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Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

LAST CALL RefPack043: Anime, Terry-Toons, Russian Animation and Chaplin!

THIS REFPACK HAS GONE POOF! A NEW ONE HAS TAKEN ITS PLACE.

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Animation Resources is growing. Since we are a non-profit organization, all of the money we take in from dues gets spent on our projects. So as we get more members, we share more wonderful material with them. Here’s an overview of what you will find in RefPack043…

Tezuka

This time we are featuring experimental films by the father of Japanese manga and anime, Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka made these personal films while he was producing television animation and publishing manga.

Tezuka

The purpose of these films was to allow Tezuka to explore new ideas and techniques with complete freedom. The innovations he came up with in these experimental films ended up enriching his commercial work.

Tezuka

These films helped him lay the groundwork for the limited animation techniques that made television anime possible.

TerryToons

Next up is a pair of cartoons from Terry-Toons. Animation Resources Advisory Board member Steve Stanchfield is responsible for sharing these interesting films with us.

TerryToons

These aren’t the best cartoons ever made, but they include some fantastic scenes animated by Carlo Vinci and Jim Tyer. Check them out and see what you can learn from the masters.


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Mowgli

In the International section, we feature part four of Roman Davydov’s five part series based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book…

Gudgeon

…along with an amazing Russian film titled, The Brave Little Gudgeon…

Well Just You Wait

Next up is a new episode of Well, Just You Wait…

Dog Cat And

…and another crazy episode of Dog, Cat And… from Studio Miniatur Filmowych in Poland.

Cyborg 009

The Early Anime section, which is curated by JoJo Baptista, includes two episodes of the rarely seen Japanese TV series, Cyborg 009 from 1968.

Cyborg 009

It has some hilarious limited animation takes and a giant robot monster animated in a very unique style.


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Charlie Chaplin

And that’s not all! In the Slapstick Section, we are continue the three part series that outlines the working methods of Charlie Chaplin.

L Illustration

As a bonus, we feature three an e-book with two complete issues of the most beautiful magazine ever published, L’Illustration Noel.

Weight

Animation Resources Board Member David Eisman presents a series of breakdowns on conveying the feeling of weight in animation.

Animated Discussions Podcast

And Animation Resources’ Director of Programming Davey Jarrell has a new podcast for us! This time, the subject is what animators can learn from live action movies. To go with the podcast, we are rerunning a supplementary documentary on the history of cinematography from a past RefPack.


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Whew! That is an amazing collection of treasures! At Animation Resources, our Advisory Board includes great artists and animators like Ralph Bakshi, Will Finn, J.J. Sedelmaier and Sherm Cohen. They’ve let us know the things that they use in their own self study so we can share them with you. That’s experience you just can’t find anywhere else. The most important information isn’t what you already know… It’s the information you should know about, but don’t know yet. We bring that to you every other month.

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Thursday, January 6th, 2022

RefPack043: A Peek At The Early Anime Offerings

People who aren’t members of Animation Resources don’t understand how comprehensive our Reference Packs are. So for RefPack043, we will be posting what each section looks like. Today we are showcasing the Early Anime section, curated by JoJo Baptista. If you are a member of Animation Resources, click on this post to go to the Members Only page. If you aren’t a member yet, today is the perfect time to join!

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Friday, December 13th, 2019

RefPack031: The First Color Anime Feature

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Every other month, members of Animation Resources are given access to an exclusive Members Only Reference Pack. These downloadable files are high resolution e-books on a variety of educational subjects and rare cartoons from the collection of Animation Resources in DVD quality. Our current Reference Pack has just been released. If you are a member, click through the link to access the MEMBERS ONLY DOWNLOAD PAGE. If you aren’t a member yet, please JOIN ANIMATION RESOURCES. It’s well worth it.


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DVD QUALITY VIDEO:
White Serpent

The Tale of the White Serpent
Toei / Taiji Yabushita & Kazuhiko Okabe / 1958

When Toei Animation undertook to create the first full color animated feature, they pushed their resources to their absolute limit. With a staff of nearly 1,400 people working on the film, and an extremely tight schedule of just eight months to complete it, they succeeded in making a wonderful film that is now considered the first Anime feature.

In an act of reconciliation with the Chinese for Japan’s mistreatment of them during WWII, the president of Toei selected a Chinese folktale, "The Tale of the White Serpent" as the subject of the feature. He may have been inspired by a live action adaptation released just two years earlier in Japan. In 1961, "The Tale of the White Serpent" was released in the United States under the title "Panda and the Magic Serpent".

White Serpent

The copy of the film that we are are sharing with our members here is in Japanese with no subtitles, but dialogue is sparse and the story is easy to follow without words. The basic story is about a young prince named Xu-Xian who has a pet snake, but his parents force him to give it up. Years pass and the prince grows up. One night, during a storm, the snake transforms into a beautiful princess named Bai-Niang and a fish transforms into her assistant Xiaoqing. Using magic, she arranges with her servant Xiaoqing to meet with the prince and his pets at the broken bridge. They fall instantly in love, but they are separated by the monk Fa-Hai who believes that Bad-Niang is an evil spirit. Xu-Xian also becomes separated from his pets Panda and Mimi, and they form a gang of animals along with a pig and weasel to try to find the prince. The monk Fa-Hai does battle with princess Bai-Niang and forces her to return to her serpentine form. Bewitched and confused, Xu Xian follows her ghostly human form off a cliff and is killed. Bai-Niang gives up her magical powers to prove her love in exchange for a magic orchid with the power to bring the prince back to life. The princess and Xiaoqing embark on a perilous journey to bring the orchid to him. After a dramatic action sequence at sea, the monk realizes his mistake in keeping the lovers apart. The animal gang help get the orchid to the prince, and he is revived. Bai-Niang rescues Xu-Xian and the prince and princess live happily ever after.

In particular, pay attention to the excellent color and effects animation, as well as the use of humorous caricature in the crowd shots. There is a great deal to be learned from this film. We hope you find it useful in your studies.

REFPACK031: White Serpent (1958)
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