Category Archives: traditional animation

Animators play it old school with Cuphead

Inspired by the cartoons of the 1930s, Studio MDHR Entertainment released their new video game this year, Cuphead. Within the first two weeks of its release, it has sold over one million copies. Academy of Art University alumni from the Traditional Animation MFA program, Hanna Abi-Hanna, Joseph Coleman, and Danielle Johnson, have worked on the development of the game […]

The Art of Andreas Deja at the Walt Disney Family Museum (Mar 23, 2017 – Oct 4, 2017)

Explore the dynamic work of one of the most accomplished and versatile character animators of our time: Andreas Deja. This unique exhibition showcases original works on paper and maquettes of Deja’s most iconic Disney characters, from menacing villains Scar and Jafar and larger-than-life muscle men Gaston and Hercules, to the much beloved Mama Odie and […]

“Moana” Animation Tests by Randy Haycock

From Randy Haycock’s YouTube Channel: A traditionally animated character exploration test. I was showing how Moana should play with her hair. This is very difficult to do in CG, but we wanted it to be a part of her character. Another Moana test showing how her hair should move in the wind. A Moana test […]

Don’t Forget: Fall Festival Submission Deadline is November 1st

The Adventures of Indiana Jones Animated Short

From www.traditionalanimation.com. Click here for the full article and art work. Patrick Schoenmaker just released a new short “The Adventures of Indiana Jones” and it is great! We have been following Patrick’s page with all the concept art and publicity stills and he definitely built up a big following. We got in contact with Patrick […]

Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback. Open from January 13 to September 12, 2016, this exhibition is the first-ever retrospective of the life and work of Disney Legend Mel Shaw (1914–2012)—an artist and storyteller whose skills were in demand by the icons of Hollywood, from Orson […]

Animation Profile: Danielle Johnson

At the beginning of the semester, the “Fantastic Five Females in Traditional Animation” series was intended to feature five recent female graduate students who have completed their MFA degrees in Traditional Animation. It seems that a sixth student has been sneakily applying to film festivals and has won a number of them. Our Secret Sixth […]

Hippo Funk!

Aaron Blaise posted his Hippo Pose/Model Sheet up on Facebook back in August 2015. Yesterday, he posted up his “Hippo Funk Dance” with the description: “I’ve finally finished my dancing Hippo animation. I’ll be using this animation for two upcoming tutorials, one on animating to music and it will also be part of my upcoming […]

Animation Profile: Kendra Williford

Our second “Animation Profile” features Kendra Williford. Williford recently graduated in Spring 2015 with the completion of her film, Leonid in Space. Within these few months, her short has been selected into 9 film festivals with awards and merits. Why an MFA degree in 2D/Traditional Animation & Stop Motion at AAU? I have loved 2 […]

Toon Boom is extending free licenses of Harmony and Storyboard Pro to faculty and students.

Toon Boom is extending free  (*educational use only)  licenses of Harmony  and Storyboard Pro  to AAU faculty and students. Link to Toonboom COE portal : https://store.toonboom.com/coe  Students or faculty can request the free license by registering an account at Toonboom using their Academy email __________ @art.edu   .  Complete the new user profile and follow the […]