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  • Blog Post: NFFC / Disneyana Fan Club's annual convention mixes fun with fund-raising

    I know, I know. For the past week or so, JHM has been running a lot of Comic-Con- related stories . Talking about the various celebrities who made a special trip down to San Diego this year. Well, as it turns out, Anaheim had its own star-studded affair earlier this month. Jennifer Cody (i.e. the winner...
  • Blog Post: Hollywood hypes what it hopes will be its 2011 & 2012 hits at the Licensing International Expo

    Welcome to Las Vegas. Where the 2010 Licensing International Expo is just winding down. Just like last year, before attendees could enter the Mandalay Bay Convention Center , they first had to walk through this gauntlet of colorful banners which trumpeted all of The Walt Disney Company’s key brands and...
  • 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: “Waking Sleeping Beauty” pays tribute to Roy E. Disney’s creative legacy

    Nancy and I got the news yesterday afternoon as we were driving down to NYC. We’d stopped to gas up the car in Tolland, CT when Angela called on the cell to say that Roy E. Disney had died . This was obviously sad news. But -- to be honest -- not exactly unexpected. Ever since word leaked back in June...
  • Blog Post: Disney in-jokes add to the fun of “The Princess & The Frog”

    If you feel a slight breeze coming from the West Coast today, that’s that huge sigh of relief coming from all of the artists & animators who worked on “ The Princess & the Frog .” Given the estimated $25 million that this new John Musker & Ron Clements movie pulled in over...
  • 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: Creative Talent Network to hold first-ever Animation Expo this November

    Hey all you “Little Mermaid” fans out there. Be sure and keep Thursday, May 21st open. Why For? Because ASIFA-Hollywood will be staging a “Little Mermaid” 20th reunion event at Woodbury University that evening. And among the animation luminaries who are expected to be on hand that evening will be Ruben...
  • Blog Post: "Character Animation Crash Course !" is a terrific how-to-toon book

    Well, it's September now and the kids are headed back to class. Which means that it's time to start stocking up on those essential school supplies: Pencils. Erasers. Lined paper. Copyright 2008 Silman-James Press. All Rights Reserved And if you've got a son or daughter who's heading off to Cal Arts ...
  • Blog Post: Disney rarities to be screened tonight at Newport Beach Film Festival

    It's a fantasy that every animation fan has. First breaking into Disney's infamous vault and then screening all of those shorts that -- for one reason or another -- the Mouse has kept hidden away from view. Well, if tunneling under the walls of Walt Disney Studios sounds like too much work to you .....
  • Blog Post: DreamWorks Animation bets big on digital 3-D

    As I was reading through the most recent issue of " Tales from the Laughing Place " magazine (Which -- FYI -- features a spectacular selection of articles on Epcot & its history. If you aren't yet a subscriber of this high quality quarterly, this is one issue that you should probably go out of your...
  • 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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