Archive for November, 2008

BOLT!

November 24, 2008


I enjoyed a screening of Bolt last Friday at Blue Sky. The movie was amazing. If I had my pick of the best animated feature of the year it would be this one, or I could be happy if Kung Fu Panda won. Both movies were cohesive in story and character design and told clear and entertaining stories. Sorry, Horton and Wall-E but you were no match for the “superbark” and “kung fu grip.” The scope of Bolt was greater than either of the two prior animated features from Disney and the effects work rivaled any summer action blockbuster. Even the stereoscopic aspect of the movie shows promise as more and more animated movies will be released in “3D.” The action took place deeper in the screen except for a couple of actions that jumped out at you from the screen.

IF you haven’t seen this movie I strongly suggest seeing it. I am always a sucker for movies with a kid and his dog but it has some really great performances in it. Dogs that act like dogs, cats that act like cats… It reminded me of the amazing animations that Disney was once known for (Lady and the Tramp, Jungle Book). I hope this is a strong indication of the direction JL and the other new creatives are taking Disney Animation. Congrats! (I hope this movie gets some legs and helps encourage this kind of film making from Disney. A sad opening weekend with $27 million)

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Unicorn vs Turtles…

November 24, 2008

This was a Challenge a couple of months ago, and just hadn’t had a chance to post it until now. I think it was a draw…

goodbyes…

November 24, 2008

Blue Sky Studio has been hemorrhaging a lot of talented artists and coordinators. Aside from losing 4 riggers in our department we also lost our department’s coordinator. Here’s a drawing I made of her for our whole department to sign as a going away card.

BSS Green Challenge

November 24, 2008

The latest topic for the Blue Sky Challenge is to design signs for recycling and turning off the lights when you leave a room. Here’s my entry:

BSS Special Guests

November 23, 2008

We’ve had some really great guests over the past couple months at Blue Sky Studios including Ken Duncan, Sergio Pablo, Mike Kunkel, Brian Henson and Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.

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Brian Henson explained the history of Jim Henson Company, the evolution of muppets to digital puppetry and gave a wonderful demo of a hand puppet/muppet. (It’s a character from their Puppet Up Live performance company in Los Angeles)

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Seth Green and Matthew Senreich screened a early preview of their new Star Wars Robot Chicken 2 that comes out on dvd soon. They both talked about how they got started and their woes with production companies. They have a pretty serious studio in LA from what it sounds like and was surprising that it’s not just a couple guys playing with old toys.
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(from left to right: Jeff Brodsky (Rigger), Seth Green, Mark Edwards (Rigger), Matthew Senreich, and Jeff Gabor (Animator).

A whole new usThree

November 9, 2008

After some time of neglect I thought I should get back into the swing of things and post drawings again. Here is the new usThree blog!