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Aardman's 'Pirates! Band of Misfits'
Written by Charles   
Monday, 21 November 2011 16:45

Among the animated feature films we can look forward to next year is "Pirates! Band of Misfits" from Aardman Animation, the great studio in the UK renowned for Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, Curse of the Were-Rabbit and many more outstanding endeavors in the art. There's a couple of trailers for Pirates out and about, which have been previously posted on the AN Forums and include additional information about the film. Here are both trailers available for viewing on the homepage. Pirates! Band of Misfits will be released March 30, 2012.

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The Success of the CTN Animation eXpo 2011
Written by Charles   
Saturday, 19 November 2011 18:00

In just three short years, evolving from a humble website started by Tina Price, the Creative Talent Network has grown into a hugely successful annual event in Burbank, California. Dedicated to animation artists and the creative element in our community, the CTN Animation eXpo has become the premiere convention in the industry. The photo above shows the line that formed almost an hour before the expo got opened its doors and got under way. It had doubled in size by 12:00 noon, when it got under way. The entrance is way off to the right of this photo. There's a few more pictures I took available to see at this link to the Forum topic, including an enhanced view of the shot above. One thing is certain. The expo has already outgrown this venue at the Marriott in Burbank. Wonder how they'll handle it next year. CTNX is running this weekend, November 18 - 20. If you're in town and you've got a chance to attend, by all means head on over there, meet great artists, make new friends and have some fun.

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New 'Brave' trailer from Disney Pixar
Written by Charles   
Thursday, 17 November 2011 16:32

This went up on YouTube yesterday and already has half a million views. As expected, the highly anticipated "Brave" is looking pretty darn good so far. The forum topic for this trailer can be found here. To see some development artwork for the film follow this link. Brave is scheduled for release June 22, 2012.

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CG Commercial Animation circa 1987
Written by Charles   
Thursday, 17 November 2011 06:56

Nearly 25 years ago, Benson & Hedges, the cigarette company, aired a couple of very impressive commercials for the day that still hold up in our age. In 1987 as it is currently, cigarette commercials were not allowed to be broadcast in the US. These two were aired internationally.

Produced by Omnibus / Abel Animation, check out the state of the art CGI at a time when the emerging technology was still in its infancy. I've assembled a series of videos and links concerning what Omnibus /Abel were doing during the decade of the 1980s that you'll find historically significant and interesting. Check them out here

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Animated commercials from Sherwin-Williams
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 16:35

A company that produces paints is a natural for delving into the arts and it's especially exciting when animation is the focus of their commercial messages. Such is the case with Sherwin-Williams. They've been sponosring the production of animated commercials for a long time, and the ones that have recently been airing are very impressive and beautiful to watch. I'm developing the Forum topic with several examples of these commercials.

The one featured here is a fine example of the many that are available for viewing. This particular paint chips themed campaign was developed in the US at McKinney of Durham, North Carolina. The animation was produced at Buck in New York City, and the music hails from Beacon Street Studios of Venice, California.

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