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Walter Lantz - Historic Lessons in Animation
Written by Charles   
Thursday, 04 August 2011 18:04

Walter Lantz

There's a couple of fascinating videos I've discovered featuring Walter Lantz, the creator of Woody Woodpeck and many other memorable characters for Universal Studios.

One video is narrated by Mr. Lantz as he walks us through the responsibilities of an animation director, little changed over the time span of about 50 years from the time I'm guessing the footage was shot. The other video goes all the way back to the 1930s, as we see a production crew creating an Oswald the Rabbit cartoon with Walter Lantz at the helm. 

Both are must see videos for the animation enthusiast, and you can find them by following this link to the AN Education Forum. If here's more videos to be found along this subject they'll be added to the topic.

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Could Walt Disney make it in today's industry?
Written by Charles   
Thursday, 04 August 2011 03:54

Walt Disney

If Walt was a young man in our time trying to break into animation today, how would he fare? I speculate upon the hypothetical situation in this topic on the AN Forums.

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Terry Gilliam explains his animation process
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 18:31

Here's something I discovered recently that has given me a renewed appreciation for modern animation technology as well as how things used to be done in the days before digital production, where even the simplest approach to animation was tedious and labor intensive.

If you're a fan of Terry Gilliam's work, I'm sure you'll be interested to see how he used to make his cartoons back in the 1970s when he was creating hilarious shorts for Monty Python's Flying Circus. Take a look at the following footage to see an explanation of the process. The video is also posted in AN's Education Forum which is dedicated to featuring content, news and announcements that help to broaden one's artistic knowledge. 

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Harrey Podder: Say the Magic Word
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 18:19

I discovered a nicely produced animated short film parody that's worth featuring here on AN's Homepage. Produced by David Stodolny, it's a series of three brief clips of what can happen in the alternative world of Harrey Podder.

Follow the link to the AN Forums to see another video in which David shows us how this cartoon was made.

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Help Josh Armstrong finish up "Tanks For Nothing"
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 04:14

AN member Joshua Armstrong is a talented Flash animator from California State University Northridge who's looking to put his independent film "Tanks For Nothing" in the can. He's raising funds through KickStarter.com to complete the film. Here's his topic from the AN Forums. To see his film and where it's at so far follow this link.

Here's Josh with his message to the world. Be a part of his effort to complete the film, and be thanked for something.   

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