jonniphillips:

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November 17th, 2017

jonniphillips:

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Jonni’s short cartoon, “Rachel and Her Grandfather Control the Island,” lands on Cartoon Hangover next month.

One of at least nine reasons you should mark on your...

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November 16th, 2017

One of at least nine reasons you should mark on your calendar next Tuesday’s release of “Boots” on Cartoon Hangover is Kassandra Heller’s bootsiful* backgrounds.

*Boots+beautiful

True 90s fans know Hey Arnold! But, do you know of...

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November 16th, 2017

True 90s fans know Hey Arnold! But, do you know of the Pigeon Man Theory? Did the Pigeon Man actually die at the end of his episode?!

We dive into the dark fan theory on Cartoon Conspiracy to see if it’s TRUE! http://frdr.us/2hwL3od

Inktober has passed and our Channel Frederator Network members did so...

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November 16th, 2017

Inktober has passed and our Channel Frederator Network members did so many amazing pieces, we just had to share them!

Head over to the Channel Frederator Network channel to watch a collab that will blow your mind! http://frdr.us/2hERF7F

Joel Veitch and David Shute’s “Kid Arthur” is complete, now that...

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November 16th, 2017

Joel Veitch and David Shute’s “Kid Arthur” is complete, now that the pair’s overseen the final mix of the short, one of our GO! Cartoons anthology. Look for it on Cartoon Hangover in March. Excalibur!

Janet Perlman: The Frederator Interview

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November 16th, 2017

Janet Perlman: The Frederator Interview

Montreal-based Janet Perlman was nominated for an Academy Award and aired a short on Adult Swim in its earliest days, and both projects happened to star penguins. A prolific writer, director, and children’s book author and illustrator, Janet self-produces with her own company Hulascope Studio, and has also worked extensively for the National Film Board of Canada. With a distinct style that’s sometimes dubbed “absurd” (she can agree) and other times, “wacky” (nope), Perlman has been a creative mainstay in Canadian animation since the ‘80s. I’d say she’s an auteur, but she thinks the word’s pretentious (I agree).

We caught up with Janet about her current projects, as well as the projects that were never quite finished, but premiered to delighted audiences anyway—give “Sorry Film Not Ready” (above) a watch before reading its backstory below, sure to inspire the procrastinators among us. And check out more of Janet’s work (and play) at janetperlman.com

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So how do you like self-producing, by comparison?

I always like to have a project going that’s just my own - I don’t have to wait months or years, I can just make it. The work that I self-produce is spontaneous; often totally unscripted, un-storyboarded, unplanned. I love working that way. It’s just one of the ways that I work.

Do you have a process for creating spontaneous pieces?

Often they’re set to music, so I choreograph to a piece of music that inspires me. I have music that I listen to while I work - electronic swing, jazz, pop hits, African or Brazilian - but when it comes to animating, I prefer experimental stuff. The kind of ambient music you’d never walk your dog to. If I’m working on a long enough solo piece, like “My Favorite Things That I Love”, I can tackle it by section. One day I’d work on the sad clowns part, the next I’d dig into the bit with the glamorous puppies.

So what’s the story behind “Sorry Film Not Ready”?

Well, I love the Ottawa Animation Festival, and when I saw the deadline approaching I decided to put together a film to submit, so I sent in an application. But I couldn’t get the film to come together - it just wasn’t working. When I tried to delete my application, I couldn’t - so I changed as many details I could, setting the runtime to 0:00, changing the title to SORRY FILM NOT READY. But about a week later, the festival emailed me to say they hadn’t received “Sorry Film Not Ready,” and they’d extended the deadline a week. I had a great, punchy piece of music to work with so I decided to make that film - and it actually got into the festival! Then it made it into several others. I couldn’t help but think about the films I’d submitted over the years that weren’t accepted, but took years to create… it’s a funny business.

What qualities contributed to your success with “Sorry Film Not Ready” and throughout your career?

Well with that one, I think the fact that it’s so short and could fit into any program helped. And it’s comic relief - humor is always appreciated. I also work fast, and avoid getting bogged down by the process. It’s very important to keep experimenting—I get a rush from it!

What are you working on currently?

Right now, I’m developing a series of shorts - actually, something I could talk to Frederator about. And I’m also working with the NFB, contributing to other people’s projects. It’s fun to work in someone else’s style - really, I love animating.

Thanks for chatting with us, Janet! Looking forward to all of your upcoming projects.

- Cooper  

Congratulations and thanks to Damien Barchowsky & Jeff Drake. The guys...

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November 15th, 2017

Congratulations and thanks to Damien Barchowsky & Jeff Drake. The guys have put the final touches on their GO! Cartoons short, “Pottyhorse.” He’s a horse, the sheriff, and the only toilet in town. “Pottyhorse” premieres on Cartoon Hangover in the spring.

To combat the grim lack of cats on the Internet, Alison...

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November 15th, 2017

To combat the grim lack of cats on the Internet, Alison & David Cowles’s “Boots” GO! Cartoons short hits Cartoon Hangover next Tuesday, 11/21.

American Dad has been on the air for over 12 years!...

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November 15th, 2017

American Dad has been on the air for over 12 years! What’s changed between then and now?

For the Turnstiles

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November 14th, 2017

For the Turnstiles

Designer Julian De Perio and painter Jisoo Kim came up with this Costume Quest background. Great, right?

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