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Cool Stuff: The Dark

In The Dark, a teenager keeps hearing scary noises while trying to fall asleep. This short was produced by NMtrix, which according to their website, is looking to do a full series based off of this pilot episode. It’s not an amazing short, but it is cute. I liked the way they played with shadow, […]

Did You Know This Was Anime? - Superbook

Devoted anime fans probably at least know the name of Tatsunoko Production. One of the oldest animation companies in Japan, it was founded in 1962 by Tatsuo Yoshia and his brothers Kenji and Toyoharu (a.k.a. Ippei Kuri) and is remembered for such titles as Speed Racer, Gachaman, Space Knight Tekkaman, Yatterman, Casshan: Robot Hunter, and […]

Cartoon Universe: Wheel of Morality

Cartoons have had moral messages for as long as the medium has existed, from the explicitly anti-war Peace on Earth in the 1940s to the urban morality of Fat Albert to the cloyingly pro-social Care Bears.  Educational and moral-focused shows such as these have always been a part of the cartoon tapestry, perhaps never more […]

Cool Stuff: Space Alone

Space Alone was created by Ilias Sounas, illustrator, designer and animator. In this short, we meet a space alien with one more day available in his quest to find life. There’s not a whole lot of actual animation in this, but the shots are well-framed, the backgrounds are gorgeous and the character designs are cheek-pinching […]

Cool Stuff: Après la Pluie

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If you haven’t seen this short yet, you’re in for a treat. Après la Pluie teaches us the dangers of fishing with bananas. This short was created by the team of  Charles-André Lefebvre, Manuel Tanon-Tchi, Louis Tardivier, Sébastien Vovau and Emmanuelle Walker as their final project as students of Gobelins. Enjoy! Après la Pluie ©2008Gobelins from Emmanuelle […]

Cool Stuff: Alma

When I was 4 years old, I saw the Twilight Zone episode, Living Doll and it screwed with my tiny, little noggin’. I kid you not when I say it scared the hell out of me. My grandmother had bought me “life-size” doll earlier. After viewing that show I stopped playing with it (just to […]

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 […]

Cartoon Universe: Introduction

We all live in a cartoon universe. Think about it – animation is almost omnipresent in our daily lives.  One of the nation’s largest media companies is, at its heart, an animation studio.  Japan’s image is now associated with its certain kind of animation.  And America’s most recognizable and admired man is not the president, […]

SKU Overload - or- Reissuing In A Downward Spiral

Have you noticed on the shelves of your local Best Buy or Fry’s multiple versions of the same anime? I have, and I’ve noticed the same duplication on online listings too, and well, it’s beginning to strike me as excessive for a lot of reasons. Now, reissues have their place when something has sold out […]

Remembering Roy E. Disney

Were it not for Roy E. Disney, the course of animation history would have been almost completely different. The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin would likely not have been made, at least not with the class and verve that made them classics. Had Roy Disney not intervened, Pixar might have been preparing to […]

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