Archive for June, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda film poster, with Po in the middle.

Image via Wikipedia

On Tuesday I saw Kung Fu Panda 2. I enjoyed the film a great deal, but I’d have to say that the original film is a bit better. I love Jack Black but think that James Hong as Po’s father Mr Ping is hilarious.

One thing I thought was interesting was the use of 2D animation in different parts (mainly flashbacks) of the film.

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Playing For Change – Gimme Shelter

I sa this posted on the Rolling Stones‘ official Facebook page and have fallen in love with it.

Playing For Change is a multimedia music project created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson whose aim is inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. They are also dedicated to creating and supporting music schools, principally in developing countries.

The official PFC website can be found here.

Andrew Bolt’s Moderators Hard At Work Again

Another comment that seems to have slipped through Bolt’s moderation process, one I don’t think would do his court case too well.

Gerald McBoing Boing

I know I’ve posted this several times before, but it’s a great cartoon and has inspired me after I watched it at the MIAF on Saturday night.

RUN D.M.C. & Aerosmith – Walk This Way

Hip-hop and rock collide in one of the greatest songs ever. The original version of this song first featured on Aerosmith’s 1977 album Toys In The Attic, along with Sweet Emotion, Adam’s Apple and Big Ten Inch Record.

RIP Peter Falk

Peter Falk has passed away at the age of 53. ‘P’ and I used to love watching episodes of Columbo on TV1 on Foxtel together. Columbo was one of those great characters. He had a lot of good movie roles in films such as It’s a Mad Mad Mad World, The Great Race, and Murder By Death and of course The Princess Bride.

UPA Retrospective

Tonight I went to the first session of the UPA retrospective at the Melbourne International Animation Festival at the ACMI cinemas. It was a great night with lots of great cartoons. It was good to see such an enthusiastic audience too. It was the first time I have been to see animated shorts on the big screen, and it was good to see people still laugh at these things, although most of the audience seemed to be made up of animation students.

Guest of honour was Tee Bosustow, son of UPA founder Stephen Bosustow. He spoke enthusiastically about the studio and let slip that Sony are finally releasing a dvd box set of the UPA shorts. Actually he said that Sony had outsourced this to two other companies and they will be releasing the DVD. If this is true, and I don’t doubt Tee’s word, this is great for classic animation fans. A UPA set has been a long time coming, and I thikn both John Canemaker and Jerry Beck have in the past tried to persuade Sony to release these cartoons, but failed. If I recollect correctly there was some rights issue with Classic Media owning the Mr Magoo character, despite the Magoo theatrical shorts being owned by Sony.

Most popular cartoon tonight would be a toss-up between

The Jaywalker

Rooty Toot Toot

and Madeline