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Cool Stuff: Urs

The culmination of three years of work, Urs is the thesis project of recent recent  Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg  graduate, Moritz Mayerhofer. The 10-minute short follows Urs as he sets out on a journey to find a better life for he and his aging mother. Urs was completed in March of 2009 and is currently making its […]

Future Spotlight: Hero: 108

I have noticed over the years that a lot of people have grown fond of the animated programs that handle themselves more seriously than the average cartoon. Perhaps it’s because such is typically uncommon in western animation, but many people consider these animated programs to be the gold standard and wish that more cartoons made […]

Future Spotlight: Skunk Fu! - Exit The Dragon

The past two decades have given us a lot of animated programs, but it also gave us a lot of feature films based on those animated programs. “Doug”. “Hey Arnold!”. “Rugrats”. “SpongeBob SquarePants”. “Teacher’s Pet”. “The Powerpuff Girls”. “The Wild Thornberrys”. I could go on. However, the trend has slowed down dramatically after several mediocre […]

Cool Stuff: Her Morning Elegance

I’m told that if you love something you should set it free. If it comes back to you, then it’s meant to be. (That was entirely stupid. I apologize.) I saw this music video for Oren Lavie’s song, Her Morning Elegance awhile ago. I completely forgot about it because there was no site blog with […]

D23 2009: John Lasseter Talks Up the Future of Disney and Pixar Animation

Early on Sunday, the final day of the D23 2009 Convention, Disney and Pixar Animation Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, hosted an event to talk about the future of Disney Animation and Pixar Animation and their upcoming slates. He reinforced Disney’s current and positive vision of moving forward with both traditional and computer animated features. […]

Future Spotlight: Hareport

A lot has been said about originality over the years. While a few animated programs can claim to be original – a certain sponge who lives in a pineapple comes to mind – most animated programs have a premise that doesn’t really stand out when compared to the ones that came before it. Some believe […]

D23 2009: "Toy Story 3" Presentation Headlines the D23 Convention

A final Toy Story mega-event headlined the end of the D23 convention, assuring that the first ever D23 conference would end on a high note. The proceedings started at the D23 Arena situated next to the Anaheim Convention Center with the same trailer for the Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3D double-feature that John Lasseter debuted earlier in […]

D23 2009: "The Princess And The Frog" Presentation

Attendees and fans alike on hand for Saturday of the D23 Convention were treated to a special presentation for the new movie, The Princess And The Frog, due in theatres this December. The presentation began with a finished sequence of one of the songs early in the movie where the story’s villain, Dr. Facilier (Keith […]

D23 2009: What's Going On At Disney's First Ever D23 Convention?

For better or worse, the brand of Disney has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, all stemming from the mind and vision of Walt E. Disney who created the character of Mickey Mouse in the 1920′s.  Bob Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, decided to organize this first ever fan convention for the […]

Robert Zemeckis Just Sees What He Wants to See

Robert Zemeckis is going to remake the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine using his “performance capture” CGI animation techniques, and the news is being received with a number of catcalls and jeers from animation fans and traditional animators. Most of the complaints from animation circles center on the motion-capture technique itself, which converts a filmed actor into […]

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