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'Rocky & Bullwinkle' Celebrate 50 Years

ABC introduced television audiences to the now-famous cartoon moose and squirrel when “Rocky and His Friends” premiered on November 19th, 1959. The show’s fast-paced gags, clever dialog, fun characters, a talented cast, and simplistic animation made the show into a timeless classic that will continue to entertain audiences well into the next 50 years, and […]

Nickelodeon Announces Thanksgiving 2009 Weekend Programming

New episodes of hit shows mark Nickelodeon’s Thanksgiving weekend programming, starting November 26, 2009. The network will launch on Thanksgiving Day with a movie marathon from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, including the SpongeBob SquarePants feature film. SpongeBob and The Penguins of Madagascar will be getting marathons on Friday, November 27, and a new episode […]

"G.I. Joe: Resolute": They Ain't Making Corn Flakes

If there’s a kid’s cartoon of the 1980′s that’s suitable for a darker, grittier, more violent remake, it’s G.I. Joe, partially because of its military angle and partially because of its substantial adult fanbase that enjoyed the cartoon and/or the comic book as kids. It is for that fanbase that Hasbro commissioned G.I. Joe: Resolute, […]

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 […]

"Monsters Inc" Blu-ray: We Scare in High-Definition Because We Care

Monsters Inc. has taken up permanent residence on my “Top 5 Pixar Movies” list, jockeying for position with both Toy Story movies and The Incredibles. In addition to the personal reasons I’ll discuss later, the movie is thoroughly charming and hilariously funny, while also using the fantastic elements of the story to wittily comment on […]

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 […]

"Disney's A Christmas Carol": Zombies, Not Ghosts, of Christmas

Let’s start with the basics: Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol long ago turned into a cartoon, at least in the public imagination. The story is utterly familiar, and Dickens’s already caricatured crackpots have become stereotypes. Few of us, probably, can easily see past the story’s surfaces (worn and crinkly, like disused wrapping paper) to the […]

"Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure": Seasonal Lessons, Sweetly Told

You know, I have to admit it: Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure is actually pretty good. Now, before you accuse me of going all soft and gooey on account the Christmas theme, I’ll just thank you to click over and read this little notice; does that sound like the work of a man ready to roll […]

Cool Stuff: Witches Brew

Witches Brew takes us briefly into the lives and hut of a witch and her apprentice. I wasn’t supremely impressed by the short. The animation seemed a little stiff, but the character designs were cute and the sight gag at the end made it worth it. This short was created by Gergana Hristova, a student […]

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