Monthly Archives: April 2013

More How to Train Your Dragon 2 artwork

Our friends The Rotoscopers have scooped new promotional artwork for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2. In addition to images reported last week, their assortment features the characters Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid and a slew of new creatures. Directed by Dean DeBlois, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is expected to enter theaters June […]

Disney’s Planes to take off at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Walt Disney Studios announced today that Planes will have a special screening at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the nation’s largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts. The screening will take place at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI, on Friday, August 2 – one week before the film hits theaters nationwide. Disney’s Planes to take off […]

These Are My Seven ‘Desert Island’ Animation Reference Books

What are the essential reference books that anyone with an interest in animation history should have on their bookshelf? It’s a question I’ve rarely seen discussed and would be curious to hear readers’ feedback. I’m not asking about the best written books about the art form, but rather the books that offer valuable information to […]

Memorial Service for 2D Animation Planned for San Diego Comic-Con

Hollywood animation studios seem to think that 2D animation is dead so we may as well go ahead and make it official. Former Walt Disney Feature Animation artist Raul Aguirre Jr. is organizing a mock-memorial service for hand-drawn animation that will take place this summer at the San Diego Comic-Con. He put out a call […]

Japanese Beverage Drinkers Can Create Disney Animation with Their Bottles

A Japanese beverage company is encouraging its drinkers to animate their drink bottles after they’ve finished drinking its contents. They are printing a series of Disney characters on the sides of their tea-drink packaging. Each drawing is numbered, like this: After someone has collected all the bottles in a series, they can photograph the draiwngs […]

“Transe Le Gros” by Julie Faure-Brac

This sequence—Transe Le Gros—by Julie Faure-Brac was made for “Incantations”, an interactive installation produced in collaboration with dancer Rachid Ouramdane. It premiered in 2009 at “La Nuit Blanche” in Paris. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen an animated piece capture the frenzied fervor of ritualistic practice and the disturbing sense of chaos and comedy […]

A Play about the Death of Walt Disney That May or May Not Be About His Death

Fictionalized accounts of Walt Disney’s life are all the rage this season, so much so that even the Walt Disney Company is inventing random stories about its founder that are loosely based in fact. On Monday, the Soho Rep in Manhattan will debut a new play written by Lucas Hnath called “A Public Reading of […]

Parts of The Don Bluth Archive Are Viewable Online

In 2005, Don Bluth and producing partner Gary Goldman donated their animation archives to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). The substantial collection includes all the artwork they had saved beginning with Banjo the Woodpile Cat in 1979, as well as administrative and legal documents, scripts, unproduced concepts and publicity materials. SCAD is currently […]

Animated Fragments #23

It’s the return of a readers’ favorite: Animated Fragments. These clips celebrate the briefest of the brief: short animated experiments, work-in-progress clips, advertising pieces, animated GIFs, trailers and and small pieces that otherwise wouldn’t have a home on Cartoon Brew. For more, visit the Animated Fragments archive. “La zona blanca” by Reza Riahi (Iran/France) “Louis” […]

Animation Legend Ken Mundie Pitches “The Match” on Kickstarter

Director and animator Ken Mundie, who is in his late-’80s, is probably the oldest animator to date who has used Kickstarter to fund an animated short. The project he’s pitching is something he’s been working on for years called The Match. Here’s a short test from the project for which he’s aiming to raise $10,000. […]