Saturday, 11 December 2010

Chuck Jones


Work/achievements


Loony Tunes 


Looney Tunes - Golden Collection
Looney Tunes - Golden Collection



 3 0f which are in the National Film Registry(Duck Amuck, One Froggy Evening and Whats Opera, Doc?) hailed by critics to be some of the best cartoons ever made and I hope to explain why later in this blog.


Jones also won 3 oscars for Scent -imental resons, So Much for So Little and The dot and the Line.


The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics
The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics



He Recived an Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences for "the creation of classic cartoon cartoons and cartoon characters whose animated lives have brought joy to our real ones for more that half a century"


why I believe he's made a major contribution to the world of animation.

Chuck showed what could be done on a short time and a low cost. With much less money and time he was able to make cartoons which matched (or in some cases beaten) disney cartoons. He was able to create memrobal characters who will carry on to live on well after his death.


Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Vol. 4
Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Vol. 4







Heres how he was able to come up with such great cartoons...





Backgrounds/colours
unique and stylised. Simple only showing what was needed to aid the animation. Bright. Characters not shaded.




Set movements and characteristics for characters, same for every cartoon there in. Characters made to be comical. Made for adults. Can be recognised in silhouette.
Mr Jones doesn’t draw Bugs Bunny. He draws pictures of Bugs Bunny” (Cholodenko,1991:59). His point was that the child thought of the character as being alive and believable, which was, in Jones’ belief, the key to true character animation.
Jones cartoons were all character driven. Cartoons based on situation comedy, how characters handle the situation there in. short 6 minutes in length.

But what makes Jones’ cartoons stand out is the gags themselves which are based on how the characters act in the situation there in or something random happening (the hop guy in dover boys) and the final punchline at the end of episodes.

"We never stopped to analyze what made our cartoons funny. If they made us laugh, then we hoped the audience would follow."(Jones, 2007:58).

Music was there to help drive the animation and was never used to substitute for animation(i.e you could watch the cartoon without music and still understand the story).
Jones created character by Way of Moving rather than by mere appearance. (Kenner, 1994:91)
The animation didnt have to be realistic (like in disneys shorts) ony belevable.
Didnt have as much money or time as disney. Make quick cartoons for cheep.
Pose to pose animation.
Use of cycles/reuse of cells
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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Walt disney

How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life
How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life


Disneys Start
1922, fi#E4E4E4 from his job as a cartoonist for not being able to draw. Gets by, by making short silent cartoons for local theatres. He's not a skilled artist and his first animations are basic, but what got him by was his ability to make interesting characters and his story telling ability and it was this that helped him climb to fame.

One of the cartoons that was shown was 'Alice's Wonderland'. In this Disney wanted to see how real life and animation could mix into one. This was just testing the idea and later disney made a full length movie, 'mary poppins' is the future that turned out to be a huge success.

Mary Poppins (45th Anniversary Special Edition)
Mary Poppins (45th Anniversary Special Edition)
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
After the end of the Alice series Disney went on to create a character for Carl Laemmle, head of Universal Studios. Carl wanted a cartoon featuring a rabbit and so Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was born. At first Oswald was not 'lovable' enough so Disney went back to the drawing board and showed him a new version which he liked and kept. Later Disney got fi#E4E4E4 and lost the rights to his character. Seeing how well this loveable character sold Disney went to the drawing board to create a new loveable character and ended up with Mickey Mouse.

Walt Disney Treasures - The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Walt Disney Treasures - The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit


Steamboat willie
He realised that having sound in animation was the way forward so he worked on developing a short with sound in it. This short was 'Steamboat Willie' . Walt wanted his characters to talk but as this had never been done before he was not sure whether this would look real or not and Walt, being the perfectionist he was, he didn't want it looking fake. They tested this by recording them playing instruments and making sound effects whilst the cartoon was playing in silence on a projector. The realised this worked and so joined the 2 medias up and showed it in cinemas.

Vintage Mickey
Vintage Mickey

Silly Symphonies
Disney developed 'Silly Symphonies' to test out new technology, like techni-colour to the multi-plane camera. These advances lead to the development of the full length films. Donald duck made his 1st appearance in a silly symphonies(the wise little hen)

Walt Disney Treasures - Silly Symphonies
Walt Disney Treasures - Silly Symphonies



 Snow white 
Disneys 1st film, was an instant hit with an audience of over 20million. It made Disney over $8million at a time when cinema tickets were around 25cents. It was here that he was finally able to peruse his dream of realism. Disney use roto-scoping to capture the reel life movements of the characters.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live w/ Blu-ray packaging)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live w/ Blu-ray packaging)

Pinocchio
He invested his earnings into his next feature film pinocchio.  Pinocchio took a team of 750 artists 3 years to complete, this was due to Disney's desire for perfection. If he didn't like what the animators had done he would send them back and get them to re-do it. It cost a total of $2.6million this was due to Disney's willingness to invest in key scenes. Disney used the multi-plane camera, invented by Disneys. here to create a 3d effect and bring the viewers 'into' the film.

Pinocchio (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition)
Pinocchio (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition)
The Reluctant Dragon
In May 1940 Disney moved into a new Headquarters at Burbank. It was here that Disney transformed animation into a production line process. Here at last was the factory Disney had dreamed of. Disney's first live action movie was 'The Reluctant Dragon' which showed the world an inside look at the Disney studio this is the film that started the whole 'happy atmosphere' disney employes seem to have e.g disney land nowadays.

Disney Animation Collection 6: The Reluctant Dragon
Disney Animation Collection 6: The Reluctant Dragon


Dumbo

Dumbo (60th Anniversary Edition)
Dumbo (60th Anniversary Edition)

The film was designed to gain money due to the loss they made making pinoccio and fantasia.
was made fast (within 5 months) due to the strike some animators had due to pay. animators went for a simpler style, replacing the animated backgrounds in Pinocchio with simpler more cartoonish backgrounds as they realised they didn't have the money to make more complex characters, background story e.c.t.

Bambi 

Bambi (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
Bambi (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)

Took 5 years to make. Disney wanted a new level of realism so he had a zoo built into the studio so animators could study animals and their movements. He also sent photographers out into the woods to capture movements of nature, one of these being the properties of rain.

Future of animation

Disney created a new university, The California Institute of arts. He thought of this as the ultimate in eduction for the arts, were folk from different art backgrounds could all work together. Walt created this when he realised the need to teach the unique skills needed for disney staff. It was the 1st corporate university and remains one of the largest in the world.
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