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Uniroyal TigerPaws - Coolest 60s Commercial
Written by Charles   
Sunday, 05 February 2012 20:47

If you were growing up in the 1960s in the USA, chances are you remember the Uniroyal animated commercials of their Tigerpaw line of tires. I discovered them the other day and was delighted to see them after many years of their existence only as a memory. So I thought I'd share the happiness and feature my choice for the absolute coolest animated commercials of that time and even to this day.

Designed by the great Robert Osborn with music by David Bruce Hughes and animated by Bill Littlejohn. Follow this link to see another Tigerpaw commercial in addition to this one. Enjoy... 

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'Space Stallions' from The Animation Workshop
Written by Charles   
Saturday, 04 February 2012 22:48

This was first posted in the AN Forums two days ago. Check out this great video produced by students at The Animation Workshop in Copenhagen. It's a Bachelor film project for 2012, in the spirit of a 1980s action adventure cartoon.

As darkness is covering the multiverse, far away in the galaxy of the wild stallion, a spark of hope is born. Guided by the light of Mother Mustang, the Space Stallions must defeat the Demon of darkness, Destructo.

Credits include: Thorvaldur S. Gunnarsson, Jonatan Brüsch, Ágúst Kristinsson, Arna Snæbjørnsdottir, Esben J. Jespersen, Touraj Khosravi and Polina Bokhan

Composers :Friðfinnur Oculus Sigurðsson

Space Stallions has a Facebook site and you can also download the music here. Click this link to access the Forum topic

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New Character Rigs at AnimationMentor
Written by Charles   
Friday, 03 February 2012 21:13

A few months ago during one of my frequent trips to DreamWorks, I had the opportunity to talk to someone involved with recruiting new talent to the studio. I asked, from which school do you hire most of your animators from? They replied that of the last ten animators the studio hired, seven of them came from AnimationMentor. I don't know what the stats are now, but from what I learned that day and from what I see of the talent that this online school is developing, it's no surprise how much of an impact they're making on the production side of the animation industry.

AnimationMentor is a member of the AN Forums, and they've just announced a new and exciting development. They have 10 new character rigs available for students to work with in their animation program. Take a look here. Plus, they're waiving their $175 registration fee for new student enrollment for the upcoming Spring 2012 Semester. To take advantage of the offer, you'll need to sign up by February 12. For more details, follow this link and read what AnimationMentor has posted.

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Joel Furtado's 'Zelda' trailer
Written by Charles   
Thursday, 02 February 2012 19:35

Hard to believe this doesn't originate from a production company. It's a fan inspired animated trailer for "Zelda:The Lost Oracle", and it is very impressive. The artist is a fellow by the name of Joel Furtado with Cam Wiest handling the sound. The video went online on YouTube just four days ago and already has 584,755 views as of this writing. Amazing what individuals and small teams can do in animation nowadays. Take a look...

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Tea Time with Aurelie Blard-Quintard
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 23:57

I like to visit the blog of Aurelie Blard-Quintard. She's a French animation artist residing in Paris. Her work is as skillful as it is light and charming, with a feeling of spontaneous freedom. She also provides plenty of links to other sites and artists, including AN, I'm happy to say. Check it out and enjoy.

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