September 21, 2007

Music Video Friday

Here's a couple great animated music video for a Friday.



Laura Veirs' Phantom Mountain animated by Dan Savage of Savage Chickens
[Link]


I'm Impressed They Might Be Giants
Uploaded by The-Jazzman

Posted by hypnobee at 9:43 AM

August 10, 2007

Everything Will Be Ok - DVD

Pre-Order for Don Hertzfeldt's Everything Will Be Ok begins today.

the DVD will feature a restored and remastered high def film transfer and a brand new 100+ page archival area of never-before-seen deleted scenes, sketches, production notes, alternate takes, abandoned ideas, embarrassing asides, and all the usual nonsense.

+ All pre-orders will receive a free "everything will be ok" FILM STRIP, clipped from a 35mm print from Don Hertzfeldt's collection

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:23 AM

July 23, 2007

The Death of Harvey Birdman

Forget about Harry Potter, why is no one talking about the death of Harvey Birdman. The final episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (Season 4) aired yesterday. Also Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Vol. 3 comes out tomorrow. There's also a pretty decent interview with the show's creators at TV Guide [via Cold Hard Flash].


Posted by hypnobee at 10:59 AM

July 12, 2007

Supernews - Transformers

This was so awesome I couldn't wait until tomorrow to post it. I'd pay to see the sequel to this!

Click the link for a better quality version.

[Link via Cold Hard Flash]

Posted by hypnobee at 12:55 PM

July 6, 2007

Filthy Rodents

I saw this and it made me throw up in my mouth a little.

This poster should read:

"From the super computer who determined you'd love Happy Feet and Jar Jar Binks, comes a group of hip-hopping rodents (insert crazy urban phrase about how badass they are, that makes you cringe) but you just can't help but love"...and from the Director of Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties.

It wasn't immediately apparent but that's Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) - sans stache as David Seville. Why Earl....why!!!

Not only would I not swerve my car to avoid hitting these rodents, I'd cross the street and jump the curb to mow them down.

I may just avoid all forms of media until this "movie" has passed.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:52 AM

June 29, 2007

Zelda: Heart for the Hero

Matthew Seely's awesome Zelda short.

[Link via Cold Hard Flash]

Posted by hypnobee at 8:17 AM

April 20, 2007

Ratatouille Featurette

Part of a free podcast giving some behind the scenes look at Ratalouille.

(via Cartoon Brew)

Posted by hypnobee at 10:48 AM

April 16, 2007

Venture Bros - Season 2

The Venture Bros. Season 2 is out on DVD tomorrow. I'm not going to lie to you, I'm probably going to have trouble sleeping tonight because it's going to be like Christmas tomorrow.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:07 AM

March 16, 2007

Paprika

I have no idea what's going on but I'm there!

29 year old Dr. Atsuko Chiba is an attractive but modest Japanese research psychotherapist whose work is on the cutting edge of her field. Her alter-ego is a stunning and fearless 18 year old "dream detective," code named PAPRIKA, who can enter into people's dreams and synchronize with their unconscious to help uncover the source of their anxiety or neurosis.

In theaters May 25th, 2007

Check out a link to the official site for higher resolution version of the trailer.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 8:57 AM

March 12, 2007

Super News - The (Oval) Office

The Super News does a parody of The Office.

[Link via Cold Hard Flash]

Posted by hypnobee at 1:03 PM

February 19, 2007

3rd Simpsons Trailer

The third trailer for The Simpsons Movie is up, see it here

Once I've made up my mind to go see a movie (usually from a teaser or a trailer...sometimes just the movie poster). I make a conscious effort to avoid watching the same trailer or new trailers until I see the movie. But I can't help myself when it comes to The Simpsons Movie. It looks soo sweet.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 4:09 PM

February 9, 2007

24: Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Pretty good mashup of 24 and Aqua Teen Hunger Force

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 1:14 PM | Comments (1)

Fall Out Boy & Happy Tree Friends

Check out Fall Out Boy's Carpal Tunnel of Love starring The Happy Tree Friends

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 12:54 PM | Comments (22)

February 2, 2007

Groundhog Day - The Reckoning

*Note - If a ground sees his shadow it's NOT an early spring

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 3:23 PM

January 19, 2007

Adventure Time

Pen Ward's Adventure Time

After watching this I think it would be pretty hard for someone to ruin my day now. Awesome! Be sure to check out the Adventure Time production blog for all kinds of behind the scenes and making of stuff.

Posted by hypnobee at 11:46 AM | Comments (1)

Borat Bunnies

Borat re-enacted by Bunnies in 30 seconds. What are you waiting for?


[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:16 AM

December 20, 2006

More Minuscule

In September I linked the pilot episode of the French animation series Minuscule. It is currently airing new episodes Sunday at 7:55pm. Here's a couple that Have found their way onto Youtube.

via Cartoon Brew

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

December 11, 2006

Charlie Brown Christmas - Performed by the Cast of Scrubs

[Link]

Here's a link to a little background info on the clip.

Posted by hypnobee at 10:04 AM

December 1, 2006

Everyday Questions

The tag line of Everyday Questions pretty much sums it up better than anything else.

"You ask the stupid question...
You give the stupid answers...
We make the stupid show"

Everyday Questions pretty much opens the floor to everyone out there with a question on their mind and lets them post it. Some people with time on their hands answer the question thoughtfully, others with even more time on their hands come up with ridiculous and sarcastic answers. People vote and the most popular gets animated.

Sounds like a great idea.

It's currently still in Beta phase but they've got two episodes up for your viewing pleasure:
"What Causes Air Rage"
"Why do bra sizes go A-B-C-D and suddenly double-D?"

[Link via Cold Hard Flash]

Posted by hypnobee at 5:01 PM

November 27, 2006

Animation Show 3

Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt's Animation Show 3 is getting ready to hit the road again with a fresh batch of new films. They've released the schedule of where the show is playing. I don't see any Canadian dates on the schedule but they've always hit Waterloo so hopefully this year's edition will eventually make it out here.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:07 AM | Comments (2)

November 6, 2006

Aqua Teen Hunger Force - The Movie

Details - In theaters at some point in 2007

Plot from IMDB - An action epic that explores the origins of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force (better known as Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad,) who somehow become pitted in a battle over an immortal piece of exercise equipment.

And they say they there's never any new ideas in Hollywood anymore.

I'm in, here's my $10.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 3:27 PM

Aqua Teen Hunger Force - The Movie

Details - In theaters at some point in 2007

Plot from IMDB - An action epic that explores the origins of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force (better known as Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad,) who somehow become pitted in a battle over an immortal piece of exercise equipment.

And they say they there's never any new ideas in Hollywood anymore.

I'm in, here's my $10.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 3:27 PM

October 30, 2006

Theo Jenson

Theo Jenson's kinetic sculptures just blow my mind.

How it works
More
Another


(via Captain Yolk)

Posted by hypnobee at 8:36 AM | Comments (3)

October 25, 2006

Pale Force

Jim Gaffigan and Conan O'Brien have teamed up to create the super hero duo Pale Force who's special powers come from being really white.

New episodes air on Friday's on Late Night. Past episodes are available* at the Pale Force site at NBC.

Also this Friday night's Late Night is going to be an "all-skeleton" episode re-created from a show last May. Guests include Larry King, Omar Epps and Sheila Kelley

[Link]

*I can't figure out how to get it to play, all I can see is the stupid Sprint advertisement that plays before it. If anyone can figure out how to view the episodes on NBC's site please drop me a line. Until then...to the YOUTUBE!!

Posted by hypnobee at 10:16 PM

October 16, 2006

Animotd - Animation of The Day

Adam Phillips is pretty ambitious, he's releasing an animated short every day over at his site Biteycastle. He's placed only two constraints on himself; it must be under 10 seconds, and under 200k.

Excellent work and will now will be part of my daily surfing routine.


[Link via
Cold Hard Flash]

Posted by hypnobee at 12:37 PM

October 3, 2006

Male Restroom Etiquette

It's clear that in name of safety that the unspoken rules of the restroom have to be documented.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:47 AM

October 2, 2006

Penguin Hunt

There was a time when I liked penguins. I went to the theatre to see March Of The Penguins and aside from the lemurs the penguins were the best part of Madagascar. But sadly those days are gone.

Happy Feet - A Musical with Robin Williams playing multiple characters - Oh Joy!!

and now Surf's Up - Surfing Penguins - Do you really need to know anymore? Hang six!! oh wait..it's A True Story?

Is it just me or do we need to initiate a Penguin Hunt to drive the population of these little buggers back down to a respectable level.

Posted by hypnobee at 12:31 PM | Comments (2)

September 22, 2006

Happy Tree Friends - TV Series

The Happy Tree Friends have a half hour TV show debuting on G4 TV October 2nd at midnight.

Check out the 7 minutes preview "Don't Yank My Chain" that's up on the site right now.

Disclaimer - Happy Tree Friends is not recommended for children or big babies

If you can't wait till October 2nd why not watch all the the original web episodes right now.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 3:56 PM

September 11, 2006

Super Retarded Dog


[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 10:19 AM

September 1, 2006

M. Ward - Chinese Translation

Chinese Translation from M. Ward's new CD Post-War

Posted by hypnobee at 10:06 AM

Cartoon Skeletons

Check out these amazing detailed sketelons of animated characters created by Hyungkoo Lee. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Road Runner and more.

[Link via Boing Boing]

Posted by hypnobee at 8:52 AM

August 20, 2006

The Superficial Friends

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 8:39 PM

July 19, 2006

Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes

John K. lists the contents of the new Ren and Stimpy 2 Disc DVD set that came out yesterday.


INSIDE:
3 Spike episodes
3 never been seen episodes
9 half hours total cartoon product.

Naked girls (by the # 1 cute girl artist-Katie Rice)
The 3 Things
Ralph Bakshi animated
First on screen live animated birth

Lots of supplemental material:
I introduce each cartoon and tell you the back story of how we came up with it. I even thrust my groin a couple times.
Meet the cartoonists-Eddie, Katie, Luke, Vincent, Annmarie, Steve (of Asifa Archives fame!) and Eric Goddamn Bauza himself!

A rare personal appearance by Dave Feiss (creator of Cow and Chicken)

Weird Al live justifies the existence of the set!

Animatics
background paintings
model sheets
storyboards

DVD Times has an almost exhaustive inside look and review of the DVD that if you were any sort of Ren and Stimpy fan back in the early 90's there's no way you wouldn't pick up this DVD once you've read through this article.

There's a great interview with John K. at IGN where he talks about how these episodes came into existince.

They asked me if I had any episodes that were rejected by Nickelodeon, and I said yeah, I've got tons of them. They said make them - make the ones that got rejected - so that's what we did: we took a bunch of stories that we wrote in 1990 and 1991 and produced them in 2003

He also goes into some detail on why he believes Ren and Stimpy seperate themselves from all the other TV animation being produced today. Also worth the read.

Posted by hypnobee at 1:16 PM

Sealab 2021 Season IIII or 4 on DVD Aug. 8th

I was doing a little search on Amazon to see if the Ren & Stimpy - The Lost Episodes was actually in fact lost episodes or a best of compilation of previously released material when I saw a little something that caught my eye in the Customers...Also Bought:

Sealab 2021 for some ridiculous reason is not aired in this country so when a new DVD comes along it's a total surprise as to what you're going to get. In the last season Harry Goz (voice of Captain Murphy) died which hopefully wont result in these epsiodes being total crap. As the new captain is Tornado Shanks (voiced by Michael Goz; Harry's son).

Info is a little light at amazon except for the cast listing which bring a smile to my face just reading.

Harry Goz ...Captain Hazel 'Hank' Murphy (2000-2003)
Erik Estrada ...Marco Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar Diego Garcia Marquez
Bill Lobley ...Jodene Sparks/Various
Brett Butler ...Dr. Quentin Q. Quinn
Kate Miller ...Debbie DuPree
Ellis Henican ...Derek 'Stormy' Waters
Chris Ward ...Hesh Hipplewhite/Various
Michael Goz ...Captain Bellerophon 'Tornado' Shanks (2004-2005)
Angela Gibbs ...Debbie 'Black Debbie' Love (2004-2005)

It's out August 8th.

Also if you're interested the Ren and Stimpy: The Lost Episodes are actually 9 new episodes that we're produced for Spike TV in 2003. Pulled by Spike 4 of these episode never aired.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM | Comments (2)

July 17, 2006

The Amazing Screw-On Head

Watch the entire pilot (first episode) of The Amazing Screw-On Head online. It's based on Mike Mignola's (Creator of Hellboy)comic featuring the voice work of Paul Giamatti, David Hyde Pierce and Patton Oswalt.

In this hilarious send-up of Lovecraftian horror and steampunk adventure, President Abraham Lincoln's top spy is a bodyless head known only as Screw-On Head.
When arch-fiend Emperor Zombie steals an artifact that will enable him to threaten all life on Earth, the task of stopping him is assigned to Screw-on Head. Fortunately, Screw-On Head is not alone on this perilous quest. He is aided by his multitalented manservant, Mr. Groin, and by his talking canine cohort, Mr. Dog.

There's also a survey which you can fill out after your done watching to let them know what you thought of it.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 1:06 PM

July 10, 2006

The Tick Vs. Season 1

Above is the cover art for Season 1 of The Tick on DVD. It's out August 29th.

12 of 13 episodes are going to be on this release, apparently there are some legal concerns about the episode - The Tick vs. The Mole Men which will not be included in this release but hopefully in either of the following 2 seasons.

Posted by hypnobee at 7:30 AM

June 23, 2006

Futurama Returns 2008

Even better news than me returning is that Futurama will be returning in 2008 with at least 13 new episodes! Comedy central has picked up the shows 72 episode back catalogue and ordered more new episodes.

If you can't wait that long don't worry the 4 direct to dvd movies are coming late 2007

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 10:30 AM

June 14, 2006

Seth Macfarlane Class Day Speech

Seth Macfarlane the creator and voices of Family Guy and American Dad gives a commencement speech at Harvard. It's worth watching just to watch him do the character voices in person.

Part 1
Part 2 - Peter
Part 3 - Stewie
Part 4 - Quagmire

Posted by hypnobee at 1:08 PM

June 7, 2006

Animator vs. Animation

Alan Becker shows us what happens when the death of a stick man doesn't quite go as planned.

[Link via Drawn!]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:36 AM

May 19, 2006

Golden Age

Head over to Comedy Central's Motherload and check out the Golden Age shorts.

Lancaster Loon is (first frame) is the best of the bunch but they're all worth checking out.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:07 AM

April 26, 2006

Everyday Simpsons Quotes besides "D'oh!"

I love lists. Here's a fine one put together by A.V. Club. I love how they've taken the time to write out in what context the line was said and how to use it in real-life and how it can be adapted to various situations.

I use a couple almost daily.

Quote: "Everything's coming up Milhouse!"
Episode: "Mom And Pop Art" (4/11/99)
Context: Milhouse utters these immortal words in joy when the rolled-up cuffs of his "flood pants" keep his cuffs "bone-dry" after Homer floods Springfield as an elaborate piece of conceptual art. Beat that, Christo!
Real-life uses: Useful for celebrating any lucky, unexpected sequence of events, no matter how comically minor or insignificant. (Note: this phrase need not be reserved solely for people actually named "Milhouse.")

I know that there's no way that this list could be complete but I can't believe Grampa Simpson's "A little for column A and a little from column B" didn't make the list.

[Link via Largehearted Boy]

Posted by hypnobee at 12:43 PM

April 17, 2006

It's Funny Because It's True

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 12:43 PM

April 12, 2006

The Tick Coming to DVD

It's finally happening, I've been waiting for the animated Saturday morning series of The Tick to come out on DVD since before TV shows have been on DVD. I've been to numerous comic conventions and picked up the bootleg version of the show. I always ended putting it down telling myself I didn't have to settle for a crappy VHS copy and that they'll eventually put out a legit DVD copy.

No details so far other than late August 2006 release. Just in time for my birthday!

SPPPOOOOOOOONNNN!!

[Link via Spot The Frog Blog] Thanks to Mark Heath for posting this.

Posted by hypnobee at 10:53 AM

April 6, 2006

Family Guy on South Park

Believe it or not there are a few people out there who hate family guy.The Simpsons have taken their well deserved shots at Family Guy as well as Mad Magazine. Now you can add South Park to the list.

When questioned about the meanest thing anyone ever said to them, Stone replied 'When people say to me, God, you guys have one of the best shows on television. You and Family Guy. That fucking hurts so bad', to which Parker agreed: 'Very well said. It's such a kick in the balls.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:00 AM

April 3, 2006

July 27th, 2007

Mark it in your calendar.

I can't help but think this will be amazing.


[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 7:00 PM

March 29, 2006

Gervais on the Simpsons

There was a pretty decent interview done with Ricky Gervais creator and star of the original UK version of The Office, in the Calgary Sun this past weekend. He wrote and starred in this Sunday's past episode of the Simpsons.

"For the past 10 years, my ambition was to just get a joke on The Simpsons. To be writing and starring on an episode is ridiculous ... It's got everything. It's funny, it never forgets to be funny -- it's wickedly satirical. It's like one of the greatest Trojan horses for the best satire I think on television at the moment.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 8:50 AM

March 20, 2006

Peter Griffin on Letterman

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 7:49 PM

March 12, 2006

3 out of 5 days (3 out of 10 for effort)

Aside from the standard two new comics mordantorange.com was pretty much a wasteland for posts last week. I blame everyone else for either not having anything interesting to say which I could just quote and pretend that it's original content or that no one posted something that was just so ridiculous that I had to rip into it. Either way you look at it, it's not my fault.

I could promise better this week but as you can see it's not really in my hands.


Channel Frederator posted Seth McFarlene's short Zoo Mates (1998) which was original part of the Oh Yeah Cartoons series. It's pretty crappy, lame jokes, lame laugh track. You're not missing out on much.

The belly of the polar bear and when he's getting washed in the machine are the only visual clues that I could pick up on that Seth McFarlene had anything to do with it.

I don't know how to link it directly but if you download episode 19 of the podcast it's the first short. The rest of the episode is also rather weak.

This short pretty much sums up last week.

Posted by hypnobee at 7:52 PM

March 6, 2006

Live Action Simpsons Opening

Check out this cool live action Simpsons opening from the UK's Sky TV.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:02 AM | Comments (2)

February 22, 2006

Live Action and Animation Don't mix in China

I couldn't believe this when I heard this on the radio this morning. Animation with live action actors are no longer welcome in China. The governmation will no longer give licenses to distribute animation that mixes in live action.

These human live-action, so-called animation pieces will not receive distribution or distribution licenses," read the order, issued Feb. 15. However, films and shows that have already received permits will continue to air.

CGI and 2-D characters alongside human actors jeopardize "the broadcast order of homemade animation and mislead their development," according to a report from the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 1:01 PM | Comments (1)

December 25, 2005

Ghost of Christmas Past

A blast from the past. Circa - 1999

Here's an interactive greeting card I created back before the internet bubble burst. Man people would buy anything back then!!

Merry Christmas

[LINK]

Posted by hypnobee at 8:14 AM

November 30, 2005

Hellboy Animated

Hellboy has a look that you'd think would be a no brainer to translate into an animated form. But not so as it took Tad Stones close to 10 years to finally get his dream project rolling of bring Mike Mignola's Hellboy to life in an animated form.

Fear not it appears that Hellboy will not be watered down for TV

I was hired to bring Hellboy to animation, not a friendlier, blanded out, kid's version of the character but the guy who stalks the pages of the comic

Check out the production blog of the upcoming Hellboy Animated by Tad Stones for furhter details.

[LINK]

Also Hellboy 2 is in the works and is expected to be released sometime in 2007

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

November 4, 2005

Channel Frederator

From Frederator Studios creators of the Oh Yeah Cartoons! comes Channel Frederator. Podcasting 10-15 minutes of animated shorts a week. I thought that they'd be mixing their already 100 plus shorts into it each week as well as adding other great shorts that really don't have a format to be broadcast anywhere. Here Frederator explains the difference between Oh Yeah and Channel Frederator:

Oh Yeah Cartoon:

Character-driven, funny, seven-minute shorts for kids between the ages of six and eleven. We want that 10-year-old to fall in love with a character, like how I fell in love with Scooby, and the way kids (and adults) are falling in love with SongeBob today. And we want to work with the filmmakers who can pull that off.

Channel Frederator:

Channel Frederator shorts are a much different ballgame with much fewer rules: they've got to be animated. It really helps if they're funny and tell a story, but neither is necessary.

Either way I was into it. Be sure to check it out, two episodes are already up.

[LINK]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:34 AM | Comments (1)

October 27, 2005

Simpsons Mania

This Sunday in Toronto at the Steam Whistle Brewery is Simpsons Mania. Hundreds of pieces of artwork from The Simpsons will be on display and also available to purchase. Director Bob Anderson will also be on hand doing sketches.

Sunday October 30th
12 - 6pm
Steam Whistle Brewing
Free Admission

How sweet would it be to have part of the actual Simpsons hanging up in your house. Anyone want to lend me a few thousand dollars, I'll let you come over and look at whatever I buy anytime you want.

[LINK]

Posted by hypnobee at 10:25 AM

October 11, 2005

Sealab Season 3 on DVD, where was I?

Where the hell have I been, I had no idea that the third season of Sealab 2021 was available on DVD (released July 12th). This is one of my favourite Adult Swim shows; they don’t even show this one in Canada as far as I know.

Harry Goz (Captain Murphy) died about halfway through this season. I think he did amazing work, he’ll be missed. From other reviews that I’ve read apparently the show has taken quite a dive since his absence. I’ll have to wait till season 4 to find out, but for now I can enjoy Season 3 which is supposed to be great!

Posted by hypnobee at 12:30 PM | Comments (2)

September 8, 2005

Gorillaz to tour in 2007....in 3D

Oh man...my mind is racing just thinking about this. The Gorillaz are going on tour and will be projected in 3-FREAKIN-D!! Holograms!! I wasn't even aware we had this technology. I can't possibly wrap my brain around it. I'm in this time for sure if they swing by here (Toronto, which I'm sure they will) just to see the visuals.

When the Gorillaz put out their last CD they attempted to tour it but it was met with dismal results. Esentially the band played live behind a drop sheet and the Gorillaz were projected on to it. It sounds a little cold and detached.

There will be a preview of "Feel Good Inc" that will take place in London in late October.

[CHECK IT]

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

September 2, 2005

Sons of Butcher Starts Tonight

Just a reminder that Sons of Butcher starts tonight on Teletoon at 9:30pm. Check out the official website for cool stuff.

Butchers by day....Rockers by night.

Posted by hypnobee at 1:41 PM

August 29, 2005

I'm all over it

When I first saw this show last year I thought it was some low budget flash cartoon that had graduated from the internet to Canadian cable. I quickly dismissed it and moved on. I don’t know what I was thinking. I recently caught on to the show because I had my PVR setup to record Drawn Together, which only had eight episodes and the comedy network quickly threw Odd Job Jack into it’s timeslot, Saturdays at 9:30 on the Comedy Network.

The show premise is pretty simple, every week Jack (voiced by Don McKellar, who is much less annoying in animated form) heads down to the temp agency to get a new assignment. Every episode is chalk full of political incorrectness, Canadian references and celebrity guest voices. They really put a lot into the show’s website, it contains video clips and a new flash game for every episode, downloads, and contests. There’s a lot of time to be wasted on this site.

Posted by hypnobee at 12:46 PM

August 25, 2005

Howl's Moving Castle

I got a chance to see Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle last night. It was fantastic, although I'd like to see it in the original Japanese with subtitles because I'm pretty sure Billy Crystal's performance as Calcifer had quite a bit of adlibbing and would like to compare it to the original (or as close as I can come without actually understanding Japanese). Don't get me wrong I still thought it was a good performance it just seemed a little over the top, it could be that his voice was so instantly recognizable that it was slightly distracting.

Howl's moving castle is full of great characters and settings that are wildly imaginative. The castle itself and the wicked witch of the waste's henchmen were my personal favourites as visual highlights go. The backgrounds were also great with tonnes of detail creating an entire believable universe.

The only fault I can find with the movie was that it ended with a nice little neat bow on it a little too quickly. For a 2 hour movie it just seemed rushed at the end. I've only seen the last 3 Miyazaki movies but this seems to be a trait they share. It might be that Miyazaki is trying to keep you wrapped up in the world he's created until the last possible instance until he has to release you.

It might seem like a bit of a stretch to sit through if you're not an animation fan but I still think it's a great movie.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

August 24, 2005

Nextoons: The Nicktoons Festival

Nicktoons is running it's second annual Nextoons: The Nicktoons Festival. Various animated shorts, 50 in total, done in all sorts of styles will air nightly at midnight until Sunday the 28th. Voting will take places, judges will decide, someone will walk away with $10,000.

If you don't have access to Nicktoons (like everyone in Canada) or just can't get enough of these great shorts you can check out the day's shorts online. From August 22nd to 28th you can check out the shorts for that day's screening and cast your vote. Shorts will only be accessible during the day they are broadcast. Don't worry if you've miss a day because on August 29th to September 9th all shorts will be available and voting can also take place.

You've already missed two days so get on it!
[LINK]

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

August 16, 2005

The Finster/Finster Show

Another short at Oh Yeah! appears to have ramped up to full speed, The Finster / Finster Show. Catching up to other shorts with several new posts on the short ‘Store Wars’, a parody of Star Wars it looks to be taking shape nicely. Not screwing around when it comes to voice actors they already have landed some big names, Billy West (Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Stimpy), Charlie Adler (Buster Bunny, Cow and Chicken) and Tress MacNeille (various female Simpsons characters) which will be in the studio shortly.

Click here for all your Finster / Finster needs.

Posted by hypnobee at 12:25 PM

August 12, 2005

Spawn: The Animation

Spawn: The Animation, what a terrible title! Besides the uncreative title it's great to see Spawn back in animated form. I haven't been keeping up with the comic book. They lost me after #32 (I think).

The original mini-series Spawn: The Animated series (clever!) ran on HBO for 3 season and produced 18 episodes from 1997-99. This series was rated R and was very dark, closer to the comic book and 10 times better than Spawn: The Movie (another clever title). Spawn: The Animation is a 70 minute direct to DVD which is to be out sometime in early 2006. Till then you can keep up to date with the latest info at Spawn.com

There's a trailer mostly comprised of stills that was unveiled at Comic-Con. [LINK]

Also a quick run down of what Spawn:Animation is and isn't:

- No. The new animation is not a continuation of the HBO series.
- We have been working on a new story to go along with the new and improved look for a long time to make sure tonally it was something entirely new and edgy.
- Todd along with Brian Holguin -- the writer of Spawn and KISS: Psycho Circus comic books -- have co-written the script.
- The animation will be "R" rated.
- Todd and TME president Terry Fitzgerald will be Executive Producing the animation. We are also thrilled to have a few of the directors and animators from the original HBO series returning to the animation team as well.
- Todd McFarlane Entertainment and some of its executives will provide consulting work on this project.
- The biggest difference you will notice is in the visuals. This time we'll be featuring a combination of 2D/3D characters on 3D backgrounds, as opposed to the HBO series where everything was exclusively 2D with touches of 2D CG.
- Yes, we are trying to get Keith David back as the voice of Spawn.
- Upon completion of the animation we intend to shop the project around Hollywood and are confident we will find a home on network or cable television for future installments of the animation.
- Currently we are planning to release the 70-minute movie direct to DVD via Anchor Bay Entertainment.
- The projected DVD release date is early 2006.

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August 10, 2005

New on Teletoon's 'The Detour'

Teletoon's The Detour which runs animated shows geared towards mature audiences is the Canadian equivalant to the US' Adultswim on the Cartoon Network and runs from 9pm to 2 am nightly, is throwing some new shows into the mix. Three new original half hour shows that just happen to be Canadian produced. I'm not pumping this up because they're Canadian but because I'm glad to see that Teletoon is finally producing original content (granted The Wrong Coast is from TMN but c'mon).

Running such large blocks of animation seven days a week burns up all those great quirky shows that never seems to make it past that near impossible hurdle of 13 episodes pretty quickly. Any fresh meat is greatly appreciated. Joining the roster this summer / fall are:

Sons of Butcher
Premiered August 5th 9:30 pm EST

Butchers by day...rockers by night! Sol, Ricky and Doug of Sons of Butcher Quality Meats try to make it as rock-gods. It looks like it's a majority of flash animation except the heads which look to be traced from captured live footage. Check more great stuff at www.sonsofbutcher.com
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Station X
Premieres: August 12th 9:30 pm EST

Station X follows six Canadian media savvy late teens and earlier twenties who live in a loft together as they explore a different theme each episode. Themes such as violence, chance, madness etc. This half hour series is comprised of original animation and unusual film clips.
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The Wrong Coast
Premieres: August 19th 9:30 pm est

Claymation parody of Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight. Taking the piss out of all the celebrities who need it. Mashing together current movies to create ridiculous movie previews for films like, My Big Fat Greek Matrix and Texas Chainsaw Manicure.
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August 9, 2005

Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats - Ho!

Thundercats part 1 of season 1 came out on DVD today. If only I had the disposable income to buy all these "classics" they keep putting out from my youth. I haven't seen the thundercats since it was still being produced.

I'm sure it probably doesn't stand up to the test of time or my memory but it would be good to go through the series once more and pick up on the references and innuendo that totally went over your head when you were a kid.

Here's the premise of the series:

In a distant galaxy, the world of Thundera is in crisis. The planet's structure has become unstable and is near collapse. With their destruction imminent, Thundera's denizens--known as the Thundercats--escape in a spaceship and plot a course for a new home. While in transit, the Thundercats are attacked by evil mutants and their craft is irreparably damaged. Jaga, the eldest Thundercat, sacrifices himself in order to pilot the ship safely to its destination: Third Earth

Try getting a TV show, let alone and childrens animated show produced with a pitch like that.

Someone please buy it and lend it to me.


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July 29, 2005

Oh Yeah! Cartoons

Frederator Studios is producing 39 shorts for the 4th season of Oh Yeah! Cartoons for Nickelodeon. This series with 99 original shorts already under it's belt has spawned three highly sucessful shows, My Life as a Teenage Robot, The Fairly Odd Parents and ChalkZone.

Each of the 39 for Oh Yeah! 4 are creating a Blog following the progress of their shorts through production. So far it looks like 3 of the shorts have got their blogs firing. There are other random posts from other shorts. All the blogs are being posted under the one common blog, which makes is great so you only have to check a single site to keep up to date. As each short gets rolling they appear to have them broken out on the sidebar so if you fall behind on your favourite you can quickly catch up with out having to sift through all the other shows.

It definitely looks like some very cool stuff is going to come out of this site/series. It's made its way into my daily browsing habits already. Hopefully they will post the finished results or better yet Teletoon or YTV picks up Oh Yeah! so all of us in Canada can get a look at the result of all these people's hard work.

Oh Yeah! Cartoons Blog

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