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Award Nominee time 2012

The 85th Academy awards - better known as Oscars - are around the corner. Unlike last year's batch, 2012 actually has an entry from Pixar from the Academy, Brave. Though it's up against fairly stiff competition for the statue this year.

Disney have two entries - three if you count Brave, Aardman have another. Two of the year's entries have a distinctly horror vibe to them. None of the films have been nominated outside of Best Animated Film, or Best Short Film (Animated).

Best Animated Film



Short Film (Animated)



  • Adam and the Dog

  • Fresh Guacamole

  • Head over Heels

  • Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare

  • Paperman


ANNIES


The Annies have also announced their shortlist for their awards show, with the following nominated for Best Animated Feature.



BAFTAS


Also around the corner are the British Academy Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs), taking place on the 10th of February.

"Brave", "Frankenweenie", and "ParaNorman" are the three BAFTA nominations for Animated Film. "While Here to Fall", "I'm Fine Thanks" and "The Making of Longbird" are in the contention for Best Short Animation.


As ever, feel free to leave you comments in the forums.

posted: Jan 10, 2013 by starlac | Discuss in the forum

John Coates, producer of the Snowman, has died.

John Coates, who was the co-founder of UK animation house TVC, has died of cancer, he was 89.

The studio he founded produced The Snowman in 1982, the 1968 Beatles feature film Yellow Submarine, as well as the Special The Wind in the Willows and the TV series The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends.

Coates had been working with Lupus Films studio on a sequel film to the Snowman, made to celebrate the holiday short's 30th anniversary. The short, titled The Snowman and the Snowdog, will be aired in the UK on Channel 4 this Christmas.

posted: Sep 21, 2012 by starlac | Discuss in the forum

An Afternoon at Spark Animation '12

Yesterday, after a very hectic week, I had the opportunity to indulge my inner animation geek and take in a few talks at Spark Animation '12, my hometown's own small animation festival organized by the Vancouver chapter of SIGGRAPH. Here are some highlights from my afternoon including the talks I heard on ParaNorman and The Rise of the Guardians and the showcase of French animation.

Spark's been running since 2008 and I've attended it a few times now. There wasn't a festival last year due to the fact that the main SIGGRAPH conference was taking place in Vancouver that summer, but previous years they've been really great events where I got to see films like Mary and Max and The Secret of Kells, documentaries on animation like Waking Sleeping Beauty (highly recommended) and Walt and El Grupo, and presentations from studios like the team from Dreamworks talking about How to Train Your Dragon.

Here are some highlights from yesterday...


TALK: The Handcrafted Visual Effects of "ParaNorman"

VFX Supervisor Brian Van't Hul from Laika gave a talk on the role of computer-based visual effects on a stop-motion film. Now, I personally really liked ParaNorman, (for details, see my review), but I think there were a few people in the audience that took one look at all the painstaking effort that goes into a stop-motion film and wondering why waste all those computer cycles prettying up the stop-motion rather than just doing the whole thing in the computer.

Answer? Essentially because stop-motion is damn cool and we think it's something worth doing.

Much of this talk focused on the ways that the VFX department supports the work of the stop-motion animators. This includes things like:


  • digitally painting out the seam on the puppet's faces where the eye and mouth shape replacement happens (see this video on YouTube for more info on how the faces were done)

  • digitally painting out the wires and metal frames the animators sometimes use to support the characters in some of the more complex stop-motion sequences -- my favourite of these was a complex armature used to animate the tiny motion of a swing rocking in the breeze

  • set extensions and hiding the open parts of the set where the animators stand to work with the puppets

  • creating computer generated crowds to fill out the background behind stop-motion animated characters

  • compositing together bits of real world elements to create a digital collage

The last one I actually found really interesting because it focused on this notion of things that we might want to animate by hand but which would be way too time consuming to do so. One example is the manipulation of tulle through many parts of visual effects. For those of you who aren't aware, tulle is this semi-translucent fabric used for things like wedding veils. The designers behind the film liked the interesting crinkly shapes that the tulle makes when it's scrunched up and so they took tulle elements and brought them together in the computer for use in things like the smoke coming off the ghosts or the roiling clouds.

Now a good thing for you is that some of the behind-the-scenes clips that we saw in the talk are readily available on YouTube, like this one on all the various pieces of the Norman puppet. Check them out and considering check out ParaNorman itself which is still running in theatres.




TALK: "Rise of the Guardians" - Reinventing Childhood Icons

Ever since the first trailers and buzz started coming out for Dreamwork's next film, Rise of the Guardians, I've been excited. Now that I've had the chance to see the opening few minutes and a couple select clips from the film... I'm *really* excited. Seriously folks, if the rest of the film is half as good as the pieces they showed us, you are going to want to line up for this one in November.



This talk was done by Gabe Hordos, Header of Character on Rise of the Guardians. As someone who is intensely interested in story and character, I found this a very insightful talk as he went through all the development that went into each of the primary characters. He said that frequently on these films animators don't really get that rock-solid grasp of the character's performance until quite late into production, so what they tried to do with Rise of the Guardians is spend more time up front learning about how each of the characters moved and reacted. He showed us a lot of pose thumbnails and interesting bits of test animation. 

As an example, the character of North (aka Santa Claus) was inspired by a warrior cossack. His movements and poses have this underlying thread of a soldier--a kind of crisp, military precision even though he has this kind of boundless energy and child-like joy as well. They found inspiration in a character in the movie Snatch, (apologies I haven't seen that movie so I've forgotten that character's name), but they liked his kind of jerky energy and did a number of test clips with North using dialog from that film.

Now the beauty of doing all this test work upfront was it gave the animators the opportunity to try things out that you'd never get away with in the final film. Hordos described it as trying to figure out when they'd gone to far and when they hadn't gone far enough. It's unfortunate that these clips will never be available for public consumption, but let's just say that the combination between the test dialog and the test animation made for some rather raunchy experiments in places.

Anyways, a great talk for what I anticipate is going to be a great movie.


FILM: Student Shorts from Gobelins / "A Cat in Paris"

The evening event was sponsored by the local French consulate and was a showcase of animation from France. Gobelins, l'école de l'image, is a Paris-based applied arts, print and digital media school known world-wide for its award winning animation. We were shown films from students' first, second and third year of animation. To give you a sense of the kind of calibre of filmmaking we're talking about, second year students are put in five person teams and their task is to make short films for Annecy, which are they shown as trailers and interstitionals at this well-known international animation festival.

While the mix of films was definitely obscure and occassionally a bit baffling in terms of themes and subject matter, they was a strong reminder in a time when animation is frequently equated to cash that it has always been its own artform. Below is my favourite of the bunch which I actually highlighted recently on Keyframe's Facebook page. The filmmakers describe the relationship between the woman and the crocodile as a metaphor for her personal struggle with shyness, but it makes for a wonderful and very sweet bit of character animation.



As for A Cat in Paris... I will leave you with this trailer for the moment and save my full review for another day. In general I concur with Dogstar's review, that this is a solid little film that won't blow you mind but has some cute gags and will keep you generally entertained for its duration.

posted: Sep 15, 2012 by athena | Discuss in the forum

Help StoryCorps raise money for its animated special

StoryCorps is a non-profit organization dedicated to recording the stories of real people and one of the ways that they showcase these stories is through animation. They've done several wonderful animated shorts over the years--some of which I've featured on Keyframe in the past--and now they are attempting to raise money for their first long-form animated special. PBS has agreed to air the special in the fall of 2013, but StoryCorps needs to raise $25,000 to make this project a reality. As of this writing they'd raised a little over $17,000, but the great thing about a Kickstarter project is that every little bit helps. If you're interested in this project, but can only put in $5, then that's perfectly fine too.

To learn more about this project, check out the StoryCorps Animated Special Kickstarter page.


And here's an example of one of the great shorts they've done in the past...

posted: Sep 02, 2012 by athena | Discuss in the forum

Comic-Con Weekend Recap

My grand-scheme of posting all the animation panels for each day of Comic-Con got sidelined by a bad back over the weekend, however here were all the panels that happened.

SATURDAY!

Activision Panel Featuring Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Video Game Talent
Legendary Transformers voice talent and game experts at developer High Moon Studios come together in one epic panel to discuss their roles in the upcoming Activision video game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. Panelists include Peter Cullen (voice of Optimus Prime), Gregg Berger (voice of Grimlock), Nolan North (voice of Cliffjumper), and Matt Tieger (High Moon Studios game director). They'll give everyone an inside look into bringing your favorite characters to life in the making of the video game, as well as answer the questions you've been dying to ask.

Marvel Television Presents
Marvel's head of TV, Jeph Loeb, brings the scoop on season 2 of the hit animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, along with a never-before-seen episode...and a glimpse of the other heroes joining Marvel Universe on Disney XD! Plus, get the update on other hot Marvel Animation Studios projects, including Marvel Knights Animation, Marvel anime-and more surprises from Marvel Television.

Creating Animated TV Series
What does it take to create an animated series? Do you have to be a writer? An artist or animator? Both? Neither? What do you need to have to pitch an idea, and what are the studios and networks looking for? Members of the Writers Guild of America's Animation Writers Caucus who have created and developed series, along with network/studio executives who buy them, talk about pitching and answer your questions. Featuring panelists Alan Burnett (The Batman, Green Lantern: First Flight), David Corbett (executive director, North America, RGH Entertainment), Henry Gilroy (Clone Wars, GI Joe: Renegades), Craig Miller (Pocket Dragon Adventures, Beast Wars), Andrew Robinson (Kaijudo: Rise Of The Duel Masters, Young Justice), and others.

Avatar the Last Airbender: Beginning and Beyond
For over 5 years, the organizers of this Avatar: The Last Airbender fan panel have been bringing together both fans and professionals. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, this year's panel will include Bobby Rubio (Avatar the Last Airbender, Pixar, Alcatraz High), freelance concept artist DJ Welch (Dark Kenjie), Kevin Coppa (Puppet Benders), Dark Horse artists Gurihiru (Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano), and actor/voice actor Dante Basco (Avatar the Last Airbender), and a few more surprise guests. If that isn't enough, there will be a cosplay contest to showcase the fandom's talented "fabric benders."

Cartoon Network: Adventure Time
Not just any ol' panel, this is Adventure Time! Join series creator Pendleton Ward (Lumpy Space Princess), Jeremy Shada (Finn), Tom Kenny (Ice King), and others to experience the all-out good time that is Cartoon Network's Adventure Time! There will be singing, live readings, lots of exclusive clips, and other mathematical surprises!

Comic-Con How-To: Supercharge Your deviantART Profile Like the Masters
This superstar lineup of comic, manga, and animators all have something in common besides ridiculous amounts of talent: they are all part of the deviantART community. Over the years they have learned a thing or two about getting the most out of the website, and in this panel they will share their tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your deviantART experience. The panelists are Adam Warren, one of the first manga-influenced artists to go pro back in 1988 (The Dirty Pair, Empowered); Chris Sanders, Lilo & Stich creator (Disney), How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks); Dave Elliott, comics industry veteran, writer and editor of over 10,000 comics projects; Jim Zubkavich, CEO, Udon Entertainment; Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Mark Brooks, Marvel Comics; Yuumei Yan, digital artist, cyber-activist; and panel moderator Angelo Sotira, CEO and co-founder, deviantART.com.

Futurama
Futurama cannot be killed! Join the cast and crew of the Emmy-award-winning series for world premiere footage of the all-new season on Comedy Central. Plus: Wear your Futurama-themed costume for the chance to win slightly valuable prizes! Scheduled panelists include creator/executive producer Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo).

Phineas and Ferb
Witty and imaginative stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb and their secret agent pet platypus Agent P are at it again! Creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, along with voice talent Vincent Martella (Everybody Hates Chris), Alyson Stoner (Camp Rock), and Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad), fill you in on the latest scoop on Disney Channel's Emmy Award-winning, music-filled, animated comedy series for kids, tweens, and families. See exclusive content, including a sneak peek at this summer's epic two-part cliffhanger episode "Where's Perry?"

The Simpsons
Now entering its 24th season, The Simpsons is a living animation legend. Join moderator David Mirkin, creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising producer Mike Anderson, and the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith, for a lengthy look at the upcoming Treehouse of Horror, a sneak (2D) peek at Simpsons theatrical short The Longest Daycare, and much, much more (okay, 45 minutes' worth).

Cartoon Voices I
Audiences flock each year to moderator Mark Evanier's panels of folks who supply the voices of your favorite animated characters. They demonstrate their craft and tell who they are and how they got into that bizarre line of work, and you'll hear a voice session happen right before your ears. This year's Saturday gathering features Matthew Mercer (ThunderCats, Resident Evil 6), Debi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron, Monster High), April Winchell (Lilo & Stitch, The Legend of Tarzan), Steve Blum (Transformers, The Super Hero Squad Show), Jim Ward (The Avengers, The Fairly OddParents), Jack Angel (Toy Story 3, G.I. Joe), and the legendary Chuck McCann.

Family Guy
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Bornstein, Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Book of Eli), Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Mike Henry, and showrunners Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan offer a sneak peek at Family Guy's funniest scenes from the upcoming new season, followed by a freakin' sweet Q&A with the audience.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Onto Season 5
The aftermath of season 4 has left the Star Wars galaxy a very dangerous place: Darth Maul is alive, Asajj Ventress is a bounty hunter, and the Mandalorian Death Watch is deadlier than ever. How will these threads continue in season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars? Find out in this behind-the-scenes panel, which will feature new clips, new insights, and more. Join the discussion with supervising director Dave Filoni and head writer Matt Michnovetz (who wrote season 4's powerful Umbara arc). Moderated by Star Wars author Pablo Hidalgo.

Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself
Learn what it will take to present a proper pitch to a client or company. Learn about presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make and opportunity when there isn't one. This is the perfect panel for those looking to make a name for themselves or trying to get their ideas in front of the company of choice. Bryan Tillman is the academic director for Media Arts and Animation, Game Art and Design, Visual Game Programming, Motion Graphics and Visual Effects at the Art Institute of Washington and the author of Creative Character Design.

American Dad
An exclusive preview of next season's most hilarious moments, followed by a panel conversation with the cast and producers of American Dad featuring  Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, Dee Bradley Baker, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman.

Disney Channel Television Animation
See exclusive footage and clips from upcoming episodes of Disney Channel's award-winning series Fish Hooks and its newest mystery adventure series Gravity Falls, plus a sneak peek at the upcoming series Wander Over Yonder. Panelists include Fish Hooks creator Noah Z. Jones (Almost Naked Animals) and executive producer Maxwell Atoms (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy), Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch (Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack), voice talent from both series, and Wander Over Yonder creator Craig McCracken (Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends) and co-producer Lauren Faust (My Little Pony, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic). Moderated by Eric Coleman, senior vice president, original series, Disney Television Animation.

The Animated Comic App Experiment: Bottom of the Ninth
Storyboard artist (The Avengers, Cowboys and Aliens), animator (The Iron Giant) and creator of Bottom of the Ninth, Ryan Woodward had an idea. What if there was a comic that when the user touches the panels it came alive with traditionally animated characters that breath and speak, a 3d universe that cinematically draws you in with sound effects and an original score? Ryan did it and still has his marbles to share his journey of passion, work, and struggles into an unknown market.

Shut Up! Cartoons (Alloy Digital and Smosh's YouTube Original Animation Channel)
What do you get when the creative geniuses behind Smosh (third biggest channel on YouTube) and the former president of Disney Television Animation join forces with some of the most innovative animation creators out there (and the freedom to just do what they do best)? You get Shut Up! Cartoons-the original online animation channel part of YouTube's original programming initiative-a bona fide hit with prime viewing audiences and proof-positive that the web is a fertile breeding ground for the next breakthrough multiplatform animated hits! Join the producers and creators of one of the most successful YouTube premium channel launches and hear how they've captivated a significant audience of next gen viewers. Featuring Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox -- the comedic web duo Smosh -- and Graham Bennett (YouTube content partnerships).


SUNDAY!

San Diego International Children's Film Festival
The San Diego International Children's Film Festival presents creative, exciting, and imaginative short films from around the world-animation, live action, and documentary-good for all ages, all day. Enjoy films from the U.S., Canada, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Spain, and beyond. Animators and filmmakers will talk about their work, how kids can make their own films, and careers in animation and filmmaking throughout the day.

LEGO Ninjago
Get an inside look at one of the hottest boys' properties of 2012, LEGO Ninjago! Hear from the creators how the hit Cartoon Network TV series is developed. LEGO designers will show how they create LEGO models from the characters and vehicles on the small screen. Join the Q&A session and see an exclusive sneak peek of Ninjago: Season 2!

Cartoon Voices II
It's the second of two panels this weekend featuring folks who supply the voices of your favorite animated characters. Moderator Mark Evanier will interrogate them about how they do what they do, ask them how they came to do what they do, and make them demonstrate what they do. Their ranks this time will include  Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad, SpongeBob SquarePants), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Audrey Wasilewski (The Garfield Show, My Life as a Teenage Robot), Fred Tatasciore (Kung Fu Panda, The Hulk), Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show, Transformers), and Misty Lee (The Garfield Show, Spider-Man).

Meet the Companions of Star Wars: The Old Republic
Voice actors behind some of the most memorable SWTOR companions talk about what it was like stepping into their roles in The Old Republic. Bring your questions for the Q&A! Panelists include Tara Strong (Risha), Catherine Taber (Vette), Tasia Velenza (Kaliyo) and others.

DC Nation Screening and Q&A
The Nation is coming to San Diego! DC Nation -- a one-hour action and comedy programming block on Cartoon Network starring some of the most beloved and legendary heroes of the DC Universe -- will be making its very first appearance at Comic-Con. In addition to exclusive video content for fan-favorite series Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, the panel will also be presenting sneak peeks of two highly anticipated series that will be coming soon to DC Nation: Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go! Bringing you all this superhero goodness is a panel featuring top animation producers Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), Michael Jelenic (ThunderCats), Aaron Horvath (MAD), and Jeff Prezenkowski, director of series and shorts at Warner Bros. Animation. From superheroes to sidekicks, the DC Nation panel will have something for everyone.

Cartoon Network: Ben 10: Omniverse
It's hero time in San Diego! You don't want to miss this chance to see the world premiere exclusive sneak peek of Ben 10: Omniverse. In the new series premiering this fall, Ben has a new look, new aliens, a new sidekick, and, of course, new bad guys to battle. Yuri Lowenthal (Ben) hosts a panel featuring stars and producers who will give an inside look at the creation and direction of Ben 10: Omniverse, and you'll be the first to see animation from this exciting new series!

The Cleveland Show
See the world premiere screening of "Menace II Secret Society," the season 4 premiere episode of The Cleveland Show, featuring unbelievable guest voices followed by a Q&A with panelists  Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry, Kevin Michael Richardson (Thundercats, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Transformers Prime), Reagan Gomez, and Rich Appel.

It's Christmas in July! Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants
Dust off your knitted sweater, fill your mug with nog and come along for some good ol' fashioned Christmas cheer as panelists take you through a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming SpongeBob stop-motion special. Creative director Vince Waller and screen novelties directors Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero present a sneak peek at the Christmas special. The panel will also include a sing-along and Q&A with the voice cast, including Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (voice of Patrick), and Mr. Lawrence (writer and voice of Plankton). Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, executive in charge for Nickelodeon.

The Business of Cartoon Voices
Have you ever been interested in a career doing voices for animated cartoons? Every year, voice director Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show) gathers together experienced actors and folks involved in casting and hiring and presents an informational panel on how the business works and how to avoid the most common mistakes of aspiring voice performers. The odds are against you, but they might get a little better if someone speaks the truth to you about what to expect and why.

A Cross-Generation Collaboration: The Inside Scoop of a Comic-Con Success Story
In 2009, a nine-year-old San Diego artist and award-winning film critic Perry Chen (Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest) met Oscar-nominated animation legend Bill Plympton (Guard Dog) at Comic-Con and drew a "Hot Dog" next to the one Plympton drew for him from his acclaimed animation series. A year later, Perry was hired to work on an animation short, Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest, about a young Holocaust survivor (actress Ingrid Pitt's story), under the guidance of Plympton. The rest is history. A panel of the creative team, sponsors, and distributor, including Perry Chen (animator), Kevin Sean Michaels (director), Bill Plympton (storyboard and character design), Zhu Shen (producer), Karina Bessoudo (Toon Boom Animation, vice president of marketing and communications), Douglas Little (Wacom, public relations), and Linda Olszewski (Shorts International co-head of worldwide acquisition), share the amazing behind-the-scenes story: how a first-time child animator's film got sponsorship from leading animation companies, went on to premiere at the 2011 Comic-Con and LA Shorts Fest, won multiple film festival awards, was featured in Animation magazine and on 2011 Animation Show of Shows, qualified for an Academy Award, touched many hearts, and secured worldwide distribution by Shorts International, the distributor of Oscar-nominated shorts and other outstanding short films. This lively panel, moderated by Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) will share tips and lessons learned not only about getting started with animation, but also how to identify and secure corporate sponsorships; how get your film produced, marketed, and distributed; and how to select the right film festivals for your film.

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
Learn the secret to using part-time collaboration to achieve full-time results! No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, design, animation, costuming/cosplay), breaking into today's media is a full-time job, even if you have only part-time hours to accomplish it. Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear.com), Aleister Gilgrim (head of product for Readz/Star Labs Ltd), Sean Glumace (digital arts instructor at Golden West College), Tara Strand (co-founder, Gotham Public Works), Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV.net), Kevin Flessing (TheGeekGirlProject.com), Ron Coleman (molecular geneticist and writer), Jody Patterson (main contributor, RatBoxProductions.net), Cat Smith (voice actress, CatSmith.net), and moderator Chad Welch (illustrator, ChadWelchArt.com) talk about how they successfully juggle time between the creative and business sides while being involved in goal-oriented groups and discuss the process, pitfalls, and potential of part-time collaboration from their experiences in illustration, writing, design, animation and costuming/cosplay from a variety of levels of administration and sizes of organizations. Whether you're a hobbyist or looking to go pro, if you struggle with deadlines, need help finding collaborators, want to know how to effectively work with a team without mortally wounding each other, or simply want to know how to get your foot in the door, this panel is for you!

posted: Jul 16, 2012 by athena | Discuss in the forum

Comic-Con Day 2: Ponies, Zombies and Avatars... oh my!

Heaps of stuff going on at Comic-Con today if you're an animation fan. The fact that both Friendship is Magic and Legend of Korra have panels this afternoon should make Toonboy very happy. We'll be watching for new buzz from all these panels since Comic-Con is often when intriguing announcements are made.

Here's all the animation-related panels happening today...

Hasbro Studios: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic

Panelists from Hasbro Studios and The HUB TV Network's My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic share details of the making of the animated series and how the "friendship" and "magic" are brought to life. Fans won't want to miss it!

Go Green! With the Lean, Mean, Ninja Team - Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Experience Nickelodeon's very first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Comic-Con panel, as executive producer Ciro Nieli (Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go!) sets up the new series and unveils never-before-seen footage. Meet the incredible Ninja cast: Jason Biggs (voice of Leonardo), Sean Astin (voice of Raphael), Greg Cipes (voice of Michelangelo), Rob Paulsen (voice of Donatello), Kevin Michael Richardson (voice of Shredder), Hoon Lee (voice of Splinter), and Mae Whitman (voice of April O'Neil). Hear and see the radical undertaking of this 25-year-old property and some of the creative insights that have taken it to new and reinvigorating heights. Prepare to be shell-shocked! Moderated by Rich Magallanes, senior VP of current series for Nickelodeon.

Special Live Exclusive Table Read of Dan Vs.
Making its debut at Comic-Con is The Hub Television Network's animated series Dan Vs., which follows lovable curmudgeon Dan (Curtis Armstrong, Revenge of the Nerds) on a misguided quest for justice that leads him and his pals, Chris (Dave Foley, Kids in the Hall) and Elise (Paget Brewster, Criminal Minds), into misadventures and catastrophes. Join the cast, co-creators Chris Pearson and Dan Mandel, supervising producer/director Brian Sheesley, and moderator Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) for a live table read of a written-exclusively-for-SDCC script and a behind-the-scenes look at the series. 

ParaNorman: Behind the Scenes
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Travis Knight, Chris Butler, Brian McLean, and Sam Fell discuss making their new stop-motion-animated comedy thriller, ParaNorman, made in 3D. Never-before-seen footage will be shown from the Laika movie that Focus Features is opening nationwide on August 17. Panel will be moderated by Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly).

Adult Swim: The Venture Bros.
Creators of The Venture Bros. series, Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, along with the voice of Dr. Venture, James Urbaniak, will discuss the series and answer fan questions.

Join the Revolution! Nickelodeon's Legend of Korra
The cast and crew of Legend of Korra offer an in-depth discussion of Nickelodeon's hottest new series. Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) are joined by co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as they discuss the creative process that brought the first book in the Korra series to life. You'll also get to hear from your favorite characters as talented voice actors Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P. J. Byrne (Bolin) and Seychelle Gabriel (Asami) will be featured on the panel and renowned voice director Andrea Romano (Avatar: The Last Airbender) will direct the actors in a live performance from the series. And if you're extra nice, Mike and Bryan may even drop a hint or two about Book 2. So don't miss out! Moderated by Rich Magallanes, senior VP of current series for Nickelodeon.

Cartoon Network: Annoying Orange
Boasting more than 1 billion YouTube views to date, Annoying Orange is the web sensation transformed into a new Cartoon Network television series that follows Orange and his buddies as they go on a wide range of adventures taking them from the fruit stand to parts unknown and everything in between. Join series creator Dane Boedigheimer (Orange), Toby Turner (Nerville), and others for a delightfully annoying time.

FUNimation
All the latest news and information from FUNimation, one of North America's leaders in anime.

Cartoon Network: Regular Show
Yeaaauuhhh! It's Regular Show at Comic-Con 2012! Series creator J. G. Quintel (Mordecai, High Five Ghost), Bill Salyers (Rigby), Sam Marin (Benson, Pops, Muscle Man), and others offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the comedy, drama, and tomfoolery that make this Regular Show so jolly good. Come for the merrymaking, stay for songs, sneaks, and surprises.

The Cartoon Fantasy Organization San Diego 30th Reunion
CFO San Diego was the first Japanese Animation (Anime) group here in San Diego. Holding monthly meetings on the second Saturday of each month, it started in March of 1982, led by Dan Davis and Jamie Long. This reunion features members Dan Davis, Raymond Rappaport, and others.

Neon Alley: The Newest Destination for Anime
The word is out on Neon Alley, but there's more to be unveiled! A 24-hour anime channel launching this fall on the game console, Neon Alley will feature the world's best anime titles, including blockbusters Naruto Shippuden, Tiger & Bunny, Berserk: The Golde Age Arc Trilogy, and Blue Exorcist! Get the scoop straight from Brian Ige, VIZ Media's VP of animation, on upcoming series and more!

From Fanboy to Filmmaker: A Case Study on How to Make a Successful Animated Film
Learn how one filmmaker turned a poem he wrote to his kid sister into an international cinematic sensation by enlisting his childhood heroes -- Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd, Academy Award winner Kathy Bates and musical legend Neil Young -- to tell a seven-minute, animated love story, now being developed as a major motion picture. Follow the journey of this hand-drawn animated film from the living room to the Cineplex, and learn how you can leverage your creative project to launch the life you want to lead. Featuring writer/director Jonah D. Ansell, composer Chris Thomas, art director Eric Vennemeyer, lead animator Abe Dieckman, and a screening of the animated film Cadaver, hailed by MTV as "darkly beautiful."

BOOM! Studios: Adventure Time Comic Book
What time is it? It's Adventure Time! The top-rated Cartoon Network show is now a bestselling comic book published by KaBOOM! You won't want to miss this all-star panel featuring the show's creator Pendleton Ward, along with series artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Ice Age) and writer/artist Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie) of the new miniseries Marceline and the Scream Queens, as they discuss what's next for the Land of Ooo in the world of comics.

ASIFA: Hollywood's State of the Industry
What do the pros think of the animation scene today? Is 2D ever coming back? Is there a Stop-Motion Renaissance? How do I get a job? Panelists include Tom Sito (Beauty and the Beast, Shrek), Jamie Kezlarian Bolio (Lion King, The Illusionist), James Parris (Spider Man, Benjamin Button), Ramin Zahed (editor Animation Magazine), Josh Scherr (Uncharted III: Drakes Deception, Jax & Daxter), and Laika's Brian McLean (Coraline, ParaNorman). Join the discussion!

Adult Swim: Aqua Something You Know Whatever/Squidbillies
Show creators Dave Willis, Jim Fortier, Dana Snyder and Matt Maiellaro will discuss their original series, show footage from the new seasons, and answer questions.

Tron: Uprising
Disney XD is bringing the Grid to Comic-Con! Join the noteworthy voice cast Elijah Wood (Beck), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Paige) and Tricia Helfer (The Grid), along with executive producer/director Charlie Bean and consulting producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time, LOST), to see exclusive footage and find out everything you want to know about this ground-breaking animated series. The panel will also feature never-before-seen clips of Disney XD's turbo-charged original series Motorcity and a sneak peek of the upcoming animated series Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. The panel will be moderated by Daily Variety film editor.

Walt Disney Animation Studios: Wreck-it Ralph: The Art of Story
Join Walt Disney Animation Studios story artists Nancy Kruse (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons), Leo Matsuda (Wreck-It Ralph, Princess and the Frog), Raymond Persi (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons), Lissa Treiman (Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled) and Josie Trinidad (Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled), and writers Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph) as they discuss the art of story for the upcoming feature Wreck-It Ralph, in theaters November 2nd.

Adult Swim: Robot Chicken/Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are joined by co-head writer/executive producer Tom Root, actor/writer Breckin Meyer, and writer Matthew Beans to discuss the Emmy-winning series. DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns joins the panel to share insider scoop about the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. Come watch a sneak peek and get your questions answered about Season Six. Keith Crofford, VP of production for Adult Swim, will moderate the panel.

Bob's Burgers
Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard and executive producer Jim Dauterive and cast members H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal are on hand to screen never-before-seen footage from Bob's Burgers, followed by a panel discussion and fan Q&A.

Adult Swim: Black Dynamite
Creators and voice talent from the new animated series, based on the 2009 feature film will give an exclusive preview of the show and answer questions. The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of Black Dynamite and his crew. Panelists include executive producer Carl Jones (The Boondocks) will be on the panel in addition to: Michael Jai White (For Better or Worse, The Dark Knight, Why Did I Get Married?), Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Kym Whitley (The Cleveland Show, Brian McKnight Show), Byron Minns (Mongo Wrestling Alliance), Debra Wilson (MadTV), Orlando Jones (Rules of Engagement), and Cedric Yarbourgh (The Boondocks). The panel will be moderated by Gary Anthony Williams (The Boondocks).

Berserk
At long last, the dark fantasy epic Berserk, by creator Kentaro Muira, comes to the silver screen! Join Dark Horse Comics and VIZ Media in a rare interview with Eiko Tanaka, founder and CEO of Studio 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Animatrix, Batman). Find out what it really takes to transform this stark manga into an animated feature. 

Brickleberry
From creators and executive producers Waco O'Guin and Roger Black, and executive producer and voice actor in the series Daniel Tosh (Tosh.0), this hilarious new series premieres on Comedy Central in September after Tosh.0. Voice cast members David Herman (Office Space), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), and Jerry Minor (Anchorman) will be on hand for a panel discussion following a screening of the highly anticipated premiere episode.

Optimus Prime: Up Close and Personal
The incomparable Larry King, one of the most recognized broadcast interviewers in the world, goes one-on-one with voice actor Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), a talent who is practically synonymous with Comic-Con itself. In this panel, "The King of Interviews" salutes the beloved Cullen and takes attendees through the actor's early days on the original 1984 animated TV series Transformers Generation One, the three box office smash Transformers movies, and his current work on The Hub TV network's Daytime Emmy Award-winning animated series Transformers Prime from Hasbro Studios.

Simpsons Collectors Group
Simpsons collectors of the world, unite! Take a break from the busy Comic-Con floor and get a chance to meet some of your fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise from all over the country. Meet the other Simpsons collectors you see on the message board and put faces to names. This gathering, hosted by the staff of the SimpsonsCollectors.com website, is a great chance to network with other collectors and share your experiences in the hobby with others. 

Arcana Comics
Get a sneak peek of The Clockwork Girl, featuring the voice talents of Jesse McCartney, Alexa Vega, Carrie Anne Moss and others, and Arcana's new imprint, Steampunk Originals, featuring the most unique steampunk tales around, Arcana is set to explode into the steampunk world. Find out about other special projects, including a new line of books with the one and only Gene Simmons, featuring the return of Zipper, Dominatrix, and Gene Simmons' House of Horror. Learn more about the ArcanaBenderspink line, being developed with the production company behind The Hangover and The Butterfly Effect. Sneak peeks, special guests, and free comics and posters-don't miss out!

The 99: The Controversy Continues
President Barack Obama said The 99 are "superheroes who embody the teachings and tolerance of Islam," while the New York Post responded, "Cancel The 99 before it starts." Neither has actually seen this unexpectedly controversial animated TV series, but you can see the world premiere of a new episode of The 99 and come to your own conclusions. Then join tentatively scheduled panelists Naif al-Mutawa (executive producer), Stan Berkowitz (story editor), Alan Burnett (writer), Henry Gilroy (writer), and Marie Javins (managing editor, The 99 comics) for what will undoubtedly be a lively Q&A.

Worst Cartoons Ever!
Presented by ASIFA-Hollywood, animation historian Jerry Beck (Cartoon Brew) returns with an all-new program of some of the worst cartoons ever made, including the Phys Ed superhero Mighty Mr. Titan, space cadet Johnny Cypher, and some of those 1960s Marvel Super Heroes cartoons. Have a ball with the best/bad animation ever!

Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Gauntlet of Animation
You, the lunatic fringe, vote for the films you love and hate. Which films will survive? Only you can say. See our 2012 collection of great animated sick and twisted shorts, with enough craziness and hilarity to make your stomach churn with delight! Adult material, 18 and over. Creators of Dr. Tran will be there to answer questions, along with Bill Plympton. Featured are award-winning shorts from the Annecy Animation Festival in France: Tram and Pythagasaurus from Aardman Animation. Meet Spike in person and Gary Sohmers "King of Pop Culture" and Antiques Roadshow celebrity. Free DVDs to attendees while supplies last. 

posted: Jul 13, 2012 by athena | Discuss in the forum
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