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Harry Potter and Exciting Animation News!

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Today I went to see the latest Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT) It was absolutely amazing. I have just started to read the books, so I do not know how closely it follows the source material. In any case it was a great film and as with the fifth installment one of my favorite characters was Luna Lovegood, played so wonderfully by Evanna Lynch. I really enjoyed how this film focused on each of the main character's growth as they all dealt with new relationships and others that have been brewing for quite awhile. It was truly a magical experience. ( And my traditional movie combination of raisinets and popcorn didn't disappoint either :))  
When I first entered the theater, something drew my attention right away. It was a banner for the upcoming American release of Hayao Miyazaki's film "Ponyo". This came as shock. I thought with it being a limited release of sorts that I would have to travel some distance to find a …

Where are the Looney Tunes?

Growing up in the nineties I had constant exposure to the Looney Tunes. They were everywhere. TV, clothing, toys, etc... At the time, I never knew that the the shorts were made well before I was born. Some over fifty-five years. I didn't realize this because they still held up. So my question is where are they today?
Occasionally, I'll see Bugs or Daffy on a birthday card but not much else. They have completely vanished from television altogether. It makes me sad to think a generation, that is a bit younger than I am, will have grown up with out what seemed like a childhood staple for so many generations before me. The only way they are available now is...well...the internet or the box set Dvds that run for close to sixty dollars each.
Yeras ago they were so popular we even got successful spin off series like Tiny Toons and Animaniacs. But, now nothing. I hope in the future they will return to television so we don't end up living in a world that doesn't remember Bugs Bun…

Big Screen Traditional Animation is Back!!!

This being my first post on my new blog it is only fitting that I discuss something really important to me, traditional animation. As a kid there was only one thing I wanted to do as a career (besides fight crime with the Ninja Turtles) and that was draw. One day, it came to me that I could merge my two passions drawing and storytelling with animation. Now, in graduate school I am starting to realize that dream as a hand drawn animator. First, I want to make something clear and say that I love all forms of animation. 3D, cut-out, clay and puppet, etc… I mean, the Pixar films are some of my favorite animated films and the Wallace and Gromit stop motion films are amazing. For now I just want to take some time to talk about hand drawn animation for two reasons. One, it is my personal preferred style of choice. Two, because for a while now any time I said I wanted to be a hand drawn animator I was made to feel as if that ship had sailed. For instance, many have said that hand drawn animat…