` The Knox Against Everything

I kind of would like to switch my primary blog from this to one of my art blogs. I feel like I’m showing myself off as something else when I like or follow something, especially when I’m following cartoon creators and crew.

Here’s an adorably insane piece of Pixar and a much happier John Lasseter. A pre-production reel of A Bug’s Life for Disney executives… until someone gave somebody the idea to do it in the style of cheap 50’s infotainment. Andrew Stanton dubs over most of the footage here and it stars a cartoony bug puppet named “Fleabie”. Amazingly it convinced Lindsay Collins (Stanton’s current co-producer) to join Pixar while she was working at Disney.

Dear Tumblr,

I have friends who’ve had their Tumblr feeds constantly spoil them about Wreck It Ralph and Frozen when they were coming out. They couldn’t be in on the conversation because the release date for them was weeks or months later than Disney’s local date.

If Zootopia turns out to have a child abuse flashback quietly revealed in a European trailer, be sure to tag it as a spoiler when you GIF it months before it comes out. Or better yet, don’t GIF it at all until then.

Unless you’re Amid Amidi reading this, then you probably don’t give a shit about it.

Uncle Dooky

Someone asked why I didn’t do this in a thing I just did. So I did it.

Paul Dini let his Facebook followers know about this new 60-minute Tom and Jerry movie that’s out now. I would brush it off except Dini mentioned it had animators like Bill Waldman, Ruben Procopio, Andreas Wessel-Therhorn, Dan Haskett, John Pomeroy(!). I also looked into the last one with the King Candy Humpty Dumpty. Larry Leker, Duncan Marjoribanks, and Andrew Dickman are involved with these too!

The quality shift is noticeable even in this trailer though where sequences switch from full animation to the TV-outsourced work Warner Animation is usually comfortable with. In between this and The Magic Ring from 10-ish years ago, since when did these Tom and Jerry video movies actually get animators?!

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Imagine the “Ctrl+Alt+Delete” shock value strip that everyone’s making fun of now. Except with a better semblance of art, even if it is “animu”, and LONGER. It’s the story of a boy and a girl who meet together in elementary school, and they grow up together to become the unluckiest couples life in the state. Dogs, babies, and AIDS just to bring up examples.

Basically a “feels hammer” comic that got the notes that I guess it earned from some people.

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On Tumblr, there’s fan art of one of the Kaijus from Pacific Rim re-shaped with female anatomy. The description says “Otachi from Pacific Rim, one sexy lady.” This has over a thousand notes.

Blame the attention whore goblin that’s running the other side of my brain. Well at least one of these four I did made it on Grep for half a second.

The Pomp and Circumstance segment in Fantasia 2000 with Donald Duck was a lot of things before it stuck with the Noah’s Ark concept. The first idea they had in mind for it though is a hoot. Nik Ranieri, a former Disney animator, told this story in a Capilano Q&A while he was in town finishing work on The Prophet. He shared it publicly on his Facebook later. So what you’re about to read is a real story. 

This was one of the strangest events in the history of my time at the Walt Disney Studios. One I’m sure they wished would be buried for good…which is why I’m going to tell you about it. Roy E. Disney’s dream was to see Walt’s vision of Fantasia realized. This vision required new pieces of animation to replace old selections from the film, therefore creating a new experience with each theatrical release. This dream would be achieved to some extent, with the release of Fantasia 2000 but it was not an easy road. Many concepts were developed and subsequently thrown out in favor of others that were in turn thrown out as well.

One such idea came as a response to Michael Eisner’s choice of music. Pomp & Circumstance was the music that he chose. He said it was a very emotional piece that affected him greatly. Could it have been that he had just come from his son’s graduation when he decided upon this piece? Mmmmm, could be. Regardless, that’s what the filmmakers had to use whether they liked it or not.

So the then “Fantasia Continued” story team, set to work coming up with a theme to this music. The obvious choice was made, but how to fit the Disney magic into it proved a problem. Their solution was to make it a graduation/reunion with every known Disney character from the last 60 years witnessing the graduation of the princes and princesses from Disney animated history! The kicker was that at the end of the ceremony the princes all got diplomas where as the princesses all got babies.

A detail Nik detailed with pictures in his Facebook post was that the guys who were behind it asked Roy to invite a majority of the big animators in the studio, even animators who weren’t even working on Fantasia Continued to come see their early storyboard reel. They even invited some of the remaining Nine Old Men to come see.

The looks on our faces were reminiscent of that scene in The Producers (the good movie with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder) where the audience first saw “Springtime for Hitler”. The fact that they invited the remaining nine old men, just added insult to injury (they of course, were brutally honest and left soon after the presentation). The reason for inviting us all was for every one to animate their own character – and they were ALL there …except for Pocahontas. This part makes me laugh because at that point, Glen Keane asked, “Where’s Pocahontas?”, to which they assured him that she would be added. As we left the building, I turned to Glen and wryly repeated, “Where’s Pocahontas”? To which he cringed and said, “I know, I know, I don’t know what I was thinking!” 

So when you think that Disney makes it look so easy, just remember, for every good film that is released, there were many versions and concepts that were thrown out before the final was given approval. That’s why these movies cost so stinking much.