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Joe Barbera (1911 – 2006) RIP

Hanna, Barbera and friends

Joe Barbera died yesterday at the age of 95. Joe Barbera was, of course, the co-founder of the Hanna-Barbera studios with Bill Hanna which was, more or less, created out of their Tom and Jerry cartoons and commercials while at MGM. The studio went on to produce much loved classics like The Flintstones, Huckleberry Hound and the Jetsons.

Cartoon Brew are collecting memories and tributes.

UPDATE: John K now has a great tribute over on his blog.

Chris Sanders fired from American Dog

Chris Sanders fired from American Dog: I knew all about the layoffs at Disney last week, but I was totally unaware that Lilo and Stitch creator/director and Antikewl favourite Chris Sanders had been dropped from his project, American Dog. It’s very sad news but, as Cartoon Brew reports, may have been a blessing in disguise.

Il Etait une Fois Walt Disney exhibition in Paris

Les aventures d'Alice au Pays des Merveilles, Paris, Hachette page 164, 1908

Il Etait une Fois Walt Disney: I meant to write about this earlier, but I got so excited that I’d actually be seeing it next month that I almost completely forgot! Le Grand Palais in Paris is running an fantastic exhibition of classic Disney artwork alongside the works that inspired them. It runs until January 15th 2007, so there’s still time to catch it before the exhibition moves to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from March 8 to June 24th 2007.

There’s a superb slideshow of artwork at l’Express and Cartoon Brew (where I originally found out about the exhibition) has a few more details as well.

Update: I’ve been! Read my report here.

Seven things you should know about Tim Biskup

Tim Biskup is one of my favourite modern-day artists, and there’s a new article on him over at Helio: 7 things you should know about Tim Biskup. (via Drawn!)

Disney to produce theatrical shorts again

New animated shorts from-guess who? Disney: Jenny highlights a recent article from the New York Times.

After a hiatus of nearly 50 years, Walt Disney Studios is getting back into the business of producing short cartoons, starting with a Goofy vehicle next year. The studio has released a few shorts in recent years — “Destino,” “Lorenzo” and “The Little Match Girl” — but those were more artistic exercise than commercial endeavor. The new cartoons, by contrast, are an effort by a new leadership team from Pixar Animation Studios, now a Disney unit, to put the Burbank company back at the forefront of animation with a form it once pioneered.

John Kricfalusi on Composition in Cartoons

Following his lessons on cartoon colour theory John has started a series on composition. I’ll readily admit that I don’t always agree with every word the guy says on his blog but, once again, these lessons are a treat. Again, many of these lessons can easily be applied to other mediums, such as film, television and illustration.

  1. Composition for layout and background artists
  2. Intersection
  3. Clear staging
  4. Staging groups of characters
  5. Negative vs positive space
  6. Avoid The Middle, Asymmetry is more natural and interesting
  7. Compose your poses together
  8. For Layout and BG artists – Form over detail, lettering, study other artists

Steve Worth is also adding some more valuable stuff on compostion at the Hollywood Animation Archive blog; including the 1960’s Famous Artists lesson: 3. Composition – How to make pictures.

They also have a couple of other Famous Artists lessons on their site, including: 24. Television Art and 16. Animals


John Kricfalusi’s Colour Theories


John K, of Ren and Stimpy and Spumco fame, is currently doing a very interesting series on his colours theories on his blog. Although he’s talking about colour in cartoons, the information could easily be applied to most artistic mediums.

UPDATE: He’s also now posting some great stuff from early Hanna Barbera colour stylist and background painter, Art Lozzi.

Colour Theories for Cartoons

  1. Garish versus Warm
  2. Pee and Poo colors versus Colorful Greys
  3. Look at the sky before you paint a sunset
  4. What’s wrong with these pictures?
  5. Good color without a lot of money – Art Lozzi at Hanna Barbera
  6. Does cost equal quality?
  7. Will It Ever End?
  8. Eye relief
  9. Steal from anime if you can’t think of anything yourself
  10. Neutral or natural colours
  11. Art Lozzi: Early days at Hanna Barbera
  12. Colour and Background painting reference: Old Golden Books
  13. Art Lozzi: Bob Gentle and Skeeter Trouble
  14. Art Lozzi: Scooter Looter, Paint Technique, BG Painting
  15. Art Lozzi explains some technique
  16. Color isolated from detailed technique: Yogi Bear ‘High Fly Guy’
  17. Art Lozzi: Hanna Barbera starts to standardise

Seward Street returns!

Seward Street returns! The fantastic blog, chock full of animation industry handouts, sketches, tips and tidbits appears to be back from the dead. Wonderful news — welcome back!

How to draw really well

How to draw really well: I can’t draw really well, but there’s one way to try to remedy that… by drawing!

The Nightmare Before Christmas: 3D

Amid has a mini-review of the new version of the classic Nightmare Before Christmas 3D re-release over at Cartoon Brew. It’s out in the US tomorrow, but we’ll have to wait until December 1st to see it over here in the UK. I love this movie, and it’ll be good to see it in a theatre again — and in 3D!