Animated films can offer a wide range of stories, styles and viewing opportunities for serious cinema fans and movie buffs. Exploring many of the most famous animated films and adding such titles to your movie library could provide you with far greater satisfaction and viewing enjoyment than you might have expected. Missing out on your chance to own some of the greatest animated films of all time or to create a more diverse and well-rounded film collection or library could be costing you much more than Continue reading »
The Best of the Best: Pixar, Disney, Miramax, Dreamworks
Animation fans may endlessly debate which Pixar, Disney, Miramax and Dreamworks films are best, but below are four serious contenders.
Pixar, now owned by Disney, has made several all-time classics, but “Toy Story” (1995) set the CGI standard. The relationship between the old-fashioned, stressed-out cowboy doll Woody and the macho, supremely confident astronaut toy Buzz Lightyear is hilarious all these years later.
Walt and Roy Disney founded the Disney Studios in 1923, and ever since the company has released outstanding animated offerings. Perhaps their greatest film, though, is “Pinocchio” (1940). Its Continue reading »
Walt Disney: The Genius Behind Our Animation
Walt Disney was truly a genius of animation. When Disney moved to Los Angeles in 1923 and failed to land a job at a film studio, he opened his own, an animation shop with his brother Roy. The Disney Studios began with an “Alice in Wonderland” series, in which a live-action girl was immersed in a cartoon realm. From there, Disney created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. When Universal assumed the full rights to Oswald, Disney debuted Mickey Mouse.
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Animation has certainly come a long way in the last few decades. What was once a process involving cell by cell drawings has become a digital phenomenon starting with the incorporation of computer animation which has become a staple of animators worldwide. But these technologies are no longer limited to large corporations.
With use of internet sharing and streaming, the average creative mind with access to a computer can now create anything from 15 second shorts to full length movies from the comfort of their desktop computer and Continue reading »
To comprehend the art of animated film you must go back to 1940′s Golden Age. “Snow White” and “Gulliver’s Travels” showed everyone that animation could be beautiful and successful. These films inspired more creative efforts in animation. Development of the multi plane camera during the production of Pinocchio took the creative possiblities of animation to a whole new level in the film industry. One of the most beautiful films ever made “Pinocchio” is a film for any student Continue reading »
One of the most notable up and coming animators working today would have to be Sylvain Chomet. Chomet. His two critically acclaimed works “The Triplets of Belleville and “The Illusionist.”
“Triplets of Belleville” was nominated for two Oscars in the Best Song and Best Animated Feature categories. “Triplets of Belleville” is the story of an old woman who goes on a crazy quest to save her Grandson from the French mafia.
“The Illusionist” would mark Chomet’s second entry in the animated feature category and stars the late Jacques Tati. It’s considered to Continue reading »
The world of animation has never had as much success as it is currently enjoying. With the advent of the digital movies, companies like Pixar and Dreamworks have managed to create blockbuster hits for the entire family with animation.As animation continues to improve, we will see some major shifts in the animation world.
Currently, many people are asking for a return to the hand drawn era of Walt Disney, which they consider to have more character. Continue reading »
You can catch some good animated films on direct television packages and your kids probably won’t know the difference but as you know we take the genre seriously here. We’re extending the question: what are your top three animated films of all times? We’ve got ours belowâ€¦
Snow White: It’s one of the very first Disney movies and it shows, but in the best, most charming way. It’s still a joy to watch and the character development is second to none in Disney’s old-school Continue reading »
Out of the genres of animation, perhaps the one that is truly memorable is Classic Cartoon Animation. Although animation techniques and methods have improved over the years, the classic style will never grow out popularity or style. This classic form of animation is what defined cartoons and the subsequent influence on Japanese anime for years to come as it established the rules of animation. Every animator in this day and age owes a debt of both thanks and gratitude for the influence these classic cartoons put above any form Continue reading »
Disney knew what they were doing when they started producing animated films. Their movies have a place in everyone’s heart and have entertained children for many generations. The Lion King was a hit with the critics and award shows but Disney knew that the 2D animation format was not going to last much longer. Hand drawn animation was becoming a thing of the past and the studios had to find something new.
Soon after the Lion King, animation turned to computer animation. Toy Story was the first mainstream film to come out that Continue reading »