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showcase: TITAN, by Al Torrijas

By Mike Valiquette
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Another grad film from Sheridan: Titan, by Al Torrijas. This was my personal favourite at the screening, amazing action, great economical grasp of anatomy, fantastic sense of staging and scale. TITAN from Al Jerek Torrijas on Vimeo…. »

Showcase: ‘Merica, by Perin McLean

By Mike Valiquette

Went to the Sheridan Industry Day yesterday. Got my socks blown off by a couple of films. Here’s one: ‘Merica from PerinMclean on Vimeo. Still lookin’ for my socks. More stuff by Perin… »

showcase: more Kurtoons, The Plight of the VCR

By Mike Valiquette
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Kurtis Scott is a machine. He rolls out cartoons on his Youtube channel with impressive regularity. Plus, he’s funny. I don’t give him nearly enough love on here. Time to correct that. Here’s the… »

showcase: Leroy Dorsalfin, by Mike Geiger

By Mike Valiquette
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Mike Geiger passed this along. You might’ve seen it elsewhere online, when Mike’s got a cartoon available, people tend to share it. This one is a pilot he put together for Nickelodeon back in 2009. Nick does this. They find awesome animators and work on these mini-pilots with them in total secrecy. No one gets… »

showcase: Space Missionaries, from M.R. Horhager and Solis Animation

By Mike Valiquette
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Space Missionaries is an animated series mini-pilot created at Solis Animation Inc., a Toronto based animation house. Solis has a record of working on largely edgy, adult fare, including Wondershowzen, Motorcity, SNL, and Ugly Americans. This project was basically a way to play off that momentum, but with their own IP. Lou Solis told us,… »

Tinman Does Carolla for ANiMASHUPS

By Mike Valiquette
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I’m a big fan of the guys at Tinman Creative. First of all, Morghan and Brett are two of the nicest people in this business, and secondly, every time they send me something, it’s pretty great. The latest something is a series of shorts they’re doing featuring Adam Carolla. Here’s what they have to say… »

showcase: Perihelion, by Nick Cross, a little nsfw.

By Mike Valiquette

Nick Cross has been teasing, via Twitter, that he’d have something new for us today. Most assumed it would be an update on his feature film, Black Sunrise. Nope. Here’s what Nick has to say about the film: WTF did you just watch? Perihelion is a sort of animated tone poem. It is a short… »

cool beans! Scott MacDonald is Tea Ballin’ for loopdeloop

By Mike Valiquette
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Loopdeloop‘s got another Canadian submission. This one’s from Scott MacDonald, and it’s gorgeous. See for yourself: Tea Ballin! from Scott MacDonald on Vimeo…. »

By Mike Valiquette
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A little sloppy slap-n-tickle for your Tuesday, courtesy of Toronto’s Noam Sussman. sexy times at the drive-in from Noam Sussman on Vimeo. It’s for loopdeloop.  If you like it, go vote for it…. »

Merry Christmas, one and all.

By Mike Valiquette

It’s 12:49 am on Christmas Day.  Cookies and milk are set out, tree is glowing, presents are wrapped, and Die Hard is on the TV.  All’s quiet, and I’ve got a few minutes before John McClane saves the day. So it’s time to post the coolest Christmas Special ever made, Nelvana’s trippy Cosmic Christmas. Merry… »

Merry Christmas from Aaron Long and Fester Fish

By Mike Valiquette
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Toronto’s Aaron Long managed to produce a Fester Fish Christmas episode in 3 weeks! Enjoy!… »

Holiday Awesomest: Secret Location and Fred and Sharon

By Mike Valiquette
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This wasn’t meant to be a contest, but if it were, we’d have a winner. Secret Location hired the pros to make their Holiday video: Kelowna’s Fred and Sharon. You should watch this…. »

Holiday Awesome! Animated Cards and Artwork from the Canadian Animation Community

By Mike Valiquette
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This time of year sees a lot of cool art and animation popping up in people’s in-boxes.  We’re going to try to provide a sampling: You can find this rendition of Old St. Nick on Montreal animator  Veronique Paquette’s blog.                 And Toronto’s Guru Studio sent this little… »

showcase: Hair & Mole

By Mike Valiquette

It’s been a bit of a slow week on here, so I thought it might be a good time to share a couple of shorts produced at Smiley Guy Studios in Toronto (my employer, full disclosure!)  Hair & Mole is a series of really simple, really short, really goofy cartoons about… you guessed it: a… »

Showcase: Monkey and the Rabbit, by Rodney G King

By Mike Valiquette

As we approach the weekend, I thought I’d give you something to stick in your eyeholes.  It’s Monkey and the Rabbit, by Rodney G King.  I asked Rodney about himself and the short, here’s what he had to say: I’m from New Brunswick, went to animation school out there, NBCC Miramichi. After that I got… »

showcase: Knot in My Heart, the Zolas, directed by Sean Arden

By Mike Valiquette

Got this by carrier pigeon the other day: it’s a lovely little stop-mo piece directed by Algonquin College alum, Sean Arden.  I asked Sean to give me some low-down on the short: Conceptually we wanted it to seem as much like video as possible. We went to great length to try to keep it smooth… »

showcase: the Right Place, by Jamie Gallant

By Mike Valiquette

Nice little bit of character animation by Ottawa-based Jamie Gallant.  Nice to see full animation, with solid timing.  Nicely done Jamie! The Right Place from Jamie Gallant on Vimeo…. »

typesetter blues

By Mike Valiquette

another Toronto-area production, this one’s called Typesetter Blues: Typesetter Blues is a 3-minute animated short starring a likeable monster named Harold. In this melancholy love story, Harold falls for a new coworker, who unfortunately falls harder for someone else. Voiced by Canadian legend Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her, Pillars Of The Earth) Typesetter Blues is… »

Ringo, by M.R. Horhager

By Mike Valiquette

M.R. Horhager is a Toronto-based animator and film-maker.  His film, Ringo has been popping up all over the place: RINGO or: The story of a couple who tried to revitalize their relationship but instead ruined a child. from MR Horhager on Vimeo…. »

Snowboy and Crow, by Ken Turner

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto’s Ken Turner has been making cartoons.  They’re called the World of Snowboy and Crow, and they’re about a boy made of snow, and a crow.  And Ken likes Tim Burton.  I think. I’ve been meaning to post Ken’s work for a long time.  He’s at every comic convention I go to, and he’s a… »

showcase: Smiley Guy’s HALO 401K

By Mike Valiquette

Another short from my gang here at Smiley Guy Studios.  HALO 401K.  Just in time for the launch of the game tomorrow, and this one we just made for ourselves. … »

showcase: Subway Thoughts – Boz and Coco, by Kurtis Scott

By Mike Valiquette

Kurtis keeps cranking out more Subway thoughts episodes… here’s the… »

showcase: For Baltimore, Tinman Creative Studios

By Mike Valiquette

Something cool for you to watch.  By Tinman Creative, from Toronto.  I like it a lot. All Time Low “For Baltimore” from Tinman Creative Studios on Vimeo…. »

Happy Halloween Canada.

By Mike Valiquette

In honour of this very odd holiday, here’s the zombie-riddled Teletoon pilot for Angora Napkin, by Troy Little and Nick Cross! Angora Napkin – pilot from Troy Little on Vimeo…. »

showcase: Smiley Guy’s Cloud 8

By Mike Valiquette

We’ve been sitting on this one for a while as it does the festival circuit, but Smiley Guy Studios’ Cloud 8 is now online.  This is the film that convinced me to join the studio.  The use of flash is really top notch.  Made with the assistance of BravoFact. Enjoy…. »

showcase: Smiley Guy and Mondo Media team up for iPhone parody

By Mike Valiquette

Full disclosure: for those who don’t know, I work at Smiley Guy Studios in Toronto.  I try not to cross-pollinate what I do there, with what I do here, but every once in a while there’s going to be something that’s worth posting.  Today is one of those days. Smiley Guy has been doing some… »

showcase: the Railway Steam Gallop

By Mike Valiquette

This came in from Carla Veldman.  It’s a film she did with legendary animator, Kaj Pindal. Here’s what she has to say about the film: A short stop-motion film I worked on with animator Kaj Pindal at Sheridan College in the summer of 2010, documenting a day in the life of a train. Music: The… »

Jon Klassen, animated by Fran Krause

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s something cool to put in your eye-holes as the week comes to a close.  It’s a trailer for Toronto-based artist, Jon Klassen‘s new book, This is Not My Hat, animated by super-awesome American animator Fran Krause…. »

Aaaawwwwwwwwwwwww! It’s the last episode of SUPER DUPER SUPER HERO.

By Mike Valiquette

Four in a row for Mike Geiger.  Here’s the fourth episode of SUPER DUPER SUPER HERO: SUPER DUPER SUPER HERO – EPISODE 4 from mike geiger animation on… »

showcase: Mulvar

By Mike Valiquette

He’s got my vote.  Wait, everybody’s making that joke. Mulvar, by Patrick Désilets. … »

SUPERDUPERSUPERHERO!!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

Episode three!  Featuring the diabolical menace of…… the Future!!!! SUPER DUPER SUPER HERO – EPISODE 3 from mike geiger animation on… »

showcase: GUM, by Noam Sussman, care of Cartoon Brew’s Student Festival

By Mike Valiquette

NOAM!!!! Noam Sussman likes to make funny faces and funny cartoons.  His Sheridan grad film, GUM is online via Cartoon Brew’s online student festival.  There’s a short interview with Noam as well. Here’s the link. And here’s the short: And here’s Noam’s blog…. »

PIGGOATBANANAMANTIS! by Dave Cooper, Johnny Ryan, and Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

Yep, you read that right.  The creative partnership of Dave Cooper and Nick Cross just added a whole new layer of awesome, with the help of Johnny Ryan.  Johnny’s not Canadian, but we won’t hold that against him, since he makes cool comix. So aim your eyeballs this way, for some sweet, sweet cartoonery. On… »

Super Duper Super Hero! Episode 2!

By Mike Valiquette

It’s Monday!  It’s August!  You know what that means? Mike Geiger’s got another episode of Super Duper Super Hero all ready for you to stick in your eye-holes! SUPER DUPER SUPER HERO – Episode 2 from mike geiger animation on… »

showcase: SUPER DUPER SUPER HERO!!! by Mike Geiger

By Mike Valiquette

Mike Geiger’s latest, SUPER DUPER SUPER HERO, is finally here! SUPER DUPER SUPER HERO – Episode 1 from mike geiger animation on Vimeo. Mike’s got four episodes planned so far, so look for them throughout the month of August!… »

Shameless Plug Thursday: Kurttoons

By Mike Valiquette

Another shameless plug for you before the day is truly done.  Kurttoons, by the very funny Kurtis Scott.  Kurtis has found a way to make quick little outlets for his writing using some pretty minimal animation. Here are his links: http://www.kurttoons.com https://twitter.com/#!/kurttoons http://www.youtube.com/user/Kurttoons There’s a bunch of the “Subway Thoughts” up in the YouTube page…. »

Shameless Plug Thursday: Youth Troop Tommy

By Mike Valiquette

First it was Colin’s book, now it’s this: Youth Troop Tommy.  For those of you who don’t know, when I’m not barely maintaining this site, I work at Smiley Guy Studios in Toronto.  We do a lot of different things at Smiley Guy, and the latest was this little gig for Mondo Media.  They gave… »

Post-TAAFI: Style5’s TAAFI Bumper

By Mike Valiquette

The other piece of filmic goodness to be produced for this year’s TAAFI is this, the TAAFI Bumper, by Style5.  We talked about it here.  And now you can see it for yourselves!   TAAFI Bumper 2012 from Sam Chou on Vimeo. Credits on the film include: Lettie Lo lettielo.blogspot.ca/ Marko Bajic mbajic.com/ Kristoffer W…. »

Post-TAAFI: Sponsor film by Tinman Creative

By Mike Valiquette

Lovely film by Tinman Creative for the 2012 sponsor reel.  Actual narrative. Here’s what they had to say about the film on their blog: We had the privilege of creating the Sponsorship Film for this year’s Toronto Animated Arts Festival International, otherwise known as TAAFI. This was the first year of the Festival, and it… »

showcase: Lil’ Red, by Cale Atkinson

By Mike Valiquette

We added this to our Vimeo Channel last week, but I wanted to make sure it got some space on the site too.  Lil’ Red is a really great short film by Cale Atkinson.  Cale is someone I came across years ago when I was working as a recruiter.  His work showed tremendous promise then,… »

Greatest Cartoons Never Made (sorta): Angora Napkin

By Mike Valiquette

Troy Little and Nick Cross just posted a Director’s Commentary of the Angora Napkin cartoon they produced as part of the Teletoon Pilot Project a few years ago.  It’s pretty much my favourite cartoon ever, but I’m biased. It’s a fun commentary, and you can really hear how much they enjoyed making it. The show… »

gradfilms: Two by Two, by Matthew Kalinauskas, Sheridan College

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s another gradfilm, this one from Sheridan College’s Matthew Kalinauskas, bit that’s all in the headline, isn’t it? It’s an older one, from 2008, but I hadn’t seen it before.  I found his blog too.  It’s here…. »

gradfilm: Summer Dream, by Rachel Jin, Algonquin College

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s another from the Algonquin grads: This little delight is by Rachel Jin.  You can see more of her work… »

Grad Films: Garlic Sauce, by Maria Yeoshen, Algonquin College

By Mike Valiquette

I had the chance to pop in at the Open House at Ottawa’s Algonquin College a week or two ago, and once again, I was surprised by the overall quality of the films.  Algonquin’s program has been steadily building a strong reputation, and in the past few years, the overall quality of the gradfilms has… »

the Making of Rock and Rule, Canadian Animation history lesson on YouTube

By Mike Valiquette

Thanks to Hobo Divine for pointing this out!  I haven’t made it through the whole thing yet (darn job keeps getting in the way), but this is definitely worth a watch.  Rock and Rule is a pivotal film in Canadian animation history, marking both a high and low point for what could be considered Canada’s… »

showcase: the Bubble Hub, by William Bradford

By Mike Valiquette

I was checking through old drafts for posts and discovered that I never published this one.  I think I tried contacting William and never heard back, something like that.  Either way, it’s worth seeing.  It’s by North Vancouver, BC animator and character designer William Bradford and is apparently a  test piece for a pitch package… »

Showcase: Apple Dap, directed by Hobo Divine for Pixel Pirate Studios

By Mike Valiquette

I can never get enough Hobo Divine (Jamie Sutton). Pixel Pirate Presents “APPLE DAP” from Saxton Moore on Vimeo. pixelpiratestudio.com presents it’s first of many Animated Shorties. This shorty starring “Apple Dap” is sure to put the Hip in your Hop. Swing on over to http://pixelpiratestudio.com/ for more fun and… »

showcase: Rumbleseat, by Mike Roberts

By Mike Valiquette

Directed by Mike Roberts, music by the Sadies. A young man whose life has just ended in a fiery racing accident is guided by four rockabilly band spectres who lead him, through a netherworld of lost souls, to either heaven or hell. Won best animated short the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. Screened at the CFC’s… »

“Garage” trailer, by Sam Chou and Style 5

By Mike Valiquette

I’m so glad Sam Chou has finally decided to share this.  It’s a trailer he produced to pitch a show called “Garage”.  Sam’s an outstanding director, and he put together a great little team for this.  It was produced with a real balance of artistry and economy, almost perfect in that respect. It’s also an… »

cool beans: Animation to Live Action Adaptation, “The Hockey Sweater” by grade 7 students

By Mike Valiquette

Too cool for school. The Hockey Sweater. A movie for school at Jh picard in english class. 7a. by: Max McPeak, Anthony Plettl, Luke Porter, Kael Tupper…. A Five Guys Production And here’s the NFB original, “The Sweater”, by Sheldon Cohen, based on the book by Roch Carrier.   Thanks to Chris Robinson for the… »

from the internets: Goodwin VS Badwin goin’ strong

By Mike Valiquette

A quick shout to Goodwin VS Badwin, on Mondo Media.  It was created by a Canadian, so it fits the bill.  The series is performing well, and rumour has it, there may be more episodes coming. This one’s my favourite so… »

Showcase: Myth of Robo Wonder Kid, by Joel Mackenzie

By Mike Valiquette

I’ve been keeping this one under my hat for a while, but I couldn’t be happier to finally share it with you guys!  It’s the Myth of Robo Wonder Kid, by Halifax animator Joel Mackenzie (along with some other very familiar names).  The song is PUSH, by Rich Aucoin, who does a bananas live show… »

showcase: Wait For Me Under the Lamp Post, by Luis Gadea

By Mike Valiquette

Another film from VFS.  This one’s by Luis Gadea.  He’s an actual… »

showcase: Satori

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s Satori, by Sheridan grad, Abhilasha Dewan, here’s her… »

showcase: Kevin Hearn’s “Monsters Anonymous”, directed by Chris Minzzz

By Mike Valiquette

Kevin Hearn, of the Barenaked Ladies, just released a music video for his song, “Monsters Anonymous”.  There’s all kinds of great voice talent on the record (can I call it that?) including Hawksley Workman and Jenn Grant.  The video was directed by Toronto animator/illustrator Chris Minzzz, based on sketches by Kevin himself. It’s a fun,… »

Showcase: Tough West, by Henrique Barone

By Mike Valiquette

There have been quite a few noteworthy little films popping up online out of Vancouver Film School’s classical animation program.  VFS has pretty quick turnaround, and a lot of their students are experienced animators from other country’s who are looking to get into Canada to work.  Student visa’s help a lot.  But it also means… »

showcase shortie: What Does Conan Have in His Hair, by Jon Izen

By Mike Valiquette

Jon Izen is always making something, and for the last little while, between paying gigs, he’s been making these: I’ll post more over the next little while. Thanks… »

Cool Beans: Film Experiment #1, by Hobo Divine

By Mike Valiquette

Everybody’s favourite hobo, Hobo Divine, shared this little bit of goodness on Facebook yesterday. Mr Divine explained that is just the first of what should be a small series, saying, “These are just tiny film experiments so I can learn the software I spent too much money on”. Looking forward to seeing… »

Merry Christmas!

By Mike Valiquette

It’s a bit of a tradition here at Canadian Animation Resources to post the 1970s Nelvana classic, Cosmic Christmas, and since I’m not one to mess with tradition, here ya go! Merry Christmas everybody.  Be safe, be well, and let’s do this all again in the new… »

Showcase: 8 Bit Blues, by Joel MacKenzie

By Mike Valiquette

A little something from East-Coaster Joel MacKenzie.  He’s got more, so check back. 8 Bit Blues from Joel Mackenzie on… »

showcase: More DunceBucket, Fifi et Bobo.

By Mike Valiquette

I really like this one.  The gag is an old one, every kid who made it to grade two french has made this joke in some form or another, but it was funny then, and it’s funny now.  Kinda like farts. Colin Jack‘s illustrative style translated beautifully to animation, credit to Wes Bryant for polling… »

the making of “the Devil and Daniel Mouse

By Mike Valiquette

A look back at animation production at Nelvana through the wayback… »

showcase: Steve the Superhero, by Jason Doll

By Mike Valiquette

Something for your eyes: Made by Jason Doll at Animation Dog. Here’s their “about” blurb: Animation Dog is an independent animation company specializing in traditional or classical animation. Animation Dog provides animation for businesses and organizations all over the world from its home base in Manitoba Canada. Animation Dog is established by Jason Doll, a… »

showcase: ‘Trigger Happy’ – Riccardo Durante & Mark Ackland, 2009

By sir warren b leonhardt

Another short from ye olde ‘Dunce Bucket’ pilot (2009) from the Ackland & Durante team. If the rumour was true and the production company who produced these was really looking to spend left over government incentives and paid for Dunce Bucket instead of wasting it, imagine what could happen if real money was put behind… »

DunceBucket’s “the Barber”, by Darren and Geoffrey Donovan

By Mike Valiquette

Yesterday, Warren posted one of the shorts from DunceBucket, one of the stronger pilots from the first Teletoon Pilot Project.  Today, I’m posting another, the Barber.  It’s short, bloody, and stylish, and was put together by Darren and Geoffrey Donovan, the brothers behind Blame Your Brother studio in Toronto.  Check ’em out here. The Barber… »

showcase: “Chicken Heaven” – Mark Ackland, Riccardo Durante

By sir warren b leonhardt

Originally created for the ill-fated 2009 ‘Dunce Bucket’ pilot, here’s the story of a chicken determined to cross the road and get him a nice piece of ass. heaven…Heaven…. »

Showcase: the Barley Way, by Amir Avni

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s a little something by Sheridan grad, Amir Avni. The Barley Way from Amir Avni on… »

Happy Canada Day!

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s the most Canadian of animated films: Sheldon Cohen’s the Sweater, to celebrate our national holiday. Enjoy!… »

showcase: Mike Geiger’s County Ghost, episode 5

By Mike Valiquette

It’s been a while since we’ve seen him, but here’s some more County Ghost for eyeholes to suck into your brain. county ghost – episode 5 from mike geiger animation on… »

showcase: Dr. Decapus, by Scott Lewis

By Mike Valiquette

Scott Lewis‘, Dr Decapus won honours this year in Algonquin’s traditional animation program. Enjoy! Dr. Decapus from Scott Lewis on… »

Showcase: Share, Jon Izen

By Mike Valiquette

Jon Izen makes stuff.  He’s the creator of March Entertainment’s Yam Roll and Black and White, with Mondo Media. Share popped up on his blog the other day.  It’s a music video (we seem to be seeing a lot of those lately) for Renee and Jeremy, singer/songwriters who, together, make “kids music for people of… »

Grad films, 2011: Film-Dump!

By Mike Valiquette

A few weeks ago, I put out a call for grad films and blog links.  Thank you to everyone who responded!  I’m doing my best to get the blogroll updated and will be posting grad films to the showcase here, in one big film-dump.  Check back, as I’ll be updating it. First up: Game Set… »

Showcase: Jackpot, by Ryan Wright

By Mike Valiquette

One of this year’s grad films from Algonquin College, Ryan Wright’s Jackpot was one of my personal favourites.  It looks much like one would expect, and demonstrates a graduate who has paid attention and done the work.  Then it gets a bit weird.  I like weird. Well done Ryan. Jackpot from Ryan Wright on… »

showcase: Thick as Thieves, Kevin Parry

By Mike Valiquette

Another favourite of the site (and by site, I mean me, let’s face it, I’m a self-indulgent tyrant), Kevin Parry, who created the super-awesome stop-mo short, the Arctic Circle, has just unveiled his latest project.  It’s a music video for Kalle Mattson. Here it is: Kalle Mattson – Thick As Thieves (Official Video) from Kevin… »

showcase: BLA BLA – Vincent Morisset, 2011

By sir warren b leonhardt

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 came up with their famous interactive video “be oNline B” . My impression  is that… »

cool beans: Curtis and Tara

By Mike Valiquette

Not sure where to put this.  Maybe under profiles, maybe under showcase?  Either way, today I’m introducing you to Curtis and Tara.  Apart from being two of the most genuinely (as far as I can tell) nice people I’ve met since I got my first job in animation, they also make stuff.  They’re responsible for… »

Happy Easter from Crush.

By Mike Valiquette

A little Easter goodness from art director, animator, motion graphic designer, illustrator Yoho Hang Yue at Crush, Toronto.  Here’s The Legend of the Golden Egg Warrior: “Legend Of The Golden Egg Warrior” from CRUSH on… »

Nick Fox-Gieg needs your vote!

By Mike Valiquette

Nick (yet another Nick making animated films) Fox-Gieg‘s animated short, The Orange, has been chosen as a finalist in YouTube’s NextUp competition.  He needs votes to push him ahead in the process. Here’s the note I received from Nick this morning: I just got chosen as one of 150 semifinalists in the YouTube NextUp competition,… »

showcase: Stump(Lump), by Mike Geiger

By Mike Valiquette

If you’re not following the comix over at thesupervillain.com, then you’re missing out.  Perennial favourite, Mike Geiger, decided he’d animate his strip this week, so bonus for us fans.  Here ya go: stump #17 from mike geiger animation on… »

showcase: Suzanne Marsden’s Ivy & Dummy, by Geoff Marshall and Decode Entertainment, UPDATED

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s a great little short based on the mini-comics by Ottawa artist Suzanne Marsden.  It was made by Geoff Marshall for Decode Entertainment.  I’ve asked Sue to share some background on the short, so check back in later for an update. Ivy And Dummy from Geoff Marshall on Vimeo. Here’s what Sue had to share… »

showcase: ‘Fixed’ – Jeffrey Thompson, 2010

By sir warren b leonhardt

I caught this film at the Sheridan student screening last year in 2010, and it stood out. Turns out it was Jeffrey Thompson’s thesis film, and I wound up working alongside him at Toronto’s House of Cool. Funny guy full of stories, and his film ‘Fixed’ is but one of many. He was even kind… »

showcase: Eggcellent – Martin Sokol, 2010

By sir warren b leonhardt

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 ahead of him if he could just tell me more about this film – I… »

showcase: 80s Zellers campaign – Lightbox Studios Inc.

By sir warren b leonhardt

In the 80s, the Zellers chain commissioned some cool commercials of the Batman and his supporting cast. I remember them fondly. Animated in Toronto by animation veteran Greg Duffell’s studio Lightbox Studios, Inc, I had a chance to ask him a bit about these spots. An excerpt from our email exchange: “…they were done 23… »

showcase: ‘Scary Larry’ – Mercury Filmworks/Lagardere Entertainment/1492 Pictures/Timoon Animation

By sir warren b leonhardt

A USA/France/Canada co-production, this teaser trailer for a proposed series ‘Scary Larry’ does a pretty good job of looking good for the budget, thanks to the folks at Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks. Animated entirely with ToonBoom. I hope the series can maintain this level of ‘limited-full’ animation. No North American distro is lined up yet, as… »

showcase: Mixar’s ‘Condiments’ – Starz Animation Toronto

By sir warren b leonhardt

A reliable unicorn told me that Starz Animation Toronto animated this parody that aired on ‘The Simpsons’ last week. Kind of ironic considering they also animated ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’, Touchstone’s sleeper hit (top 5 at the box office for the last 3 weeks) that was rumoured to be ousted from the Disney wheelhouse after the… »

Happy birthday, Stompin’ Tom! (via nfb.ca)

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s a little film by Paul Morstad, from 2004. from nfb.ca Moon Man is an animated short inspired by the song “Moon Man Newfie,” composed and sung by Canadian music legend Stompin’ Tom Connors. It tells the story of folk hero Codfish Dan, who made Newfoundland history after a lucky fishing trip on the Milky… »

not Canadian: David OReilly’s the External World

By Mike Valiquette

Well, here’s a whole lotta awesome.  Finally online, just about my favourite animated film from the past year or so: The External World from David OReilly on… »

Showcase: The Pig Farmer, by Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

Nick Cross’ latest film is now available to the public.  It’s popping up all over the place, but if you haven’t seen it yet, take a gander. Note: adult themes, violence and anthropomorphic boobies. The Pig Farmer from Nick Cross on… »

showcase: Jetcat in “Sacred Identity”

By sir warren b leonhardt

Guelph, Ontario cartoonist Jay Stephens gave a heads up that the 1999 Annie-nominated episode of his creation is online. It’s also the first Jetcat short that aired on Nicktoons “Kablam!” Enjoy! Jetcat originally debuted in the awesome indie creation ‘Oddville’ , a comics series that Jay put out with Oni Press & Dark Horse. In… »

showcase: Cordell Barker’s ‘Cat Crazed’ titles

By sir warren b leonhardt

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 fan question posted on the NFB Facebook page: “Cat Crazed was a great opportunity for me. … »

showcase: the Good Little Bunny with the Big Bad Teeth, by Jessica Borutski

By Mike Valiquette

It’s Christmas Day, and here’s my present to you, courtesy of Jess Borutski! The Good Little Bunny with the Big Bad Teeth from Foolish K. Bunny on… »

Showcase: Cosmic Christmas, Nelvana

By Mike Valiquette
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A Canadian Christmas classic in three parts, from back when Nelvana was cool. Best of the holidays to you all…. »

showcase: Skylight, by Dave Baas

By Mike Valiquette

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Pixellation Rocks

By sir warren b leonhardt

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 it. Suck on that, CGI. After 58 years, pixelation is still more fun. Making of… »

showcase: The Arctic Circle, by Kevin Parry

By Mike Valiquette

One of the best films I’ve seen in a while, Kevin Parry’s Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle from Kevin Parry on Vimeo. The film was completed last year at Sheridan, and has been making the festival rounds.  I did an interview with Kevin a few months back, which I’ll finally post here shortly, along with… »

showcase: Angora Napkin pilot – Troy Little, Nick Cross, 2009

By sir warren b leonhardt

The ‘Angora Napkin’ pilot is on the internet for all to see, as posted by one of the co-creators – after Teletoon’s glitchy iTunes release of their batch of Detour pilots two weeks ago. Nice to see the creators repping the film as they want it to be seen. Enjoy! More info after the film…. »

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

By sir warren b leonhardt

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 things zombie. More about Chris Walsh on his Vimeo Channel and blog. Here’s what he… »

showcase: Runaway – Cordell Barker, 2009

By sir warren b leonhardt

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 this post on Canadian Animation Resources and start browsing. While the series has already run… »

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

By sir warren b leonhardt

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 Montreal on Oct. 31 and not at the Stop-Motion Festival, perhaps you were at the… »

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

By sir warren b leonhardt

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, these shorts got aired once or twice on YTV a few years back, and were… »

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