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17

Sep

Some fandoms take spoilers very seriously…

An animation by self-proclaimed “die-hard geeky fangirl” animator, Leigh Lahav. Oh, and this vid features guest voice actress Allyn Rachel, the voice of Bee from Frederator’s “Bee and Puppycat.”

You may already be familiar with OnlyLeigh, but if you want to find out more, hit her up on Tumblr here

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

16

Sep

makingmotion:

Some photos of a sewer set from The Boxtrolls.  The water effects are created by shining lights through two rippled sheets of glass being moved in opposite directions to each other.

The Boxtrolls comes out in the U.S. at the end of the month. Enjoy a couple of behind-the-scenes shots of one of the film’s sets. 

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

mickeyandcompany:

Concept art and animation panels for Treasure Planet 2

Before Treasure Planet was shown in cinemas, Thomas Schumacher, then president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, mentioned the possibilities of having direct-to-video releases for Treasure Planet as well as a television series. He stated that they already had “a story and some storyboards and concepts up and a script for what a sequel to [Treasure Planet] could be,” and that they also had a “notion” of what the series would be.

Director Jun Falkenstein and screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos began early development on Treasure Planet 2. In the sequel, Jim Hawkins and Kate, his love interest and classmate at the Royal Interstellar Academy, must team with Long John Silver to stop the villainous Ironbeard from freeing the inmates of Botany Bay Prison Asteroid. Willem Dafoe was set to voice Ironbeard. The sequel was canceled when Treasure Planet disappointed at the box office.

(Sources: x, x)

Some interesting Disney animation history popped up in my dashboard this morning. Artists on the project include:

  1. Jun Falkenstein (storyboard artist for Despicable Me, director of The Tigger Movie)
  2. Emil Mitev (Iron Giant, Road to El Dorado)
  3. Yarrow Cheney (Despicable Me 1 &2, Curious George — you really should check out his portfolio, wow!)
  4. Mike Inman (background painter for shows like Avatar: the Last Airbender, Scooby Doo reboots, Angry Beavers, Spider-Man and more)
  5. Ken Boyer (animator of the hyenas in The Lion King as well as dozens of television shows you probably recognize. Take a look at his portfolio!). 

Here are a few more images from the film / television series that never was. 

Here's Jim at the Academy. We miss you, ponytail.

Here’s Jim at the Academy. We miss you, ponytail. 

by Jun Falkenstein

Here’s a second concept by director Jun Falkenstein.

Animator / Director Jun Falksenstein, 2002

Animator / Director Jun Falksenstein, 2002

by Yarrow Cheney

Yarrow Cheney’s “Silver Fish” concept

Rest in Peace, Treasure Planet 2. Or better yet, may you one day actually exist…

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

13

Sep

Another anime Kickstarter project recently met its goal and finished!Under the Dog is a new original anime project led by founder of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra and producer Hiroaki Yura (Steins;Gate, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) who’s team includes director Masahiro Ando (Sword of the Stranger, Blast of Tempest, Hanasaku Iroha), character and mechanical designer Yusuke Kozaki (Fire Emblem: Awakening, No More Heroes, Speed Grapher), and original story writer Jiro Ishii.The Kickstarter project ended on September 7th with $878,024 raised, with the original goal being $580,000.The project consists of a single 24 minute long episode that the company hopes to continue in the form of either more OVAs (Original Video Animation), movies, or a TV series. They have stated that they’ve already received offers from various companies for a TV series but would prefer to continue crowd funding as it would allow them to retain all creative rights.On their Kickstarter page, which you can find by clicking here, you can find a trailer, concept art, stretch goal information (they will continue to accept donations through paypal) and more information on the staff that will be working on this project.Also, the ‘updates’ tab on the top of the Kickstarter page has some cool information on their animating process that’s definitely worth checking out!-Josh

Another anime Kickstarter project recently met its goal and finished!

Under the Dog is a new original anime project led by founder of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra and producer Hiroaki Yura (Steins;Gate, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) who’s team includes director Masahiro Ando (Sword of the Stranger, Blast of Tempest, Hanasaku Iroha), character and mechanical designer Yusuke Kozaki (Fire Emblem: Awakening, No More Heroes, Speed Grapher), and original story writer Jiro Ishii.

The Kickstarter project ended on September 7th with $878,024 raised, with the original goal being $580,000.

The project consists of a single 24 minute long episode that the company hopes to continue in the form of either more OVAs (Original Video Animation), movies, or a TV series. They have stated that they’ve already received offers from various companies for a TV series but would prefer to continue crowd funding as it would allow them to retain all creative rights.

On their Kickstarter page, which you can find by clicking here, you can find a trailer, concept art, stretch goal information (they will continue to accept donations through paypal) and more information on the staff that will be working on this project.

Also, the ‘updates’ tab on the top of the Kickstarter page has some cool information on their animating process that’s definitely worth checking out!

-Josh

12

Sep

An inspiring, and very well edited look at the colors in Pixar. By Rishi Kaneria.

-Chris

11

Sep

Less than five days after releasing the official subtitle of “The Legend of Korra: Book 4,” the official Korra tumblr and Facebook page has released some more great news. “The Legend of Korra: Book 4: Balance” will premier Friday, October 3! And no, not 2015, but October 3, 2014!
No official word yet on why such an early release date, but this honestly doesn’t surprise me. Well… maybe just a smidgen. We’ve known from previous interviews with co-creators Michael Dante Dimartino and Bryan Konietzko that, during the “not-cancelation crisis of July 25” (remember, remember), Book 4’s animation/editing neared completion. And now that they don’t have to worry about fitting in with other shows and their scheduling on-air, this leaves LOK in a very flexible situation. If our beloved Studio Mir hadn’t been on the ball with the animation, then I would be a bit concerned about the rush. But they were on the ball — and were doing fancy tricks on top of said ball.
If I was in Dimartino and Konietzko’s shoes, I also would have pushed for an earlier release than the original goal of January or February 2015. The current hype is still high from a phenomenal Book 3, and I honestly don’t trust Nickelodeon’s marketing skills or bank on their long-term invested interest in the show.
We all know Nickelodeon is really trying to focus on their wholesome programing that contains strong female characters, complex moral dilemmas and selfless sacrifice, such as Spongebob (shameless jab is shameless).
Anyways, I would expect to see a trailer for “The Legend of Korra: Book 4: Balance” sometime within the next week or two. Plug in to watch the premiere on Nick.com or the Nick App on Friday, October 3, 2014!
- Ron (awakenthetrees)


To keep up with the happenings of Book 4, you can follow the official Korra tumblr: http://Korranation.tumblr.com
Also Dimartino and Konietzko’s Tumblrs:
http://michaeldantedimartino.tumblr.com/
http://bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/

Less than five days after releasing the official subtitle of “The Legend of Korra: Book 4,” the official Korra tumblr and Facebook page has released some more great news. “The Legend of Korra: Book 4: Balance” will premier Friday, October 3! And no, not 2015, but October 3, 2014!

No official word yet on why such an early release date, but this honestly doesn’t surprise me. Well… maybe just a smidgen. We’ve known from previous interviews with co-creators Michael Dante Dimartino and Bryan Konietzko that, during the “not-cancelation crisis of July 25” (remember, remember), Book 4’s animation/editing neared completion. And now that they don’t have to worry about fitting in with other shows and their scheduling on-air, this leaves LOK in a very flexible situation. If our beloved Studio Mir hadn’t been on the ball with the animation, then I would be a bit concerned about the rush. But they were on the ball — and were doing fancy tricks on top of said ball.

If I was in Dimartino and Konietzko’s shoes, I also would have pushed for an earlier release than the original goal of January or February 2015. The current hype is still high from a phenomenal Book 3, and I honestly don’t trust Nickelodeon’s marketing skills or bank on their long-term invested interest in the show.

We all know Nickelodeon is really trying to focus on their wholesome programing that contains strong female characters, complex moral dilemmas and selfless sacrifice, such as Spongebob (shameless jab is shameless).

Anyways, I would expect to see a trailer for “The Legend of Korra: Book 4: Balance” sometime within the next week or two. Plug in to watch the premiere on Nick.com or the Nick App on Friday, October 3, 2014!

- Ron (awakenthetrees)

To keep up with the happenings of Book 4, you can follow the official Korra tumblr: http://Korranation.tumblr.com

Also Dimartino and Konietzko’s Tumblrs:

http://michaeldantedimartino.tumblr.com/

http://bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/

10

Sep

James Lopez’s Hullabaloo has really been gaining ground. It rapidly met its goal on Indiegogo.com and is still going. Besides Lopez there are some big name animators working on this project including Minkyu Lee, Bruce Smith, Rick Farmiloe, Sandro Cleuzo, and Sarah Airriess. The team has already put together an impressive amount of concept art and animation. I am really excited about the look and idea behind this series they are hoping to make, and am also happy it is traditionally animated; I especially hope it becomes a series!

Synopses:

Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.

Together, Veronica and Jules learn that Jonathan Daring has been kidnapped by a mysterious group of influential persons, who seek to use his latest invention for nefarious purposes. These villains are wealthy and influential and neither Veronica nor Jules can stop them openly. But determined to save her father and holding true to the family creed that technology should be used for the good of all, not the greed of some, Veronica assumes the secret identity of “Hullabaloo”, a goggled crusader who uses wits and science to combat evil and oppose the nefarious conspiracy that has taken her father.

But the question remains: what are the villains up to? What do they plan to do with Jonathan Daring’s mysterious new technology? And will Veronica and Jules be able to stop them in time?

Keep your eye on this one, folks.

-Chris

09

Sep

Props to all the designers and 3D modelers who made today’s Apple live event possible. Well done, guys and girls! Your images of new iPhones, the Apple Watch, and Apple Pay all look superb, as would be expected.
And how about that video game teased earlier, from Super Evil Megacorp? (See above image from Apple’s live event feed). Vainglory looks incredible; watch the trailer here for this beautiful-looking MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena game). 
I’m very interested in the video game capabilities coming to mobile devices thanks to Apple’s improved graphics processor. Plus, you have to love Super Evil Megacorp’s tagline: 

Super Evil Megacorp seeks to destroy the productivity of mankind with endlessly entertaining games. 
We challenge the notion that touch screens are for harvesting crops and slicing fruit. Secretly, tablets are all deadly weapons waiting to be put to use.

If you haven’t been following along, here are some of the companies already working on games for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

Props to all the designers and 3D modelers who made today’s Apple live event possible. Well done, guys and girls! Your images of new iPhones, the Apple Watch, and Apple Pay all look superb, as would be expected.

And how about that video game teased earlier, from Super Evil Megacorp? (See above image from Apple’s live event feed). Vainglory looks incredible; watch the trailer here for this beautiful-looking MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena game).

I’m very interested in the video game capabilities coming to mobile devices thanks to Apple’s improved graphics processor. Plus, you have to love Super Evil Megacorp’s tagline: 

Super Evil Megacorp seeks to destroy the productivity of mankind with endlessly entertaining games.

We challenge the notion that touch screens are for harvesting crops and slicing fruit. Secretly, tablets are all deadly weapons waiting to be put to use.

If you haven’t been following along, here are some of the companies already working on games for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:

Game developers for the new Apple iPhones

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

You really want to check out today’s Google Doodle, celebrating Leo Tolstoy’s 186th Birthday.

It’s a stylized slideshow resembling intricate paper cutout and including beautiful animation as you move from slide to slide, full of depth and interesting character designs that I imagine are equally represented in the author’s books (judging by the brief excerpts I’ve read from Tolstoy, anyway). 

The coolest part about the whole thing has to be the layers and textures, best enjoyed during movement between images, urging you to turn page after page of the beautiful artwork so that you’ve soon swept through War and Peace, Anna Karenina AND The Death of Ivan Ilyich in a matter of moments — quite an impressive feat, considering the size of either of those first two novels, am I right?

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

08

Sep

Who wore it best?—DuckTales theme song edition.

I’m almost always going to pick traditional animation over live action, but these fuzzy ducks in the above remake of the beloved Disney show Duck Tales theme song. Watch the original below and decide for yourself.

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)