Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Went to the zoo just the other day...
I've been resisting posting up photography to my blog because it would just explode full of photos and not my drawings. I guess for today I've decided, since it's the special case of the zoo, to be lame and no post up drawings.
Psyche! Here are some drawings. Thanks to Robin for the advice.
I've heard through the grapevine some tragic news... Andy Knight, internationally renowned director and co-founder at Toronto's Red Rover, died of a stroke at the age of 46 on April 10. News is fairly sparse, but I was able to pick this post by Paul Dutton up on the Animation Nation Message Boards.
I never had the chance to work with Andy, but I've been told nothing but great things about him as a person and an artist.
My condolences go out to his family and friends.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Animated News just released a big honking list of all the films planned from now until 2012 from Disney/Pixar.
As a summary....
Wall-E (June 27th) From Pixar
Bolt (November 26th) From Disney
UP (May 29th) from Pixar
From the Academy Award-nominated team of director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.) and co-director Bob Peterson comes Up, a comedic adventure taking off (and lifting spirits) in summer 2009. Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life. Up takes audiences on a thrilling journey where the unlikely pair encounter wild terrain, unexpected villains and jungle creatures. When seeking adventure next summer — look Up.
The Princess and the Frog (Christmas) - From Disney
A musical set in the greatest city of them all, New Orleans, The Princess and the Frog marks Disney’s return to the timeless art form of traditional animation. The film teams Ron Clements and John Musker, creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, with Oscar-winning composer Randy Newman to tell the most beautiful love story ever told … with frogs, voodoo, and a singing alligator.
Toy Story 3 (June 18) - From Pixar
The creators of the beloved Toy Story films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in Toy Story 3. Lee Unkrich (co-director of Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo) directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine, brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings.
Rapunzel (Christmas) - From Disney
In this new telling of the classic fairy tale, Rapunzel, audiences will be transported to a stunning CG fantasy world complete with the iconic tower, an evil witch, a gallant hero and, of course, the mysterious girl with the long golden tresses. Expect adventure, heart, humor, and hair … lots of hair, when Rapunzel unleashes her locks in theaters for the 2010 holiday.
Newt (Summer) - From Pixar
What happens when the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet are forced together by science to save the species, and they can’t stand each other? That’s the problem facing Newt and Brooke, heroes of newt, the Pixar film by seven-time Academy Award winner for sound Gary Rydstrom, and director of Pixar’s Oscar-nominated short, Lifted. Newt and Brooke embark on a perilous, unpredictable adventure and discover that finding a mate never goes as planned, even when you only have one choice. Love, it turns out, is not a science.
The Bear and the Bow (Summer) - From Pixar
A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixar’s action-adventure The Bear and the Bow. The impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right. Director Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt, The Lion King) and the storytelling wizards of Pixar conjure humor, fantasy and excitement in this rich Highland tale.
Cars 2 (Summer) - From Pixar
All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the Cars saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe. Cars 2 is being directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar- winning film Ratatouille.
King of the Elves (Christmas) - From Disney
Legendary storyteller Phillip K. Dick’s short story (his only experiment in the fantasy genre) becomes the basis for this fantastic and imaginative tale about an average man living in the Mississippi Delta, whose reluctant actions to help a desperate band of elves leads them to name him their new king. Joining the innocent and endangered elves as they attempt to escape from an evil and menacing troll, their unlikely new leader finds himself caught on a journey filled with unimaginable dangers and a chance to bring real meaning back to his own life.
Check out the entire article here
Friday, April 04, 2008
Just a quick post.
For those wanting to purchase a Wacom Cintiq but were on the fence due to pricing, Online retailer Studica.com has a $500 rebate for the 21UX for the month of April only. Their list price is $2499 (Canadian), and shipping is only around 20 dollars, so that puts the Cintiq at just above $2300 with shipping - A great deal by any means. This deal is available in Canada and the U.S.
Swing by http://www.studica.com/wacom/ or check out the rebate form here (Warning: PDF link)
Posted by Alan Cook at 3:53 PM