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The Search for Koko the Clown

June 8, 2014 in Educational, Featured Posts

My formative years introduced me to the old theatricals that were first sold to television in the 1950s. These cartoons not only captured my attention due to the fascinating animation, but also instilled an interest in drawing […]

RayPointer

Mutt and Jeff: The Original Animated Odd Couple

May 16, 2014 in Featured Posts, News

Mutt and Jeff is an American expression that refers to the pairing of tall with short. This combination of contrasting opposites has been the foundation of many comedy teams of Vaudeville, movies, and of course animated cartoons. […]

Lavalle Lee

Animation Overdrive at Universal Studios Orlando

April 22, 2014 in Featured Posts, News

Most people think about Harry Potter when it comes to Universal Studios located in Orlando, Florida, but for animation enthusiast like us, we care more about the cartoon rides and gift shops. Just updated in the summer […]

James N.

Oscar Nominated Shorts and Features

February 28, 2014 in Featured Posts, News, Reviews

This year’s Oscar nominations have a pretty good crop of hand-drawn animated films in both the shorts and features categories. There are two hand-drawn features, one fully hand-drawn short, and one hand-drawn/CG hybrid. Here’s a little more […]

Lavalle Lee

Interview with Tony Bancroft, author of Directing for Animation

January 30, 2014 in Featured Posts, Interviews, News

Q. Tony, Can you give us some backstory of your life and career up to today? I grew up with a twin brother, Tom Bancroft. Tom and I always loved to draw at an early age and […]

Lavalle Lee

Behind the 2D animation of “The Bear and The Hare”

December 8, 2013 in Featured Posts, Interviews, News

We had the privilege of visiting Premise Entertainment in Orlando, Florida to speak with the head of the studios Dominic Carola. Dominic as well as Aaron Blaise agreed to do a behind the scenes interview of their […]

Lavalle Lee

Did you know? Statues in St. Paul Honoring Charles Schulz

October 17, 2013 in Featured Posts, News

Born in 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Charles Schulz grew up in Saint Paul where his famous comic strip, Peanuts, was created and debuted in the local newspapers October 2, 1950. All around the state of Minnesota, one […]

Lavalle Lee

Petition Disney to Release All Disney Afternoon Shows

September 21, 2013 in Featured Posts, News

If you are a child of the 80′s and 90′s like I was, you remember watching such shows as Ducktales, Chip n’ Dale, Resue Rangers, Talespin, Darkwing Duck, Bonkers, Quack Pack, The New Adventures of Winnie the […]

Les Carpenter

An Inside Look at “Art Story”

August 11, 2013 in Featured Posts, Interviews, News

A blank canvas. Ever look into a painting and wonder what lies beyond the frame? This is the basis for the original animated film Art Story, from animation veterans Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams. Last week, the […]

Lavalle Lee

30th Anniversary of Dragon’s Lair – Don Bluth Exclusive!

June 19, 2013 in Featured Posts, Interviews

Thirty years ago today the classically animated game “Dragon’s Lair” came out in arcades. People everywhere were swarming to the arcades to play this revolutionary game. Dragon’s Lair to this day is still being played worldwide on […]

Lavalle Lee

Disney Favorites First Time on Blu-ray this Summer

May 22, 2013 in Featured Posts, News

For the first time you can own these Disney classics on Blu-ray and Blu-ray DVD combo packs. These titles are being released this summer. Be sure to pick these up, they are a great addition to add […]

Lavalle Lee

Elite Animation Academy – Adult Classes

April 9, 2013 in Featured Posts, News

Enrolling now! Want to learn hand drawn animation from a former Disney Animator? Paulo Alvarado and his wife Valeska along with their neighbors Todd and Gladys West started an animation school less than a year ago which […]

James N.

2013 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

February 24, 2013 in Featured Posts, Reviews

Since the Oscars are going to start up in a few hours I’d like to give a quick review of the animated shorts that are nominated for an Academy Award this year. Let’s jump right in! ADAM […]