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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: 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 of the Day: Ali Baba Bunny

Ali Baba Bunny

Ali Baba Bunny

A short so funny we could make it a car­toon of the week, Ali Baba Bunny released on this date in 1957. One of the clas­sic Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny pair­ings, this one also included the run­ning gag about “I knew I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque…”

After a goofed up left turn at Albu­querque (on their way to Pismo Beach), Bugs and Daffy end up in Ali Baba’s treasure-filled cave. Has­san Chop!

The end is absolutely hilar­i­ous! If you haven’t seen this one in a while, it is worth a watch again today on BCDB!

Cartoon of the Day: The Early Bird And The Worm

The Early Bird And The Worm

The Early Bird And The Worm

Today’s CotD takes us back to 1936 for The Early Bird And The Worm. Directed by Rudolf Ising, this color short was from the Happy Har­monies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series.

A sprightly young bird gets up early, the bet­ter to get the jump on his neigh­bor­hood worm, but he finds his quarry elu­sive. The worm, for his part, sets off with a flute and jazzes along hap­pily, out-finessing the bird repeat­edly. Then a pair of shift­less crows debate the virtues of early ris­ing and decide that no worm is worth it (clearly, these are shift­less “Negro” stereo­types, though the eth­nic angle isn’t stressed here so much). Finally, a rat­tlesnake prac­tices some hyp­notic moves on both bird and worm before get­ting tied up in knots.

The two lazy crows are car­i­ca­tures of then-famous black­face com­edy team Moran and Mack. Much of their dia­logue is directly lifted from their hit 1920s com­edy record­ing “Two Black Crows.”

Cartoon of the Day: The Case Of The Maltese Chicken

The Case Of The Maltese Chicken

The Case Of The Mal­tese Chicken

In 1964, Inspec­tor Willoughby too on The Case Of The Mal­tese Chicken. Inspec­tor Willoughby was one of the later Wal­ter Lantz series, begin­ning in 1960 and run­ning 12 cartoons.

In this the­atri­cal short, Inspec­tor Willoughby tries to retrieve The Mal­tese Chicken from the evil ori­en­tal vil­lain Egg Foo Yung.

Woody Wood­pecker makes a cameo appear­ance hid­den inside The Mal­tese Chicken.

Based on Jack Hannah’s Ranger Wood­lore from his days at Disney.

And The Best In Animation Is.… Annie Award Winners

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Tonight, film critic Leonard Maltin and voice actors Pinky and the Brain, urm, Uh, I mean Rob Paulsen and Mau­rice LaMarche are hand­ing out the Annies at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For 40 years this annual event rec­og­nizes the best in ani­ma­tion from around the world.

Through most of the night, things look pretty well split up between the big stu­dios, with one award going to Dream­Works, the next to Pixar, then to Para­Nor­man, and then to Dis­ney. But when the big awards came down, it was all Dis­ney, with Wreck-It Ralph pulling in Best Music, Voice Act­ing, Direct­ing and Best Fea­ture. Dis­ney short Paper­man won for best ani­mated short.

The full list of winners:

Best Ani­mated Video Game
Jour­ney – Sony Com­puter Enter­tain­ment America

Best Stu­dent Film
Head Over Heels – Tim­o­thy Reckart

Sto­ry­board­ing in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Doug Lovelace Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: Por­trait Of Hic­cup As A Buff Man – Dream­Works Animation

Sto­ry­board­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Johanne Matte, Rise Of The Guardians – Dream­Works Animation

Edit­ing in TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrik Wae­den and Otto Fer­raye Kung Fu Panda: Enter The DragonNick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Edit­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E., Robert Gra­hamjones, A.C.E., David Suther Brave – Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios

Char­ac­ter Design in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Robert Val­ley, Dis­ney Tron: Upris­ing: The Rene­gade, Part 1 – Dis­ney TV Animation

Char­ac­ter Design in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Heidi Smith, Para­Nor­manLAIKA/Focus Features

June Foray Award
Howard Green (VP, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios)

Tex Avery Award
June Foray

Win­sor McCay Award
Oscar Grillo

Music in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
John Pae­sano, Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: How To Pick Your Dragon – Dream­Works Animation

Music in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Henry Jack­man, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Hous­ton, Yasushi Aki­moto, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Ani­mated Effects In an Ani­mated Pro­duc­tion
Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lip­ton – Rise Of The Guardians – Dream­Works Animation

Ani­mated Effects in a Live Action Pro­duc­tion
Jerome Plat­teaux, John Sig­urd­son, Ryan Hop­kins, Raul Essig, Mark Chat­away The Avengers – Indus­trial Light & Magic

Ub Iwerks Award
Toon Boom Pipeline

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a Live Action Pro­duc­tion
Erik de Boer, Matt Shumway, Brian Wells, Vinayak Pawar, Michael Holzl, Life Of Pi – Tiger – Rhythm & Hues Studio

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Dan Driscoll, Sponge­bob SquarePants: It’s a Sponge­Bob Christ­mas! – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Travis Knight Para­Nor­manLAIKA/Focus Features

Pro­duc­tion Design in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Alberto Mielgo, Dis­ney Tron: Upris­ing: The Stranger – Dis­ney TV Animation

Pro­duc­tion Design in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Steve Pilcher, Brave – Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios

Win­sor McCay Award
Terry Gilliam

Best Ani­mated Spe­cial Pro­duc­tion
Despi­ca­ble Me: Min­ion May­hem – Illu­mi­na­tion Entertainment

Best Ani­mated Short Sub­ject
Paper­man – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Writ­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Trey Parker, South Park: Jew­pacabra – Cen­tral Productions

Writ­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Phil John­son, Jen­nifer Lee, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Win­sor McCay Award
Mark Henn

Voice Act­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Kris­ten Schaal as Mabel Pines Grav­ity Falls: Tourist Trapped – Dis­ney TV Animation

Voice Act­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Alan Tudyk as King Candy Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Best Ani­mated Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion for Pre-School Chil­dren
Bub­ble Gup­pies: A Tooth On the Looth – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Direct­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
John Eng, Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: Ani­mal House – Dream­Works Animation

Direct­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Gen­eral Audi­ence Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion
Robot Chicken DC Comics Spe­cial – Stoopid Buddy Studios

Ani­mated Fea­ture
Wreck-It Ralph– Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Vancouver Shows Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

Vancouver’s Vancity The­atre is bring­ing back its pop­u­lar pro­gram of Acad­emy Award-nominated short films in the cat­e­gories of Best Ani­mated Short and Best Live Action Short from Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 8 to Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 21.

Here are the Oscar-nominated ani­mated shorts to be shown in an 88-minute program:

Mag­gie Simp­son in The Longest Day­care (David Sil­ver­man, U.S.A., 5 min.)
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.

Adam and Dog (Minkyu Lee, U.S.A., 16 min.)
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 (Adam Pesapane aka PES, U.S.A., 2 min.)
Learn how to trans­form famil­iar objects into Fresh Guacamole!

Head Over Heels (Tim­o­thy Reckart, United King­dom, 10 min.)
After many years of mar­riage, Wal­ter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceil­ing. They live sep­a­rate, par­al­lel lives, never talk­ing, barely even look­ing at each other. When Wal­ter tries to reignite their old romance, 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.

Paper­man (John Kahrs, U.S.A., 7 min.)
Paper­man tells the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose des­tiny takes an unex­pected turn after a chance meet­ing with a beau­ti­ful woman on his morn­ing com­mute. Con­vinced that the girl of his dreams is gone for­ever, he gets a sec­ond chance when he spots her in a sky­scraper win­dow across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imag­i­na­tion and a stack of papers to get her atten­tion, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

And for your view­ing plea­sure… three short­listed con­tenders that did not make the final cut:

Abio­gen­e­sis (Richard Mars, New Zealand, 5 min.)
In this breath­tak­ing sci­ence fic­tion spec­ta­cle, a strange mechan­i­cal device lands on a des­o­late world and uses the planet to undergo a star­tling trans­for­ma­tion that has pro­found impli­ca­tions for an entire galaxy.

Dripped (Leo Ver­ier, France, 9 min.)
Jack is a strange char­ac­ter. He steals paint­ings from muse­ums to eat them. He feeds him­self with the artis­tic process of the painter. But one day, the muse­ums are closed, and he will have to paint by him­self to survive.

The Gruffalo’s Child (Uwe Hei­d­schöt­ter and Johannes Wei­land, United King­dom, 27 min.)
A lit­tle Gruffalo ignores her father’s warn­ings and tip­toes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse.

Screen­ing dates and times:

Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 8, 6:30 p.m.
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 9, 8:45 p.m.
Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 10, 6:30 p.m.
Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 12, 8:45 p.m.
Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 15, 6:30 p.m.
Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 17, 6:30 p.m.
Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 20, 8:45 p.m.
Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 21, 6:30 p.m.

Vancity The­atre is at 1181 Sey­mour Street. Call the Film Info Line at (604) 683-FILM (3456) or visit www.viff.org for the lat­est info and listings.

Cartoon of the Day: How To Ride A Horse

How To Ride A Horse

How To Ride A Horse

From a sort of infor­mal series, How To Ride A Horse is one of those Goofy shorts that just make you laugh. Goofy is amaz­ing, he can carry a whole short and even a whole series, all by himself.

In this short, Goofy has a dif­fi­cult time try­ing to ride a horse.

Orig­i­nally released as part of the fea­ture “The Reluc­tant Dragon.”