A Bunch Of Cool Animation News, From WB’s Think Tank, 365 New Heroes, & Geek Industry Trends

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We happened across a number of cool stories today about various animated projects, and thought we’d just update on all of them at once. Cause that’s how we roll.

Warner Bros. Starts Think Tank Devoted To New Animated Features

Hopefully these ones…

In an effort to produce one animated feature a year, Warner Bros. has brought together some big names for the express purpose of producing animated features. From IGN:

Coming aboard the initiative are John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, who directed Crazy, Stupid, Love for Warners, as well as Phil Lord and Chris Miller, known for their work on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the studio’s upcoming LEGO: Piece of Resistance. Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets) and Jared Stern (Mr. Popper’s Penguins) are also joining the initiative.

IGN mentions several projects, although any concerning DC properties are conspicuously left out. Hopefully this think tank will add some super heroes to their list, though Warner Bros./DC has never really been too lacking in the animation department. Just a bit teasing. And sometimes sparse. And frustrating. Ok, so I have some issues, but when WB/DC does do animation, they’re amazing. So here’s to hoping.

Pixar Animator’s Year Of Super Hero Genesis

Pixar’s Everett Downing has worked on some of their most acclaimed films of the last decade or so, including Ice Age, Ratatouille, and Up. But he’s been spending each day for the last 301 of them creating a new super being for each day, 64 left to go. Some are heroes, some villains, and some are in between. Many are little more than sketches, but most are pretty cool. There’s obvious influences from established characters, but they all manage to be striking and fascinating. My only gripe is that many don’t have very much description, but the man is only human after all. My favorites are…well numerous but I really like #265: Hex, #189: Stone, #120: Solar Eclipse, #95: Auntie Matter, #93: Whistlin Dixie, #89: The Temporalist, #88: Arcanis, #59: Pandorceress, and #11 & #12: Shock and Awesome. Like I said, numerous.

You can see his super array of supes on his blog at 365supers.blogspot.com. There’s also a great story at www.fastcodesign.com about him and the project.

Fast Company’s “5 Comics/Transmedia Trends To Watch In 2013″

Fast Company is also the source of this next gem that gets all crazy with words like “transmedia”, which is a fancy word for media that utilizes more than one format. So tv shows with interactive games that reveal more about the story, or video games with an Alternate Reality game. There’s some really fascinating summations about our industry. For example it talks about the long held inference that tablet reading was going to put the comics industry out of business, and how well they adapted. It also addresses the big “crowdfunding blow up” that has allowed many projects (specifically video games) to find funding where before there was only frustration. It’s a great piece that summarizes and looks forward to analyze our industry and is worth a read for any geek, techie, or ensouled being out there. Check it out at www.fastcocreate.com


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