The “In a Nutshell” series is a monthly collection of linked tips, news, trailers and tutorials from around the web. It also contains the best posts from our Facebook and Twitter pages in case you missed them there. Plus, Talkback from Animator Island readers!

:: News
  • Glenn Keane talks about his future plans

    As you may know, animation legend Glenn Kean recently retired from Disney. In this interview he talks about his future plans, revealing his wish to animate in a style that still shows his original line, instead of a clean up done by another artist.


  • Competition by Tom Bancroft
    Animation veteran Tom Bancroft has set up a competition to promote his new book. He challenges us to draw three poses of a character based on his modelsheet. It’s a good exercise to see if you can stay on model. Check it out!
  • 365 Days of Ward Kimball
    Amid from cartoonbrew launched a tumblr blog that will give a daily peak into Ward Kimball’s life and work. He is known for animating Jiminy Cricket in Pinnochio, the crows in Dumbo, the Mad Hatter and the Ceshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, as well as for directing several shorts.


:: Trailers

“Ernest et Célestine” is a promising feature film from France based on a children’s book. Lovely art style (surprisingly done in Flash), very catchy music and gorgeous animation. Take a look:


Disney is putting together something very unusual that is sure to be especially enjoyed by the video game nerds among us:


Madagascar 3 is now in theaters:

:: Inspiration

In 2D animation, smear frames and multiples are often used to create motion blur. This website collects crazy examples from a wide variety of sources. Have a look!

Dreamworks animators put this masterpiece of silliness together as an opening for an acting workshop. Isn’t being an animator just the best?


:: Shorts

This old Disney short movie, an awesome interpretation of the Red Riding Hood fairy tale from the wolf’s point of view, was locked up in the vault for a long time. The makers recently put it online, and it’s a delight. Very unusual storytelling, very unusual art:


:: AnimatorIsland in Chinese

Wow! Someone is putting a lot of work into translating some of our articles to Chinese (this one for example), and we didn’t even know about it until recently. We want to share our articles with as many people as possible, and it’s a great feeling that some of them are found so useful that they get translated. Thank you very much guys, it’s a big honor to us!

:: Upcoming festivals in June

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For festival dates and information, as well as a handy list of deadlines visit:

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