Friday, October 24, 2008

Gerald McBoing-Boing (1951) Opening Sequence

I started watching the great 1951 UPA short, Gerald McBoing-Boing again, and forgot how cool the opening sequence was, so I decided to post it up for ya'll. This is obviously a really important piece of 1950's animation, if not the most influential animation and design of its time. The entire video is posted below the pictures, I highly encourage you to watch it. I'm highlighting this opening sequence because I haven't seen something this neat in any recent cartoons, and professionally-made and distributed animated shorts are pretty scarce nowadays. Sorry about the edges of the pictures getting cut off. That's Blogger's fault.

Directed by Bobe Cannon, an ex-Looney Tunes animator from the 30's and 40's and a UPA mainstay. Story by Dr. Seuss! McBoing-Boing animator Bill Melendez went on to voice Snoopy and Woodstock in all the Peanuts cartoons, though he sadly just passed on. He also was an animator on some Looney Tunes. Designer Bill (William T.) Hurtz went on to direct some Rocky & Bullwinkle episodes, as well as the 1989 feature Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland.



What a cool way to introduce the characters and the scene! Here's the whole thing:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

United Airlines "Heart" Commercial

I found this on Shannon Tindle's blog. Another great stop motion commercial from United Airlines. Done with real paint on real paper in real life. I wish I had the patience and skill to do something like this. Click the picture to watch!

Here's another United Airlines commercial done the same way, but in a different drawing style. This one's really cool too. Not as high quality though. D:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cryptids pt. 1

We have an assignment in Digital Illustration class in which we have to draw 3 cryptids. This is the first of my 3, the dreaded Ninki Nanka from the Congo, a 50-foot crocodilian type creature reminiscent of mosasaurs. I've been reading a lot of Jack Kirby's 1978 comic Devil Dinosaur lately, which is where I'm drawing my inspiration from. Here's some of Kirby's Devil Dinosaur work. The comic is about a red T-Rex type creature and "Moon Boy, the first human." It's a comic about a giant red dinosaur that rules the valley while this little ape-man rides around on his back and gives him orders. What more could you ask for?

Every issue of Devil Dinosaur seems to have a killer 2-page splash. Maybe I'll post more of the splashes later.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

1960's Viewmaster Images

These are some scans of Viewmaster slides from the 1960's I found around the web. Viewmasters work by using two photos of the same subject taken at slightly different angles. What you end up seeing is a stereoscopic image, 3-D if you will. Because these are scans of just one slide at a time, they won't look stereoscopic to you. I'm just going to assume you've all used a Viewmaster in your lifetime, and if not, you'll go here: Onto the images. The subjects in the slides are real-life 3-dimensional statuettes and sets. I guarantee any Hollywood 3-D CG takes on these characters wouldn't look nearly as great as these.

First, some Flintstones slides. Aren't these amazing?

I want to have one of these sets in my house. They're so damn cool. These Yogi Bear slides were linked to on Cartoon Brew recently, and rightfully so.

Awesome. Just awesome. Disney got in on it too.

This one's pretty hilarious...

Somebody baked Elmer a little too long.

And finally, something from the Charles Schulz camp. These translated to 3-D especially well. On a side note, if you haven't seen any Peanuts animated specials since you were 5, give them a try again this coming appropriate holiday season. They're a lot funnier than I remembered them being.


A long time ago, I did some films that I don't talk about anymore. This is one of those films. I provided the voice acting in this, Owen Dennis's 2006 epic, Hand's Breadth from Danger.

Here's another old underrated Owen Dennis project I was part of, Aquarium in the Corner.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thank god for James Carville.

I, like many, am blown away by the fact that the media is calling the VP debate "a draw." To anyone who watched the debate, it was clear that Senator Biden was the better speaker, had way more substance in his answers, and ACTUALLY ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS HE WAS ASKED. Immediately! He answered the questions very clearly, right after they were asked and quickly went on to explain his answer and stance. Sarah Palin merely parroted lines she had clearly been rehearsing for days, and even seemed to be running on intellectual fumes during the last couple rounds of questioning. Is that "a draw?" I don't think so. AMERICA doesn't even think so. As the media continues to say that both VP candidates performed equally as well, poll after poll after poll is showing that the majority American people know that Senator Biden was the clear winner of the debate. Let me say that for you again, POLL AFTER POLL IS SHOWING THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT JUST DEMOCRATS, NOT JUST REPUBLICANS, BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS A WHOLE RECOGNIZE THAT SENATOR BIDEN CLEARLY WON THE DEBATE. So how could the media say that it was even close? I've heard it over and over and over, "Well, she didn't screw up!" Well I've got news for the newscasters: non-failure is NOT synonymous with success. Just because she didn't make herself look like a total fool (yet again) does NOT mean that she did a "great job," as so many anchors are putting it. She did do an amazing job of referencing her political experience during the debate; I feel like I now know enough about Alaska to write a book. What don't I know enough about? How the GOP plans to stop giving major tax cuts to big oil. Wait, they're not going to stop? 4 billion what now? DOLLARS?? And that's been pointed out how many times??? Nah, not a big deal. Don't worry about addressing it with your rebuttal; let's talk more about Alaska and mavericks.

So you watch the debate. You see Senator Biden driving home point after point, even going as far as to repeat, repeat, REPEAT key points that are integral to the election. You see Biden answering the questions he's asked and being absolutely firm on his beliefs. You see Governor Palin talking in circles and skirting around many, many of the questions. You see Biden AND debate moderator Gwen Ifill both trying to wrangle Palin in from her longwinded circuitous responses and see that she actually does answer the question she's been asked. You see Governor Palin advocate the "new" idea of having a "Joe Six-Pack" in Washington. Did the last 8 years of having "Joe Six-Pack" as commander-in-chief not yet convince us that we need someone with much more competency than your everyday "Joe Six-Pack" to run the White house successfully?

To get back to my main point, the media is saying that Governor Palin's folksy riffraff carried the same amount of weight as Biden's absolutely clear message, his undeniable passion for our country, and his relentless desire to do what he believes is right for the American people. Damn liberal media! Wait, what?

Enter my favorite political commentator, the Ragin' Cajun James Carville. As I was sitting in disbelief in front of the computer screen as I listened to anchor after anchor say Governor Palin did a "great job," I thought to myself, "I wonder what the Ragin' Cajun thinks." This morning, my question was answered. Thank you Mr. Carville for giving a voice to the critical thinkers of the American public.