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  • Blog Post: The animation community mourns Pres Romanillos (1963 - 2010)

    Yeah, I know. JHM has a brand-new look. It took a long time (more importantly, an awful lot of hard work by Nancy Stadler and Max Schilling) to make this happen. So if you like what you see here, you have those two to thank. And normally, I'd be posting an article here that hyped all of the site's...
  • Blog Post: Animation fans can make a real difference this coming weekend

    Greetings from the Universal Orlando Resort . Where I’m now in my final day of covering the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter . Photo by Jim Hill It has been an absolutely amazing couple of days. And I’m heading back to New Hampshire tonight with all sorts of stories to share about...
  • Blog Post: Animation Guild kicks off its Pres-Aid fund-raising program with a reception & silent auction

    Okay. I know. You’re probably chilling out on this Memorial Day Monday. Maybe doing a little barbequing in the backyard. Or – more likely – just collapsed on the couch, watching ‘way too much cable TV. Animation artwork from "Mulan" to be featured in the Pres-Aid live auction. Image courtesy of Pres...
  • Blog Post: “How to Train Your Dragon” surprises, charms and soars

    As I was listening to the Vikings in “ How to Train Your Dragon ” talk about how vile & nasty dragons were … I couldn’t help but think about the attitude that some animation fans have toward Dreamworks Animation . You know the people that I’m talking about. The ones who – when you say that you actually...
  • Blog Post: John Canemaker pays tribute to a guy named Joe

    You’ve probably seen a lot of Joe Ranft -related material popping up around the Web over the past few days. John Musker ’s excellent story reel-based tribute to his old pal (who was tragically killed in an automobile accident back on August 16, 2005 ). No to mention the first installment of Leo Holzer...
  • Blog Post: 70 new items come up for bid today in the “Help the Hodges” auction

    Have you been by that “ Help the Hodges ” eBay page yet? If not, it’s quite likely that you’re going to miss out on your chance to own some truly one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Take – for example -- this drawing of Ursula the Sea Witch that “ The Little Mermaid ” supervising animator Ruben Aquino did specifically...
  • Blog Post: Animators & cartoonists from all over come together to “Help the Hodges”

    I know, I know. Wednesday is typically the day we talk about books here at JHM. But today, I just had to make an exception. I mean, take a look at this beauty. Copyright 2010 Help the Hodges. All Rights Reserved This copy of Jeff Kurtti ’s “The Art of Mulan” redefines one-of-a-kind. By that I mean, this...
  • Blog Post: Revised version of “Timing for Animation” now features the best of the past & the future

    Last week, the International Animated Film Society revealed who was in the running for this year’s Annies (which are the animation industry’s equivalent of the Academy Awards). And among those singled out for recognition this time around were writer, teacher, animator, historian and all-around-nice-guy...
  • Blog Post: CTN X brings animation community together to network, help out their fellow artists

    Are you an animation professional and/or a toon enthusiast? If so, then there’s only one place that you need to be this coming weekend. And that’s the CTN Animation Expo 2009 . Copyright 2009 Creative Talent Network. All Rights Reserved Presented by the Creative Talent Network , this three-day long event...
  • Blog Post: What to know what’s “Up” at Pixar? Then buy a ticket to next month’s Cartoon Art Museum benefit

    So what are the odds that – all on your own – you’ll ever get to see the inside of Pixar Animation Studios ? To be honest, they’re not good. At an “Up” preview screening that was held in Hartford, CT. back in May of this year, Donald Evans (i.e. the Senior Vice President of Animation Marketing for Walt...
  • Blog Post: Jerry Beck to be honored at this year's Annie Awards

    Next Friday night, Toontown's top talents will put on their Sunday best and then motor on over to UCLA 's Royce Hall for the 35th annual Annie Awards . Copyright 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood. All Rights Reserved This is the night that the animation industry honors its own. When the very best work from 2007 in...
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