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Traditional Animation versus Pixar: A Tale of Competing Priorities

27 Mar

4th article in our 5 week series on Disney!

As much as it would be nice to discuss how wonderful Disney animation has been (for most of its almost 90 year history) one has to recognize how market forces have challenged their animation enterprise.   A creative juggernaut of the highest caliber, Disney is also a business that has to profit to sustain its production.  Gratifying audiences with warm and elegant animation, if not pioneering the finest animation, Disney has taken many advanced animation development techniques to great heights.  We know their 2 dimensional hand-drawn classics from our childhood favorites.  Yet we also appreciate the digital wizardry of their current 3 dimensional works also. Though we appreciate Disney’s association with Pixar we have to wonder whether a conflict of sorts is brewing.  This article will attempt to illustrate the collision (and sometimes hostility) that is sometimes provoked internally by challenging economic forces, contemporary appetites, and competing priorities at the Cineplex’s.

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The Life of Walt Disney

13 Mar

2nd. article in our 5 week series on Disney

Walt Elias Disney was born on the 5th of December 1901 in Chicago. He moved to Marceline, Missouri and lived on a farm where he developed a passion for drawing. In 1911 he became friends with Walter Pfeiffer who introduced him to the theatre world. He was inspired to start taking art classes in Kansas City.

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Top 10 Disney Characters of the Last Decade

7 Mar

To kick off our five week series on Disney. We thought it would be fun to focus on who are the Top 10 Disney Characters of the last decade and why? Also, we will review which characters are the most bankable today.

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What Makes a Good or Bad Movie Trailer?

23 Apr

By Open Book

There is so much riding on movie trailers these days. Last week it was reported Walt Disney studio chief Rich Ross was fired for the box-office failure of John Carter, which was released in March 2012.[1] Many blame John Cater’s failure on bad advertising.  In this article we will look into the world of movie trailers, the companies that make them. And what makes a good or bad movie trailer?

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The Future of CGI/Animation Film Franchises: Part 1

2 Dec

By: Open Book

Could you imagine actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as CGI/Computer Generated Images? How about Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter?  What can we expect in the future from CGI/Animation franchises?

Franchise and sequels, have been around since the silent film era, if we consider the popular Tarzan of the Apes series. The Tarzan character first appeared in the novel Tarzan of the Apes written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1914. There were a total of twenty-five sequels written, not to mention countless film, comic strips and television series, which continued to be produced up into the late 1980’s.[1] The silent films produced during the teens and twenties include, Tarzan of the Apes in 1918, The Romance of Tarzan in 1918 and The Son of Tarzan in 1920.[2] Between 1918 and 1929 there were eight Tarzan films produced in all. That’s almost one Tarzan film a year, over the course of a decade. Continue reading