Here’s a fantastic looking trailer for Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, a documentary exploring the life of Disney animator Floyd Norman.
An intimate journey through the celebrated life and career of the
‘Forrest Gump’ of the animation industry: Disney legend Floyd Norman.
Hired as the first African-American at Disney in 1956, Floyd worked on
such classics as SLEEPING BEAUTY and 101 DALMATIANS before being
handpicked by Walt Disney to join the story team on THE JUNGLE BOOK. After Walt Disney’s death in 1966, Norman left Disney to found Vignette
Films, where he developed the original FAT ALBERT TV special and
produced segments for SESAME STREET. He would later work at
Hanna-Barbera on many classic cartoons, including SCOOBY DOO. After
Hanna-Barbera, Floyd’s talents took him to Pixar to work on TOY STORY 2
and MONSTERS INC. On Mr. Norman’s 65th birthday in 2000, Disney HR
forced Floyd to retire. Refusing to leave his “home,” Floyd has
“hijacked” a cubicle at Disney Publishing, unpaid, for the past 16
years, picking up freelance work when he can. At 81 he continues to
have an impact as both an artist and a mentor. Mr. Norman plans to “die
at the drawing board.”
“Of Stars and Men is a film from the Hubley family of animators, John and Faith Hubley. It is based on the 1959 book of the same name by astronomer Harlow Shapley,
who also narrates. Made in the style of a documentary, it tells of
humankind’s quest (in the form of a child) to find its place in the
universe, through themes such as outer space, physical matter, the meaning of life and the periodic table. It has been cited as an example of an ‘animated documentary’.
When it was finished, the film was first screened during a conference at MIT’s Visual Department. The film’s public premiere was on April 28, 1964 at New York’s Beekman Theater. The critical reception was uniformly positive.
Its genre was a matter of contention among festival curators. At the Venice Film Festival, Of Stars and Men was placed in the live-action feature category, while at the San Francisco Film Festival, it competed in the documentary category and won an award.”
I love the implication that Konoha just jumped on the reality tv bandwagon because you can't script anything weirder than whatever happens to Team 7, no matter the genre.
Well, given the trend of shinobi over time (actual shinobi world war to festival like chuunin exams) I wouldn’t be surprised if all the villages are joining in the media arms race.
Konoha has a bit of a head start seeing as how Team Seven were literally in a blockbuster movie, and not to mention that they’re the first ones to stumble into the reality tv format. Why fix what isn’t broken?
Actually, maybe different villages specialize in different formats? Konoha is tv documentary, Sand is animation–edit: The Muppets thanks @azersol, how could I be so foolish?–Cloud is musical competitions (ABDC and The Voice), etc. etc.
Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of Nirvana’s acclaimed album Nevermind. The album produced hits such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come As You Are,” and “Lithium.” In honor of the anniversary, we recognize filmmaker Brett Morgan’s brilliant documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
“Experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the first fully authorized portrait of the famed rock music icon. Director Brett Morgen expertly blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music, and never-before-seen home movies with animation and revelatory interviews with his family and closest confidants. Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, Washington, through the height of his fame, a visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist at odds with his surroundings emerges.
While Cobain craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame, his epic arc depicts a man who stayed true to his earliest punk rock convictions, always identifying with the “outsider” and ensuring the music came first.” —Hussain Currimbhoy.
probably boring to non-animators, but I love these super-real ‘making of’s. 5 young animators get put through the wringer to meet the demands of their revered director. (Shoutout to anyone mid-grind right now)