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Archive for October, 2013

Halloween B Movie Madness!

Time to post some classic B horror movies just in time for Halloween. Look in that plastic orange pumpkin kid, is it a TRICK or TREAT?!

Horror Hotel

Classic Christopher Lee “Burn Witch Burn!”


Creature

NSFW Sci fi Alien rip off. But it is still decent and atmospheric. Klaus Kinski is great as the old pervert astronaut.

Planet of the Dinosaurs

If you can get through the poor acting and missing plot, you might appreciate the excellent stop motion effects. The Dinosaurs are really the only reason to watch this one.

It Conquered the World

Invasion of the giant walking street cone! Lick your fingers because they will have cheese all over them! Classic and Fun!

The Monster That Challenged The World

I actually really like this movie. The creature is really cool looking even though it’s mobility is rather limited. This one is a lot of fun!

Gorgo

Giant Monsters!! Giant Monsters!! a Nice little Godzilla rip off.

And finally, Living Brains!! Where are the zombies when you need them? Enoy,
Fiend without a Face!

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Black Dynamite The Animated Series!

Black Dynamite!

Ok, I know I’m a little behind on this one. But today I watched the entire first season of Black Dynamite the animated series. I was in hysterics for the majority of the day and my use of language regressed into the potty mouth of a 17 year old gangsta from the ghettos, worse than any drunken sailor I have ever meet. Not that I’ve meet many. It was all because of this outrageous, over the top, insane animated series called Black Dynamite. I highly recommend this to fans of adult animation. And I do mean ADULT!! NOT FOR YOUNGIN’s!! DO NOT LET YOUR CHILD SEE THIS!! Sex, Drugs, Violence light up the screen like I have never seen in a cartoon before. It will blow your mind! It will offend even the un-offendable! It will make fun of pop culture to the point that you will be screaming “No Michael! No!!!” at the screen. OK, I’m not sure if it will do any of those things, but it doesn’t pull punches and totally makes fun of racial stereotypes. I think that is part of it’s strengths, In a world where we have political correctness shoved down our throats, it’s actually refreshing to sit back and let someone play the race card and stereotypes, and play it so over the top that we see the ridiculousness of it. Beating up Muppets! Michael Jackson’s seduction of Cream Corn! Porn stars being murdered! Honkey Kong’s Island of white….um… everything! (The spider pit scene is Fantastic!)The KKK! The Black Pumas! (Panther is copy written), Elvis!! Richard Nixon!!! MR. T!!!!! These are only a sampling of what you get. Watch out, the pace is fast and furious and the one liners are even faster. Produced magnificently by Titmouse Animation Studios. The animation is rich and amazing. I have so much respect for Titmouse for doing this. You guys Rock! (I seriously want to work for you guys now!) I would highly recommend this to adult lovers of animation and comedy. Fun. Exciting. Over the Top! I can’t wait for season 2.

Black Dynamite is now on Amazon Video on Demand.

Here’s a link

http://amzn.com/B008NZS1HS


Lou Schiemer Has Passed!

Filmations Flash Gordon signed by Lou Schiemer

Filmations Flash Gordon signed by Lou Schiemer

Lou Scheimer Has Passed

A sad day today, Lou Schiemer one of the greats behind Filmation animation studios has passed. I grew up watching a lot of the filmation shows, from Tarzan, lord of the Jungle (Awesome show and by far one of the best Filmation shows) to Flash Gordon (one of my personal favorite animated series) and even the live action series like Space Academy and Jason of Star Command. I had a chance to met Lou several years ago at the San Diego Comic Con. I had a nice one on one with him for almost an hour while he signed my Flash Gordon DVDs. He had worked with some of the greats in 2D animation and some of his comments about them were very funny. He didn’t hold back his words, especially when he was talking about Don Bluth! Thank you Lou for some fantastic childhood memories, for the hour talk about the animation industry and bringing magic into the lives of so many children. you will never be forgotten! My prayers and thoughts go out to your family.

Lou Scheimer Has Passed – Mania.com.


Superman 75th Tribute from Zack Snyder and Bruce Tim

I’m not a huge fan of Superman, and although I liked Bruce Timm’s Superman the animated series, I thought the best episode was “Unity” which was, to me, much more Lovecraftian than it was Superman-ish. With that said, I am a big fan of Zack Snyder and a HUGE, HUGE HUGE fan of Bruce Timm (You can tell by the style of my characters in my banner)! So her I present to you in all it’s #@!%ing Awesomeness…… A Tribute to Spermans 75th Anniversary!!

From the creative minds of Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series) and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year’s Man of Steel…all in two minutes!

After watching the short, be sure to check out DC Comics’ official list of annotations: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2013/10/…


Do Animators Have a Responsibility to Society?

animationmagazine.net ran an article today about an animated series in China that is being pulled from the air because it is too violent. Apparently, a 10 year old child lit his brothers on fire after watching the show. This sounds a lot like Beavis and Butthead back in the the early 90’s when a kid burned down his trailer after watching the cartoon on MTV. No more “Fire, Fire! He He!”.

Here’s the Article : http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/chinas-pleasant-goat-big-trouble/

This brings up the topic of animators having a responsibility to the audience and/or society to present appropriate material that will educate audiences. -Jump on Soapbox- WHAT?!! Are you telling me that society should regulate and dictate what I do as a piece of art?! Isn’t art a product of self expression? Personally, I don’t believe that any artist should have to have their art regulated or that it has to educate and improve society. I believe animation, like any other art form should be a form of self expression. Whether it be Veggie Tales preaching morals and God, or South Park making fun of Morals and God, animation should be a medium to get your ideas and message out to an audience. A medium for you to express yourself just as any other artists might. I don’t see Rap music being banned or regulated because it promotes violence. Why should animation be any different (and we already have a rating system for movies, TV, and games)? Oh Yeah, it’s because it’s a CARTOON! And as we all know cartoons are ONLY for the impressionable little cherubs in our lives. And because it is a CARTOON, it’s not really art, it’s just for kids. (On a side note, I actually had a fellow employee a week ago describe me animating as “Playing”. Really?!) -Step down from Soapbox-

Ok Time for you to Chime in. Do we, as animators, have a responsibility to the audience and/or society? I really would like to know your opinion. Honestly I can see arguments on both sides, so let’s hear what you have to say.


Pixar in Concert

LotR Concert Ticket Repo

I remember taking my wife to see the Tucson Symphony Orchestra perform music from The Lord of the Rings, hey it’s Tucson, and the orchestra consisted of a washtub bass, a washboard and stick, and a banjo from 1938. all in all, it was pretty good time, and sitting on top of that single wide trailer home did make them look like hobbits.

Well, Now you can get your Pixar fix with …. Pixar in Concert!! Guaranteed to entertain just as much as any washboard Lord of the Rings Concert. Here’s some video of the concert. Beware the Shaky cam.

Check out their website here for a schedule http://www.pixar.com/about/Pixar-In-Concert

OK, just joking about the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.


Disney is Sexists?!

Disney’s Frozen Sexist?

My wife sent this to me today. It looks like Disney might be getting in to some hot water over comments made about animating women in their new movie Frozen. I can sort of see what Lino DiSalvo is saying about getting off model with facial expressions, but it’s the way he phrased it…. oops! Here’s the article from Todd Cunningham
copied and pasted without permission:

Disney Animation supervisor Lino DiSalvo is in some hot water over comments he made about creating the female characters in “Frozen,” the studio’s upcoming cartoon musical.

“Historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they’re very, very – you have to keep them pretty and they’re very sensitive to – you can get them off a model very quickly,” he said.

His point, made during an interview with Fanvoice, was that it was harder to make the movie because animating women was trickier.

Also read: Why Hollywood Is Setting Movie Release Dates 5 Years in Advance

“Having a film with two hero female characters was really tough, and having them both in the same scene and look very different if they’re echoing the same expression; that Elsa looking angry looks different from Anna being angry,” he said.

In the film, Idina Menzel voices Elsa and Kristen Bell is Anna.

The comments have drawn a slew of negative reactions on the web, most taking DiSalvo to task for propagating unrealistic expectations for women to youngsters.

“It’s not that animating female characters experiencing emotions is a hard job, it’s that it’s hard to do when you’re focusing on keeping them looking pretty and perfect 100 percent of the time, which no one is capable of doing because it’s impossible,” wrote Tanya Ghahremani of ComplexPopCulture.

Calls for comment to DiSalvo and Disney weren’t returned late Wednesday.

Disney has high hopes for “Frozen,” which is opening on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving. Long-range projections have it opening north of $35 million and taking in $170 million domestically.

Thanksgiving has been the launching pad for a couple of Disney films with female characters front and center, 2010′s “Tangled” and 2012′s “Brave.”

Well, What do you think? Is Disney Sexists, or what?!


Pixar Closes it’s Doors …. In Canada!

>singing< Oh, Canada! >singing<

My thoughts are with the 100 employees that lost their jobs.  I’ve been through this before and know how it feels.  This makes me wonder what is going on at Pixar.  We know they have changed directors on their Dinosaur movie, what other changes are going on?  Is it because they announced they are no longer going to do sequels (smart move in my opinion)?  We may never know, but is this an indication of trouble in the animation industry?  The most successful movie studio in history laying off and closing a branch can’t be a good sign.

Here’s the article:

http://www.animationmagazine.net/features/pixar-closes-vancouver-operation/

 

What do You think?

 


Autodesk Goes Cloud!

I predicted this about 6 months ago. Is this the new trend in software “purchasing”? Personally, I think this sucks. I don’t know about you but I guess I’m old fashion and actually like to own my software. This tactic is perfect for pushing the free lance artists out of business. If you can’t make a payment that month, you can’t work. This might be a good thing in the long run for software like Modo or Lightwave, which are doing some fantastic things at a fraction of a price that Autodesk charges for their software. Or even Blender which is totally free and again can do what any high priced piece of software can do. I’ve been using Maya 2013 and I can tell you it is one of the buggiest pieces of software I have ever used. My keyboard shortcuts will randomly stop working and I will have to close and open Maya to get it working again. Updates? Tried them. They were suppose to fix the problem and didn’t. When you pay $3,000 plus for a piece of software you expect it to work, Autodesk, has increasingly been releasing inferior products and now they want to take them away from the artists and have us “rent” the software?

Really? REALLY?!!

Am I the only one upset about this? I don’t want to rent, I want to own! Stop with the subscriptions!

>sigh<

Looks like I'm gonna have to find another piece of software to use. Blender anyone?

Here's the article:

http://www.awn.com/news/technology/autodesk-discontinues-upgrade-sales

Here’s some alternative software to look at:

http://www.blender.org/

http://www.luxology.com/

http://pixologic.com/sculptris/

https://www.lightwave3d.com/

http://www.projectmessiah.com/x6/index.html


http://www.maxon.net/products/cinema-4d-prime/


Sita Still Sings the Blues

Chibi Batman

Chibi Batman

I had a great weekend with my little boy, going to Tombstone, His Grandparents, His Auntie Kim’s to celebrate my Nephew’s birthday, watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Veggie Tales and chasing him around laughing hysterically until he puked. I mean really Puked! With all this fun, I really didn’t have anytime to work on my puppet, so I’m feeling very guilty and a little blue. With that said, One of my favorite animated films in recent history is Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues. The style is fun and the story telling is so funny, different and interesting, I really think this movie deserves so much more. However, the story behind the film is just as interesting, and a learning lesson for all animators. Here’s some Wikipedia snippets:

Sita Sings the Blues is a 2008 animated film written, directed, produced and animated entirely by American artist Nina Paley (with the exception of some fight animation by Jake Friedman in the “Battle of Lanka” scene),[2] primarily using 2D computer graphics and Flash Animation.

It intersperses events from the Ramayana, light-hearted but knowledgeable discussion of historical background by a trio of Indian shadow puppets, musical interludes voiced with tracks by Annette Hanshaw and scenes from the artist’s own life. The ancient mythological and modern biographical plot are parallel tales, sharing numerous themes.

And the troubles the movie had to go through …

The film uses a number of 1920s Annette Hanshaw recordings. Although the filmmaker initially made sure these recordings were not covered by US copyright law,[8] a number of other copyright issues surfaced, including state laws prior to US federal copyright law on recordings, rights to the compositions and the right to synchronize the recordings with images. These recordings were protected by state commerce and business laws passed at the time in the absence of applicable federal laws and were never truly “public domain”.[9] In addition, the musical composition itself, including aspects such as the lyrics to the songs, the musical notation, and products derived from using those things, is still under copyright.[10]

Without a distributor, Nina Paley was unable to pay the approximately $220,000 that the copyright holders originally demanded. Eventually, a fee of $50,000 was negotiated. Paley took out a loan to license the music in early 2009.[1]

In July 2011, Nina Paley made a protest video regarding the film’s deletion from YouTube in Germany due to what she regards as fraudulent take-down notice under the aegis of GEMA, Germany’s major performance rights or music collection organization,[11] but which may be an instance of a larger on-going conflict regarding copyright and royalties between YouTube and GEMA.[12][13]

On January 18, 2013, Paley announced that she has changed the Creative Commons license for the film from “CC-BY-SA” (the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-alike 3.0 Unported license) to “CC-0” (public domain); she made the ownership rights change in response to the continual red tape of rights procurement, even under the share-alike license.

And a quote from the late Roger Ebert

Film critic Roger Ebert on the Chicago Sun-Times enthused, “I am enchanted. I am swept away. I am smiling from one end of the film to the other. It is astonishingly original. It brings together four entirely separate elements and combines them into a great whimsical chord… To get any film made is a miracle. To conceive of a film like this is a greater miracle.”

Here you go, sit back and enjoy the miracle of Sita Sings The Blues.