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Sayreville

Psychic Prairie Dog just called to tell me somebody near Sayreville, NJ(?) is a big fan.

To Cause a Witch to Die

I LOVE this animation!!! Wish they’d make more.

Jim Flora

Jim Flora

One of my favorite Illustrator/Designers from the 40′ & 50′s.

James “Jim” Flora (January 25, 1914 – July 9, 1998), best known for his distinctive and idiosyncratic album cover art for RCA Victor and Columbia Records during the 1940s and 1950s, was also a prolific commercial illustrator from the 1940s to the 1970s and the author/illustrator of 17 popular children’s books.

UPA remastered

Several years ago a Sr. Art Director remarked to me: “your work looks like Gerald McBoing Boing”. I laughed (but not really comprehending) having only heard of G.M.B. as it was kinda before my time. After researching G.M.B. & UPA I realized that I was standing on the shoulders of giants! Who the heck WERE these guys whose style I LOVED and had unknowingly co-opted 50(?) some years after their original creation? So I was super thrilled when TCM and Sony Pictures offered a set of re-mastered UPA shorts including “38 theatrical cartoons from the most critically-acclaimed cartoon studio of the 1950s.”!!

This’ll surely be mind-numbingly boring to my 10 y.o. who was weened on Harry Potter, The Madagascars, anything post ’01 Pixar, etc. But for me it’s solid gold because now I could see what inspired the guys who inspired the guys who inspired ME!

Backwater Gospel

THE most insanely cool animation I’ve seen in a long time.

Rabbit Heart

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RIP Old Mule

It was a sad day today as we had to put the first version of RentedMule down. She came to life in South Florida back in 1999, two years before our first daughter was born. Tho she served us well, her cantankerous Flash-enabled technological ways had fallen out of favor amongst the interwebs. The neighbors were beginning to complain so we took her out behind the barn to do what was right. She knew it was her time and went peacefully.

The old girl will be missed. =[

8/20/11

Old Skool Animators

Daly notes a difference in the way they (traditional 2D animators) animate compared to those trained only in 3D. She says, “I think often times, 2D people come from a deep art background. So what we’re seeing is that there’s a different level of artistry in their animation once they master 3D. Not to say that people who have been 3D animators are inferior, but the 2D animators are able to translate their art really effectively in a 3D medium in a way that, generally speaking, a lot of people didn’t think they’d be able to.”

Animator and director Don Bluth (Titan A.E., Anastasia) echoes Daly’s statement. Don Bluth Films most recently made its first venture into 3D with cinematics for the Namco video game I-Ninja. He says of 2D animators, “They understand the principles of animation better than anyone. When we were doing I-Ninja, there was one guy among all the animators, an older guy who had done 2D his whole life long. It’s the difference between night and day when you see what he animates compared to the other guys who have never really drawn with a pencil. His animation is very spicy, very alive.”

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