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  1. Animation in progress

    Working on getting the animation cleaned up and smoothed out for this, but it was a fun bit of practice.
  2. Indeed. Surprise! Granted most of them come from a Broadway background so we're talking folks who love people like Daveed Diggs and Rory O'Malley more than big name movie actors. Most of them went to see Moana primarily because of Lin-Manuel Miranda and went to see Frozen because of Idina Menzel. This is not a GA demographic, admittedly. But there are plenty of insular communities who do find the presence of certain less mainstream actors to have a lot of appeal because they come from theatre.
  3. Anurian Designs

    This project is taking on shape going forward and I'm happy with some of the overall changes and expansion in the designs. Story-wise it's very close to being done, I'll be moving into finalization of more background and environment in the near future. I've contacted at least one musician for work. The format of this is still in a state of flux. It may be fully comic, but may contain animated segments as well. Actual pencils of some initial designs for this race. And coloured versions of the updated designs:
  4. Meeting with Rafael Rosado

    Tomorrow I'll be attending a lecture and getting a chance to talk to storyboard artist and animator Rafael Rosado. He did primarily animated series (notably he storyboarded on Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Teen Titans and Transformers Prime, among others). I'm looking forward to this, as well as discussing on the idea working with him on something in the upcoming future.
  5. Because I like Broadway? Seems like a pretty shallow reason to ignore someone, but whatever floats your boat.
  6. There was none. I have a lot of friends who are huge Book of Mormon fans. That's not surprising itself either when you consider Josh Gad only got his role in Frozen because of his connections via the BoM creators who were working on Frozen at the time. I love his work on that musical (not so much on Frozen, but he was barely in it and Olaf's design was ugly as hell). So why wouldn't I (or other fans of BoM, especially those who have forked over hundreds of dollars to see BoM several times) hesitate to pay like 10 bucks to see a Broadway actor we like in a movie?
  7. I know at least twelve people who went to see it because of Josh Gad. Myself included. Granted they're all theatre fans who thought Emma Watson should have been tanked in favour of a Broadway actress (or at least one who can actually sing). A few of them primarily saw Moana because of Lin-Manuel Miranda. I also know two people who went just because of Ewan McGregor. I consider these an outlier though. Most people I know seem to be going just because it's Beauty and the Beast. I still can't persuade my gf to go yet because she's a theatre fan who thinks Emma Watson can't act.
  8. My latino mutuals on facebook are super excited by this trailer. I'm guessing this teaser isn't showing any of the actual story though.
  9. I admit, I'm really surprised they're doing a mexican themed movie called "Coco" that isn't about el Coco... Unless they're hiding it.
  10. Man. The animated slate this year is looking rough. Also you forgot Rock Dog but no way that's making enough to worry about lol
  11. Coraline probably qualifies. That movie manages to be creepy as hell. Both Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie are really more gothic fantasy in style rather than being horror. Not sure about Paranorman. I really need to watch that.
  12. Fortunately Horror is one of the genres where they do seem to put out a fair number of original films, it's just that most are low budget. Horror and Animation seem to put out a lot of originals (though there's been a glut of sequels lately, it never seems to prevent original content from going forward either). Now all we need is an animated horror film.
  13. I'll have to check it out then. I'm so glad for the amount of shows hitting netflix lately.
  14. I don't get cable so I'll never be able to watch that show, but there's also a fairly big difference between mental illness in movies and in tv shows (mostly because a show just has way more space to explore the nuance of characters). It's just got the possibility to be a better medium for character development. I'm not against having mentally ill people in things or even portraying their negative traits (believe me, I know of plenty via personal exprience), but I'm annoyed that they're such easy fodder in horror films, especially, when in reality a lot of mental illnesses would kinda make you suck at being an effective villain. I can just see it now: a scary crazed lunatic... who freaks out at raised voices and rocks in a corner while having an anxiety or depressive attack... Or someone with OCD, who cannot focus on the hero because they're too obsessed with their daily routine not being interrupted. Scary. ...also as a personal peeve from someone whose mother had schizophrenia... it's not the same as multiple personality disorder, even if most movies use them interchangeably. I mean I'd think the least one could ask is enough research on mental illnesses to not get two of them confused. A lot of use of mental illnesses in media tends to display lazy writing where they're taking shortcuts based on the fact that people can automatically assume mentally ill=dangerous. I have good friends with BPD and I suffer from PTSD myself (thanks military!), and the assumptions people make about them are just gross and stupid. Also to the other person, not gonna bother grabbing the post. I've seen psycho. The cinematography is great... but honestly the story is kind of boring. Of course it suffers from a glut of content similar to it now, when at the time it didn't have anything else of that nature to be compared to.
  15. Unless the ending twist is that the main character is not mentally ill, I have no interest in seeing Split. My family (and several friends) have problems with mental illness and I'm sick of movies playing on negative stigmas. Mentally ill folks have enough negative shit to deal with without being portrayed as villains. Especially when statistically speaking, we're more likely to be attacked by neurotypicals than vice versa.
  16. I know a lot of people who are really not happy at the premise of this movie. Mental illnesses are a really cheap and easy potshot for horror movies and villain characters. It'd be nice if the writers of this actually knew even the basics of what they were talking about. I mean I know one shouldn't always expect accuracy in the media, but it's not that hard with most things.
  17. Hard to get much more accessible than a comic online for free on the creator's site.... yet people still pirate that anyway. I'm not sure plain old 'accessibility' is as big a factor as people seem to think. Some people actually enjoy taking things. There's apparently an entire community online of not-poor people who get their kicks from stealing stuff (they even post photos of themselves shoplifting). So while accessibility may stop some thieves, it's definitely not going to stop people like that. Note: I specify 'not poor' because the majority of the people in said community are middle (or upper middle class) white kids who have absolutely no need to steal random crap from stores.
  18. So glad I missed most of this. I'm very against pirating. I work for a studio that does books and games, among other things. When we were still getting started, someone ripped a bunch of our books and put them online for free. People were proud of being able to read it for free! It did affect our sales and not in a positive way. There was a while when we were taking a loss on books because people didn't want to buy when they knew it would get put online anyway. Guess what? Those people weren't sharing their love of our books by telling other people who would buy them! They were mostly just telling other pirates who also wouldn't pay. It's the equivalent of hiring an artist for 'exposure' rather than money, which is one of the most bullshit things in that industry. If an artist is going to get 'free exposure', it's much better for them to do it themselves. Piracy will not help them. Also the "Free clips on youtube" argument doesn't parse. A lot of studios already put up free clips which get spread around. It's not the same as putting up a full movie. There's a reason studios allow reviewers and media folks to play short clips of their films. Also studios WILL go after those who put up clips they don't want up. Look how hard it is to find anything from FOX in youtube clips.
  19. I'm sure a lot of the posters will aid in marketing the other big sell on this movie.... actual LEGO sets. My GF works for the LEGO store and they got a huge sales boost from The LEGO Movie. They were even running short on a lot of the sets in the month or so after the movie came out because it increased their brand awareness so much. I'm guessing they're not planning to let that happen again with this movie.
  20. I've seen some comments about the gorillas in Sing being perceived as racist. There were even a few articles on it. If true, it's nothing new, sadly. Casual racism in animation has existed for ages, though it seems more common in animated series than it is in movies (see: looney tunes and characters like Speedy Gonzales, etc etc). Animals being analogous to different races is certainly not a new occurrence (a fact that zootopia cashed in on, though its lines were less directly defined and it was more of an overall 'racism/sexism/xenophobia' message).
  21. I'm not judging. lol. I find Illumination's stuff kind of bland but it's basically harmless. I'm just talking about how marketing plays a big role in the numbers they get.
  22. Illumination gets big numbers because they saturate public awareness by slapping their upcoming releases on everything. In marketing, recognition is everything. Their tactic is to take something that's okay to moderately good (but unlikely to put off people) and then market the shit out of it until you can't help but be aware of it. It works even better with kid movies because kids will drag their parents to see stuff.
  23. Personally I don't think it ripped off Book of Life either, but I'm saying if you're going to accuse it of ripping off a movie, why not point at the movie that's got way more in common with it rather than a relatively minor thing from a really different movie?
  24. Those look like monarch butterflies, not paper. Monarch Butterflies are associated with the souls of the dead in Dia de los Muertos celebration because of the monarch migration. I'm not thrilled with some of what Disney has been doing with this film in pre-production, but at least take a moment to consider before accusing them of ripping off a film that didn't even pass 50m domestically, especially when this film has been in production for 5 years. There's a lot of way more valid complaints you could make about it. (ie: ripping off book of life)

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