Andreas Deja on the topic of Frank Thomas:
Glen Keane on the topic of Ollie Johnston:
Storyreel from the Rescuers:
Linetest from the Rescuers:
A short Glen Keane Tarzan Scene:
A long talk from Disney artist Chen Yi Cheng can be found here.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Andreas Deja on the topic of Frank Thomas:
Michael Dudok De Wit's newest short.
Probably the simplest and most abstract of his films yet.
An early Sylvain Chomet (creator of Triplettes of Belleville) Short.
Let's start with the Animated Shorts, shall we?
All but Pixar's "Lifted" is up on around the net for you to see (Lifted will play in front of Ratatouille, out June 29).
Disney's The Little Matchgirl can be viewed here.
Blue Sky's "No Time for Nuts"
The entirety of the winning short, Torrill Kove's "The Danish Poet" used to be on the NFB's website. If you didn't catch it, here's at least a small clip:
The Live-Action Shorts are a little harder to come by.
Binta and the Great Idea
The winner, West Bank Story, was taken off YouTube. I could only find this trailer:
Here's a clip from it:
Two clips from "The Saviour"
And a clip from "Helmer and Son"
Phew! Long post. Enjoy!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Two of the Sheridan Group Films completed this year:
A Rotten Habit:
The Monster Germ:
Not all of them are up on YouTube yet. Until then, enjoy these!
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Matt Nealon's film, Fuhrer und Fuhrball
Ian Worrel's, Icarus and the Tree Herder:
A little peek at the new Goofy Short, How to set up your home theatre.
In dutch, no less.
You'll have to select a size (also in dutch) before the link plays.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
I know there's a lot of Les Lascars fans at Sheridan - so check out this report via AWN that claims that Les Lascars is making the jump to the big screen via Canal Plus and France 2
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Hey there, attended the 14th somewhat-monthly Sketchcrawl, L.A. Chapter today. Sketchcrawl was started by the Pixar story artist Enrico Casarosa. Basically, people meet and draw all around the world. Check out the Sketchcrawl blog and the SketchCrawl Forums for more info.
We met at Santa Monica Pier:
Here is the 'we' (sans me):
They are: Alina Chau, Shiho Nakaza, Leon Gittens, James Mar, Mike Cheda, and Josh Sheppard.
Peeps I drew at the Pier:
On the way home from Sketchcrawl I spotted a chess park and decided to sketch some of these guys. Great subjects!
Friday, May 18, 2007
For all you muppets/Glen Keane fans.
Just snooping around YouTube, doing some research.
Jot Episode 2
Unicorn in the Garden
The Rise of Duton Lang
Rooty Toot Toot
I know this is Disney, but check it out anyways:
Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom:
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Out - Once upon a time.
I saw that Mark Mayerson posted an extremely strange Chuck Jones film, Now Hear This. I guess to serve as a counterpoint to that, I ought to post one of my favorite Chuck Jones shorts.
The Dot and the Line: A Lesson in Lower Mathematics
Absolutely hilarious. I love how they got Glen Keane and James Baxter in there.
Apparently the latest showing of the American Dog story reels were well received, according to the TAG Blog, as well as Frog Princess and Rapunzel well on their way to being up on story reels soon.
Clay Kaytis at the Animation Podcast has completed Show 18, Burny Mattinson Part 3.
Download AAC here
Pete Emslie did some new caricatures of famous Disney people for Walt's People 5. Always fun to see Pete do some likenesses of famous people as well as students!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Dan Merisanu has opened up a permanent spot for the Animation Road Show in Downtown Toronto. He's two blocks West of the Spadina Subway station on Bloor.
Make sure to check out the site, which will have an online store starting July 2007, and Dan's blog.
I've been trying to find more of this guy's stuff for the longest time but didn't know his name.
Check out his website here.
Also, he's got a book out now - check it out.
Variety reports that a 3D trilogy based on Herge's "Tintin" graphic novel series is in the works, and is currently planned to be a 3D performance-capture film (motion capture).
Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg are apparently set to direct.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Some interstitials from the fine folks at Studio B:
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
So ya I had some time so I figure I'd do this week's Facebook sketch ahead of time. I just joined and it said that the feature of the week was hobos. Not sure how old that is, but here's a Californian hobo in all his glory.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Michael Sporn posts on his splog some of Bill Peet's boards from Sword in the Stone.
Here are 5 Calarts films that aren't featured in this year's Producer's Show.
"Prehysterical" by Joe Pitt.
"Special Delivery" by Steve MacLeod.
"A Primer of Chess" by Jules Soto.
"Functional Design" by Christian Robinson.
"Way Back Home" by Bert Youn.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Oh, I missed a few from the Ratatouille Video Podcast.
Brad Bird - The Big Cheese:
Patton Oswalt on Remy:
Aaron Simpson of Cold Hard Flash interviews John Kricfalusi about a myriad of topics, one of which sticks out for me. John is asked what his ideal animation school curriculum would be:
Aarons asks: "Imagine that you were creating the curriculum for an animation college. What course titles would you start with?"
* Rubber hose animation
* Walks, runs, basic movement
* Basic lip synch
* Figure 8 motions
* Animating to beats
* ¾ walks with animating backgrounds
* How to read and write ex sheets
* Animating the impossible - using the medium to do what only animation can do
* History of cartoons, comics and animation from around 1920 till about 1965 - this would be every year and each year I would have the students study aspects of classic cartoons that relate to their exercises
* Life Drawing with an emphasis on slow careful drawings, structure, perspective and proportions
* Observation over style: Learning to use your eyes and senses to analyze, rather than copying trendy styles
* Music, Dance (every year)
* 40s principles of animation
* Using simple organic characters made of pears and spheres
* Basic acting, staging, timing
* Observation and application
* More Life Drawing
* Applying concepts from Life Drawing to your animation
* Caricature of bodies as well as heads
* Character animation
* Animating different types of designs
* Solving design/animation problems - animating cartoon designs from media other than animation-comic strips, magazine cartoons, etc.
* Advanced acting and dialogue animation - timing and pacing
* Animating caricatures
* Animating specific gestures and expressions that your fellow students make
* I'll have to think about this one... maybe make a film.
If there was a school like this, the graduates of the first 4 years of the program would revolutionize the medium and no one else could compete with them.
Make sure to check out the rest of the interview here.
I noticed that on my front page, only four of the posts relate to my own art. This definitely isn't because I haven't been drawing a lot, but most of my time has either been taken up at work or with my own film, which I've started working on with Philip Rodrigues. I'm not too eager to post the work related to that in it's current form (that will come more during the school year), so I imagine that a lot of the work that will be posted this summer will be life drawing. Of course, I haven't started doing that yet down here in L.A, but I will post it up when I do.
In the meantime I'll try and post as much news and inspiration as I can, and possibly stuff from work whenever I'm allowed.
Posted by Alan Cook at 8:06 PM
I meant to post some of these up but it looks like someone else beat me to the chase.
Anyways, here they are:
Four Stages of Animation
Showing off a scene from Fox and the Hound:
Not sure if you've seen the films of Calarts student Alex Hirsch.
Zero and One
The Calarts Song
Off The Wall
Monday, May 07, 2007
Variety reports that Aardman and Sony Pictures have signed a 3 year deal. Apparently too Aardman has 4 scripts in the works. Can't wait!
A big thanks for the link and plug from my new neighbour, Angie Jones. Angie is the co-author of "Thinking Animation - Bridging the Gap Between 2D and CG" and the Thinking Animation blog with Jamie Oliff.
Check out both the book and the blog!
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Nothing like finding some more good ol' linetests on YouTube:
Timon from Lion King 1 1/2 by Richard Bazley:
Taz from Looney Tunes, Back in Action by Richard Bazley:
Make sure to check out rmbazley's Profile page for some work from Barnyard and Osmosis Jones as well.
Pedro Daniel Garcia's Demo Reel
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Julie Taymor's latest, "Across the Universe."
First saw it in front of Spiderman 3. Gotta say the trailer for this film was better than Spiderman 3 in its entirety. Julie Taymor directed "Titus" and "Frida" - films that definitely look in the same vein as Across the Universe. Just something about this that seems more interesting...
I could be wrong though, and it could be completely forgettable.
Make sure to check out the Quicktime version to get a better look.