Friday, June 02, 2006
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Corpse Bride, co-directed by Tim Burton is an excellent stop-motion animation using stylised, mechanical, clay puppets. Based on a Russian fairy-tale Corpse Bride is set in Victorian England where shy and bumbling Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) is to marry sweet Victoria (voiced by Emily Watson). During the wedding rehearsals Victor just can't get his lines right so he takes a break outside to practice. Alone in the cemetery Victor goes over his wedding vows and inadvertently weds Emily, a dead bride from the underworld. Escorting Emily to the land of the dead Victor discovers a lively and colorful world that stands in stark contrast to the gray and stuffy world he comes from. His 'live' bride feels he has abandoned her as he is torn between two fiances and torn between two worlds; the land of the living and the land of the dead.
The animation is smooth and fluid, yet for me there is one too many songs performed.
Corpse Bride received a nomination in the 2006 Oscars but lost out to Wallace and Gomit: Curse of the Were Rabbit.
Amazing Flash Site: Corpse Bride Movie
Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Animation Nominations 78th Academy Awards
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Howl’s Moving Castle (Buena Vista)
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (Warner Bros.)
Tim Burton and Mike Johnson
Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (DreamWorks Animation SKG)
Nick Park and Steve Box
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
A National Film and Television School Production.
The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
A John Canemaker Production.
John Canemaker and Peggy Stern.
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
(Monster Distributes) A 3D Films Production.
A Shane Acker Production.
One Man Band
A Pixar Animation Studios Production.
Andrew Jimenez and Mark Andrews.
See Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 78th Academy Awards Nominees
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Nick Park achieved popular success with the Wallace and Gromit series of stop motion, clay mation shorts The Wrong Trousers, A Grand Day Out, and A Close Shave. Now with Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Nick Park has extended these two favourite characters into a feature length film.
The shorts were a favourite in our house sooo the feature met with keen anticipation. Much laughter and enjoyment by the many children in the cinema audience as Wallace and Gromit get up to old antics with their great inventions to save the yearly Vegetable Competition from the grips of a super sized, munching, were-rabbit. Yet the were-rabbit didn't have the scary or sinister edge of the villains from the Wallace and Gromit shorts, like the diamond thief penguin or the crazed robotic dog.
See Wallace and Gromit official site.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Petey and Jaydee
Petey and Jaydee Go Exploring is 3-D animation shorts seen on TV, cable and on DVD. Two adventuresome aliens explore what appears to be ordinary Earth locations - the tool shed, kitchen for example. Quickly these mundane environs become super dangerous when overly curious Jaydee presses buttons and flicks swiches at the most inopportune moments for his mate Petey. He always comes to a disastrous end with a splatter of green slime/blood.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Powderfingers' Sunsets animated music video
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
BAF Web Animations Competition
Film 1: Abortion, from Korea.
Film 2: Alex, from Spain.
Film 3: Manege Frei, from Germany.
Film 4: Perestroika, from Canada.
Film 5: Polsupah, from Poland.
The Alex animation is a haunting and tragic piece, designed with a minimalistic visual style and supported by a strings audio track that sets the tragic tone.
Whereas Polsupah is a macabre and bloody piece about a soap powder door to door salesman, not for young children.
See BAF Best Web Animation to view and make your vote.
Friday, July 29, 2005
Nick Kozis web animations
My favorite is Arachne from the Greek myth. Sytlistically Nick utilises Flashs' flat
2-D look with block color without outlines. The sound work presents the single voice of a narrator rather than the characters speaking themselves. In this way the producer avoids the tediousness of lip synching characters mouths to sound files.
In the story of Arachne, Athena, goddess of thread, challenges Arachne to a battle of embroidery. Threads fly as both mortal (Arachne) and goddess (Athena) compete against each other in the tapestry challenge of the millenia.
Nick Kozis achieves an other-worldly aesthetic along with dramatic storytelling.
Thanks to Nick for the images.
The other animations include:Why The Bat Lives in Caves and Karus.
See Nick's work also at Atom Films
Saturday, May 28, 2005
The Completely Gorgeous website takes a humorous look at body image for girls and boys. Produced by Film Australia in association with Tantamount Productions and featuring Kaz Cooke's heroine Hermoine the Modern Girl.
Kaz Cook's Completely Gorgeous
In 1994 Kaz Cooke's Gorgeous won the AFI Best Short Animation and relives now in web site form. The site is part of Film Australia's education program and presents light-hearted yet factual information on issues of body image, fashion and beauty products in the media with interactive games.
See Completely Gorgeous
Friday, May 06, 2005
This film 'R' rated film was produced in 1995 and is based on the comic book series of the same name created by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett. Tank Girl, played by Lori Petty, is a bold, cheeky and sexual, warrior heroine who is represented as both live action film and comic like 2-D drawn animation.
Tank Girl from the Comic Book series
Lori Petty as Tank Girl
It's a musical, sci-fi, punk and girlpower feminist film that crosses over genre categories. Tank Girl protects her female friend, Jet Girl (Naomi Watts) from a male predator, saves a young girl from the clutches of prostitution and the wicked brothel madame, and re-engineers the stolen tank to seek revenge on the supervillian Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell) who stole the world's water supply.
Although it bombed at the box office, this film has significant presence online in the form of fan sites.
See Tank Girl review for extensive plot summary, sound files, images and quotes.
See MGM official site promoting the 2002 DVD release.