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Spider-Woman Marvel Comics Motion Comic

Marvel Comics has begun selling digital Motion comics via iTunes. They are a mix of traditional art with animation and voice actors.  The first Marvel Motion Comic that has been released is Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D., which Marvel has posted online to watch for free.  Written by Brian Michael Bendis with stunning art by Alex Maleev, the series is presented in a very cool noir style and takes place in the current Marvel universe, with Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman) trying to move on with her life after the events of “Secret Invasion” and “New Avengers”.

Coming soon, Marvel is going to be releasing a motion comic version of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s awesome Astonishing X-Men storyline “Gifted”. While I’d rather see a full blown animated movie based on Whedon’s run, this is a good start. What classic Marvel storyline would you like to see made into a motion comic?

Posted on September 6th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Synfig, 2d Animation Program

Synfig is a free open source tool for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources.  I have been wanting to learn how to do 2D animation, but I didn’t want to spend the money to buy the software.  I am definitely going to give this software a try.

Marvel Superhero Squad, Cartoon

Cartoon Network and Marvel Comics are teaming up for the Marvel Super Hero Squad, a new animated series that will feature some of Marvel’s most popular heroes, including Captain America, Hulk, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Silver Surfer, among others. The network has ordered 26 episodes of the series.

The new cartoon is loosely based on Marvel’s weekly comic strip of the same name, which features a new strip every day. Click here to check them out. The new series will premiere in late 2009.

I was so glad to see the shorts again this year. It makes the ceremony so much more interesting when I know everything I can about all the nominees. Interesting fact about all the animated selections this year- there’s not a single word of dialogue amongst them.

Presto Pixar Oscar Nominated Short Film

La Maison En Petites Cubes (House of Small Cubes)
An old man lives alone in a house built to survive the ever-rising flood that engulfs his village. He continues to build rooms on top of rooms to escape the water. When he drops his beloved pipe into one of the lower rooms filled with water, he rents scuba gear to retrieve it. As he descends through each floor of his house he recalls all the fond memories experienced in those rooms, right down to the foundation of the house that he and his wife built with their own hands. This film is sweet and the animation is like a colorful painting, but the film seemingly goes nowhere.

Ubornaya istoriya – lyubovnaya istoriya (Lavatory-Lovestory)
An attendant in a men’s lavatory longs for an intimate relationship. When flowers start to appear in her tip jar, she gets frustrated in trying to figure out who put them there. The animation looks like a basic drawing come to life and is very unique. The story is sweet and has a nice little resolution, but I didn’t find it to be all that original.

Oktapodi
Two octopi are in love for a brief moment before one is snatched up and taken away by a restaurant cook to be slaughtered. The remaining octopus escapes from his tank to save his true love as they race through the streets of a small Greek village. This film is all of two minutes and if I hadn’t seen for myself that there was no lamp and bouncing ball at the beginning, I wouldn’t have believed that it wasn’t a Pixar film. The computer animation is beautiful and the story is adorable and original.

Presto
The rabbit of a famous magician takes revenge on his owner when he doesn’t get fed. This is Pixar’s short for the year and if you’ve seen WALL-E, you’ve likely seen this as well. It’s hilarious and quick-witted comedy makes for a great entry in this category.

Oktapodi Oscar Nominated Animated Short

This Way Up
Two undertakers are forced to carry a coffin through the country to make it to the church when their hearse breaks down. This short started out unique and funny, but took a weird turn toward the end that really took the film in a different, unpleasant direction.

Prediction:
Presto. Pixar usually has this category in the bag, but last year they took the year off. This year they came back stronger than ever.

What Should Win:
Presto. Although I’d be just as happy seeing Oktapodi taking it home as well, but it’s super short length will likely diminish its chances.

Charlie Brown Valentines Special

Tonight at 8pm are two back to back Charlie Brown specials; Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Valentine. Peanuts specials have always had a special place in my heart and I have never seen either of these, so regardless of a full night of TV, this is on the top of my Tivo.

The official description: “A Peanuts twin bill. First (from 1975): Charlie keeps a vigil by the mailbox; Sally thinks Linus’ gift to his teacher is for her; and Lucy demands affection from Schroeder. Then (from 2002), Valentine’s Day finds the gang searching for love: Chuck pines for the little red-haired girl; Sally seeks a way to woo a reluctant Linus; Snoopy takes to his typewriter to author the perfect poem; and Peppermint Patty meets her competition for Mr. Brown’s affections.”

Also on tonight…

8PM

  • CBS: NCIS (Crime Drama)
  • CW: 90210 (Drama)
  • FOX: American Idol (Reality)
  • NBC: Biggest Loser: Couples (Reality)

9PM

  • ABC: Scrubs (Comedy)
  • CW: Privileged (Drama)
  • CBS: The Mentalist (Drama)
  • FOX: Fringe (Sci Fi Drama)
  • SCIFI: ECW (Wrestling)

10PM

  • ABC: Primetime: What Would You Do? (News)
  • CBS: Without a Trace (Crime Drama)
  • FX: Nip/Tuck (Medical Drama)
  • NBC: Dateline NBC (News)
  • TNT: Leverage (Drama)
Posted on February 10th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Wolverine and the X-men

Tonight at 8pm we have the first two episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men on Nicktoons.  In the new animated series, it has been a year since the X-Men were disbanded after the Xavier Institute was destroyed and Marvel Girl and Professor X went missing. A mutant registration act has been passed and there is an increase of violence towards mutants. After a family that Wolverine saves is punished for showing him kindness, the battle worn mutant reunites the X-Men and becomes the team’s new unlikely leader. The trailer for the new series was pretty darn good and I’m looking forward to it.

What else is on tonight?

8PM

  • CBS: Ghost Whisperer (Supernatural Drama)
  • CW: Everybody Hates Chris/The Game (Comedies)
  • FOX: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Game Show)
  • NBC: Howie Do It (Prank Show)
  • MNT: Friday Night SmackDown! (Wrestling)

9PM

  • ABC: Supernanny (Reality)
  • CBS: Flashpoint (Crime Drama)
  • CW: 13 – Fear is Real (Reality)
  • FOX: Don’t Forget the Lyrics (Game Show)
  • NBC: Friday Night Lights (Sports Drama)
  • USA: Monk (Crime Drama)

10PM

  • ABC: 20/20 (News)
  • CBS: Numb3rs (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: Dateline NBC (News)
  • USA: Psych (Crime Drama)
Posted on January 23rd, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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