Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings

Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings is such a beautiful film. One could write thorough and layered essays about the wonderful thematic and cinematic devices at play in this film (uncommon for animation.) My favorite things about it: the breadth given for a sweeping score, the nonverbal storytelling, the meticulous details, the melancholic and earnest tone, the dynamic range of light and dark, the grit and stakes, and the sense of magic. There is an almost Life of Pi-esque blurring of metaphor and reality as a coping mechanism for the tragedies that befall the protagonist, and a compelling play at where truth, memories, and dreams overlap. This is one of the most rewarding American animated films to come along in a very long time. It’s a commendable progression from where Walt Disney left off with films such as Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Bambi. Can’t wait to see it a third time.

Sunday, August 14, 2016


Wind down sketch tonight - cleaned up an old drawing from my 2008 sketchbook.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Tamatoa Tribute Sketch

My very last scene published on Moana turned out unexpectedly to be one of my favorite character animation assignments of my career. Tamatoa, the kong-sized coconut crab, is a dastardly decapod performed brilliantly and fiendishly by Jemaine Clement from "Flight of the Conchords". This character is a perfect exploitation of the physical possibilities of the animation medium, Disney appeal, and the elaborate grotesque detail of CGI. Here's my tribute sketch to Tamatoa!