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Clone Wars Adventures - Part 1

Intro Lounge Lightsaber Duel: In this game you’re allowed to choose between a campaign or multi-player mode. Campaign mode pits you against a series or pre-determined characters, such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu and eventually Anakin Skywalker. Three battles are available for free, with 11 requiring paid Jedi level membership.The game’s difficulty increases as you work […]

Cool Stuff: Alexis Wanneroy - Character Animation Reel

Are you up for watching an animation reel? I sure am! Today we’ll be looking at the work of character animator, Alexis Wanneroy. He graduated Gobelins in 2003 and is currently  working on Dreamworks’ Guardians. Wanneroy’s largely impressive filmography includes credits on Valiant (2005), Flushed Away (2006), Bee Movie (2007), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Madagascar: Escape 2 […]

Cool Stuff: Le Royaume

Le Royaume (The King and the Beaver) is yet another gorgeously animated short from Gobelins that will have you wondering exactly how in the hell any group of people could be allowed to be that talented. In the short, a king presents a beaver with an axe so that so that it might build his majesty […]

Cool Stuff: Un tour de Manège

Un tour de Manège is a beautiful short, full of fluid, luscious color that dances about your screen. In it, a young girl plays on a floating merry-go-round, when suddenly a wind causes the carousel to drift away the from the dock to which it was connected, separating the girl from her mother. The entire […]

Cool Stuff: Bottle

Kirsten Lepore’s short, Bottle, is currently a finalist in the Vimeo Festival Awards. Separated by water, a sand and snow person build a friendship by exchanging bottled messages and other items. It was worthwhile and enjoyable for the sheer amount of work that went into it even though the punchline fell flat.  Go here to […]

Cool Stuff: MakingOf speaks with "Despicable Me" screenwriters, Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul

MakingOf has an interview up with Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul as they discuss pitching ideas to financiers. What struck my fancy was their pitch style, which doesn’t include many visuals. Also, they sing. In the pitches. For more on their interesting approach, watch the video below.     

MakingOf.com Interviews Bobby Podesta, Mike Venturi and Jason Katz on "Toy Story 3"

MakingOf.com has posted an interview with Toy Story 3 supervising animators, Bobby Podesta and Mike Venturini, and story supervisor Jason Katz. In the interview, they discuss revisiting characters, introducing new ones, the differences between animating toys and humans and working with a contingent of animators who had grown up on the Toy Story franchise.

Cool Stuff: Fester Fish

What would happen if you took some 1930′s cartoon conventions, Tex Avery-style sight gags and married it with total debauchery? Your result would be Aaron Long’s Fester Fish. In the short, Fester’s Nephew, Fester is annoyed that babysitting his nephew conflicts with the hot date he has lined up.  According to Aaron, Fester was modeled after […]

Cool Stuff: Replay

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Cool Stuff: Azureus Rising

Azureus Rising is a slick sci-fi short from Black Sun Entertainment. It was created as proof of concept test for a feature film trilogy. The story arc of which will follow, Azureus, who becomes a freedom fighter after escaping death and experiencing a life-altering journey. This short is an action sequence. In it, the hero […]

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