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Another Cal Arts graduate, Peter Chung changed the face of MTV with his pure action adventure of "Aeon Flux" on Liquid Television.

Of course we had Speed Racer...but this was a new sort of Eastern/Western graphic approach of super heroine via Anime done MTV style. Peter Chung gave Anime the face that the US was ready and willing to dig into. "Aeon Flux" soon became a kitschy, creepy American woman spy with a no nonsense attitude.

Aeon Flux Series - Season 2 1992
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfc-p1x8aC0

Peter Chung Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7eeaL6J3dE
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Another great example of hand-drawn animation by the talented traditionalist, Richard Williams. I remember this crazy film when I was a kid. The film was called "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure.

In today's world of CGI (Computer Generated Images) everything is tweened by algorithms, not hand. You build the characters in 3D and then move them around.. whereas in traditional animation like this great film example, everything was created by hand and there is no cheat.

Notice the bounce in the line... the quake... everything is alive.

Raggedy Ann & Andy:A Musical Adventure 1977
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC7PtQh4gA8
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Now Aardman, amongst the clay animation world, came on very strong in the 90's. Their first Oscar winner was inspired by some power company spots where they took everyday folks talking about city life and juxtaposed them into Zoo animals. The spots did so well they wanted to create more, and out came this amazing slice of social experiment.

I think a lot of studios were too busy trying to perfect clay animation into being unrecognizable as clay and more about armature ... whereas Aardman was about capturing the earthy, hand-made quality of clay animation. In their films, you can see some of the clay surface move, and that added to the character. A true creative can tell when imperfections can add to the character of the work. These animals are simply designed, and again, give more power to the voice overs. This is such a great balance of concept and talent.

Creature Comforts (1990 wins Oscar)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmNymPocKro

Circus- Creature Comforts - Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrV0biE-nlc
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A fun cutting-edge short that made the rounds in 1988 was Bill Kroyer's "Technological Threat." It lost in the Oscar race that year to a small graduate of Cal Arts, an all-around junk intern at the Disney Studio... John Lasseter and "Tin Toy."

The cool thing about "Technological Threat" is that it was produced the old-fashioned way... 1988 was a time of change in the animation world, and this film demonstrated that domination to come. I remember working for the Tourney of Animation when this film came out.

Technological Threat 1988
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxe3N8ARdbg
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Going Viral in a social media world!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/going-viral-andy-collen
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Sand animation has been around for a long time. Usually sand animation is lit from behind, making the solid sand areas play the role of "darks" and the thin or absent areas allowing light through... or sometimes sand just animated as sand with top lighting.

Here are some really cool examples of historic sand animation.

The Sand Castle (Sand front light set) 1977
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzvqmoPu2H4

The Owl Who Married a Goose(Typical back light sand)1974
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fusYZ7eIhps

Hero Sandwich (First colored sand animation) 1996
http://happytrailsanimation.com/ab…/our-films/hero-sandwich/
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Today's animation is somewhat limited in comparison to the old Disney standard, mostly because of shows like "South Park" and "Family Guy." But when folks simplify their animation for time or budget constraints, they tend to get creative and use a lot of looping animation.

I remember spending hours leaning over a light table at Jim Blashfield's studio, cutting out color copies to prepare fascinating photo cut-out loops of spinning or twirling objects.

The first short film from "way back when" to really demonstrate how to craft loops and cycles and blend one into another... WHICH CAN be a bit tricky... is the short film called "Tango" by Zbigniew Rybczynski from Poland.

This film just keeps getting crazier and crazier.... you'll see what I mean... and this was made in 1980 so this artwork was still old school folks.... no computers on this one... photo cut-out on cells.

https://vimeo.com/38580206
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Another great political cartoonist and animator from Portland, Oregon is Bill Plympton. Talk about another crazy character from Portland! Bill's entertaining films definitely hit the mark to, as they say, "keep Portland weird."

I've had a few opportunities to hang out with Bill and also enjoyed seeing his studio in NY. I've always been a big fan of his political illustration style. He has a way of over-under-exagerating -- in fact it is his sense of humor.

Here are a few shorts from this talented animator; another one of our Portland heroes.

Your Face (1987)
https://vimeo.com/122669829

Guard Dog (2004)
https://vimeo.com/117078550
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With all this hubbub about 360 and VR... "back in the day" animators had to create perspective within the physical art. Think about how that 360 lens works and imagine having to create each frame-by-frame transition as freehand artwork.

I remember this film back in 1980 that made the film festival circuit called "The Fly" by Ferenc Rofusz. While there is no fly, we travel from its point-of-view and the ride is a wild one. This really is probably one of the best examples of forced perspective I've ever scene.

At first this film made me a bit dizzy but stick with it... because this really is amazing... all hand drawn.

The Fly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiKrnPW9NP8
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There was a time in the magical world of animation when combining live-action and animation was much tricker than it is now. With the help of Photoshop, After Effects and other various softwares, life has changed.

I think it is time to look at how this was done in the past.

"Anchors Aweigh" Jerry Mouse and Gene Kelly 1945
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2msq6H2HI-Y

"Manipulation" Daniel Greaves 1991
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG1hfBf1ppk
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