Poppy Hill directed by Goro Miyazaki

“‘Poppy Hill’ is the second feature directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of the Studio Ghibli co-founder and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.”

From the New York Times, a slideshow.



KICKSTARTER Bill Plympton’s CHEATIN’ – An Animated Feature Film

Bill Plympton is one of our all-time favorite animators and he has a Kickstarter project with 3 days to go.


Jobs at Pixar

June 8, 2012 · Filed Under Animation News, Animation Studios, Pixar · Comments Off 

This is a quick heads-up alert to anyone who is a story artist with a ready portfolio for Pixar. On June 6, 2012 on Twitter from Enrico Casarosa (Sketchcrawl and La Luna):

enrico casarosa


Are you a story artist? Send your portfolio to Pixar … the company is actively looking for a few good men&women.

Here’s your chance!


Hayao Miyazaki Interview on CNN International

There’s a great interview with the greatest living animator, Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, on CNN international. Talk about living legend, this man IS hand drawn 2D animation in today’s world. He is the master of masters. He makes a sad prediction in the interview:

We are an extinct species maybe, an island of the Galapagos, and well, (hand drawing) is the only thing I’m interested in and therefore people who are not interested in working by hand should choose another place of work.

I hope he’s wrong but I fear he’s right.

The interview covers a wide range of topics from animation to the tsunami.

While on the topic, don’t forget the latest release from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. It’s Arrietty which is an animated version of an Mary Norton’s The Borrowers.


Interview with Mark Henn on the new Winnie the Pooh

July 11, 2011 · Filed Under Animation News, Animation Stars, Animation Studios, Classic Animation, Disney, Film · Comments Off 
Mark Henn

Mark Henn Disney Animator

Some folks are beginning to realize that classic 2D animation has a charm and visual appeal that is unique. One of the giants of Disney Animation, Mark Henn, has given an interview about the upcoming 2D animated feature on A.A. Milne’s classic Winnie the Pooh.


Classic animation techniques work best with these characters and in evoking the sensibility of the famous E.H. Shepard illustrations contained in the original books.

“We didn’t have any great debate here,” Henn says.

“I think everyone realized, when this project came up, [that] doing it by hand was the best way.”

Doing it by hand is almost always the best way!


The Tate Movie Project – The Golden Nit from Aardman Animation

June 18, 2011 · Filed Under Animation Coming Attractions, Animation News, Animation Studios · Comments Off 

This looks like it is going to be an absolute treat. Aardman Animation, The Tate and the children of Briton are making an animated movie.  Here is a link to video that describes everything that went into making this movie from idea to script to art to actors to music and all the kids that made it possible.  Here is a link to The Tate Movie Project.


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