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Life-sized version of Dusty from Disney "Planes" to make appearances at US & Canadian air shows this Summer
Just can't wait to see Disney "Planes ," that new animated feature which is set in the world above " Cars " ? Well, what if I were to tell that there was a way to get close to one of the characters featured in this new Walt Disney Pictures release well ahead of its August 9th...
29 May 2013
Huffington Post -- How cinematographer Roger Deakins helped blur the line between live-action and animated features
It wasn't a phone call that Roger Deakins had ever expected to receive. This acclaimed English cinematographer -- best known for his Oscar-nominated work for the Coen brothers and Sam Mendes -- had strictly been working the live-action side of the street. But when Pixar Animation Studios reached...
14 May 2013
Monstrous makeover: How Pixar artists made Mike & Sulley look more youthful in "Monsters University"
So how exactly do you make an eyeball look like it's 18 years old? Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved That was the challenge that Ricky Nierva faced on " Monsters University ." As the art director / production designer of Pixar's first-ever prequel, Nierva (working closely...
27 Apr 2013
Why For does Disney think that "No Nudes is Good News"
Earlier this week, Paul T. sent me an e-mail with an image attached that -- I'm sure -- will titillate a certain segment of the Disney fan community. Jim, Check out what I found on an animation art auction cite!! It's a bare-ass Ariel!! Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Well...
22 Apr 2013
Huffington Post -- Rich Moore looks back at the roads not taken with Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph"
Huffington Post -- Rich Moore looks back at the roads not taken with Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" It was the story that artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios had been struggling to get a handle on for over 15 years. A comic action-adventure set inside of the world of video games, where...
23 Feb 2013
Looking for some last-minute Valentine's Day shopping suggestions? Here are some books and a new TV show that you might want to consider
If you listen carefully today, you can hear thousands of people around the country quietly cursing. "And why are these people cursing?," you ask. Well, that's because these folks are just now realizing it's February 13th. Which means that tomorrow is Valentine's Day. That day when...
13 Feb 2013
Pixar Animation Studios opens its doors this Saturday for annual Cartoon Art Museum fundraiser
Have you ever been to the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco? If not, you really should make a point of swinging by 655 Mission Street the next time you're in the Bay Area. Especially if you're an animation fan. Take -- for example -- the event that the Cartoon Art Museum is holding tomorrow...
6 Nov 2012
Toon Tuesday: Making Magic in the Digital Age
Is it just me or has animated cartoon film making finally evolved into something else? With motion pictures like " Rango " and " The Adventures of Tintin " finding a home in the Academy Awards animated film category I can't help but wonder how these movies are all that different...
28 Feb 2012
Stars & D23 members come out for the LA premiere of "John Carter"
Given that " John Carter " is mostly set on the red planet, it's only appropriate that the stars who attended Wednesday night's premiere of this Andrew Stanton film ... Photo by Shelly Valladolid ... walked down the red carpet at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live . Walt Disney Pictures really...
24 Feb 2012
How Disney's two-dimensional "Beast" became a 3D "Beauty"
New and a bit alarming Who 'd have ever thought that this could be? Well, " Beauty and the Beast " co-director Kirk Wise doesn't seem all that surprised that this Academy Award-winning film (which was the first animated feature to ever be nominated for Best Picture) got selected for...
5 Sep 2011
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