Posts tagged with "animation"

Looney Tunes’ First Movement: Bosko and Honey

Posted by Bennett O'Brian August 17, 2013 1 Comment 5598 views

In the years before they launched Looney Tunes at the Warner Brothers Studio, Rudoph Ising and Hugh Harman had been working with Ub Iwerks and the first lineup of animators at Walt Disney’s studio. When the Disney team hit success with a proto-Mickey character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Universal Studios successfully wrenched the rights away […]

The Degenerate Opus of Walter Ruttmann

Posted by Bennett O'Brian August 3, 2013 1 Comment 10701 views

While endeavoring to redefine who was and wasn’t considered a human being, the cultural policies of Adolph Hitler’s government also sought to redefine what was and wasn’t considered art. Starting in the mid-1930s the German government banned and publicly destroyed artwork viewed to be modernist or expressionist in nature, including works by Picasso, Dalí and […]

The Necromation of Ladislaw Starewicz

Posted by Bennett O'Brian July 20, 2013 0 Comment 4797 views

The etymology of the word ‘animation’ comes from the Latin animātiō, which means the act of giving life to something. I have always felt that the true Latin meaning has a slight Frankenstein vibe to it because before bringing life to something, the something in question must first be without life. It must be something static, […]

The Incoherent Animation of Émile Cohl

Posted by Bennett O'Brian July 13, 2013 1 Comment 9860 views

French filmmaker Georges Méliès is often heralded as the father of cinematic spectacle as well as a pioneer in both photography and special effects for the invention of the stop trick technique. This technique was utilized by the American J. Stuart Blackton towards the creation of the earliest stop-motion animation, seen in work like The […]

Movie Review: FOXED!

Posted by Beatriz Jereza June 24, 2013 0 Comment 8734 views

FOXED! is a 3D, stop-motion animated short film that immediately draws the viewer into a frightening and unforgiving world, where foxes keep a young girl, Emily, as their prisoner. Toronto-based director James Stewart wastes no time in creating a dark and uneasy tone that resonates until the end of the short film. Emily is clearly […]

The Amazing Films of Lotte Reiniger

Posted by Brandy Dean June 2, 2013 3 Comments 6417 views

Today would be the 114th birthday of pioneering animator, Lotte Reiniger. To celebrate, BFI has posted several of her silhouette animations at Daily Motion. These are not to be missed! Thumbelina (1954) Hansel & Gretel (1954) The Death Feigning Chinaman (1928)

The Stylistic Milestones of Saul Bass

Posted by Bennett O'Brian May 8, 2013 0 Comment 10073 views

This week marks the birthday of Saul Bass, one of the most important and prolific visual artists to ever work in motion pictures. As testament to his enduring significance, Bass has been posthumously honored with one of contemporary society’s highest acknowledgements of cultural achievement – his very own Google doodle based on his famous designs […]

Koko the Clown

Posted by Brandy Dean March 30, 2013 0 Comment 8367 views

You don’t talk early animation without talking Max Fleischer and you don’t talk Fleischer without talking Koko the Clown. After Windsor McKay proved that animated characters could be popular in their own right and before Felix the Cat proved they could be box office stars, you find Koko the Clown and Fleischer’s Out of the […]

The Surreality of Destino (1946/2003)

Posted by Bennett O'Brian March 23, 2013 0 Comment 8637 views

For most of us who choose to pack our memory banks with cinematic minutia, there is a great list of unrealized film projects that we occasionally visit in our minds so we can privately mourn the immeasurable cultural absence left by these unmade masterpieces. I like to imagine it as a highly polished wall of black stone […]

Aleksandr Ptushko, Claymation, and The New Gulliver

Posted by Brandy Dean March 16, 2013 0 Comment 6854 views

In the mad dash to find something to talk about for this edition of Saturday Morning Cartoons, I stumbled across The New Gulliver, directed by Aleksandr Ptushko, in 1935 It’s a mix of live action and claymation. Claymation! The story is a Communist re-telling of Gulliver’s Travels.  A boy dreams of himself as a version of Gulliver […]

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