Fred Patten takes an in-depth look at a new book chronicling the history of animation under the Third Reich.
Article Type: Review
It’s a “plunderful life” aboard ship as the Hugh Grant-voiced Pirate Captain leads his crew on a rather convoluted adventure chasing fame, fortune and a stolen Dodo bird.
Joe Strike dives beneath the rotting flesh of Laika's new film "Paranorman" and uncovers some surprising facts about Chris Butler and Sam Fell's 3D stop-motion zombie romp.
Tim Hodge’s new self published book is a fun collection of hand drawn postcards and decorated envelopes.
I see a lot of TV animation for kids. Sounds pretty enviable, doesn’t it? Well, it is when you stumble upon godsends like the shows Yo Gabba Gabba! Otherwise, it’s a pretty hellish experience being forced to hear god-awful music and watch screaming adult-voiced kids, bad animation, idiotic storylines, and annoying dialogue, writing, and plots that read like they’re were made by a factory of Ned Flanders clones.
There’s a reason very few studios make stop-motion feature films – like trying to out-talk Lena Dunham, it’s unbelievably difficult. Credit LAIKA - ParaNorman is exquisitely animated, with a depth of visuals and fluidity of motion that is truly fantastic. You’ve never seen stop-motion like this. The acting, the range of motion, the sets, the props, the costumes, and the attention to detail is apparent in every scene.
I really enjoyed this film, and can relate to Norman because I have been bullied before, like most people, for being different. The film is very emotional and about proving one’s inner power. I am really impressed by how the animators created the film out of stop motion! I marveled at the intricate metal skeleton design of the assembly for the puppets used for the making of the film.
Chronicle's new book goes in-depth to show the considerable differences and complexity of a full stop-motion feature utilizing LAIKA’s unique techniques.
…When we last left Mark, he was battling with a number-crunching Klingon and trying to Trek into the big Comic-Con sessions, where evidently too many had gone before him…
Brad Clark, our intrepid character rigging master, puts Autodesk’s latest software suite through its paces.
Our tireless festival stalwart Nancy Phelps shares her in-depth perspective on this year’s Annecy festival.
Brave is a ravishing film full of humor, action, and stunning imagery. This movie is the first Pixar film with a girl as the main character. The film is a feast for the eyes, especially the scenes of Merida in the woods with the cryptic blue wisps.
Though there was just too much for anyone to see or do, if you can only attend one festival next year I highly recommend that you come to the TrickFilm Animation Festival.
Overall, Brave is an entertaining and even groundbreaking piece of work, both for its gutsy heroine and Pixar’s new ‘Presto’ animation system, responsible for Merida’s fiery red flowing locks.
Premiering at The Los Angeles Film Festival last Sunday June 17th, Disney’s "Paperman," directed by John Kahrs and produced by Kristina Reed, is a very sweet short film that embodies Disney’s optimism and romanticism.
Success brings contracts, and contracts bring legalese. To get past the legalese painlessly, you need a good crib sheet and The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers gives you just that.
Madagascar 3 is a great film for kids, using different arrays of color and physical humor to keep them excited while still catering to adults. The visuals can become overwhelming though, and I left the theatre feeling exhausted by the onslaught of images.
This new book celebrates in wonderful detail the art, rather than the making, of Pixar’s latest feature film.
DreamWorks' MADAGASCAR series has always been its attempt to bring a Looney Tunes vibe to animated features. In the third installment, the frenetic pace of classic Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck shorts is turned up to 11. While the series has never produced anything truly inspired, it has delivered entertainment and here Alex and friends get into the entertainment business.