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37th Annie Awards

February 8th, 2010


Saturday, February 6th, animation’s highest honors were handed out at the 37th Annie Awards. This years contenders all had a fair shot at top honors, with Sony, Dreamworks, Pixar, and Disney all repped pretty evenly across the board in major categories. With so many excellent films this year, it’s safe to say that animation is the winner.

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William Shatner to host 37th Annie Awards

January 25th, 2010


Legendary actor William Shatner will be hosting the 37th Annie Awards, Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles. I always look forward to going, but I’m not gonna lie - I’m extra looking forward to it this year.

Tickets for the event are on sale now. For more information about the Annie Awards and ceremony visit

-Bailee DesRocher

Mid-Production Upheaval

June 23rd, 2009


Den of Geek has a great article on several animated features that had a lot of trouble during production. While every animated film production has its own struggles, the films in this story had especially trying production phases.

While many of the films listed had their theatrical releases met with large audiences, one can’t help but wonder what would have happened had the productions continued on in the directions they were first headed.

I’d still very much like to see a Jan Pinkava feature.

-Floyd Bishop


March 23rd, 2009

There is a super extra special episode of Channel Frederator available today! This episode comes to us from our buddies over at Indy Mogul!

Indy Mogul host, Erik Beck is invited to visit the acclaimed Dreamworks Animation Studios to show you how the stunning animation in the new film Monsters Vs. Aliens was created.  The talented team at Dreamworks shows off new technology and techniques that were developed to achieve the animation and digital 3D images of the film.  From real models of the Golden Gate Bridge to the revolutionary, state-of-the-art 3D virtual camera, this episode of Hollywood FX reveals it all.

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Kung Fu Panda kicks butt at the Annies

January 31st, 2009

Kung Fu Panda pictureVariety says it best:

 “Kung Fu Panda” kicked considerable butt at the 36th annual Annie Awards on Friday night, shutting out the competition to win every feature-related category the international animation society ASIFA offers — and then some, earning additional kudos for its videogame and “Secrets of the Furious Five” short film tie-ins.

This is huge for Deamworks! To many, they have been the house of Shrek. Now Kung Fu Panda changes that. The animation industry has seen that they are much more than just the home of the green ogre. Congratulations to the crew! Now, on to the Oscars! -Floyd Bishop 

A Brush With Benny

January 30th, 2009


Thanks to Lou Brooks’ and his Drawger Blog for giving me some advance notice so I can make sure I don’t miss TCM’s airing of the original Artists and Models (1937) on Sunday, February 1, at 2 PM EST. Not only does it pair Jack Benny and Ida Lupino, but cartoonists Rube Goldberg and Peter Arno show up as artists in their only major motion picture appearance. Other now lesser-known illustrators are also featured: pretty girlie artist McClelland Barclay, Russell Patterson, Arthur William Brown, and John Lagatta. Who? Check out the links; I didn’t know who they were either.

For cartoonist cameos in a more recent film (direct-to-DVD), see Comic Book: The Movie! (2004), mostly shot at San Diego Comicon. The cast also includes top animation voice talent like Billy West and Tom Kenny. You will NOT recognize Mark Hamill!

Anne D. Bernstein

“T28″ (Gigantor) trailer

January 10th, 2009

Imagi has posted their trailer for the upcoming film “T28″. In the US, the series was better known as Gigantor.

Usually, I’m not a big fan of reimagining or updating old shows or films. For every “TMNT” there are five “Underdog” type films. It looks like Imagi has got a great film going here. Let’s hope that their other update film, “Astroboy”, does well enough to keep the great movies coming!

-Floyd Bishop 

Eartha Kitt 1927-2008

December 30th, 2008

Legendary actress, singer, and voice over artist Eartha Kitt has passed away. Her animation credits include The Emproer’s New Groove, American Dad, The Emporer’s New School, My Life As A Teenage Robot, and many more.

She had quite a singing career as well, including her 1953 hit “Santa Baby”.

In my opinion, she was the best on screen Catwoman to date.

Eartha Kitt was 81.

-Floyd Bishop    

Golden Globe nominees announced

December 11th, 2008

golden globes

The Golden Globe nominees for Best Animated Feature Film are Disney’s Bolt, DreamWorks Animation’s Kung-Fu Panda and Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E. Both Bolt and WALL•E have songs nominated for Best Original Song. “Down to Earth” from WALL•E features music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, with lyrics by Peter Gabriel, and “I thought I Lost You” from Bolt has music and lyrics by Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele.

The animated documentary Waltz with Bashir from Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman is up for Best Foreign Language Film.

-Floyd Bishop

What do the people in the film credits actually do?

December 10th, 2008

300 behind the scenes

Swing gang
You thought:
- Morally flexible group of young people with similar tattoos.
- On-set Jazz entertainment.

What do the people in the fiml credits actually do? Some of the titles of positions are pretty strange sounding. Many of them come from Hollywood slang or nicknames. If you’re curious, Den of Geek has posted a list of titles, and what they actually mean.

The Swing Gang is actually a bunch of guys who make last-minute set changes the director may ask for.

-Floyd Bishop