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“Lego Arcade” Michael Hickox

July 9th, 2009

Michael Hickox has done a great new short that takes people back to their arcade days in Lego Arcade. This was a lot of work, and the results are great.

-Floyd Bishop

“Ice Age 3″: What did you think?

July 8th, 2009


The Fox/Blue Sky film Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs has been filling theaters since its release on July 1st. As of this post, the film has done over $80 million in the US, and $148 million world wide.

While it was good to see Manny, Sid, Diego, and Scrat back in action, to me the film felt like an odd mix of a ride film and a sitcom. The really interesting character in the film was Buck, the one eyed weasel who helps our gang through the dino infested underworld in their adventure. Unlike some of the other big animated sequels, this film had more of an episodic feel to it. If you’ve ever seen an episode of a network television series where a woman has a baby, the odds are you’ll see some of the same gags. The neurtoic first time dad, the “get me some water” moment, and a super [Read more…]

Pat & Stan merchandise

June 20th, 2009

Animation Magazine reports that Pat & Stan (formerly Pat & Stanley) has picked up a pan Europe deal to create capsule toys based on the property.

No word on any plans for a “Pat farting in the tub” toy.

-Floyd Bishop

Pixar Grants Dying Girl’s Wish

June 19th, 2009

Up picture

The Orange County Register has a story about 10 year old Colby Curtin, who was diagnosed with vascular cancer. Colby enjoyed Pixar’s films quite a bit, and was looking forward to seeing Up in theaters. Unfortunately, she was much too ill to travel to a theater. Doctors told her mother she was fading fast.

A friend of the family began to cold call both Pixar and Disney. She was able to guess a name in order to talk to a real person via Pixar’s automated phone system. She got through to the right people and Pixar agreed to send someone out with a DVD screener the next day.

Pixar sent an employee (who is not mentioned by name) to Colby in the hospitol with a screener of the film and some Up memorabilia. Though she couldn’t see the movie (the pain kept her eyes closed during the film), her mother gave her a play by [Read more…]

Yeardly Smith interview

June 10th, 2009

Yeardly Smith talks about her 20 years on the Simpsons as Lisa Simpson (can you believe it!) and her new novel “I, Lorelei”.

-Floyd Bishop

Pixar: The house of sequels?

June 9th, 2009

dead horse

“I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.” - Walt Disney

Jim Hill Media has reported that Pixar has no less than three sequels in the works. In addition to Toy Story 3, and Cars 2, Pixar is in the beginning phases of Monsters Inc 2.

First off, I don’t believe the first Toy Story warranted a sequel. Yes, the film was good, and the Sarah McLaughlin montage was a tear jerker, but did Buzz and Woody REALLY need a sequel? What more of their story needs to be told? Who will lose their arm in the third film?

I thought that Cars was the weakest film in the Pixar library thus far, but the sheer amount of Matchbox sized toys sold to date has got to be enough to buy a small island. I didn’t really feel for any of the characters in the first film, so maybe they [Read more…]

What goes into making a great character?

June 9th, 2009

The Big Lebowski - Jesus Quintana - Funny video clips are a click away

One of the most memorable characters from the film The Big Lebowski would have to be Jesus Quintana. Why is he so memorable? He’s got an interesting backstory, though we get to see very little of it. His actions, clothing, and accessories tell us so much about him as a person in so little time. Listen to John Turturro as he explains some of the steps he took in creating the character.

The same techniques work well. What is the character thinking, and why does he feel that way? Props, clothing choice, and movement all help fill us in on what a character is all about.

-Floyd Bishop

TruTv’s new series “Man Vs Cartoon”

June 5th, 2009

The TruTv network will soon be airing a new series called Man Vs Cartoon.  The show’s premise is simple: scientists try to successfully replicate the stunts Wile E Coyote used to try and capture the Road Runner. The degree of success is relative, given Wile E’s success at actually catching the Road Runner.

If no one dies, I would consider the show a success.

-Floyd Bishop

“Up” has a $68 Million Opening

June 1st, 2009


Disney/Pixar’s Up has had a great opening weekend.  The film has brought in an estimated 68 million dollars, which places it just behind Finding Nemo ($70 million), but ahead of WALL•E ($63 million).

It will be interesting to see how much of the revenue was due to the 3D release, which carries a higher ticket price due to the stereoscopic projection. Up is Pixar’s first RealD release.

Congratulations to the crew!

-Floyd Bishop

Disney Seeks Fan Portraits of Donald Duck

May 28th, 2009

Animation Magazine is reporting that Disney is looking for Donald Duck portraits.

In honor of Donald’s birthday on June 9, D23  (the official community for Disney fans) is seeking submissions for the new portrait from fans.

Full-length oil, acrylic or watercolor canvas portraits of Donald Duck, no larger than 24” W x 36” H, are eligible. To enter, fans must submit original sketches of the planned artwork by June 15. Fans whose work is accepted must complete and delivere the finished portrait by Aug. 15.

Donald Duck turns 75 this year.

-Floyd Bishop