Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Strip of The Day

School Returns Once Again

I have already completed the Graphic Design Program at Red River College, now as of Aug.28, I've begun Digital Multimedia Technology!

Why would I do this you ask? I feel that having the knowledge of both courses will land me a great job doing what I love to do. Retail is fine, but I wouldn't want to live there.

For information on Graphic Design, check this link:
http://graphicdesign.rrc.mb.ca/

For information on Digital Multimedia, check this link:
http://me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Default.aspx?Link=Programs.asp?DeliveryCode=F

It's going to be a lot of hard work, but it should pay off in the end.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Strip of The Day

Simpsons Spin Off Rumor

I was just watching the seventh season episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" with commentary, and something interesting was mentioned.

"We actually tried to use this show as the inspiration for a spin-off of The Simpsons..."
"We talked about doing a show called "Tales of Springfield" or something like that in which every week would be a different thing. It might be 3 shorts about other characters. It might be "Little Homer", adventures of Homer as a boy. Or it might be "Teen Homer"...."
"It would be individual Simpsons segments but you wouldn't have to tie it into the family, cause there's this whole other world out there...."
"We've been talking about it for about 6 years with (Matt Groening)."

Now that the movie is underway, maybe there will be a whole new spin-off show premiering afterward? This idea also seems to be the inspiration for an eighth season episode, "Simpson's Spin-Off Showcase".

So who knows for sure? It might happen, it might not.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

No Meat Today

At least they try....

Strip of The Day

Since I had no time to add a strip for Saturday, here's a double dose of strips today just for you!
Heck, let's make it triple....

The Plastic Man Pilot

Check out the cool 2006 Plastic Man pilot created by Warner Bros Animation for Cartoon Network!
Unfortunately, the show was not picked up. Oh well, maybe they had other ideas in mind....
Also, check out Stephen DeStefano's blog for more Plastic Man artwork! Clik the link on the right!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Megatron Description Released

Over at Aint It Cool News they’ve posted some pictures of what Megatron is going to look like in the Transformers movie. They’ve gone away from the gun idea of the original cartoon and decided to make him a robot that turns into an alien jet. I don’t know how you guys feel about this but I don’t like it. Megatron needs to be a gun and as a robot he needs to have a f**king massive gun on his arm. This version just doesn’t work for me.
Update: Said images have since been removed. So dont bother going looking now :) Instead enjoy the Transformers Posters below. OR perhaps Watch the Transformers Teaser Trailer !
In 1984, the Transformers brand took the world by storm with its compelling saga of the "Robots in Disguise," and quickly became a childhood rite of passage with a tremendously successful toy line from Hasbro and Takara, comic book series, television program and animated feature film. The new movie is scheduled to come to cinemas July 4th 2007.

Animated Creativity: 1991

Here is an amusing cartoon commenting on the creativity process of network executives.
I came across it in a 1991 issue of Comics Scene.

Will Finn on Animation: Circa 1988

Here's an interesting article from a 1988 issue of Korkis and Cawley's Cartoon Quarterly.
Will Finn, a writer and animator for major companies at the time, wrote about his thoughts on the condition that animated programs were at back in 1988.
Quite funny actually, it almost sounds like today's standards.

Arthur Q. Bryan: Elmer's Voice

Animation World Magazine's website has an in-depth article on the life of actor, Arthur Q. Bryan.
He was as rare as a voice actor could be because his name may not be well-known, but I bet his voice was.
A famous catchphrase he spoke was:
"Be vewy, vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits! Hehhehheheheh.."
Click the link to read more on this underrated voice actor!
http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=pageone&article_no=2977&page=1

Strip of The Day

PLUTO: 1930 - 2006

Looks like our solar system just got smaller.

As of August 24/ 2006, the former ninth planet has been demoted to a "dwarf planet" status.

Hit the link and read on....

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-pluto25aug25,0,1325722.story?coll=la-home-headlines
Who let that dog in here?

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Modern Cartoons Need More Energy

I was just watching a 1946 cartoon called Kitty Kornered tonight. It's directed by the zaniest Warner Bros director, Bob Clampett.
I got to thinking, it's been a while since modern cartoon producers have created anything that has come close to the kind of kinetic energy that Clampett's cartoons had. The only ones I can think of are the cartoons from the 1990's. Such as Tiny Toons, Ren & Stimpy, Animaniacs, Taz-Mania, Shnookums & Meat, etc....
Someone should create a new series that has everything a cartoon should have. Energy, personality, timing, and animated-belivability (meaning impossible stunts, but made belivable by the character's belivability).
What do you people think?

Strip of The Day

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Strip of The Day

Just In Case You Forgot......

TVshowsonDVD.com has the press release about Looney Tunes Golden Collection 4 that lists all the shorts plus bonus features and cover art!
Follow the link and read all about it!
http://tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=6334

Monday, August 21, 2006

Strip of The Day

Happy 100th Birthday Friz

Dedicated to Friz Freleng 1907 - 1995

One of the great directors from Warner Bros' Termite Terrace, Freleng had impeccable timing and ability to fashion fully rounded, credible characters gave his cartoons a kind of classicism - a wholeness and balance through which humor and beauty became one. While his showman's sense generally favored the pratfalls and pain gags of slapstick, he often found room for moments of tenderness. As Chuck Jones has written: "No student of animation can safely ignore the wizardry of (Freleng's) cartoons - if they can stop laughing long enough to seriously study thier beauty."

I must say that Friz has been one of my favorite Looney Tunes directors. He has directed cartoons featuring the first team up of Tweety and his own creation, Sylvester the cat. He introduced a tiny, easily-annoyed cowboy named Yosemite Sam to Bugs Bunny. He has been inserted into several background paintings of several cartoons.

I have chosen to post about a 1951 cartoon directed by Friz Freleng entitled "Canned Feud".
I have watched this cartoon many times and have decided it is one of my favorite Friz cartoons due to the fact that his designs of Sylvester's many facial expressions and energized actions make this story stand out from the rest.

The story goes as such, a family leaves for a two-week vacation and forget to put out the cat. Namely Sylvester. Scared to starve to death, Syl rushes through the kitchen to find a heaping supply of canned cat food. Unfortunately, there is no can opener to be found because of a wiseguy mouse. Sylvester tries many desperate attempts to retrive the opener from the mouse and ends up recieving many a beating. Fed up, Syl blows up the mousehole, along with himself, and finally regains the opener. Delighted, the housecat rushes to eat but discovers that the pantry is now locked with the mouse holding the key.

Friz Freleng was a great asset in the field of animation and still is today.
Happy 100th Friz.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Mystery Box

Here's another flash animated sort I did. There's a little bit of a plot here.
Hope you like it.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Friday, August 18, 2006

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto

Now this adult-animated feature looks like it could be interesting:

"Based on a Zombie-authored comic book from a few years back, the film is an R-rated action-comedy cartoon about a retired Lucadore and his sexy secret agent sister and their battle against an evil super villian, his zombies and... oh yes... Hitler's head in a jar. It's loaded with female nudity and lots of gratuitous bloodshed... and it's hilarious. Laugh out loud funny. It's got an absolutely manic, Harvey Kurtzman-on-speed, storyline and it works. With funny drawings, skillful art direction, and an all-star voice cast (Paul Giamatti is Dr. Satan, pictured above) -- it's a lot better than it has any right to be."

This bit of article was taken from Jerry Beck's comment on Cartoon Brew. Check out the rest of the article over at Cartoonbrew.com!
http://cartoonbrew.com/

Here's the link to the official site of The Haunted World of El Superbeasto:
http://www.elsuperbeasto.com/

Gummi Bears Fact Sheet

TVshowsonDVD.com has just recieved Disney Home Video's fact sheet for the release of Gummi Bears Volume 1!
http://tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=6299

Eric Goldberg: An Interview

Animated-news.com has an exclusive conversation with animator Eric Goldberg.

http://www.animated-news.com/archives/00005372.html

The interview talks about his return to Disney Animation and many highlights of his career. Also get a first look at his latest work, "A Monkey's Tale".