Monthly Archives: July 2013

“Stress Baal” Lets Users Beat Up a Cartoon Character for Relief

Filmmaker and animator Arthur Metcalf (Fantaisie in Bubblewrap, It Took A While To Figure Shit Out) has taken a moment between short films to create Stress Baal, a new game app that is now available for iPhone and Android phones. The game, which features a high-strung imp ready to be tortured for the amusement of […]

CG Animated Films Are Dominating the 2013 Global Box Office

The Wall Street Journal published a story last weekend about Hollywood’s struggle to recoup its costs on big-budget tentpole films, but there’s one bright spot the WSJ (along with the rest of the mainstream media) always fail to recognize and that’s that animation is more successful than ever before. Despite Turbo’ stumble at the box […]

“Parametric Expression” by Mike Pelletier

Amsterdam-based digital artist Mike Pelletier describes his experimental piece Parametric Expression as “a series of ambient video loops exploring quantified emotion.” It might also be seen as the contemporary (and somewhat creepier) CGI equivalent of Bill Plympton’s Your Face. However you see the piece, it’s hard to look away from the jarring facial contortions on […]

Layout Artist Maurice Noble Didn’t Get Along With Chuck Jones

In their new episode, the podcast 99% Invisible profiles legendary layout artist Maurice Noble. Noble made significant contributions to Disney films like Dumbo and Bambi, but he is better known for his layout and design work with Chuck Jones on memorable Warner Bros. shorts like Duck Amuck, Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, Ali Baba […]

Despicable Me 2 crosses $300 million mark; sequel banned from China

It was expected to be the summer of Iron Man and Superman, but it’s also proven to be the summer of the Minion. After just a few weeks, Despicable Me 2 has crossed the $300 million mark, Box Office Mojo is reporting. The sequel is now the sixth highest grossing animated movies of all time, behind […]

“Lady with Long Hair” by Barbara Bakos

Lady with Long Hair by Barbara Bakos is our third debut in Cartoon Brew’s 2013 Student Animation Festival. The graduation film was produced at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary. The film tells the story of an old woman who relives memories of her life contained within her hair. Bakos tackles […]

First Free Birds poster revealed

The first poster for Free Birds is now online, and can be seen over at Yahoo! Movies. The ad proudly proclaims that the film is “The Greatest Turkey Movie of All Time!” Whether or not it will live up to that bold promise remains to be seen, but audiences can judge for themselves when Free […]

Jon M. Chu gives Masters of the Universe update

Long in development hell, Sony Pictures has been trying to get a live-action Masters of the Universe movie off the ground for years. The project finally found a director in G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s Jon. M Chu, but judging from a recent interview he gave with ComingSoon.Net, it sounds like it’s going to be a long […]

Now Playing: Pacific Rim and more

We love animation, but there are a lot of other movies out there. Now Playing features brief mostly spoiler free critiques of non-animated films currently in theatres that you can feel safe reading before heading out to the theatre. Pacific Rim Up front I’m going to say I’m probably not the target audience for Pacific […]

Docter talks Inside Out

Pete Docter, the Academy Award winning director of Up, recently discussed his upcoming film Inside Out with The Hollywood Reporter. The plot focuses on an 11 year old girl and what exactly goes on in her mind as she goes about her life. “One story is hard enough. This is two stories that need to […]