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Entries from May 27th, 2009

Noureddin Zarrinkelk

May 27th, 2009 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Iranian cinema

I just came across a brief, but interesting report on renown Iranian animation filmmaker and illustrator Noureddin Zarrinkelk’s recent appearance at Dartmouth College. The story in The Dartmouth begins by noting that, In 1986, during the thick of the Iran-Iraq war, Iranian animator Noori Zarrinkelk visited Dartmouth for the first time to give a presentation […]

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The Soloist’s Synesthesia Sequence

May 23rd, 2009 · 6 Comments · Abstract films, Special effects

I went to see Joe Wright’s The Soloist mainly because it was based on the book by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez; I haven’t read the book, but I do recall reading his initial column about Nathaniel Ayers, the homeless cellist which the film is about. (Lopez’s  columns were one of the things I […]

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Why Donald Duck Is the Jerry Lewis of Germany

May 23rd, 2009 · No Comments · Animated characters, Comic books and comic strips

The Wall Street Journal just published the above-titled article by Susan Bernofsky about the popularity of Donald Duck comic books in Germany, especially among adults. She notes, “Just as the French are obsessed with Jerry Lewis, the Germans see a richness and complexity to the Disney comic that isn’t always immediately evident to people in […]

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Nina Paley Onstage at Ebertfest

May 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Independent animators

Film historian Kristin Thompson, in reporting on the screening of Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues at this year’s Eberfest (Roger Ebert’s Film Festival hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Media), includes a transcript of a discussion with Paley and animation scholar (and old buddy) Richard Leskosky  (seen above). In it […]

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Coraline, Monsters vs. Aliens and the Future of 3D

May 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · Film technology, Stereoscopic films

  I’ve been rather busy of late with work on this summer’s The Persistence of Animation/Society for Animation Studies Conference (check out what’s happening with it here), but did want to put in my two cents about Henry Selick’s Coraline and Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman’s Monsters vs. Aliens before it’s too late. Henry Selick […]

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