Monthly Archives: January 2013

Full Paperman Cartoon Short Released On Internet

Paperman

Paper­man

Dis­ney short and Oscar con­tender Paper­man has hit the Inter­nets. Yes­ter­day, Dis­ney released the full short, uncut, on the Inter­net on Huff­in­g­ton Post and Youtube. Directed by John Kahrs, the film is impor­tant because it com­bines the art of hand-drawn, 2D ani­ma­tion with the qual­ity of com­puter ani­ma­tion seam­lessly. The short made it’s the­atri­cal debut paired with Wreck-It Ralph on Novem­ber 2, 2012.

A rel­a­tively sim­ple tale of a boy meets girl chance encounter leads to the hero des­per­ately attempt­ing to re-introduce him­self to a pretty girl via the medium of paper planes from his office sky­scraper to hers. His failed attempts and pas­sion for his orig­i­nal goal man­i­fest in the hun­dreds of dis­carded planes as they try to guide, prod, poke and shove him towards his des­ti­na­tion whilst gen­tly per­suad­ing the goal of his affec­tions along to a pos­si­ble rec­on­cil­i­a­tion too.

Pre­miered at the Annecy Film Fes­ti­val in France. Gen­eral release was with Wreck-It Ralph on Novem­ber 2, 2012.

Blend of 2D and CGI using Mean­der software.

This is John Kahrs’ first film as a director.

Kahrs said that the con­cept for the short mate­ri­al­ized when he was work­ing as an ani­ma­tor at Blue Sky Stu­dios. Kahrs went on to say, “We brought together as best we could the expres­sive­ness of 2D draw­ing immersed with the sta­bil­ity and dimen­sion­al­ity of CG. It really goes back to work­ing with Glen Keane on Tan­gled, watch­ing him draw over all the images.”

The youtube video of the acclaimed short is avail­able on our site from the Paper­man Video page.

Other con­tenders for this years Best Ani­mated Short Oscar include:

Adam & Dog (dir. Minkyu Lee, U.S.A.)
The story about the dog of Eden. What hap­pened in those first days of Cre­ation that made Man and Dog so insep­a­ra­ble? The dog, as he lives through this curi­ous world, encoun­ters a strange crea­ture; a human being named Adam — and with that dis­cov­ers a new-found con­nec­tion to the world.

Fresh Gua­camole (dir. PES, U.S.A.)
Learn how to trans­form famil­iar objects into Fresh Guacamole!

Head Over Heels (dir. Tim­o­thy Reckart, United King­dom)
After many years of mar­riage, Wal­ter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceil­ing. When Wal­ter dis­cov­ers a long-lost memento of their wed­ding day, he tries to reignite their old romance. But it brings their equi­lib­rium crash­ing down, and the cou­ple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way to put their mar­riage back
together.

Mag­gie Simp­son in “The Longest Day­care” (dir. David Sil­ver­man, U.S.A.)
Mag­gie Simp­son spends a day at the Ayn Rand Day­care Cen­ter, where she is diag­nosed at an aver­age intel­li­gence level. Long­ing to be grouped with the gifted chil­dren, Mag­gie finds her des­tiny by res­cu­ing a lonely cocoon from Baby Ger­ald, who is busy smoosh­ing butterflies.

Maltin, Paulsen and Lamarche to Host Annie Animation Awards

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Why have just one when you can have four!

For­mer Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen and Mau­rice Lamarche will share host­ing duties, along with a spe­cial appear­ance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and ani­ma­tion indus­try pro­fes­sional Seth Green, at this year’s 40th Annual Annie Awards, set for Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 2.

Cel­e­brat­ing the best in ani­ma­tion, this annual black-tie evening will begin with a pre-reception at 5 p.m., fol­lowed by the Annie Awards cer­e­mony at 7 p.m. and an after-party cel­e­bra­tion imme­di­ately fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony. All events will be held at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

We are very excited to have our hosts share in the 40th cel­e­bra­tion of the Annies and know they will bring great energy and excite­ment to this year’s cer­e­mony,” says ASIFA-Hollywood pres­i­dent Frank Glad­stone. Joined on stage by a lively mix of ani­ma­tion lumi­nar­ies, celebrity pre­sen­ters and comedic tal­ent — includ­ing ani­ma­tion leg­end June Foray — are Jes­sica Wal­ter, James Patrick Stu­art, Kris­ten Schaal, Mae Whit­man, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Jason Biggs, Jes­sica DiCi­cco, Lucas Grabeel, Dar­ren Criss and Joey Richter, Kevin Shinick, Jim Cum­mings and Diedrich Bader, Atti­cus Shaf­fer and Tucker Albrizzi, Jamie Bolio, Kevin Michael Richard­son and Loretta Devine, Alan Tudyk, Mo Collins, Max Charles, Jon Olsen and Fred
Tatash­iore, Sam Wit­mer and Matt Lanter, and Tony Anselmo.

This year’s Win­sor McCay recip­i­ents are Terry Gilliam, Oscar Grillo and Mark Henn. The Win­sor McCay Award stands as one of the high­est hon­ors given to an indi­vid­ual in the ani­ma­tion indus­try in recog­ni­tion for career con­tri­bu­tions to the art of ani­ma­tion. The June Foray award will be pre­sented to Howard Green, and the Ub Iwerks Award will be pre­sented to Toon Boom Animation.

Often a pre­dic­tor of the annual Acad­emy Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture, the Annie Awards honor over­all excel­lence as well as indi­vid­ual achieve­ment in a total of 30 cat­e­gories rang­ing from best fea­ture, pro­duc­tion design, char­ac­ter ani­ma­tion and effects ani­ma­tion to sto­ry­board­ing, writ­ing, music, edit­ing and voice act­ing. Entries sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion were from pro­duc­tions that orig­i­nally aired, were exhib­ited in an ani­ma­tion fes­ti­val or com­mer­cially released between Jan­u­ary 1 and Decem­ber 31, 2012.

ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and fore­most pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing the art of Ani­ma­tion and cel­e­brat­ing the peo­ple who cre­ate it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chap­ter of the inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion ASIFA, sup­ports a range of ani­ma­tion activ­i­ties and preser­va­tion efforts through its mem­ber­ship. Cur­rent ini­tia­tives include the Ani­ma­tion Archive, ani­ma­tion film preser­va­tion, spe­cial events, classes and screenings.

Cre­ated in 1972 by vet­eran voice tal­ent Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades.

Cartoon for the Day: One Man Band

One Man Band

One Man Band

While it was eight years ago today that PIXAR released One Man Band, it almost another half year for any­one to see it. Well, any­one that wasn’t in France at Annecy, at least. DO you remem­ber what film this was ulti­mately paired with for it’s the­atri­cal release?

Like most PIXAR shorts, the story was short… and the char­ac­ters sweet. Two street per­form­ers com­pete for a small child’s last coin.

Release date reflects first show­ing at the 29th Annecy Inter­na­tional Ani­mated Film Fes­ti­val in Annecy, France. Gen­eral release was attached to PIXAR Films Cars on June 9, 2006.

Vio­lin­ists who “por­trayed” the char­ac­ters are Clay­ton Haslop (“Tre­ble”) and Mark Robert­son (“Tippy”). The score was recorded at the Para­mount Scor­ing Stage uti­lized a 38-piece orches­tra as well as the two soloists.

Cartoon for the Day: Boobs In The Woods

Boobs In The Woods

Boobs In The Woods

From 1950 we have this clas­sic pair­ing of Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in Boobs In The Woods. This Looney Tune was directed by Robert McKim­son and writ­ten by War­ren Foster.

Porky sets out to the great out­doors to paint land­scapes, but Daffy claims that the lake and moun­tains are his, and he refuses to let Porky paint them.

Songs include: “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down” (Cliff Friend, Dave Franklin), Per­formed by Daffy Duck.

Le Oops: Porn Film replaces French Nursery Cartoon

French Flag

The class in a French nurs­ery school was expect­ing to watch a car­toon that their teacher had down­loaded from the Internet.

Instead, they saw a hard­core porn movie for sev­eral min­utes. And rouge-faced author­i­ties on Wednes­day called it an “extremely regret­table accident.”

The chil­dren, between three and five years old, attended school in Authieux-sur-le-Port-Saint-Ouen, near the city Rouen in Normandy.

The teacher clicked on the wrong file and left the room right after. She only real­ized that she’d made a boo-boo when she returned five min­utes later. The shocked tod­dlers reported the mis­take to their parents.

French net­work TF1 said that the mayor of the com­mune called the blun­der a “pro­fes­sional error.”

An inves­ti­ga­tion is under­way, and the teacher now faces dis­ci­pli­nary action, edu­ca­tion offi­cials said.

Var­i­ous reports in French media said that par­ents at the school had sym­pa­thy for the teacher, but con­firmed the images shocked their kids.

Cartoon of the Day: Gerald McBoing Boing

Gerald McBoing Boing

Ger­ald McBo­ing Boing

From Colum­bia and UPA films, Ger­ald McBo­ing Boing was an Acad­emy Award Win­ner in 1951. For such a highly regarded short, it is not rated high at BCDB. What do you think, is this wor­thy of an Oscar, or is the BCDB rat­ing justified?

Ger­ald, who doesn’t speak words but goes “boing boing” instead, finds his tal­ents unap­pre­ci­ated by fam­ily and friends, and so he runs away from home. How­ever, a kindly radio sta­tion boss is quick to spot his potential…

At age 2, the lit­tle boy, instead of start­ing to talk, pro­duces sound effects. The des­per­ate father calls on Dr. Mal­one, who, after exam­in­ing Ger­ald, declares that there’s noth­ing he can do. The par­ents are con­stantly being scared by Ger­ald, so they send him to school, hop­ing that he’ll learn words, but he’s sent home. When he tries to play with boys and girls, he’s rejected.

Depressed, Ger­ald runs away from home, but he’s found by a radio pro­gram pro­ducer, who hires him to do sound effects for his pro­grams. As the announcer describes the action, Ger­ald pro­duces the appro­pri­ate sound effects, using a script. He becomes a big hit, sign­ing auto­graphs for his fans, and his now-proud par­ents accom­pany him in a gigan­tic new car.

In 1995, Ger­ald McBo­ing Boing was one of 25 films added by the Library of Con­gress’ National Film Preser­va­tion Board to the National Film Registry.

Euro­pean title: “The Boing-Boing Boy in Planet Moo.”

Cartoon of the Day: Musica-Lulu

Musica-Lulu

Musica-Lulu

Isadore Spar­ber directed Musica-Lulu in 1947. By then, ani­mated films were quite mature in pro­duc­tion and story. The Lit­tle Lulu car­toons, at least story-wise were still a throw back to the thir­ties. Based on a comic strip by Marge, Famous even­tu­ally tired of pay­ing her roy­al­ties on the char­ac­ter, and devel­oped their own “cute lit­tle girl”, Lit­tle Audrey.

Lit­tle Lulu would rather play base­ball with Tubby and the gang instead of prac­tic­ing her vio­lin. She gets hit in the head, and dreams about being taken to the “Musi­cal Court of Jus­tice” for pros­e­cu­tion and trial. Really bizarre and surreal!

The U.M.&M. TV Corp. prints call this car­toon Musi­cal Lulu.

Cartoon of the Day: Rebel Rumble

The Peter Potamus Show

The Peter Pota­mus Show

Today’s CotD is Rebel Rum­ble, an episode from The Peter Pota­mus Show. Hana and Bar­bera took a new tack with this show, one that would pay of for years. The stu­dio began sell­ing ani­mated half-hour blocks directly into syn­di­ca­tion. The new out­let grew the stu­dio faster than any­one thought pos­si­ble. After win­ning in syn­di­ca­tion, ABC saw the light and brought this show back to net­work television.

Peter and So-So land in Amer­ica dur­ing the time of the Rev­o­lu­tion. Peter and So-So spread the word that the red­coats are com­ing from their bal­loon. They are shot down by British sol­diers. They escape pur­suit don­ning British uni­forms but then are chased back to their bal­loon by Amer­i­can troops.

This show began its run in syn­di­ca­tion as Peter Pota­mus and his Magic Fly­ing Bal­loon, but was picked up by ABC on Jan­u­ary 2, 1966.

Cartoon of the Day: Bad Luck Blackie

Bad Luck Blackie

Bad Luck Blackie

Our first Tex Avery short of the year is Bad Luck Blackie, from 1949. Not his most pop­u­lar char­ac­ter or short, but one worth watch­ing if you are a fan of Avery.

Bad Luck Blackie is a black cat whose job it is to bring bad luck wher­ever needed… and it IS needed by a poor lit­tle kit­ten, con­stantly tor­tured by an evil bull­dog. “When­ever you need me, just blow the whis­tle,” Blackie says to the kitten.

When­ever the dog both­ers the kit­ten, the kit­ten blows the whis­tle and Blackie comes out of nowhere, cross­ing the dog’s path and giv­ing him bad luck… usu­ally in the form of some­thing large and heavy falling on him from the sky!

As his luck gets worse and worse, the objects get big­ger and big­ger. Falling objects include (in suc­ces­sive order) a flow­er­pot, a kitchen sink and a battleship.

Cartoon of the Day: Hurdy-Gurdy Hare

Hurdy-Gurdy Hare

Hurdy-Gurdy Hare

Robert McKim­son paired Bugs Bunny with Grue­some Gorilla in 1950 for Hurdy-Gurdy Hare. Any­time Bugs got to play against the Gorilla it was fun, and this film was no excep­tion. Seen it? Watch it today if it has been a while, or you need a good laugh or three!

Bugs buys a hurdy-gurdy and a mon­key so that he can enter the music busi­ness, but the mon­key rips him off.