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 brimming with gothic novel tropes, 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
Adam West and Burt Ward will be providing the voices for Batman and Robin in a full-length Batman animated film to be released in 2016. The film is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of West and Ward’s iconic Batman TV series. (Via: Mad Monster)
Super cute, endlessly poseable, available on Amazon.
Extra-enthusiastic fans of Hideako Anno’s masterpiece, Neon Genesis Evangelion, have created an online fundraiser in hopes of sticking a miniature Lance of Longinus into the moon. You know, just like in the cartoon! As of this post, they’ve already raised a little over 40% of the necessary ¥100 million (appr. $850,000). Click here for pics and info.
DreamWorks’ Home outdid everyone’s expectations, raking in an estimated $54 million in its opening domestic weekend and snatching the #1 spot at the box office. This unexpected financial windfall will provide a much needed boost to the struggling studio, whose shares fell to a new 52-week low at the beginning of the year. Will this be enough to stave off the mass layoffs that follow every recent DreamWorks release? I sure hope so.
The only downside to this? The fact that an ugly and uninteresting rip-off of Lilo & Stitch will now be deemed ‘good’ simply because it made money, inevitably inspiring Katzenberg to green-light any and all available Home-related spin-offs, sequels and direct-to-Netflix shorts.
I made these (and more).
TIL that Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992) was originally going to feature an in-universe ‘Batman Store’ that sold nothing but Batman-themed merchandise. According to early drafts of the script, the store was to be burned down during the film’s opening scene. Making this scene all the more ironic was the fact that Burton requested the store be stocked with merch created as tie-ins for his two Batman films!
To see some interior pics of the unused set, click through. Continue reading
Toothless Tail Fin Skirt, $25 on WeLoveFine.com.
Note: This skirt is only available as a knee-length. Why? Cuz if it was any longer it might DRAGON the ground!
(Dragon/drag on…get it? Puns? No? I’ll wait.)
Springfield, MA will soon be home to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. The majority of the museum is aimed squarely at kids, featuring giant, brightly colored reproductions of Dr. Seuss’ books plastered on everything — literally EVERYTHING — from floor ceiling. The official press release also promises “immersive literacy activities geared toward a range of reading levels, from preschool through third grade and beyond.”
The museum’s second floor sounds a bit more intriguing to cartoon nerds, featuring a “recreation of Ted’s Geisel’s sitting room and studio” filled with his drawings, oil paintings and memorabilia.
For more info and images, click here.
Art by Marie Severin. (Via.)
Paul Michael Johnson has created an intense and intoxicating animated Star Wars short — by himself!
Yes, as unbelievable as it may seem, Johnson animated the WHOLE THING by his lonesome, only asking for help on the score and sound. Johnson’s visual inspiration (well, besides ILM’s awesome, original starship designs) are the classic space anime of the 1980s. Do yourself a favor and set aside 9 minutes to really savor it. You’ll be glad you did!
(Post-prequels, I can’t believe I’m getting excited about Star Wars again.)
In animation, a ‘smear’ is an image (or series of images) that uses bizarre, often grotesque distortions to mimic the blur seen when an object is in motion. When done right, they’re magical and manic and one of my favorite parts of hand-drawn cartoons. Continue reading
Disney’s new Avengers Figure Playset contains one character who is definitely not part of the Avengers…yet. CAPTAIN MARVEL! Does that mean we might see her in Avengers: Age of Ultron?
This cameo isn’t all that far-fetched when you consider that Captain Marvel — aka Ms. Marvel, aka Carol Danvers — will be starring in her own Marvel film in 2018. Plus, Joss Whedon LOVES him some strong female characters, so it seems like a pretty likely cameo if you ask me.
To get a better look at the figure and playset, click here.
The eternally cantankerous Steve Ditko responds to a letter asking him what he remembered about designing Spidey’s costume. Hilarious! (x)
“Personnel of the 667th Bombardment Squadron, training in Gainesville, Fla., have adopted this scene from the MGM cartoon, Red Hot Riding Hood, as their squadron insignia. The ‘Wolfe’ — in white tie and tails — appears on all their planes. In writing to Fred Quimby, in charge of cartoon production at MGM studios, the commandant stated that they wanted the drawings because ‘the modern wolf is so typical of many of our officers here.’” — Showmen’s Trade Review 1/1/44 (x)
The Legend: Get ready for squeals and feels! The daddy/daughter team of Paul and Haley Hollingsworth made a stop-motion version of Jurassic Park using LEGO. The results are delightful!
The Facts: Dad and daughter were joined by a small cadre of filmmaker friends who helped build sets, animate characters, shoot the film and score it. Oh, and it cost $100k in LEGO! That said, it’s still a pretty rad testament to the cool stuff creative parents can do to inspire their kids. Hell, I wish I had friends/a dad/a LEGO collection like that!
“According to Chinese myth, when the bottom of the white part of the eye, known as the sclera, is visible it represents physical imbalance in the body and is claimed to be present in alcoholics, drug addicts and people who over-consume sugar or grain. Conversely, when the upper sclera is visible it is said to be an indication of mental imbalance in people such as psychotics, murderers, and anyone rageful.” — Wikipedia entry for Sanpaku
Ah, but what does it mean when the upper AND lower sclera are visible in CARTOON CHARACTERS?
Cartoon Brew reports that Rusty Citron (a.k.a. president and founder of the ‘Actors Hall of Fame Foundation,’ a.k.a. the former senior vice-president at New World Pictures in the late 1980s, a.k.a. just another one of those cliched, level-headed, Hollywood realists you always hear about in books and movies) is running around town, attempting to interest someone — anyone! — in his live-action/CG hybrid movie starring 80s ad icons, the California Raisins. Will this feature feature the original Raisins, A.C., Beebop, Stretch and Red? (Thanks, Wikipedia!) Or will this reunion be like every other Motown reunion and include one original member and a bunch of random, younger, more photogenic
guys grapes? Honestly, who cares?
The Manga-Anime Guardians (great name!), a joint anti-piracy project created by the Japanese government, the government’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (bad name!), the Content Overseas Distribution Association (worse name!), and several of Japan’s largest animation studios and publishers, announced today that they have succeeded in deleting over 700,000 illegal online anime and manga files.
According to The Manga-Anime Guardians’ official press release, 447,096 illegal manga files from 577 titles and 264,601 anime files from 90 titles were deleted due to the campaign, which targets online manga reading sites, video streaming sites and torrent sites.
TIL that Disney once put out a Roger Rabbit-themed game where players act as the villainous Judge Doom, tossing ‘toons (including Roger, Jessica and Baby Herman) into a spinning barrel of deadly Dip.
Yes, you read that right: THE POINT OF THE GAME IS TO KILL THE GOOD GUYS!!
Feeling evil? Roger Rabbit Dip Flip currently sells for $15 on Amazon.
Back in 1989, Japanese animation addicts and their video game counterparts were blessed with the Famicom Disk System game, Roger Rabbit. The game was a Super Mario Bros.-esque ‘platformer’ loosely based on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and would’ve surely been my favorite game at the time had it ever been released in America. Alas, conflicting copyrights prohibited this brief moment of happiness from ever entering my otherwise unbearable childhood. Woe was me.
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. Two months from now, he’s set to release his follow-up, Pinocchio: The Disney Epic. Want a sneak peek? Continue reading
Remember in the old days (last year) when something like this would’ve had Cosby holding press conferences condemning the cursing? My, how times have changed. To follow the animated BasedGod, click here.
Posted below are some pristine pics of Ub Iwerks’ original storyboards* for Plane Crazy (1928). It’s amazing how much motion and emotion Iwerks was able to convey even in these simple, speedy, pencil sketches. The guy was a genuine GENIUS.
The Santa Barbara Film Festival recently held a screening of The LEGO Movie. After the screening, the film’s writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller took the stage for a Q&A session. Two minor spoilers/pretty big story points were unveiled there:
1. The LEGO Movie Sequel will take place in a “weird, dystopian version of Bricksburg.”
2. EMMETT HAS A SISTER(!), and she will be traveling side by side with Emmett as they navigate this “weird, dystopian version of Bricksburg.” Continue reading
PointlessComent has created a silly, skeevy photo set blending Vice President Biden’s almost-always-awkward photo-ops with anime’s almost-always-submissive moe girls. While the set is totally SFW, you probably won’t want your co-workers to walk by while you’re looking at it. They’ll never look at you (or Biden) the same. Click here to view.