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'Big Bang Dog' - Parquerama Studios
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 21:36

Another for the animators are out of their minds category. In a good way that is. A highly imaginative and surreal short film that begs the question... What in the world is going on? Enjoy the work of Argentina based Parquerama Studios. Also check out the video that follows and see how the debut of the film has become a worldwide event...

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'Fetch' - appleseed open source project
Written by Charles   
Monday, 09 June 2014 03:23

This was brought to us in a Forum topic thanks to ANer Hans-Christian Jehg of HoBSoft.  Check out "Fetch". It's an animated short demonstrating the state of the opensource render engine appleseed. A great little story with solid production values makes this an especially entertaining viewing experience. It's directed by Francois Gilliot ...

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'Song of the Sea' - Cartoon Saloon
Written by Charles   
Friday, 06 June 2014 03:51

Another independent animated feature we can look forward to in the near future is a wonderful upcoming film from the folks who brought us "The Secret of Kells" in 2009. This time their latest fare will be a magical and mystical experience entitled "Song of the Sea". This studio behind this endeavor is Cartoon Saloon located in Ireland with offices in North Hollywood, California. A release date hasn't been established as of this writing but word is we could see it some time this year. A look at the trailer will give you a great idea as to what to expect. The production system utilzed by the studio is HoBSoft and TVPaint the software of choice.

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'The Book of Life' - Reel FX - Fox - Oct 17 2014
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 20:51

We're all in for a real treat this coming Halloween when "The Book of Life" is released on October 17 2014  The full length feature film is produced by Reel FX Animation Studios of Dallas, Texas and Santa Monica, California and distributed through 20th Century Fox. Produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez, it's a visual feast like a burst pinata full of eye candy! Take a look at where we are in the art of animated movies. Independent animation houses are creating visually stunning and artistically adventurous films that explore areas beyond that which we would normally see through mainstream convention. Enjoy the trailer...

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LaVar Burton's 'Reading Rainbow' - Kickstarter mega $ucce$$
Written by Charles   
Saturday, 31 May 2014 06:52

Another testament to the tremendous power of crowdfunding and what the Internet can do for anybody. Even celebrities who are looking to resurrect a popular and helpful TV series that was canceled 5 years ago. LaVar Burton is a well known and beloved actor. He made his grand debut in the historic 1977 TV mini-series "Roots" and was a fixture in Star Trek Next Generation. He was also very active on PBS in a long running award winning educational series. Happy to report that "Reading Rainbow" is now on Kickstarter and is driving that pledge meter to unbelievable heights in no time at all.

As of this writing, in just the first 2 1/2 days of a 35 day campaign, LaVar Burton's Reading Rainbow has received $3,020,657 through 68,258 backers! That's more than a million dollars a day with plenty of time to reach for the stratosphere. His initial goal of $1 million was reached in just 11 hours!

LaVar's mission is to take Reading Rainbow online and to utilize New Media to stream educational content to thousands of classrooms in America at no expense to schools. We'll be following the campaign's progress on the dedicated Forum topic. Take a look at the promotional video and consider supporting this worthwhile project on Kickstarter.

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