“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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Hullabaloo funded in only 6 days…

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…and still going strong.

The reception since day one among fellow animation geeks and general public has been resounding. Comments left on websites, Facebook, Indiegogo, Google and re-posts that count in the tens of thousands only reinforces my believe that 2D Animation has been sorely missed and it is time to give the people what they want.

We have been overwhelmed with many blogs actually picking up our cause and giving us many heartfelt reviews and the support in general is making us dizzy. James and the whole team is genuinely touched by the glowing reception Hullabaloo has recieved. I think James is in shock that, what I have been telling him for ages, namely that his stuff is great, is actually true, I don’t think he truly believed it from me. But now he can’t deny it and I am so glad so many people actually agreed with me and pledged to get us 100% funded in only 6 days.

So now what? Well we are still going and there are a few stretch goals we can achieve. Any money from now on will just help us to make a better product and to do more animation, more shorts and show investors that there is a market and that people still want to see 2D Animation. Every penny more and we can really make a difference to the art form we love and to do justice to how it is supposed to be done.

You can be sure that everyone on this team will do the very best to make it the best movie you have ever seen, to do Walt Disney proud and show what is possible when artists have the reigns instead of accountants. I don’t mean to be disrespectful to anyone but when people who have no artistic bone in them make artistic decisions, it is usually a disaster and bad decisions have ruined many would be great projects, don’t we all know it…

Anyhow, I digress: check out the Hullabaloo Facebook page for all the news and  all the great reviews and blogs we have gotten. https://www.facebook.com/SteampunkAnimation/timeline

So please keep on sharing and pledging to help make the greatest animation project ever.

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

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Support Hullabaloo on Indiegogo

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

It is time to rally the troops and really show your support to 2D hand drawn Animation like never before.

My friends and I are trying to raise the money to make this amazing project a reality. Hullabaloo is a Steampunk adventure for the whole family. A mixture of Lara Croft meets The Great Race ( Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon)  with a twist.

We have an incredible talented core group of people that will work on this project and we hope to turn this into an opportunity for more work, for other talented artists, young and old, that are passionate about hand drawn animation and miss it.

If Walt Disney himself was still alive he would support us, I am sure, he was a visionary and those are hard to come by. He was passionate about his work and so are we. Most of us artists on the team, have worked in the animation industry for over 20 years and for Studios like Disney and Dreamworks, so we have done this before.

All we ask for you to share it and/or pledge on it. Help us make the best action adventure animated feature you have ever seen.  Be part of the Renaissance of  hand drawn animation, so when you finally see it on the big screen you can say: ” I helped make that movie”…

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

 

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“Art that inspires me:”4-Yoshitaka Amano

Vampire Hunter D by Yoshitaka Amano

Vampire Hunter D by Yoshitaka Amano

Yoshitaka Amano is another incredible talented master of illustration I came across during my very early days, when I was watching a myriad of Anime while growing up in Italy.

Yoshitaka was the designer of some of my most beloved anime series like Tekkaman, Casshan and Gatchaman. I grew up with a lot of anime and some of the designs really resonated with me.

Some of Amano’s artwork reminds me of Gustav Klimt, but he just made it his own.I really came to know his personal style with Vampire Hunter D and the Sandman illustrations and I admire the amount of detail he puts into each piece. The drawings are so beautiful and evocative, even the darkest ones are still mesmerizing.

I wish I could see one of his paintings in real life to see what they look like up close. I would love to study them and maybe steal a few ideas. But for now my books will have to do.

Sandman by Yoshitaka Amano

Sandman by Yoshitaka Amano

Nr 28 From Maten by Yoshitaka Amano

Nr 28 From Maten by Yoshitaka Amano

Casshan by Yoshitaka Amano

Casshan by Yoshitaka Amano

Yoshitaka Amano

Yoshitaka Amano

 

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