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

Get Ready for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire With New Pokémon Animation

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The Pokémon Company International has just released a sweet new animated video to introduce some of the Mega Evolved Pokémon you’ll encounter in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Continue reading

Explore the Science of Animation at OMSI

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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Oregon, just opened a new exhibit about animation, developed in partnership with Cartoon Network. If you and your kids like animation, this is a great way to see how it works. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes With Big Hero 6


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

Mabel for President: GeekDad Interviews Kristen Schaal


Kristen Schaal is one of those rare personalities that seems to pop up in all my favorite television series at some point, but to my kids she’s simply Mabel Pines from Disney Channel’s Gravity Falls. Continue reading

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


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

Disney Trip: Visiting the Disney Animation Research Library

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As part of his visit to Disney Studios last month, Matt Forbeck visited the Disney Animation Research Library to see how they catalog and archive their treasure trove of original artwork from their animated films. Continue reading

Disney Trip: Playing with Frozen’s Rigging Tech


Geek Dad Matt Forbeck went to the Disney Animation Studios to learn about how they made Frozen and to play with the rigging machines. Get an inside look at the tech Disney artists use to bring their character models to life in the Oscar-winning film. Continue reading

5 Frighteningly Wonderful Classic Halloween Specials

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Submitted for your perusal are these five classic examples of old school animated specials. Before The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror changed the game, they were all we had. And we loved them in spite of their unbridled cheesiness. Continue reading

Hobbit Week: The First Unexpected Party — Revisiting 1977′s Hobbit

The 1977 animated television adaptation of The Hobbit – like its title character, perhaps – holds up far better than expected, 35 years later.

While the story has been compressed to a TV-friendly 77 minutes and there are some visual and … Continue reading

Disney’s Paperman Is a Perfect Short Film

For the first time since 1990, Disney Animation has created an animated short to accompany a feature release (the last time was Mickey Mouse in The Prince and the Pauper, released with The Rescuers Down Under). The film, titled Paperman, … Continue reading

Interview with Rich Moore and Clark Spencer, the Director and Producer of Wreck-It Ralph

As part of the Disney movies event that I attended a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview Director Rich Moore and Producer Clark Spencer . They explained how Wreck-It Ralph came into being, some of the unique … Continue reading