1. Visited the “Watch Me Move” show at Detroit Institute of the Arts over the holidays, & it was an excellent, comprehensive survey of all kinds of animation. Particularly enjoyed the history of animation area, which had several examples I’d never seen before, like this dancing skeleton by the Lumiere brothers.

    The show also juxtaposed an abstract animation exhibit across from a section focusing on character animation. Interesting to see that each had just as many people viewing as the other. Viking Eggeling and Hans Richter would have been proud of their “universal language" of abstract film holding its own with the universal appeal of classic characters.

     
     
  2. One of the best Christmas gifts ever — toy monkey & bunny from my short film Don’t Smash! Made by my sister for my kids — quite an amazing surprise.

     
  3. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an animation production budget laid out so honestly like this online before. Good info!

    beeandpuppycat:

    $600,000 is a lot of money. Many people have been scratching their heads (and asking us) why it would cost this amount of money to make a series of “web” cartoons. It is because the show is awesome and demands a crew of dozens of professionals to pull off. And even with this amount, it is a very modest budget compared to other shows with similar “TV production quality.” 

    Here is a graphic that depicts the breakdown of the budget for Bee and PuppyCat: The Series

    For all the details on the budget breakdown, click here!

    Support the Bee and PuppyCat Kickstarter

    -Cade

    (via fredseibert)

     
  4. The people’s anijam! Fun and surprising stuff.

    swssart:

    Lilli Carré put together this fantastic animation with myself and a whole bunch of people over that the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. 
    Look for mine around the 35 sec mark Its the one done with rainbow pencils (one of my frames is also the main photo) ENJOY!

    (via spx)

     
     
  5. Screened this classic from UPA for my storyboarding students today.

    mushroomtea:

    The Tell Tale Heart an animated short film from 1953 based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.