Movie Review: Trolls

A few weeks I had the opportunity to see Trolls and what an experience it was. It wasn't until the movie started that I realized I've never seen a trailer. I've only seen the teaser and I guess I mentally wrote it off as a trailer. Now that I've seen the trailer after watching the movie, I wonder if I would have received the movie differently. 

Overall the character design was very cute and appealing. After looking at the old Troll toys and the Trolls in the movie I could no be upset at the new redesigns. My nostalgia must have mentally blocked out how creepy the previous generation of Trolls were. These new Trolls are bold and super colorful making them easy to market to young children and collectors alike. 

Unfortunately for those of us that enjoy a refreshing story, Trolls was very predictable once it got started and it wasn't that memorable. I can admit that I enjoyed it however, I can not pick specific moments that really had me going as a viewer. There were very debatable scenes with the servant and her self image that was handled in a very cliche way. Also I found that having the Bergens eat Trolls in order to be happy was slightly uncomfortable but mainly odd. 

Although Trolls was not a movie I was dying to see, I'm indifferent to it. It was not horrible or boring. They incorporated songs just to have them in there which often kept the story from progressing. I can imagine this movie to be a little tough for parents to sit through and maybe the Bergens a little scary for some young ones. Despite that getting Trolls on DVD or streaming it will not be a waste of your time. 

Movie Review: Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

When I first met my mentor and we began talking about the history of animation, I expressed to him that I was not aware of many Black animators and contributors to American animation. Of all the people he suggested that I immediately look up, Floyd Norman was one the names that stood out. 

What ended up being super helpful to me, was discovering that Floyd has a blog! Check it out

"I'll be sharing my art and experiences on this site. Plus, I'll be devoting much of the space to Walt Disney Studio history. That is, the Disney history I personally experienced. I make no pretense of being a Disney historian and I confess I've done little research concerning the things I write. That's because I experienced it all first hand during the final years of Walt Disney's Golden Era. Now, I'm willing to share those incredible times with you. If you love Disney magic as much as I do, and if you have an interest in learning more, please join in. "

I have been following his blog for quite some time now and when I caught wind of a documentary about his journey being made I was excited.

One of the most memorable moments from the film was listening to his current and ex wife talk about him. Although I understand that this documentary is about Floyd's career at Disney and his passion for telling stories. I personally am always interested in the transparency on what it is like to date and / or marry an artist like him. His first wife spoke candidly on how she thinks his current wife Adrienne Brown-Norman is best for him. Adrienne and Floyd have such a loving and seemingly passionate friendship that I personally admired. To be married to someone AND work at the same place, they 

I love how genuine his passion is to being an artist and storytelling. Watching this documentary made me reflect on how I should get back to making art. I may have to do some digging and reconnect with the young ambitious girl that always wanted to work in animation. All in all if you enjoy documentaries, animation history, Disney I can't imagine you going wrong with this one. Watch the trailer below. 

 

To learn more about the film you can visit Floydnormanmovie.com. It is also available for digital viewing on various platforms. 

 

Animation Highlight - Borrowed Time

A few weeks ago the creatives behind the short film “Borrowed Time” visited the studio. They screened the film as well as engaged in a Q&A Afterwards. 

Directors Lou Hamou-Lhadj, Andrew Coats and producer Amanda Deering Jones expressed that this short was not intended for kids. They wanted to push the envelope in making something a bit darker than expected. I appreciated them saying that they wanted to show that animation should be considered as a medium and not a genre.

What is cool about this production is that it’s apart of Pixar’s short program where employees are allowed to use Pixar’s resources to create a side project outside of work hours! Borrowed Time delivers the tug at the emotional strings that we are accustomed to with Pixar films and shorts HOWEVER unlike the norm, there is no "happily ever after" here. 

Watch the full short below and comment or tweet me your thoughts! 

To learn more about the film you can visit borrowedtimeshort.com and follow them on twitter

Spoke Art NYC & Bob's Burgers

Look at that! another post about Bob's Burgers! 

Over the weekend I went to the Spoke Art Gallery in NYC to check out a Bob's Burgers exhibit. Spoke art describes the exhibit as being "Comprised of original painting and sculpture as well as a multitude of limited edition prints, Bob’s Burgers is a wide-ranging display of artistry from all over the world. Exhibiting a host of different styles and talents, each work expresses the fun and comical influence of the show. "

Image courtesy of Spoke Art NYC

Image courtesy of Spoke Art NYC

 
Image courtesy of Spoke Art NYC

Image courtesy of Spoke Art NYC

I've became a HUGE Bob's Burgers fan a bit more than a year ago thanks to a coworker at my former job. He introduced me to this iconic show. At first I was unsure as to if the gallery was going to be art from the show or artwork from the artists who contribute to the show. As of now I'm still a little unsure. I'll classify it as really fun, energetic and impressive fan art. There were more than a few I dreamt of one day purchasing. A few artists had prints available for sale. According to the Spoke Art site however, most if not all of them are sold out. They did list all of the contributing artists so if you're like me you can follow them and see what else they may have for sale. All in all this was a refreshing exhibit that catered to the Bob's Burger fanatic that I'm growingly becoming.  

The exhibit opened on Saturday Sept 24th and will run through Sunday Oct 16 so be sure to check it out if you'll be in town or have the time. It's free and if you're a fan of the show I do not know why you wouldn't go. 

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Sailor Moon Inspired Tattoo Design

A former classmate reached out to me a few weeks ago for a tattoo design. Although I am not ready to take on commissions ( between commuting almost 5hrs a day to and from work, looking for an apartment closer to work, growing a completely unrelated side project) carving out time to create art for myself is a challenge, to attempt to fully take on commissions would be overkill. 

I accepted anyway. This illustration proposed some unexpected challenges that lead to creative problem solving. I used Adobe Illustrator CS5 for majority of the illustration and used Adobe Photoshop CS5 for the shading. 

In due time I'll be ready to take on more commission. For now this one turned out to be right up my alley.

It's A Wrap!

My mother and I

Last week I attended my first crew screening and wrap party for Ice Age: Collision Course! As I've stated a few times on this blog, it has been a dream of mine for about 14 years now to work on an animated feature film. 

In short the movie was pretty good. Enough of it had changed since I last saw it in the studio. I wont be reviewing it but I was really happy with the decisions that the directors and executives made. 

Production Assistants!! 

For anyone that has hopes and is aiming towards working in a feature film studio be it animation or live action, I'm not going to tell you how amazing the wrap party itself is, but it was pretty AMAZING! Celebrating with my coworkers about the job well done, one can't help but feed off all of the positive energy (with the help of a good DJ of course!). 

Ice Age: Collision Course will be in theaters July 22, 2016. Look for my name in the credits! (I'm under the Production Management section)