Archive for September, 2007

Pixar Exhibition at ACMI

Yesterday we went to the Pixar 20 Years Of Animation exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square. Here is a few of the pictures that we took. Enjoy.

Here are some scans of some of the stuff we got from the Pixar Exhibition. The ticket has a nice stylized drawing of Mike and Sully from Monster’s Inc.The programme has Mike and Sully too.
This is an early drawing of Woody from Toy Story. Apparently Woody was originally going to be a ventriloquist’s dummy until one of the Pixar team suggested that a cowboy would work so much better. All this images were available as a postcard and as a print.
This is a story board of the short film “Knick Knack“.
An early concept sketch for Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.
A painting that was used for Ratatouille.

Modern computer animation no longer uses model sheets when designing a character or when instructing the animators how a character should look in a certain pose. Instead they use maquettes, which is a 3D model of the character that can be moved around in different positions to give the animators an idea of scale and how the character should look. Personally I prefer the old model sheets, but that’s just me.

I saw these maquettes at the Pixar 20 Years of Animation exhibition at ACMI at Federation Square in Melbourne.

Ratatouille and Pixar Exhibition

Just a post to let everyone know that tomorrow I am going to see the new Pixar film Ratatouille. I have heard great reviews for this movie and it’s by Brad Bird so it should be brilliant. I promise that as soon as I have a chance I will post a review.
I am also going to ACMI at Federation Square for the Pixar exhibition and will post my thoughts on this outing. On a related note, I received an email from the person who organises the Kids Flicks at ACMI and they really liked my idea of showing Fleischer cartoons. I know that a few years ago they had a Betty Boop festival, so hopefully they can show some Popeye, Color Classics as well as Ms. Boop. I wonder if ACMI is aligned with ASIFA in the USA?

I also must say that I love the Ratatouille posters. They look like the classic French advertising posters of the 1950s, as well as looking a lot like the UPA type flat animation style of the 50s.

Popeye the Sailor Man – Model Sheet and other information!

Popeye the Sailor started life in 1929 as a member of the Thimble Theatre comic strip. The Thimble Theatre strip had been running since 1919 and when he appeared, it was thought that Popeye’s first appearance would be his last. However Popeye ended up being so popular after his first appearance that he soon became a recurring character in the strip. By 1931 Popeye had gone from bit player to star of the strip, and a year later he was appearing on the big screen in the excellent Fleischer Brothers Popeye cartoons. Soon Popeye had become the biggest star of cartoon world, with only Mickey Mouse being able to rival the spinach eating sailor’s popularity.

Popeye’s theme song

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man,
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.
I’m strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.

I’m one tough Gazookus
Which hates all Palookas
Wot ain’t on the up and square.
I biffs ’em and buffs ’em
And always out roughs ’em
But none of ’em gets nowhere.
If anyone dares to risk my “Fisk”,
It’s “Boff” an’ it’s “Wham” un’erstan’?
So keep “Good Be-hav-or”
That’s your one life saver
With Popeye the Sailor Man.

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man,
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.
I’m strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.

Popeye Model Sheet courtesy of “The Fleischer Story” by Leslie Cabarga