Money

September 25, 2007 at 8:44 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Money is one of life’s great mysteries, some are driven by it, others care less, just happy to live month-to-month.  However you view money, you’ll have to agree, currency is useful.  We use money all the time, sing about money, worry about money, and for some, make money too.

I came across this video that puts money into simple terms… and I like it’s style.

Enjoy!

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Google Doc’s Promo

September 24, 2007 at 9:29 am (Animation, basic advertisement, cool stuff, creative craft, documents, google, paper, Tools, Video, youtube) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Ok, I have been a bad blogger… but I am committed and this blog is back in my schedule. There have been all sorts of things I wanted to get online and my notebook is jammed with ‘must write’ posts.

Once again, something kinda out of the ordinary got my attention. It’s not funny, but *it is clever*! I saw this short film on TechCrunch promoting the release of Google’s power point competitor.

The company putting this together, Common Craft, have tutorials for all sort of web stuff and technology that our grandparents can’t handle, if this site had been around a decade a go, they could have set their own VCR.

More to come, I promise.

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Age of the Avatar

September 11, 2007 at 7:40 am (advertisement, Animation, avatar, cgi, commercial, gizmoz, taco bell)

The avatar has had it’s TV debut in this  commercial for Gizmoz and Taco Bell.  On the one hand, animation has become so lifelike, and on the other hand, there’s something cool about the clearly animated look that CGI gives a character.

The ad itself… cute… a good example of how far animation has gone!

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1995 Changed my World

September 10, 2007 at 7:46 am (Animation, Cartoon, Disney, Pixar)

1995 was a long time ago.  I have had four homes in two countries since then, but the year sticks out in my mind.  This was the year that I realized animation wasn’t just for kids.

Pixar changed the world of movies by releasing the first ever, feature length CGI movie.  Yes, there was a bit of controversy over the Brazilian made Cassiopeia released six months later, but Toy Story is credited with this honor.  Not only did Pixar change the status quo, but they filled their trophy cabinet in the process, winning Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA’s and Annie Awards, amongst others.

Had it not been for the success of this movie, would we have been lucky enough to enjoy the wonders of Shrek, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc or The Incredibles?  All of these make it to my favorite list.

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5 mins of Fame

September 9, 2007 at 6:53 am (Animation, Cartoon, catchy song, chocolate rain, Disney, flash, internet, internet people, Video, youtube)

If ever a short video captured what the internet has become, this is it.

Internet People… enjoy!

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Hold Tight…

September 6, 2007 at 11:58 am (Animation)

Animation is no longer just for the big screen. For many years now, the home animator has been able to create from the comfort of their own home, and spread their love across the internet with free or cheap hosting. Sites like Digg have made it simple to share those clips.

Back in the day, I got a kick out of gaming. The early stuff like Prince of Persia on the two color, yellow and black screen would keep me amused for hours. Once I upgraded, there was the age of Doom, as gaming moved away from an exclusive hobby for those with consoles and could be shared by computer users too.

In my mind, gaming has gone one step further. In games like uh such-as, The Sims and RollerCoaster Tycoon where the player is essentially playing god, there is opportunity to maximize the playability but turning the game into an animation studio. The internet is full of music videos that gamers have created for their favorite tracks, just using their games at home.

Everyone’s an artist, right?!

RollerCoaster Tycoon holds a special place in my heart. I saw many a sunrise due to this game back in it’s heyday/

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Luciano Pavarotti, Italian Tenor, Is Dead at 71

September 6, 2007 at 7:36 am (Animation, Cartoon)

The news of Pavarotti’s death will cause shock waves across the world of opera. For the last few years, he had been battling cancer, and this morning, he passed away. Pavarotti will be sorely missed by the Operatic community.

Hearing this news instantly counjoured up an image in my mind, a childhood memory of a cartoon I had watched. A large, animated opera singer, performing in looney toons style. I YouTubed, Googled, Yahoo Searched high and low, and couldn’t find the clip I had in mind, but did discover that most animated spoof operas of the last fifty years seem to use the same track!

If you know of the clip I have in mind, please leave a comment or link… but until then, here is a poor substitute.

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Llama Llama Duck

September 5, 2007 at 9:28 pm (Animation, catch, catchy song, flash, llama, llama llama duck, song, Video)

Ok, so strictly speak, it’s not animation, but flash has to count, right?

Llama Llama Duck.

Yes, this has been on repeat for a while now… Enjoy!

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70 Years Young

September 5, 2007 at 2:37 pm (1940 Film, Animation, Cartoon, Disney, Mickey Mouse, Pixar, Video)

Cartoons and animation fascinate us all as children. The bright colors, movement, and crazy plots that would unravel before our eyes would never been seen in ‘real life’, but once pen was put to paper, or mouse to screen, everything become possible.

I remember going to the movie theater as a kid to see Disney’s Fantasia, and begging my Mom to let me to see it again for weeks. This movie is soon approaching 70 years since its release, yet it’s hasn’t aged.

The age of web2.0 has propelled us into a new era of animation, both on the big screen, and from the comfort of our own homes.  My dream and ambition remains to be offered a job with Pixar one day, but until I get that phone call, this blog is going to be my place to comment, review, create and share.

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