While I recover from a birthday cake hangover, please enjoy Crater Face, a simple and surprisingly moving student film from animator Skyler Page.
Posts Tagged ‘monday movie’
Yesterday was the birthday of the incomparable June Foray. Cartoon Brew posted a photo of Ms. Foray at work along with a clip from an interview she did about being cast on some show about a moose and a squirrel. I’m posting another clip from the same interview where she does a bit of Rocky and Natasha in rapid succession. The world of animation is lucky to have this amazing woman as both an actress and an advocate for the art form.
StoryCorps is a nonprofit organization that gives Americans of all walks of life the opportunity to talk about their lives and have their words preserved for posterity at the Library of Congress. One of StoryCorps’ projects is recording the stories of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks as told by their families and loved ones. Three such interviews were made into animated shorts by Rauch Brothers Animation. They’re perfect examples of how relatively simple animation can effectively protray deep and complex emotions. Beyond that, the films speak for themselves.
I’m betting you’ve already seen Google’s impressive and fun animated doodle celebrating the birthday of Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of Queen. The appropriately fanciful tribute, drawing inspiration from the accompanying song “Don’t Stop Me Now,” took Google doodler Jennifer Hom and her team of artists about three months to create. The NBC website has an article on the making of the doodle. Here’s hoping that the Google logo will be playing a background role in many more creative animated projects.
Slated for release in 2013 Planes is a direct to home market spinoff of Cars about a single propeller cropduster who dreams of racing against some of the fastest flyers in the skies. The movie was made at DisneyToon Studios which is supposedly out of the sequel game, but still produces spinoffs of Disney and Pixar features.
Are you excited to see what’s going on above Lightning McQueen and Mater? Or have you had enough talking vehicle movies?
You already know that I love Avatar: The Last Airbender. So naturally, I’m very excited about the sequel, expected to debut on Nickelodeon in 2012. I admit that I was also a tad disappointed that the creative team behind the original show was following it up with a sequel rather than a new project. But seeing this trailer has put my fears of a new series that’s just a retread of the previous one to rest. Sure there’s plenty of what made the original fun. But the more modern, urban setting was a pleasant surprise for me and I imagine it will help to give Korra’s story a very different feel from Aang’s. And it’s an action show with a female lead, which we can always use more of.
Yup, Futurama is back with an all new season that started last Thursday.
Oh, and I’ve got a new article ready to go up this Wednesday.
Television for preschoolers has become a huge market in recent years and animation is a big chunk of the content created for little viewers. Whole channels are now dedicated to entertaining and educating preschool kids, including Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. Since Nick Jr. doesn’t run commercials, the time between shows is filled with games and music videos like today’s Monday Movie, “Papa Moco Jumbie.”
A lot of animation for preschoolers features very simple visuals, but this charming short straddles the line between the simple and the impressive. The designs for the boy and his father aren’t overly detailed, but there is a lot of flourish to the animation itself, such as the animation of the boy struggling to climb up onto the box, the flapping of the characters’ loose fitting clothing, and the low angle shot of the father walking on stilts, enhancing the boy’s feeling of wonder and pride at his papa’s abilities. The extra care that went into the making of this short piece is what takes it out of the realm of the merely cute and makes it something memorable and special.
The vocals for the song are provided by Khamani Griffin, a young actor who has appeared in a number of live-action and voice acting roles. I haven’t been able to discover who animated the short, so please let me know if you have any information about it. In case you were wondering, a “moco jumbie” is a stilt dancer, often seen at Carnival celebrations.
I’m in for a pretty busy week, mostly due to the new addition to my family:
So while I try to keep this little girl from eating every piece of lint she finds, please enjoy the trailer for the winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Short film, The Lost Thing.
The Cat Piano, a short film from the Australian People’s Republic of Animation, has already enjoyed much viewing and praise on the internet. But with a DVD version with bonus content due out this month and a limited edition Blu-Ray currently available through ebay, now is the perfect time to either watch or rewatch this stylish piece of animation. With its pitch perfect combination of beat poetry, monochromatic color schemes, and design reminiscent of jazz age album covers, The Cat Piano is a treat for the eyes and ears alike.