2011: Life and Animation

I wanted to talk about a certain year in my life for some random reason... For a while, I had somewhat considered 2011 to be a downer year for feature animation. Why this specific, not-so-distant stretch of 365 days you ask? It just sort of came to mind... 2011 was a year of some firsts … Continue reading 2011: Life and Animation

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‘Yellow Submarine’ – An Animation Thesis

Fifty years ago, feature animation and popular music came together, and created something glorious. My next pick for "Animation Thesis" is, unlike the three films before it, something that the House of Mouse was never involved with in any way... Yet, the House of Mouse considering doing a remake of it at one point in … Continue reading ‘Yellow Submarine’ – An Animation Thesis

‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ – An Animation Thesis…

My next pick for animation thesis isn't an all-animated film, but it contains a lot of animation... Pure animation, too. Not VFX trickery and lifelike creations. Who Framed Roger Rabbit... A Walt Disney Pictures/Amblin Entertainment film released under Disney's Touchstone banner, spearheaded by Back to the Future trilogy¬†director Robert Zemeckis and executive producer Steven Spielberg, … Continue reading ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ – An Animation Thesis…

The Odd Parallels Between Disney’s Animation and The Beach Boys…

Maybe I'm totally reaching with this, but I'm gonna go for it... Disney Animation and The Beach Boys are very similar to each other... Like, really similar. Both are American, both have hailed from California, and both are as iconic as baseball, apple pie, and the red, white, and blue. Both also are more than … Continue reading The Odd Parallels Between Disney’s Animation and The Beach Boys…

‘The Thief and the Cobbler’ – Another Animation Thesis

Weeks back, I wrote about how Walt Disney's 75-year-old animated feature film Bambi not only holds up, but is an animation thesis that argues why animation is an incredible medium. Some of animation's most special qualities are rather ignored today in the world of American mainstream animation, as we are pelted year after year with … Continue reading ‘The Thief and the Cobbler’ – Another Animation Thesis

‘Bambi’: An Animation Thesis, 75 Years Later…

A nice little break from the more personal stuff and ramblings, I wanted to talk about Walt Disney's¬†Bambi... Yesterday, August 9th, marked the 75th Anniversary of the film's world premiere in London, which predated the general American wide release by a few weeks. Disney recently re-released the title on Blu-ray to celebrate, in an edition … Continue reading ‘Bambi’: An Animation Thesis, 75 Years Later…