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AnimationNation is 13 Years Old Today
Written by Charles   
Sunday, 26 February 2012 04:32

On February 25, 1999, AnimationNation.com went online, leading a movement in the animation industry that still goes on to this day. It was a thrilling, fantastic time as suddenly, tabs of paper with an enigmatic 4.1 (code for April 1st) appeared at studios throughout the Burbank, Hollywood and Los Angeles area, with a call to animation artists to face the corporate abuse that was rampant in animation, and for artists to unify in force through an industry walk out at lunch time on April Fools Day, culminating in an event that changed the course of animation. From our humble beginnings, we went on to profoundly influence the community in Los Angeles and beyond. The mission continues!

So much history is within this site. Our forums are literally an archive of the artists of the industry talking to themselves, interacting, organizing, taking action, and playing out the history of our community for thirteen incredible years of highs and lows.  Never before had animation artists from all over the world come to one destination and get to know each other. It was an amazing time and it still is. Even in our current age of blogs, Facebook and social networks, of which AN was the first in our industry, the site continues to challenge and inspire artists of LA and the international animation community to greater heights, creatively, professionally, and in many varied ways.

AN was the first animation community that delved into and explored the nature of who we are, how we think, our political perspectives, philosophy, current events, our pro-activity, and independence. We drove the issue of Unity among artists, challenged long standing, stagnant institutions such as the union, challenged corrupt executive management, challenged dysfunctional historians and critics, and continues the good fight to this day, while empowering artists as best as we can with what we do and who we are.

Please feel free to trek into a different time in the biz by perusing the Original Articles that were the driving force behind our movement in 1999. You're also welcome to follow this Forum topic as we'll be having some fun getting into the History of AnimationNation in more detail, describing what we've been through and experienced these many years as events unfolded, animation changed, and a new era emerged from the foundation of the old.

Thank you for your continued interest in AN, to our members for their participation, to the many people both in the present and the past who've helped make the site and this community we enjoy what it is today, and for being the Voice of the Animation Industry.

Keep the Faith and Keep Creating!

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Here comes... Super Pocoyo!
Written by Charles   
Saturday, 25 February 2012 01:55

Certainly among the most charming cartoons of our day is the Pocoyo series. If you're not familiar with Pocoyo, it originates in Spain and you can learn much about it here. Feel free to follow this link to the Forums where I've assembled a few choice episodes over time. This one came out on TouTube the other day and is as good as it gets. Enjoy...

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Latest trailer for Pixar's "Brave" - opens June 22 '12
Written by Charles   
Friday, 24 February 2012 02:37

A new trailer for "Brave" is out on YouTube today. The scene is somewhat reminiscent of Errol Flynn's 'Robin Hood' from 1939, but still powerful as it gives us an insight at the core of the story and a peek at some main characters. Think this'll be a hit? 

I've been maintaining the subject on the Forums for several months now, showcasing production art and videos from Brave that's become a widely followed topic. You can find it at this link on the Forums.

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'DJ Is a Psycho' - LES Film Fest NYC March 10 '12
Written by Charles   
Thursday, 23 February 2012 23:10

Always happy to share the good news concerning the creative efforts of AN members. Such is the case with Mister 1234 as he posted that his film, "The DJ Is a Psycho' will be screened at the LES Film Festival in New York City this coming March 10. One of the things I enjoy the most in this film is the song, a haunting melody which MR. 1234 composed and performed. Here's the Forum topic and here's the video...

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Axel Ortiz at Petra Gallerie - February 25, 2012
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 19:02

Celebrating the release of his limited edition sketchbook, "Please, Wake Me for Duty Free", Axel Ortiz will be at Petra Gallerie in Beverly Hills, California for their monthly Last Saturdays event this February 25 showcasing his latest creative accomplishment.

A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and a Gnomon School of Visual Effects Grad grand master, Axel is an extraordinary talent. He raises the bar while reminding us how much fun art really is. "Please, Wake Me for Duty Free" is a very limited edition print run of a small portion of Axel's incredibly vast sketchbook pages from many editions recording his creative journey thus far. For more info about Petra Gallerie's Last Saturdays with Axel Ortiz visit this link to the Forums. Meanwhile, enjoy the video Petra's proprietor Snakebite Cortez produced in honor of Axel's publication...

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