paperman

loving this new oscar-nominated short from disney. it sort of reminds me of my thesis project back when i was trying to be an animator (and now i’m in bschool).

it was made by a first-time director using innovative technology that merges computer and hand-drawn animation.

good job, disney. i see having john lasseter at the helm is really helping. although i haven’t seen wreck it ralph (yet), that had a lot of promise too.

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electric holiday

historical disney princess series

illustrator claire hummel recreated some of the disney princesses in historically accurate period costume.  some look pretty different from disney’s versions, while others look pretty similar.

16th century german snow white

17th century powhatan pocahontas

mid-1860's cindarella

pre-islamic middle eastern jasmine

1485 princess aurora doesn't look like disney's sleeping beauty, but she looks like her mom

ariel in an 1890's evening gown with a bouquet of...seaweed...haha

boy, 1770's french court fashion belle sure looks haughty

ok, i gotta ask…where are tiana (the princess and the frog), rapunzel, and mulan?  #needguyaokistat

 

poland: my next summer travel adventure

have any of you watched disney’s take on rapunzel, tangled?  there’s a beautiful scene/tradition of these floating candle-lit lanterns.  my colleague was telling me about how this actually happens somewhere, which made me really excited because it sounds amazing.  i was surprised that it was real though since it sounds like a fire hazard but i’ll let the officials be responsible for that…i want to play!

tangled must’ve been inspired by the midsummer’s eve kupala day celebrations that take place in poznań, poland.  i’ve actually been making a to-do list of activities/goals after i finish applying and get accepted to business school and some of my top goals include travel.  i especially want to see europe as i’ve never been there before, and this will probably be the only time i have so much spare time to spend a month or two traversing that continent (even if i have no money, i don’t care).  i definitely want to incorporate this into my europe trip.  the photos below were stolen from urban aviatrix.

doesn’t this look amazing?  who else wants to go with me?  save up!

pixar’s up house a reality

i previously blogged about the national geographic channel’s “how hard can it be” tv show replicating a house flying with balloons from disney-pixar’s up (twice), but now there is an actual house replicating the one carl and ellie lived in–an exact copy down to just about every detail.

bangerter homes, the developer, was granted permission to replicate the house by disney, which is an incredible accomplishment in itself.  i work with disney and they have a lot of strict policies/rules.  the house is located in herriman, utah and just recently finished the exterior.  the interior is still a work in-progress but they’re following the blueprint from the film and being mindful of every detail, no matter how insignificant it may seem–including the weather vane and garden hose.

it’s open for tours starting july 29th until august 14th with an opening asking price of $400,000.  pretty affordable, but it does seem rather small and as much as i love up, pixar, and collectibles…you won’t find me submitting a bid.

it is awfully cute though…

first look | pixar’s brave

brave will be disney-pixar’s first movie with a female lead…excited!  this project has been pushed back for a few years for the crap that is cars 2.

here’s the teaser trailer:

it’s coming out next summer!

disney eyes

check out these crazy disney-themed make-up looks from make-up artist katie alves.

alice in wonderland

aladdin

lion king

the nightmare before christmas

snow white

it’s crazy how detailed and precise cosmetic art is getting…especially nail art.

more on national geographic’s up project

as a follow up to my previous post, now with video coverage and more photos:

how hard can it be? recreating pixar’s up

if you know me at all, you probably know that i love animation and once (and maybe still do) wanted to be an animator professionally.  this has led to a most-of-my-life-long dream to work at pixar.  these days i’m thinking i’m not cut out to be an animator, but i’d still like to work in marketing/pr for pixar, but i’m getting side-tracked.

one of the most beautiful images from pixar’s long award-winning film legacy is the pastel-colored house propelled by rainbow-colored balloons against a blue sky and puffy white clouds from their 2009 hit up.

as much as i enjoyed the movie, i dismissed the idea as being realistically impossible and childish fancy.  but the national geographic channel has replicated it–successfully!

seriously…how freaking cool is this?!

a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16′ X 16′ house 18′ tall with 8′ colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of los angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted.

using 300 helium-filled weather balloons, the lightweight building reached an altitude of more than 3000 meters and remained in the air for about an hour.

the filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new national geographic channel series called “how hard can it be?”, which will premiere in fall 2011.

i wonder if they’re going to attempt doing such complex and expensive feats throughout the show.  i must say this is definitely a good way to generate publicity and pique interest in the show.

if they want to create a functioning wall-e, i’d be happy to take him after the show.

daft…coke?!

if you know me, you know i love daft punk.  the past year or 2 has been like daft punk mania because of kanye west’s “stronger”, dj hero, tron: legacy, etc.  there are all kinds of daft punk-related merchandise out there.  adding to all this, coca-cola (the beverage of choice for many) has collaborated with the french duo for limited edition coke bottles.  the set’s called “daft punk x coca-cola club coke” and will be sold at clubs in france and as a collector’s box at colette in paris.  they’ll be released march 2011, when the www.daftcoke.com site goes live.

below is the teaser image.  as you can see, the bottles resemble the famous gold and silver helmets donned by guy-manuel de homem-christo and thomas bangalter to assume anonymity.  i like guy-manuel’s helmet more so it’s no surprise that i prefer the gold bottle.

i personally think the design is too simplistic and lacking.  it’s nice that they kept it refined and sophisticated but the design isn’t very special for a collaboration.  i do like the matte metallic finish though.  and being the sucker i am, i still want a set…so who’s going to france after march and wants to pick up a set for me..??

i have to agree with this comment from stereogum–“I preferred Daft Punk when they made awesome albums instead of sodas, toys, and movie appearances.”

i did somewhat recently acquire these medicom be@rbrick figures:

these are the tron: legacy edition…they also have kubrick (non-bear) and other editions (non-tron).  i was lucky enough to score guy-manuel (left) out of 2 blind boxes.  these are in the artist 21 series; boyfriend scored batman out of his 2 so we got very lucky.  i had to purchase thomas (right) off ebay.  they’re now sitting comfortably on my monitors at work.

other daft punk references in the work space: the tron: legacy soundtrack flier i picked up at the tron night special screening and both dj’s in papercraft form, crafted and gifted by the awesome boyfriend.