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'Santa's Apprentice' coming November 10, 2011
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 08:50

There's an animated Christmas special on the way from our friends Down Under. It's called "Santa's Apprentice" and it looks to be a real treat for the Season. Its release date is slated for November 10, 2011. It came out last Christmas for the French language market and did well. This Holiday Season it'll be in English. Richard Bailey is an artist in Melbourne, Australia who worked on the film. For more info on Santa's Apprentice visit the AN Forum topic which features a write up about the movie. Meantime, enjoy the trailer... 

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Nelson Boles - "Little Boat" - and a little history
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 19:29

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in September 2005, I had a student enroll in the Teen Program at my school The Animation Academy in Burbank. He was young man of 16 years, in town with his mother. They were from New Orleans and were refugees from the storm. They were staying in Los Angeles and for a few months, Nelson Boles was attending class. Afterwards, when things got back to normal in New Orleans, he returned home after leaving a very positive impression with me.

He was a talented fellow and took to what he was being taught very quickly. It was all fundamentals at that time. His drawing was good, his design skills unique, and it turns out his filmmaking abilities were just as remarkable as I was to learn in 2008 when he became the second student associated with my school to win the Warner Bros Hanna Barbera National Scholarship, which included acceptance into Cal Arts.

I'm happy to say that I had a look at Nelson Boles in his earliest days of his career as a great animator, and I'm happy to share with you his latest work which is getting online attention.

Here's the topic on the AN Forums, and here's "Little Boat"...

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'Jonny Quest' opening in Stop Motion
Written by Charles   
Monday, 05 September 2011 20:28

There was a prime time animated series that aired on American TV in 1964. It was ground breaking in its day and is still considered one of the greatest made for television cartoons ever produced.

I mentioned a few posts ago that it seemed like there was a resurgence of stop motion animation happening. Thanks to ANer Greg Boone we can enjoy a remake of the opening of the Jonny Quest Show that features stop motion plus a little CG effects animation mixed in.

This video was created by Roger D. Evans, a life long Jonny Quest fan.

If you'd like to see how the original opening compares to this latest version, follow the link to the AN Forum topic where it's available to view.

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'Danger Planet' - Student film by Justin Burks
Written by Charles   
Sunday, 04 September 2011 22:10

It's really amazing just how good student films have become over the years. There's never been a time in the history of the animated art form where so much outstanding content was being created by animation artists who are still in school.

Case in point, this fun little film entitled "Danger Planet" by Justin Burks and other students at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee. In addition to the film, you can see video of the Making of Danger Planet at the topic on the AN Forums

Credits include Justin Burks, Danny Cooper, Andrew Lopez, Chris Wombold, Brandon Bailie, Stephanie Miranda, Aaron Adams, Yannick Amegan, Cassidy Stone, Gareath Murray, Christine Turner, Beau Sherman, Matt Kidd.

Thanks to KennyRoy.com for the lead on this.

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A Star Wars Boycott? NOOOOOOOOO !!!!
Written by Charles   
Saturday, 03 September 2011 07:25

Star Wars fans have been buzzing loud and clear as to their dissatisfaction with the changes George Lucas has made on the original trilogy of films for the Blu-ray release. You can read all about it on the AN Forum topic. Meanwhile, take a look at an altered scene from Return of the Jedi to see one reason why fans are up in arms. The video's gotten 1,253,467 views on YouTube in three days as of this writing. 

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