Monthly Archives: February 2013

Paperman Producer Kristina Reed Flies Out Of Oscars

Kristina Reed

Kristina Reed

Kristina Reed, the producer of the Academy Award Winning animated short Paperman was escorted from her seat at the awards show shortly after her film won the coveted statuette. It seems that in her exuberant mood to celebrate the win, Ms. Reed took to making paper airplanes, applying a lip-stick kiss, and sending the planes into the audience around her.

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Bob Godfrey dead, age 91

Bob Godfrey

Bob Godfrey

Britain’s best-loved animator Bob Godfrey, creator of Roobarb & Custard and Henry’s Cat, died on Thursday 20h February aged 91.

Born in New South Wales, Australia, in January 27 1921 of British parents, he was brought home to England at the age of 6 months.

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Disney Grabs The Oscars

Brave

It was a big night for Disney animation at the Oscars tonight with Disney short Paperman taking home Best Animated Short, and Disney/PIXAR’s Brave grabbing the statuette for Best Animated Feature. Paperman had previously won the Annie for Best Short, while Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph had won the Annie for Best Feature Film… so not so much on the Annies predicting the Oscars anymore.

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Cartoon of the Day: Cinderella

Cinderella

From this date in 1950 comes a Disney feature film based on a story by Charles Perrault. Cinderella really marked the return of the Disney studios top the animated feature film, and marked the beginning of the middle period of the Disney oeuvre.

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Cartoon of the Day: Rango

RangoReleased two years ago today, and last year’s winner of the Academy Award for best feature animated film, the cartoon oif the day is Rango. Directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp- wow, that sounds like a couple of pirate films we know- this stylish western was on the tops of many lists last year. Let us know what you thought of this one.

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Cartoon of the Day: Freeway Phobia No. 1

Freeway Phobia No. 1Goofy was always good fun, and good fodder for stories. Freeway Phobia No. 1, with a story written by William R. Bosché is no exception. And, as in many previous films, Goofy plays all the parts. Watch this today for a great belly laugh!

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The Jockstrap Raiders Invade The Internets!

The Jockstrap Raiders

The Jockstrap Raiders

The full video of the Student Academy Award winning Animation “The Jockstrap Raiders” is now available to view online. Five years in the making, this was a labor of love for director Mark Nelson. The film became his Masters thesis project at UCLA.

The Jockstrap Raiders is a Student Academy Award winning animated short film about a group of misfits during world war I. It takes place in Leeds, England where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a team and overcome their deficiencies in order to save Britain, and the world.

Completed at UCLA, it is Mark Nelson’s MFA thesis project. The short has won many awards, including: Student Academy Award; Best Animation, British Animation Festival; Best Animation Macon Film Festival; Best Narrative Short GI Film Festival; Audience Award Orlando Film Festival.

Adam and Dog Full Video Online

 Adam And Dog


Adam And Dog

Academy Award nominee “Adam and Dog” is now fully represented online. If you are interested in seeing the full 15 minute short, you now can because director Minkyu Lee has posted the full version to the Internets.

Of the other Oscar nominated films, Paperman and Fresh Guacamole have full versions online, too. British entry Head Over Heels has only a teaser video available right now.

Simpsons short The Longest Daycare is not currently available online.

All videos that are online can be viewed directly from their BCDB page.

Cartoon Network Coming To Netflix Streaming

Netflix

Netflix

Netflix announced it has signed a multi-year license agreement with Turner Broadcasting and Warner Brothers, thus opening the door for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim shows to come to instant online streaming. Beginning March 30, Cartoon Network shows like “Adventure Time,” “Johnny Bravo,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series,” “Regular Show,” and “Ben 10“will have whole seasons available for streaming.

Adult Swim titles will be appearing soon. “Archer,” “The Boondocks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Robot Chicken,” “Children’s Hospital” and more are now available for viewing. Futurama has been on Netflix for some time now.

Don’t expect a whole lot from “Toonami” block- now part of Adult Swim- on Netflix because of licensing issues for the older shows.

 

Cartoon Versions Of Chemical Elements

arsnicTired of the same old periodic table? Want to breathe some fresh air into the stale old chemicals? That’s is exactly what animator and illustrator Kaycie D. decided to take on a massive character design project. In her thesis project- titled Elements – Experiments in Character Design- at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Kaycie decided she would design a character based on each of the known chemical elements in the periodic table, until she had a complete world of science-inspired cartoon characters.

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