Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wicked animated adaptation

Ex-Disney employees made a video “animation” of a storyboard for a scene from a potential “Wicked” animated adaptation. This would be an adaptation of the musical or course, not the book per say. First off, I love this video and this idea. “Wicked” the musical had a very Disney-esque quality to it (despite the storyline itself being more the type of scenario Dreamworks would pick up). This would make a great animation. And the people who did this story board clearly know that. The tracks used are from the “Hunchback of Notre-Dame” and “Wicked”.

Pleaaaaase please please please Disney dooo iiiit.
Wicked has to be one of my all time favorite musicals, second only to the Copacabana.

Heidi Jo Gilbert's Artblog (One of the artists blog. It's so worth a peek at)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Inside Glen Keane's thinkerbox

Glen Keane. Forever an inspiration. I love watching him draw.

If you're the kind who's into Twitter, I recomend following Disney.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Magic Paints

So if you havn't noticed by how pretty and pink my blog has suddenly become, it's because I'm integrating it as a part of my website; which I'm in the process of relaunching.

Actually technically it's already launched, seeing as it's online. Just working out the kinks now. (If anyone would care to take a browse through, I'd love some feedback.)

This is the first time I've used so much CSS in codeing. I learnt to make websites just as it got big so we didn't touch much of it. After four years of tinkering, trying to understand and a vodka shot it suddenly all made sense and had me up into the wee hours of the morning because everything making sense was exciting.

So yeah check it.

Anyway also, purdy picture. Drawn today. For the website. And cuz I could.

"Magic colour changing paints. Bringing inspiration and magic to everyday lives.
Available in colours of the rainbow and purdy pink sunset."

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Tangled. The review.

So Tangled came out today, saw it and well I was blown away.

Not only is it simply beautiful to look at but Disney have managed to achieve a beautiful story. Before seeing Tangled, I was unaware of the tale behind Rapunzel. I knew she was the girl with long golden hair locked away in a tower and that was about it, I had no desire to look into it any further. After seeing the movie I hunkered down, did some reading and read the original origin of the fairy tale. Much to my surprise, a lot of things in the movie are much like their fairy tale counterparts but at the same time a lot of things are also different.

I remember reading, in the Art of Tangled that at one stage of early production they had wanted to modernize the story, but that the idea was squashed. Regardless, I feel that there is a little modernization however the film still pertains that classic story telling feeling; and while you may be able to guess how it ends you still want to stay and see how it comes about.

This has to be one of the few movies that the forms of expression have really stood out to me (The only other from recent animation that comes to my mind is Toothless from httyd). From Rapunzel, whose hair acts as an extension of her body, to the animals Maximus and Pascal, who only rely on body language, and Flynn, who has some wild facial expressions, the way each character expresses themself is very well done. Even Mother Gothel has a distinct way in which she carries herself.

My favourite scene (which I’m not really spoiling because it’s been in all the trailers oratleastithinkso) is the lanterns in the sky. The back story behind them is a sweet one, and I found myself lost in the however-long the scene went for. For lack of better words, sooooo pretty.

The music. I’d listened to the soundtrack long before the film came out here in Australia. In fact, a lot of people I talked to from the US said that they found the musical style songs to not be very memorable. While I agree with them to a degree, I still feel they are still very fitting to the film. All I feel they’re missing is a bit more Omph! Mother Gothel’s ‘Mother Knows Best’ kind of has it going but I feel it was still a little on the soft side. The score itself is beautiful, then again I expect no less from Alan Menken who already has a list of my favorite Disney film scores under his belt.

Overall I loved the film and it will be joining my list of ultimate favorites. Fantastic story, fantastic characters, simply fantastic. At no point did I ever feel squeamish or bored. I even came out of the cinema having not chewed my finger nails which is a rare occasion for me (and a sign for that the film has had my 100% attention for the entire time).

I highly recommend seeing it, even if it’s only once in your lifetime. I’m rather excited because I’ve already got 2 more viewings of the movie scheduled in over the next week or so.

Fanart I did back in early December. Because I can.

and a photo of the artbook, which I recieved last night and proceeded to run through the house cheering about.

Monday, January 03, 2011

New “Legend of Korra” News!


Co-creators of the original series (Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko) will write all of the episodes.

Why a female Avatar:

- Large audience of females of original show
- Adoration of headstrong female characters by fan base
- Time for a big action franchise with a female in the lead
- Expected to be darker, more mature than original show; HOWEVER, they’re not attempting to target a new audience.

- Dante Basco (Zuko) said he will return to voice a character

- Confirmed (via Twitter) that it will have something to do with Zuko
- One of the new episodes will be entitled “Skeleton in the Closet”
- The Track Team (composers for the show) has said that the music will be “the Roaring ’20s with an Asian twist.”


- The series may continue for more than 12 episodes if it gains enough popular support. (This happened with Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was scheduled for 13 episodes at first but continued for 61.)

- Korra could be descended from Sokka and Suki.

- There may be flashbacks of the original series. (DiMartino mentioned that there was a “definite link” between the old and new series.)

- The Cabbage Merchant will not appear but “his legacy will be present in some form”.

SOURCE that I found it at and the ORIGINAL SOURCE

Let the geekout begin.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Aniiiimation abounds

As part of one of my holiday projects, I had to format and upload a heap of animation work to youtube. Some of it is new done over the course of 2010, some of it is old from years past. Lots of After Effects practise in pulling these togther, and hateing myself for using so many Movie Clips as apposed to Graphic Symbols. Live and Learn.
Anywho, here they are :)

I've got one video left to reformat, though It's basicly all movie clips so I'm still debating if it's worth it.