Category: Short Films

Blogs Idiots’ Diary #24: Surprises with the Academy Shortlist

Several weeks ago, I went to the Academy screening of all the eligible animated shorts – about 30 films. It's one of my favorite events, because often I discover films I've never seen before and I always have a film that I'm trying to get nominated.

Blogs Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) x 20

Special Guest: Ottawa International Animation Festival - Part 1. Full laurels, keys to capitals, and banks of international accolades might weigh down other comedy podcast journaltarians of animation, but never for the lion-hearted, docu-brave, master news-making martyrs (and hyperbolically humble) Joel Frenzer and Alan Foreman. Join them as they interview animation's brightest and best about books, inappropriate cartoons, competing podcasts, pirates, and pumpkins - live from North America's largest festival of international animation in Ottawa, ON in 2010 at the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2010.

Blogs DESTINO (2003) (***1/2)

Sensual is not a word often thought of when one thinks of a Disney animated film. But this Disney short flows with it. But this isn't just any Disney short, it originated as a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali. A seemingly unlikely pair of artists to work together. Disney wanted to experiment with the animation form and Dali saw animation as a perfect way to explore surrealism on film. The project started in the 1940s with Dali drawing dozens of images, but the film never came to be. Following the production of FANTASIA/2000, Roy E. Disney championed its completion using original storyboards and journals.

Headline News 2010 Annual Annie Award Nods Announced

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announces nominations today for the 38th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation including best animated feature, television production, commercials, short subjects, video games and outstanding individual achievements.

Blogs Blu-ray: FANTASIA (1940) and FANTASIA/2000 (2000)

For any film fan this release needs to be on your holiday wish list. Visually, both films are presented flawlessly in 1080p. In FANTASIA, the live-action sequences have never looks so rich. The silhouetted musicians are more dynamic because the blacks are so deep. As for the animated sequences, they look marvelous. There isn’t a hint of dirt or dust to be found. And unlike some restorations of Disney animated films, the cel painted frames retain their handmade quality. The landmark visual effects particularly stood out to me. The glow of the fairies in the “Nutcracker Suite” section felt more luminous than in previous presentations. The colors are rich and the true achievement of the film’s artistry has never been so crystal clear in a home entertainment release. The only slight issue is some color bleeding in the live-action sequences, but I’d argue that was from the negative.

Headline News Foghorn Leghorn and Tweety & Sylvester Super Stars DVDs Arrive

Foghorn Leghorn, the lovable, mischievous rooster and his pals Tweety and Sylvester are the next to headline Warner Home Video’s (WHV) Looney Tunes Super Stars releases, the newest series of DVDs celebrating classic Looney Tunes characters.

Blogs KLIK 2010: 5 Non-Stop Days of The Best of Animation

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 29, 2010 at 5:40pm

I first met the organizers of the KLIK Animation Festival at the Annecy Animation Festival a couple of years ago and they assured me that their festival is fun, fun, fun. When they invited me to Amsterdam to be on the Short Films and Political Animation jury, I jumped at the opportunity and it did turn out to be some serious fun.

Headline News SIGGRAPH Asia Reveals Its Elements Of Imagination

The third edition of the highly anticipated ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition in Asia will be held in the capital city of Seoul, Korea, from 15 to 18 December at Coex Convention and Exhibition Center.

Headline News Comedy Central Picks Up Robot Chicken Producer Pilot

Comedy Central has bought the rights to a new untitled animated anthology show from ShadowMachine, the producer of ROBOT CHICKEN and MORAL OREL, reports Deadline.com.

Headline News Red Stick Festival Announces 2010 Best of the Fest Winners

The Red Stick International Animation Festival has selected the finalists for its seven Best of the Fest film competition categories from among the record 437 films submitted this year.

Headline News SIGGRAPH ASIA 2010 Publishes Computer Animation Festival and Tech Paper Video Trailers

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 3:35pm

SIGGRAPH Asia, coming this December 15-18 in Seoul, South Korea, has published their Computer Animation Festival and Technical Papers video trailers.

Blogs Final Thoughts on the Films at Ottawa

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 5:22pm

No other festival I’m aware of consistently generates as much controversy as does the Ottawa Festival. People may scratch their heads at the judging decisions in Annecy (insert favorite French joke here), but in Ottawa, beer-fueled grumbling and incessant whining are as much a part of the annual festivities as head-scratching competition screening introductions and the cavalcade of toothless panhandlers lining Rue Rideau.

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