For his final masterpiece, The Wind Rises, legendary writer/director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. From the LA Times: “The film, based on a short story by Japanese poet Hori Tatsuo, follows Jiro through pre-World War II Japan, the country’s devastating 1923 earthquake, a tuberculosis epidemic, and economic troubles that preceded the war. It’s a departure from Miyazaki’s previous work, which often relied on myth, magical realism, and a strong focus on nature.” The Wind Rises was released briefly earlier this month for an Oscar-qualifying run, but is due out in theaters February 21st, 2014. It will be interesting to see if it can beat the heavily favored-to-win Frozen.
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You’re always hearing everyone bang on an about how difficult it would be to make a Wonder Woman movie or TV series, that she doesn’t speak to this generation, that female heroes are a tough sell, that she’s corny or the backstory doesn’t work anymore (although it’s essentially Thor with boobies)… These DC Nation shorts, however, prove just how awesome the character can be. Here we have WW re-imagined as a glorious Grand Theft Auto/70′s/Pop Art super-babe. The animation is totally next-level bad-ass. Check them out (they’re only a minute or so each) and then pass them along to any Warner execs and nerdy screenwriters you know. Let’s get the ball rolling on bringing this to the big screen.
The 1966 Batman television series intro has been given a homemade remake in this new Cinefix episode of Homemade Movies. It was directed by Pasadena-based animator and musician Dustin McLean of DustFilms. Kicking things off, here’s the intro to the classic 1966 show. Cartoon Batman and Robin come to life! Below, watch a side-by-side comparison of the real intro and the homemade intro. Amazing! WOW! Sounds like the music’s by Petra Haden, who knows her way around homemade soundtracks. (via laughingsquid)
A new animation from Disney Shorts. (via laughingsquid)
Bob’s Burgers, Fox’s Sunday-night hit on its Animation Domination block, will soon be showing up on newsstands as a comic book. Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Dynamite Entertainment have partnered to develop a book based on the animated show. “We could not be more pleased to add Bob’s Burgers to the our line of comics,” Dynamite’s CEO Nick Barrucci announced today. “It’s stylish and hilarious, a feel-good concept that can be both heartwarming and mischievous at the same time… [It's] a fantastic product that will appeal to readers of all ages.” But wait – there’s more. Bob’s Burgers will also be a Comic-Con panel on July 19 with creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and members of the cast. Now all that’s left is to create a flesh-and-blood Bob’s Burgers chain of restaurants. Stay hungry, comic fans, your Burgers will be ready soon. (via deadline)
Not too long ago, the people at I Love Dust were asked by the Cartoon Network to work with them on a music video for the network’s 20th-birthday celebration. What resulted was this trippy epic two-minute video featuring original music from Mad Decent and virtually every character Cartoon Network has had over the past 20 years. Of course, you’ve probably seen it numerous times – it’s not new, it’s on iTunes, Amazon, and the Cartoon Network’s YouTube channel – but we hadn’t seen it until today. And it made our day, oh boy. So let’s look at it again right now.