‘What’s Up, Doc?’ Exhibit at Seattle’s EMP Celebrates Chuck Jones

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It’s probably safe to say that nobody has had as much impact on animation as Chuck Jones, and the new Smithsonian traveling exhibit, ‘What’s Up, Doc?,’ which just opened at the EMP Museum pays a great tribute to his 70-year career. Continue reading

Meet the Cast of ‘Inside Out’

INSIDE OUT Press Conference  with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

The actors who brought the characters in Pixar’s Inside Out to life assembled for a press conference on Sunday, June 7 and had a funny and freewheeling discussion about the film which opens Friday. Amy Poehler (Joy), Bill Hader (Fear), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Lewis Black (Anger) and Phyllis Smith (Sadness) answered questions, talked over each other, engaged in comedic banter and even sang at one point. Continue reading

The Real Truth About Disney’s “Recycled Animation” – Updated

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Recently, many news and entertainment sites have circulated this video showing how “Disney animators reused animation from old movies.” In every report, the story is invariably told that this was done to save time and money, but nobody actually asked anyone who might know for sure. Since nobody else was going to do it, we did. Continue reading

Director Gary Rydstrom Talks About Strange Magic

Director Gary Rydstrom talks about Strange Magic.  Photo courtesy of Merlot Mommy

Director Gary Rydstrom has a lengthy career in Hollywood, most famously as a sound designer at Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound, working on films ranging from Saving Private Ryan to Wreck-It Ralph. Strange Magic represents his debut as a feature film director. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes With Big Hero 6

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Continuing the streak that began with Tangled, Disney Animation’s next feature is also their first animated adaptation of a Marvel property, Big Hero 6. Not long ago, I was invited to spend a day at the studio with the artists behind this new film. We met the producer, directors, designers and artists, many of whom also worked on Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. We saw storyboards, concept art and several extended sequences of the heroes in action and spoke with the animators who put it all together. Continue reading

Kid’s Imagination + DreamWorks Animator Dad = Action Movie Kid

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What if the living room rug really were lava? What if a light saber at the toy store worked? What if a pretend rocket ship at a playground could really take off? DreamWorks animator Daniel Hashimoto has created a series of imaginative videos, starring his son and a little special sauce called CGI. Continue reading