My friend and sometimes Ink and Pixel Club contributor Nick Nadel has a new article up on Premiere.com about animated title sequences from live-action movies. Animated opening credits are always a fun surprise when they show up and can set the tone for the movie to come or even surpass the film itself. Many of my personal favorites are among those listed, including the brilliant titles to Catch Me If You Can.
Archive for the ‘great sites’ Category
I did a guest review of Scott Pilgrim vs the Animation for the television blog A TV and A Girl. The review went up a few days ago, but I’ve been insanely busy moving, so this is the first chance I’ve had to post about it. Be sure to check out the rest of the site for all the latest news and commentary from the world of television.
I know I’m a little late in mentioning this, but if you haven’t seen it already, drop everything you’re doing and watch the Nostalgia Critic’s fantastic three-part tribute to Animaniacs
My friend and fellow writer Nick Nadel has written a review of the obscure British film When the Wind Blows. I’ve never seen the film and it has yet to recieve a DVD release in the U.S., so I was interested to learn about this grim tale of an elderly couple faced with the aftermath of a nuclear bomb attack. Nick gives a good overview of the movie’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as it’s place in the pantheon of horribly depressing animated movies.
My friend Nick Nadel just wrote an article for AMC’s FilmCritic.com about some of the best animated movies inspired by comics. He covers some of the big names in this category, but also a couple of films you may have never heard of. Check it out, then let both of us know what your favorite animated comic book movies are.
I’m a little strapped for time this week, but I did want to share this amazing new site with you. Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew recently posted a link to Duke University’s recently digitized collection of vintage television ads. Animation has long been a key tool in the advertising game, helping a commercial to stand out from the crowd with a unique style and visual that live-action can’t match. The AdViews archive has plenty of nostalgic goodies for animation fans. While it doesn’t have everything, the archive does collect and impressive number and rage of ads dating from the 1950s all the way to the 1980s. Simply click on the company or product you’re interested in and you’ll be taken to the iTunes store page where you can download any or all of the ads for that product or company, all for free. If you want to learn more, the website also includes interviews with experts in television advertising about the archive and a quiz to test your TV ad knowledge.
If you don’t know where to start, here’s a search I did for the term “animated. You can explore the evolution of Sugar Bear and other spokescharacters for Post Sugar Crisp cereal, or check out the Flintstones hawking Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles, back before all the ads with transparent references to popular movies. Meet the Johnson’s Wax angels, listen the tales of Elsie the creepy looking Borden dairy cow, or rock out with the Beech-Nut Hot Shots, seen above. (Yes, I know it’s the same video Cartoon Brew posted, but it’s such a great ad.)
My one complaint is that there aren’t any descriptions of the individual ads, so you can’t tell exactly what ad you’re getting until you download it. But with so much content and a price that can’t be beat, the AdViews archive is a great way to explore the history of TV advertising. Check it out and post your favorites here.
Bambi to be precise. I’m very pleased to see Todd Alcott tackling an animated film. If you enjoy my writing, you’ll almost certainly enjoy Todd’s discussion of this classic Disney film.
Starting today, a tremendous amount of one-of-a-kind artwork will be going up for auction on eBay, and for a very good cause. Animation artist Tim Hodge’s son Matthew was in a car accident that left him in a coma. The Hodges’ insurance policy isn’t covering all of their medical bills. Moved by the family’s plight, the National Cartoonists Society Foundation has organized a benefit auction with talented artists contributing all sorts of signed artwork, posters, and other goodies. So if you want to help out a family in need and possibly pick up a unique piece of animation or comics memorabilia for yourself, check out the items going up for auction at HelpTheHodges.com. You can also make a tax deductible donation through the PayPal link on the site.