Behind the Scenes at the Disney “Morgue” Where Animation History Is Being Saved
Gizmodo delves into this important temple of preservation, where fragments and ephemera from the earliest black and white drawings for Steamboat Willie (1928) to full color cels for Snow White (1937) to rich reference material for Moana (2016) are carefully tended.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: Trojan Horse Was a Unicorn “Golden Ticket Challenge” Art Contest
The Maltese digital arts and entertainment festival has launched its sixth Golden Ticket Challenge, which gives talented youth the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to THU2018 where they can learn from world-class artists and global pros, plus other valuable prizes. Co-presented by ArtStation, this year’s theme is “Land of Wonder”; submissions for Student and Professional competitions open til July 9.
THU2018 will take place Sept. 24-29 at a new venue in Valletta, Malta. Special guests will include VFX masters Hal Hickel (Pacific Rim) and Geoffrey Baumann (Black Panther), concept designer Ian Craig (Guardians of the Galaxy), character designer Karla Ortiz (Doctor Strange), production designer Alex McDowell (Corpse Bride) and animation director Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life).
WATCH: MAXON’s Women in Motion Graphics Panel at NAB 2018
Industry leading developer of 3D software Cinema 4D hosted a luncheon session at the broadcast industry show in April. Moderator Tuesday McGowan, a multi-award winning creative director and designer, was joined by Penelope Nederlander, Julia Siemón, Caitlin Cadieux, Robyn Haddow and Sarah Wickliffe in frank conversation about their career experiences, the everyday challenges women face to achieve recognition and gender parity in a male-dominated work environment, and strategies women can use to advance their career goals in motion graphics for TV long form, commercials, new media and beyond.
Toei Implements Controversial System to Improve Its Animation
The steadfast studio behind Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon has made a somewhat nearsighted attempt to address its ongoing animation quality issues: Forcing employees to take holidays and vacation to get a break from the grueling TV anime production schedule. The problem? That workload doesn’t just disappear…
‘Descendants 3’ Completes Casting with Cheyenne Jackson as “Hades”
The American Horror Story alum and Broadway star has joined the trequel as the nefarious underworld ruler from Disney’s 1997 animated musical-myth. Also returning as “Villain Kids” in the Kenny Ortega project are:
Dove Cameron as Maleficent’s daughter Mal, Cameron Boyce as Cruella de Vil’s son Carlos, Sofia Carson as the Evil Queen’s daughter Evie, Booboo Stewart as Jafar’s son Jay, China Anne McClain as Ursula’s daughter Uma, Thomas Doherty as Captain Hook’s son Harry, Dylan Playfair as Gaston’s son Gil and Anna Cathcart as Drizella’s daughter Dizzy. Auradonians returning include Mitchell Hope as Beast and Belle’s son King Ben, Sarah Jeffery as Prince Phillip and Sleeping Beauty’s daughter Audrey, Jedidiah Goodacre as Prince Charming and Cinderella’s son Chad, Zachary Gibson as Dopey’s son Doug, Brenna D’Amico as Fairy Godmother’s daughter Jane, Dan Payne as Beast, Keegan Connor Tracy as Belle and Melanie Paxson as Fairy Godmother. In addition to Jackson, new to the cast are Jadah Marie as Dr. Facilier’s daughter Celia, Jamal Sims as Dr. Facilier, and Christian Convery and Luke Roessler as Smee’s sons Squeaky and Squirmy, respectively.
Filming will begin in 2019.
WATCH: ‘Mowgli’ First Official Trailer
Warner Bros. Pictures takes a crack at Kipling with this new adaptation of The Jungle Book tale. Blending live-action, motion-capture and CG creatures, director Andy Serkis bring to the big screen the story of a human child raised by wolves in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo (voiced by Serkis) and a panther named Bagheera (Christian Bale), Mowgli (Rohan Chand) is accepted by the animals of the jungle. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.
Cast also features voice actors Cate Blanchett as Kaa the snake, Naomie Harris as Nisha the she-wolf, with Peter Mullan as wolf leader Akela, Jack Reynor as brother Wolf, Eddie Marsan as Nisha’s mate Vihaan, and Tom Hollander as hyena Tabaqui; plus live actors Matthew Rhys as Lockwood and Freida Pinto as Messua. In theaters October 19.
You should also check out the behind the scenes interview with Serkis!