One thing is for sure: you've been exposed to Bruce Timm's work at least once in your life. Any of you. And now you ask me, who the heck is Bruce Timm? Well, Bruce Timm is one of the most famous comics/cartoon illustrators alive. If you ever caught the morning cartoons, then you know his work. He's the owner of a totally unique style, easy to recognize miles away. He was the producer of the great Batman: The Animated Series, also he worked with Superman and mostly recently, he helped to create the Batman Beyond cartoon. That's right, that's all his traces. This guy is a freaking comics jedi. Anyways, here are some of his work, which I know you'll like very much. Unfortunately, I didn't find his own portfolio, but I did find a lot of his work at the awesome Pop Culture Shock.
During this past year, we've seen plenty of watercolor inspirations, which were pretty awesome! Sometimes we get to see trends repeat from time to time. The video of this week is an awesome Donald Duck cartoon, the one where he visits Brazil for the first time. Once you start watching it you'll realize why I say that trends repeat from time to time. This cartoon first aired in 1942 within Disney's project called "Saludos Amigos". Take a good look at this cool cartoon, and we'll get much more than just watercolor inspiration. Enjoy, and Cheers! ;)
Akira is probably the most famous anime ever. It introduced a generation to the world of Japanese animation and showed western cultures that animation (which at the time was dominated by Disney movies) can be dark, experimental, and very artistic. For years now, probably since the mid-90's, I've been hearing about a remake of this anime classic into a live-action film. Time went by and I just assumed it was never going to happen. Looks like it's now back on track and Leonardo DiCaprio's production company is behind it and there's even a script. Anime is such a huge influence in our culture now. If you look at cartoons on television now (in the U.S., I can't speak for the rest of the world) they are either imported from Japan or they are copies of the Japanese style. It's also a big influence on young designers. The flashy bright and colorful style of anime can be seen in the work of many designers, illustrators, and graffiti artists these days. Click here to read a review of the script. source: NewYork-Tokyo
I ♥ robots! I hope you do too because I have three robot-related things to tell you about. First, an awesome CG short film. Second, a look at the new Transformers 2 posters. Finally, some info on the upcoming Voltron movie. Update (8/24/08): - Apparently the Transformers 2 posters are fake. Sorry about that! Oh well, they are still really cool! - Not too long after posting this Design Boom posted an awesome blog entry about female robots. Check it out. 1. World War World War is a short film about two 1940s era vehicles that transform into robots and battle. It takes place 100 years after WWII, Hiroshima, Japan 2045 A.D. It was made by Vincent Chai, a recent graduate of the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. What's even more amazing was that he only used off-the-shelf softwares like Maya, Photoshop, and After Effects. This stuff looks like it was made in a professional CG studio! It's a great example that you don't need a huge budget to create stunning visual effects. Go to his website to watch the complete short film (it also has an HD version) and check out the making of the film as well. Here are some screen grabs: 2. Transformers 2 Posters Two new posters for the upcoming Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen have been released and here's a glimpse. I really enjoyed the first movie so I'm excited that they are making a sequal. 3. Voltron the live action movie I've heard rumors that someone wanted to make a live-action version of Voltron. Well apparently it's no longer a rumor. With the success of Tranformers, studios are jumping on the 80's cartoons-with-Robots bandwagon. What's next? A Go-Bots movies? Robotech? I used to love Voltron so I'm definitely interested. Plus I read they are supposed to use a similar type of style/effects that they used in the movie 300. Read more about this at this i09 blog entry. Here's a blog following the progress of the film: http://voltron-2008.blogspot.com/ and for your nostalgia, here are 2 clips from the 80's Voltron cartoons: The Classic intro to the series: Voltron animated movie (part 1 of 5):