Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Creative New Year’s Greeting by Rafael Sommerhalder

A brilliantly simple and creative New Year’s greeting by Swiss animator Rafael Sommerhalder. I won’t say anything more.

Gallery: The Amazing Character Designs of Ferdinand Horvath

Let us celebrate the final day of 2012 with inspiring visuals in the form of character designs and studies by animation legend Ferdinand Horvath (1891-1973). Horvath was a European émigré who moved to the United States in 1921 after spending much of World War I in Russian prison camps. He worked for six years at […]

“I Have Your Heart” by Crabapple, Boekbinder, & Batt

I Have Your Heart is a new stop-motion paper animated music video; a delightful collaboration between New York illustrator Molly Crabapple, musician/performer Kim Boekbinder, and Melbourne-based animator Jim Batt (director behind the very cool Want It Back music video for Amanda Palmer). This video was crowdfunded through Kickstarter – and as for distribution, Batt told […]

Join the KKK (That’s Krazy Kat Klub, You Racist!)

There’s some ugly stuff that can occasionally be found in the dusty bins of animation history. The Vintage Cinema Ads Facebook page uncovered a wildy inappropriate ad promoting Krazy Kat theatrical animated shorts. The double-meaning of this ad would have been more evident at the time of its publication in 1925 when the Ku Klux […]

Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2

Disney/Pixar (2007-2012), Walt Disney Home Entertainment (November 13 2012), Blu-ray plus DVD disc, 75 mins plus supplements, 1080p high-definition multi-ratio widescreen, DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby True-HD 5.1 and 7.1, Not Rated (Canadian Home Video rated G), Retail: $39.99 Storyboard: Following the initial volume some years back, this update has twelve Pixar shorts, of a […]

Steve Jobs Promotes “Toy Story”

Three months before Toy Story was released, Pixar owner Steve Jobs took to the stage at the SIGGRAPH conference and explained why the film represented a major leap in film technology. It’s a rare bit of animation history that I was happy to discover on YouTube: (via @Jonezee99)

In Memoriam: Members of the Animation Community We Lost in 2012

As we approach the end of another year, let us take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of the animation community members who we lost in 2012. Some of these people devoted their entire lives to animation while others worked in interrelated fields and only occasionally ventured into frame-by-frame territory. What they all […]

Keiji Nakazawa, Creator of “Barefoot Gen”, RIP

Keiji Nakazawa, the creator of the manga series Barefoot Gen, passed away on December 19th from lung cancer. He was 73 years old. His comic, which was adapted into animated and live-action features as well as a dramatic TV series, was inspired by his own experiences as a survivor of the American bombing of Hiroshima […]

Will Christmas holidays save Monsters, Inc. 3-D?

Disney’s re-release of Monsters, Inc. in 3-D has been having a less than jolly holiday so far, earning less than $7 million since it opened last Wednesday, Box Office Mojo is reporting. The film was originally set to relaunch in theaters next January, until Disney had the (bizarre) decission to release it during the busy Christmas […]

Finding Nemo: Ultimate Collector’s Edition

Disney/Pixar (May 30 2003), Walt Disney Home Entertainment (December 4 2012), 5-Disc combo pack with Blu-ray 3D and two Blu-ray discs plus DVD and Digital Copy, 100 mins plus supplements, 1080p high-definition 1.78:1 widescreen, Dolby True-HD 7.1, Rated G, Retail: $49.99 Storyboard: When little clownfish Nemo is fished out of the ocean, his father Marlin […]