Sadly, this Lumiere Menorah is NOT currently being offered by Disney. That said, they DID release a full-sized, light-up Lumiere replica last year. Perhaps someone far craftier than I could buy a few and Frankenstein ‘em together?
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Visit Arden’s Facebook page for more cosplay pics.
Variety reports: “[Walt Disney Co. chief Bob] Iger noted how the use of computer-generated graphics has made filmmaking seem ‘too easy.’ ‘There’s a sameness to a lot of these films today,’ Iger said. ‘The wow factor isn’t what it used to be.’”
Full disclosure: This out-of-context quote actually refers to J.J. Abrams’ use of practical effects in Star Wars Episode VII and NOT Disney/Pixar’s last few animated films. That said, if the shoe fits…
My reaction? Not good. This is the first bit of Inside Out promo material that I haven’t loved. Judging from this trailer, it looks like one joke spread super-thin. And the gag about the dad thinking only of sports is bad, just bad. Pixar has proved itself capable of doing so much better than tired cliches. Still, I’m looking forward to it. Joy must be at the controls in my brain!
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Over at Animation Scoop, Jerry Beck compares the two, and the answer appears to be a resounding Y-E-S.
Prepare to have your mind blown.
(Warning: BIG TIME SPOILERS!)
Believe it or not, the DreamWorks ‘Art Of’ books are a great gift for DreamWorks detractors. While they may not be enough to change anyone’s mind about the artistic merits of Turbo, they DO give a gorgeous glimpse at what could have been. I mean, YES — Shrek Forever After was CLEARLY a corporate cash-in, but did you see the eerie-as-f*ck concept art depicting Shrek’s decrepit tree stump home?! It’s AWESOME! But the only way you’re ever going to see it is by flipping through a copy of The Art of Shrek Forever After. The movie version was…blah.
Compiled after the jump are the covers and ordering info for each and every one of these books. There’s a bunch, so make sure you view on a full wallet.
(P.S. I love me some DreamWorks, but even I think Turbo was trash.) Continue reading
Bat-Santa mask – avail. on Amazon.
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Marvel.com reports, “[Benedict Cumberbatch] will star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.”
Illustration by Jenny Harder
Created by witchcraftywolfen.
This box set of nine flipbooks pays tribute to Walt Disney’s legendary animators, The Nine Old Men: Les Clark, Eric Larson, Frank Thomas, John Lounsbery, Ward Kimball, Ollie Johnston, Mark Davis, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Milt Kahl. In addition to the flipbooks, the set contains a booklet of brief bios about The Nine Old Men, written by amazing animators like Glen Keane, Andreas Deja and Ron Clements. (Pic and GIF via A113.)
Title and pic via Fangirl Intensifies.
‘Best Cartoon Cosplay of 2014′ goes to LowCostCosplay for their flawless recreation of Elsa from Frozen. To any and all cosplayers who’d been hoping to win S&BT’s prestigious (and/or first annual) award…
…LET IT GO.
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Quote and pic via andrewplayspiano.
When it comes to hipster hobbies, knitting is second only to micro-brewing. When it comes to cartoon-loving kiddies, Frozen is second-to-none. So according to my iffy, imaginary pseudoscience, that makes Drunk Girl Designs‘ ‘Cold as Fuck’ mittens the nexus (nadir?) of 2014′s pop culture trends.
Curious? Crafty? Cold as fuck? Click here to purchase the pattern.
Comedy for Animators has put up a nice post explaining the difference between personality and character. Animation students, in particular, would do well to check it out. In an industry that uses the term ‘character animation’ almost as often as ‘outsourcing’ and ‘imminent layoffs,’ it’s important to understand the true meaning of the phrase. Click here to read.
Baker’s Marionette Theater in Los Angeles is — no exaggeration — one of my favorite spots on Earth. It’s like visiting Disneyland or Pee-Wee’s Playhouse in the magical way that it transports you back to the innocence and wonder of childhood. This ‘magic’ isn’t limited to the shows, either. Thanks to Baker’s innovative approach to entertaining his audience, the ENTIRE THEATER is brimming with l‘enchanté!
I know that there’s probably a pretty great joke somewhere about stop-motion animators and Anne Frank both spending lots of time cooped up in tiny, dimly lit rooms, but I can’t think of a way to condense all of that down to Twitter size.
Instead, here are the facts: Ari Folman, director of Waltz With Bashir and The Congress, will be making a stop-motion Anne Frank film with the DP of Fantastic Mr Fox. For more details, click here.
Disney’s The Great Movie Ride used to be the centerpiece of their Hollywood Studios theme park. Over the years, though, its popularity has waned in favor of newer, more ‘exciting’ rides like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Toy Story Midway Mania. The ultimate low came in 2001 when Disney execs erected a giant Sorcerer’s Hat in front of the ride to sell low-price souvenirs.
Disney and Turner Classic Movies plan to change all that via a new deal wherein TCM will add their name (and a large cash infusion) to the ride. Not only that, but that damned Sorcerer’s Hat is coming down, too!
So how does this tie into animation?
There is nothing I do not love about this. Via.
CG artist Milton Keynes used the Batcomputer to create a series of Adventure Time/Batman mash-ups, and the results are mathematical! Click here to check ‘em all out.
Home features the voice acting of Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin. Home will be released on March 27th.
Related: Jeffery Katzenberg Loves Rihanna
Here it is. The trailer for Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic, the “fairy tale musical” inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
To quote the trailer, “I dunno. I was expecting…more.”
Quote via: Skwigly
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade by Elliott Erwitt, 1988. (Via.)
The Peeping Tom’s at Nielsen TOPTEN have put together an infographic detailing how many hours…days…WEEKS you’ll spend binge-watching your favorite cartoons. Looking at it only gets more intimidating when you realize that the chart was made in May. Think about it — there’s now HOURS more Bob’s Burgers, Legend of Korra and Archer to catch up on! Well, what are you waiting for? TURN ON YOUR TELEVISION.
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LEGO Movie writer/director Chris Miller recently told Empire Magazine:
“Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone.”
Even the Joel Schumacher Batman? Hallelego!
Sculpted by Paul Harding, available July 2015. (x)
Former Disney animator Ruben Aquino has revealed to Rotoscopers.com that he and “a handful of other former Disney 2D artists” are in negotiations with an independent studio to make a hand-drawn animated film. Aquino says, “If it happens it’s going to have to be different than anything we’ve ever seen.” Continue reading
Then again, who doesn’t? (Via.)
Title and screencap via funnuraba.
For lots more images and info re: Inside Out, click here.
Oh, wait — I know!
The United States Postal Service has issued a set of four stamps featuring characters from the Rankin/Bass classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The limited edition ‘Forever Stamps’ (ironic, no?) are currently available in your local Post Office and at USPS.com.
According to Disney/Lucasfilm’s official synopsis, the film will use “popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.” Continue reading
Original sketch available for purchase at DrSeussArt.com.
Amazon has selected its Top 20 Comics and Graphic Novels of 2014. Click through to compare your picks with those of the online behemoth. Continue reading
According to IndieWire.com, Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) recently revealed that his next film may be stop-motion animation. In a Q&A at the Lisbon And Estoril Film Festival, Anderson said that the story would be divided into episodes, inspired by Vittorio De Sica’s The Gold Of Naples. The Gold Of Naples is made up of six short vignettes, the only connecting thread being that they’re all set in Naples.
“I think I’ve been lucky because I’ve been able to participate in the last era when we can make films with paper, pencil and film.”
Hayao Miyazaki, receiving an Honorary Academy Award on 11/08/14.
“Please consider making your female leads half as interesting design-wise as your male leads. Please refrain from sticking to the huge eyes + button nose + thin lips formula. Please use the design skills you learned in school.”
Steve Holt, via steveholtvstheuniverse
Let’s be honest. Shang was a mighty, honorable, admirable warrior.
That said, he really wasn’t the most observant fellow, was he?
My one and only complaint? Inedible. (Via: NerdyGirlNoodles)
Parks & Rec alum Rashida Jones, along with her writing partner Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever), will pen the screenplay. The film is scheduled for release on June 16, 2017.
While I LOVE the original trilogy, I must admit, this news came as a bit of downer to me. Reprinted below are the first four questions that popped out of my mouth when relaying the news to my gal, Mishka. Continue reading
Full disclosure: A li’l bit of both. That said, stunning swag awaits! Continue reading
Cebulski described the genesis of this unexpected crossover via his Twitter feed, saying, “I loved Marvel Team-Up and What If? as a kid. I would spend hours dreaming up my own crossovers & alternate reality stories. As I got more into manga, I always imagined how cool it would be for the Marvel characters to cross into the pages of manga worlds. If you ever wondered, ‘What if the titans from Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan attacked the Marvel universe?’ you’ll find out soon!”
Universal Studios Japan has announced a series of limited-time attractions based on popular anime including Neon Genesis: Evangelion and Attack on Titan. Continue reading
“There is an ending I’ve always had in mind, which was, I thought it would be cool if in the last episode they’re getting ready to go to a Christmas pageant, and they go to the Christmas pageant that opens up the first episode, Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, so the entire series is a loop with no end. That would be my way of concluding the run, but nobody has asked me for it yet.”
To read CNN’s whole interview with Jean, click here.
Comic by hope-for-snow.
Via: Educational GIFs
NBC has announced an hour-long, stop-motion animated special starring the characters from Will Ferrell’s hit holiday film, Elf.
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas premiers Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. and will feature NINE new songs, including Happy All the Time, A Christmas Song and Nobody Cares About Santa Claus. Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) will voice Buddy, with Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Gilbert Gottfried, Jay Leno and Kate Micucci also doing voices. The film will be animated by Screen Novelties.
One of my favorite things about the holidays is digging through my comics, finding the PERFECT stories to match the merriment. While the St. Patrick’s Day pickings can be a li’l paltry, Halloween never fails to provide. Listed below are my Top 5 comics that take place on Halloween. If you have any others that you’d like to recommend, feel free to share ‘em in the comments section. I’m always looking for more!
“Everything about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow I consider to be perfect. The fall colors, the narration by Bing Crosby, the disarmingly cute opening and the scary end. Brom Bones’ song at the Van Tassels’ Halloween party always make me feel like I was there amongst the frightened guests. And the execution of Ichabod’s final, lonely ride through the deep woods and hidden graveyards of his township is a masterpiece of tension, humor, and sudden terror.”
Director Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, The Croods) discusses his love for Walt Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and its female lead, Katrina Van Tassel.