Jul 17 2006

A worthy cause

UPDATE: TOTAL RAISED $500Skip to the end of this post for the final update.

In September, I’ll be participating in the 2006 Nautica Malibu Triathlon to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. As part of a relay team, I’ll swim a half mile in the ocean and then hand it off to my teammates who will bike and run to the finish. In honor of the movie Cars, we’ve named our team the Tri Tractor Tippers. Say that three time fast.

It is for charity and I would really appreciate your support. I know that a great bunch of people listen to this show and if just a small percent of the audience donates any amount, no matter how big or small, it will be easy to reach my goal of raising $300. All donations are tax-deductable. I already feel good knowing The Animation Podcast may help bring something positive to this cause.

Click here to go my donation page and see how much we’ve raised.
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Jul 10 2006

Some GK drawings

John Nevarez consistently delivers fantastic drawings and an un-ending list of blogs to check out. You’ll be happy if you check the first on his list from yesterday for some work from a past guest.

There’s a link in the sidebar to sign up for email updates. I’m wondering if the people who added their email actually got a notification of the latest podcast. If you did or didn’t, could you please let me know. Everyone doesn’t have to reply, naturally, but I’d like to hear from at least a handful of people to know if it’s working. Thanks.

Jun 29 2006

Disney Family Albums

Amid mentioned this on Cartoon Brew on Sunday, but listener Jeff Zirky doesn’t want anyone to miss it and I think he’s right. The Disney Family Albums aired on the Disney Channel in the ’80s and unless you taped them then, they are hard to find. Not any more, thanks to the wonder that is YouTube. Here’s what Jeff had to say:

If you click on the link below, you will find 3 of the Disney Family Albums. Frank Thomas, Marc Davis, and Ward Kimble Video interviews, in parts. This is not just inspirational, but a great sorce for learning. For example Frank talks about how he took the difficulty he had in life, and put it into his scenes. This is a great tool for creating charater.(Reminded me of your Nick Ranieri interview when he talkes about his scene in Rescuers.) I hope you share this with all of your listeners.

Check them out while they last.
Here’s the link.

Thanks Jeff!

Here are your top picks for the Listener Survey question “Who is your favorite animated character?” The variety of results were amazing. There were 113 characters that each received one vote. I’ll post those here soon.

Here are the Top Ten (plenty of ties here):

10. Buzz Lightyear
10. The Iron Giant
10. Jack Skellington
10. Mike Wazowski
10. Samurai Jack
9. Ariel
9. Pinocchio
9. Roger Rabbit
9. Wile E. Coyote
8. Baloo
8. Donald Duck
8. Goofy
8. Gromit
8. Homer Simpson
7. Kuzco
7. Mickey Mouse
7. Mr. Incredible
7. Scrat
7. Sully
7. Totoro
6. Aladdin
6. The Genie
6. Shere Kahn
5. Stitch
4. Tarzan
3. Bugs Bunny
2. The Beast
1. Daffy Duck