Posts Tagged ‘animation’

Christmas Comes But Once a Year

December 10, 2017

“Christmas Comes But Once a Year,” Fleischer Studios, 1936. Voice actors: Jack Mercer and Mae Questel. DirectorDave Fleischer. Animation: William HenningSeymour Kneitel. Music: Bob RothbergTot SeymourSammy Timberg.

Related:

“A Very Fleisher Christmas,” FleischerStudios.com

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The Physics of Swan Lake’s Spinning Ballerina

December 4, 2017

The ballerina portraying Swan Lake‘s enchantress Odile must execute 32 fouetté turns seamlessly, without pause. How does she do that? Physics. A TED-Ed lesson by Arleen Sugano and Andrew Laws; animation by Dancing Line Productions.

More:

“Swan Lake,’ and Its 32 Fouettés,” Alastair Macaulay, New York Times

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on Mars

December 2, 2017

“Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on Mars,” 1930, directed by Walter Lantz and Bill Nolan. The animation team included Fred “Tex” Avery.

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Zero

December 1, 2017

Zero is not … nothing. If fact, it’s really something. A Royal Institution video, illustrated by Andrew Khosravani and narrated by Hannah Fry.

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Radio

November 18, 2017

“Radio,” by The Little Ones. Music video by Terri Timely (Ian Kibbey and Corey Creasey).

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Bright Lights

November 11, 2017

“Bright Lights,” with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, 1928. Animated by Hugh Harman and Rollin Hamilton.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Motherhood

November 6, 2017

Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, she spent much of her legal career advocating for women’s rights. In this interview with Ryan Park she describes attending law school in the 1950s with a 14-month-old baby at home, and how some of her career success is due to her husband’s flexibility and the experience of being a mother. Video animated and directed by Jackie Lay.

More:

“What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taught Me About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad,” Ryan Park, The Atlantic

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Uncovering the Secrets of the Ocean Floor

November 1, 2017

Here’s another 20th Century “hidden figure”: Cartographer Marie Tharp. She processed the oceanographic data and produced the ocean floor maps proving Alfred Wegener‘s theory of continental drift. Helen Czerski explains it in this video from the Royal Institution of Great Britain, animated by Rosanna Wan.

More:

“Seeing Is Believing: How Marie Tharp Changed Geology Forever,” Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian Magazine

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What Do We Need to Know?

October 27, 2017

John Lloyd questions whether intelligence is really all it’s cracked up to be. From Mr. Lloyd’s 2010 talk at the RSA. Animation by Together.

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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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