"At that time when we rendered things, everything kind of looked plastic-y," Lasseter says. "Everything looks like plastic, so what if the characters were made of plastic? What if they were... toys?'" Read the rest
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They Powerpuff Girls are coming back to Cartoon Network in 2016. As you can see above, they look about the same as before. The outlines are thinner, but they still have mouths that can be mistaken for noses (my daughter wasn't pleased to have that pointed out to her, because it's hard to unsee.)
One big change will be the voices of the Powerpuff Girls. The original voices for Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup were provided by Catherine Cavadini, Tara Strong, and Elizabeth Daily. They went on Twitter yesterday to express their disappointment at not even being told about the reboot until the press release was issued. From Tara Strong, the voice of Bubbles:
I don't remember ordering a stab in the heart today https://t.co/wmomYvtCDG— tara strong (@tarastrong) June 8, 2015
Show creator Craig McCracken sympathized with the actors:
On the other hand, the new voices of Powerpuff Girls are super excited!
First look at The ALL-NEW Powerpuff Girls, debuting on Cartoon Network in 2016! Actress Natalie Palamides i... https://t.co/Hi96S3ETNh— Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) June 8, 2015
First look at The ALL-NEW Powerpuff Girls, debuting on Cartoon Network in 2016! Actress Kristen Li is the v... https://t.co/rMWoU95WRB— Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) June 8, 2015
First look at The ALL-NEW Powerpuff Girls, debuting on Cartoon Network in 2016! Actress Amanda Leighton is ... https://t.co/zUu4CQ7Gzy— Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) June 8, 2015
I have to admit, I like the sound of the new actors' voices already!
Here's a newly-released video animation of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, that provides “dramatic flyover views of this heavily cratered, mysterious world.”
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The three Genius Illustrated books dedicated to the life and works of Alex Toth make up what’s likely the most lavish and complete portrait ever of an American comic book artist or animator: Toth was both. In the worlds of both comics and cartoons, Toth was viewed as an artist’s artist. His figure work, use of light and shade, and especially his sense of character and page design were universally admired by his peers.
He was also a real pill.For every story about Toth’s genius, there are those about his cranky moods and prima donna behavior. He regularly walked out on jobs or was fired because his vision conflicted with that of editors and other supervisors, who Toth nearly always viewed as his inferiors. If he didn’t like a comic book script, Toth would simply change or re-write it as he saw fit. As a result, his work for publishers such as DC and Marvel Comics was sporadic and limited. He hated superheroes, anyway. He had a memorable run at the Standard Comics, producing romance comics and tales of adventure and suspense.
Toth loved the movies, especially old, swashbuckling ones starring the likes of Errol Flynn. His Zorro comic for Dell is a classic with its use of shape and shadow, the main character swooping through the night with his cape swirling and sword gleaming. He could also draw airplanes and aerial battles like nobody’s business. But Toth found his most steady and productive work in Hollywood, principally for Hanna-Barbera, where he storyboarded cartoons for TV and designed characters. The looks of Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, the Herculoids and the Super Friends all flowed from his pen.
Hundreds of examples of Toth’s work, ranging from sketches and comic book stories to character design sheets and storyboards, fill the pages of all three of these books. The first two volumes make up Toth’s biography. All the terrible tales are recounted, but the overall picture of Toth is sympathetic. His children and friends are interviewed. We gain a better understanding of his challenges and depressions and witness the periods when, thankfully, he found some peace and happiness in the world. The final book is nearly all art, focusing on Toth’s animation career. Toth’s great talent and brilliance is present on every page of all three. – John Firehammer
Pixar has released its Renderman imaging software to the public free to download. This version is identical to the software it uses on it's own films, which was invented in-house, and is used today by major film and video game studios for animation and visual effects. This free license is for non-commercial use only, which includes show reels and student films.
Free Non-Commercial RenderMan can be used for research, education, evaluation, plug-in development, and any personal projects that do not generate commercial profits. Free Non-Commercial RenderMan is also fully featured, without watermark, time limits, or other user limitations.
Pixar is also launching a Renderman Community Site to share knowledge and assets, showcase work, and support all the new users bound to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Ronald Wimberly is a comics and animation artist, the author of Vertigo's Prince of Cats, and a character designer for Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Wembly has illustrated a work experience he had while coloring an X-Men comic. His story, Lighten Up, appears on the excellent blog The Nib, a site devoted to "political cartoons, comics journalism, humor and non-fiction." Read the rest
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Graphic designer, Florian Schommer, created a bunch of animated letters of the alphabet! If only I could read German, so I could know more about what he was thinking.