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Word World

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

If you’ve got kids like I do, you know that finding something you can watch with them that won’t require Mommy to later have to explain why, “Daddy won’t be coming home again,” is tough.

That’s why I’m always willing to share out gems like PBS’ “Word World.”

The show is charming, well-animated, and has a relatively high quality bar, especially when compared to some of PBS’ other offerings. It also has a duck, made from the letters D-U-C-K.

That alone is totally worth watching at least once.

The Making of “The Gruffalo”

January 15, 2011 Leave a comment

My experience at Annecy was amazing last year, and while attending I saw animated films that ranged from overly-commercial¬†television turdballs¬†to amazingly crafted works of pure animation art. One film that really struck me was a charming piece called “The Gruffalo,” the making of which can be seen below:

If I remember correctly, my viewing of the film was bookended by viewing one about animated (real) human cadavers, and one about animated fuzz found in pockets.

I only wish I was kidding.

That night during an Animation Mentor¬†gathering, I was rambling on about how much I liked the film, when the guy sitting across from me pointed to the person to his right and said, “He worked on that film!” I looked that this gentlemen and saw that he was beaming from overhearing my entire wine-fueled love fest about the picture he had worked so hard on.

I think they either have made or are going to make a sequel, and if you haven’t seen the first, I highly recommend it!

Categories: TV Animation
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