Wednesday, October 17, 2012

SHORT FILM: Toy Story Toons "Partysaurus Rex"

  New from Disney / Pixar, created at Pixar Canada.  Released with the theatrical 3D release of Finding Nemo, here is the third episode in the Toy Story Toons series... Partysaurus Rex.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

BEHIND THE SCENES BREAKDOWN: Paperman - Disney's NEW short film

  Paperman is the latest and much-praised short from Walt Disney Animation Studios, which will be shown in front of the studios newest animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph, opening early next month.
  It is an exciting time to be working in the animation medium. The short was created using a fascinating blend of computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, utilizing a new Disney in-house technology called Meander, a vector based drawing tool that gives the artist a lot of power to manipulate the drawn line.
Director John Kahrs (Tangled, Toy Story 2, The Incredibles,...) says...

  "We brought together as best we could the expressiveness of 2D drawing immersed with the stability and dimensionality of CG. It really goes back to working with Glen Keane on Tangled, watching him draw over all the images."

   "... We discovered that he (Brian Whited) was programming this thing and building this software – and we just totally took it over, hijacked him and his program and got him on the project.  It’s not like a texture map.  It’s just like painting on the surface of the CG. It actually moves on a 2d layer that’s driven by the CG.  And the greatest thing about the tool is that all of that drawing is right up front with the hand drawn animator; right there in their space so they can see what they’re doing."

  "... I loved Tangled – and I feel like we’re in a golden age right now with CG – all the studios today are competing with a stylized form of realism.  I have to believe that’s not the only way that animation can look. I feel like 2D needs to come into the place where it can compete with a big blockbuster movie that has tons of cg and so forth.  We have to push the processes and techniques and see where we can take them."

  A video has been released showing a breakdown of this new technique and technology in action, check it out...


"There was drawing everywhere..."

Click here to see related post: INTERVIEW: Making Disney's NEW Short Film 'Paperman'
Click here to see related post: TRAILER: Wreck-It Ralph

TRAILER: The Croods

  NEW from DreamWorks Animation, the creators of How To Train Your Dragon, Megamind, Puss in Boots, and Madagascar, comes The Croods...


Monday, October 1, 2012

GREAT INTERVIEW: Genndy Tartakovsky - Hotel Transylvania

"Hotel Transylvania sets record for biggest September opening of all time!" 

  Best known for the Cartoon Network's animated TV series Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack, and Dexter's Laboratory, Animator/Director/Producer Genndy Tartakovsky talks about his feature film Directing debut on Sony Pictures Animation's  Hotel Transylvania...


LA Times - Genndy Tartakovsky on making Hotel Transylvania:
“I took all the aesthetics I like from 2-D and applied them here. I don’t want to do animation to mimic reality. I want to push reality. You want to have your own identity. You don’t want to have an expression that Pixar has. That was super important to me. In 2-D, the way you draw defines you, but in CG the computer takes away your identity. I wanted to make sure the movie had my point of view.”

Cartoon Brew - on Hotel Transylvania:
“... it’s time for Hollywood’s CG features to evolve – and it looks like it will take a cartoonist to blaze that trail. I like what Genndy is bringing to the table – a sense of style and humor that pushes (however slightly) what a modern day animated feature can be. It’s a small refreshing step in a exciting direction – and I look forward to seeing where this could go.”



In theaters now...