Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 BLOG REVIEW

 1) FROZEN MAGIC - It wasn’t marketing that made FROZEN successful, it was the elusive secret ingredient that makes a film a hit: MAGIC. And this is top-of-the-line CGI magic. The snow and ice effects are dazzling, the camera angles are breathtaking, the lighting is spectacular, the  character designs wonderful, the backgrounds stunning. But, by far, the biggest star of FROZEN is the animation. . .

2) FROZEN: A SECOND RENAISSANCE AT DISNEY ANIMATION? - We would love to see Disney use its best-in-the-world art on a broader spectrum of animated subjects to reach new audiences. Come on Disney, branch out, we dare you. Your top-of-the-line animation should include more than princesses and fairy tales. Bring the quality of the content up to the quality of the animation art. What do you say Bob Iger, John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Kathleen Kennedy?...                   

3) TWITTER’S DESIGN DECLINE - Good design doesn’t complicate, it simplifies, it’s intuitive, easy to read and a pleasure to look at. The golden rule of good design is: FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION. If we judge Twitter by its current design form, its function must be an illogical jumble . . .

4) The SIMPSONS  - I went to school with a boy who modeled himself on Bart Simpson, his parents being off at work every day and he being newly arrived in the US from Uzbekistan and having no other influence but TV . . . 

5) SHOULDERS of ANIMATION GIANTS - Please let’s stop going on and on and on about Disney’s Nine Old Men. Doing so suggests nobody was as good before or since which is just not true. They stood on shoulders of giants like Emile Cohl, Winsor McCay, Lotte Reiniger . . .

6) BEAUTIFUL ART, UGLY ARTISTS - Should we celebrate an artist who’s done something shameful? Can we venerate art produced by someone capable of evil? Should the two be separated? Can we love the art and not the artist? ...

7) WRITING RITES  - There’s so much literary advice online, I thought I’d offer some practical ideas for beating out the words. Be prepared and you won't waste time looking for stuff when you're aflame with inspiration: 1) Stock up on tea/coffee, chocolate, waters and champagne.  2) Surround your desk with spider plants, ferns and aloe vera for extra oxygen to fuel your brain . . .

8) ROBIN WILLIAMS - Animation and Robin Williams were made for each other as you can see in this fabulous ALADDIN number animated by Eric Goldberg. The art was inspired by Al Herschfeld’s lyrical lines visible in the curled fingers of the Genie and the  actual Hershfeld drawing . . .

9) Day of the Dead: MARCEL PROUST - ...this little pearl from Remembrance of Lost Time
“And behind a drape I surprised a little alcove which, 
stopped by a wall and unable to escape, 
 had hidden itself there and was sheepishly 
looking at me with its oeil-de-boeuf 
made blue by the moonlight.”

10) The FUNCTION of ART - “Art” is such a short word it doesn’t really do justice to all the glorious colors, shapes, ideas creativity and structures it represents. Or all the delight, rage, curiosity and satisfaction it provokes. I wish it were a bigger, longer more juicy word befitting such an important concept.
                                 Ai Weiwei, Coca Cola Vase, 2011
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ART, DESIGN, WRITING, ANIMATION, TheSIMPSONS,  PROUST, RobinWILLIAMS

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