Awards and Animation

by Gunther Heinrich, 9 Feb 2008 in Animation Movie News

Thanks to Kevin Koch and his blog post I not only got reminded of those various awards (BAFTA and Oscar anyone?) going on but he also delivered a list of all nominees this year. Of course I am talking about the animation categories at the moment. I sadly didn’t write anything about animation at all in the last few weeks (with the exception of my personal 3D short). So I take this good chance to, well, write something about the nominees and some that are missing.

Kevin already mentions it in his post but it is nevertheless interesting that each animated short is listed only once throughout the awards. I guess this is partly due to the politics and reasoning. One example is the short THE PEARCE SISTERS with

Aaaahhh. Those pop references in movies…

by Gunther Heinrich, 5 Dec 2007 in Animation

OK; before I can start writing anything else: Do you know what’s a twilight zone-esque moment when you are searching for “pop references in 3D movies”? When the first entry of the google results is your own blog…

And now a question directly related to this post: do you know how many pop references you witnessed in all those years you watched 3D animated movies? Whenever I ask myself this question I get the feeling that it must have been hundreds if not thousands of references.

Something for everybody?

Pop culture references in themselves are, of course, a nice and easy way to spice up a movie. Not only are those references completely unrelated to the story and don’t interfere with it (well, at least most of the times), they also give something

When was the last time when you thought, Hey, that 3D movie not only was great looking, it also had a really great, non-cliché ridden story?

The blog of John K about cartoons and animation in general is again and again contains really interesting stuff, which is especially true for me, since at some stage I have to animate a short movie myself. Some days ago John has published a post with some very interesting points in it. I don’t want to write about the animation part of 3D generated movies, though, since I am no animator but I want to write about the situation in general.

3D Movies and their stories

You know, John K mentions in his post that it seems that Hollywood is coming with ideas or stories some

Will the Pixar Factor save 3D?

by Gunther Heinrich, 4 Nov 2007 in Animation Movie News

While I think that most of the more recent examples of 3D animated movies show some lack of inspiration I start to believe that Pixar could be the company that will save 3D animation from the fate its 2D counterpart had to bear…

Buy Big and Large at Buy n Large

Buy n Large is a rather interesting example of a big company selling great and cool product to its customers. Their website is nicely done and modern. The only drawback? Well, this company doesn’t exist. Or better: doesn’t exist yet.

The website of this future company is completely faked, created by the genius minds from Pixar for a viral marketing campaign and as my blog post shows, it is successful in its goal (*lol*, where is my money…!!)

Imagination vs. Safe

The Benefits of 2D Animation

by Gunther Heinrich, 3 Nov 2007 in Animation

While I agree that currently 3D animation can’t be thrown off its throne and is a good thing to have (heck, I want to create a 3D short movie), I also believe that the downfall of 2D animation is caused by the weak stories that accompanied it. Not only that but also the fact that the directors frantically tried to subdue the benefits of the 2D animation while trying to imitate 3D animation. But by trying they missed the real benefit traditional animation had to offer them.

Titan A.E., Treasure Planet and freedom

If you watch the movies Treasure Planet by Disney or Titan A.E. you can see the approach to imitate 3D-movies very well. In Treasure Planet the ship they are cruising on is 3D as the robotic arm