Viral Video Friday: Seis Manos

seismanosThis animated trailer looks intriguing.  This takes place on the border town of San Simon, Mexico late 1970s.  A Chinese immigrant Chiu Lee Man takes in 3 orphan kids who he mentors and trains in way of martial arts.  When he is murdered, the 3 kids: Silencio, Isabela, and Jesus team up with a DEA Agent and Federale officer to seek revenge against the cartel.

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Ghostbot on Emerging VR Technology

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Where will virtual reality take us? The landscape is limitless at this point and finding that one spectacular use for this technology that makes this the next leading trend might be just around the corner. We caught up with Bay Area animation studio Ghostbot after their VR technology discussion panel at Silicon Valley Comic Con and interviewed them to find out where VR is heading.

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The Little Prince: The Art of the Movie

alittleprincecoverThe Little Prince animated film is based on a 1943 story by author Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a pilot meeting a boy from another planet.  Author Ramin Zahed takes us on a journey with writer/director Mark Osborne known for his Kung-fu Panda animated hit on the challenge of making a classic story with new twist and animating it.  This is Titan Books’ The Little Prince – The Art of the Movie.

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Viral Video Friday: Jailbreak by Aaron Sorenson

jailbreakcoverA nice quick animated short for this Friday.  This is “Jailbreak” by Aaron Sorenson.  A prisoner is looking look to break out of jail but is bought back with an “adult” ironic twist.

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Viral Video Friday: Mind Trippy Animation MV

ontemyesterdayShapes, objects and designs come collide in this trippy rock’n’roll infused animated music video.  The journey begings:

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It Took Me 10-Years to Build My LEGO Wall-E

 

wall-epixarlegoIf you remember a couple of years back when this LEGO Ideas 21303 Disney*Pixar Wall-E item came out?  Well, it actually took LEGO Ideas member and fan designer Angus MacLane around 10 years to build the ultimate version of Wall-E.  Here’s an interview with animator and director Angus MacLane of Pixar Animation Studios.

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The Blu-ray/DVD Gift Guide 2015

hayaocollectionbluray2015We are in the “future” of streaming all of our video content, supposedly, but if you’re “old school” like me, that like to have a physical copy of that Blu-ray/DVD movie in your hands, then check out this 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Gift Guide for your nerdy friends or for your own video library.

Once you’ve tasted 1080 HD viewing experience, it’s really hard to go back to standard DVD viewing, so we’ll kick-off the 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Gift Guide with a Blu-ray list first!

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hayaobluraycollectionFor the first time in North America, we get the “The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki,” which is a Blu-ray Amazon Exclusive.  The Blu-ray collection features 11 iconic Hayao Miyazaki films: Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises. There is also a bonus disc and an exclusive art book.

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Viral Video Friday: Eggplant – Animated Short

eggplantanimatedshortThis is a not-so typical photo shoot for the kid named Durian.  This UCLA Animation Workshop thesis film “Eggplant” by director and animator Yangzi She has a certain charm and emotional drive to it.  If you have time, definitely watch this animated short.

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Big Hero 6 Marvel Team Tin Lunch Box

bighero6lunchboxLunch box collectors will truly enjoy picking-up this collector’s tin lunch box from the Disney/Marvel Big Hero 6 flick.  This spiffy Big Hero 6 Tin Lunch Box comes with cool artwork on the box and measures 7″5/8 x 6″.

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Hump Day: Cubicle Stress Reliever MV

hidekiinabaIt’s not Viral Video Friday yet, but it is Hump Day Wednesday here in my workstation.  Here’s a soothing and relaxing animated music video.  Put your headphones on and sit back.  It’s only 3 minutes.

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The Art and Making of The Peanuts Movie

peanutsmoviecoverTwo major comic strips that I grew up in my childhood was Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes and George M. Schulz’s iconic cartoon character Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang.  I remember having so much fun reading the strips as a kid with my siblings and then watching the Charlie Brown cartoon Holiday specials on TV with my grandparents.  Just pure nostalgia.  After years of waiting, we now finally get an “official Charlie Brown cartoon” from animation house Blue Sky Studios.  Author Jerry Schmitz takes us Charlie Brown fans on an incredible journey inside Blue Sky Studios in The Art and Making of The Peanuts Movie.

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Viral Video Friday: Honda “Paper”

hondapaperA week ago Honda released a tribute video “Paper” of their 6 decades in the auto business.  This flip-board animation took many animators and thousands of hand drawings to manipulate movement and other details.

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The Iron Giant Movie Re-Release

irongiantNot many people would remember this animated classic, The Iron Giant which came out in 1999.  The Iron Giant gets a multiplex revival of sorts with this Signature Edition re-release with remastered sound and colors.  The Iron Giant Signature Edition will hit theaters September 30, 2015 for a limited time.

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CW Seed: Who is VIXEN?

dcvixenshowAs the DC TV Universe expands with the likes of Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow shows, another tie-in to this universe will be on the CW Seed channel in animation form.  The animated show will highlight superhero VIXEN.  Here’s a look at her backstory.

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A animated tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

tributehayaomizakipcitureOne of the legends of anime is Hayao Miyazaki and this fan-made anime-video tribute is pretty cool.  As you watch the video montage, many of Hayao Miyazaki’s characters appear in a roll call.  Sit back and enjoy.

Miles from Tomorrowland Stellosphere

stellosphereboxIf you’re fan of Disney cartoon series Miles from Tomorrowland, then you might want to pick-up this nifty spacecraft/playset featuring lights, sounds, and 3 separate spacecraft that can combine into one bigger craft.  The Stellosphere does require 6 AAA batteries that are not included.

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Zoetrope 10-Frame Carousel

qmanzoetropeNow thanks to VAT19, you can have very own old-school 19th century-style film projector, the BusyBody Animated Illusion.  It comes with the spinning base carousel and 10 Q-Man figures that you can pose every which way for cool movie action scenes.

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Transformers: The Movie, Original Motion Picture Score

TransformersCoverIn the age of digital downloads and streaming music, who goes to the record stores and buys the physical copy?  Well, if you’re an old-school fanboy like me, this is one CD you should definitely buy, The Transformers:  The Movie Original Motion Picture Score by Vince DiCola.  Let’s not mistake these soundtrack CDs for the Michael Bay live-action crap, this is the 1986 animated Transformers flick.  Yes, you should be aware The Transformers: The Movie CD which came out in 1986, but that CD featured all the pop songs like “The Touch” & “Dare” and only a couple of score tracks.  This release features 25 tracks of music score from the movie.

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Viral Video Friday: Age of Ultron Reaction by Inside Out

insideoutavengersreactionOne of the YouTube trends is fans doing Reaction videos and here’s one done by the Inside Out crew, which is Pixar’s upcoming animated flick.  The characters from Inside Out react to the Avengers’ Age of Ultron trailer.

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Student Animated Homage to Hayao Miyazaki

hayaomizakitributeThis animated-short Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux (Girls & Guys from Summits & Skies) was made as a final project by Gwenn Germain.  No dialogue needed, just watch the visual animated treat.

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The Ballad of Holland Island House

oilpaintingsThis award-winning animated short, The Ballad of Holland Island House is based on a true-story.  It’s about a house and the sinking island in Chesapeake Bay.  The clay painting animation comes alive by animator Lynn Tomlinson.

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TIE Fighter ’80s Anime-Style

tiefighterposterA few years back someone uploaded a 2-minute short of Star Wars TIE Fighter in 1980s anime glory, now after 4-plus years of animating on the weekends and approved by Lucasfilm, this is the TIE Fighter 7-minute animated version.

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Pixar Easter Eggs

pixarpizzaplanettruckAs a fan of Pixar animated films, here’s a fun fact, if you remember watching the first Toy Story, you might remember the Pizza Planet Truck?  Well that iconic truck has been in every Pixar movie!  Watch and don’t blink, or you will miss it.

 

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Miles from Tomorrowland Talking Action Figure

milestomorrowlandboxartOne of the new animated shows on Disney Junior is Miles from Tomorrowland and stars the Callisto family who live on the spaceship Stellosphere and work for the TTA (Tomorrowland Transit Authority).  This Miles Talking Action Figure stands 12″ tall and has light-up effects, 15 talking phrases from the animated show, articulated legs, helmet visor, torso throwing action and boomerang-like weapon.

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The Leviathan Trailer

leviathantrailerAnaconda? No.  Sharknado? No.  This is the Leviathan.  Check out this animation short by Ruairi Robinson which will now be made into a full-length movie.  It was picked up by Simon Kinberg (X-Men) and Neill Blomkamp (District 9).

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