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Martin Costello on the Digital Clay of "Flushed Away"

by Deeon November 15, 2006
Every year, ACM Siggraph holds a convention on Computer Graphics, around the United States. This year the convention came to the Boston Convention and Exhibit Center. Everywhere there were collaborative drawing tables, artistic toys and tech that would put James Bond to shame. Fountains you could “sculpt,” a tabletop cartoon theater, and even a full-body […]

"Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island!": Déjà Vu All Over Again

by Deeon September 16, 2005
When I sat down and watched Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island, I had the strangest feeling of déjà vu. Something seemed really familiar. Wait— everything was really familiar. Fred, Greenrind, the bananas, Bingo, and a Tazmanian strawberry.Literally within moments, the similarities to Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants started hitting me like a ton of coconuts. Coconut Fred […]

Schizophrenic CG "Pet Alien" Thinks It's Hand-Drawn

by Deeon January 20, 2005
With the popularity of computer-generated animation on the rise, boosted by Pixar, Jimmy Neutron and many others, it comes as no surprise to see Cartoon Network get into the act. Their entry, called Pet Alien, is a half-hour cartoon produced by John Doze Studios and Taffy Entertainment, and though produced on computers it at times […]