Often not talked about, I think, are the logos for Pixar's animated features. As a graphic design student, I'm finding more and more to appreciate in these very logos and how they work on viewers. Now, the reason I'm going over Pixar's logos, and not Walt Disney Animation Studios' logos, is because with Pixar, there's … Continue reading The Typography of Pixar’s Film Logos
In the previous ramble, I talked a lot about how The Good Dinosaur defies a lot of modern animation conventions, whilst going over the expectations that Pixar's films normally get. Now I want to dive more into the film itself... One of the things that makes The Good Dinosaur work so well amongst modern animated … Continue reading A Meandering Discussion on ‘The Good Dinosaur’, Continued…
I always felt that Pixar was sort of a victim of their own success. Think about it. You dash out of the gate with your debut feature, which was innovative in the world of both animation and cinema. You follow that up with fifteen years of critically acclaimed box office smashes, each and every one … Continue reading A Meandering Discussion on ‘The Good Dinosaur’
Insomniac Games scored a big success with their PlayStation platformer Spyro the Dragon during the holiday season of 1998. Naturally, a sequel was immediately put into development, following buddy studio Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot trajectory. Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (or Spyro: Gateway to Glimmer in the UK) was speedily readied for fall 1999, and ended … Continue reading Retrospective: ‘Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!’
Updates made to this article on September 28, 2016 following the announcement of a remake of 'The Lion King'... Original article follows, then the updated thoughts... The other day, I finally got around to watching Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, which was made by Walt Disney Pictures and released earlier this year to unanimous critical … Continue reading ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘The Lion King’ and the Future of Animation
Back in April of 2013, Disney had excitedly announced at the annual CinemaCon expo that their plan was to release at least *eight* tentpole films every calendar year. This was when movie division chairman Alan Horn - pictured above - was relatively new to the studio. A veteran from Warner Bros.' heyday, Horn was the … Continue reading Disney’s Marketing Problem…
The 2017, Disney-made live-action Beauty and the Beast remake is only happening for one reason, and it rhymes with honey. Disney's animated adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is still loved 25 years after its 1991 theatrical debut, and is often called one of the greatest animated films. Of course Disney wants to mine from … Continue reading A Better Beast?
The world of compilations is a weird one. With some bands, it's controlled. In the case of The Beatles, EMI was in charge of compilations. With the break-up occurring in 1970, the label sat on their inventory until an illegitimate mail-order quadruple (!) album set called Alpha Omega made the waves, prompting EMI/Apple to not … Continue reading Top 5 Weirdest Beach Boys Compilations