Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Big Hero 6
I went to see Big Hero 6 last week, and it was a truly fabulous film! If you haven't seen it you should go soon. The movie stays on point never wandering, building steadily on a message that is made very real as you see the characters respond to the action that whirls into their lives. I won't give anything away here, but you get to see the distinct results of two decisions as the characters are paralleled. Big sacrifices. Great stuff!
Also in an art related thing, I was glad to find that Jin Kim has a new tumblr page. His blog had shut down some time ago, but the new page has some cool Big Hero 6 work on it. From what I understand, these are sketches Jin Kim created translating the finalized character designs into multiple angle drawings for the model builders to reference. Over the last few years I've really taken an interest in sculpture, so I enjoy these quite a bit, and I'm a big fan of Mr. Kim's work.
And keeping with the animation theme of this post, you should check out the short film Duet by Glen Keane. I had seen this a few months back and I recall reading an article where Glen Keane expressed an interest in exploring the possibility of keeping the integrity of the drawn line in animation. Most completed films have the inked lines and colored cells, but the raw beauty of the gesture sketch is lost on an image refined to that point. This film is one of the most beautiful things I've seen in animation.