DreamWork’s “The Croods” is in theaters, and we’ve got a full review of the Art Of book from Titan Books!
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In order to improve, you have to practice. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. At this point no one is a stranger to this age-old advice. If you’re like me, though, sometimes you need a gentle kick in the pants to get moving and actually DO the practicing. That’s where 642 Things to Draw comes to the rescue.
It’s that time of year again, and Animator Island is back with the annual review of this year’s Academy Award nominated Animated Shorts! Which one will take the coveted golden statue in 2013? Read on to find out!
An unfortunate stereotype is that “Cartoons are for kids.” This point of view certainly exists in the United States, but thankfully many other countries do not share the same perspective. Enter Arrugas, from Spanish Perro Verde Films and Cromosoma, based on a comic from Paco Roca. While animated, this film is absolutely NOT for kids. Actually quite the opposite…
Tales of the Night is a shadow-puppet/cutout style animated film from the esteemed artist Michel Ocelot. It combines classic storytelling and style with a modern animation quality. Is it worth tracking down at an independent theater near you? Read on to find out!
Coupled with Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s Paperman is the latest animated short from the House that Mickey Built. Combining the life and soul of 2D drawings with 3D models rendered in stylish black and white, does the short inspire confidence in what some are calling “the future of 2D animation?”
Sony Picture Animation’s Hotel Transylvania is in theaters now and Animator Island had a chance to check out the Art and Making Of book released by Titan Books. Check out the full review here!
Disney Pixar’s Brave released in theaters in the summer of 2012, and Animator Island partnered with the UK’s Skwigly Animation Magazine to bring you a review from one artist to another! How does the movie stand up under the critical eye of an animator? Click here to read the full Brave review!
Pixar usually manages to suck me into the movie experience more than most studios, because their care for animation is at a level well above almost anyone else. Brave did an excellent job of continuing that tradition. Very few times did I notice something off at all from an animation perspective. Unfortunately there were quite a few things that were perfectly “right” and I just didn’t personally ENJOY the movement or style choices they made. For example…
There are a LOT of animation books out there. In almost all of them you’ll find the standard walk cycle, an explanation of keys and in-betweens, and many animation staples that any beginner needs to know. Eric Goldberg’s Character Animation Crash Course is quite different than those books.
I recently had the privilege of attending a local theater that played the animated shorts nominated for the 2012 Academy Awards, as well as a few “Highly Commended Additional Films.” Since talking about animation is probably my second favorite activity beyond doing animation (sometimes they swap and talking about it is first!) I wanted to give my thoughts on each of the shorts. Understand that these are just my opinions, though! I have no Academy voting rights.