Archive for the ‘animation’ Category

How to Ruin My Childhood in 90 Minutes Or Less

March 18, 2009

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs was one of my favorite books as a kid. It’s still popular today, probably because of its undeniably charming story the ends with everyone sledding down a hill of mashed potatoes. I don’t know why Sony has to mess with a good thing but I wish the animation could have been inspired by the original illustrations of Ron Barrett. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this one turns out.


Coming or Going?

March 13, 2009


Gorillas Don’t Blog holds a steady spot in my rss reader. The author posts vintage photographs from Disneyland and the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. My recent favorite is this picture of the exit gate at Disneyland back in the 1960’s. It’s a far cry from the gate today…


Wanna Be A Member?

March 12, 2009

This is the real deal right here. Bimbo’s Initiation is the definition of animation: It’s insane, something out of your dreams, and beyond anything that could happen in real life. When I watch this cartoon, it reaffirms my opinion that animation is the most limitless medium out there.

In this short, Bimbo (Betty Boop’s boyfriend) falls into a manhole only to realize that he’s interrupted a cultish ceremony. He’s soon under pressure to join the club or face death. This short was eventually apropriated for a Squirrel Nut Zippers video, though I can’t say it has the same charm.


Financial Advice From A Melting Glob

March 12, 2009

This is the kind of stuff that really pushes my buttons. These Charles Schwab commericals are old news, but seeing one on my television tonight renewed my anger. This particular ad campaign makes use of rotoscoping, the process of tracing over a film, frame-by-frame. The result is a bizarre sort of animation that melts across the screen. By the time Charles Schwab adopted the technique, rotoscoping had become a systematic technique used by Richard Linklater in his film A Scanner Darkly. Not only do you have to film every scene, you have to hire several hands to work on every single frame. And why the marketing execs at Charles Schwab think that rotoscoping is perfect for discussing finances is anyone’s guess. But if anything good can come from this, it is the spoof videos on YouTube that respond to these silly ads. After the cut is my favorite, a spoof made by a group of 12 year-old boys. Even kids think these commericials are ridiculous!


Dog Days of Film

March 7, 2009


Has 20th Century Fox finally run out of ideas? We’re talking about the people who brought you the frightening computer animated version of Alvin & The Chipmunks. The latest news is even worse: 20th Century has secured the rights to make a live action version of Marmaduke. What should remain a mediocre comic strip will now make millions of dollars at the box office, delighting the same families who find Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties to be worthwhile entertainment. Is this really the best we can get?