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1. How ‘Adventure Time’ Revitalized Post-Apocalyptic Storytelling

There’s too much post-apocalyptic fiction around, in books and movies, TV and games. I’d toss the lot into a dumpster now, except for "Adventure Time."

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2. New Job Openings at Google Doodles, Gumball, Moonbot, Moving Colour and Nick

Are you hunting for a great animation job? The Cartoon Brew Job Board is the ideal place to look for your next gig,

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3. ‘Foodfight’ Director Larry Kasanoff is Making An ‘Epic Sci-Fi’ Tetris Movie with “Intergalactic Significance”

While there may be some truth to the old adage that in Hollywood, no one knows anything, people in Hollywood do know a few things, namely that the animated feature "Foodfight!" is an epic work of genius and the film's director Larry Kasanoff is a hot commodity.

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4. Tomorrow in NYC: An Evening with the National Film Board of Canada

Tomorrow night in Manhattan, the National Film Board of Canada will present its latest films.

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5. Want: Gertie the Dinosaur and Winsor McCay Figurine

This Gertie the Dinosaur and tuxedoed Winsor McCay garage kit is especially appropriate in 2014, the 100th anniversary of McCay's seminal animated film.

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6. Japanese Company SoftBank In Talks To Buy DreamWorks Animation: Explained

Everything you need to know about the possible sale of DreamWorks to Japanese company SoftBank.

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7. ‘The Missing Scarf’ by Eoin Duffy

A black comedy exploring some of life's common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally the fear of death.

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8. ‘Boxtrolls’ Opens with $17.3 Million; Laika’s Best-Ever U.S. Opening

Laika's third feature film, "The Boxtrolls," distributed by Focus Features, opened in third place in the United States with an estimated $17.3 million.

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9. Don Hertzfeldt Created The Opening For Tonight’s ‘Simpsons’ Season Premiere

Tonight Don Hertzfeldt will join the ranks of directors who have created an opening "couch gag" for "The Simpsons."

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10. Artist of the Day: Robin Joseph

Today we look at the work of Robin Joseph, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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11. 7 Gorgeous Graduation Films from Gobelins

Earlier this month, the class of 2014 graduate films from French animation school Gobelins were published online.

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12. The Challenges of Designing Tiny Costumes for “The Boxtrolls”

Costume designer Deborah Cook talks about the challenges of designing tiny costumes for the characters of Laika's "The Boxtrolls."

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13. Disney Releases Second Full-Length ‘Big Hero 6′ Trailer

Disney released a second full-length trailer today for "Big Hero 6."

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14. ‘In The Air Is Christopher Gray’ by Felix Massie

Christopher Gray has been in love with Stacey for quite some time, and no amount of lemonade can cool his desire. Meanwhile, Barry Flint has just bought his son a five-foot python from the pet store.

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15. New Listings This Week on Cartoon Brew’s Job Board

Are you looking for just the right animation job? The new Cartoon Brew Job Board is the ideal place to search.

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16. Mexico’s Biggest-Ever Animation Industry Event, Festival by Pixelatl, Begins Today

Festival by Pixelatl begins today in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in what promises to be the largest-ever animation industry event that has ever happened in Mexico.

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17. ‘In the Beginning’ by Arthur Metcalf

A short film about a little girl's hand in Earth's creation.

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18. The Hundreds Continues To Rip Off Animation Artwork For Its Clothes

The Los Angeles fashion label The Hundreds has been caught in the past selling merchandise with traced images from animated films. Is it legal? Is it ethical?

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19. U – The Cheesebridge Look

The setting for Laika’s upcoming stop motion film The Boxtrolls takes place in in Cheesebridge, a fictional faux-18th century city that houses the underground dwelling Boxtrolls and everyone else, who live above ground under the political lead of the Lord Portley-Rind and his upper crust council The White Hats. To help visualize the world of The Boxtrolls, which is a mélange of German Expressionism, steampunk and tktktkt, they enlisted the aid of concept illustrator Michel Breton. Breton’s work possesses a nervous line quality that was kept in the final designs for not only the props and sets but also the costumes. “A lot of the linework in these costumes is slightly crooked which fits in perfectly with the sets,” said Deborah Cook, who designed the costumes for the film. “It comes from the original concept illustrations for the film, the line work is kind of wiggly and we just brought that through to combine everything into our own unique look for Cheesebridge. The Cheesebridge look.” Cook, who also designed the costumes for ParaNorman, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Corpse Bride, does technical fabric testing and character studies as well as working with the project designer, directors and character designer to help develop the film’s visual language and the color script. Eugène Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People”, 1830 To get a vibe for the colors used in an era, Cook begins by looking at art from the time period. The color palette for the costumes came from Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People”. “It’s just got little bits of turquoise and ochre and different shades of yellow and the browns and the touches of token red is where the Red Hats came in.” “We wanted some authenticity to the era so we’ve used some velvets and chiffons and things, but we back them in something [else]. We use the properties of two fabrics, for example, Eggs’ pants has got a non-stretch suiting on the top, but it’s backed with lycra.” In terms of construction, some of the sewing on the surface is done with machines, but the costumes are always fitted onto the puppets by hand. “All of the puppets are hand made so they’ve got a certain difference in them, so even though there might be duplicate [puppets] of Eggs, each one has got it’s own little idiosyncratic shape. It might only be a few millimeters out here or there but it’s a big difference [in stop motion]. If you did that all by machine and tried to fit it, each puppet would look so different, so you really have to line it up by eye and fit it by hand. (Costume Image #2) When with such small subjects, scale is always a concern. If a character is supposed to be wearing denim, you cannot use the actual fabric, because once it’s blown up to full size on the screen, it will no longer look like denim. Laika uses laser etching to create everything from pressed velvets, to lace, to cutting elaborate patterns into materials. Cook also did intensive research on military and gang clothing. This was particularly a great deal of inspiration for Cheesebridge’s high society TKTKT, The White Hats and Snatcher’s exterminator crew The Red Hats. “For the white hats, it’s kind of a distilled [military] presence; lot of medals and sashes. Lord Portley-Rind looks militaristic, he’s got his plate on the front, he’s got his tails and his top hat and his feather plume. As far as gangs, [it was] to try and get a feel for how people customized their own clothing and how much of it came from or are influenced by more sort of upper class clothing. [So] when it comes to the Red Hats, [the mark making is] done in a very different way, it still denotes them as a kind of gang or a team or as a recruited party of some kind but they’ve sort of customized their own jackets.” To compliment the contorted lines of the sets, crooked line work was implemented into the designs of the costumes. TKTKTKT still functional… “We put [the lines] in places where the pants needed to stretch so that when he’s not moving those lines are closer together and when he moves it gives him the stretch that he needs. It really helps the animators if he needs to kneel down so he’s got a lot of lines around his knees and up around his butt. Another thing we do in the costume [is] we line the seams up so everything’s got several purposes, they also need to pass over the puppet’s access points so they’re not twisting the costumes around or impairing movement.”

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20. Sony Unveils CGI Popeye Test by Genndy Tartakovsky

Sony Pictures Animation just debuted on its YouTube channel an exclusive animation test from Genndy Tartakovsky's "Popeye" CG feature.

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21. Goodbye Hub Network, Hello Discovery Family

It was fun while it lasted: the underperforming Hub Network, an equal partnership between Discovery Communications and toymaker Hasbro is shutting down.

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22. Ottawa Winners: ‘Hipopotamy,’ ‘Seth’s Dominion’ Win Top Prizes

Veteran Polish filmmaker Piotr Dumala won the short film grand prize for "Hipopotamy" at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, which wrapped up its 2014 edition yesterday.

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23. “Ella’s World: The Snow Pig” by Bill Wray and Jose Cubero

"Ella's World" is a new cartoon show developed by Bill Wray from initial concept and characters by Jose Cubero.

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24. Behind “BoJack Horseman” With Its Creator and Supervising Director

"BoJack Horseman" creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and director Mike Hollingsworth speak with Cartoon Brew about the making of the show, its dark but sincere tone, and the lighter side of bestiality.

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25. CBTV: ‘Journey of Two’ by Joshua Mulligan

Two best friends wake up and start the day.

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