"Soul Man" coming from Blacklight Movies

The animation scene in Europe continues to be an ever intriguing one as more and more sophisticated films are being produced there.

The latest that has come our way is news about an animated feature in progress from Blacklight Movies.  It's called 'Soul Man' and by the description provided by the producers... "It's a blacksploitation road movie about an extraordinary girl. Her unlikely companions, the closest thing she has to a proper family, are an ex detective ala Dirty Harry of Polish origins and a bodasious woman with an abundant afro haircut who makes her living of larceny." 

A topic on the AN Forums has been started that provides more information. Here's the very impressive teaser for Soul Man...

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"Allon" by Shawn Lamb - An Literary Epic in the Making

Long time AN member and animation industry veteran Rob Lamb has been keeping us up to date as to the progress of his wife, Shawn Lamb's string of novels. The Allon series has so far reached four books and is reportedly on its way to as many as nine before the continuing legacy is wrapped.

I'm happy to say that I was among the very first to purchase a copy of the introductory novel. Allon is becoming very popular with readers of all ages and is getting excellent reviws. It's an emerging classic. To learn more about the Allon series and to purchase copies, head on over to the official website at AllonBooks.com.   There's also an interview with author Shawn lamb that you can listen to. The link is posted by Rob Lamb in his topic on the AN Forums

Next AN Night - August 30 2011 - Sherm Cohen

AN Night - Sherm Cohen

On the last Tuesday of every month, we sponsor a live event in the heart of Burbank. AnimationNation Night is a great opportunity to creatively socialize as we always have something new and different happening.

This month, we're very pleased to be hosting our special guest Sherm Cohen, one of the industry's leading  storyboard artists. Sherm has the distinction of being a member of the original SpongeBob Squarepants crew where he worked as a Writer, Storyboard Artist, Storyboard Supervisor and Director for the next three seasons of the TV series. Sherm was also Character Designer and Lead Storyboard Artist on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. 

A veteran of Cartoon Network, Sherm is currently working as Storyboard Supervisor on Disney's Fish Hooks TV series, where he also appears on-screen every episode as Bud the pet-shop owner. 

For details about this coming AN Night, follow this link to the topic on the AN Forums where you'll also find more lnks to Sherm Cohen's DVD storyboard course website and his tutorials blog. The AN Night event is free and everyone is welcome. You can also find more information about AN Night in general by following the link. 

HoBSoft - Intergrated Production System for Feature Animated Films

Hobsoft

If you're in the market for a high end animation production system that can handle the most challenging of projects in the feature film arena, then HoBSoft may be the solution you're looking for. HoBSoft is an international system that coordinates your production from beginning to end, and delivers superb production quality. They have several very impressive films to their credit including the Academy Award nominated The Secret of Kells,  Chico and Rita, and the upcoming A Monster In Paris. To find out more click on this link to HoBSoft and explore their website. They've been a member of the AN Forums for quite some time now and we're happy to refer you to them.

Aniboom - a 21st Century Model for Animation

Aniboom

If you haven't heard of Aniboom by now, take a moment to learn more about this interesting online animation resource. It's a contemporary model for location independent animation production. The first virtual animation studio, bridging the gap between the global community of independent animators and the professional animation industry in all its forms: cinema, television, web, mobile, music videos, digital gaming, and advertising. Aniboom brings together thousands of highly skilled animation artists from dozens of countries around the world.

Their website is full of great animated content. I've been developing a topic focusing on animated films that Aniboom has been featuring through their YouTube channel. Take a look at some of these animated shorts by following the link to the AN Forums.

Wagner's "Seigfried" - Animated Trailer

Check out this video and prepare to be blown away by the quality of the production. Traditional, hand drawn animation no less.

I don't know much about it except that it's a trailer for a film based upon Wagner's opera "Seigfreid". A musician who tours with Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' live theatrical ensemble showed it to me today. It was animated by Pendragon Imageworks. It's astoundingly good. Watch it and you'll see what I'm talking about. You can access the topic on the AN Forums as well. 

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Politizoid.com - CG Animated Political Cartoons

Politizoid

Scott Line was a student of mine going all the way back to when he was just thirteen years old. Today he's a grown man and working as a CG Character Animator for a studio called PolitiZoid.

They create online content for the Web, and are featured in TV spots on major networks. They're attempting to parlay their successes by developing awareness in the public eye and animation community as to who they are and what they're doing.

One of their cartoons was just featured on the popular online show The Young Turks. The content is controversial, as political cartoons often are, but the production quality of their work is very good. Check out the video, plus follow the link to the AN Forums as we develop the topic further.

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TangerinePop.com - Fun site for online games

Long time AN member Jeff Nevins is Lead Animator at a company called TangerinePop which creates online video games that are a lot of fun to play.

Jeff's particular contributions are in a game called Graveyard Shift and also Dungeon Run

Warning - They can be addictive, so if you're looking for a way to spend your entertainment time enjoying the easy to learn online gaming experiences what TangerinePop has to offer, follow the links above. Here's the link to the AN Forum topic.

Introducing ToonGoggles.com for your animated content

ToonGoggles

There's a new animation centric site on the way called ToonGoggles and it promises to be something advantageous to both animation content creators and fans worldwide. The site will be officially launching next month but you can access it now.

ToonGoggles is an online children’s entertainment channel where kids can watch hundreds and even thousands of cartoons for free, as well as soon play hundreds of games as well. They offer rights holders and animators the chance to place their animation (for free) in front of kids, parents, and networks eyes and receive full data metrics based off the viewership their content receives.

For more information head on over to the topic on AN's General Discussion Forum  and catch up on all the things we can expect from ToonGoggles.com.

Origin of "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" TV series

There's been increasing chatter about the origin of He-Man.

I don't know what was happening at Mattel thirty years ago when the toy line was first created, but I do know what was happening at Filmation Studios when the cartoon was developed because I was there at the very beginning of it all.

Now that we're getting closer to the thirtieth anniversary of the TV show and interest is growing in how the popular series from the 1980s came to be, it's a good time to share my experiences and help set the record straight.

The He-Man series has its roots in an animated commercial produced by Filmation for Mattel in 1981. I looked for this commercial for a long time on YouTube and it was nowhere to be found.

That is, until now.

This past July 25, it was uploaded on YouTube from video that was captured at the San Diego Comic Con.

The audio is bad as the din of the crowd mingles with the sound of the commercial, but it's good enough to get an idea as to what it's about.

Here it is for the first time online. I'll be building up the topic on AN's General Discussion Forum so be sure to check in as I relate what was happening at the tiome and how the He-Man cartoon came to be, at least from my perspective as a member of the original development team.

 

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