Monthly Archives: June 2009

The Society for Animated Studies

The 21st Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference, subtitled The Persistence of Animation, will be held July 10-12, 2009, at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Held under the auspices of SCAD-Atlanta’s Animation Department, the conference features over 50 scholars and filmmakers from around the world who will present papers […]

Goodbye London

London-based animator Murray John (check his very-cool reel) sent us his latest music video, created for musician Luke Jackson. below. Says John: “I set out to capture the bitter sweetness of London life, using urban sketchy drawings on walls. All the stop motion photos were taken around London, and I added the drawn 2-D animation […]

Trippy Spongebob MTV IDs from Pepper Melon

These are too cool. The spots were conceptualized by London-based Thinkmake and directed by Tomás García of Buenos Aires-based Pepper Melon. Complete artist credits are on the Pepper Melon website.

Toy Movies

Where Dan Meth sees Hollywood updates of classic toy and cartoon properties going. He’s not far off: (Thanks, Sterling Sheehy)

Save Taz!

And now, no joke, is a Public Service Announcement: Apparently Warner Bros. is supporting the effort to Save the Tasmanian Devil by donating the character (and a bit of animation) to the cause. (Thanks, Dave Carter)

Reminder: Jerry at Ohio State TONIGHT!

I’ll be in Columbus Ohio tonight to introduce a screening of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians (1961) and to celebrate the recent acquisition of Mort Walker’s International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection by Ohio State University’s Cartoon Library and Museum. I will be doing a book signing at 6pm in Wexner Center, then at 7pm we’ll be […]

Tashlin Toons at the Silent Movie Theatre

I will be screening an evening of classic Frank Tashlin Cartoons at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax in Hollywood, Tuesday July 7th at 8pm. This program is the first in a series of “first Tuesday” animation screenings each month at the Silent Movie. Frank Tashlin spent the first part of his screen career as […]

Michael Jackson, RIP

I didn’t expect to be using this picture in such a sad context, but here is a photo of Michael Jackson visiting with Ward and Betty Kimball. The opening to Rankin/Bass’s Jackson 5ive series. (Thanks, OM) Will Vinton’s “Speed Demon” sequence from Moonwalker. “Do the Bartman” co-written and produced by Michael Jackson. (Thanks, Carlos)

10 for Best Picture

It was announced yesterday that the Academy will now nominate ten films for Best Picture. From their press release: For more than a decade during the Academy’s earlier years, the Best Picture category welcomed more than five films; for nine years there were 10 nominees. The 16th Academy Awards (1943) was the last year to […]

Academy to double Best Picture nominations

In a move that could end up benefiting animated films, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that they are doubling the number of nominations for Best Picture at the Academy Awards from five to ten. AMPAS president Sid Ganis said, “After more than six decades, the Academy is returning to some […]