Monthly Archives: November 2013

Artist of the Day: Brittney Lee

This week we continue looking at some of the talented artists whose efforts made possible the new Disney feature Frozen. Brittney Lee is credited on the film as a visual development artist. A few of her character studies are below: Brittney specializes in dimensional paper sculpture illustrations. She has created multiple images that relate to […]

VFX Soldier Reveals Himself To Be Daniel Lay

The identity of the anonymous VFX Soldier blogger has been revealed to be technical director Daniel Lay. Lay, who has worked at DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Digital Domain, has spent the last three years chronicling issues that affect the visual effects industry. Lay outed himself this morning while heading the visual effects demonstration […]

LAIKA’s New “Box Trolls” Teaser is the Best Animation Trailer of 2013

How does a stop motion animation studio distinguish itself from the pack and avoid having its film labeled as yet another computer animated film? In their new teaser trailer for Box Trolls, LAIKA met that challenge, and then some. Set to “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” the trailer opens with a full […]

“Steven Universe” Recap: “Cat Fingers”

Remember last week when I was peeved about the lack of father-son time going on in Beach City and how “Light Canon” would’ve been a better fit with “Frybo?” Well I was wrong because this week was on point. “Light Canon” airing after “Cat Fingers” was perfection thanks to the common themes, recurring characters and […]

Family Guy makes good on its promise to kill off major character…but is the death permanent?

Earlier this year, reports started hitting the internet that Family Guy was going to kill off a major character….which is exactly what happened in last night’s episode. E! Online has a spoiler-filled interview with Family Guy executive producer Steve Callaghan about the episode, why the character was killed off, and where the show goes from […]

O Brother Bear, Where Art Thou?: Why Disney Channel turned down Brother Bear: The Series

Ten years ago, Brother Bear, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 44th feature, entered theaters nationwide. Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Feature, the traditionally animated film grossed more than $250 million worldwide, becoming one of the studio’s higher-grossing titles in the early ’00s. But what many folks – including some of Disney’s biggest enthusiasts – don’t realize is […]

“Despicable Me 2,” “Room on the Broom,” “Adventure Time” Win BAFTAs

Although the BAFTA awards are generally touted as Britain’s equivalent to the Oscars, a key difference is that the BAFTAs are divided into multiple sets, amongst them film, television, video games and children’s entertainment. As would be expected, animation tends to be a force to be reckoned with in the last of these areas. The […]

New Mickey and Donald Commercial Animated by Eric Goldberg

Classical hand-drawn animation lovers can’t be too choosy nowadays. We’ve got to get our fix wherever we can find it, so here’s an Eric Goldberg-animated spot for the “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” event at Walt Disney World. It would have been nice to see characters interacting with each other instead of parading in a […]

Will Obama Be Greeted by a Sea of Green at DreamWorks?

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver a speech about the economy at DreamWorks Animation. It is, as far as we know, the first speech ever given by an American President inside of an animation studio. Artists at the studio have been receiving invites to attend his speech, and some employees have posted their invites online: Outside […]

Artist of the Day: Paul Briggs

Our Artist of the Day feature is extra-cool this week because we’re focusing on artists who contributed to Disney’s new film Frozen, which expands nationwide this week. It all begins with story so it’s fitting that our first featured Frozen artist is Paul Briggs, the story supervisor on the film. Earlier this year a live […]