Saturday, October 29, 2011

Weekend Reading (and Viewing)

A few pieces on animation:

Phineas and Ferb gets Toy Story writer ... plus live action.

Laika's oncoming feature Paranorman, in the Burton tradition.

Forbes Magazine speculates about Puss in Boots' (and DWA's) future.

Ed Catmull remembers Steve Jobs and the beginnings of Pixar.

God is a Geek describes the "Disney Universe" multi-player game.

Character designer Jay Schuster discusses Cars 2.

And, still on a Pixar-related kick ... John Lasseter and his winery.

Lastly, the Disney Channel goes to Russia.

Have a sumptious, life-fulfilling weekend. (Meaning, sleep in on Sunday)


Marco said...

So, good to read of continuing signs of life among traditional forms of animation.

Traditional Stop-Motion (with 'CG enhancements' from the looks of it) "ParaNorman" looks great.

And news of a new 2D theatrical movie based on the hit 2D animation series 'Phineas & Ferb' is a good thing too. (please Disney don't off-shore the animation , but do it in L.A.)

Will be interesting to see what the "live-action" component of the Phineas & Ferb movie will be.

"Disney is hiring Michael Arndt to write a draft of the script, said a person familiar with the movie who was not authorized to talk about it publicly. Arndt brings some heat--he's of course the writer of "Toy Story 3," for which he was nominated for an Oscar, and also won an Academy Award for writing "Little Miss Sunshine" back in 2007.

The initial "Phineas and Ferb" script has been written by show creators Swampy Marsh and Dan Povenmire, who have spent recent months working on that script and continue to work on the show. Unlike "Toy Story"--and the cable series itself--the "Phineas and Ferb" movie will be a mix of live action and animation. A Disney spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment."

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