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“Q. Do you think audiences are ready to see grown-up stories told through animation again?”

February 27th, 2011

A. I’m dying for the PG-13 animated movies and the R-animated movies. Come on, let’s go. The Ralph Bakshi stuff. “Pirates,” in a way, was a PG-13 animated movie. It’s very Harryhausen [Ray Harryhausen, the legendary special-effects creator]. But I think that ‘70s animation was really fantastic. Imagine what we could do now.”

Gore Verbinski (Director: Rango)
in the New York Times, Sunday, February 27, 2011, “Where the Deer and the Chamelon Play”

Tomm Moore @ the red couch.

March 15th, 2010

Tomm Moore
Frederator/NY was honored by the presence of an honestly won Oscar nominee this morning, when “Secret of Kells” director Tomm Moore stopped by to get acquainted. We met briefly at the Annies last month, but he’s been so booked up with people wanting to kiss his ring that it took a while for us to have a few minutes peace. Like his Cartoon Saloon partner Paul Young, who gave us our first preview last summer, Tomm embodies the independent spirit of talent and ideas we all would hope gets the top nods in the movie biz. There are great things in store for everyone at the Saloon, so keep watching for them, they’ll constantly surprise and amaze you.

Check out a bit of “The Secret of Kells” here, before buying your theatre tickets.

The Secret Of Kells - This Is My Forest-Uncom from Cartoon Saloon on Vimeo.

Five stars, definitely.

November 6th, 2009

Michael Jackson: “This Is It”

“This is It”  Michael Jackson Trailer from Create Design LA on Vimeo.

Go see it in the theatre, it’s worth it.

The beast in him.

July 28th, 2009

Sing Beast Sing (excerpt) Directed by Marv Newland from fredseibert on Vimeo.

Regular readers aren’t at all surprised by the affection director Marv Newland inspires in animation fans. Like me. What most people don’t know is how much Marv loves blues and jazz. An affliction we share.It shouldn’t be surprise to close Marv watchers though. In addition to his award winning short Sing Beast Sing (excerpted above) featuring Willie Mabon (it’s actually where I first heard of Mabon), his film Tales from the Far Side (Gary Larson’s another huge jazz fan) is scored by guitarist Bill Frisell.And anyone who’s caught Marv’s Anijam (an early cartoon jam featuring 22 world famous animators) should know that he’s incorporated the lessons of improvisation are woven deeply into the core of his filmmaking ethos.

So, when I started thinking about producing a jazz documentary entirely in animation I immediately thought of Marv. He been incorporating the lessons of improvisation deeply into his filmmaking ethos from the very beginning (front and center in his film Anijam), and his generosity to other animators reminds deeply of the best jazz band leaders I’ve witnessed.

Here’s hoping I can figure out how to get this thing made.

The Secret of Kells.

July 13th, 2009

Charles K kindly reminds us that our friends at Cartoon Saloon are opening their much anticipated feature film in the US this weekend.  The Secret of Kells premieres at The IFC Center in New York this Saturday. Get your tickets here.

Check out the Secret of Kells Blog by director Tomm Moore with Nora Twomey as his co-Director.

“Nothing is original.”

February 19th, 2009


“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery — celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from — it’s where you take them to.’”

Jim Jarmusch

(via jsullivandesign)

“Hindu Goddess as Betty Boop?”

February 16th, 2009

Our friend Nina Paley got a great article in The New York Times yesterday highlighting her independent (really independent) movie “Sita Sings the Blues” and it’s public television debut in NY on March 7. Amid Amidi writes a little about the music copyright issues Nina’s encountering (and solving it seems).

Many of us know the difficulties and sacrifices necessary to make our own films. Shorts are hard enough, dontcha think? Now, imagine Nina’s Herculean efforts to make a feature. And a wonderful feature people love. Check out her movie, you’ll have a grand time watching.

Wassup with Frederator Films?

February 2nd, 2009

Frederator Films logo, transparent BG
Frederator Films logo designed by Floyd Bishop

It occurred to me today that since we first announced Frederator Films I haven’t been as forthcoming as I’ve tried to be with everything else around here. So I’m going to try to start being a little more active and let you all know what’s what on our quest for the movies.

(More to come.)

Genndy and the Iron Man

November 12th, 2008

Genndy Tartakovsky Jon Favreau & Robert Downey Jr

Not too many folks in animation caught this great story. Check out the Ain’t It Cool News interview with Jon Favreau about his Genndy Tartakovsky fandom and how it ended up with Genndy and his Orphanage Animation team bringing their cartoon sensibility to Iron Man 2.

“Why I am breaking up with you, M. Night Shyamalan”

September 22nd, 2008

“Dear Nightie, I’ll admit it, I really thought I was in love way back when I first got to know you.” 

Well, I’ll admit it, I really love artist Alex Kirwan. Completely aside from the fact that he’s one of the best animation art directors of this generation (read a couple of interviews here and here), he’s one of the great fans of the world. Of cartoons sure, of monsters yeah, of all sorts of stuff. And, as I’ve found out from Alex’s new blog,  The Happening Stunk, some of the films of M. Night Shyamalan. Find out for yourself when Alex tells you “Why I am breaking up with you, M. Night Shyamalan“.