Monthly Archives: August 2012

“Hidden Place” by Stephen Irwin

Here’s a cool piece of retro/experimental madness by UK animator Stephen Irwin. It was one of several animated pieces curated by Chris Shepherd for Lupus Films, recently telecast on a series called Random Acts on Channel 4. Other filmmakers commissioned included Max Hattler, David Shrigley and Phil Mulloy. Cartoon Brew | Permalink | No comment […]

Seth MacFarlane To Host “SNL” Season Premiere

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is like the Neil Armstrong of the animation community, venturing into places that other animators have never dared to go. In another first for an animator, it was announced today that MacFarlane will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 15. (Photo of Seth MacFarlane via s_bukley/Shutterstock) […]

Kelly Richardson’s “Mariner 9″ Animates Futuristic Mars Landscape

How might Mars look like a hundred years in the future, after we’ve sent dozens of rovers to explore the planet? That’s the idea that Canadian digital media artist Kelly Richardson wanted to explore in her new animated video installation Mariner 9. The piece debuted earlier this month at the Spanish City in Whitley Bay, […]

The Rescuers / The Rescuers Down Under: 35th Anniversary 2-Movie Collection

Walt Disney Feature Animation (June 22 1977 and November 16 1990), Walt Disney Home Entertainment (August 21 2012), Blu-ray and two DVDs, 78 mins each plus supplements, 1080p high-definition 1.66:1 widescreen, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Rated G, Retail: $39.99 Storyboard: Set in the bustling city of New York, as well as the backwater swamps of […]

Wolverine Anime

Madhouse (2011), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (July 31, 2012), 2 discs, 284 minutes plus supplements, 1.78:1 ratio, Dolby Digital 5.1, Not Rated, Retail: $19.99 Storyboard: The mutant Logan travels to Japan to find his lover, who has been kidnapped by her father for the purpose of an arranged marriage with another crime lord. The Sweatbox […]

John Canemaker Remembers Tissa David

Eminent animation historian John Canemaker wrote a lovely tribute to animator Tissa David for the Wall Street Journal. It’s packed with great insights, including this quote from David: “Animation is such a long, hard work. You have to keep doing, doing, doing to learn. You can only have one love if you want to be […]

“The Colors Of Evil” by Alyse Miller and Phillip Simon

This thesis film by Alyse Miller and Phillip Simon, from Florida’s Ringling College of Art and Design, is a heartwarming tale of a girl, her demon from Hell — and revenge. (Thanks, Steve Gattuso) Cartoon Brew | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Alyse Miller, Phillip Simon, Ringling College of Art and Design

Spike Lee On The Value Of Owning Your Own Brand

Film critic Patrick Goldstein recently wrote his last piece for the LA Times. The article, “Wanted: A Few Good Mavericks“, is about the lack of originality in Hollywood and it’s worth reading in full. In particular though, Goldstein’s bit about what sets Spike Lee apart from other directors in Hollywood stood out: In 1988, not […]

“Life By A Thread” by James Sugrue

New York-based Titmouse animator Jim Sugrue’s latest personal film could use a musical score, but is otherwise a pretty wild ride: Cartoon Brew | Permalink | One comment | Post tags: James Sugrue

GIVEAWAY: “A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books”

Random House, which is a sponsor of Cartoon Brew this month, has provided us with FIVE copies to give away of their new book A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books. The official description: Fans of illustrator Mary Blair will cherish this never-before-published treasury of her Golden Books, which includes material that hasn’t been in […]