Archives for 2012 is hosting a great 20 minute version of the forthcoming documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang by 2 Player Productions. I’m really excited about the full documentary and I’m taken by this statement from the game’s creator Notch: It’s hard to say, is it released? Is it not released?…What is the final version? I’ve […]

I was surprised to find a 3-part documentary on Rooster Teeth and it was great to get a quick primer on their background and production methods. It’s really interesting that they’re using mocap and that they’ve been at it for 10 years now. Here’s an interview with Burnie Burns talking about crossing the 10 year […]

Since the announcement of iOS 6 I’ve been worried about the fact that Apple’s default map application won’t have Vancouver’s transit information available within it like the original Maps application that was powered by Google Maps. I even started familiarizing myself with the Translink mobile site that I had previously ignored because maps was good […]

At Emerald City Comic Con this past year Billy West, Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Kevin Conroy, Jess Harnell and Rob Paulsen did a reading of Star Wars in some of the voices that they’ve done over the years and it’s amazing. Pinky as a Storm Trooper talking to Bubbles as Darth Vader nearly […]

I’ve been playing The Simpsons: Tapped Out for a couple of weeks now and I’m on the fence about this type of social gaming. In true Simpsons fashion, the premise for the game is a parody of Smurfs’ Village, a popular iOS game, that infamously cost a parents around the world thousands of dollars of […]

I’m really amazed at how common lying is during this US election cycle and this newscast by the CBC really nails the visible lack of care by either party. But then again corporations are people, and pizza is a vegetable. How on earth did “untruth” become acceptable?

There’s been a lot of talk about the announcement that Joss Whedon will be doing a S.H.I.E.L.D.TV show for ABC. He spoke about it to Vulture and I like the sound of this: It’s going to work very well for people who either love the Marvel universe or for people who’ve never dipped a toe […]

The people behind the PBS Digital Studio’s Off Book have been making really amazing short documentaries on current issues and the latest one is on Animation and Motion graphics. I like how they showed how the animator’s toolkit has grown with the increase of computers but that it’s still about process and exploration.

If you’re a video game and animation nerd waiting for the release of Wreck-It Ralph, then you’ll enjoy reading up on the Nerdist’s interview with director Rich Moore who worked on The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Critic.

This animated history of LEGO is fantastic and weirdly feels like it stepped out of the Pixar universe. The shift from wooden toys to plastic bricks interestingly parallel’s Nintendo’s shift away from cards into toys, and eventually electronics. Bricks and bytes are mashed together in my head because of Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs and I can’t […]

I recently caught The Nerdist podcast with Billy West and and John DiMaggio, who are two amazing voice actors most known for being Frye and Bender on Futurama. If you weren’t aware, the show has been running again since June and the first episode The Bots and the Bees is a hilarious new start. John […]

The most recent iOS update to Figure added the ability to export songs! I’ve been waiting to see this for a long time since I’ve been noodling with Figure for months. It was really disheartening to throw songs away. I really like how exploratory this app feels since I’m a non-musician and instead just mash and […]

Chris Foresman over at Ars Technica has an interesting piece that tries to paint the map of iOS as a gaming platform. Hint: it’s huge. It’s not a surprise to me since my mom is a regular iOS gamer and who had previously been really into Tetris on the Game Boy. I’m sad that Nintendo […]

Jane McGonigal’s cool new TED talk, The game that can give you 10 extra years of life, is based on the chapter SuperBetter Or How to Turn Recovery Into a Multiplayer Experience from her book Reality is Broken. McGonigal’s really great at expressing her personal experience with head trauma and how a game structure helped […]

“Well, the one thing with writing stories about the rise of fascism is that if you wait long enough, you’ll almost certainly be proved right. Fascism is like a hydra — you can cut off its head in the Germany of the ’30s and ’40s, but it’ll still turn up on your back doorstep in […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s podcast Star Talk has an amazing episode on the history of video games with comedian Eugene Mirman, Jeff Ryan, author of “Super Mario – How Nintendo Conquered America” and Will Wright, the incredible creator of the SIM video games and Spore. I was surprised that deGrasse Tyson focused on violence in video […]

Joss Whedon stars in a short film written by a 4 year-old! I’m amazed by this whole Written by a Kid series. Via Neatorama

I love how this promo for The Hub’s Batman: The Animated Series recuts the show into the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. It’s really incredible how these two series have really redefined the character. Even better, John Stewart indicated that he’s looking forward to all the Bain/Bane jokes that are inevitably going to happen. […]

How did this get past me? It’s two episodes in now BTW.

Image from Salon Salon’s Tom Shone asks Prometheus: Why are academics so obsessed with Ridley Scott’s Alien and its sequels? I cram The Alien quadrilogy into my Animation Studies class for a number of reasons. 1) Ridley Scott got double the budget because his storyboards were so good. 2) “It’s in the cut” – Ridley […]

I ran into this article from the Atlantic while pretending that I was going to get out of bed. On Thursday, Tunisian courts will hand down a verdict in the public prosecution of Nabil Karoui, chief of popular Tunisian broadcaster Nessma TV, for airing Satrapi’s film. The verdict will say a lot about the future […]

I’ve been hooked on Pogo’s remixes of Disney films on his YouTube channel. I saw Wishery first but have gotten to like Bloom a lot more since it jumps between so many films. The inside of my head looks like this sometimes. Especially his T2 edit.

I had no idea Benjamin Franklin was a ladies man.

I was really taken by the short above by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the Gregory Brothers, and the ACLU. It does such a great job of using animation to demonstrate an individual’s rights to photograph the police in public spaces through a catchy song and the ghost of Benjamin Franklin. This has been such a huge topic […]

Now, I love Joss Whedon and will honestly read/watch/listen to anything he makes. ANYTHING. But I have a problem with how obsessed he is with the specific actors that he chose to play his characters. The recent fan-driven discussion around bringing back Firefly indicates how specific the actors are to the characters: Step 2: Cancel […]