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Square Root of Minus Garfield

April 15, 2011 by Annie on Anna Mecca's Blog · Uncategorized

Here’s the webcomic I was talking about in class: Square Root of Minus Garfield And here’s one of my favorite strips:

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The only Simpsons character with 5 fingers

April 11, 2011 by Oliver Levine on Oliver Levine's Blog · Uncategorized

Today in class we talked a little bit about the Simpsons characters only having 4 fingers. I did a little research on why, and it turns out the decision was probably because it was easier, and cheaper, to animate the characters. It just so happens that there’s 1 character with… read more

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A brief history of Rotoscoping

April 10, 2011 by Oliver Levine on Oliver Levine's Blog · Uncategorized

I’ve been a fan of a scanner darkly for a long time. It’s one of my favorite novels, and while the movie has its ups and downs, I think it’s successful in a few ways. One of the innovative aspects of the movie is the rotoscoping that we’ve been talking… read more

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‘Fortress of Solitude’

April 10, 2011 by Carolyn Bick on Carolyn Bick's Blog · Uncategorized

First of all, I just wanted to say how incredibly good and how incredibly depressing that book was.  I also really enjoyed the shifting perspectives, and the odd way in which the book was broken into three different segments. I wanted to address a few things about the novel.  First of… read more

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Lifelike Animation: What’s the Point?

April 6, 2011 by Isaac Buchoff on Isaac Buchoff's Blog · Uncategorized

The rotoscoping in A Scanner Darkly is pretty cool, but at a certain point I began to wonder what difference it really made. Is it to avoid using more advanced computer animation for complex details like the hallucinated insects and the scramble suits? Is it simply an easier way to make… read more

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Donald Duck vs. Glenn Beck

April 3, 2011 by Jonathan Doucette on Jonathan Doucette's Blog · Uncategorized

Donald Duck vs. Glenn Beck Wonderful. I’ll be sure to write something illuminating on this post at a later point. Just thought you should all enjoy this ASAP.

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Beefcakes: Masculinity in Disney Movies

April 2, 2011 by Grace Kanaan on Grace Kanaan's Blog · Uncategorized

I’ve been thinking about the construction of masculinity in the texts and films we’ve been looking at and came across this video on the topic: Gaston is probably my favorite Disney character. Even though he is a total stereotypical beefcake (and a villain), I think his character should be seen as… read more

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Comic Code

March 26, 2011 by Sharon Cross on Sharon Cross's Blog · Uncategorized

I find the comics code authority censorship incredibly overbearing. I cannot believe that people in the 1950s would even buy comics that were so stifled and unable to be fully creative. Here’s a list of the general standards for code certification: 1. Crimes shall never be presented in such a way… read more

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Parallels Between ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘The Iron Giant’

March 20, 2011 by Carolyn Bick on Carolyn Bick's Blog · Uncategorized

There are an incredible number of parallels between The Iron Giant and Beauty and The Beast that I had never noticed before! 1) The scene in which the old fisherman comes into the diner and starts telling the other diners about a massive robot he saw.  The diners dismiss his tale… read more

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Real life Peanuts.

March 18, 2011 by Karl Orozco on Karl Orozco's Blog · Uncategorized

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