Author: sir warren b leonhardt

Warren Leonhardt spent too much time watching tv, reading comics, or doodling in his math textbooks to really pay attention, but he thinks he was raised the Kootenays of British Columbia by two grownups and a sister. After realizing that cartoons and animated films don’t make themselves but were actually made by people, he decided to become one of those people. Over time he’s managed to fool companies like House of Cool, Disney Canada, Spümcø, Sony Pictures Animation, Blue Sky Studios and Corus into actually paying him money to draw funny pictures and generally goof around as a storyboard artist for animated features and television. He currently lives in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada with his long-suffering wife and toddler. In between drawing till his hand falls off and fending off the wildlife invading his property, he interviews people more interesting than himself for CAR.CA.

‘Fisher’ turns 20

Philip Street, GTA-based animation director and creator of Canada’s longest running contemporary news strip ‘Fisher’, celebrates a 20 year print run in today’s issue of the Globe & Mail! It’s available only on newsstands, so get your copy today! Catch…

The Art of Short Films

Here’s a book project to keep an eye on – Morten Enevoldsen, a young animator currently in France, is intent on compiling artwork from a series of contemporary animated short films from around the world. So far it looks like he’s…

NFB on Vimeo

Just a heads up that as of two weeks ago, the NFB has set up their own channel on Vimeo. So, if the main site, YouTube channel, or the ever-evolving interactive site isn’t enough, there is yet another way to…

John Celestri has a blog

School is in session. John Celestri has, thankfully, started a thought-provoking blog on animation and classical techniques. I’ve heard of this guy for YEARS, but never got to talk to him. Now you can, too! From David Nethery’s blog (Hand…

comix: The Anthology Project Vol. Two

It’s been available for a couple of months now, and Vol. One is really fun (and Eisner-nominated!), and if you’re into creator-owned comics done by local animation-related talent, this is a handsome addition to your collection. I’m going to have…

showcase: BLA BLA – Vincent Morisset, 2011

I don’t know how long this will be up, but you should check out Vincent Morisset’s crew over at the NFB site dedicated to their new project “BLA BLA”. Fans of the Arcade Fire might recognize Morisset’s name – he…

Developing News

‘Stella and Sam‘ creator Marie-Louise Gay posted about her POV on developing her childrens’ book into an animated property. A good read for anyone looking to start developing their own series and pitching. The main thing I got out of…

press release: WGC Award nominees announced

Writer’s Guild of Canada announced their nominees last week, and it looks like The League of Super Evil could very well be the best written animated TV show in Canada, garnering two nominations this year. Here’s the nominees for the…

showcase: Eggcellent – Martin Sokol, 2010

We posted about Martin Sokol‘s film for the TIFF 2010 Preview series, but I thought it was high time that we posted this little gem of a graduate film. Martin’s a recent graduate of Sheridan College with a bright future…

from the internets: Jay Stephens interview on CBR

Guelph, ON based, award-winning cartoonist Jay Stephens has a great interview over at Comic Book Resources about his newest co-creation, a King Feature syndicated comic strip ‘Oh Brother!’. In it he touches on the animation process of his show ‘The…

Come dressed as a Gnome for a free movie

Tribute.ca has announced that a Guinness World Record attempt will be…attempted?…this February in Toronto. What for, pray tell? From the original article: “…for the largest gathering of people dressed as garden gnomes on Family Day — Monday, February 21, 2011…

Pixar story interviews

Vancouver-based animation artist Karen J Lloyd has a 3-part interview with Pixar Story Artist Matthew Luhn over on her site. Definitely go check it out, and cruise through the rest of her site if you’re wondering about the storyboarding life…

just announced: Toronto Comics Arts Festival, May 7 & 8

At the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Saturday May 7th 2011, 9am-5pm Sunday May 8th 2011, 11am-5pm FREE ADMISSION WWW.TORONTOCOMICS.COM TORONTO, Ontario – Returning for the third time to Toronto Reference Library and for its 8th year overall, The…

showcase: Cordell Barker’s ‘Cat Crazed’ titles

Cordell Barker took a break from making his latest film to desing & animate the opening for a CBC documentary ‘Cat Crazed’  a doc that examines the world’s unprecedented cat overpopulation crisis. ) From the NFB blog, Cordell answers a…

Pixellation Rocks

Manotick, Ontario’s Hollerado has had its newest vid ‘Americanarama‘ out for a few months now, making use of good ol’ lo-fi pixelation, a method of animation that Norman McLaren made famous waaaaay back in 1952 by winning an Oscar using…

Tim Burton on Kevin Parry’s ‘Arctic Circle’

images © Kevin Parry Kevin Parry, recent Sheridan Grad and one of this site’s favourite animators, managed to wrangle Tim Burton’s on the spot review of his student film ‘Arctic Circle’ at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on the opening weekend…

Old, Bad System

Montréal-based screenwriter Alex Epstein has an interesting blog often full of pithy insights to the screenwriting side of (live-action) television. But here’s one article that especially twigged with me: “Q. I was wondering, five years later: is the “writing room”…

this weekend: Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema, Nov. 18 – 21, Kitchener-Waterloo

The 10th edition of the Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema is returning to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario from Thursday November 18th through Sunday November 21st, 2010. Full list of films can be found HERE and the sched is HERE. Directors Brent Green…

showcase: ‘Rise of the Living Corpse’ – Chris Walsh

Sheridan College instructor Chris Walsh knocked out this horror filmfest favourite last summer, and it’s been plastered everywhere including the horror connoisseur site Fangoria. I’m digging the AMC new series ‘Walking Dead’, so let’s post this in honour of all…

showcase: Runaway – Cordell Barker, 2009

This is the last of our showcase series of the exclusive online programming for the NFB’s Get Animated! series of workshops and screenings across Canada. To find the rest of them, simply go to ‘showcase’ in the menu bar above…

re-showcase: Madame Tutli-Putli – Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski, 2007

We’re not done yet! Continuing with our showcase series bent on hyping the NFB’s ‘Get Animated!’ cross-Canada screening & workshop series, that runs until this Sunday, here’s Clyde Henry Production‘s award-sinning short ‘Madame Tutli-Putli’ from 2007. If you were in…

this weekend: GIRAF 6, Calgary, Nov. 3 – 7

) This weekend in Calgary, AB, is the sixth annual GIRAF fest. Don’t know what that is? From their website: “The Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival is the only exclusively independent animation festival in Canada, with a focus on experimental…

Christian Potenza has a proposal for you

Well, this is interesting. Christian Potenza’s ANIMATION NATION ARMY is doing an exercise in Crowdsourcing. No money req’d. From his YouTube channel: “Well folks, here it is. THE ANIMATION NATION CARTOON PROJECT – OPERATION: Lets Make A Wicked Cartoon! This…

Hallowe’en Showcase: ‘The Gruesomestein’s Monsters!’ – Mark Ackland and Riccardo Durante

Created by Toronto-based directing duo Mark Ackland and Riccardo Durante, The Gruesomestines’ Monsters was a project that I thought was destined for great things when I first saw the story reel years ago. Originally part of the ill-fated YTV ‘FUNPAK’ contest,…

tomorrow: Hothouse 6 in S3D, NFB Mediathéque, Toronto

On Thursday October 28th at 7 pm, Hothouse in the Third Dimension introduces Toronto audiences to films from the sixth edition of Hothouse, a 12-week apprenticeship for emerging Canadian animators who tackled the challenging process of stereoscopic 3D (S3D) animation.…

showcase: The Drinker – Rex Hackelberg

Toronto-based Rex Hackelberg has done it again – showing us all what real cartoonin looks like! I love his style. From his Facebook page: “Here’s a short film I made in 2006. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that brings awareness to…

La Moustache

La Moustache, a commercial creative shop whose members hail from Montreal and Toronto have posted some sweet clips & pics of the process behind the recent(ish) GAZmétro ad campaign they animated three months ago. If you’re not familiar with it,…

showcase: The Necktie – Jean-François Lévesque, 2008

Continuing our showcase series for NFB’s ‘Get Animated’ program happening across Canada from Oct. 28 – Nov.7, 2010 , here is  Jean-François Lévesque’s award-winning short ‘The Necktie’. The NFB’s made it ridiculously easy to find out more info with the…

The Wrong Block

I haven’t been this excited about a Canadian production since who knows when. ‘The Wrong Block’ looks fantastic, and while it owes a lot to Robert Valley’s signature style, the guys behind this at Style5 Animation have got their own…

showcase: ‘My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts’ – Torill Kove, 1999

This animated film is from Oscar®-winning Torill Kove. It’s a tall tale about her grandmother’s life in Oslo, Norway, during World War II. Sharp and whimsical, her story combines her grandmother’s tales with historical events and fantasy, showing how a…

Neil Gaiman guests on ‘Arthur’

I first noticed this in an article posted on WIRED! last month. Neil Gaiman will make a guest appearance on Cookie Jar’s series ‘ARTHUR’ airing on PBS Monday, Oct. 25 as part of a Hallowe’en week run-up for the kids.…

showcase: “Yannick Nézet-Séguin: No Intermission” – Théodore Ushev, 2010

As promised, here’s the first of the showcase series for NFB’s ‘Get Animated’ program happening across Canada from Oct. 28 – Nov.7, 2010 that we’ll be running all week in an effort to booster it. I’m not doing anything groundbreaking…

Montréal Stop Motion Festival Oct. 29-31

We posted the guest announcement previously, but just a reminder amid the tsunami of the Ottawa International Animation Festival-related stuff that might be coming up next week, don’t forget to check out the 2010 Montréal Stop Motion Fest the weekend…

if i were in Toronto, i’d be here: Nuit Blanche

Toronto’s 5th annual Nuit Blanche starts tomorrow night, from 6:57 pm (official sunset) till dawn. From the Nuit Blanche site: “Toronto’s annual sunset to sunrise celebration of contemporary art returns to mark a five-year milestone. Discover art in galleries, museums…

showcase: ‘Hot Stuff’ – Zlatko Grgic

Written & storyboarded by Don Arioli, the ‘Mike Maltese’ of the NFB in the 60s to the 80s, animated & directed by Zlatko Grgic, a Zagreb animator imported over during NFB’s sponsorship era. The ‘sponsorship era’ refers to the time…

profile – Philip Street

This 3rd episode of Canadian Animation Radio, we chat with Philip Street, the current director of the NHL’s ambassador to the greatest game, Peter Puck! We talk process and chat about Philip’s 18 years & running as the comic strip…

AFF Preview: ‘The Scarf’ – Carla Veldman

The Scarf Carla Veldman, 2010 “A young boy’s world is forever changed when his aging grandmother comes to stay.“ Screening at: ViewFinders Shorts Director’s Bio (from her website): Carla Veldman is a stop-motion enthusiast and recent Sheridan graduate who enjoys…

AFF preview: ‘Waseteg’ – Phyllis Grant

Waseteg – Phyllis Grant 2010 “Waseteg is the story of a young Mi’gmaq girl who finds solace in nature and dreams of the stories she’s heard in the village. One of them is about the Mysterious Boy who lives across…

AFF Preview: ‘Not Over Easy’ – Jordan Canning

Not Over Easy Jordan Canning, 2010, 6 min. Screening at: Atlantic Shorts 3 “It’s a scrambled story of love and heartbreak, as a woman starts to fantasize about a second chance with her boyfriend after a forgotten refrigerated gift leaves her…

AFF Preview: ‘Flawed’ – Andrea Dorfman

Flawed Andrea Dorfman, 2009, 12 min. “Combining colourful storyboards and lyrical narration, acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Dorfman reminisces about her own budding romance with a plastic surgeon. When his profession leads her to focus on her own perceived imperfections, Andrea is…

AFF Preview: ‘The Sapporo Project’ – Marie-Josée Saint Pierre

The Sapporo Project Marie-Josée Saint Pierre, 2010, 5 min. “Award-winning filmmaker Marie-Josée Saint Pierre directs this beautifully animated and poetic homage to the work of acclaimed Japanese calligrapher Gazanbou Higuchi.” Screening at:Frame x Frame Director’s Bio (from her website): Marie-Josee…

Showcase: ‘Almonds & Wine’ – Arnie Lipsey

After seeing this wonderful film posted on Mark Mayerson’s blog, I just had to find out more about the artist behind it. Toronto-based artist Arnie Lipsey was kind enough to play our patented ‘8 Second Exposure’ which is posted after…

showcase: Kaj Pindal

It’s official, if you haven’t noticed. Kaj Pindal, our own – and the world’s – favourite ’10th Old Man’ of animation has a blog! PLASTERED with his amazing and inspiring work! Award-winning films that you can’t see anywhere else! If…

TIFF Preview: ‘Lipsett Diaries (Les Journaux de Lipsett)’ – Theodore Ushev

‘LIPSETT DIARIES (LES JOURNAUX DE LIPSETT)’ – Theodore Ushev, French (English available), 14 min. “A descent into the maelstrom of anguish that tormented Arthur Lipsett, a famed Canadian experimental filmmaker who died at 49. A diary transmuted into a clash…

TIFF preview: ‘Le Projet Sapporo (The Sapporo Project)’ – Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

‘LE PROJET SAPPORO (THE SAPPORO PROJECT)’ – Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, Japanese, 5 min. “This poetic homage to calligrapher Gazanbou Higuchi utilizes Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s signature style of rotoscope animation to illustrate the craft of Japanese shodo. Energetic brush strokes pulsate into moving…

TIFF preview: ‘Eggcellent’ – Martin Sokol

EGGCELLENT – Martin Sokol, English, 2 min. “Forget free range. An underperforming chicken is under enormous pressure to produce at work, while mocked by obnoxious co-workers and wary of a watchful eye ready to downsize. Social satire and poultry collide…

Heavy Metal Revisited

This could be interesting. ‘HEAVY METAL’ (1981) was the first cult classic animated film directed, more-or-less, and released in Canada – although the money to produce it came from American investors (‘Rock N Rule’ was released two years later). Montreal-based…

showcase: ‘Fair Trade’ – Leslie Supnet

This Winnipeg animation indie artist has some interesting stuff on her site and Vimeo channel. I liked her film ‘FAIR TRADE’ so much I just had to ask her the patented ‘8 Second Exposure’ and she was kind enough to…

showcase: Brad Caslor

228 years ago this month – history was made. That’s right, in August of  1782, Fort Prince of Wales was taken by the French. Thanks to the eminently talented Winnipeg animation vet Brad Caslor, we can remember this historic event.…

profile: Kris Pearn

image © ken bautista EDIT NOTE: This article was originally run in the Spring 2007 issue of Apatoons , a closed-loop a.p.a., and the longest running animation related publication in American history. With permission from all those involved, we’ve managed…