Why cartoon characters wear gloves

Animators had a few tricks up their slee...err gloves.


The World of Ralph Bakshi

Before The Simpsons, before Family Guy, and before Sausage Party, there was Ralph Bakshi, who remains of the most distinct voices in all of animation, and who helped popularize mainstream adult-oriented animated features in the West. Let's take a few minutes to dive in and explore the worlds he created.

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Further Reading-
They Don't Make Them Like Ralph Bakshi Anymore: Interview by Marc Spitz- http://bit.ly/1MCVtsa
Inner City Hues: The Ralph Bakshi Q&A by Tony Best- http://bit.ly/2nsRApd
Ralph Bakshi- Surviving in Tough Times (2008)- http://bit.ly/2nKcFYi


The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney

A new compilation of gorgeous shots throughout the history of Disney animation has been edited together by Jorge Luengo Ruiz.


THE EVOLUTION OF STOP-MOTION

THE EVOLUTION OF STOP-MOTION from Vugar Efendi on Vimeo.

With the release of Kubo and the Two Strings, it is a perfect moment to go back in time and see the evolution of stop-motion animation throughout the years.

The films included are:
- The Enchanted Drawing (1900)
-Fun at the Bakery Shop (1902)
-El Hotel Electrico (1905)
-Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906)
-The Cameraman's Revenge (1912)
-The Night before Christmas (1913)
-Häxan (1922)
-The Lost World (1925)
-The Tale of Fox (1930 version)
-King Kong (1933)
-The New Gulliver (1935)
-The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
-It Came Beneath The Sea (1955)
-Earth vs Flying Saucers (1956)
-The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
-Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
-Closed Mondays (1975)
-Star wars IV: A New Hope (1977)
-Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back (1980)
-Clash of the Titans (1981)
-The Terminator (1984)
-Robocop (1987)
-Beetlejuice (1988)
-Wallace and Gromit: A grand day out (1990)
-The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993)
-The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
-James and the Giant Peach (1996)
-Chicken Run (2000)
-Corpse Bride (2005)
-Coraline (2009)
-Mary and Max (2009)
-Fantastic Mr.Fox (2009)
-The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)
-Paranorman (2012)
-Frankenweenie (2012)
-Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
-The Little Prince (2015)
-Anomalisa (2015)
-Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Music: Mychael Danna- The Streak (Moneyball OST)


The 71 Most Beautiful Cinematic Shots in Movie History

The 71 Most Beautiful Cinematic Shots in Movie History

Just as photographers spend hours trying to frame the perfect shot, cinematographers do exactly the same for the big screen. Although it may go unnoticed when watching a good film each and every shot is carefully crafted to be as visually appealing and beautiful to look at, something that these movies master.

The art of cinematography is to consider the cameras position, the lighting and the position of the characters on set which essentially sets the overall look of the film. When done right the end result is the beautiful still shots you see below.

  1. Children of Men (2006)
  2. Oldboy (2013)
  3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  4. Stand By Me (1986)
  5. The Dark Knight (2008)
  6. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  7. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  8. Kill Bill (2003)
  9. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  10. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  11. Dirty Harry (1971)
  12. Finding Nemo (2003)
  13. Melancholia (2011)
  14. Tron: Legacy (2010)
  15. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  16. City of God (2002)
  17. Mad Max (1979)
  18. The Truman Show (1998)
  19. Rocky (1976)
  20. North by Northwest (1959)
  21. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  22. True Grit (2010)
  23. Gladiator (2000)
  24. The Exorcist (1973)
  25. Road to Perdition (2002)
  26. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  27. Thief (1981)
  28. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  29. Drive (2011)
  30. Minority Report (2002)
  31. Fight Club (1999)
  32. Memories of Murder (2003)
  33. L.A Confidential (1997)
  34. American Psycho (2000)
  35. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  36. Alien (1979)
  37. The Searchers (1956)
  38. Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  39. Mississippi Burning (1988)
  40. Jarhead (2005)
  41. Fight Club (1999)
  42. Blade Runner (1982)
  43. Into the Wild (2007)
  44. Days of Heaven (1978)
  45. Life of Pi (2012)
  46. Se7en (1995)
  47. The Road (2009)
  48. Thelma and Louise (1991)
  49. Duel (1971)
  50. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
  51. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  52. Big Fish (2003)
  53. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
  54. Inception (2010)
  55. The Fall (2006)
  56. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  57. Skyfall (2012)
  58. American Beauty (1999)
  59. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  60. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  61. Mulan (1998)
  62. Moon (2009)
  63. The Tree of Life (2011)
  64. It Follows (2014)
  65. The Matrix (1999)
  66. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  67. Sunshine (2007)
  68. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  69. Schindler's List (1993)
  70. Interstellar (2014)
  71. Gravity (2013)

Deleted Scene from Lilo & Stitch - "Model citizen - Mayhem at the Beach"

A deleted scene from Lilo & Stitch. Lilo decides to vent her frustrations on some tourists.


25 Reasons Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is Awesome

25 Reasons Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is Awesome

  1. The Songs
  2. The Dedication
  3. The Music
  4. The Animation
  5. The Animator
  6. The Effects
  7. The Humor
  8. The Darkness
  9. The Magic
  10. The Castle
  11. The Library
  12. The Voice Actors
  13. The Supporting Cast
  14. The Directors
  15. The Quotes
  16. The Detail
  17. The Action
  18. The Baroque Design
  19. The Love Story
  20. The Villain
  21. The Screenwriter
  22. The Fandom
  23. The Heroine
  24. The Message
  25. The Legacy

John Lasseter - A Day in a Life - Full Length Documentary

John Lasseter – A Day in a Life – Full-Length Documentary


The Untold Story of ILM, a Titan That Forever Changed Film

NO ONE WANTED Star Wars when George Lucas started shopping it to studios in the mid-1970s. It was the era of Taxi Driver and Network and Serpico; Hollywood was hot for authenticity and edgy drama, not popcorn space epics. But that was only part of the problem.

...Read more at Wired


Floyd Norman

Floyd Norman Documentary - Sneak Peek

Floyd Norman Documentary - Sneak Peek - www.MichaelFioreFilms.com from Michael Fiore Films on Vimeo.

Floyd is one of thsoe special people you meet working in animation.  He contributed many editorial cartoons for my book - Thinking Animation, and co-wrote the Introduction.  I can't wait to see this full documentary about Floyd Norman.


CalArts Holds First Symposium on Gender Bias in Animation

CalArts is holding its First Symposium on Gender Bias in Animation... It's about finding ways to showcase more women directors.

From Cartoon Brew's Academy Announces 10 Animated Shorts Advance to Oscar Shortlist

"The animation categories are guaranteed to be heavily male-centric this year. Just two of the ten shortlisted shorts have women directors, and none of the contending animated features were directed by a woman. Compare this to this year’s César shortlist, in which 8 of the 12 films were directed by women. Women make animated films; the Academy chooses not to recognize them."


The Simpsons: Behind the Scenes (1992)

The Simpsons: Behind the Scenes (1992)

The Simpsons: Behind the Scenes (1992)

 


10 hidden details in disney movies

10 Hidden Details In Disney Movies

10 Hidden Details In Disney Movies

Chuck Jones - The Evolution of an Artist

Chuck Jones - The Evolution of an Artist

Chuck Jones - The Evolution of an Artist from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

This video also had a wonderful animation consultant: Taylor Ramos (http://taylorkramos.tumblr.com/)

Follow the maker:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyszhou
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/everyframeapainting

Music:
Raymond Scott - “Powerhouse," "Minuet in Jazz,” “Twilight in Turkey,” “The Toy Trumpet"
Carl Stalling - "Scentimental Romeo," "Guided Muscle,” "Feline Frame-Up,” “Rabbit Seasoning," “Duck! Rabbit, Duck!”
Milt Franklyn - “One Froggy Evening,” "Robin Hood Daffy,” “What’s Opera, Doc?"

Interview Clips (from Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol 1):
Chuck Jones Interview: EmmyTVLegends.org (http://bit.ly/1J2ZXuW)
Chuck Jones: Extremes & In-Betweens (http://bit.ly/1SpUb7i)
A Chuck Jones Tutorial: Tricks of the Cartoon Trade (http://bit.ly/1HxxRG5)
It Hopped One Night: A Look at “One Froggy Evening” (http://bit.ly/1RC3plV)

Recommended Reading:
9 Rules of the Coyote and the Road Runner (http://bit.ly/1LdfN8d)
Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist (http://amzn.com/0374526206)
The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design (http://amzn.com/1452102945)


Pixar

Pixar Chief Says the Studio Is Addressing ‘Major Issues'

From Bloomberg Business - Pixar Chief Says the Studio Is Addressing ‘Major Issues'

Inside Out, the first release from Walt Disney’s Pixar in about two years, is a hit with critics and at the box office—even as the animation studio has been working through “major issues,” according to Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. For example, he said, Pixar had to redo The Good Dinosaur, a film that had been slated to come out last year before it was postponed and taken over by a new director. “There are major issues we’re addressing at Pixar now,” Catmull said, without elaborating.

~ read more...


Trailer for Voice Over Actors - I Know That Voice

I Know That Voice
I Know That Voice is a documentary about voice acting. It premiered on November 6, 2013, at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. It is narrated by John DiMaggio, the voice of Bender on Futurama, and stars DiMaggio and many other voice actors, including Billy West, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, June Foray, Rachael MacFarlane and Mark Hamill.


Ray Harryhausen

Trailer - Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan coming to Blu-ray and DVD soon. Blu-ray:
Blu-ray:http://amzn.to/13mQr1h DVD: http://amzn.to/13mQsSS
The remarkable career of the movie industry's most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso's definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.

Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen's seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as 'The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms', 'It Came From Beneath The Sea', 'The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad', 'Mysterious Island', ''Jason And The Argonauts' and 'The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad' -- the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right


Bet With Spielberg Cost George Lucas $40 Million

Star Wars has made creator George Lucas a lot of money over the year. But in 1977, he made a bet with fellow director Steven Spielberg that has wound up costing him over $40,00,000 so far, and all of it going directly into Spielberg's pocket.

 The bet was made when Lucas was visiting Spielberg on the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977, before Star Wars: A New Hope came out. Suddenly, the two of them were arguing which movie would do better — but they were arguing for each other's films. Lucas said Close Encounters would make more money, while Spielberg insisted on Star Wars. So the bet was made: Each of them would give the other 2.5% of their respective stakes in their own film, if it was the most successful. And even though Close Encounters made a whopping $303 million, Star Wars trounced it, making $775 worldwide in 1977 alone. Since then, Spielberg has continued to get his share from theatrical re-releases, home video sales, and more; Yahoo estimates he's made $40 million so far. Don't feel too bad for Lucas, though — seeing as he sold Lucasfilm and the Star Wars rights to Disney for $4 billion, he's not exactly down to eating ramen.

via i09


Softimage final release announcement

My first experience with Cg software was with 
TDI Wavefront which eventually became softimage... :::sniff:::


The Class That Roared

THE KIDS FROM CALARTS  From left: Steve Hillenburg, Tim Burton, Brad Bird, Mark Andrews (in ape suit), Jerry Rees, Chris Buck (with Viking helmet), John Musker, Genndy Tartakovsky, Leslie Gorin, Mike Giaimo, Brenda Chapman, Glen Keane, Kirk Wise (in beige sweater), Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter (with Lei), Rob Minkoff, Rich Moore, John Lasseter, and Henry Selick, in the famed CalArts classroom A113.

The Class That Roared
The great renaissance of animation (Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ratatouille, etc.) has come almost entirely from one now famous group of students at the California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s. As students, they owed it all to Walt Disney, but as pros, many hit a wall at Disney’s studios. Sam Kashner hears from a band of misfits who learned from the best and couldn’t give anything less.


TV Budda


TV Budda from Grzegorz Gierasimiuk on Vimeo.

My biggest inspiration when I was in art school...
was Nam June Paik


TRIVIA THURSDAY: Wicked Kid


TRIVIA THURSDAY: The voice of the boy perched on his tricycle in Mr. Incredible’s driveway was voiced by Brad Bird’s son.

SIGGRAPH 2013: Marc Davis Lecture Series Keynote Presentation.

Siggraph may suck on the floor, but this keynote sets the tone for having some of the best papers and presentations documenting and inspiring the production of animation, CG and VFX.
amazerballs!

RIP Harryhausen

Raymond "Ray" Harryhausen (June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013)



Tim Burton at Walt Disney Animation Studio

Taken in 1980. 
The guy at the beginning of the video is Randy Cartwright 
and the guy holding the camera is John Lasseter.



Frank and Ollie

“Frank and Ollie”, a documentary from 1995

Behind the Movies

There is a new fb page that has great photos from behind the Scenes of your favorite movies!


MoMA Goes Goth, Again: "Tim Burton" Curator Will Spotlight the Art, Design, and Film of the Brothers Quay

The multitalented Stephen and Timothy Quay — known to fans as the Brothers Quay — have made their mark with dark, brooding animated films that are regularly placed on the top 10 lists of favorites by savvy filmmakers, critics, and animators. Now, the Museum of Modern Art has announced that this August it will host a retrospective of work by the duo, curated by Ron Magliozzi, who also co-organized the institution’s door-busting tribute to pop-Goth filmmaker Tim Burton, a figure whose whimsical but dark sensibility the Brothers Quay somewhat share.

via Blounin ArtInfo


Happy New Years from Norm McLaren

To usher in 2012 here's a wonderful New Year greeting from the early-1980s, written on an exposure sheet by the late-Norman McLaren — pioneering animator who in 1941 established an animation studio at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal; a studio in which he produced numerous award-winning films and taught countless aspiring animators until his retirement in 1983 — and circulated amongst his fellow animators. via Letters of Note

Happy New Year!
Transcript follows. Image from the collection of Kaj Pindal; huge thanks to Amir Avni.

Transcript

To all animators
New Year Greetings
from Norman McLaren

My best wishes for seven hundred and fifty six million, eight hundred and sixty four thousand frames of hale and hearty good health in 1983.

For the two to three hundred million frames of them when you will be unconscious, may your R.E.M. sleep be dappled with delightful, delicious or delirious dreams.

Of the approximate one hundred and fifty two million when you are at work, may they be crammed with contented cat-purring craftsmanship enlivened by many million-frame bursts of consummate creativity.

As for the 352 million frames of leisure time, may you find tranquility, peace, joy, happiness or jubilation, or whatever you are searching for.

There will be nearly nine million frames spent eating; be it gluttonous or graceful, be it gallimaufrous or gourmet, may you always have goluptious gustification.

Of the "I-don't-know-how-many" million frames you will spend in amorous activity may you have sinless, sweet, soulful and sensational sex!

God bless you.

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A HANDY REFERENCE GUIDE FOR ANIMATORS

1 SEC. 24 = 24
1 MIN. 24x60 = 1,440
1 HR. 24x60x60 = 86,400
1 DAY 24x60x60x24 = 2,073,600
1 YEAR 24x60x60x24x365 = 756,864,000
10 YRS. 24x60x60x24x365x10 = 7,568,640,000
100 YRS. 24x60x60x24x365x10x100 = 75,686,400,000

(I hope I'm correct.)

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As you know, our CONSCIOUS impression of time is very elastic. The greater the cerebral or emotional activity the shorter seems a second; the lesser the cerebral & emotional activity (COMPLETE BOREDOM) the longer seems a second.

THE BEST POEM I KNOW ABOUT THIS ASPECT OF TIME IS -

THE DAY

The day was a year at first
When children played in the garden;

The day shrank down to a month
When the boys played ball;

The day was a week thereafter
When young men walked in the garden;

The day will last forever
When it is nothing at all.

Theodore Spencer
20th century American poet.


Krazy Kat

An oldie, but a goodie!

The Pixar Story

These two clips totaling 20 minutes of a 90 minute film. You can rent the entire movie instantly on Netflix or Amazon