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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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Precocious Partridge Presents…

April 20th, 2009

Harry Partridge, creator of the pitch-perfect parody “Saturday Morning Watchman” (up to 1,932,841 views on YouTube, as of this moment!) has posted his new reel. Harry is still in college and surely has quite a career ahead of him. He not only writes and animates his shorts; he also records all the voices solo and scores his own music.

The main Harry Partridge YouTube page is here. And his website is here.

Check out “Saturday Morning Watchman”, if you haven’t seen it. Or watch it again. Let’s push this puppy up past TWO MILLION VIEWS!

Anne D. Bernstein

Awesome new animated spots for Gatorade

April 12th, 2009

Colonel’s Councel

These Gatorade spots are great. They have a feel similar to Disney’s Jungle Book. The new commercial campaign is from TBWA\Chiat\Day, and features a young Tiger Woods, learning how to be the best player he can be. Colonel the Grizzly Bear is based on Tiger’s own father, Earl. His voice is provided by Samuel L Jackson.

The commercials also features original music composed by Boosty Collins of Parliament Funkadelic fame, and includes voiceovers by Tiger’s swing coach Hank Haney and caddie Steve Williams.

The quality of these spots is amazing. I really like the way the characters look and move, and they do a very nice job of capturing the feel of a young boy learning about life.

-Floyd Bishop

It’s Not Easy Being Bale

February 11th, 2009


So… this only loosely relates to animation, but I just could not resist posting a link to this livejournal page, which demonstrates what Christian Bale and Kermit the Frog have in common.

And let me throw in a creativity-inspiring clip from Muppet Babies, just to make this more cartoon-centric.

Anne D. Bernstein

Superbowl is a super time for animation

January 30th, 2009

Up poster

The Superbowl is going to be on TV this Sunday. While the Superbowl is usually not an event that is considered a “must see” for many artist types, there are many animated reasons to watch this year.

First of all, there are the commercials. Even in such an economically depressed times, there should be many animated commercials. In other years, the Superbowl commercials have been like a mini film festival, with many different styles and techniques on display.

Secondly, we should be seeing a new trailer for the Disney/Pixar film “Up”. I would love to see something along the lines of the Mike & Sully through the closet door type of thing, where the trailer is not made up of content from the film. I think that tends to give away too much.

Another great reason to watch is the 3D trailer for the Dreamworks film “Monsters Vs Aliens”. Before the game, be sure [Read more…]

The Golden Age of Animated Show Opening Titles

January 25th, 2009

Fanboy has a great piece on the golden age of animated opening titles. There were many live action shows that had animated titles. While some featured cartoon versions of the live action characters in the show, some were more abstract and imaginative.

It would be nice to see more modern shows take this approach to their titles.

 -Floyd Bishop

Ten years of the sponge under the sea

January 14th, 2009


Spongebob Squarepants has turned ten! Animation Magazine has the full story. From the article:

Nickelodeon is set to kick off a year-long celebration in honor of the 10th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants. The festivities will include production of a SpongeBob documentary, the first-ever live cast performance, a new online destination, new episode premieres and a Seinfeld-esque TV movie due to air in November.

 I have enjoyed the show quite a bit during its ten years. Certain gags stick out in my mind, such as the soup being blown in Squidward’s face, Gary catching Spongebob watching a Banana Slug on TV (and Spongebob quickly changing the channel to football), and Nosferatu flicking the lights at the Crusty Crab.

Let’s hope Spongebob has another ten year run as solid as its first ten, and lets hope that more offbeat, wacky cartoon series are given

-Floyd Bishop

The Panel Channel

January 12th, 2009


New York Comicon (February 6-9 at The Javits Center) has posted most of its schedule and here are some top events for animation addicts. (Just my own personal picks. Complete schedule here.)

Friday 3:15-4:15: WILDBRAIN: Head of Creative Bob Higgins, CMO Mike Polis, and some artists showcase W!LDBRAIN’s animation work, including Yo Gabba Gabba!

Friday 4:45-5:45: SUPERJAIL: Christy Karacas and Stephen Warbrick, the creators and executive producers “speak about the most intense, violent, and complicated jail in the universe.”

Friday 8:39-10:30: WONDER WOMAN: Big screen premiere. Panel with Bruce Timm and some stars after the film.

Saturday 1:45-2:45: MARVEL ANIMATION: Iconic heroes; you know the drill. Wolverine and Iron Man become Nicktoons. A Black Panther show for BET. Thor is awarded his own animated series. Get yer hype here!

Saturday 1:45-2:45: ROBOT CHICKEN: Can you believe this is up against the Marvel event? The weird folk (I mean, cool people) will be in attendance.

Saturday 4:00-5:00: J.J. SEDELMAIER: With Howard [Read more…]

Sketchfest Best

January 6th, 2009


The 8th Annual San Francisco Sketchfest kicks off on January 15th. This year there are some animation-related events sure to please. You can see the complete schedule and buy tickets to all the laugh-inducing festivities here.

January 15th at 8 PM: Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Tour 2009: $25

January 16th at 8 PM: TV Funhouse Live with Robert Smigel, Dino Stamatopoulos and Doug Dale featuring the Anipals and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog: $30

January 18th at 2 PM: Sunday with Moral Orel Panel with Dino Stamatopoulos and Scott Adsit: $15

January 31 at 8 PM: Cartoon Dump with Frank Conniff and special guests Andy Kindler and Mary Lynn Rajskub $20

If only I had deep pockets and a plane ticket in hand because there are lots of other incredibly rare ocassions that I would hate to miss, include a performance by The State (and, on another night, an interview with the group hosted [Read more…]

Need some post celebration relief? Maybe Speedy can help!

January 1st, 2009

Happy new year! If you had a crazy night of celebration, maybe Speedy can help. Radio Actor, Dick Beals was the voice of Speedy Alka-Seltzer on the Alka-Seltzer commercials. Speedy Alka-Seltzer was originally known as Sparky, but the name was changed by a sales manager, Perry L. Shupert, to reflect that year’s promotional theme, “Speedy Relief”.

The Speedy Alka-Seltzer character was created at the Wade Ad Agency in 1951. The original working model was 6 inches tall and sculpted by Duke Russell. It appeared in more than 200 commercials over a 10 year period from 1954-1964.

I really like these types of ad campaigns.  Today’s mascots can all trace their roots back to Speedy and his peers.

-Floyd Bishop