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Cool Stuff: The Nature of Battle

Here’s a short from Emily Carr University of Art and Design graduate, Nat Dart. So far as environmental propaganda goes, this one was fairly enjoyable. It uses well-thought out shots, shadows and muted colors to convey the stark, war torn landscape. Biplanes fly overhead. The music lulls you into a relaxed state and then yanks you […]

Toons of the 2000s: Outro and Special Thanks

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Sadly, our journey back through the 2000s has come to an end. Thank you for joining us in our review of the decade in animation. We had a blast. We hope you did too and that you’ll be with us when we do this again in another […]

Toons of the 2000s: Next Decade Speculation

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. One of the most challenging tasks to take on during a decade of undeniable and sometimes drastic change is to predict what happens next. Will broadcast television die? Is Blu-ray to become the dominant format? What direction will anime take if the industry continues on its […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Most Influential People in Animation

Animation is an art form. It taps into parts of the imagination you might not have thought possible. It effectively creates the illusion of life, and when done properly it is capable of evoking a vast array of emotions. While animation is still largely considered fodder for children, this decade has seen noticeable progress towards […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 3

You are reading Part 3 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.   Pixar For better or worse, Pixar changed the animation landscape with its initial foray into feature film production. Toy Story (1995) proved conclusively that a character driven story could be told effectively using 3D […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 2

You are reading Part 2 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Stop-Motion   Let’s take a quick respite from the studio breakdown to talk about stop-motion animation. This retrospective blog post is about 3D CG and 2D animation, so […]

Cool Stuff: C Block

C Block was done as Vladimir Kooperman’s 4th year project at Sheridan. Love the music.  Nice pacing. Consistent animation. Adorable dog. Hijinks ensue as the aforementioned pooch loses his only possession, a doll, and is drafted into a canine kamikaze squad.

Cool Stuff: Two By Two

2008 Sheridan graduate, Matthew Kalinauskas, animated Two By Two as his final year project. It’s a cute short that pits the ever-prepared Noah against significantly less detail-oriented captain of Yeti Cruises. The story loosely mirrors that of the fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper and the minimalist approach to color, limited animation and character […]

Toons of the 2000s: Intro

Like what you’ve seen so far? Don’t forget to follow us on twitter. Blog and news updates are posted daily. Here we are, just a short while away from closing out the decade. It brings upon us a time of reflection, contemplation and lists. Tons and tons of lists and opinion articles. With this being […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 1

You are reading Part 1 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. The 00′s were a rough decade for theatrically released, traditionally animated films. 2D started as the dominant storytelling art form and found itself supplanted by CG midway into the decade. How did that […]

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