Feb 25, 2017

The Oscars, Pearl

I caught the Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017: Animation at the Ritz on Tuesday.

My favorites are the half-hour Pear Cider and Cigarettes, with its noir-style animation reminiscent of The Maxx, and Pearl.

Pearl (Patrick Osborne, 2016)
I just found out that this story about a father/daughter family as seen from the passenger side of a car was animated so that the viewer can look around the environment freely while it's playing. It's a great animation of itself, but if you click on the arrows in the top left corner, you can look around the inside of the car! Neat!

As for the full-length animation, I haven't seen any of them. But my vote is already for The Red Turtle, which I'll be watching at the Ritz this afternoon.

Done by the deadline

My new animation was completed and delivered on time. It's 58 seconds long. I missed a full minute by two seconds! I'll post it in the Animation section after its premiere at the festival.

I really want to advertise this event, but it has an overcrowding problem. Every year the animators alone take up half the space. This year the festival is invitation-only so the hosts don't get in trouble with the fire department.

It's likely the festival will have a second showing in a much larger space at the University of the Arts. I'm already looking forward to it. If that happens, details will absolutely appear here.

Feb 19, 2017

Animation, voices 2


This is from the middle of my new animated short, Drawing the Figure. The due date for the animation festival is this Friday. So far so good. I just need a little more of this, the opening and the ending.


Feb 15, 2017

Animation, voices


The ComedySportz improvisational comedy classes I took last year helped me explore my range of characters and funny voices. Lately, I've been improvising into an audio recorder, hoping to capture a segment worth animating. This is the start of my entry in the upcoming Philadelphia Independents animation screening.

Feb 9, 2017

Great animated shorts

My day job is closed today due to snow. Wanna watch some cartoons?

5 Great Cartoons

Slick Hare (Fritz Freleng, 1947)
Probably my all time favorite. Dave Barry's Humphrey Bogart impression, Carmen Miranda, plenty of celebrity caricatures, and terrific backgrounds. Mr. Milland is Ray Milland from The Lost Weekend. I watched that movie just to get the joke in this cartoon.

A Dream Walking (Dave Fleischer, 1934)
This Popeye cartoon is a breathtaking technical achievement. To think they did this without a computer. It spins the brain around.

Mickey's Trailer (Ben Sharpsteen, 1938)
My favorite Mickey Mouse cartoon.

Little Red Riding Rabbit (Fritz Freleng, 1944)
The bobby-soxer version of Red Riding Hood, voiced by Bea Benaderet.
"What BIG EYES ya GOT!"

Special Delivery (Eunice Macaulay & John Weldon, 1978)
Something cool from Canada, because it's snowing.

— These are all linked to the highest quality videos I could find, avoiding any commercials.

Feb 5, 2017

Animation won 3rd Place!

My animation submission to the Out of the Box show won 3rd Place! Hooray! The show opening is this afternoon at 2PM where Seventeen Drawings of Tamiera will be on display in it's intended environment.

If you won't be at the opening, you can see it anyway! The winning piece is now posted in the brand new Animation section.