If You Blinked, You Missed It! Lovely: Girls of Animation, an exciting new project from a group of six talented female artists of animation, went up for funding on Kickstarter Thursday, and reached its goal in about 2 hours.
The artists are Claire Keane, Lorelay Bove, Victoria Ying, Helen Mingjue Chen, Brittney Lee, and Lisa Keene. They are some of the greatest visual development artists from feature animation, and their art combined into one book makes for a remarkable collaboration and collector’s item. I personally would love to have this book. I’m ecstatic it received it’s funding, and so quickly! But I’m sad I didn’t get to contribute. I’ll have to hope I get a copy when the book is published!
It’s surprising to see a poster for The Good Dinosaur considering the problems the film has been having over the summer. After a little research though, it seems that this is legitimate.
And as others have pointed out, the date on the poster is accurate.
On an unrelated note, I kind of like the clay looking texture in the design here. It will still be a while before we learn more about this film, but this is cool to see.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman official trailer.
Who’s getting excited now? I know I am.
On Monday I had the opportunity to travel with a friend to The Heartland Film festival in Indianapolis. At the festival we went to the Animation Workshop segment and had the privilege to hear Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) discuss his upcoming film, Mr. Peabody and Sherman. At the end there was a Q&A with him, and we even got to meet him.
Up to this point I’d been unsure what to think about Mr. Peabody and Sherman. I grew up watching The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show with my dad, and thus watched Peabody’s Improbable History growing up as well. With this in mind, I was skeptical of the new film. Would it be true to the original series? I was also worried by the premier date moving around, and the lack of press about the film.
On Monday, however, hearing Rob Minkoff talk about his latest film, I got really excited. He told us a large chunk of the story, and showed us three or four clips from the film which immediately alleviated all of my doubts about it. From both a story and animation standpoint Mr. Peabody and Sherman is gearing up to be something really fun. I can’t wait to live through the whole story with these fun characters.
I’m also glad to say that they have captured the spirit of the original show, Peabody’s Improbable History, and kept the characters on model.
Listening to Minkoff discuss Mr. Peabody and Sherman I was impressed by his excitement about the film. He told us he has been wanting to do this film for about nine years, and over the past two and a half he’s finally been able to make the idea a reality. His excitement was contagious and the audience really got on board with the film, laughing during the clips and showing disappointment when there were no more.
Along with the story clips from the film, there was also a short about the animation process, showing the different stages of animating a scene. I’m guessing this clip will make it’s way to the internet soon.
A new trailer for Mr. Peabody and Sherman also comes out tomorrow, and I’m guessing it will give a glimpse into the story and some of what was shown at the Heartland Film Festival Animation Workshop.
During the Q&A and talking to Minkoff afterwards, he told us a little about the story process on the film, and also about the delegation of animation. As often happens in Hollywood, the story went through several iterations, ideas, and drafts. Even after they found a story they liked, writers changed, certain aspects got brought to the forefront, and the original approved draft is virtually completely gone now compared to the final story. I asked him about the animation of the film and how they divided it up between animators. Since the main characters, Mr. Peabody and his adopted son Sherman, are on screen almost the entire movie, he said they really had to divide it up by scene and in pieces, unable to do it by character. I was curious because every production is a little different in this area.
Overall it was a great experience meeting Rob Minkoff and hearing about Mr. Peabody and Sherman. It’s safe to say that I’m excited about this film and am looking forward to seeing it when it comes out on March 7.
A trailer for a new original movie by Japanese anime studio Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass, Attack on Titan) which will be released in Japan next year. The title of the movie is ‘Giovanni’s Island’ and the movie will feature hand-drawn animation.
The story follows two boys, big brother Junpei and little brother Hirota, who live on a once peaceful northern island between Japan and the Soviet Union with their parents. In 1945, first love and tragedy entered their lives. The story depicts their blossoming love for a Russian girl, the chaos and fear from an army occupation, and the bonds of family.In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast… and on the unhealed border of this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events.
On August 15th, they told us we had lost the war.
At that time, we did not really understand.
Then one day, everything changed.
Many soldiers, wearing uniforms we had never seen before, arrived on the island.
That was the day I met Tanya.
With a gorgeous background that looks like it was taken straight out of Singin’ in the Rain as well as the song, “Moses Supposes” which is the exact number from the film, this short is very strange, and beautiful. Definitely captures the attention.
Wonderful trailer for japanese animated short-films “Hinata no Aoshigure” by Hiroyasu Ishida (Fumiko’s Confession) and “Shashinkan” by Takashi Nakamura (Fantastic Children, Catnapped, Tree of Palme …). Production : Studio Colorido.
Both of these look fascinating and fun. I like some of the stylistic choices being made here.
The new Cartoon Network Series, Uncle Grandpa premiered on September 6, with its fourth episode premiering September 27. This is the promo for the series that was shown at San Diego Comic Con.
I’ll be honest, the humor is lost on me. I don’t especially like the animation either. I’ll withhold judgement till I’ve seen a few episodes. What do you guys think?
The second trailer for Frozen has just been posted online on Disney’s website. Check it out here!
Looking pretty exciting. This is mostly a fun trailer, though. Not a lot of story. That’s fine because I don’t want it spoiled, but it’s hard to tell how good the film will be overall. Still, it looks amazing.
A Better Tomorrow directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki is a short featuring prominent Lexus product placement, but also including a fun animation sequence directed by Koji Morimoto (Akira, Memories Animatrix), around the 7 minute mark.
Overall the short is exciting, and the animation itself is pretty and fun. I would give the whole short a watch!
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is an Academny award Winning Short by Moonbot Studios. The short came out in 2011, but is still an inspiring combo of traditional animation, computer animation, and even some stop motion elements (with real set pieces).
I highly recommend checking out this tribute to story, as well as the small but professional studio that created it.
The Pixar Animation Studio has been experiencing some turbulence lately. Recently, Director Bob Peterson (Co-director: Up, Writer: Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, The Good Dinosaur) was taken off of The Good Dinosaur with no new director announced. With this move a lot of speculation occurred about what would become of the film. Up to this point the release date of the film had been set for May 30, 2014. That’s not a lot of time to work with after such a major upheaval.
Today it was announced, according to the LA Times, that the release date will be changing. The Good Dinosaur will now be released on November 25, 2015, taking the place of Finding Dory, which has been bumped to a June 17, 2016 release date.
As a result of these changes there will be no new Pixar film in 2014, which is rather a shock considering how much Pixar films are looked forward to every year by even the casual fans.