The Year of Animated Features

by Noelle Brandmier

“In the eight-year history of the animated feature Oscar, there have been five nominees only once.” Due to the incredible amount of qualifying animated feature films being produced this year, it’s looking like there may be five nominees. This is exciting, people! Get on your feet and give a great “hoorah”! Can you think of a time when there have been more animated features in theatres? It’s certainly making its mark on the industry. And what’s really remarkable is that a good portion of the films are coming from rising studios (which is a good thing for us soon-to-be-graduating animation students).

Now let’s get some discussion going on these features:   Continue reading “The Year of Animated Features”

“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” Doesn’t Disappoint

by Noelle Brandmier

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve written my first entry. Sorry! I could have written a whole essay about how wonderful Ponyo was, but some how I got caught up with the closing of summer and the beginning of the school year.

The animation line-up for the year is looking good, especially with Disney’s first 2D film in five years, The Princess and the Frog. There are a few films being released this year whose origins can be found in children’s books, including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox.   Continue reading ““Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” Doesn’t Disappoint”