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'Parigot' - More animation from France
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 23:52

ANer hcjehg from HoBSoft has brought yet another animated film to our attention from France. This one is entitled "Parigot" and is exquisite in its design and breathtaking in its animated complexity. Parigot is produced by a small group of very talented artists. Their website is in the works but you can see it as it's coming along here. As an added bonus, he's inlcuded a link to the animatic. Click here to access the Forum topic.

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Fracking - An animated explanation
Written by Charles   
Monday, 07 November 2011 22:17

A couple of days ago in the US the state of Oklahoma experienced an earthquake, the biggest in its recorded history. Oklahoma does not have very many earthquakes at all, so this one was intriguing. Turns out the epicenter of the quake is in the heart of an area where "fracking" is used to extract oil and natural gas from deep below the surface.

Fracking is controversial as it involves pumping water, sand and chemicals under pressure to force out gas and oil, especially natural gas. Here's an animated film I discovered, produced by Earthjustice.org that explains the process and the environmental and health risks associated with it. The Forum topic is here with additional videos describing problems with fracking available for you to see.

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A fresh look at Disney's 'Tangled'
Written by Charles   
Saturday, 05 November 2011 19:01

Recently I had an opportunity to see "Tangled" and after re-assimilating the experience after its theatrical run last year, I'm compelled to offer my comments and say that it is an absolutely fantastic film. Tangled is by far a much better movie than it's initially given credit for.

The production quality is excellent, the story moves along nicely, the acting is terrific, so's the music and orchestration, and the design is everything one would expect from the studio's outstanding staff. Above all, the relationship between the two central characters is very touching and believable, and with an exceptional villain in the great Disney tradition. To top it off, there's several places where the viewer will be challenged to hold back the tears.

While not perfect, it is in no doubt one of the best, if not the best animated feature Disney has produced since I don't know when, in my opinion. Here's a sequence from Tangled to enjoy...

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Ward Kimball's 'The Committee' from 1949
Written by Charles   
Friday, 04 November 2011 17:41

Heard from Jim Clark today concerning this painting recently discovered and attributed to Ward Kimball, one of the venerable Nine Old Men from the Golden Age of Disney Animation.


Jim has this to say about the special work of art from one of animation's most brilliant talents...

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WARD KIMBALL - "THE COMMITTEE" - ON PBS
Look for a special episode of Antiques Roadshow featuring "The Committee", on PBS from Eugene in early 2012!

I had the opportunity to bring "The Committee" to the Roadshow this summer for review in Eugene, Oregon. Appraiser, Leila Dunbar (best known for sports memorabilia appraisals) immediately recognized the piece as a Kimball. Apparently her father was an expert on Disney and animation history, so Leila took to the piece and put us on the air. The Committee played amazing on the monitor and when it hits the air in 2012 the whole country will learn about Ward Kimball, his contributions and his work.

The Committee, 1949
Ward Kimball 1914-2002
Oil on Masonite
24in. x 42in

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For more about what we can look forward to concerning Ward Kimball's painting being featured on The Antiques Roadshow on PBS (Public Broadcasting System in the US)  follow this link to the AN Forums. 

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John Lasseter Gets His Star on Walk of Fame
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:52

It's about time, way overdue, what took them so long, glad it finally happened, what else can be said for the man who became the most prolific individual in the history of modern animation. His star is located at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the El Capitan Theatre. The special moment at yesterday's historic ceremony in Hollywood has been captured for all to see, followed by Mr Lasseter's personal comments in the videos below. Additional links can be found at the Forum topic.

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