I don’t know if some of these lists forget the difference between “hottest”, “cutest”, or “coolest”. Probably sometimes all at once. Look up “top hottest animated” on DeviantArt and read whatever questionable, wacky shit you find. Unfortunately you’re probably too late to see some of the REALLY crazy ones.
Nik Ranieri, a Disney supervising animator, visited Capilano to discuss what he’s doing now, experiences at Disney, and his feelings on what’s going on there now just when he was fired. His stories get into outright crazy territory like experiences with an uncooperative David Spade during Emperor’s New Groove, what Disney’s first idea for Pomp and Circumstance was for Fantasia 2000, meeting Howard Ashman, and mentioning how distant John Lasseter has become at the studio since 2011. It was a fun panel even with technical glitches, and I got a drawing of Hades from him.
Hey, Disney! Thanks for almost not letting the world know about the new Hayao Miyazaki movie! Oh and putting it out in only 20 some theaters last week was a good idea!
The exact details I don’t exactly remember, but I’ll do my best to recount the basic, general story. When Mat announced he was going to do an Animation Lookback on Don Bluth and Gary Goldman’s filmography, I expressed interest and messaged him not long after offering to co-write it. I didn’t get a response. I offered again months later and Mat wrote back to see if I could add or touch up anything to his script.
What I found in his script was that he wrote all and more of the historical info of Don and Gary’s history already (including one involving Buddy Hackett I’m not even sure is even true or not), rending me completely useless. I did what I could offer or suggest after finding that out while reading. One of the big script touch-ups in my draft that I suggested was to spice-up a bit of Mat’s writing formulas when he is narrating his Animated Lookbacks. I even found some grammatical errors that I tried to fix.
Out of all I written, everything except for one or two lines I wrote or touched up (I can’t even remember them though), were not used. Even the grammar goofs I noticed were left in by Mat. When the episodes did come out, I found out through the end credits of the last part that Logan, I guess, was granted to co-write the script with Mat after I initially first offered. That explains his Gollum cameo at the end of the last part.
Well… you know better than I do. You do the opinions for the two people who’ll see it. As apposed to me doing it for the two people who’ll see it.
Frames from the oober-rare Metamorphoses. Sanrio (of Hello Kitty!) wanted to get into theatrical features that could appeal to the Japanese and American markets. They decided to do a widescreen, Fantasia-esque feature set to the Roman poetry of Ovid with a soundtrack with stars like Mick Jagger. It was a satellite studio production between units in Japan and California with a who’s-who of animators and artists working on it. Virgil Ross of the Looney Tunes was one of the film’s animators, and Ed Verreaux of ILM, Contact, and Looper was a layout artist.
Production was reportedly a disaster where people were believing that the movie they were working on had problems and the people in charge didn’t know what they were doing, but were afraid to stand up to it. When they did, the Sanrio bosses chuckled it off and told them to get back to work. Critics destroyed the film and the common housefolk family who went to see it were confused by it. No copy of the original Metamorphoses is available anywhere. My copy is of a later re-edit, in pan-and-scan but with a squashed open, with a disco soundtrack and Peter Ustinov narrating.
This new-to-me “Uncut Killer Collector’s Edition” is probably this and Cloudy 2 spliced together for comparison. Sprinkled over that edit for some reason will be the Duck puns in Smurfs 2 played in occasional loops.
No wonder I saw the, I guess sacrificed, bones of Cloudy 2 and all the Lego pieces in the park the other day.