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.