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Entries from December 31st, 2009

Avatar

December 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments · Animation and live action, Computer animation, Motion capture, Stereoscopic films

‘ Well, the wait is over and, whether one likes it or not, Avatar looks like the game changer that James Cameron, Jeffrey Katzenberg and other promoters of 3D movies said it would be, quieting critics who said the technology would never really work in live action. It also looks like it will be the […]

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2009 Library of Congress National Film Registry

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments · Awards

The 25 films selected by the Library of Congress for the 2009 National Film Registry were announced today and include the usual mix of classic Hollywood, independent , documentary, amateur and student films. (The Library’s press release announcing the list can be found here.) Also as usual, I found the selection a mixed bag, but […]

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Noshi Iskandar

December 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Filmmakers

Mohamed Ghazala reports that Noshi Iskandar, who has been a key figure in Egyptian animation since the 1960s passed away last week at the age of 71. He started his career as a caricaturist and starting in 1961, he helped set up the Animation Department for Egyptian Television; his works were screened at a number […]

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International Animation Day in Africa

December 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Africa, Education

  I just received an interesting report from Mohamed Ghazala. Director of ASIFA Egypt, on celebrations of International Animation Day across Africa  on October 28 (Tunisia, Ethiopia, Ghana and South Africa) and November (Cairo and Alexandria). (IAD commemorates the opening  of Émile Reynaud’s Théâtre Optique at the Musée Grévin in Paris on October 28, 1892.) […]

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Peace on Earth & An Old Box

December 24th, 2009 · No Comments · Politics, Short films

Being that it is Christmas time, I thought I would post Hugh Harman’s Peace on Earth, especially as this is the 70th anniversary of its release (7 December 1939); the film’s pacifist theme resonated with the American public in the wake of the outbreak of the World War II in Europe and Harman said it […]

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My 3D Headache

December 24th, 2009 · No Comments · Stereoscopic films

Yesterday, tired of Atlanta’s continuing lack of Imax theaters showing Hollywood fare, my wife and I drove to the AMC Southlake 24, in Morrow (about a 30 minutes away) to see Avatar. The theater complex is a rather comfortable oasis in the midst of a rather desolate shopping complex and largely enjoyed the movie; but […]

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Roy E. Disney

December 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Producers

  This snapshot, which I took at The Animation Guild’s annual Christmas party on December 12, 2003, was the closest I ever got to meeting Roy E. Disney, who died yesterday, December 16th, at the age of 79. He appeared there in the midst of an epic struggle for control of the Disney Empire with […]

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Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas Now Available on Kindle

December 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Anime, Books, Harvey Deneroff

 Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas, Fred Ladd’s personal history of his involvement with producing the American versions of such early Japanese animated TV series as Astro Boy and Gigantor, has now been made available as an Amazon’s Kindle Book for only $9.99, which you can order here. (The original print edition is, […]

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Visual Effects Über Alles

December 5th, 2009 · No Comments · Special effects

From the for what it’s worth department: In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle on his work on The Twilight Saga: New Moon, special effects maestro Phil Tippett (seen here accepting the 2009 Georges Méliès Award for Artistic Excellence), was asked: Q: What’s the last movie you’ve seen with no special effects or visual […]

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Max Linder’s The Three Must-Get-Theres

December 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Actors, Feature films

Europa Film Treasures, which I wrote about earlier here, has really put a major treasure online in the form of Max Linder’s The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922), the last of his American films, which he also considered his best film;  a hilariously anachronistic spoof of Douglas Fairbanks’ Three Musketeers (1921), it is presented in a fine […]

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