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01

Oct

It’s a short clip, but there are a few reasons you might want to check out this video from the Adventure Time Season 4 Blu-ray and DVD, including special features like this behind-the-scenes look at the show’s music. 

First: Rebecca Sugar is awesome, and you get to hear her sing! Sugar, the creator of Steven Universe (another great Cartoon Network show), wrote a lot of the music in Adventure TimeSugar also worked on writing episodes and developing storyboards until she left Adventure Time to focus on Steven Universe; the last episode she worked on was “Be More.”

Another reason to watch the video is for the brief glimpse at the song’s storyboard / animatic. I find it’s always interesting to view preproduction of shows and see what changes in the final product — and really, I like seeing how an animation is made, don’t you?

You’ll find more interesting AT clips and news on Adventure Time's Facebook page. Season 4 comes out on DVD/Blu-ray on October 7.

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

30

Sep

adventuretime:

skronked:

looks like my vine of the Art of OOO book has been making the rounds online.

ca-tsuka:

Adventure Time - The Art of Ooo - 6 sec preview.

Friday reminder: The Art of Ooo, written by Chris McDonnell, will be available for your coffee table on Rocktober 14.

Adventure Time fans! Who’s going to pick up 352 pages of totally math Adventure Time art this coming month? I’ll probably ask for this for Christmas. (Hint, hint).

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

29

Sep

Some early Big Hero 6 development art by Ryan Lang, an accomplished visual development artist who has worked on several Disney features. Be sure to check out his personal blog as well as his portfolio. Impressive work in both places.

- Chris

Remember when we talked about DreamWorks Animation’s big deal with Korean animation group Studio Mir?
DreamWorks, Hollywood’s smallest animation studio, is now in talks for another deal across the Pacific —  this time, to possibly be bought by Japanese group SoftBank. 
“Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation in a deal that would value the company at $3.4 billion, according to a source with knowledge of the situation,” reports Hollywood Reporter. The article also reports that DreamWorks Animation has been offered $32 a share in stock, a $10 increase for its current selling price of $22. 
However, DreamWorks Animation is treating this as a rumor, stating “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation.”  
 Even so, it’s no secret that founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has been looking for someone to buy his company — and, after SoftBank’s investment in Internet site Alibaba (the Chinese version of Amazon, if Amazon was for small business trade), it’s no secret that they have some cash to blow. I mean invest.
Will Softbank and DreamWorks be a good fit together? It’s hard to say, since the deal may or may not be happening. (It’s happening.) But since Softbank’s self-reported vision is “becoming a company contributing to people’s happiness and joy, and to the future of the world, not only pursuing the profit of the company,” it’s safe to say that more DreamWorks Animation films and television shows would fit the bill for both technological advancement and happiness.

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

Remember when we talked about DreamWorks Animation’s big deal with Korean animation group Studio Mir?

DreamWorks, Hollywood’s smallest animation studio, is now in talks for another deal across the Pacific — this time, to possibly be bought by Japanese group SoftBank. 

“Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation in a deal that would value the company at $3.4 billion, according to a source with knowledge of the situation,” reports Hollywood Reporter. The article also reports that DreamWorks Animation has been offered $32 a share in stock, a $10 increase for its current selling price of $22. 

However, DreamWorks Animation is treating this as a rumor, stating “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation.”  

 Even so, it’s no secret that founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has been looking for someone to buy his company — and, after SoftBank’s investment in Internet site Alibaba (the Chinese version of Amazon, if Amazon was for small business trade), it’s no secret that they have some cash to blow. I mean invest.

Will Softbank and DreamWorks be a good fit together? It’s hard to say, since the deal may or may not be happening. (It’s happening.) But since Softbank’s self-reported vision is “becoming a company contributing to people’s happiness and joy, and to the future of the world, not only pursuing the profit of the company,” it’s safe to say that more DreamWorks Animation films and television shows would fit the bill for both technological advancement and happiness.

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

26

Sep

Legend of Korra: "Book 4 Official Trailer"

The Legend of Korra: Book 4 Trailer is finally here! There’s so much going on in this trailer! I may or may not have watched this three times in a row…

- Ron (awakenthetrees.tumblr.com)

25

Sep

Here’s a TV spot also released today for Big Hero 6.  The full trailer is below:

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

Animation Force - The second Big Hero 6 trailer is here. | Facebook

So what are you doing on Tumblr? Head over to our Facebook page to watch the latest Big Hero 6 trailer and get a better feel of the upcoming movie’s narrative. Plus, you get to meet a new character!

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

24

Sep

Not all involved in animation have to worry about wage-fixing deals. Steve Carell has officially signed on for 2017’s Despicable Me 3 in what talent agency William Morris Endeavor is calling the “largest talent-animation deal in history.” 
Yes, people have already been reporting Despicable Me 3 since January, but Steve Carell just signed on for sure. I haven’t heard anything about exactly how much this deal was worth, but for reference, his reported salary from the first Despicable Me was $500,000. 
It’s nice to know that for a movie whose audience loves the hilarious, yellow sidekicks — Carell’s son was thrilled to be able to voice one of them, and even Carell admits the minions are his favorite — villains-turned-good-guys still earn their keep. 
It probably also helps that Despicable Me 2 was touted as “Universal’s most profitable film in its long history" by NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke last summer (They’re talking film, not just animation). …And it was the sixth-highest grossing animated film, ever.  
Fans are already looking forward to two additional sequels in the next three years: Minions (July 10, 2015), and the aforementioned Despicable Me 3 (June 30, 2017). 

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

Not all involved in animation have to worry about wage-fixing deals. Steve Carell has officially signed on for 2017’s Despicable Me 3 in what talent agency William Morris Endeavor is calling the “largest talent-animation deal in history.” 

Yes, people have already been reporting Despicable Me 3 since January, but Steve Carell just signed on for sure. I haven’t heard anything about exactly how much this deal was worth, but for reference, his reported salary from the first Despicable Me was $500,000. 

It’s nice to know that for a movie whose audience loves the hilarious, yellow sidekicks — Carell’s son was thrilled to be able to voice one of them, and even Carell admits the minions are his favorite — villains-turned-good-guys still earn their keep. 

It probably also helps that Despicable Me 2 was touted as “Universal’s most profitable film in its long history" by NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke last summer (They’re talking film, not just animation). …And it was the sixth-highest grossing animated film, ever.  

Fans are already looking forward to two additional sequels in the next three years: Minions (July 10, 2015), and the aforementioned Despicable Me 3 (June 30, 2017). 

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

Animation legend Chuck Jones talks about how he got his start in animation. Even the greats had some of the humblest of beginnings. Good things to keep in mind from this.

-Chris

23

Sep

Urbance Trailer

From Steambot Studios, based in Montreal, Canada:

Gender War has started!

Urbance is a 26-minutes animated action serie for 16+ audience. Written and Directed by Joel Dos Reis Viegas and Sébastien Larroudé. A topic that hits withstunning visuals and blasting tunes; Urbance brings you into a post-modern story world, made of hip-hop vibes and electronic influences.

Check the kickstarter campaign for the Urbance series and support this sick animation.

- Chris