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Holiday Traditions:The Christmas Episode

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StarCat
December 23rd, 2009

christmas recess Holiday Traditions:The Christmas Episode

The most wonderful time of the year also happens to be one of the most wonderful times for cartoons. The Christmas episode has been included in the yearly cartoon calendar since they existed, and have  have delighted children and adults over the years. It’s also usually an hour long as opposed to the usually 30 mins. [ Continue Reading ]

Vixen to Rudolph: Fame is Sexy

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StarCat
December 22nd, 2009

rudolph and clarice Vixen to Rudolph: Fame is Sexy

The image above was taken from the Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass’s 1964 classic film  ”Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. You may have heard it before.  The doe ( female deer) with the long lashes and pretty bow is actually named Clarice and is not Vixen at all, as the title of this particular blog suggests, but thats really besides the point. While this classic which was inspired by the poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and the coloring book “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, has a good message and a happy ending, it is the song that is sung, which has no relation in particular to the movie, that I have issue with. [ Continue Reading ]

Simpsons Celebrate 20: The Fountain of Youth Does Exist

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StarCat
December 18th, 2009

TheSimipsons promostill 349x400 Simpsons Celebrate 20: The Fountain of Youth Does Exist

The longest running cartoon. Ever. That says it all. It’s  an impressive achievement for a show whose creator had admittedly “failed” at everything else. Now, as part of the culture as the characters they feature/parody, this show is competing with Law and Order for longevity. As Animation Guide, an online animation resource site, says:  ”The Simpsons first appeared in 1987 as a series of 30-second shorts produced by Matt  Groening for the FOX series “The Tracey Ullman Show.” The first of these shorts aired on April 19, 1987, during the third week of primetime broadcasts on FOX. Soon they had their own series, premiering on FOX as a half-hour Christmas special on Dec. 17, 1989 (20 years ago today), and then as a regular series on Jan. 14, 1990.” [ Continue Reading ]

Jordan Clarke in Motion

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OlgaWB
December 17th, 2009

Screen shot 2009 12 16 at 11.15.48 PM 585x304 Jordan Clarke in Motion Jordan Clarke is a Vancouver based artist currently specializing in motion design and video production. There isn’t a lot of biographical information out there on this guy, but you can see his videos on vimeo or on his personal website. His videos are well worth the time, I recommend you take a look starting with his human movement sequences.

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Don’t Worry, I Gatchaman

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StarCat
December 9th, 2009

gotcha man 585x388 Dont Worry, I GatchamanYep. You guessed it. We have another one. Might as well get used it. Our favorite cartoons from the Golden Era of animation -as far as I am concerned- ( 80′s – early 90′s) are making it to the big screen in record numbers. This time it’s Gatchaman by Imagi Studios and whether you are tired of seeing them or not, these movies seem to be worth it as far as Hollywood is concerned.

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Atelic — a dance

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TEH
December 2nd, 2009

Screen shot 2009 12 02 at 12.24.38 AM 585x260 Atelic    a danceThis is an interesting film showcasing a style of modern dance.  It was developed from “Iatrogenesis” created for one of Britain’s most exclusive contemporary dance company’s, Robert Dance Company.

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Lego Matrix Trinity Help

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MiMo
December 1st, 2009

S05 lego frame 512x400 Lego Matrix Trinity HelpJust in time for its 10th year anniversary, “Trinity Help” is a frame-accurate stop-frame animation of the famous bullet-dodge scene from the 1999 movie The Matrix, all done in Lego. By “frame accurate” I mean that they took all of the video frames from that part of the movie [ Continue Reading ]

Poor Unfortunate Souls… 20 years Later

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StarCat
December 1st, 2009

little mermaid ver1 Poor Unfortunate Souls... 20 years Later

It’s been 20 years (20 years! can you believe it?!) since the release of one of the greatest animated films of all time – Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The film, which is based on a short story by Hans Christian Andersen, follows the story of a young mermaid named Ariel, who falls in love
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1/2 Way There

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AE Paulino
November 23rd, 2009

nine header1 585x297 1/2 Way There Wait!

I’ve heard of director, Rob Marshall‘s (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha) new musical film, Nine. I knew it starred Daniel Day-Lewis, [ Continue Reading ]

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