Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Animated Inspiration: Simon's Cat 'Snow Business'

For the last Tuesday Animation of the year 2009, here's something that fits the season. British animator Simon Tofeld has released part one of his latest "Simon's Cat" series. This one is titled 'Snow Business' and features his signature cat in a winter wonderland.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Animated Inspiration: Nuttin' For Christmas

Aw, what the heck. Tomorrow is Christmas, so here's another good Christmas-themed animation for all you bad boys and girls out there. Thanks to Karmatoons and Stan Freberg for this animated film. :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Animated Inspiration: Santa's

As Christmas is this week, here's a holiday Grickle to get you in the mood. :) If you haven't watched any of Graham Annable's animations, I highly recommend them for those of you who have a slightly-disturbed sense of humor. The animation is usually limited, but the posing, staging and expressions convey a tremendous amount of information.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Animated Inspiration: Destino

In memory of Roy Disney, who died today at the age of 79, here's a link to his Academy Award nominated animated short film "Destino" (which was based on the works of Salvador Dali). Whereever you are Roy, thank you for watching over the company that your Uncle and your Father built.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Animated Inspiration: We Sing the Forest Electric

This week's animation has something for the techno lovers out there (and you nature lovers as well...and you hunters). Here's a Grickle! Graham Annable is one of those multi-talented animators who raises the bar for the rest of us: not only is he an illustrator and animator, but a musician as well! There's a lot to be said for being a jack-of-all-trades when you're an independent animator, I'm sure it cuts down on production costs dramatically. ;)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Animated Inspiration: Pozzle - The Aquarium

This week's animation is a rather unique one. Misseri Studios created this short animation by animating drops of water. I have to admire their patience for working with such a fluid medium! (no pun intended) :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Always nice to be noticed...

Thistle-Threads and I just received a very nice write-up on Gay Ann Rogers' blog recently. In reference to the needlework animation produced for the NY MET and Bard Graduate Center. The November 21st entry can be read on her blog at: http://gayannrogers.blogspot.com/2009/11/transitioning-out-of-e-week-and-back-to.html.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Animated Inspiration: Brendan and the Secret of Kells & Fedot the Hunter

Since I missed last week due to the holiday (and travelling for work), I'll post two animations this week. The first is a trailer for "Brendan and the Secret of Kells"--the tale of Ireland's greatest national treasure, a visual feast by Cartoon Saloon. This film will be playing in the States next year and after seeing it at the Waterloo Fest, I highly recommend taking the kids to see this one.

The second film for this week is 'Fedot the Hunter'. "With a storyline based on Russian folk tales, 'Fedot' is a social and political satire on contemporary realities of life in Russia. Characters mix archaic Russian language, typical for folklore, with neologisms of modern Russian, providing additional comic effect." This feature-length film is on Google Video, with English Subtitles. Again, having seen this at WFAC, this is another good film to watch with older kids, though you might have to explain some concepts.