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…
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…
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!
Dexter x Dexter by Victor Maury.
Having won the Poster Wars, Mondo turns their talents to toys. First up, this STUNNING Iron Giant figure! For a photo of the full figure and lots and lots of product details, click through.
THR reports: “Disney Television Animation is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction in a big way. The studio is developing [an] animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction. [...] The Haunted Mansion special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes), who also will exec produce and art direct. Scott Peterson (Phineas and Ferb) will serve as writer, EP and story editor.”
To read the whole article, click here.
Chris Sanders, the super-silly cartoonist who made us all cry unexpectedly while watching Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods, is going to be manning a booth at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. What’s more, he’s made a whole mountain of merch to sell!
9 out of 10 cartoon-crazy Casanovas agree:
Nothing says sexy like SpongeBob Squarepants underpants.
Now available on Amazon!
The Japanese trailer for Big Hero 6 offers a more emotional opening, giving a li’l gravitas to what has — thus far — been marketed solely as an action/comedy. Nice!
First there was pet shaming. Now there’s Pokemon shaming.
(What’s next — Digi Pet shaming? No, that’ll never happen, cuz you went and killed your Digi Pet. Shame on YOU!)
Disney has just released TWO new trailers, SEVEN new pics, TEN new casting tid-bits, TWELVE new character descriptions and an updated plot summation for their upcoming animated superhero pic, Big Hero 6. Curious? Click through…
This deleted scene from Lilo & Stitch has always impressed me with its attempt to address the casual racism and rudeness often displayed by tourists to Hawaii. But it wasn’t until I was watching this scene again this morning that I noticed another amazing thing about it:
The film’s directors cast themselves as two of the rude racists! Continue reading
The Tracking Board is reporting that Gus Van Sant will direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Death Note, the starts amazing/ends atrocious manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.
While Van Sant would NEVER have appeared on my mental list of directors a major studio would hire to direct a manga adaptation, I’m delighted by how potentially perfect this pairing is. Anyone who has seen Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho, To Die For, Elephant or Paranoid Park knows how skilled he is at bringing nuanced portrayals of the teen angst, anger and confusion to the silver screen. I’m really looking forward to this!
Disney is making a live-action Dumbo. Cuz, y’know, achieving ANIMATED PERFECTION with the original just wasn’t satisfying enough.
Sorry, but I won’t be posting today. My family is having a huge cookout. Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews — everyone is coming!
Guess who gets to operate the grill?
Disney has hired J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to write a screenplay for Enchanted 2. Animation fans may know Stern and Weiss from their work on The Smurfs movie and Shrek 2. (Then again, maybe not.) Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) is set to direct.
Animation maestro James Baxter handled the hand-drawn cartooning in the first film, but Baxter now works for DreamWorks, so it’ll be interesting to see who they go with this time around…
Here’s the first trailer for Studio Ghibli’s next movie, When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marni). Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty) is co-writing and directing. The film opens in Japan on 7/19/14.
For lots (LOTS!) more about this elegant, elegiac film, click here.
Salta Burger is opening a real-life Krusty Krab restaurant in Palestine’s West Bank. Salta hopes to “create an experience for customers that could be mistaken for a trip to one of the top eateries in all of animated television.” For construction pics and info, click here.
The Atlantic‘s Sarah Boxer provides an interesting exploration of the age-old question…and a closer look at a more recent animation trend — the wacky, widower dad!
Click pics to enlarge. (Via: wifitrain)
Keane’s film starts at 54:00, but there’s some charming how-to/behind the scenes stuff before that.
Sadly, none of that makes the statement any less true.
R.I.P. Jeff Buckley!
A live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan is film currently in production in Japan, with a release scheduled for 2015. It is being directed by Shinji Higuchi, the special effects supervisor on the 90s Gamera reboot and a writer.storyboard artist on The End of Evangelion. The film was written by Yusuke Watanabe and Tomohiro Machiyama, with Hajime Isayama — the creator of Attack On Titan — acting as supervisor. For casting and shooting info, click here.
Related: WTF – Attack On Titan Merch
Disney and Pixar have announced their newest animated short, Lava. Directed by longtime Pixar animator James Ford Murphy, Lava is “a musical love story taking place over millions of years that is inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes.” Lava premiers June 19, 2015 in front of Pete Docter’s Inside Out. Click through for the full poster. Continue reading
(And most painful.)
The barefoot LEGO firewalk, via Bullmoose
I love it when crappy-looking cartoons suddenly wow you with a surprisingly sweet moment of animation. Example: This rollicking roundhouse kick comes courtesy of Filmation’s normally blah-looking She-Ra: Princess of Power. Who knew they had it in ‘em?
GIF via Forever Young.
Dynamite Entertainment and DC Comics are going to co-publish a comic where Django meets Zorro. The book will be co-plotted by Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner (Mage). Apparently, Tarantino considers this comic as an official sequel to Django Unchained. Via.
And…that’s it. For now. The above image is a concept painting by Richard Daskas. Tartakovsky’s CG take on E.C. Segar’s classic character is slated for release sometime in the vaguely worded future. In addition to pre-production on Popeye, Tartakovsky is currently directing Hotel Transylvania 2 and developing a brand new passion project, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?
Kinda makes you feel lazy, don’t it?
Jordy288 has collected 73 screen-caps of the background paintings from Studio Ghibli’s films. The artwork is sumptuous. Careful, though. Stare too long, and you may never want to look away. The real world pales in comparison to the wondrous world of Ghibli!. Click here to view.
Thor, that’s who.
Image via: mischiefmanagedin
Danger Mouse will be returning to TV next year! The CBBC has officially green lit 52 new 11 minute episodes. The series is being rebooted by Ireland’s Boulder Media (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, El Tigre), with Horrible Histories‘ Ben Ward writing scripts.
Remember when the most controversial Spongebob news items were gigantic gravestones and a XXX parody? Ah, the good ol’ days. (Via.)
People Magazine has put together a list of 5 Real-Life Disney Castles That You Can Rent. While Isla Mujeres’ Casa Caracol/King Triton’s castle is undoubtedly off-model, it IS adorable. Plus, if you visit in August — hurricane season — your ‘castle’ may truly be ‘under the sea’!
Related: Take An Animation Vacation: Studio Ghibli
Director Pete Docter revealed quite a bit more about Pixar’s upcoming Inside Out at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival in France yesterday. The industry insiders at Variety brought back the best bits: Continue reading
Sony Pictures Animation has announced their intentions to make Medusa, an original animated comedy that will tell the secret story behind Greek mythology’s sinister, snake-headed seductress. Lauren Faust, the effervescent Emmy-winner responsible for the brilliant My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is attached to direct.
For more info, click here.
(For the adorable inspiration behind this post’s title, click here.)