Yesterday’s big animation news was that Taika Waititi will be writing the screenplay for Disney’s next animated princess film, Moana.
But who exactly is this Taika Waititi?
The Simpsons‘ showrunner, Al Jean, told CNN what he believes is the ideal way to end the series: Loop it back around the show’s beginning!
“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.
How cool is this? I’d always sorta known how most of it worked, but I *never* would’ve guessed the trick to moving right hand. You learn something new every day!
Via: Educational GIFs
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.
Click here to read Sanders’ whole post.
Hot. Jack-o-lantern and GIF by Pylon Press Screen Printing. Via.
This quick video tutorial by Felix Sputnik demonstrates walk cycle basics and advanced schlong sway. Seriously, how many times have you nailed your character’s hip and shoulder movements only to realize you’ve left their crotch stiff? No, wait — I meant ‘left their crotch LIFELESS?’ Problem solved! Thanks to Sputnik’s tutorial, your characters’ dicks will dangle — and boobs will bounce — with all twelve principles of animation!
(Apologies to Frank & Ollie if this was covered in The Illusion of Life.)
I’m not entirely sure. But Charles Kenny over at Animation Scoop makes a damned good argument for why they should’ve.
Click here to read.
…and the cartoon-themed ice cream treats.
(Although honestly, c4′s pic makes them look a helluva lot better than they really are. Have you ever — EVER — had one that didn’t have wonky eyes and a melting face?)
We all knew it was coming, but here’s the first *official* announcement.
Is this the most awkward, awful piece of anti-drug propaganda ever made? Maybe! Starring all your favorite cartoon characters from the 90s, a slumming Bugs Bunny and two of the most pathetic human ‘kid’ characters ever animated, you are sure to inject yourself with a double dose of heroin long before you ever reach the film’s forced happy ending. Enjoy! (Well, try to…)
Via: Don Rickles
(No, not that Don Rickles. I wish, though.)
The bad news:
This is your blood under a microscope. That yellow thing is Ebola.
The good news?
Available exclusively at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. (Kidding!) Continue reading
The bad news: Warner Bros. has put The LEGO Movie 2 on hold.
The good news: A LEGO Batman movie is being fast-tracked to take its place. Chris McKay, the animation supervisor on The LEGO Movie, will direct.
The great news: Will Arnett is back as Batman!
For more info, click here.
Butt-head and Benedict. Yep, I see it.
Via: Klick Kilck Klick
Our trip begins on Hollywood’s famous Sunset Boulevard, circa 1957. A huge statue of a Las Vegas showgirl towers over the passing traffic, spinning endlessly, advertising the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Nevada. Continue reading
The animation is simple, the story is bare bones, and the CG is anything but photo-realistic. Yet I’ll be damned if I didn’t get totally sucked into The Boxcar Children! Continue reading
TIL that Disney and Milton Bradley once put out a Lilo & Stitch-themed version of the game Operation. Players act as Jumba, operating on a strapped down Experiment 626! Click here for Amazon’s listing.
Masashi Kishimoto’s ninja manga, Naruto, will end its serialization on November 10. Naruto is one of the best-selling manga series of all time, having sold more than 130 million copies — in Japan alone! Naruto started its serialization in 1999, and has published 70 ‘tankobon’ volumes so far.
For more info, click here.
In May 1962, Bob Clampett’s legendary cartoon, The Beany and Cecil Show, aired an episode titled Beanyland. Its setting was a bitingly sarcastic re-interpretation of Disneyland. Clampett apparently had a lot of fun creating Beanyland’s various rides and ‘lands,’ because he quickly began talking up the idea of building the park for real. Continue reading
Awww…poor doggie’s eyes. (Via.)
Yogi Bear’s Honey Fried Chicken is a cartoon fan’s roadside curiosity and a vegan’s deep fried nightmare. A long, long time ago, Yogi’s was a successful Southern chain of fast food-style, fried chicken restaurants. They were known as a reasonably priced, no-frills family eatery, easily identified by their gorgeous neon sign and the life-sized statues of Yogi, Boo Boo, Cindy Bear and Ranger Smith placed precariously out front. Continue reading
It took a little digging (and a helluva lot of YouTube clips), but Skunk has found some short-but-sweet quotes from the voice cast of Pixar’s upcoming animated feature, Inside Out. While the normally outspoken Lewis Black remains mum, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Bill Hader have all gone on the record regarding their characters.
Curious? Click through…
Too funny! To see the rest of Paloma-Nevada’s hilarious clip-art mashups, click here.
This FREE, downloadable Walt Disney Prod. stationary (circa 1951) not only makes the PERFECT PRESENT for that diehard Disney fan in your life, it’s also the ideal canvas upon which to role-play your favorite old-school animators!
Sketch a curvy nude à la Freddie Moore! Create a kooky Christmas card à la Ward Kimball! Write an angry letter to the unions à la Walt Disney! The possibilities are LIMITLESS! For the full size stationary, click through. Continue reading
…that Tarzan’s real name is Clayton?
S’true! In the novel Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, author Edgar Rice Burroughs reveals that Tarzan’s true English name is John Clayton, Viscount Greystoke. (Via.)
Vintage bootleg Bart Simpson t-shirts, circa 1990/1991. (Via.)
The Hollywood Reporter reports:
“Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation in a deal that would value the company at $3.4 billion, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. [...] DWA founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg would sign a five-year contract to remain with the company, according to the source, who says the DWA board held an emergency meeting Thursday to consider the offer.”
To read the whole article, click here.
Wait! Don’t leave! My crappily crafted pun may be bogus, but phuwadon thongnoum‘s super-stylish Dragonball Z GIFs are GREAT. Click here to see the rest of ‘em.
The killing of Thomas and Martha Wayne may be the most filmed murder of all time. Vulture has put together a short video showing all of these killings occurring side by side, simultaneously. I only hope that Bruce Wayne doesn’t stumble across this while working at the Bat-Computer today.
Title and screencap via allengalang.
“A comic strip artist will end up drawing the same characters so many thousands of times, that you’d figure they could draw them with their eyes closed. But could they really? In 1947, Life magazine decided to find out by challenging 10 contemporary comic strip artists to do just that – draw their characters with their eyes closed.” – Bored Panda
To see the results, click here.
Sony Pictures Animation and Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania) have released a li’l ‘taste test’ reel for their upcoming animated feature, Popeye. According to Tartakovsky, this video is “not a clip, not a trailer. It’s nothing from the actual movie. The voices are all temp. It’s just that represents what we all want to do. I couldn’t be more excited by the way it turned out, and I hope you enjoy it.”
Curious to take a peek? Click through… Continue reading
Shown above are a few of the luscious life-sized dioramas created for a Studio Ghibli exhibition currently being held in Seoul, South Korea. To see lots more pics, click through…
Avoid similar regrets. (Via.)
Snow White, Bambi, Cinderella, Wart, Mowgli, Penny, Todd, Oliver, Ariel, Belle, Aladdin, Simba, Pocahontas, Quasimodo, Kuzco, Jack, Koda, Lewis, Nani & Lilo, Elsa & Anna…
The list of Disney animated characters who are missing one or both parents is almost as long as the list of Disney animated films. Glamour recently asked legendary Disney producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) the reason for this. To read Hahn’s heartbreaking answer, click through…
Honestly, I think I could listen to her voice on EVERY ride.
Buzz’s Boot for iPhone 5S, and iPhone 4/4S (links lead to Amazon)
“Why would the guy who thought Superman was a bird feel like he had to yell to everyone on the block about it?” – 13langee
(Editor’s note: I’ve always held a grudge against the “It’s a plane!” guy. He’s so quick to correct the first guy, yet he’s totally wrong, too!)
thesoftghetto: “We’ve all heard of Betty Boop. But how many of you knew that she was based off of a BLACK woman?
“Yes, Betty Boop was based off of Ms. Esther Jones, [a.k.a.] ‘Baby Esther.’ She was an African-American singer and entertainer of the 1920s. Her singing trademark was ‘Boop oop da doop,’ hence the name Betty Boop!”
To learn more about this often-overlooked icon, click here.
Disney has just released two new, ADORABLE film stills from Feast, the upcoming short by Paperman‘s head of animation Patrick Osborne. Shown above is but a fraction of the first still. To see both stills in all of their full-sized glory…
James Lopez is a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) who is trying to raise funding for his primarily hand-drawn short film, Hullabaloo, with hopes of eventually finding a studio to fund a full-length version.
Pasted below are four fantastic quotes detailing why Nani from Lilo & Stitch is one of the BEST Disney characters ever. The quotes were culled from a long and winding Tumblr thread that emerged organically below a small GIFset. (See stills above. See original thread here.)
It’s stuff like this that makes me lose entire afternoons to the internet. Continue reading
“My brother sent me a picture of a few young girls protesting outside of Party City in Harlem, today. They want Princess Tiana back.” – ishyagrrrl
Is it clever? Yes.
Is it crafty? Most definitely.
Does it put a great big smile on my face? You betcha.
Still, that doesn’t make it any less creepy. *shudders* THAT SHREK!!!
To see more of Laura’s animation-inspired ‘lip-art,’ visit her blog.
This was an ACTUAL AD, unearthed by the pop culture historians at Showbiz Imagery & Chicanery. Click pic to enlarge.
…But what about the bat-symbol appearing in a child’s smile? Surely this is the work of the nefarious Joker!
Photo via: cptnblck
“The Charmander cake I made for my cousin. Too bad he killed it by making a wish.” — Bilybul
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a highly hypnotic Superman GIF by Robin Dave!
In this music video, a character run cycle is repeated over and over again. Everything else in the frame — the backgrounds, effects, etc. — is completely redesigned each time the run cycle resets. It’s amazing how swapping out these seemingly secondary elements can completely change the emotion of the animation. It’s also a great reminder that EVERY part of the animation process is immensely important!
Note: The song is Transfer, by Livetune, with vocals by Japanese voice actress Nakajima Megumi. The animation was done by Fantasista Utamaro and Kubotabee.
Back to school shopping has begun! You’ve bought your pencils, your erasers and your animation themed laptop decals. But what about your dorm? You want your new roommate to know you’re a cartoon fan, but you also want them to see you as a tasteful decorator. What to do, what to do? Enter the Totoro Double Bed-Sized Futon. It’s cute, cuddly and available on Amazon!
Eric Goldberg, the amazing animator behind the Genie from Aladdin, drew this sweet, starry scene as a tribute to his friend, Robin Williams. Click through for the full image.
The Groots by Ali Graham. PERFECT!
Curious about a career in the story department? Interested in the intricacies of storyboarding? S&BT has put together a short, sharp list of books to obsess over, books GUARANTEED to increase your knowledge, ability and appreciation for the often overlooked artistry of story. Continue reading
The Guardian UK reports: “Toshio Suzuki, the general manager of…Studio Ghibli, [announced that the studio] will cease film-making after 29 years of production. Suzuki told the show Jounetsu Tairiku [that Ghibli is] downsizing its staff to manage trademarks and copyrights on its existing portfolio of 20 feature films.”
“In [the world of] Toy Story, blow up dolls and other sex toys are probably sentient as well, and are essentially sex slaves.” — Grimmet_the_Hobb
Nightmarish imagery via: 1Worder
I’ve never had the urge to have a Disney character autograph anything…until now.
Photo and quote: RockemSockemCronuts
Wanna sample some semi-spoilers from Pixar’s upcoming short, Toy Story That Time Forgot? We’re talking film stills, concept art, a Mike Mignola (Hellboy) promo poster and TWO different plot summaries!