“Where do babies come from?” said the boy to his mother. “Well, from the storks of course” she replied with an evident blush filling her cheeks. “Really? Even me?” the boy asked with a raised eyebrow, unconvinced by his mother’s response. “Yes dear, all babies are delivered by them!”
As with any successful animation company, before Aardman brought us memorable films like Wallace and Gromit, Creature Comforts, The Pirates, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run they built themselves from the ground up through advertising – anonymously creating animation for well-known brands such as Cadbury’s, Kellogg’s, Smarties and Lurpak.
In 2015 Scottish synthpop band Chvrches released their second album Every Open Eye. Bury It was a song from that album and Chvrches; collaborating with Hayley Williams ofParamore, released a Bury It remix – complete with a stunning animated music video co-directed by Mighty Nice and UK comic illustration artist Jamie McKelvie. The music video portrays the band members and Hayley Williams as animated characters, travelling together through a vibrant city skyline and moving objects with their telekinetic powers – which I could describe as Mirror’s Edge meets a much happier version of Akira. The song tells a story about doing the right thing when it is not always an easy thing to do – and ‘rising above’ the urge to take the easy road. Quite brilliantly this message translates literally through the characters’ actions, continuously reiterating that,
The Barefoot Bandits is a brand new animated comedy adventure series created by the New Zealand based animation studio Mukpuddy. Season One has been airing this year in a prime time slot, on Television New Zealand‘s channel TV2.
Nexus have this week announced their official launch of the multi-award winning film After The End, directed and co-written by Nexus director Sam Southward. Having recently won a Gold Screen at the Cannes Young Director Award,the film is a hilarious animated short about a post apocalyptic world featuring two extraordinary characters, mind warping drugs and full frontal male nudity. It explores the possibility that the only thing worse than being the last man in earth is being the second to last man on earth.
Special guests: Mike Thurmeier (director) & Lori Forte (producer), the team behind Blue Sky‘s Ice Age film series, the fifth installment of which – Collision Course – will be widely released throughout the UK this Friday.
Our favorite Saber-toothed Squirrel-Rat ‘Scrat’ is chasing his elusive acorn again, but where will he drive the Ice Age story next?
Blue Sky and 20th Century Fox’s latest installment of the Ice Age franchise Ice Age: Collision Course might lead Manny, Sid, Diego and the rest of their ever-growing herd to extinction when asteroids are sent hurtling towards planet Earth! But who is responsible for this cosmic chaos? Well, it’s Scrat of course – an icon in the animation world and yet a catalyst for certain disaster – unwittingly steering the story and reminding us how even something very small and insignificant can literally transform a world (has there ever been a better or more hilarious analogy for the ‘Butterfly Effect’? I don’t think so!).
Ice Age: Collision Course is directed by Mike Thurmeier with co-director Galen T. Chu. Mike has been working on the Ice Age features and shorts ever since the franchise’s debut in 2002, when he worked as a lead animation and contributed to some of the story. Mike also animated and provided layout for the film’s first short Gone Nutty (2002). In 2006, Mike was supervising animator for the second feature Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) and landed his first director role in the franchise for the short No Time For Nuts (2006) – winner at the 34th Annie Awards in 2007 for Best Animated Short Subject. Since then, Mike has continued his work as a director for the Ice Age series, teaming up with Carlos Saldanha in Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) and Steve Martino in Continental Drift (2012). Mike was supervising animator on Robots (2005), senior supervising animator of Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and even worked as an animator on Fight Club (1999); could this scene have been a sign that Mike was destined to work on Ice Age?
On the 17th June 2016 the first episode for the brand new pre-school animated seriesJazzDuck became available to watch on Amazon as part of their current Pilot Season – you can find the trailer here or you can watch the pilot now on Amazon.