Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Internets

So yes... I read Slashdot. It gets fed into my Google homepage so I usually scan the headlines for interesting articles. Well today "Wall-E Supervising Animator Tells His Story" caught my eye. It led to an interesting interview with Pixar veteran, former Spline Doctor, LEGO aficionado, and directing animator on WALL-E - Angus MacLane. Back when I began going through the "Pixar classes" at the Academy of Art, Angus was co-teaching the Level 3 (and final) course in the series and struck me as an intimidating figure. Sometimes he'd barge into the lower level classes and throw in a blitzkritique (hey, I just coined that term!) or just hassle the other teachers. Anyway, there's some great stuff toward the middle part of the interview.

Angus MacLane's LEGO WALL-E
In other boredom, the latest JibJab video is surprisingly well-animated. It just shows to go ya that the principles of animation transcend any preference for medium.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Desti? No.

This sucks. I've been wanting to see the full Destino short for so long. Come on, Disney. If you won't release it on DVD, at least put it on iTunes for us.

More info on the short here and some clips here and here.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Wall-E is to Pixar as ________ is to The Beatles

That was always my favorite and highest-scoring section on standardized tests. It's how I think; in comparisons and analogies. Combine that with the fact that I'm a massive Beatles nut and you'll understand why the following article really caught my attention when I ran across it at Upcoming Pixar...

Pixar, Wall-E and Rubber Soul

(bad photoshop by me)