Wednesday, February 20, 2013


ADAM and a DOG  (The trailer was hand-drawn, the film made in “digital 2D” with “some work on paper”). Written and directed by Minkyu Lee. Consultant Glen Keane. Remarkably, this is an independent production (budget between $10-20,000) with no studio involvement. This is the way fresh new content is going to get back into animation. I hope it wins.
FRESH GUACOMOLE (Stop-motion) Written and directed by PES,
born Adam Pesapane, who was influenced by the work of Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer. (PES Productions)
HEAD OVER HEELS (Stop-motion) Written and directed by Timothy Reckart (NFTS, UK)
MAGGIE SIMPSON in “THE LONGEST DAYCARE” (CGI) Directed by David Silverman, written by James Brooks, Matt Groening and 5 others (Gracie Films)
PAPERMAN (2D and CGI combined) Directed by John Kahrs, written by Clio Chiang and Kendelle Hoyer (Walt Disney Animation Studios) If Adam and a Dog doesn't win, this might. Oscar winner 2013

BRAVE (CGI) Directed by Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Written by  Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi, Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell (Pixar) Also nominated for a Bafta and winner of a Goden Gobe. I think this flawed but dazzling film will win. Oscar winner 2013
FRANKENWEENIE (3D stop-motion) Directed by Tim Burton. Written by
Tim Burton, Leonard Ripps, John August (Walt Disney Pictures) Also nominated for a Bafta.
PARANORMAN (3D stop-motion, using 3D printing) Directed by Chris Butler, Sam Fell. Written by Chris Butler. (LAIKA) Also nominated for a Bafta.
The PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (Stop-motion) Directed by Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt. Written by Gideon Defoe. (Aardman Animations)
WRECK-IT RALPH (CGI) Directed by Rich Moore.  Written by Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, Jim Reardon, Jennifer Lee. (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Sunday, February 10, 2013


When did LOVE get replaced by the ghastly soulless word RELATIONSHIP? Surely "the way in which things and people are connected" is not how we feel.
Are we so afraid of the power behind the word LOVE that we feel the need to dilute and distance it? 
Are we so worried about wanting and needing LOVE that we’re even afraid to mention its name?
LOVE, the-thing-that-shall-not-be-named.
According to TV and movies, just saying “I love you” has become a phrase to be avoided like a landmine.
Perhaps we’re afraid of the passion involved in love. When we’re swept off our feet by a force stronger than logic, is it the lack of control that scares us? 

But shouldn’t we welcome being overwhelmed by superior forces of delight and wonder? Shouldn’t we be thrilled to float down the street emiting beams of bliss
Or to feel the quieter, deeper satisfaction of long-term love?
Why not throw caution to the winds when it comes to love?

And why the coy: "I've met someone"?  We don't dare say "I'm in love."
How odd that love should be taboo
How sad to hear: "The person I'm in a relationship with" instead of "My lover."
Why not be happy for the privilege of that rare and wonderful state and celebrate it out loud all over the place?
Valentine’s day is a celebration of LOVE not relationship.
Let’s celebrate the heart-pounding, hand-trembling, throat-constricting breathlessness of something that sounds like a medical emergency but is, by far, the best feeling in the world.

Let’s stop pussyfooting around with clinical words like RELATIONSHIP and say what we really mean.