Monthly Archives: December 2013

Artist of the Day: Milos Rajkovic

Milos “Sholim” Rajkovic is a Serbian artist who has found a unique way to express his anti-war and anti-corrupt corporation/government/religion sentiments: with animated GIFs. Rajkovic creates animated portraits of anonymous archetypes with deconstructed heads and symbolic components that operate like finely tuned machines. Everything is fair game: a religious figure with alter, candles, and a […]

“Season’s Greetings from Krampus” by Screen Novelties

Post-holiday blues got you down? It’s still not too late to enjoy one final round of holiday cheer with this animated greeting produced by Los Angeles-based Screen Novelties. The beast-like character, Krampus, is rooted in Germanic folklore, and if the crew at Screen Novelties has their way, Krampus will star in longer-form tales in the […]

The Most Viewed Cartoon Brew Posts of 2013

A few days ago, I shared some of my favorite Cartoon Brew posts from the past year. Today, we reveal the top 30 posts of 2013 based on the number of pageviews each post received. In other words, don’t blame us—you clicked on it! The top three most-clicked posts of the year suggest the unpredictability […]

Artist of the Day: Kenard Pak

Kenard Pak is an artist in San Francisco who has worked as a visual development artist at DreamWorks Animation, PDI/DreamWorks, and Walt Disney Animation Studios. More recently, Pak has been illustrating picture books; his first of two books is due to be published in 2014. Pak excels at capturing an expansive, airy feeling in his […]

Phase 4 copies Disney’s Frozen

Smaller studios are are infamous for copying Disney’s successful animated features. These films are quickly released to DVD to ride in the wake of Disney’s name. Usually these studios are left to their own devices, but sometimes Disney finds issues to sue. Phase 4 Films changed the title of its 3D animated film from The […]

Preview: “The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic”

Imagine this: A mysterious, dashing German émigré shows up at the Disney Studio on the eve of World War II. He works there for a little over two years on Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Bambi, and keeps a meticulous secret notebook of how the studio achieved its propietary special effects. He never works in animation after […]

If the Fleischer Studios Made a Videogame in the 1930s, It Would Look Like Cuphead

Next year looks like it might be a vintage year for fans of cartoony indie-produced games. Not only can we look forward to Cloudface, we can also anticipate Cuphead, a game that will be “hand drawn and inked in the 1930s style.” The developer Studio MDHR has the classic animation look pegged, from lush watercolor […]

“Frozen” Has An Amazing 5th Weekend, On Pace to Set Disney Records

Moving back up from third to second place, Disney’s Frozen grossed a spectacular $28.8 million (estimated), pushing the film’s domestic total to $248.4M and all but guaranteeing that it will surpass the $300 million mark in the United States. The film also stands a solid chance of beating The Lion King’s $311.5M total to become […]

Disney Files Trademark Lawsuit Over “Frozen Land”

Phase 4 Films, the esteemed Canadian film distributor of animated classics such as Kiara the Brave and Life’s a Jungle: Africa’s Most Wanted, has found itself in legal hot water over its latest masterpiece, Frozen Land. On December 20, Disney filed a lawsuit against Phase 4 alleging trademark infringement and false advertising. Read the full […]

Disney says out with the old and in with the old?

Characters that Walt Disney himself worked on are still popular today and according to the Motley Fool 2015 will be the year of vintage Disney. The Fool brings to our attention the Descendants project, about the children of Disney heroes and villains in a high school. It is a single made-for-TV movie in live-action, but […]