I don’t know what it is about these days, but there are some great international animation teams doing great work. Take for instance Fruit Punch Studio. The group consists of graduates from The One Academy in Malayasia. Ninja Vs. Pirates is pretty self explanatory. The title says it all. It’s a ninja against a pirate. There are some funny moments. Being that the ninja was on the heavy end, you kind of know what the ending was going to be about.
As far as animation goes, top notch all the way around. Smooth and fluid as some of the big boys. Story was simple and easily understandable. Character design was different, but not ugly. The colors were very vibrant and relaxed. Hopefully this isn’t a one-time-thing and that the guys at Fruit Punch Studio create more in the future.
See what you can do with a little macro shooting and some 3D skills. Check out Gecko Animation’s logo animation. The video has some great interesting subject. Add the great sound design and you’ve got a well composed shot that’s sure to keep the audience wanting more. Even just for a logo animation, I’d like see more.
Oh yeah, let the childhood memories begin. There’s always been a cult following for any nostalgic show. Be it Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers, etc. I don’t know how big of a following ThunderCats is, but I’m sure there is a following. Heck, there are shirts with the ThunderCats logo on it being sold today after having the original show ending in the late ’80s. Even people of all ages wear it. Yes even kids who are too young to even know what a ThunderCat is. Heck there are even rumors of a live action ThunderCats movie (James Cameron could easily direct that). After 2 decades since the original, ThunderCats is getting reborn.
Now don’t be alarmed at what you see above. That is the new design of the cats. It seems like they look much younger than the 80’s version. Don’t freak out though, the animation house that doing the animating is none other than Studio 4°C. Famous for the “Animatrix”, “Gotham Knights” and “Transformers Animated”. As far as the story goes, looks like you won’t be disappointed in that area either, since the producers from “Teen Titans” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender” are attached to it. No details on when ThunderCats will air, but I’m sure a trailer will be released in the not to distant future.
In the mean time, let’s watch the intro of the original ThunderCats:
Sometimes an animation is not always about bling and schwing (don’t know if its a word). No matter how good it looks, if the story and animating sucks, then it won’t be a good short. Well, not with this one. Here the creator, Daniele Zannone, focused on getting the prefect character animation he/she could possible get. Not to worry though, along with the good animation comes a really neat short story/concept. Maybe I’ll try to work on my character animation skills. Check out Daniele’s short called Helium.
It’s finally out. Though it doesn’t come out for another 8 months, the trailer does look good. Looks like the look is the same, just more up to date. The voice actors seem to be the same and we have the same guy doing the main song for this movie as well. Toy Story 3 is one movie you shouldn’t miss next summer.
As you can tell from this trailer, the little boy has grown older and I believe has gone to college. The toys contemplating if they will be thrown away. You soon find out that they are placed in a kindergarden or daycare room full of little kids. It looks like this is where their new adventure begins.
Don’t forget Toy Story 3 comes out next year. If you can’t wait that long, you can catch the double featurette of both Toy Story 1 and 2 in theaters. Oh, there will be bathroom break in between too.
Check out this little piece to promote the Blender Institute’s open movie called “Durian“. The video is a cool and funny concept. It does make you wonder what kind of character or thing the man is talking too. I’ve been an avid watcher of animations that used Blender as their tool, and let me tell you, it has come a long way. The facial animation is probably the best I’ve seen from Blender. The render is done well too. If more professionals use it, the whole 3D world will be turned upside down.
The small piece was created by David Bolton. He used a pre-existing model/rigg called Mancandy (opensource) and added his own flair to. Kudos for making something old new again. This is also shows how when you focus on an area (this being animation), the quality will always be great.