March 6, 2009
I'm getting really excited to see Up! I finally watched Wall-E a few days ago and was struck yet again by how brilliant Pixar can be. They so rarely disappoint, knowing exactly how to paint a scene to render it most affecting. I'm expecting the dog with the talking collar in the new Up trailer above to affect my laugh-hard-wet-pants centre quite a bit when the film hits theatres on May 29th.
Click on over to Yahoo Movies for links to the HD versions of the trailer.
February 23, 2009
Last night, the 81st Academy Award winners were announced.
Continuing a trend, award favourite Wall-E won for Best Animated Feature and the winner of Best Animated short is La Maison en petits cubes by Kunio Kato
February 17, 2009
Visual Effects Society announced the nominees for the 7th Annual VES Awards. the awards recognize outstanding visual effects in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Nominated features include Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, Waltz With Bashir, Roadside Romeo, Wall-E, Iron Man (with five nominations), The Dark Knight, and Cloverfield. Commercials for Coke, Audi and Wrigley's 5 are also on the list, as are several television shows and student works.
The awards ceremony will take place on February 21st in Los Angeles.
February 10, 2009
After winning a Golden Globe, Andrew Stanton's Wall-E also picked up the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film. Persepolis and Waltz With Bashir were the other two nominees in that category. These last two films were also in the running for Best Film Not in the English Language.
Nick Park's latest Wallace and Gromit short, A Matter of Loaf and Death won for Best Short Animation.
January 22, 2009
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, as usual too early for anyone who likes a decent sleep. Wall-E has been nominated for Best Screenplay, which though mostly dialogueless is an extremely worthy nomination.
Waltz With Bashir has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Academy has played it safe with the nomination of Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, and Wall-E in the Best Animated Film category. They are all great films, but I expect no upsets in that category. There seem to be some great choices that are not in the running.
January 13, 2009
The Golden Globe Winners were announced on January 11th.
That Wall-E won for best animated feature is no big surprise, since, as Emru pointed out, "when Pixar gets things right, it's perfect".
The nice surprise was that Waltz With Bashir won for Best Foreign Language film. Last year, Persepolis was nominated in the same category. Maybe animation is starting to leave the ghetto – at least when it's not in English.
August 5, 2008
To an origami purist, cutting or tearing paper is like an old-school Catholic eating fish on Fridays; at best, it's frowned upon, and at worst someone thinks you're going to hell. Which is why it's all the more remarkable that Brian Chan makes his origami masterpieces like the Totoro nekobus above from just one sheet of uncut paper. Once you've finished checking out his nekobus gallery, you can also marvel at his paper WALL-E posed to recreate shots from the Pixar film, or watch the video below of him folding the sad-eyed robot.
[Thanks again to the Nausicaa.net Hayao Miyazaki mailing list.]
July 15, 2008
Short Takes: Speed Racer DVD, Black Panther Animated, Sony's 3-D Digital Feature, Live-Action/Animation Hybrid, Animation Secrets of Wall-E
- The classic Speed Racer animated series will finally be available as a box set on October 7th from Lionsgate. There is a mysterious 6th disc included in the collection which we're hoping will contain the bonus features sorely lacking on the individual DVDs. Via tvshowsondvd.com
- BET Networks and Marvel Animation have announced the impending arrival of a Black Panther animated series. A sneak preview will be screened at the San Diego Comic Con on July 26th. Via marketwatch.com
- Sony Pictures Animation is preparing to release it's premiere stereoscopic 3-D digital effort: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Via hollywoodreporter.com
- Live-action/animation hybrid, Go Girl has been greenlit for Canadian animation channel, Teletoon. Casting will take place via a Facebook events page and YouTube submissions. Via vfxworld.com
- Directing animator, Angus Lane shares insight into the animation process behind the film, Wall-E. via ign.com
March 13, 2008
The new Wall-E teaser trailer went up yesterday, and it's a good one. Oh, it doesn't tell us any more about the story than the previous teasers, but it does give us a little more about the title character's personality. (I still think the sad-eyes design is a bit of a cheat, but we'll see how it works out.) In fact, about a third of the QuickTime video has Wall-E interacting with Luxo, Jr. in front of the Pixar logo before there are any movie clips.
I haven't loved all of the Pixar trailers in the past, but when they get it right, it's perfect. remember the Toy Story teaser with Buzz "falling with style?" It told you everything you needed to know about the characters and set up Woody's animosity toward Buzz, didn't give away any plot points, and had you wanting to see the movie for reasons beyond the novelty of a feature-length CG film. I've never confirmed if Pixar cuts their own trailers, but I strongly suspect it; if more studios did that, I probably wouldn't spend the first fifteen minutes at the movies figuring out where to put my popcorn.