Archive for the ‘Animation’ Category

Harvey Weinstein & Barbie

October 23, 2017

Harvey Weinstein & Barbie
Above: Harvey Weinstein and Madison

“In 2005, [Harvey] Weinstein made a cameo appearance as himself in an animated feature film, starring Lindsay Lohan, called ‘My Scene Goes Hollywood.’ The movie, part of the Barbie franchise, was distributed by Miramax’s family division and produced by Mattel, which was trying to lure back the tweens who were ditching their Barbies for a line of sexy competitor dolls called Bratz.

To keep up, Mattel produced an edgy line of dolls called My Scene. Barbie became a night-clubbing New York high schooler, with a multiethnic girl posse named after Manhattan locales: Madison, Chelsea, Delancey, Nolee (for Nolita). An animated Web series followed, with echoes of ‘Sex and the City’ and the Gossip Girl books. Parents watched uneasily as their eleven-year-olds grooved to the My Scene theme song: ‘We’re going out tonight / This scene is outta sight!’ After years of stagnation, Mattel’s share price turned around.

‘My Scene Goes Hollywood,’ which was released on DVD, was My Scene’s cultural apotheosis. It’s a friendship morality tale (Barbie and pals are cast as extras in a Lindsay Lohan movie; Madison falls for the caddish male lead, and ditches her friends). Weinstein shows up on set in the film-within-a-film. As the director yells ‘Cut,’ an imposing show-business dude—Weinstein—hovers with a proprietary air: sunglasses, dark suit, turtleneck, hands in pockets. The dude, in Weinstein’s voice, says, ‘Picture looks great, Jim. I’m really excited about it.’ The My Scene girls, dressed in school uniforms, recognize him and squeal.”

More:

“Harvey Weinstein’s Cameo in a Barbie Movie,” Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker [links added]

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Saltwater 25 Years

October 21, 2017

“Saltwater 25 Years,” written by Mark Spiro, Leslie Spiro and Julian Lennon; performed by Julian Lennon. Video by Trunk Animation.

Julian Lennon website

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Superman and the Bulleteers

October 14, 2017

“The Bulleteers,” a 1942 Superman cartoon by Fleischer Studios. released in Technicolor by Paramount Pictures. Based on the characters created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel; story by Bill Turner and Carl Meyer. Directed by Dave Fleischer and Orestes Calpini. Animation: Orestes Calpini and Graham Place. Music by Winston Sharples and Sammy Timberg. Voice actors: Joan Alexander (Lois Lane), Jackson Beck (narrator, Bulleteer), Bud Collyer (Superman/Clark Kent/Bulleteer), and Julian Noa (Perry White/Bulleteer). The actors had worked on The Adventures of Superman radio show since 1940.

More:

“The Real Heroes of Superman, Part 3,” Nina Kincaid, Flixens

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How to wait for a very long time

October 13, 2017

“How to wait for a very long time,” a short film by Jill Goritschnig.

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Fahrenheit

October 9, 2017

“What the Fahrenheit?” A Veritasium video narrated by physicist Derek Muller, animated by Marcello Ascani.

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Superman and the Arctic Giant

October 7, 2017

“The Arctic Giant,” a 1942 Superman cartoon by Fleischer Studios. released in Technicolor by Paramount Pictures. Based on the characters created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel; story by Bill Turner and Tedd Pierce. Directed by Dave Fleischer and Willard Bowsky. Animation: Willard Bowsky and Reuben Grossman. Music by Winston Sharples and Sammy Timberg. Voice actors: Joan Alexander (Lois Lane), Jackson Beck (narrator), Bud Collyer (Superman/Clark Kent), and Julian Noa (Perry White). The actors had worked on The Adventures of Superman radio show since 1940.

More:

“The Real Heroes of Superman, Part 3,” Nina Kincaid, Flixens

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Coke Habit

October 3, 2017

“Coke Habit,” a heartbreaking account of cola addiction. A video by Dress Code. Lead Animator:  Marcin Zeglinski; music by YouTooCanWoo.

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Extrapolate

October 1, 2017

“Extrapolate,” a hand drawn animation by Johan Rijpma, 2016.

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Johan Rijpma website

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Superman and the Volcano

September 30, 2017

“Volcano” a 1942 Superman cartoon by Fleischer Studios. released in Technicolor by Paramount Pictures. Based on the characters created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel; story by Bill Turner and Carl Meyer. Directed by Dave Fleischer and Willard Bowsky. Animation: Willard Bowsky and Otto Feuer. Music by Winston Sharples and Sammy Timberg. Voice actors: Joan Alexander (Lois Lane), Jackson Beck (narrator/officer/professor), Bud Collyer (Superman/Clark Kent), and Julian Noa (Perry White). The actors had worked on The Adventures of Superman radio show since 1940.

More:

“The Real Heroes of Superman, Part 3,” Nina Kincaid, Flixens

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Jacques Cousteau on Atlantis and Cognac

September 28, 2017

Jacques Cousteau, interviewed by Roy Leonard on WGN Radio in 1957. Animated by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank. Colorist:Jennifer Yoo.  Producer: Amy Drozdowska.

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