Monthly Archives: October 2012

“Heart” by Erick Oh

Heart presents “questions through abstract metaphors and symbols, illustrated by the human heart”, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the design and admiring the craft. Erick Oh, the director of How to Eat Your Apple, is a Korean animation artist based in California, currently at Pixar. His independent films have been screened at […]

“Ringo” by M.R. Horhager

Happy Halloween! Ringo – or The Story of a Couple who Tried to Revitalize Their Relationship but Instead Ruined a Child by M.R. Horhager (Extreme Nuts) is a dark, disturbing little fable; a perfect treat for this holiday night.

“Despicable Me 2″ trailer

In case you were wondering whatever happened to the idea of animated shorts in movie theaters before the main feature: they still exist as two-minute (or less) trailers. Here’s the latest “Minions” short promoting the release of Despicable Me 2, directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, opening in theaters on July 3, 2013.

“Alfred Skimmy’s Catch of the Day” by Peter Lowey

Melbourne Australia-based animator Peter Lowey made this bizarre little delight in two weeks as his entry in the Graphic Sydney Competition. That explains it.

Why The Disney/Lucasfilm Merger Hurts Artists and Creativity

Veteran animation artist Mark Mayerson has some of the most consistently enlightening perspectives on the business of animation, and his commentary on the Disney buyout of Lucasfilm is a must-read. First, Mark explains why this purchase hurts animation artists in the Bay Area: If you happen to be somebody working in computer animation in the […]

Trailer for The Snow Queen now online (no, not that one…)

A new trailer for The Snow Queen has made its debut online over at…and no, it’s not a first look at Disney’s upcoming Frozen. Instead, it’s an (apparently quite loose?) adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson story from Wizart Animation, one of “the fastest growing animation studios in Russia,” according to the press release. Timur […]

Disney to buy Lucasfilm; New Star Wars trilogy of movies on the way

The Force is strong with the Walt Disney Company. Following years of hosting Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World, the Mouse House has proven that they can now buy virtually anything…including Yoda. The Hollywood Reporter says that Disney is set to buy Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in cash and shares. In addition, the company also […]

Disney Buys Lucasfilm, “Star Wars” Franchise for $4 Billion [UPDATED]

It’s not April Fools’ Day. The Walt Disney Company is acquiring Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise for $4.05 billion. The press release: Global leader in high-quality family entertainment agrees to acquire world-renowned Lucasfilm Ltd, including legendary STAR WARS franchise. Acquisition continues Disney’s strategic focus on creating and monetizing the world’s best branded content, innovative […]

A List of Every Animated Short That Qualified For An Oscar This Year

Here is the the complete list of 57 animated shorts that qualified for the 2012 animated short Oscar, courtesy of Michael Sporn. Bear in mind, anyone can qualify a film for Oscar consideration if they follow the proper steps so being on this list doesn’t signify any kind of special accomplishment. The 57 shorts is […]

Sunday in LA: “Wonderful Days” at USC with Peter Chung

Eight years ago, I wrote about a remarkable-looking Korean animated feature I’d seen that, to this day, hasn’t been officially released in the US: Wonderful Days (aka Sky Blue). The film is an visually dazzling, action packed sci-fi thriller, beautifully realized by its director Kim Moon Saeng. Next Sunday, Nov. 4th at USC, director Saeng, […]