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animation

Toy Story 3 Shelved

It has only been a short time since Disney’s all stock buy-out of Pixar and already some big changes are under way. The Los Angeles Times reports that with this deal comes an end to quarrel over Pixar sequels.

In remarks made during a Tuesday conference call with analysts, Iger and Pixar Chief Executive Steve Jobs implied what other sources confirmed Wednesday: that Disney’s 150-plus-person Pixar sequels unit — which is housed in a Glendale warehouse and is already at work on Toy Story 3 — will soon be no more.

“We feel very strongly that if the sequels are going to be made, we want the people who were involved in the original films involved in the sequels,” Jobs said.

Iger sounded the same note.

“It was really important to me that the people who made the films originally, who had the vision, who knew the characters and the essence of these films get a shot at making any films that were derivative,” the Disney chief said.

“While Disney might have been able to make them, Pixar making them is just so much different,” Iger added. “Not to take away from the talent of other people who might have been picked to make them.”

The announcement isn’t a complete surprise since Disney making Pixar sequels (or not making them) was a major factor during negotiations. Still it’s nice to see that Disney will no longer be destroying classics as they have done in the past. And because Pixar is taking over for Walt Disney Feature Animation, I guess this also means no more Dumbo 2? (Yes, they really were thinking about it.)

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Photography

Flickeur

This flash app “randomly retrieves images from Flickr.com and creates an infinite film with a style that can vary between stream-of-consciousness, documentary or video clip.” Your mileage may vary—I found it an interesting way of blending random content to create art.

Flickeur

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Art Photography

Retrievr

I found this neat search by sketch service that retreives flickr images (Ajax style) while you sketch.

I sketched this:
sketch for retrievr

and the server returned this:
Lake Louise Banff

Try it out for yourself at http://labs.systemone.at/retrievr/

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Photography

F-117 Stealth Fighter at RIAT 2002

I came across some amazing photos of the F-117 Stealth Fighter today. They were taken at the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2002 in England.

F-117 Nighthawk (Stealth Fighter)

From the site:

The F-117 is a little bigger than the initial impression you get—it’s about the same size as an F-15 Eagle. It has a whole range of tricks to make it stealthy, starting with the dark, low contrast paint scheme which makes it so difficult to see at night (or photograph during the day), it’s covered in radar-absorbent materials and its very shape is intended to deflect radar away from the radar station. Its two jet engines are quiet and produce very little smoke, and the outlets from the engines, visible at the rear of the aircraft, mix cool air with the hot exhaust to reduce the type of heat signature that a heat-seeking missile could lock on to. The unusual “butterfly” tail is designed to shield the exhausts so missiles can’t see them.

See some more cool F-117 Stealth Fighter photos at RIAT 2002. If this topic interests you, you might want to check out Richard Seaman’s index of airshow photographs.

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Music

White Stripes Music Video: Denial Twist

Enjoy the neat, if at times extremely strange, special effects in The White Stripes music video Denial Twist.

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Music

Flickr Video

A folk/rock singer named Jonathan Coulton has created a really cool music video using Creative Commons licensed Flickr photos. It’ll put a smile on your face.

Jonathan Coulton’s Flickr.mov

Update: here is the big 17mb version Flickr.mov

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animation

Move Your Feet

Move Your Feet Music Video

I love the retro pixilated feel of the music video Move Your Feet.

There is a lot to admire in here including the great squash and stretch and excellent easing in and out.

It’s just another example showing that the complexity of the artwork is independent of the quality of the animation.

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animation

An Eye for Annai

Beautiful little hand drawn animation I came across today, An Eye for Annai (23.8 MB QT):

From Jonathan Klassen’s site:

This film, [An Eye for an Annai], was done by me and Dan Rodrigues in our third year at Sheridan College’s Classical Animation Program. Everything is hand drawn and animated. We coloured the animation digitally, and the backgrounds are a mix of traditional and digital. I played the recorder for the soundtrack, and the jazz music near the middle is from Louis Armstrong’s “Jeepers Creepers”. The whole film comes in at just under 5 minutes long, and we’re pretty darn proud of it. Tell your friends.

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Art

Trick-Or-Treat Animated Vector Art

Here is the Trick-Or-Treat vector art I made, in 13 lucky steps of progression.

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Photography

Flickr Adds Photo Printing

Now (if you live in the United States anyway) you can just take pictures, upload them to flickr, order your favorites for printing and have them delivered right to your door. I heart flickr. This will be awesome for me once it’s available in Canada.

Flickr offers photo printing.