Friday, November 19, 2010

Rainy Weekend Link Festival

The Burbank Animation Expo (across from the Bob Hope Airport) began today.

... [On November 20] Jean Giraud, a.k.a. Moebius, the 78-year-old artist whose work has rippled throughout pop culture and influenced several generations of filmmakers and comic-book artists ... is a featured speaker at the CTN Animation Expo ... at the Burbank Convention Center.

Be there or ... miss out.

Comedy Central will shortly be doing more cartoons using the Cartoon Network model:

Comedy Central has picked up an animated pilot from TV and film production company ShadowMachine (Robot Chicken, Moral Orel). The untitled project will serve as a showcase for original animated comedy shorts, with each micro series coming from a different creator/writer

I'm so old I remember when Fred Seibert at Hanna-Barbera was doing the same thing ...

So is it all going to ... Southeast Asia?

Animation Industry Finds a Home in Singapore

...Many of the changes in the Singaporean animation landscape can be attributed to the arrival of Lucasfilm, which opened the doors of its digital studio in Singapore in 2005. The presence of the big Hollywood name acted like a magnet, attracting more companies and creating employment opportunities. ...

(One thing for certain sure: Singapore isn't a low-rent/ low-cost area in which to do animation.)

In case you missed this small item while I was out campaigning, we offer it now:

...My buddy Hunter over at Blue Sky Disney seems to think [Disney directors John Musker and Ron Clements] ... will dive right into the crazy imagination of Terry Prachett from his 4th Discworld book, "Mort"...

J. Katzenberg took some time on a Miami cruise to tout the DWA brand:

Six of the top-grossing movies this year have been 3-D films, Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told CNBC Friday. ... Katzenberg acknowledged that 3-D movies don’t always thrill audiences. “This was the beginning of a very new way to experience movies in movie theaters,” he said. ...

(I'm not sure how thrilled Jeffrey was being called "Jeff" by the anchors.)

The Daily Telegraph names its favorite "adult animations."

Renaissance (2006)

Influenced by American film noir such as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and M Le Maudit, Christian Volckman’s debut feature is a shadowy Blade Runner style detective story, set in Paris 2053. The high contrast black and white makes for a stunningly original dystopian cityscape, while still managing to capture some depth in the characters movements and emotions. ...

Not long ago, I was told by a Cartoon Network management person that one of their live action shows wasn't going too well. Guess it wasn't.

Cartoon Network’s first hourlong live-action series Unnatural History is history. The cable network has opted not to pick up a second season ...

So maybe Cartoon Network will produce ... more cartoons?

We'll end with the trailer for Pixar's next big summer movie.


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