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5 Things You Need To Know About The Chinese/American Feature ‘Rock Dog’
Director Ash Brannon, animation studio Reel FX, and actors Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard are all involved in this Chinese animated feature.

via Cartoon Brew:

1. Rock Dog marks the first time a Chinese animated feature has been designed as a cross-cultural project for both Chinese and Western audiences.

2. Rock Dog tells the story of Bodi, a Tibetan Mastiff who becomes obsessed with an old-school rocker (and cat) named Angus, and must prove to his father that being a musician is a worthy career path for a dog.

3. The film is based on the popular Chinese graphic novel Tibetan Rock Dog written and illustrated by Zheng Jun, who was also one of China’s first major rockstars in the mid-1990s.

4. Although Rock Dog originated in China and has Chinese backers, the film has an American director — Ash Brannon — and was animated by an American studio — Reel FX — the studio responsible for The Book of Life and Free Birds (the latter of which Brannon was directing at one time).

5. The film will debut in China on October 1. A U.S. release date and distributor have not been announced at this time, but a significant release of some sort is likely.

rotoscopers.com
'Kung Fu Panda 3' Co-Director Talks 'First Supernatural Villain' and J.K. Simmons
Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the co-director of Kung Fu Panda 3, dishes on the franchise's first supernatural baddie.

“In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-director Jennifer Yuh Nelson discussed the villain in greater detail and explained exactly why J.K. Simmons is the perfect voice for this character.

First, she emphasized how much more powerful and menacing he is in comparison to other villains: ‘He’s somebody that’s beyond Tai Lung, beyond Shen.’ True to the words of Guillermo Del Toro (the film”s producer), Kai will be the most formidable and menacing villain yet. ‘He’s a villain that Po is completely ill-equipped to face.’”

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Open source Marxism: Free PDFs from Historical Materialism, Verso, and Jacobin
"Knowledge must be held in common." — lumpenism, Omnia Sunt Communia

Stumbled across an amazing database of free Marxist PDFs, the posts of which seems to be password protected but whose files are nevertheless accessible. Even if these get taken down, as seemed to happen with the Fuck V£R$0 blog a few years ago, the cat is already out of the bag. As Novara Media pointed out following the Lawrence & Wishart copyright controversy in 2014, once published these things tend to obey the logic of the so-called “Streisand effect.” They explained that “[the] attempt to ban or censor something will tend to increase its prominence and breadth of dissemination. The instantly and near-infinitely replicable quality of digital information makes this easy.”

cartoonbrew.com
Hollywood is Developing Pez Dispensers, The Animated Feature
The Pez feature will "touch the hearts of many," claim its producers.

“Envision Media Arts has partnered with Pez Candy to create an animated feature based on its candy — and presumably the spring-loaded flip-top toys through which the candies are dispensed.

Of course, optioning a brand and writing a script is very different from raising the tens of millions necessary to produce an animated feature. In other words, this project still has a long way to go yet.”

Fun fact I was doing extremely terrible at sketching Link for like an hour, so I made this news report to state just that

Then I uh accidentally sketched him well in the example box - heh - Trying to sketch in semi-realism anatomy is terrible I think I’m stuck on cartoony/simple for my style