Watch a Santa Rosa Cartoonist’s ‘Fire Story’ Come to Life | Up From the Ashes: North Bay Fires | KQED Arts

This is so sad but what an amazing way to tell the story…

Just one day after his house and everything in it burned to the ground, Santa Rosa cartoonist Brian Fies bought some cheap paper, Sharpies, and highlighters, and got to work reporting what he and his wife had seen the night of the fires.

The resulting cartoon came quickly, with more raw edges than Fies’ usual standards, but it was undeniably, unflinchingly honest.

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Is ‘The Lion King’ Remake Animated? The Upcoming Movie Is Sparking Some Confusion

I was just discussing this earlier today on Twitter with a follower.  I think the “buzz-phrase” in the description is “Photo-Realistic Animation”.  I’ve heard it explained as being similar to, but better than, the “Jungle Book” was.  Either way I’m kind of interested in seeing how it comes out although… to be honest, I’m a HUGE fan of 2D animation and nothing will ever replace the original for me.

Director Jon Favreau promises this Disney remake will feature pioneering filmmaking techniques that will have you seeing The Lion King in a whole new way, according to a press release. But what exactly does that mean? Well, the Lion King remake, which hits theaters on July 19, 2019, plans to bring the African savanna and its inhabitants to life using photo-realistic animation.

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Harry Potter Kindle In Motion books feature magical MOVING pictures: WATCH this preview

This is my favorite story of the day so far! I love the thought of this – moving picture in e-books, some of them interactive! How cool is that? Imagine what you can do with children’s and Young Adult literature. I hope this really catches on and it’s no surprise that J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” would be the story to bring this forward to the masses. Can’t wait to get my copy!

Full article about the new Kindle versions available at Express UK

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films 2018

Anifilm, International Festival of Animated Films, Trebon 2018 is announcing CALL FOR ENTRIES!   

Next edition of Anifilm is taking place in Třeboň (Czech Rep.) from the 1st to 6th May, 2018. Right now festival opens submissions for your animated films, music and abstract videos and newly for independent computer games! If you have not competed in Anifilm previous editions, do not hesitate to submit your creations finished after 1st January 2017 to one of the following categories of international competition:

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Batman: Gotham By Gaslight Animated Flick Takes Batman Back To Victorian-Era London | One Angry Gamer

DC Entertainment is working on releasing a new animated feature called Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, featuring the caped crusader going head-to-head against Jack the Ripper. It’s set during the 19th century London, England, borrowing heavily from the one-shot comic book by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola.

A recent featurette was posted up online, featuring an eight minute behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming animated cartoon. They talk about how Batman during the Victorian depiction has him with loser fitt

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International animation show makes Wyoming debut in Casper | Movies | trib.com

For the next week, Casper audiences will have a chance to see a variety of new animation shorts from around the world — the first time the international production is visiting Wyoming.

The “Animation Show of Shows” opens Friday at the Rialto Movie Palace, with 76 minutes of 13 family-friendly films. The annual release from ACME Film Works features animation creators ranging from Pixar/Disney to students testing the latest innovations at leading animation schools. Following a short intermission, the showcase finishes with four films that the organizer recommends for ages 13 and over because of mature themes.

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Animation legend and Academy Award winner John Lasseter recalls the moment he set a life goal to become a cartoonist

At this year’s D23 Expo, Disney’s version of Comic Con, Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and principal creative advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering, recalled the moment he decided to be a cartoonist.

As part of the anecdote, he recalls his mother encouraging him to pursue his goals and what he did in order to achieve his dream career.

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