Cue: A billion straight women and gay guys yelling, “Well, DUH!!!” (Via.)
Two years ago, J.B. Kaufman put out one of the most thoroughly researched and lavishly illustrated animation history books of all time, The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Yesterday, he released his follow-up. Want a peek? Continue reading
Mary Jane Whiting, a student at Ringling College of Art & Design, has put together a super-cute and surprisingly compelling short with Hi-Score. It’s simultaneously a loving tribute to video games and proof positive that one’s imagination can be far more exciting than anything Nintendo, Steam or Sony could ever come up with. Enjoy!
Congrats to Tomm Moore and everyone else at Cartoon Saloon for this special — and well-deserved — homeland recognition. Cartoon Saloon also received the IFTA award for Best Animated Short for Julien Regnard’s Somewhere Down The Line. Quite a night!
The Rescuers Down Under is a good, solid film. Unfortunately, it was released between two all-caps MASTERPIECES — The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast — thus damning it to a second rate status in the eyes of most animation fans. Ah, but things could’ve been quite different. Continue reading
John Lasseter shared lots of new info about Disney’s upcoming slate of animated films while speaking to the press at the Cannes film festival today. The most click-bait quote referred to a scene from Disney’s 2016 release, Zootopia. As The Guardian UK describes it, “[Zootopia‘s lead characters] enter a club where animals have rejected clothes and decided to return to a ‘natural’ way of life. ‘This is Disney animation’s first nude scene,’ said Lasseter. [...] ‘It’s been a long time coming.’”
Sounds furry. I mean, FUNNY. Sounds funny.
The Genie-as-Ariel statue, via Laughingplace.com.
No, that’s not the yellow, patterned wallpaper playing tricks on your eyes. According to Variety, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane “has been tapped by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association as the recipient of the Louis XIII Genius Award for excellence in the television arts, which will be presented at the annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards on May 31 in LA.” Congratulations, Seth! (WTF, BTJA?)
Snoring Totoro doll avail. on Amazon.
Production has begun on AMC’s adaptation of Preacher, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s capital-C Crazy comic book series. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are directing the pilot, and they’re executive producing with show-runner Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad). Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) stars as the titular preacher, Jesse Custer.
Just when you thought you’d bought your last Frozen tie-in, a clever sounding, Hans-centric novel is announced. A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick is a Rashomon-like look at Hans’ sociopathic seduction of Anna. Or, as Disney’s marketing department so eloquently phrased it:
Told in alternating chapters from both Anna’s and Hans’ perspectives, A Frozen Heart takes a sophisticated look at events of Frozen, exploring the couple’s backstories, motivations, and doomed relationship.
More power to Entertainment Weekly for risking the rage of the internet in their crowded comments section with Hillary Busis’ post, 20 Disney villain songs ranked.
“When I was little I wanted to grow up to be a Disney princess, but I’m pretty sure I just became Yzma.” — Earl of Fabulousness
Now that Disney’s Tomorrowland is ready for release (5/22), director Brad Bird is hard at work writing the screenplay for his next film — the sequel to the The Incredibles!
But after that…?
According to Collider.com, Bird may try and tackle a different Disney franchise: Star Wars! Sounds like a pretty promising pairing to me.
(Pixar Leia by Phil Postma)
“What the hell is Danny Devito doing in this hentai doujin?” – montyfiske
Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced that Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman will provide the voices of the two lead characters in Zootopia, their 2016 animated feature set in a “modern mammal metropolis.” Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) will voice the optimistic bunny, Officer Judy Hopps, a new member of Zootopia’s police department. Bateman (Arrested Development) will provide the voice of the fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, who Judy reluctantly teams up with to crack her first case.
Every woman dreams of finding the ‘right one.’
The right bra, that is.
Triumph, a Swiss lingerie company, has put together a silly spoof of Disney animated musicals for its latest ad for bras. The cute ‘n’ clever, two minute spot was created by Stories AG, written and directed by Tobias Fueter, and had Mike Huber as animation director. (Via.)
“As a kid, I would spend hours trying to copy Disney characters, and if I finished a school assignment early the teacher would let me draw. […] If they only knew then that the drawing took me farther than the assignment!”
Toho Studio’s live-action Attack on Titan movie is just around the corner. The film is scheduled to be released in two parts. The first part arrives in Japanese theaters 8/1/15. The second part will be released on 9/19/15. Yes, you read that right. They’re releasing them a mere ONE MONTH apart! On behalf of my impatience and constant fear of dying before completing something insignificant, THANK YOU, TOHO!
Toei Animation has announced that a new Dragon Ball TV series, Dragon Ball Super, will begin airing in July. Better still, the series will NOT be a re-make, but a continuation of the original, “set a few years after the defeat of Majin Buu, when the Earth has become peaceful once again.” Best-er still, the series is being written by the one and only Akira Toriyama — creator of Dragon Ball! (Via: Anime News Network)
MoviePilot.com: “In the early scenes of Enchanted, the giant troll pursuing Giselle wears a loin cloth comprised of many familiar dresses. The fashion-forward monster chooses Snow White’s rags, Cinderella’s maid dress, Belle’s village dress, and Aurora’s peasant garb.”
‘Nother fun fact: Enchanted‘s hand-drawn animation was done by James Baxter Studios — as in, ‘James Baxter, the genius who animated Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,’ James Baxter!
Click to enlarge. Or just, y’know, squint. (Via.)
LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are doing a full-length animated Spider-Man flick to be released on July 20, 2018. What’s more, Sony has confirmed that the animated Spider-Man will take place in the same continuity as the live-action Spidey films! (Via.)
Entertainment Weekly has a few new tid-bits regarding ABC’s upcoming Muppets revival. On the plus side: “The project is a mockumentary-style series that goes deeper into the Muppets’ personal lives…[and] will be shot…like Arrested Development and The Office.” Sounds cool! On the negative side: It’s being produced by Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management writer-producer Bob Kushell, and they’re “planning a series that will go deeper into the soap-territory that is the trademark of ABC’s biggest hits like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.” Sounds like…we’ll have to wait and see.
Mamoru Hosoda’s Summer Wars is one of my all-time favorite
anime cartoons ANYTHINGS. Because of that, you can probably imagine how excited I am to see the trailer to his next pic, The Boy and The Beast. You can’t? Try harder.
Related: First Look – ‘The Boy and The Beast’
The Hollywood Reporter has posted an updated list of release dates for Warner Bros.’ upcoming slate of LEGO movies: The LEGO Batman Movie – Feb. 10, 2017; The LEGO Ninjago Movie – Sept. 22, 2017; The Lego Movie Sequel – May 18, 2018.
I’m super excited for the Batfilm and The LEGO Movie Sequel, but I’ve yet to hear much of anything about Ninjago. Anyone know anything?
Click here to view the trailer for Le Petit Prince, the French CG and stop-motion film directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda). While the CG looks like pretty standard, the stop-motion segments are lovely!
If you’re not charmed by this, you’re dead inside. (Via.)
Summer is almost here. Avengers: Age of Utlron is only two weeks away. Now’s the PERFECT time to turn your crappy, plastic bedroom fan into an annoyingly humming tribute to America’s super soldier. It’s simple. All’s it takes is a couple of magic markers! (Via.)
Quiet, mysterious and looking kinda like a blend of Anne of Green Gables and Wuthering Heights, When Marnie Was There is the newest flick from Studio Ghibli. It was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who previously helmed Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arrietty. When Marnie Was There will be released on 5/22 in NYC and L.A., with a nationwide roll-out soon thereafter. For lots more info about the film, click here.
Take a peek behind the S&BT curtain! I posted my weekly calendar — as portrayed in GIFs — after the jump. While it’s not scandalous enough to be salacious, it’s GUARANTEED to look a lot like yours. (Yes, that bad.) Continue reading
HR reports: “Nicole Perlman, who co-wrote Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, and Meg LeFauve, who co-wrote Pixar’s upcoming Inside Out, are in negotiations write Captain Marvel, […] the company’s first female-driven movie. The project…has a release date of July 6, 2018. No director is involved at this stage.”
China’s DMG Entertainment and America’s own Authentic Brand Group have announced the launch of Mini Marilyn, a chibi-style take on Hollywood’s most enduring fairy tale of woe. According to the official press release, “Mini Marilyn™ is envisioned as the first international brand icon of the 21st Century and a symbol of empowerment for young women around the world.” Continue reading
Story artist Megan Lloyd has posted a fully storyboarded scene for an imaginary animated adaptation of Stephen Schwartz‘s Broadway smash, Wicked. Better still, the scene is actually a COMPLETE MUSICAL NUMBER — the play’s showstopper, Defying Gravity. Lloyd’s delightful, Disney-esque drawings really suit the material, and it’s not too hard to imagine such a film someday happening for real. (Hope, hope!)
50 Shades of Fuck You has put together a caps-crazy list of the 7 things she “really, really love[s] about Rebecca Sugar.” Click here to fall (deeper) in love with the creator of Steven Universe your-damned-self.
Now the Q: I’ve read that the Deadpool film is shooting — and will actually take place — in Vancouver. As most movies shooting in the V try to play it off like they are taking place in New York, will Deadpool at some point acknowledge this filmic fallacy? After all, Deadpool is the only character in Marvel Comics to know that he is part of a fictional comic book universe. Perhaps the movie Deadpool will similarly know that he is part of a fictional movie universe? That could be quite cool…
Goro Miyazaki drew a comic strip that asks + answers, “What is an animation layout?” Click through for the full image + explanation. Continue reading
Freberg’s work in animation was nearly as long as his life. Freberg did voices for such series as Merrie Melodies, The Ren & Stimpy Show, The Weird Al Show and The Wuzzles. He also starred as Cecil in Bob Clampett’s puppet show, Time for Beany. According to Mark Evanier, Freberg “recorded his first cartoon voice roles in 1945 for release in 1946″ and recorded “an episode of The Garfield Show…last year [that is] scheduled to run on Cartoon Network this October, giving Stan a career span of 69 years.” Amazing.
“My friend has this weird knockoff Winnie the Pooh blanket and it’s the most menacing thing I’ve ever seen.” — tocinobebe
Great news, via TAG Blog: “In 2015, 70% of the Cal Arts animation department trends female. (In ’12, the male to female ratio was 50/50.) What is the level of employment for women in 2015? [...] More women are employed in the cartoon business than at any time since the ink and paint departments (always predominantly female) packed up and went overseas. With the numbers of women now training in animation departments at universities, colleges and art schools, this rising tide looks as though it will keep moving up for some time to come.”
Pretend you lived way back in the days of WWII and were so enraged by the horrors that you saw Donald Duck endure in Der Fuehrer’s Face that you immediately went out and bought a Disney-themed U.S. War Bond to show your support. Or something like that. Anyway, folks interested in owning an illegit piece of American and animation history can click through for a full-sized, ready-to-print version. Continue reading
Anna The Red is creating recipes for the mouthwatering foods found in Studio Ghibli’s films. (Warning: Do NOT click link on an empty stomach.)
Graffiti by Hanksy
Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch recently received an unexpected package from Japan. The package contained 40+ drawings and letters from Japanese school children pitching bizarre monster ideas for the show. Even cooler? The kids’ drawings are as good as their monsters are funny!
Released during Hitler’s reign, German animator Hans Fischerkoesen’s Weather-beaten Melody features some of the most hypnotic 2D and 3D* animation of the era — not to mention some truly subversive feminist, anti-fascist and anti-racist themes! Continue reading