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
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…
A few months ago, I was inspired to write a piece after discussing a very derivative movie with my blogger/reviewer friend Rachel. She had then recently seen the Canadian/South Korean animated feature Spark, which saw a brief limited theatrical release here in North America in the middle of April. It came and went, no one … Continue reading Imitation? Part 2
As a writer, I deal with this problem often. I worry, some times a little too much... Is my work way too similar to [insert film/book/show here]? Yesterday, my blogging and reviewing friend Rachel posted her thoughts on the recently-released animated feature Spark. The film was made by ToonBox and Red Rover International, the Canadian-Korean … Continue reading Imitation?
We are now well into the second half of the 1940s... Walt Disney and his crew still can't afford to do a single-story animated feature. They pressed on, doing more anthologies, more short cartoons, and then... Live-action pictures, from hybrid films (Song of the South) to short nature documentaries (the True-Life Adventures)... Three more post-war … Continue reading The Typography of Disney Animation Logos #5: Three More Anthologies…
We're now on Round 4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio Fantasia Dumbo and Bambi Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, and Make Mine Music Fun & Fancy Free, Melody Time, and The Adventures of the Ichabod and Mr. Toad Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, and The Sword … Continue reading The Typography of Disney Animation Logos #4: Goodwill and Package Features
Number three. Now moving onto the last two features that make up the Golden Age of the Walt Disney studios... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio Fantasia Dumbo and Bambi Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, and Make Mine Music Fun & Fancy Free, Melody Time, and The Adventures of the Ichabod and Mr. … Continue reading The Typography of Disney Animation Logos #3: ‘Dumbo’ and ‘Bambi’
In part one, I looked at the various film and print logos for Walt Disney's first two animated features: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio. Though I'd love to cover certain films right now, this series will probably go in chronological order, so I most likely can't do those right now. If I … Continue reading The Typography of Disney Animation Logos #2: ‘Fantasia’
So... No songs in the live-action Disney remake of Mulan... In a recent interview, Niki Caro, the director of Disney's live-action Mulan said that she is aiming to make her version more of a martial arts film, something rougher around the edges. She had apparently commented that the picture wouldn't really have songs in it. … Continue reading No Songs in ‘Mulan’? That’s Good!
Months ago, I did a post on the various logos that Pixar uses for their films. The interesting thing about Pixar logos? Usually just one is made for any given feature-length film, and minor variants are used on marketing materials. I was able to talk about all of their logos in one post... Walt Disney … Continue reading The Typography of Disney Animation Logos #1: ‘Snow White’ and ‘Pinocchio’