Joyous Noel and all that goes with it. And on this December holiday. we share a short linkfest as you scoop up the Christmas wrapping paper and hual it out to the trash ... starting with the animation chief of Disney/Pixar:
"The whole notion that the audience didn't want to watch hand-drawn animation any more was ridiculous," Lasseter says. "It would be like saying the audience didn't want to watch something made with a particular camera. Give me a break!"
Something new under the sun: an animated television mini-series about the Great Depression:
"The Dark Years," a three-part animated series from the National Film Board [of Canada] and Barna-Alper Productions, is a lively and visually sumptuous look at Canada during the Great Depression that will fascinate even those who have written off our nation's history as tepid.
"We were trying to resurrect Canadian history on television but there weren't a lot of images of that history, and there certainly aren't images of some of the most fascinating stories we discovered," Steven Silver, the director of the series, said in a recent interview.
"So being able to animate it liberated us and meant we could tell any story we wanted to and we'd have a visual language that ran through it. And the animation is really quite beautiful - it's very painterly."
Everybody knows that WALL-E is the next Pixar offering. But what about the feature after that?
Rumor has it that the upcoming 2009 Pixar animated film Up is somewhat a re-telling of the classic Don Quixote fable. For almost 60 years now the Walt Disney Company has been trying to turn Don Quixote into an animated feature film ...
Many animators may have their doubts about motion capture, but the Beowulf actors were into it:
“I loved it,” Ray Winston (Beowulf) told Hollywood Today. “The thing I had to think about the most was the way I moved because I was playing a 6’6’ Viking with an 8 pack! It’s weird. My wife loves it.” Although, he admits that during the shooting of it he wasn’t always so sure. “I felt like an idiot too, you do really feel naked,” he said. “There is a fear of letting go but once you get over that barrier you just let yourself go. The first time I saw it just blew me away. Even without all the gizmos, the story is still really great and that’s why I’m proud of it.”
May your Yuletide be bright. Or at least a warm soft glow.