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Entries from June 30th, 2008

Kenyan Animation Outpost

June 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Africa, Animation studios, Television animation

The recent news that Playhouse Disney has joined with Britain’s Tiger Aspect Productions is co-producing a new animated TV series, Tinga Tinga Tales for preschoolers with Kenya’s Homeboyz Entertainment. The show, which revolves around African animals and is just starting animation,  is based on the Tinga Tinga art of Tanzania and was commissioned last year […]

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Presto, WALL·E

June 30th, 2008 · No Comments · Feature films, Short films

Doug Sweetland’s Presto, the new Pixar short that shows before Andrew Stanton’s WALL·E, is an absolute delight. As good as some of best classic Hollywood cartoons, it is brilliant, very funny and a much better piece of filmmaking than the accompanying feature. The nonstop piling of gag upon gag seems more in line with more […]

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Moving Image Source

June 26th, 2008 · No Comments · Film history and criticism

Moving Image Source is a new website of interest launched by the Museum of the Moving Image, which is located in New York’s  Astoria Studio across the East River from Manhattan. It features a blog-like magazine devoted to film history and a very useful portal with extensive links to all sorts of sites related to […]

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Motion Capture Marches On

June 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · Animation technology

New Scientist reports, “digital motion capture could soon be within reach of low-budget film makers thanks to new software that records movement without using markers.” The system, developed at Stanford University, in California, and the Max-Planck Institute Informatik in Saarbrücken, Germany, allows for what they say is a “3D digital clone” of the actor using […]

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YouTube Screening Room Debuts

June 20th, 2008 · No Comments · Short films

CNET blogger Harrison Hoffman reported yesterday that, YouTube has just announced the launch of the rumored YouTube Screening Room. The news broke yesterday that YouTube was going to be delving into professional films, with the possibility breaking out of their 10 minute mold and into longer form. YouTube is actively pursuing filmmakers to try and […]

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Kung Fu Panda

June 17th, 2008 · No Comments · Feature films

I was delighted that John Stevenson and Mark Osborne’s Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks Animation’s latest effort. more than lived up to its hype. I really have little to add to general critical applause the film has elicited for its sharp take on martial arts films, which compares favorably with Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films (though […]

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Émile Cohl: L’inventeur du dessin animé

June 16th, 2008 · No Comments · Books, DVDs, History and criticism

Currently, there is an almost total lack of films by Émile Cohl, the pioneer French animator, who also worked in the United States,  available in on DVD; I know of two DVDs that I  that have his seminal Fantasmagorie (1908), which is often seen as the first fully animated film to explore the artistic possibilities […]

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Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act Introduced

June 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Television broadcasting

An interesting piece of legislation, some say Quixotic, called the Commercial Advertisement Mitigation, or CALM)Act was introduced in the US House of Representatives on June 9th. Multichannel News reports that, The Federal Communications Commission would be required to regulate the volume of television commercials for excessive loudness under a House bill recently introduced by Rep. […]

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The Madness of Being

June 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Independent animators, Short films

The Madness of Being, a striking short film  Hal Miles made last year, recently finished doing the festival circuit. Its about a character (a stop motion armature) trapped in a situation right out of Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit; Miles describes the story as being about a “character … confined in an extremely small and isolated […]

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20th Society for Animation Studies Conference at the Art Institute at Bournemouth, July 18-20, 2008

June 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Animation conferences, Animation studios

Animation Unlimited 2008 is the name of this year’s Society for Animation Studies conference at the Art Institute at Bournemouth, which is in the English seaside resort town. The Society is very close to my heart, having founded the international membership organization in 1987 and served as its first president. SAS, I am happy to […]

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Book Note: Fred Ladd’s Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas

June 2nd, 2008 · No Comments · Anime, Books

Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas: An Insider’s View of the Birth of a Pop Culture Phenomenon by Fred Ladd, with assistance from myself, has now been officially announced by McFarland, which is publishing it on November 30th. (It is also available for pre-order at Amazon.) The book is Fred’s story of his […]

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