Former lead Disney artist helps shape future animators


Veteran Disney animator Tom Bancroft known for his work on Disney greats such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas,” “Mulan” and “Brother Bear” is teaching a Lipscomb University and today the school published and interview with him about his career and his classes there.

The undergraduate animation program developed by Bancroft is only in its second semester of existence. He has taught Character Design I and Character Design II and plans on teaching additional classes as the program progresses into its second year. Bancroft says he has also been excited to bring in industry experts as adjunct professors, including John Hill and John Pomeroy, who teach Animation History and 2D Animation, respectively.

You can read the entire article here.

Japanese Artists Show Off their Workspaces

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I don’t know about you but I’m always interested to see other artist’s work spaces. Well Kokatu has compiled a whole slew of Japanese artist’s workspaces> Most seem to be manga setups but there’s a few animators in there as well.

From the site:

For well over a year, professional and amateur artists alike have been uploading photos of their workstations under the tag #絵描きさんの作業環境が見たい (“I want to see artists’ work environments.”) Amateurs and professionals alike have been uploading images, offering a fascinating peek at the different spaces in which people draw. Some work in an analog way, while others work digitally. The workspaces ran from chic to comfy, and from clean to dirty.

Anyway, check it out via the link below.

Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators

Pixar in a Box is reporting that Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators!

From the site:

Up there with being an astronaut, comic book artist, or the President, there’s one job that your average kid would probably love to snag: Working at Pixar. Animation and Pixar enthusiasts of all ages, take note! Pixar in A Box (or PIAB) is a collaboration between Khan Academy and Pixar Animation Studios that focuses on real-Pixar-world applications of concepts you might usually encounter in the classroom. The latest batch of Pixar in a Box, released today, gives Makers a rare peek under the hood so that you can get a whiff of the warm engine that keeps those Pixar pistons pumping. There’s no need to register for the course, nor a requirement to watch the lessons in order — just head to their site and start exploring!


You can read the entire article here.

10 types of comedic entrances


A truly interesting read and video defining the different types of entrances in live action and animation from a pretty cool website called Comedy for Animators.

Click the link below to read more!

10 Types of Comedic Entrances

HBO’s “Animals” trailer

Here’s a trailer for the upcoming HBO series Animals from Starburns Industries (who also make Ricky and Morty for Adult Swim). The animation reminds of first season of Archer (which got better after the third season) but the jokes are humorous and it seems to have a good voice cast. I’ll definitely watch it!

Here’s a great sum up from Peter Sciretta’s review over at Slashfilms

Animals might be the weirdest, craziest, most interesting television show in a long time. The new HBO show feels like someone took a funny clever animated short film from the Sundance Film Festival and adapted it into a television series. The result feels like nothing else on television.

You can read the entire review here.

Animals, a new comedy from Duplass Brothers Television, premieres February 5 at 11:30/10:30c on HBO.