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Comic-Con 2008 upcoming

July 28, 2008

You’ve got to love the sore feet, sore shoulders and sleepy feeling of a good ol’ fashioned Comic-Con weekend. It was a blast and it wasn’t at the same time. To be quite honest, now that it’s become trendy to go to the Con, the crowding has become super annoying.

I’m not one to care about whether or not something is trendy, no, what I mean to say is that because it’s trendy it’s crowded and that makes it less enjoyable. How so? Well, picture trying to get in for the Heroes forum and realizing that not only did coming an hour and a half early to get in line availed you nothing, but in looking for the end of the line you realized you’ve done a lap around the building–THE ENTIRE OUTSIDE OF THE SAN DIEGO CONVENTION CENTER.

Still, despite that annoying part, it was in no way a loss going. I got lots of swag, got to go to a fair few of the forums I wanted to go to, saw upcoming previews and found new things to be interested in. (And yes, I made it in to the Avatar panel, that’ll be a story for the sharing).

I had to catch up at work for being gone so long, but I plan to have at least the first day posted for you.

And for the record, I’m seriously considering going to WonderCon instead, simply to be able to get into the forums I came out to the Con in the first place to see. Anyways, time will tell. See you soon.


Potter Puppet Pals

July 8, 2008

Just so I don’t get off on the wrong foot here… I may have issues with Danny boy, but I do love the Harry Potter world. Some of the best parts of it are the fan made tributes. One in particular being the Potter Puppet Pals group.

They started off with Flash vids but have moved on to actual puppets (and thank goodness for that, the puppets are more interesting). Check out their website for some fun vids. I’ve included a sample below.


Wanna Be Famous

June 27, 2008

Nick Fox-Gieg is one of those great animators on the web you just have to give kudos to. I’ve been meaning to post something on him for some time. Check out his website where you can find more animation in differing styles. One of my favorites below is an animated music video to Jessica Delfino‘s “I Wanna Be Famous.” (And just a warning for those who might care, Jessica isn’t exactly what anyone would categorize as clean humor. *wink*)

The art seems simplistic on the surface, but I think he chose an excellent medium that works great in style and expression for the song. (And I guarantee the song will be stuck in your head).


Simple but Addictive

June 6, 2008

Yellow vs. Green

I honestly have no idea why I’ve watched this short numerous times. The animation is, well, simplistic would be the PC term. No, it isn’t a Halo fan vid or anything. Maybe it’s the floating head, or the dramatic music, but for some reason I can’t get enough. Take a look and tell me what you think:


Before there was Toy Story…

June 6, 2008

posterThere was Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure. (In fact, the stories are similar enough, I often wondered if John Lasseter saw it and borrowed heavily from it). I loved this movie so much as a kid I think we probably wore out the video store’s copy. It was one of my first exposures to some truly fascinating animation.

Mind, the plot and dialogue are definitely “for kids,” but the classic style of animation is a feast for the eyes. Directed by Richard Williams (who consequently won an Oscar for Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), this little film exemplifies great pre-computer animation.

Think Toy Story intermixed with live-action. Raggedy Ann and Andy are dolls of Marcella, an 8-year-old girl with a playroom full of toys who come to life when she’s not around. Marcella receives a beautiful French doll for her birthday present, but one of her other toys, a captain, kidnaps her and leaves. It’s up to Raggedy Ann and Andy to rescue the doll before Marcella realizes her birthday present has disappeared.

raggedyIt’s probably my nostalgia, but I think the songs are fun in a Scott Joplin kind of way, composed by Joe Raposo who’s worked a lot with Sesame Street. Voice talent isn’t much to note except for Paul Dooley and Didi Conn (Frenchy in Grease 1&2)

A lot of the reason I love the animation in this film is the intermixing of live-action and animation, but in particular a scene where they go to kingdom Koo Koo and it goes from color to black and white, a little reminiscent of Yellow Submarine animation (another great film if you haven’t seen it, by the way).

I was able to find a DVD copy on ebay, but for the most part it’s VHS that can be found in abundance. Unfortunately, not Netflix Instaview 😦 I love it enough to own it, so if you can find a copy, give it a go.

Rating: B+