Congratulations to Cinco and Ken! I hope Bubble Boy is a bit hit.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
John Lewis 'The Bear & The Hare' - The Making Of from Blink on Vimeo.
Here's an excellent video which explains how Aaron Blaise and his team put together their Hare and Bear TV commercial for British retailer John Lewis, achieving a unique look combining live action footage and hand-drawn animation. You can read more about the project here.
Monday, November 11, 2013
As Blockbuster Video closes its last store, I am reminded of its beginnings back in the '80's. I was working for Duck Soup, a commercial studio in Santa Monica (now called DUCK), and Bob Seeley was directing a commercial for a new chain of video stores called Blockbuster. Bob explained that this company was opening a new store every day for a year.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
After a few misfires, the eBay auction site for Jamie Baker is up and bidding. Among the highlights is this tree from the movie Coraline, signed by Neil Gaiman. It was donated by Laika Studios, and as of this writing, had 19 bids toping at $3499. And that's with seven days left.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
I have posted before about artistic influences, artists who I did not work with personally, but had a strong influence on my own work. This time, I write about artists of my generation. In the past 30 years, I have worked with hundreds of artists, and many have influenced me in some manner. Here is a list of five artists who, for me, had the greatest impact, in chronological order.
1. Dan Jeup – Dan was my roommate during my freshman year of CalArts, in 1981. I knew next to nothing about Disney animation, though Dan was already animating at a professional level, and was an encyclopedia of Disney animation knowledge. His passion for the medium was contagious, and I felt lucky to be asked along when he studied Disney film prints in the school library, pointing out different animation techniques. Dan taught me about editing and match cuts and animating a character with weight. And I taught him how to drink a lot of beer.
Friday, November 8, 2013
It's not often that I get multiple emails on a single day just because someone has recently broadcast a new animated TV ad. In this case, the ad is for John Lewis (A British department store) who have something of a reputation for well-crafted TV ads for the Christmas season. The commercial has been widely covered in the British press, and is titled Hare and Bear. As soon as I saw it, I thought the style looked familiar. It has the whiff of Brother Bear about it, not in a derivative-kind-of-way but in a very-well-drawn-kind-of-way. As in: "these people know what they are doing".
Monday, November 4, 2013
|James Baker, south paw.|
Friday, November 1, 2013
|Morph, everyone's favourite plasticene man is coming back. Photo: Wikipedia|