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Follow Disney Pixar on Twitter
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 03:22

If you're a Disney Pixar fan and would like to stay on top of what's up with the company in a wide range of areas, why not follow their Twitter account. Click here for Disney Pixar on Twitter. Here's the link to the topic on the forums.

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Mac 'n' Cheese - Student film from Utrecht
Written by Charles   
Monday, 22 August 2011 17:00

Here's another film submitted to us from the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands. The film is entitled "Mac 'n' Cheese" and is a wild ride with a surprising twist at the end. Check out what four students can do in five months fueled by a limitless supply of peanut butter sandwiches and a talented support staff. Here's the link to the topic on the AN Forums.

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Edwin Schaap's "Rooted"
Written by Charles   
Sunday, 21 August 2011 18:30

In the Netherlands there's an up and coming animator who's recently completed a touching short he's entitled 'Rooted'. It was produced at the Utrecht School of the Arts where he's been a student.

It's a love story between two trees. Take a look at Edwin's Schaap's film, he did a great job with it. Follow the link to the AN Forums to view his impressive demo reel.

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'Rooty Toot Toot' from 1951
Written by Charles   
Friday, 19 August 2011 18:06

I'm obliged to Skynet, AN's webmaster, for posting this video on the forums and rediscovering the gem. This is an animated short with great historical significance. It's called "Rooty Toot Toot" and was produced in 1951 by a company called UPA (United Productions of America). Some of the most significant animation talents of the day were involved in this film, including director John Hubley, Art Babbitt, Grim Natwick and several others. It was nominated for an Academy Award that year, and although it didn't win, UPA went on to artistically dominate the decade of the 1950s and beyond, leaving an influential creative legacy that endures to our own time.

Today, we look at cartoons like Rooty Toot Toot and take the design, feel, tempo and style of it for granted. But in 1951, it was an absolutely revolutionary approach to animation. Something that flew in the face of convention and everything that most in animation thought of as the way to do things. It opened new possibilities and methods of approaching the art, giving all a glimpse into what animation can achieve and the future of the craft. Even today, it still holds up and even surpasses what we think of as contemporary animation.

So without further adieu, here's the great Rooty Toot Toot for all to enjoy.

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24 in 24 Hours - Animation in a Day
Written by Charles   
Friday, 19 August 2011 02:31

How much animation can be produced in 24 hours? Animator James Lee shows that with some help from a support crew and music composer Hannia Lee a remarkable amount of creative productivity can be achieved.

Take a look at "24 Animations in 24 Hours". I'm not keen on the plural use of 'animation', but when it's the title of the film, that's the way it is. The forum topic can be accessed here. Also, the music can be purchased here along with other scores composed by Hannia Lee for James Lee animated films.

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