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Generational Conflict in Spirited Away

April 27th, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield on Jeremy Potterfield's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

Generally, Miyazaki features a young heroine as the main character of his films. This young heroine is often at odds with an older generation. In Spirited Away this young heroine is Chihiro, a young girl moving to a new home. The first generational conflict we notice is the conflict between her and her parents. This [...]

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Tags: Animation·Miyazaki·Spirited Away

Animated Music Videos

by Isaac Buchoff on Isaac Buchoff's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

We’ve studied full-length movies, episodic television shows, and classic shorts, but what about music videos? Well, I guess you could call Fantasia a series of music video, and maybe even the Silly Symphonies if you really contort the definition. But music videos can be just as important as other animated features, as they’re length and [...]

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Tags: Animation·Breakbot·Loney Dear·music video·music·cutouts

Lifelike Animation: What’s the Point?

by Isaac Buchoff on Isaac Buchoff's Blog · No Comments · 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 an animated film? Is it [...]

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Tags: Animation·live action·A Scanner Darkly·film·rotoscope·Waltz with Bashir·Flash

Gerald McBoing-Boing: Your Typical Superhero

by Isaac Buchoff on Isaac Buchoff's Blog · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Gerald McBoing-Boing is very much a superhero origin story. His beginnings were simple and without explanation, but it seems he’d fit right in at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
Gerald, much like many superheroes, was born as a seemingly normal child in a middle class background. At a young age, his power began to unexpectedly manifest. [...]

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Tags: Gerald McBoing Boing·superheroes·X-Men·origins·Animation

Gerald McBoing Boing

by Jeremy Potterfield on Jeremy Potterfield's Blog · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

I found the animation adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s, Gerald McBoing Boing, to be expertly done and thoroughly entertaining. It’s about a child, Gerald, who, instead of speaking his first words, can only create sound effects (albeit expertly). The cartoon demonstrated how excellent pairing of sound and animation can really create a fine product.

The cartoon is [...]

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Tags: Animation·Dr. Seuss·Gerald McBoing Boing

Childhood Cartoons as Discussion

by Jeremy Potterfield on Jeremy Potterfield's Blog · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Why is it that programs targeted at educating younger children generally take the form of animation rather than plain live-action? As a child I was enamored with Arthur, Sesame Street, and Dragon Tales — and though I loathe to admit it I also watched J J the Jetplane and Caillou. Because Sesame Street features cartoon-like [...]

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Tags: Animation·Cartoons·Sesame Street·Arthur·Abstract·McCloud

Objectivity is overrated.

by Soo Jin Lee on Soo Jin Lee's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

Like a lot of American children, I was exposed to Disney films at an early age and have attached a lot of sentimental value to them. My love for them is deep enough that it has withstood most of the critical analysis I’ve grown to apply to most movies I watch; yeah, so most Disney [...]

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Tags: Tchaikovsky·Nutcracker Suite·Disney·Animation·fantasia

Tales of Derring-do, Bad- and Good-Luck Tales

by Matt on Matthew Furda's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

As a kid, I grew up watching “DuckTales” on television–as I suspect many others in the class did.  Reading through selected stories from “Carl Barks’ Greatest DuckTales Stories” thus only deepened my appreciation for the series.  The introduction aptly pointed out that the animated series tended to adapt Barks’ original narratives with a slightly more [...]

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Tags: carl barks·ducktales·scrooge mcduck·capcom·nes·inception·indiana jones·science·8-bit·Animation·comics·Disney·nintendo

There She Is!! Step 1

by Jeremy Potterfield on Jeremy Potterfield's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

First, some general information about the There She Is!! series. It is a five-part series (in “Steps”), began by SamBakZa, a trio of Korean flash artists. The animation features a female rabbit named Doki, and a male cat named Nabi. The first “step” was submitted on Newgrounds in 2004.
Without further ado:

Step 1 introduces the viewer [...]

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Tags: Newgrounds·Flash·Animation·There she is!!

Notable Flash Animations: Introduction

by Jeremy Potterfield on Jeremy Potterfield's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

Since my first post, I’m determined to make known the contributions of flash animation to the greater world of animation. There are some really breathtaking and powerful flash animations on the internet. Like I mentioned in my last post, I have been a die-hard Newgrounds fan since 10 (and probably earlier, to any parent’s dismay); [...]

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Tags: Newgrounds·Flash·Animation

Simon’s Cat: Sticky Tape

by Grace Kanaan on Grace Kanaan's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

This is the most recent episode of the Simon’s Cat series. I’m really into the minimalist aesthetic in this series. I also appreciate that cats can be total idiots.
If you’re unfamiliar with the series, you can check it out here:

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Tags: cats·sticky tape·Simon's Cat·Animation

The Power of Paper

by Matt on Matthew Furda's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

Last night in my Miyazaki ExCo, I had the pleasure of watching “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” (風の谷のナウシカ) for the millionth time… or something close to that, anyway.
With every viewing of a Ghibli film, I discover some new detail that I had not noticed before, or I come to the film armed with [...]

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Tags: Nausicaä·Miyazaki·Ghibli·Ohmu·Reiniger·Achmed·paper·Animation

Newgrounds and Flash Animation

February 21st, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield on Jeremy Potterfield's Blog · 1 Comment · Animation, Uncategorized

When we think about how the internet revolutionized media we think first of Youtube. Perhaps then of Facebook and Myspace. Digitalized Newspapers. E-readers — the Kindle.
One of the most important, yet overlooked, inventions to spur the internet-media revolution is a web-site called Newgrounds. began in 1998.  Tom Fulp, the creator of Newgrounds, originally created the website [...]

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Tags: Newgrounds·Flash·Animation·User-Generated