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“Pinocchio” and others on Blu-Ray in 2009

January 11th, 2009

Disney has announced their 2009 release slate of films. These include Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition (March 10) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Platinum Edition in October. Pixar will be releasing Monsters Inc. and A Bug’s Life.


Hopefully these Blu-Ray releases will be a better release than that of Sleeping Beauty last year, which received mixed reviews, mostly due to picture quality issues such as DVNR, oversaturated colors, and color timing. There was a post about these issues and the release back in November on Cartoon Brew.

I don’t know if Walt Disney Home Entertainment has learned anything (or changed anything) since their last classic on BluRay release, but I hope they did. The issues listed here are what kept me from buying the Blu Ray release of Sleeping Beauty.

-Floyd Bishop

Images of BURN•E

November 12th, 2008


Pixar Planet has posted some images from the short film “BURN•E”, directed by Angus Maclane, who served as supervising animator on “WALL•E”. The film will be included on the “WALL•E” DVD and Blu Ray release on November 18th.

On a related note, check out the Lego WALL•E that Angus made for Brickfest 2007. Hopefully the Disney and Lego people get together and make some kits like this.

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Talk Cycle

September 24th, 2008


John Canemaker interviewed Richard Williams Monday night at MOMA. The event was sold out and the place was packed with students, as Willliam’s book The Animator’s Survival Kit is an essential read for animation majors around the world.
Williams is always an entertaining speaker, fond of leaping out of his chair to act out anecdotes. He presented clips from:

  • The Little Island (his first short)
  • A Christmas Carol (his first Oscar win)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (more Oscars)
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Return of the Pink Panther titles
  • Amazing “The Greedy” sequence from Raggedy Ann and Andy (animated by Emery Hawkins)
  • Trailer for The Thief and The Cobbler (never released in its proper form)
  • Commercial Reel

The night was very much a chance to promote the release of a 16 DVD version of his well-regarded Animation Masterclass. The Animation Survival Kit Animated consists of Williams “performing” the class live at Blue Sky Studios (about ten years ago) intercut with animated examples that illustrate his ideas. Okay, so the set costs over $900, but at least most art schools will buy one.

After the jump, some choice quotes from the evening. Also, the Return of the Pink Panther titles in teeny tiny form on the ubiquitous YouTube… [Read more…]

Kirikou Kreator

September 22nd, 2008


Ghibli World has posted an extensive interview and studio visit with French animation director (and writer and production designer and etc.) Michel Ocelot, creator of the films Kirikou and the Sourceress, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, and Azur and Asmar. (Why on this site? Studio Ghibli is responsible for releasing his films in Japan.)

Some choice quotes:

“All my heroes are me, but much better. It is obvious that Kirikou is telling what I would like to tell. He is ideal. Not giving up. I never gave up and, in the long run, I won. But I had a very hard life, having been a jobless person most of the time. I refused mediocre TV series I was proposed. This kind of things. Kirikou is very honest. He never thinks about lying. He has sharp ideas. That’s what I like. He loves people…”

“I do my work as best as I can. That is all. Now, dear spectator, try and like it. I did my job, it is your turn. I am endeavoring to charm you and do good to you, whatever your age, nationality or gender is. I never thought of doing a film for children…but that is the way it is…Kids do not want any more than grown-ups to be treated as babies, and their fresh brain is here to take in all kinds of information.”

More Ocelot news: In October, a DVD collection of Ocelot’s short works will be released in France. In November, the Weinstein company will release an American DVD version of Azur and Asmar.

Here’s an excerpt from his very first film, Les Trois Inventeurs, where he animated elaborate paper cut-outs; it will be included on the French DVD:

After the jump: “Earth Intruders”, a video he made for Bjork in 2007… [Read more…]