Halloween

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

It is the time of year for ghouls, ghosts and witches to come out and play.

Who better than Jack the Pumpkin King can scare you out of your wits? So celebrate Halloween with decorations, movies and why not t-shirts.

SixLeggedDog the t-shirt website has some great tee’s for you to wear and scare your friends with. Check them out and see for yourself. You can get some great glow in the dark tee’s of Jack’s scary pumpkin face or ghostly trees that form a face or a witch flying thru the sky. Which one will you sport this month?

All the t-shirts are designed by Ryan Roberts, an artist and animation professional and you can check out his “Freaks” t-shirts as well, there are some that are perfect for the season too.

Each tee is made to order and artist proofed. You choose your color and size and http://sixleggeddog.com/ does the rest.

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

Halloween t-shirt by sixleggeddog.com

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Flora and the Penguin

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

The magnificent Mrs Molly Idle has done it again…

Her new book is inspiring and tender and speaks about friendship and how to keep it, even when things don’t always go the way you want them too.

Beautifully illustrated goes without saying, this woman is going to give me an enormous inferiority complex with good reason. Yet again as in Flora and the Flamingo, the book has flaps to move and tell the story and NO words, so everyone can tell their own, and change it as many times as imagination can carry. Pure genius if you ask me.

This incredible talented artist still does it all by hand, paper and pencil and lots of Prisma colors. Her line is as smooth as the ice Flora is skating on and the choreography funny and enchanting.

What will be next? Well Flora is going to meet some Peacocks I am told and I can’t wait to see the result. I guess I better make more space on my bookshelf then…

Yesterday Molly, who lives in Arizona with her family, came to LA and had a “reading” or should I say showing, of her new book. Obviously I had to attend and so did a couple of our old friends and colleagues from the DreamWorks days, where Molly and I worked together a million years ago, or so it seems. We all went out for drinks afterwards to catch up and congratulate her on her achievements.

But I digress… let her drawings speak for her.

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle sketch

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle sketch

Molly Idle at the book signing event

Molly Idle at the book signing event

Ronan, Molly, Kent and I- the old DreamWorks crew together again

Ronan, Molly, Kent and I- the old DreamWorks crew together again

Molly and me

Molly and me

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle sketch

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle sketch

 

 

 

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Hullabaloo rules…

Hullabaloo final tally on IndieGogo

Hullabaloo final tally on IndieGogo

The verdict is in and it is a resounding YES to 2D animation.

This is animation history in the making, so says it on BuzzFeed and it sure feels that way.

Almost 11,000 people from all across the globe have raised half a million US dollars to make this happen. Will it be enough to make the studios pay attention to the fact that people want to see 2D? Who knows…

Well we, the Hullabaloo Team, are doing our part and we will be working on the 4 shorts to bring Hullabaloo to life and get the people what they are craving for.

WE CAN NOT THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH FOR BELIEVING IN OUR DREAM AND FOR ALL THE SUPPORT.

Last night a few of us spent following the last hours of the campaign at James’s house and just after it closed James and his wife, the wonderful Mrs Dominique, had a very emotional and tender moment. I feel so honored to have been privileged to have witnessed this incredible time, when James realized, that his labor of so many years and hopes and dreams where validated by the overwhelming reception of the world for his project. I still get goosebumps recalling the very spot when he could finally let all his fears and doubts go and put them behind. I love you James and I just want to say: “didn’t I tell you so!!!”

Hullabaloo End of Campaign Party

Hullabaloo End of Campaign Party

Hullabaloo End of Campaign Party

Hullabaloo End of Campaign Party

Hullabaloo End of Campaign Party

Hullabaloo End of Campaign Party

Hullabaloo End of Campaign Party

Hullabaloo End of Campaign Party

Hullabaloo End of Campaign Party

Hullabaloo End of Campaign Party

 

 

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“The Mystery Hat” by Jakob Jensen and Rune Bennicke

“The Mystery Hat” is a new children’s book by my good friends Jakob and Rune who I worked with at Amblimation and DreamWorks.

Both are outstanding traditional animators and even though they have dabbled in 3D very well, it looks like their hearts are still in hand drawn animation and illustration. Who other than animators would think of making an animated teaser trailer for their book release? I don’t know about you, but I want to see the movie now…

I can’t wait to see the book and I know I will be bugging both of them to do more animation, even though I have a project I will be working on soon, but I want this to be the one after that and keep the ball rolling on supporting and reviving 2D animation.

Anyway, check it out, this is a beautifully illustrated book and it looks like the story is very sweet. I am so proud to add the both of them to my animation buddies, turned children’s illustrators group. So Jakob and Rune are joining Molly, Frans and Alexandra on my book shelf soon. All the best of luck to them, I love your work and I am sure so will everyone else, just look at the artwork, it’s awesome.

The Mystery Hat, by Jakob Jensen and Rune Bennicke

The Mystery Hat, by Jakob Jensen and Rune Bennicke

The Mystery Hat, by Jakob Jensen and Rune Bennicke

The Mystery Hat, by Jakob Jensen and Rune Bennicke

The Mystery Hat, by Jakob Jensen and Rune Bennicke

The Mystery Hat, by Jakob Jensen and Rune Bennicke

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One Hullabaloo of a time…

James Lopez and his team are ready and set to start production for the Hullabaloo shorts as soon as the IndieGogo campaign is ending and the funds are liquid.

Meanwhile enjoy this tidbit of a trailer and the next video that shows some rough animation to give you an idea of the work that will be needed to make the movies.

There is still time to help out this amazing team of animators to do the best the can and get some great goodies as rewards for your pledge, so if you have not already contributed to this campaign then please go do so now.

The campaign is set to close on October 1st at 11:59PM PT.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hullabaloo-steampunk-animated-film#home

Be a part of the almost 10,000 funders from all over the world that have pledged so far and say: “I helped make Hullabaloo, the greatest Animated Steampunk Adventure ever”

Hullabaloo an Animated Steampunk Adventure, by James Lopez

Hullabaloo an Animated Steampunk Adventure, by James Lopez

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Hayao Miyazaki the Japanese Disney

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, animator, manga artist, illustrator, producer, and screenwriter. Through a career that has spanned six decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. The success of Miyazaki’s films has invited comparisons with American animation magnate Walt Disney. He is considered one of the most popular and influential animators in the history of animation cinema.

I grew up with some of the anime series he worked on and his style and stories have shaped who I am today. My love for anime and animation and the reason I became an animation artist lies in the work of Hayao and some of his pears from Japan. Most people only know his recent works since Princess Mononoke. Others have seen  some of his earlier  masterpieces, but for the few who will explore beyond, there awaits a wondrous world of  stories and characters that will touch your heart.

My fondest memories go to Heidi and Conan, two stories that could not have been more different from each other and jet Miyazaki made them unforgettable for the lucky kids like me who where able to see those series.

Another TV series that I have to mention is his version of Sherlock Holmes in the animal world, a co-production with  Studio Pagot and RAI television from Italy. Since I grew up in Italy and followed this profession I am particularly proud of that connection.

One last walk down memory lane goes to Castle of Cagliostro and Miyazaki’s involvement in the production of the first few Lupin the 3rd episodes, another of my personal favored.

Was it the stories, the designs or the magic of animation that had me hooked so early in my life, I was 10 when I saw Heidi? Either way Miyazaki’s influence was instrumental in my quest for becoming an animation artist. Maybe it were his 3 signature elements, the wind, clouds and flying that in some way are ever present in all of his works.

"Castle of Cagliostro", with Lupin the 3d

“Castle of Cagliostro”, with Lupin the 3d

Conan, boy of the future

Conan, boy of the future

Heidi

Heidi

Totoro

Totoro

Nausicaa

Nausicaa

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hullabaloo Mania

Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo

In 2&1/2 weeks Hullabaloo has taken the Animation World by storm, the IndieGogo campaign now in its 3rd week, has raised over $291.000 and keeps going. Blogs, Podcasts and other Social Media Forums have shared, talked and written about it all over the world.

http://www.insidethemagic.net/2014/09/disney-animators-aim-to-revive-2d-hand-drawn-animation-with-hullabaloo-an-independent-animated-steampunk-film/

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/disney-veterans-to-save-dying-art-of-2d-handdrawn-animation-with-new-film-hullabaloo-9710694.html

http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/james-lopez-hullabaloo-steampunk-animation/

http://www.rotoscopers.com/2014/09/01/disney-veterans-gather-to-save-2d-animation-from-extinction-with-hullabaloo/

http://io9.com/hullabaloo-is-the-disney-steampunk-animated-movie-of-ou-1631222798

http://www.blastr.com/2014-9-3/former-disney-artists-keeping-hand-drawn-animation-alive-new-crowdfunded-steampunk-indie

http://www.movies.ie/movie_news/1199423/HULLABALOO__Animated_Steampunk_Movie_Aims_to_Saves_HandDrawn_Animation

http://www.hypable.com/2014/09/02/veteran-disney-animators-indiegogo-hullabaloo/

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/09/02/can-indie-cartoon-hullabaloo-save-hand-drawn-animation/

http://comicrelated.com/news/26823/hullabaloo

http://www.youtheentrepreneur.org/hullabaloo/

http://blog.bcdb.com/big-hullabaloo-2d-animation-7946/?shared=email&msg=fail

http://www.nerdist.com/2014/09/disney-animators-band-together-for-animated-steampunk-short-film-we-must-have/

http://steampunkrevue.blogspot.com.es/2014/09/james-lopez-hullabaloo-steampunk.html

http://imperodisney.com/about/comment-page-1/#comment-714

http://www.syfantasy.fr/19395-Hullabaloo_un_courtmetrage_steampunk_pour_sauver_lanimation_2D

http://www.magazine-hd.com/apps/wp/hullabaloo-o-renascer-da-animacao-2d-num-hino-a-estetica-steampunk/

http://cinemania.es/noticias/hullabaloo-el-regreso-al-2d-de-los-veteranos-de-disney/

http://www.kotaku.jp/2014/09/hullabaloo-steampunk-animated-film.html

http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/96387197580/disneyconceptsandstuff

Still think 2D Hand Drawn Animation is not viable??? I think the overwhelming support of 7000+ people on IndieGogo and everyone blogging about Hullabaloo online might beg to differ.

James Lopez and the team are quite out of their wits, for never have we ever dreamed that our project would be received so well. That our sincerest hope to revive Traditional Animation has been amplified and become a beacon of hope for animation lovers and artists everywhere.

We are hellbent more than ever to give it our absolute best and make these shorts into the best animation has to offer.  Our dearest wish is to be able to reach our goal of being sponsored as a web-series and/or feature film. We have now been given the chance to bring back this beloved art form and not only to have work for ourselves, but maybe, just maybe, to reignite the industry and jobs for all those who have lost it and are waiting.

So if you have not done so already, please check out our IndieGogo Campaign and be part of “The Greatest Animation Film you get to help MAKE”.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hullabaloo-steampunk-animated-film

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