Oscar nominations are out today, and no great surprises there if you caught the Globes. What I noticed immediately while going over the list was my prediction was correct: Destino is in the running for Best Animated Short. Competition in that category is meager these days, but to be fair Destino is a solid entry, […]
The Golden Globes were on last night, an awards show that has perhaps developed more clout than it deserves, considering the source. But as Finding Nemo was up for an award as best musical or comedy, it became animation news. “Nemo” would have been an unlikely winner, given that it’s difficult to make a logical […]
The website update delayed my reporting on this, but last week Scott and I attended our first meeting with Cartoonists Northwest. I was immediately impressed by the age range of the members. There were vets, newbies, interested parties, dabblers and a smattering of high school students. Last week’s presentation was on self-publishing, which I’ll talk […]
This week some very alarming news came out: while IBM will be adding 15,000 jobs, only 4500 will be offered to Americans. Meanwhile, 3000 of their existing jobs will be exported out of the country. In honor of that charming revelation from my former employer, I will now be posting excerpts from the numerous and […]
This has been no surprise to members of Animation Nation, but the closure of Walt Disney Feature in Florida has finally come to pass. It hit the Orlando Sentinel today, making it official in a final way the LA studio never got to enjoy. 600-700 artists and craftsman lost their jobs, but more than that, […]
I’m very proud to see Animation Nationpersonally thanked in a letter from Roy Disney, jr. I have watched Mr. Disney on television since I was a child, holding onto animation’s glory days. Without him, Fantasia 2000 would not have happened. Without him, Wild Life would have. The Nation has shown itself repeatedly to be THE […]
It’s not the New Year without Chris Robinson displaying his usual amount of class, contributing to everyone’s hangover from last year with a little kvetching and moaning. Animation World Magazine inexplicably continues to publish articles by the Animation Pimp. He was soundly booed off of Animation Nation sometime around September 11th; I think I had […]
It’s time to talk about that favorite subject of mine, my personal crusade, foreign outsourcing. No one is talking about it, and we are in serious trouble. Candidate Howard Dean says he plans on creating two million jobs if elected. But it isn’t creation we need, it’s retention! No one was concerned when animators lost […]
Scott and I support Roy Disney and his cause, and if you support him too, you can let him know by going to SaveDisney.com. Letters and cartoons related to the Roy Disney movement can be submitted to the site and have a good chance of being posted. Eisner is on a mission to remove everyone […]
Triplettes of Belleville is out in Seattle, please pardon me if I choose not to get the French title precisely right. “Triplettes” best asset is the way it takes advantage of the traditional medium to prove once again that animation is not restricted by the laws of physics or even common sense. In its way, […]
Some big events have come up in the news this week. While driving to work in the early AM, I heard that Roy Disney, jr resigned as a board member of the Disney company. I admit that when I first heard that there was big Disney news I was hoping that Michael Eisner had been ousted at last. Roy’s letter condemning Eisner was beautiful, as was Stanley Gold’s, and I’m predicting that Eisner is done. I believe he’ll be done before a year is out; there is nothing more effective than lots and lots of negative publicity.
Maridee is in her final stages of development. Scott is doing some amazing inks, and it tooks some thought deciding about her hair. I envisioned her as a brunette, hair literally brown, but Scott is moving more towards black hair. Black hair is going to be much more dramatic on paper, and some decisions had to be made about the highlights at the top. These are the kinds of things I would never think about; I’m too busy going from one script to another to wonder exactly how Maridee’s hairline is going to look. But attention to detail is one of the things I admire most about Scott.
The site has undergone some changes, most dramatically with the addition of this section. As Scooter and Ferret gets underway, the need to have a place where I can keep track of the process has become too much to ignore.