Friday, January 27, 2012

A Year of Sun with Mr. Persol - by Kevin Dart and Stéphane Coëdel

  If you are a fan of Yuki7 and the Gadget Girls like me, you'll love this fun retro-styled animated commerical directed by Kevin Dart and Stéphane Coëdel for Italian eye-wear brand, PersolThe commercial spot was produced by Passion Pictures in London through advertising agency, Winkreative.

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Interview with Pixar Story Artist James Robertson

  Great interview with fellow Canadian, Pixar Animation Studios' Story Artist James Robertson.  Amongst other things, James worked on the story for Pixar's Toy Story 3!

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If you'd like to know more about James Robertson check out his blog: The Iron Scythe

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

    Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) this is one of five animated short films that will be considered for outstanding film achievements of 2011 in the 84th Academy Awards.

To date, Winner! for...
• Best Animated Short - Cinequest Film Fest
• Audience Favorite Award - Palm Springs International ShortFest
• Best in Show - SIGGRAPH

  Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books... 

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Bonus Feature:
  Moonbot Studios' very first short film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (Directed by William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg) was shortlisted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on December 1, 2011. On January 24, 2012 The Academy announced the nominees for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. --- Here's the studio reaction when the nominees were finally listed...

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To enjoy “Morris Lessmore” and other Moonbot Apps visit the following links:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

John Cleese - A Lecture On Creativity

    Probably best known for his work with Monty Python, English actor, comedian, writer, and film producer John Cleese speaks about his thoughts on the creative process; based upon what he has learned throughout his life. Pretty interesting stuff.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

ADAM AND DOG - Trailer Is Hand-Drawn Goodness

  A little taste of a personal short from Disney visual development artist Minkyu Lee of The Princess and the Frog is keeping the traditional animation spirit alive in his own written/directed independent short film Adam and Dog.  The full film isn't available online yet, but... it was just nominated for an Annie AwardMinkyu sent Cartoonbrew the trailer with this note:

  "This is a short film that me and a group of my close friends made. It was put together by artists who work at various studios, including Disney Feature, Dreamworks and Pixar; The animation is done by myself, Jennifer Hager, James Baxter, Mario Furmanczyk, Austin Madison, and Matt Williames. Glen Keane also helped by being a consultant on the film, and also doing some visual development. It is a completely independent film without any major studio involvement. We are really excited for people to see it, and wanted to share."

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You can find a complete list of credits here:

SNEAK PEEK: Tangled Ever After - The Rings, The Pursuit

  Walt Disney Pictures have released 2 clips from the upcoming animated short, Tangled Ever After.  The short will accompany the Beauty and the Beast 3D release in theaters and DVD.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Chase - Trailer

  Check out the first explosive trailer for The Chase, an animated short directed by Philippe Gamer.

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Studio Profile : Character Animation inside ILM

    Maia Kayser is a Lead Character Animator at ILM. In this studio profile video, we travel to the Presidio in San Francisco to Industrial Light & Magic to see what it is like to be a woman doing digital character animation in films such as Rango.

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Click here to check out related post: ILM - Industrial Light & Magic: Creating The Impossible

Tippet Studios' Creature Animation Masterclass

    William Groebe, Animation Supervisor at leading animation company Tippett Studio, presents a masterclass on animating believable animal characters in a live action feature, pushing the acting while retaining a feel for reality and realism versus cartoony-style animation. He also includes some great advice on what to include in your demo-reel to potentially get a job at the studio.

Note: The presentation is around an hour long, but well worth the watch.
Great for animation enthusiasts and animators alike.

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This video presentation courtesy of

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mutant Land - A Tippett Studio Original Production

   From the darkness comes all-manner-of-creatures ravaging the land seeking food...  A Tippett Studio Original Production, created by award-winning director, animator, & VFX supervisor Phil Tippett.
(Great reference and inspiration for you creature animators out there)

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For more info on the making-of, check out this article on

And you can check out more from Tippett Studio 's at:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cello Wars (Star Wars Parody) Lightsaber Duel

   Video by Steven Sharp Nelson...                      You will start cello lessons...            now...

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Fotoshop - Spoof Commercial Sheds Light on Unrealistic Beauty Standards

 LOL... this is awesome.   Jesse Rosten, a filmmaker from Northern California, was watching TV one sleepless night and stumbled upon an infomercial for some beauty product. The commercial showed before and after portraits, that to his eye, looked like the same photo just photoshopped.  He laughed to himself. Then made this video.

"Fotoshop is a new beauty product from Adobé (say aah-DOE-bay) that slims, gets rid of wrinkles, and can even lighten your skin color."

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"This commercial isn’t real, and neither are society’s standards of beauty."

Bonus Feature:
  Here is a look behind-the-scenes at the making of... Fotoshop by Adobé

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Brisk Star Wars: Yoda vs. Darth Maul

In a galaxy far, far away... Lipton's Brisk Iced Tea unleashes... the force! ... Heh-heh... awesome!

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Click here to see related post: Stop-Motion Mayhem! From Brisk!

Monday, January 2, 2012

A Conversation with the PIXAR Creative Team - D23 Expo 2011

  PIXAR's John Lasseter, Jim Morris, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Marks Andrews, Bob Peterson, Dan Scanlon, Pete Sohn, and Ronnie del Carmen - some key figures responsible for Pixar's movie-making-magic reveal some upcoming Pixar projects and gather to discuss their work at the 2011 D23 ExpoThis is the full video of the presentation given on August 20, 2011, courtesy of YouTube user mrdaps

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Bonus Feature:
25 Years of Pixar Animation
  YouTube user NKMcDonalds put together this tribute in 2011, Celebrating 25 years of Pixar, 12 feature films, and 20 short films. Each film unique and special.  Pixar Animation Studios contacted NKMcDonalds to say they LOVE the video... here it is:

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011, Buh-Bye!, The Year in Review by JibJab

  From Charlie Sheen's #winning tweets to the debt ceiling crisis and global protests, it seems the whole world went a bit nuts in 2011.  Join JibJab as they reminisce about the most notorious moments of the year in JibJab's 7th annual year in review... this time sung by a popsicle stick puppet choir!

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Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!! --- Here is a look back at the films of 2011...

 ... laughs, loves, epic battles, tears, and the moments in-between.  Films have the power to entertain, inform, and inspire... Here's a look back at what brought us together this past year.

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Filmography 2011 - by Gen I.

Cinema 2011 - by Kess van Dijkhuizen

2011: The Cinescape - by Schnappy Productions

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