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.