Looks That Kill

Here’s the stylish new short film/trailer for Kevin Dart’s latest Yuki 7 and the Gadget Girls adventure, 'Looks That Kill':



You can pre-order Kevin Dart and Elizabeth Ito’s new book 'Looks That Kill', which includes both animated shorts 'Looks That Kill' and 'A Kiss From Tokyo' on DVD, plus several behind the scene extras, at the yuki-7 website. Looks like it would be a pretty nice addition to the bookshelf.

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Image of Looks That Kill Pre-Order
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Is Tropical - The Greeks

Is Tropical's new single 'The Greeks' is yet another nice music video from Kitsune record label featuring a mix of live action and animated elements. Also check out Jupiter's Saké posted in March.

URS Short Film

'URS' was Moritz Mayenhofer's final thesis project back in 2009, since then it's been gaining attention around the world, picking up several festival awards. It was even on the short list for an Oscar. Finally the film has been made available for viewing online and you can watch the full film below. Also check out the making of 'URS' on Mayenhofer's YouTube page:

http://www.youtube.com/

Mayerhofer now plans to develop a European feature film, looks like we'll be seeing a lot more if him in the future if his subsequent work is as stunning as 'URs.'

Strata-Cut Animation By Nicos Livesey

You don't often see examples of Strata-Cut animation being posted on Vimeo. Here are a couple of nice examples from Nicos Livesey. The first piece is called 'Train Logger' and the second 'Ratin Gorleg.'



Chad Van Gaalen - Peace On The Rise

Another great animated music video from Chad Van Gaalen and record label Sub Pop, check out J Mascis' Not Enough posted back in March.


Creative Conspiracy For De Lijn

Director Gerrit Bekers and Belgian CG character specialists Creative Conspiracy bring a snappy animation style to this fun spot for a Belgian bus company thru agency Duval Guillaume in Brussels.

La Détente Short Film Trailer

'La Détente,' a new short by Bertrand Bey and Pierre Ducos of London’s Not To Scale, has been selected to compete at Annecy 2011.

"'La Détente' is an animated short movie set in a trench during the first World War, where a French soldier becomes paralyzed with fear. His mind disconnects from reality and he escapes into a dream world where wars are fought by toys."

Here’s the trailer:

First Still From Pixar's Brave



Pixar released the first image from Brave last week, and while it doesn’t give away much, the stunning picture does finally give sight to the project so many of us have long been excited about.

The enchanting adventure story set in Scotland follows the wild redhead above. Her name is Merida, and she’s the daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. The Royal family rules generously and peacefully, at least until Merida mucks it all up when she runs afoul violating a sacred custom of the land. She, along with three goofy Lords, set out to make things right, but in order to do so, they must first find a wise old woman who offers more than her petitioners bargain for.

Stussy x Marvel Series Two

Series Two of the Stussy x Marvel t-shirts launched on Saturday 14th May. The collaboration features artwork by some of my favourite artists, you might recognise some of the names from the world of animation. Think I'll be buying the Will Sweeney t-shirt myself, what about you?

Here’s a look at the full series of t-shirts…

The Thing by James Jarvis



Incredible Hulk by by David Shrigley



She Hulk by Todd James



Dr. Strange by Noah Butkus



Eternity by Will Sweeney



Crystal & Johnny by John Kricfalusi



Mystique by Bill Plympton



Thor by Gary Panter



Spiderman by Mister Cartoon

Black Forest

'Black Forest' is a great little short film from Charles Huettner. Watch it on loop to appreciate it in full.

Edible Zoetropes

Loom

'Loom' tells the story of a successful catch.

"A moth being caught in a spiders web. Struggling for an escape, the moths panic movements only result in less chance of survival. What follows is the type of causality everyone's expecting. The spider appears, claims its prey and feeds on it. The way nature works. But it’s the point of view that creates an intense relationship between the hunter and its victim. There is much more to explore, much more to feel if one takes the time to really experience the content of a split second."

Created over the course of a year by Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck and Csaba Letay, 'Loom' is their most ambitious project to date. It's quite spectacular.

Goldfish - We Come Together

Mahahula The Giant Rodent Of Happiness

Created under the theme of 'Happiness' for the recent F5 festival, Nomint created the short film 'Mahahula The Giant Rodent Of Happiness'

This is what Nomint had to say about the project:

“When we where asked to make a video about happiness, we decided that we should take it from the very beginning, when it first appeared in the world.

We find happiness to be a very serious matter, definitely worthy of an awesome deity like Mahahula, an ancient gigantic infant rodent born from an alien space traveling seed that crash-landed on primordial earth. We wanted to depict happiness in all its glorious complexity: obscure, hard to find, huge and colorful. Is it more of a constant personal pursuit or is it a fortunate offering by others?

Mahahula came about with the sole purpose of spreading joy to the world, only there was no one around to hear her say so, as this was a long-long time ago. As we speak, she might or might not still be around warming our hearts for eternity.”

Muppets 2011 Teaser Trailer

I've heard more than once that the best part of watching 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 4' is the teaser for 'The Muppets' sneakily tagged on ahead of time. How sneakily? Sneakily enough that the entire thing is set up to look like something entirely different for the first half of it and that when the suits at Disney decided to release it online they did so under the title 'Green With Envy'. It's a fun little ploy, though one that everyone is going to ignore because while lots and lots of people want to see the new Muppet movie, virtually nobody will want to see 'Green With Envy.'

PepperMelon Short Film

Director Tomas Garcia and PepperMelon have created this peculiar CG tale set in an alien world that might be about the bonds of friendship, or personal growth, or maybe the futility of trying to find meaning in such an odd film.

PepperMelon was founded back in 2007, check out their website to see the impressive body of work they've amassed since then. It's all pretty weird.

http://www.peppermelon.tv

Moviebox

"Moviebox is a show from Megapix channel dedicated to movie news, which delivers interviews with stars and behind the scenes curiosities.For its new identity, playing with the handmade crafts graphic feel, we have simulated a small studio scenario where tiny narratives develop around good old movies clichés, representing a variety of film genres.The box always takes central place in the scenes, and besides being the channel’s symbol, works as a starting point for the construction of the Moviebox logo as well as the structure for the graphics inside the show.The final outcome is a strong identity that engages the audience in an amusing, playful way."

Mourir Auprès de Toi

'Mourir Auprès de Toi' is a short film by Spike Jonze, Simon Cahn and Olympia Le-Tan, which premiered at Canne film festival recently. Olympia Le-Tan, who is probably best known for her handmade clutch bags, helps spin a hand-crafted felt tale in a Parisian bookshop where the characters from the books come to life at night. Sounds pretty sweet.

Here is a little “making of” video compiled by co-director Simon Cahn.

Art Of Pixar 25th Anniversary Book



Art of Pixar: 25th Anniversary: The Complete Color Scripts and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Oct 2011)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0811879631
ISBN-13: 978-0811879637

Pixar is 25 years old in 2011. This gorgeous, expansive book features the complete colour scripts and a selection of the best of the art from the twelve films to date: "Toy Story", "A Bug's Life", "Toy Story 2", "Monsters Inc.", "Finding Nemo", "The Incredibles", "Cars", "Ratatouille", "WALL E", "Up", "Toy Story 3" and "Cars 2". The full-colour scripts for each film, prominently featured, constitute a big selling point for the core animation audience. Geared toward animation fans, this text is minimal and the art is extensive and stunning. Text will just be a foreword by Pixar founder John Lasseter, with an introduction by Amid Amidi. It's all about the art!

Academy Announces Student Oscar Winners

Twelve students from nine U.S. colleges and universities and three students from outside the U.S. have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. The student filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 11, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The three winners in the animation category are:

'Correspondance', directed by Zach Hyer, Pratt Institute, New York

'Defective Detective', directed by Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida

'Dragonboy', directed by Bernardo Warman and Shaofu Zhang, Academy of Art University, California

Clockwork By Moth

A young boy attempts to engage his tired father in play with a clockwork boat. Directed by David Prosser.

Foosball 3D Plays In Cannes



Oscar-winning Argentinean director Juan Jose Campanella (The Secret of Their Eyes) took his latest animated feature, Foosball 3D to the Cannes film market this week. Spain’s Film Factory is handling the feature’s distribution rights. Variety reports that the film is budgeted around $14 million-$15 million and is both written and directed by Campanella. Sergio Pablo (Despicable Me) is the film’s designer and animation supervisor.

The movie is described as a coming of age story about a young boy who decides to save his town by taking on a famous soccer star, aided by foosball figures that come to life. Based on a story by the late Argentinean writer-illustrator Roberto Fonanarrosa, the film is produced by Argentina’s Jempsa, Spain’s Plural-Jempsa an Antena 3 Films. The film’s exec producers are Buenos Aires-based 100 Bares, Gaston Gorali’s Catmandu and Spain’s Gustavo Ferrada. Foosball 3D is slated for a 2012 delivery.

Heart String Marionette Trailer

'Heart String Marionette' is the 2nd feature film from M dot Strange. If it's anything like his first film 'We Are The Strange' it's going to be totally insane. I'm a little bit scared.

Allen Gregory & Napoleon Dynamite

Here are a couple of other new animation coming to Fox in the near future: 'Allen Gregory' and ‘Napoleon Dynamite.' No doubt they'll both be pretty funny but the animation looks typically budget.



The Adventures Of Tintin



I'm not typically a fan of this type of motion capture animation, but I have to say the teaser trailer and poster make it look pretty good. I love Tintin so I hope it turns out well.

Seth MacFarlane To Reboot The Flintstones

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Seth MacFarlane, creator of 'Family Guy', 'The Cleveland Show' and 'American Dad,' is going to reboot 'The Flintstones' for both television series and theatrical movies. Apparently this deal was long time in negotiation between 20th Century-Fox (MacFarlane’s home base) and Warner Bros. (who own The Flintstones). Looks like MacFarlane is expanding his current majority ownership of Fox's Animation with another cartoon about a fat man and his family. This said however, MacFarlane worked on 'Dexter's Lab' and 'Cow & Chicken' (amongst others) for Cartoon Network and Hanna-Barbera earlier in his career so maybe it's a bit early to assume it's going to be the same type of humour as his current work. I for one am looking forward to seeing what he produces.

Happy Families



Channel 4 has announced a new cartoon commission, 'Happy Families'. Written by Jack and Harry Williams, the series is intended to rival successful long-running animated sitcoms from the USA.

It focuses on the life of an 'average' family, consisting of put-upon Edgar who works for his self-obsessed father-in-law Ken Lavender; his house-proud wife Wendy; and their three very different children: freaky weirdo Dusty; amiable idiot Jason; and highly strung 'emo' Eve.

The show will feature Fonejacker's Kayvan Novak, Simon Greenall (I'm Alan Partridge), Rosie Cavaliero, Lucy Montgomery and Darren Boyd in the main roles. The series has been designed by artist Alex Scarfe, son of political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, and will be animated by Los Angeles-based studio Rough Draft, which counts Futurama and The Simpsons Movie amongst its past credits.

Channel 4 commissioner Nerys Evans said of the show: "The combination of slick American animation with quintessentially British humour gives 'Happy Families' a really distinctive feel. Not only is the dialogue laugh-out-loud funny, it's packed with fantastic celebrity cameos and satirical swipes at every turn."

Rome - 3 Dreams Of Black

‘3 Dreams Of Black’ is Chris Milks’ new interactive film, created in WebGL, a technology which allows the source code to be rendered by your graphics card in real time. This music video for DJ Danger Mouse & Luppi’s new musical project ‘Rome’, featuring Norah Jones and Jack White, was created for the Chrome Experiment to showcase some of the latest web technologies in modern browsers like Google Chrome.

More Student Films...

I've been posting a few of my favourite student films from the multitude currently being listed on line. Here's a few more...







Believer By Jen Stark

'Believer' is a new animation from paper sculptress Jen Stark. Check out an earlier Jen Stark animation also featured on the Animated Review: 'Streaming Gradient'


Aardman For Swedbank... Again!

Following up on 'Under The Oak Tree', Aardman Animation director Steve Harding-Hill has directed his second stop-motion spot for Swedbank. Here’s 'Ice-Cream Cart':

Wonderland: The Trouble With Love And Sex



I’ve just finished watching the BBC’s first full-length fully animated documentary. ‘Wonderland: The Trouble With Love And Sex’ followed two couples and a single man through relationship counselling and gives an intimate portrayal of what actually goes on in the counselling room.

With unprecedented access to relationship counselling organisation Relate, the documentary records the real conversations from counselling sessions and sets them to animated representations of the clients involved to help protect their identity. The Radio Times described it as ‘In Treatment’ meets ‘ Creature Comforts’ – a peculiar marriage, but one that works brilliantly.

The animation was at times simple and crude but it somehow made it feel more intimate than watching live footage. Not only utalised as a way to hide the identity of the clients the animated format allowed you to really relate to the stories of the clients rather than being distracted by the clients themselves. Their stories were often bleak and moving, but there were sweet and amusing moments too, all beautifully realised by the animators. The story of Dave, the troubled singleton, was particularly moving and beautiful.

Most importantly the film may encourage others facing similar relationship issues to seek help.

Ryan Woodward For Google

This Google logo animation was created by animator Ryan Woodward and is being used on the Google homepage today (11/05/2011.) Ryan worked with a Dancer and Choreographer from the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York to create this Google Doodle. Check out some of Ryan's other work on his Vimeo page.


Jan Svankmajer Adapting Karel Capek's The Insect Play



Famed animator Jan Svankmajer has announced that his next project will be an adaptation of The Insect Play - an early work from Czech science fiction writer Karel Capek.

One of the greatest experimental / stop motion animators in the world, Svankmajer has potent material to work with here, Capek's tale one which puts human characteristics into insects and insect characteristics into humans for an effect that will surely call to mind Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. The Svankmajer version will be titled simply 'Insects' and is not due for completion and release until 2015, by which time Svankmajer will be in his 80's.

Capek himself is an interesting figure and one whose work is increasingly being mined for film. He is widely credited with creating the term 'robot' and was one of the most influential science fiction writers of his time. Capek's War Of The Newts is also currently in the process of adaptation to film.

Plum Flower Deer



'Plum Flower Deer' began in 2009. Originally intended as a piece for the 2010 F5, a design festival in New York, but wasn't completed in time and was not screened there. The film grew and became a rumination about love, hope, the natural world and rebirth. Thankfully the film was eventually finished and it was worth the wait.

Crush art director, Yoho Hang Yue, and his wife Queenie, also an art director, developed the story about a pair of Plum Flower Deer, (native to parts of China), who are separated by an act of man but are rejoined in spirit. The Plum Flower Deer is one of the most auspicious, divine animals in Chinese culture. The Plum Flower Tree itself has been the subject of innumerable paintings and poems, representing courage and elegance. The film drew on Chinese tradition, and art. The film’s closing poem, by 12th century Southern Song Dynasty Chinese poet Lu You, tells of the rebirth of spring and the courage of the plum flower through winter.

“We wanted to bring this story to life using modern tools, but we wanted to keep the timelessness of the poem intact,” says Yoho Yang Yue. “It is an ageless story that draws on the rich legacy of Chinese culture.”

Pixar Short Film - La Luna



Pixar has revealed a still and synopsis from a forthcoming Pixar short film, 'La Luna.' The short is likely to precede 'Brave' upon it's release in 2012.

"La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait... A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?"

Design Week Drawings Revisited



The new issue of Design Week magazine released today features a nice article on how animators translate the illustrations of others into animated films. The piece includes a short interview with Studio AKA's Philip Hunt on his Bafta and Annecy award-winning 'Lost and Found', adapted from Oliver Jeffers' children's book about the friendship between a boy and a penguin. Here is a small sample from that interview:

"With Jeffers, we tried to leave the book "un-animated" and rebooted the idea to fit the format... We set the film apart visually, but retained recognisability and tried to delve deeper into this world... I took liberties, but only those I could imagine the author also taking - and that's the key, to remain inspired by the original voice and not lose the way."

Aardman Announce The Pirates! Cast

The Pirates! cast has been announced!

Aardman announced today who will be providing the voices for their forthcoming stop motion feature film 'The Pirates!'

Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they do battle with the pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, Aardman’s most ambitious stop-motion film to date, will be created with the same beautiful hand-crafted technique that the company brought to the Academy Award-winning film 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' and 'Chicken Run'. The film is directed by Peter Lord, a founding partner of Aardman, director of 'Chicken Run' (with Nick Park), and a two-time Academy Award nominee for his short films at Aardman.

Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki

'Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki' (Friends: Naki on the Monster Island) will be the first full length 3D GC feature film to come out of Japan. The film is written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, who's had experience using CG effects in live action movies, but worryingly never worked on an animated feature before.

The screen play is based on a traditional Japanese fairy tale called 'Naita Aka-Oni.' The story is centred around a mysterious island in the middle of a lake, the local’s fear the island as it is said to be the home of terrible monsters. In reality the monsters living there are harmless and in fact living in fear of the humans who surround them. One day, a human child named Kotake finds his way onto the island, where he is cared for by a red ogre named Naki and his friend, the blue ogre, Gunjo.

Takashi Yamazaki has high hopes for this film, planning to qualify it for the Academy Awards. It sounds strangely similar to a Pixar feature released back in 2001.

How Toy Story 3 Should Have Ended

Colour By Akama Studio

This traditionally hand drawn animated promo for the French kids TV channel Tiji is wonderfully refreshing. It features an inventive concept, a black and white forest is slowly coloured in vibrant hues except for one sad little panda. 'Colour' was produced by Akama Studio, based just North of Paris.

Watch Me Move Exhibition At The Barbican



‘WATCH ME MOVE’ aims to demonstrate the centrality of animation to contemporary global culture. It is the most extensive exhibition ever mounted of the full range of animated imagery produced in the last 150 years – from Snow White and Mickey Mouse to Avatar.

The exhibition brings together industry pioneers, independent film-makers and contemporary artists including Étienne-Jules Marey, Harry Smith, Jan Švankmajer, William Kentridge and Nathalie Djurberg alongside the creative output of commercial studios such as Walt Disney, Aardman, Studio Ghibli and Pixar.

Presenting animation as a highly influential force in the development of global visual culture, ‘WATCH ME MOVE’ explores the relationship between animation and film and offers a timely insight into the genre as a cultural phenomenon. Cutting across generations and cultures, the show features over 170 works, from iconic clips to lesser-known masterpieces. Taking the viewer behind the dream-world of the finished film, it includes puppets, stage sets, storyboard drawings, wire-frame visualisations, cel and background images.

Transforming the gallery into an immersive environment, the exhibition is divided into seven interconnected themes: Apparitions, Characters, Superhumans, Fables, Fragments, Structures, and Visions. Sections include early scientific experiments with photography; some of the biggest stars of our animated screens (Tom & Jerry, The Simpson); adventures of individuals with extraordinary powers (Astro Boy); stop-motion filming (Tim Burton’s Vincent); new media technologies and virtual worlds (Tron, Avatar).

The exhibition is curated by Greg Hilty, Curatorial Director at Lisson Gallery and designed by Chezweitz & Roseapple. A 224 page book accompanies the exhibition, edited by Greg Hilty and Alona Pardo, with texts by Suzanne Buchan, Greg Hilty and Paul Wells.

The exhibition will be shown at Barbican Art Gallery from 15 June 2011. From the Barbican Centre London, the exhibition will tour to Glenbow Art Museum, Calgary, Canada. From there it commences a two years tour in Asia. It is next available to future venues from January 2014.

FOT And Angus

'FOT And Angus' appeared on New Zealand television just under a year ago. They were aired as part of a live action/animated sketch show called 'RadiRadiRah'. Series creator Alex Dron recently posted 8 episodes on the FOT website and Dron's own Vimeo page. The series features the voice of  the brilliant Rhys Darby, who's most famous for his TV role as Murray on ‘Flight of the Conchords’.

I've posted one episode here, but you should check out the rest, they're hilarious.

The Loony Tunes Show Première



The new 'Loony Tunes' show premièred on US television screens earlier this week to mixed reviews.

I have to say that judging by the sneak peek material posted online I was expecting this to be utter garbage. I've just watched the first episode and to be honest it wasn't as bad as I was expecting, but it was still pretty terrible.

My main gripe with the show, that I couldn't get away from, was with the sitcom style set up of the sketches. It became so far removed from the original 'Loony Tunes' format they could have done the same jokes without Bugs and Daffy. The quality of voice acting was irritatingly off-key, mimicking the originals but not well enough for it to pass unnoticed, which again made me think why couldn't this show just have had different characters. The 'Merrie Melodies' section was simply awful. I wouldn't consider myself a 'Loony Tunes' purist, simply complaining that it doesn't conform to the standard of the classic episodes. I just feel that this show might as well have been something completely fresh and new. When you simply paste well know characters into a new format it's bound to fail, having said that its still not the worst 'Loony Tunes' rehash that's been churned out over the years.

Despite its many faults I have to admit, there were moments that made me laugh out loud and some excellent bits of animation. From what I've read on-line a lot of people clearly like it, so for now I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and I'll watch a few more episodes to see if it improves.

That's all folks!

Imaginary Forces For Tropicana

Have a look at this brilliant advert created by Imaginary Forces for Tropicana fruit juice. It's a CG flip book style animation celebrating sunrises. Enjoy...

Hunt By Taylor Price

It's that time of year again when You Tube and Vimeo are awash with student films as the academic year comes to a close. So I'll post a few of my favourites...

Here we have 'Hunt' by Taylor Price.

Paraphernaila By Sabrina Cotugno

It's that time of year again when You Tube and Vimeo are awash with student films as the academic year comes to a close. So I'll post a few of my favourites...

Here we have 'Paraphernalia' by Sabrina Cotugno.

Night Parade By Sabrina Cotugno

It's that time of year again when You Tube and Vimeo are awash with student films as the academic year comes to a close. So I'll post a few of my favourites...

Here we have 'Night Parade' by Sabrina Cotugno.

Well Being By Domee Shi

It's that time of year again when You Tube and Vimeo are awash with student films as the academic year comes to a close. So I'll post a few of my favourites...

Here we have 'Well Being' by Domee Shi.

A Cut Above By Alessandro Piedimonte

It's that time of year again when You Tube and Vimeo are awash with student films as the academic year comes to a close. So I'll post a few of my favourites...

Here we have 'A Cut Above' by Alessandro Piedimonte.

Vigour By Chang Dai

It's that time of year again when You Tube and Vimeo are awash with student films as the academic year comes to a close. So I'll post a few of my favourites...

Here we have 'Vigour' by Chang Dai.

Mami Kajiho Studio Q

I just came across this short film on Vimeo posted by Mami Kajiho AKA Studio Q. Created between 2008/2009 at Laputa Art Animation School along with fellow animators Harumi Ishigaki,Izumi Shirakawa and Saori Suzuki, with music by Tomoyuki Natsume. I simply love it!

Jesse Moynihan - Forming Vol.1


Forming: Vol. 1

Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: NOBROW LTD (22 Jun 2011)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1907704132
ISBN-13: 978-1907704130

Jesse Moynihan is a storyboard artist for ‘Adventure Time’, one of my favourite Cartoon Network shows. Typically this show is pretty awesome, but some of the best episodes to date have had Jesse’s contribution as a storyboard artist. When you read his online comics you can really understand why he was picked up to work for Cartoon Network on this show. Hopefully we’ll see more of his input in future shows.

Jesse also spends a lot of his time working on his own comic series ‘Forming’.  ‘Forming’ has been making waves since its inception three years ago, enrapturing its followers with its near daily additions to what has now become a tale of epic proportions.
‘Forming’ is published online through Jesse’s website but is about to be released in print by Nobrow Press. Everything they have published so far has been absolutely beautiful, so I’m super excited to see ‘Forming’ get the Nobrow treatment. Nobrow releases the first part of Jesse Moynihan’s epic trilogy, Forming: Vol 1, in June this year.

“Forming is a super-mystical epic in which Jesse details the spawning of worlds, and the trajectory of consciousness on Earth. Volume 1 follows the trials and tribulations of primeval gods and demi-gods as they vie for control of primitive Earth’s resources. The battle of these ancient beings gives form to our tangible universe. In the midst of these colossal battles, the progeny of humans and aliens seek to open the gateway to superhuman transfiguration whilst all forces prepare for coming of the Duhasma-Duhasma, the age of extreme sorrow and misery.”