The Largest Entertainment Conglomerate Just Got Bigger

More at the NYT - LOS ANGELES — In a move that will reverberate from Hollywood and Silicon Valley to TVs and smartphones around the world, the Walt Disney Company said Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox, the empire controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $52.4 billion.

While the agreement is subject to the approval of antitrust regulators — and the Justice Department recently a big media company, moved to block AT&T, from becoming even bigger — Disney is acknowledging that the future of television and movie viewing is online. The acquisition, which would make Disney a colossus unlike anything Hollywood has ever seen, is the biggest counterattack from a traditional media company against the tech giants that have aggressively moved into the entertainment business.

So what happens to BlueSky?

So the big Studios now are:

  • Disney / Fox
  • Warner Brothers
  • Universal
  • Paramount
  • Sony

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL | OFFICIAL TRAILER #1 | 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqYfXOYqzy4

Jesus those giant eyes...


Nathan Love/Aardman - Winter Refresh

https://vimeo.com/245604687

 

More about the project here.

A collaborative development process “helped [ANL] decide on both the scope and look of the project,” according to EP Jon O’Hara. “We won the assignment based on an incredible stop-motion CG look we gave to several beloved Nick characters, and then our original concept snowballs and their hijinks.” This digital stop-mo effect, meant to recall the old Rudolph and Frosty specials from Rankin/Bass per the project brief, “inspired [ANL] to build a world rooted in tactile materials, but with the freedom to create some wilder narratives.”

 


Coco - A minor introduction to Mexican cinema and more...

A minor introduction to Mexican cinema and more from Film School Rejects

Gran Casino (1947)

Jorge NegreteJorge Negrete is one of two Mexican music and movie icons who inspired the Coco character Ernesto de la Cruz. He also has a cameo in the animated feature at de la Cruz’s big party. The easiest introduction to this Golden Age star is with this Luis Buñuel flop that barely kicked off the filmmaker’s stint in Mexico. Negrete, guitar in hand, sings his way out of prison and into the story of a murdered oil man. Libertad Lamarque, Argentine star of song and cinema, plays the oil man’s sister and eventual love interest for Negrete.

Gran Casino is little more than a B-movie Western, representative of the country’s cheapie “churro” variety and is arguably a lesser example of the otherwise popular charro singing cowboy genre. For the start of this kind of ranchera musical, see the 1936 Tito Guízar vehicle Allá en el Rancho Grande, and for Negrete’s breakthrough there’s ¡Ay Jalisco, No Te Rajes!, which isn’t easily seen in its preferred full version. Another easily seen but not beloved Negrete classic is the Hal Roach-produced Fiesta.

Nosotros, los Pobres (1948)

Nosotros Los PobresPedro Infante is the other icon on whom del la Cruz is based. Also a famous singer outside of his movie stardom, he was not as much known for leading in musicals. One of his most famous films is the Golden Globe-winning export Tizoc, a romantic drama for which he was posthumously named best actor at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1957. Another, also by Ismael Rodríguez, is this first entry in his popular “Pepe the Bull” trilogy, which also includes Ustedes los Ricos and Pepe el Toro. Translated as “We the Poor,” Nosotros, los Pobres is a social melodrama about a carpenter (Infante’s own initial trade) trying to get by while raising an adopted daughter in a poor neighborhood in Mexico City.

Both Negrete and Infante died young in the 1950s, which surely helped cement them as cultural legends. Like de la Cruz, though, Infante’s death was in an accident — the aviation fanatic was killed in a plane crash rather than being crushed by a giant bell. Despite being one of the inspirations for the Coco character, he too makes a cameo appearance in the party scene. And if you want to see both real Mexican cinema icons together on screen for real, you should check out Two Careful Fellows, a musical comedy in which they play best friends who become enemies, not unlike de la Cruz and Hector in Coco, though their clash is over a woman rather than their professional collaboration.

I should note that some are also referencing Javier Solís as an inspiration for de la Cruz, because he was the third of the iconic Mexican stars who made up the “Three Mexican Roosters.” He was younger (and died younger) than the other two and didn’t even appear in his first movie until after Negrete and Infante were dead — he may have actually been seen as a replacement for fans. I can’t say I know a good title of his to recommend.

Day of the Dead (1957)

Ff DdndbCharles and Ray Eames are much more known for their furniture and architectural design, but they also made a number of films. This one, inspired by Charles Eames’s time in Mexico in the 1930s and produced for the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, is of course about the Day of the Dead. Instead of being a straightforward educational documentary on the subject, the 15-minute film is a cultural tribute, sharing a slightly informative yet emblematic look at the special objects and rituals of the occasion.

A good portion of this short is devoted to the significance of the ofrenda, particularly to all the food placed on the altar and how dead ancestors will come home to feast on their favorite treats. You’ll also see the aztec marigolds, the sugar skulls and skeleton art, and the visiting and maintaining of grave sites that are also part of the story of Coco. While it’s not going to make you much more knowledgable of Mexican culture than Pixar’s movie already provides, there’s no better documentary about the holiday, as far as I’m aware (the Fernando Rey-narrated short Día de Muertos seems decent but I’ve only seen it available in Spanish). Watch Day of the Dead via the Eames Office here.

 

The Little Priest (1964)

AjaarAnother Mexican cinema icon seen in Coco, easily caricatured in skeletal form, is Cantinflas. He is often likened to Charlie Chaplin, because every national cinema apparently needed their own Chaplin equivalent. He’s also been called a kind of cross between Chaplin and Groucho Marx. Fans of the Mexican comedy legend would probably rather he be honored on his own without need for comparison. Even Chaplin apparently referred to Cantinflas as the greatest comedian alive. I haven’t seen it mentioned officially, but his trickster characters may have been an influence on the creation of Coco‘s Hector.

While the easiest introduction is with the 1956 version of Around the World in 80 Days, for which he earned accolades including a Golden Globe as the valet sidekick Passepartout, and maybe the best place to start is with his 1940 breakthrough Ahí Está el Detalle, which established his catchphrase (translated literally as “there’s the detail”) and cemented him as a star. But many consider his 1960s features, following his Hollywood debut, to be his best work, and El Padrecito, aka The Little Priest, is arguably his best among those. He stars as a young priest who becomes a bullfighter and politician to the delight of the townspeople.

Land of the Dead (1970)

Muertos SantoAnother easily spotted figure in CocoSanto is the most iconic Mexican masked wrestler, or luchador. In addition to his professional career in the ring, he became a movie star specifically in his own genre of lucha libre superhero movies, which actually began without him in the role of his own character back in the early 1950s. They also tended to involve horror premises where Santo fights zombies or vampire women or mummies or Martians. Sometimes, as in this installment, Santo would team-up with fellow Mexican wrestler Blue Demon.

This one is neither his best known (Santo Versus the Vampire Women is most famous for being featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000) nor one of his most celebrated. But, in case the title doesn’t make it obvious, Land of the Dead has Santo visiting the afterlife. As imaginative and colorful as the Land of the Dead is in Coco, the one here is pretty lackluster and only comes into play near the end. Tinted in red and accompanied by stock footage and clips from other movies, the Hell that Santo and Blue Demon encounter is sort of a joke. A lovably cheesy joke.

 


Stop-Motion Moana

This guy built a Stop-Motion Moana by ripping apart a Moana doll and using a kinetic armature kit.
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Incredibles 2 Official Teaser Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJDMWVZta3M


John Lasseter To Take Leave Of Absence Due To Misconduct Allegations

John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer at both Disney and Pixar, has announced he’s taking a six month sabbatical after several women came forward with stories about his recurrent misconduct. The Hollywood Reporter detailed the claims of several employees.


Walt Disney Animation Interns Create “Ventana”

https://youtu.be/bCSrZ-izRaQ

PICTURED, L-R ANGELA WANG, CHARACTER TD INTERN, TEXAS A&M UNIV. KALEE MCCOLLAUM, LOOK DEVELOPMENT INTERN, BYU ZOE GEDDES, EFFECTS ARTIST INTERN, BOURNEMOUTH UNIV. CARLOS CABRAL, PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR, WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS (ABOVE POSTER) APOLLONIA THOMAIER, STORY INTERN, ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY (BENEATH POSTER) ANNA ROSE CHI, TALENT DEVELOPMENT WEB DESIGN INTERN, RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN ANGELA ARZUMANYAN, MODELING INTERN, SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS. (KNEELING) MICHELLE LAM, ANIMATION INTERN, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS CAMILO CASTRO, VISUAL DEVELOPMENT ARTIST, RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN (KNEELING) SASHA DMITRIEVA, PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT INTERN, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LAUREN HARROLD, MUSIC PRODUCTION ARCHIVIST INTERN, U OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL DANIEL CHUNG, ANIMATION INTERN, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS


Zootopia Progression Reel

https://vimeo.com/239981254


Ana Ramírez - Pixar Concept Artist for Coco

https://vimeo.com/118946455

Ana Ramírez
Pixar concept artist and CalArts alum Ana Ramírez detailed her contributions to creating the colorful world of Coco at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Her graduate film is above - So Long, Yupi

 


Be Free

https://vimeo.com/236922258

Be free

In partnership with Psyop, nöbl created this quirky and humourous video clip. As a celebration of sexual freedom, it is thanks to the expertise of a talented team of contributors that we were able to bring this suggestive and fluid sequence to life. The project was initially commissioned by a brand, and has never been made available to the public.

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CREDITS
Client: It’s a Secret ;D
Creative direction: Trevor Conrad - Psyop
Animation direction: nöbl
Cell animation: Leyla kaddoura, Jakub Szczesniak, Laurent Box, Vic Chhun, Mathieu smorto, Wen Fan, Gaston Pacheco, Nicolas Toujan
Compositing: Julien Nantiec & Cyril Izarn
Soundtrack: Valentin Cassidy Feat Spectre - Till The End
Music Direction and Production: Mooders


Ramblers - Nick Animated Shorts

https://www.facebook.com/NickAnimatedShorts/videos/129386817786093/

A boy scout crash lands on Trash Planet to collect a valuable flower and earn his badge. Created by Morghan Fortier & Brett Jubinville.


Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation

Before she began researching and writing Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, author Mindy Johnson didn’t think it would be a long book. But once the research process started, she was amazed by how much she found. “This is an odyssey that has been under way for years,” she said when we got the chance to interview her about her upcoming book.

 

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“The research on this has been pretty crazy. The bibliography on this book is about 8 pages long.”

Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation tells the history of Walt Disney Animation from an under-told perspective. In the book, Johnson explores the story of women in cinema, from the dawn of silent cinema, to the very first women in Walt Disney’s Ink & Paint Department, and beyond.

Johnson says: “It’s not just about the department of Ink and Paint. Women were everywhere.”

Families of the women profiled in the book were eager to tell their relatives’ stories. Mindy pointed out that we’ve heard all about the stories of the men who drew at Walt Disney Animation, but we haven’t heard the stories of the women until now.

The book features “some things that have never been seen before,” including previously unseen images and documents that were literally found under the beds of relatives of some of these women. This is something that all Disney fans can get excited about!

It’s not just about the Ink & Paint Department, either! The book looks at women in stenography, Imagineering, and more. There’s even a look at the Studio cats, who were cared for by the women of the Ink & Paint Department.

Here are just a few of the women you can learn more about in Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation.

LILLIAN AND EDNA DISNEY

The wives of Walt and Roy, respectively, were “always on hand” in the Los Angeles houses where the Walt Disney Company got its start.

“Walt knew women were the tastemakers and always had that in mind in telling these stories.”

KATHLEEN DOLLARD

Kathleen was the first employee of the Walt Disney Company! Says Johnson: “She was hired on to do painting—blackening as it was called in those days—because as you’ll see the cartoons were really rather crude, basic. It was really blackening in the pencil lines to convey the story.”

MARY TEBB

According to Johnson, while Ub Iwerks did “the bulk of the animation” on the Silly Symphony short “The Skeleton Dance,” Mary Tebb “did all of the inking and painting on that.”

HAZEL SEWELL

“Hazel is a very pivotal key person who is completely overlooked in any of the books. [There are] very few mentions of Hazel Sewell or what her contributions were, but let me tell you, this woman was groundbreaking.”

She joined the studio in 1927, and was also the person who introduced the Disney men to Kathleen Dollard!

VIRGINIA FLEENER

Virginia started working in the Inking Department in 1942, and then moved on to cleaning cels before they went on to photography.

“Working with ink, it has spoiled me to watch a cartoon. Because I have to see: does the eyebrow land in the same place the same time? I still can’t enjoy cartoons!,” Virginia said jokingly at the D23 Expo panel. She also mentioned that she loved her time working at the Walt Disney Company.

JANE BAER

Jane worked in the Animation department, and recalled working with a few other female animators. Fun fact about Jane: she is the person responsible for animating the candles sliding off Aurora’s cake in Sleeping Beauty!

GRETCHEN ALBRECHT

Gretchen was in the Ink & Paint department in the 1970s. Gretchen eventually took over the department and oversaw the change from hand-rendered artistry into digital artistry. That’s a pretty big deal, if you ask us!

PATTY PERAZA

Patty worked in special effects animation, and started out at Disney in a program through Cal Arts (where she was classmates with John Lasseter and Tim Burton!). She was the first woman to receive s screen credit as a special effects animator. Epic!

And so many more (check them out below!). We can’t wait to dive into our copy and learn more about all of these women once Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation is released!


The Story of Martin Luther

https://vimeo.com/234805044

After 500 years, Martin Luther finally gets his own animated film! A completely and utterly accurate history lesson about Martin Luther
The film was produced on the occasion of the 500-year anniversary of the church reformation.

For more please visit our website: tumblehead.com


Ferdinand Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=37&v=n7RkOfN8KvE


Emotions Of Pixar

https://vimeo.com/129634826

In anticipation of "Inside Out", I made a video showcasing the emotions in Pixar movies.
Hope you like pop music and mush!

Edited By Lindsay McCutcheon
Music: Breathe Me - Sia & You Know We Can't Go Back - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Movies:
Toy Story
A Bug's Life
Toy Story 2
Monster's Inc
Finding Nemo
The Incredibles
Cars
Ratatouille
Wall-E
Up
Toy Story 3
Brave
Monster's University

Thanks to Rishi Kaneria's "ROYGBIV" for the title screen idea.


King Arthur: Legend of the Sword | VFX Breakdown | Framestore

https://youtu.be/Gpvx4swiFcg

Framestore was pleased to join the voyage to Medieval England for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, reuniting the studio with British director Guy Ritchie and his team. Conjuring giant elephants, magical serpents and the out-of-this-world CG environments, our Art Department worked on detailed concepts for key scenes, with VFX teams contributing a total of 437 shots.


The Easter Surprise

https://youtu.be/N0ifqLgu33Y

 

Working closely with Jung von Matt, Mill+ helped to create this enchanting piece for Netto starring a series of adorable hyper-real, animated creatures to explore the origins of the Easter bunny.

Director:
Jimmy Kiddell

Production Company:
Mill+

Agency:
Jung Von Matt

Jung von Matt and Mill+ explore the origins of the Easter bunny in Netto ‘The Easter Surprise’. Directed by Mill+’s Jimmy Kiddell, the ad features a series of adorable hyperreal, animated creatures who take viewers on a journey through an enchanting and heart-warming story. Learn more: http://www.themill.com/portfolio/3573...


PLAY-OFF

https://vimeo.com/230594644

Our facebook page : facebook.com/MegaComputeurAnimation

Director : MegaComputeur
Production: Passion Animation Studio
Soundtrack: clearcut sound
Grading : RUSHES

Short film made in 4 weeks at Passion Animation Studio London, during our summer internship.
A special thanks to Erika, Nina, Kate, Jason, Nia and Colin.


The Lion King | Inside The Story Room

https://youtu.be/YKTuUgYEGXk

The Lion King Roars To Its Rightful Place In The Walt Disney Signature Collection. Celebrate the glory of The Lion King as this magnificent coming-of-age masterpiece takes its rightful place as the reigning star of the acclaimed Walt Disney Signature Collection! With humor and heart, breathtaking animation, soul-stirring Academy Award®–winning music*, and revealing new Bonus Extras, this much-beloved story transports you to the Pride Lands and inspires generations of fans to find their places in the “Circle Of Life”. Create memories that will transcend time with Disney’s The Lion King—a treasured classic that belongs in every family’s collection!


How-To Draw Judy Hopps From 'Zootopia' | Disney Parks

https://youtu.be/jyUSu4SFiKg

Walt Disney Studios just shared this great step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Judy Hopps from new film, “Zootopia”. Grab a pencil, paper and get ready to check it out! To read more, visit the Disney Parks Blog:http://bit.ly/1Q9pDYR


PUPPY - A Hotel Transylvania Short - Sneak Peek

https://youtu.be/oT-EsNKpwS8

PUPPY! I am a little late on this, but it's still cute!


The Last Bastion

https://youtu.be/to8yh83jlXg


ROLLIN' WILD

https://vimeo.com/222541843

Remember Rollin Safari?

This is Rollin Wild!

'Rollin' Wild' la serie à succès de Kyra & Constantin s'invite sur France 3.
Les réalisateurs créent l'habillage été de la chaîne pour un résultat hilarant.
passion-paris.com/kyra-and-constantin

Credits
CLIENT : France Télévisions
PRODUCTION : Passion Paris & NMC Productions
DIRECTOR : Kyra & Constantin


Despicable Me - Top-Grossing Animated Film Franchise Ever Worldwide

Illumination’s Despicable Me series of films has surpassed the Shrek movies to become the highest-grossing animated franchise of all time worldwide. A $21.2M international weekend on Despicable Me 3 has pushed the franchise to a $3.528B global total for Gru and theMinions. That tops the Shrek stable of five pics (including Puss In Boots) at $3.51B global.

Read more @ Deadline

  1. Despicable Me (4 films): $3.55 billion
  2. Shrek (5 films): $3.51 billion
  3. Ice Age (5 films): $3.21 billion
  4. Madagascar (4 films): $2.25 billion
  5. Toy Story (3 films): $1.97 billion
  6. Finding Nemo (2 films): $1.96 billion
  7. Kung Fu Panda (3 films): $1.81 billion
  8. Cars (5 films, includes Planes): $1.70 billion
  9. Monsters, Inc. (2): $1.32 billion
  10. How to Train Your Dragon (2): $1.11 billion

A List Of Animated Features Currently In Development From Cartoon Brew

The list is not entirely accurate, but seems to be the only one of it's kind out there.

Alcon Entertainment
  • Darkmouth (more)
    In development – cg feature
    Directors: David Pimentel, Doug Sweetland
    Writer: Lloyd Taylor
    Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove (Alcon), Simon Brooks (Canyon Creek Films), Kira Davis (8:38 Productions), Craig Peck
Amazon Studios
  • Emily the Strange (more)
    In development – cg feature
    Creator: Rob Reger
Columbia/Sony Pictures
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Shannon Tindle (creator of Kubo and the Two Strings)
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Michael Rianda (creative director, Gravity Falls)
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Jon Saunders (commercial director, Passion Pictures)
  • Vivo (more)
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Kirk DeMicco (co-director, Croods; director, Space Chimps)
    Writer: Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights)
    Music: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Sony Pictures/Marza Animation Planet)
    Executive producer: Tim Miller (Deadpool, Blur Studio co-founder)
    Director: Jeff Fowler, (Gopher Broke)
  • Untitled Angry Birds Sequel (more)
    In development – cg feature (Columbia Pictures/Rovio)
    Director: Thurop van Orman (creator, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack)
    Co-director: John Rice (supervising director, King of the Hill)
Dreamworks Animation
  • Scary Jack
    In development – cg feature
    Writer: Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum)
    Producer: Damon Ross (development executive, Captain Underpants: The First Movie, Troll, Turbo)
Fox
  • Escape From Hat
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Director: Mark Osborne (director, The Little Prince; co-director, Kung Fu Panda)
    Writers: Adam Kline, Mark Osborne
  • Puff the Magic Dragon (more)
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Director: Mike Mitchell (director, Trolls, Sky High)
  • The Dam Keeper
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Directors: Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi
    Writer: John Henry Hinkel
    Producer: Kane Lee
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
  • The Girl Who Drank The Moon
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation)
    Creator: Kelly Barnhill
    Writer: Marc Haimes (Kubo and the Two Strings, Nimona)
    Producers: Carlos Saldanha, Maresa Pullman
  • The Memory Thief
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation)
    Producers: Perrin Chiles, Marshall Lewy (Adaptive Studios), Shawn Levy, Dan Levine (21 Laps)
  • The Witch Boy
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Creator: Molly Knox Ostertag
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
  • With Kind Regards from Kindergarten
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Writers: Adam Kline
  • Zita the Spacegirl
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation/Chernin Entertainment)
    Creator: Ben Hatke
    Writers: Morgan Jurgenson (Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil), Alex Ankeles
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
Illumination Entertainment
  • Johnny Express (more)
    In development – cg feature (Illumination/Mofac Alfred)
    Creator: Kyungmin Woo
Paramount Pictures
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid
    Creator: Norman Bridwell
    Writer: Justin Malen (Bastards)
Skydance Media
  • Luck (more)
    In development – cg feature (lion Animation Studios)
    Director: Alessandro Carloni (co-director, Kung Fu Panda 3)
  • Split (more)
    In development – cg feature (lion Animation Studios)
    Director: Vicky Jenson (co-director, Shrek, Shark Tale)
Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

These studios only announce films targeted for or already in production, but no longer make their development slate public.

Warner Bros.
  • Bone (more)
    In development – cg feature (Warner Bros./Animal Logic)
    Director: Mark Osborne (director, The Little Prince; co-director, Kung Fu Panda)
    Creator: Jeff Smith
    Writers: Adam Kline, Mark Osborne
    Executive producers: Mark Bauch (Lin Pictures), Mark Osborne
    Producers: Dan Lin (Lin Pictures), Zareh Nalbandian (Animal Logic)
  • Billion Brick Race
    In development – cg feature (Warner Bros./Animal Logic)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)
  • Space Jam 2
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid
    Director: Justin Lin (director on The Fast and the Furious franchise)
Independent Studio Productions
  • Bubbles (more)
    In development – stop-motion feature (Starburns Industries)
    Directors: Mark Gustafson, Taika Waititi
    Writer: Isaac Adamson
    Executive producer: Isaac Adamson, Lee Stobby
    Producers: Andrew Kortschak, Walter Kortschak (End Cue), Dan Harmon (Starburns Industries)
  • Danny and the Dinosaur
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Branded Pictures Entertainment)
    Writer: David Bowers, Brian Sawyer, Gregg Rossen
  • Kung Fu Space Punch (more)
    In development – cg feature (ReelFX)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)
    Writer: Doug Langdale
  • Pet Robots
    Pre-production – cg feature (Blue Dream Studios)
    Director: Scott Christian Sava (Animal Crackers)
    Writers: Scott Christian Sava, Audry Taylor, David Wise
    Art director: Armand Serrano (visual development artist, Zootopia, Big Hero Six)
  • The Book of Life 2
    In development – cg feature (ReelFX)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)

Stone Age

PRODUCTION : ULF
ANIMATION STUDIO : SUPAMONKS
LEAD PRODUCTION : Pierre de CABISSOLE
PRODUCTION MANAGER : Marlene RANCHON, Quentin JUILLARD
DIRECTOR : LAN12
SCRIPT : BAKERS
STORYBOARD : Walt MAZOYER
CONCEPT : Sébastien LE DIVENAH
CG SUP : Nicolas PERRAGUIN
ANIM 2D : Walt MAZOYER
DESIGN : Maxime MARY, Loic BRAMOULLE
MODELING : Pedro CONTI, Laurent DAVENE, Guillaume KERFRIDEN, Basile ARQUIS, Pascal KUOCH, Stéphane MA, Laurent GUITTARD, Anouk ARMAND
TEXTURING / SHADING : François DEBONNET
SET DRESSING : Nikita GUINE, Franck TOPIC, Michael GOYEC
SET UP : Simon REYNAUD, Daniel QUINTERO, Guillaume ENGRAND, Christelle GIRARD
HAIR : Pascal HAN KWAN, Romain CARLIER, Guillaume KERFRIDEN
LEAD ANIMATEUR : Barth MAUNOURY
ANIM 3D : Florian SAUZET, Quentin RETIF, Kevin PHOU, Vincent DONAZ, Zwib HÔ, Florian LANDOUZY
MATT PAINTING : Sébastien LEDIVENAH
LIGHTING : Emma DEGAY, Claire BESSON, Maxime CARON
FX : Touly WAYO, Niels PRAYER
COMPO : Niels PRAYER, Alexis BECHET, Fabrice FERNANDEZ, Bertrand DE BECQUE
R&D : Damien COUREAU, Pierre-Edouard LANDES
SOUND : AOC


Jorge Gutierrez on board to develop LEGO spinoff The Billion Brick Race Read

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Warner Bros. has tapped “The Book of Life” director Jorge Gutierrez to develop the “Billion Brick Race” project in a studio off-shoot from its Lego franchise.

“Billion Brick Race,” which has not yet been greenlit by the studio, was previously in development with Jason Segel and Drew Pearce. Producers are Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee. Chris McKay and Jill Wilfert of Lego are executive producing.


Francis Francis Scene Progression

Progression of a scene Bryce McGovern animated for Dreamworks 'The Boss Baby'.

From the layout that we get launched on, through final animation and lighting. Of course, all images are copyright Dreamworks Animation, and intended for educational purposes only.


ANIMAL CRACKERS Official Trailer (2017) Emily Blunt, Ian McKellen Animated Movie HD

https://youtu.be/eeZly7ml5Ms

One of my animation students is very proud to announce he was part of making this film happen! Congrats! Gabriel Martinez!

ANIMAL CRACKERS Official Trailer (2017) Emily Blunt, Ian McKellen Animated Movie HD

PLOT: A family must use a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a run-down circus from being taken over by their evil uncle Horatio P. Huntington.

CAST: John Krasinski, Ian McKellen, Emily Blunt, Sylvester Stallone


Ferdinand | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

https://youtu.be/HBXVM7oUPVk

FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.


Coco - Official US Trailer

https://youtu.be/xlnPHQ3TLX8


Pixar reveals an all-Latino cast for Coco (and a new poster!)

Along with a beautiful new poster, Pixar released details today of the large cast of characters that we can look forward to seeing in Coco later this year, all voiced by actors of Latino descent (including Gabriel Iglesias, Renée Victor, Sofía Espinosa, and Edward James Olmos). It’s worth remembering that Pixar put a lot of effort into making the cast of Brave entirely Scottish or of Scottish descent (save a few lines of dialogue, like the now-essential John Ratzenberger cameo), so it’s great to see them doing the same and more for Coco.

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Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment is getting into the booming, competitive animation business

From the LA Times by Ryan Faughnder

Hollywood producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are stepping into the animated film business in hopes of taking advantage of the booming — and increasingly competitive -- market for family movies.

Grazer and Howard’s production company Imagine Entertainment has teamed with Australian animation firm Animal Logic to develop, produce and finance six movies during the next five years, they said. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Animal Logic, based in Sydney with offices in Vancouver and Los Angeles, is best known for doing the animation for hit films including Oscar-winner “Happy Feet” and “The Lego Movie,” both of which were released by Warner Bros.

The move comes amid animation’s continued dominance at the box office. Four of the top 10 movies last year were computer animated -- “Finding Dory,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Zootopia” and “Sing.” The grown-up mid-budget movies Imagine has built its brand around face growing difficulties at the box office.

Imagine, based in Beverly Hills, is best known for live action adult-oriented fare, including “The Da Vinci Code” trilogy and “Apollo 13.” The company has long wanted to dive into animation, but couldn’t afford to take the gamble, Grazer told The Times.

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Welcome To My Life | Cartoon Network Mini

Cartoon network Mini: Welcome To My Life

Short about a day in the life of Douglas aka T-Kash, a monster trying to fit in at his high school.

Elizabathe Ito says: My senior year project. An animated documentary about a family of monsters trying to lead a normal american life. The voices are really my family... This won the Producer's Choice Award in the first Nicktoons Film Festival, was nominated for a Student Academy Award in 2004, and has been in various festivals around the world.

Soundtrack is here.


David Blaine “Spectacle of The Real”

Client: David Blaine
Director: Buck
Music & Sound Design: Antfood


Buck's Sherwin-Williams “Safari”

In 2009, we were asked by our friends at McKinney to explore a world made of color, literally. The Sherwin colors themselves are the cast of their own story of infinite possibility, taking us places that spark our sense of curiosity, exploration, and expression. The campaign's success has brought a level of charm and nostalgia to the brand through quiet storytelling, a respite from the cacophony or modern advertising. After over a dozen iterations of the campaign, We continue to collaborate with our friends at McKinney to tell stories that capture the essence of "home." Your walls are the quintessential blank canvas for your next adventure.
For full credits visit buck.tv