Muscle Beach

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Berta and Elmer Hader : A Lifetime of Art

Berta and Elmer Hader

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French Cult Favorite ‘Wakfu’ Premieres on Netflix in the U.S.

From Cartoon Brew:


Since its premiere in France in 2008, Wakfu, an anime styled fantasy-adventure series based on the Dofus/Wakfu MMORPGs, has picked up a dedicated fanbase, even in countries where it hasn’t officially aired like the United States.

Now, through a recent agreement between its Roubaix, France-based production company Ankama and Netflix, the first season of the Flash-animated series has been made available to a global audience of over 50 million Netflix subscribers in the US, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands and Nordic countries.

Netflix has indicated that they plan to add more foreign animated series to their service. “We are thrilled to be working with Ankama to bring its engaging title to millions of Netflix members and expect to further strengthen our relationship with Ankama and other French animation studios,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

Netflix’s pick-up of Wakfu may in part be attributed to the show’s crowdfunding efforts last February. Ankama launched an $80,000 Kickstarter campaign to create an English dub of Wakfu’s first 26-episode season. The campaign went on to raise over US$440,000, reaching almost all of its stretch goals, which included dubbing both of its existing seasons and a new episode of the show.

Wakfu’s worldwide visibility on Netflix will continue to grow throughout the remainder of the year as the streaming giant has stated that it will release the series throughout Latin America as well as France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxemburg when the service launches in those countries.

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“Feature Animation Training” Panel and Demo Reel Review

Pixar Night 9:29:14

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Sony PlayStation at AAU Tuesday October 7th at 7 p.m. – 491 Post/ Morgan Auditorium


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The 16th Annual Animation Show of Shows SCREENINGS START NEXT WEEK, RESERVE NOW as seating is limited

16th Animation Show of Shows (Academy of Art University)

presented by Acme Filmworks and AWN

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

San Francisco, CA

Once again, Acme Filmworks producer and Animation Show of Shows curator and presenter Ron Diamond has returned from his festival travels with many great new shorts to share with animation professionals, faculty, students and fans of animation. The 16th Annual Animation Show of Shows features both studio and independent films from the US, Canada, Norway, France, Great Britain, Poland and Russia.

Included in the program is Disney’s FEAST (with the animated feature Big Hero Six, November 2014) and Pixar’s LAVA (with Pete Docter’s animated feature Inside Out, June 2015). Also featured is 365 the film by Greg and Myles McLeod, composed of 365 one-second films chronicling a year of day by day filmmaking, veteran Animation Show of Shows featured director Torill Kove (Academy Award® winner for The Danish Poet and Oscar® nominated for My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts) who will personally share her new National Film Board of Canada short ME AND MY MOULTON at select Bay Area screenings. Other films include legendary Disney animator Glen Keane’s directorial debut with DUET, produced at Google’s ATAP unit along with Mikey Please’s stop motion tour de force MARILYN MYLLERHiroshima 2014 Grand Prix winner THE BIGGER PICTURE by NFTS graduate, Daisy Jacobs, Julien Bisaro’s haunting first professional film BANG BANG ! and (Academy Award® nominee for Lavatory Lovestory) Konstantin Bronzit’s WE CANT LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS. Show closer is veteran Animation Show of Shows Piotr Dumala’s (Crime and Punishment) transformative HIPOPOTAMY explores the bestial behavior of one of natures most dangerous creatures but in this allegory, the beasts are represented in human form. Additional shorts will likely be added to the program, which is estimated to run approximately 100 minutes.

Each attendee must be registered individually to receive their own confirmation. Please print and bring your confirmation to the screening. Seating is limited, so reserve early and please notify us immediately of any cancellations, as there will be a waiting list. You are advised to arrive a half hour early to be seating, though programs will be oversold by 10% to allow for no shows, seating is not guaranteed once capacity is reached. Shorts will be shown in some locations prior to the introduction of the program.

DVD’s of past Animation Show of Shows shorts will be offered for sale and credit cards will be accepted at select screenings. See clips from over 200 films including Academy Award® winners and nominees and other great animations at

For any questions or problems registering for this event, contact Ron Diamond at We look forward to seeing you there!

To RSVP to this event, click here.

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Does hand-drawn (2D) animation need “saving” ?

Song of the Sea

Read the whole article here:

It’s Time To Admit That 2-D Animation Does Not Need ‘Saving’ .

“Once Pixar proved that CGI was viable, its prevalence increased, and while it currently dominates, that doesn’t mean that 2-D is dying. The potential contenders for the Best Animated Feature Oscars contains two traditional films  (‘Song of the Sea’ from Cartoon Saloon , and ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ from Studio Ghibli ) in addition to the stop-motion ‘The Boxtrolls” from Laika.  While they are the minority, they are they ones that are pushing the artistic boundaries of animation these days.”

(see earlier blog posts about ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’  , and  ‘The Boxtrolls’ )


From the L.A. Times:

Gold Standard – TIFF 2014: ‘Song of the Sea’ will make waves in Oscar animation race

“Slam-dunk best picture Oscar contenders have been in short supply at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival,  but one premiere here does look like a strong contender on the animation side:
“Song of the Sea,” Tomm Moore’s lovely follow-up to 2009′s Oscar-nominated “
The Secret of Kells,” is, like its predecessor, rooted in Irish folklore and haunted by the idea that the country’s storytelling traditions will soon be forgotten.   The hand-drawn animated film tells the story of 10-year-old Ben and his younger sister Saoirse, a Selkie, a being who lives as a seal in the sea and a human on land. Sent to live with their grandmother after their mother disappears, the children engage in a race against time to recover a coat that’s the key to Saoirse’s power as well as her very survival.”


Now with ADD ON:    “The Prophet”  -

The article linked above , did not mention “The Prophet” , but this is another recent animated film made with (mostly) traditional animation techniques , including hand-drawn and clay animation , combined with some CG animation.   The director of “Song of the Sea” and “The Secret of Kells” ,  Tomm Moore , also contributed a sequence to “The Prophet” -



TIFF 2014 Review:“Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’

“The movie version of Gibran’s work takes his simple words and transforms them into a colourful, stunning, visceral animation. These images are his words made visible.”

“Some sections are abstract and painterly, others are flat and pop-arty. Against Khalil Gibran’s words they are all, unquestionably, extraordinary.”

Directed by: Roger Allers , with sequence directors  Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha
Produced by: Salma Hayek



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All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains


The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains, on view from November 13, 2014 through February 9, 2015. This comprehensive exhibition explores the influence that railroading had on Walt Disney’s life and work. It also tells the story of how his railroading legacy lives on to this day in Disney films and theme parks around the world. with more than 200 artifacts, firsthand accounts, archival videos, images of Walt and his trains, and actual model trains running throughout the show, All Aboard highlights Walt’s early passion for trains and how it manifested itself in Disney short cartoons, feature films, and in Walt’s personal life at home.

Guest curator Michael Campbell, president of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society, constructed the exhibition to reflect Walt’s railroad journey as told through multiple chapters: Lighting the Fire, Building Steam, Gaining Speed, Full Throttle, Switching Tracks, Branching Out, A Grand Circle Tour Around The World, and Coming Full Circle. The exhibition’s conclusion reminds us that, even over a century later, Walt’s railroading influence remains as a vibrant and relevant force.

Members enjoy an exclusive viewing of the exhibition on Wednesday, November 12. Walt’s Circle donors and Friend and Supporter members will be invited to our VIP opening reception on Tuesday, November 11. Become a member today to access these exclusive benefits.

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How to Pass Your Midpoint For Dummies on September 30th (Tuesday)

How to Pass Your Midpoint for Dummies 9:30:14

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Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Sony Are Sued in Wage Theft Scandal

From Cartoon Brew:

Pixar, Dreamworks, Lucas, Disney

For the past few years, the Silicon Valley wage-theft scandal has focused mostly on tech companies like Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, but as the story has played out, it’s been revealed through deposition testimony that competing feature animation studios worked together to collectively suppress their employees’ earnings potential and that Pixar’s co-founder Ed Catmull played a major role in orchestrating an industry-wide conspiracy against animation employees.

This evidence has led to a new class action lawsuit filed yesterday in San Jose that alleges “visual effects and animation companies have conspired to systematically suppress the wages and salaries of those who they claim to prize as their greatest assets—their own workers.” The defendants named are DreamWorks Animation, the Walt Disney Company, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Digital Domain 3.0, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks and ImageMovers. According to the suit, these companies made secret agreements to deprive thousands of their workers of better wages and opportunities to advance their careers at other companies.

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