July 23, 2007

The Art of Ratatouille
While Pixar is one of the most advanced computer animation facilities in existence, before they bring their programming smarts and processing power to bear, they start with the art. The Art of Ratatouille concentrates on displaying that art. The book is full of drawings, paintings and sculptures showing how the characters and sets evolved before the nuts and bolts of computer animation were applied.

Life Imitates Art: Ride in a Gundam Cockpit
Okay, so you're not actually stomping around, kicking all kinds of Jion ass. In fact, the thing lies on its back and doesn't actually go anywhere. But for God's sake, it's a 1:1 scale, 59-foot Gundam!

Do You Smell a Rat?
The ironically named Inspired Corporation is tackling Pixar's works with gusto. On the heels of Little Cars 2, itself a sequel to the knockoff Little Cars, comes Ratatoing.

Upcoming Releases: July 2007 to March 2008
It's back to school in September, and to help you cope with the transition there's a ton of anime titles coming out. Hmmm, textbooks or animation? It's a tough call.

Japan Media Arts Festival Call for Submissions
I've given much love to the Japan Media Arts Festival in the past (and my review of this year's works is coming up soon), so I should mention that the 11th annual festival's Call for Entries site is now open. While most of the festival's work is from Japan, don't let that discourage you from entering.

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7/24 - Azur and Asmar (DVD)
7/24 - Naoyuki Tsuji Animation Collection (DVD)
7/24 - Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 6: Inspector Cartoons (DVD)
7/24 - Renaissance (DVD)
7/24 - Ultimate Underdog Collection Vol. 1 (DVD)
7/24 - Ultimate Underdog Collection Vol. 2 (DVD)
7/24 - Ultimate Underdog Collection Vol. 3 (DVD)
7/24 - Woody Woodpecker & Friends Classic Collection (DVD)
7/27 - Akira (Japanese release; includes DVD edition) (Blu-ray)
7/27 - Patlabor: The Movie (Japanese release; includes DVD edition) (Blu-ray)
7/27 - Patlabor: The Movie (Japanese release; includes DVD edition) (HD DVD)
7/27 - Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (Japanese release; includes DVD edition) (Blu-ray)
7/27 - Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (Japanese release; includes DVD edition) (HD DVD)
7/27 - Simpsons Movie (Movie)
7/30 - Animation--Art And Industry: A Reader (paperback) (Book)
7/31 - Popeye the Sailor Vol. 1: 1933-1938 (DVD)
7/31 - Ranma 1/2: Season 2 Box Set: Anything Goes Martial Arts (DVD)
8/1 - Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD Box '07 First Press Limited Edition (Japanese release) (DVD)
8/7 - Cat's Eye Vol. 2 (DVD)
8/7 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 2 (DVD)
8/7 - Simpsons: Complete Tenth Season (DVD)
8/7 - Super Dimension Century Orguss Vol. 2 (DVD)
8/7 - Tick vs. Season Two (DVD)
8/21 - 009-1 Vol. 2 (DVD)
8/21 - 009-1 Vol. 2 + artbox (DVD)
8/21 - Big O II Complete Collection (Anime Legends) (DVD)
8/21 - Kimba Mini Set Vol. 1 (DVD)
8/21 - Le Chevalier D'Eon Vol. 4: Ancien Regime (DVD)

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