Thursday, June 30, 2011

Animation stand




My home-made animation stand. All the metal parts adds up to roughly $160. I still need to install the peg-bars to hold the drawings (and the glass plate to hold it down), but for the most part it's done.

Cajun Granny Stew

I thoroughly enjoyed Courage the Cowardly Dog as a kid. It was an interesting take on the horror genre mixed in with slapstick comedy. The designs of the characters were creative and the voices (from New York, where the show was produced) were good too, complete with Lionel Wilson (Sidney the Elephant) voicing Eustace the old farmer.

This is an interesting episode. Despite that this is about a fox trying to kidnap an old lady so he can cook her in a stew it has very little to do with the "horror" motif. It plays like an old chase cartoon instead. In addition to that this is the only one in the entire series where Eustace does not appear at all.

It's still a really good episode, though. The scene with the steamroller is quite possibly one of the funniest moments in the show. The entire first season is out on DVD. I think I need to get it soon.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Nine to Fire

I like independent cartoons sometimes. I don't share Amid Amidi's enthusiasm for them (he seems to prefer the artsy, maybe abstract type of films), but whenever I see an indie short that focuses on humor and characters I'll always get around watching them. Sometimes they're awful, but there are gems, too.

I like this one. The designs, as crude as they are, makes me laugh. I do notice a trend in the type of humor seen in cartoons lately, though. There seems to be a big popularity in cartoons that have surreal, absurdest humor. Sometimes it doesn't work; I'm not a big fan of Adventure Time (sorry, Cartoon Brew). On the other hand I do enjoy Regular Show, which is just as weird, but have good characters to make it work. And I consider this short to be a success.

What do you think?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Paint Markers

Just wondering. You know those paint markers? The kind like Uni Paint Pens here?

Well, does anyone know exactly what kind of ink (paint?) they use for the markers? And whether I can buy a jar of it somewhere? Let me know.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

David Feiss's Cheetos commercials

I actually remember seeing these commercials when I was a kid. However I never made the David Feiss connection until now, even though I was an avid watcher of "Cow and Chicken" and the Feiss-style is very evident.

It was animated at WildBrain in San Francisco.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Animation Insider

Sometimes I like to interview people who works (or worked) in animation. So imagine when someone from the "biz" asked ME questions.

That happened with Mike Milo (Chowder, Pinkie and the Brain, etc.) recently. A nice change of pace, I guess. Especially since I'm still working on my first film (animation's half-way done now).

Read it here.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Dan Vs.


Dan Vs. is another cartoon on the Hub that I'm enjoying right now. Not as much as FIM, but it's a perfect counterbalance. Unlike the Ponies, Dan is an obnoxious jerk who has no kindness whatsoever inside him, and it's hilarious.

Friday, June 3, 2011

That's No Lady - That's Notre Dame! (1966)

One of my favorite "Inspector" shorts. Directed by George Singer.