Sunday, February 19, 2012



WILD LIFE - Directed and animated by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby (NFB) This "making of" video is wonderful: actual hand painting.
DIMANCHE (Sunday) - Directed and animated by Patrick Doyon (NFB)
THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE – Directed & written by Brandon Oldenburg and William Joyce (Moonbot Studios) Oscar winner 2011
A MORNING STROLL - Directed by Grant Orchard (Studio AKA) Winner of the Best Short Animation Bafta
LA LUNA - Directed and written by Enrico Casarosa  (Pixar)
I love WILD LIFE with its terrific painted animation, comic timing and funny sound track.  Unexpected and unusual.
The National Film Board of Canada is really on the ball (as always), it has put some of its Oscar-nominated shorts online for download at a very reasonable price.  Give yourself a treat and download them.  Short films, both animated and live, are a wonderful art form and should be valued and appreciated as much as features.  They are little gems and the precursors to feature films.  Steven Spielberg started his career with a short, “Amblin’”.
A MORNING STROLL is very technically innovative, but that can be distracting and prevent immersion in the story. 
Interview with lovely Enrico Casarosa artist/writer/director of LA LUNA from Pixar.  Not the usual corporate drone.

CHICO and RITA – Directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal (Magic Light Pictures, UK)
A CAT IN PARIS – Directed by Alain Gagnol et Jean-Loup Felicioli (Palace Films, France)
RANGO – Directed by Gore Verbinksi. Animated by ILM  (Paramount, USA) Oscar winner 2011
KUNG FU PANDA 2 – Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (DreamWorks)
PUSS IN BOOTS – Directed by Chris Miller (DreamWorks)

- Lovely to see adult subjects in A CAT IN PARIS and CHICO AND RITA. Animation is a medium for ALL subjects, not just fairy tales and children's books.  Is the US going to be the last to figure this out?
- For the first time, Pixar is not nominated in the Best Feature category this year.   Are we surprised?
- Neither is Disney.
- Gore Verbinsky and ILM (Industrial Light and Magic, George Lucas’ FX studio) have a few things to learn about designing and directing animated features. The character design in RANGO is painful, even though the atmosphere, film references and visual effects are stunning. 
- Jennifer Yuh Nelson is the first woman to direct an animated feature film and the first to be nominated for Best Animated Feature Oscar.