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Sunday Morning Derpy Feature: Pixar’s Featurette – Borrowed Time

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And now for something completely different.

While we have been called the “Mtv” of pony media, due to the fact we branched out beyond the colorful equines, our only real reason for doing so is the fact this site was started by a bunch of animation fans who generally enjoy animated flicks from television shows, to movies, to fan films.  I would personally call myself a general animation fan due to the fact that I do not exactly pay close attention to the animation industry.  I’ve watched plenty of it, was that one ‘stoner’ eons ago who caught the premiere of Adult Swim’s original shows airing unannounced at 4am on Cartoon Network.  As someone born in the early 80s, I got to ride that now very classic wave of cartoons, from the Saturday Morning shows like He-Man, Voltron, Transformers, Thundercats, My Little Pony and then advancing to the Disney Afternoon after its inception.  I say general as one of the big draws to Friendship is Magic from many people in the pony community was the fact such industrial names as Lauren Faust & Rob Renzetti were attached to the show.  I fell into the void thanks to nostalgia, as I watched the show and had the toys as a kid.  But enough about me.

Earlier in the year we had a featurette dubbed Piper, about a Piper chick learning about life along the coastline.  In line with much of Pixar’s content, it was emotionally filled and light hearted.  And while the studio has experimented with some dark concepts within their movie franchises, Their new featurette was created to show that animation can be dark and gritty, but not in that emo Hot Topic way.

Borrowed Time is the short story about a Sheriff and his son in the old west, and a life changing event.  Clocking in at 6 minutes and 45 seconds total, like anything Pixar produces, you might want to be prepared for some feels, and possibly a tear.  Unlike other features and featurettes from Pixar, the story covers some really dark subjects in a mostly visual story.  A few words are spoken in it, but for the most part it is pure eye candy.

The darkness of the short film was one of the main points of it.  Its creators wanted to show the general media world that not all animation has to be aimed at ‘kids’, but that animation could tell a really good story.  While most fans know that, the fat executives think otherwise, though are now just slowly coming around to it in many established places.  Watch this feature, its practically better than anything mainstream Hollywood has crapped out.  Don’t worry though, I’m sure they’ll reboot this short story in another 5 years and change a few things.

Since I’m a fan of telling people to go form their own opinions, do not consider this a review.  Just a ‘hey check it out’ deal.  Directly below is the featurette, and a behind the scenes clip from its creators.

 

Business: Hasbro Buys Boulder, Top Draw Bought

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Two pieces of animation news came over the past couple days. First, Hasbro has closed a deal to purchase Boulder Media based out of Ireland. Boulder has produced animation for shows such as Wander Over Younder, The Amazing World of Gumball, and the new Danger Mouse among others.

“As one of the largest independent studios producing animation in Hollywood, the time is right for Hasbro to acquire its own animation studio, allowing us to expand our animation and storytelling capabilities even further,” said Hasbro Studios President Steven David whom Boulder’s staff will now report to.

It is expected that Boulder will take on some of Hasbro’s properties across various platforms in the future, though it was not elaborated on as to which ones in particular. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is animated by both DHX Media in Vancouver and Top Draw Animation in the Philippines as is Transformers:  Rescue Bots. Transformers:  Robots in Disguise is animated by Polygon Pictures in Japan.

Speaking of Top Draw, it was purchased by Grom Holdings based out of New York City on Wednesday. According to Animation Magazine, the acquisition is the latest step in Grom’s aggressive growth strategy for its “by kids for kids” social network. Grom Social intends to ramp up production for its growing video library for its website and mobile applications, as well as continue to service Top Draw’s clients. CEO and Founder Wayne Dearing will continue to run Top Draw and oversee its animation production.

“The opportunity to join Grom Social and become a part of its growth was a compelling one,” said Dearing in the article. “Transforming our company into a major player in digital media has been the focal point of our strategy to grow our business. By joining forces with Grom Social, we will achieve that goal and set the stage for strong growth within both the traditional television animation sector and new animated content for digital media. I can’t imagine a better fit for us than Grom Social.”

It is way too early to speculate how, if at all, any of this affects MLP. DHX is already working on the show, the Equestria Girls movies, and the main movie itself for Hasbro. We’ll get to know at least what’s coming with two of the three a week from Friday in San Diego as well as Hasbro’s Q2 Earnings Report set for Monday. What is for certain in the case of Hasbro is that they are going all out with their storytelling blueprint and now has an animation studio to help tell some of those stories.

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Samurai Jack Being Resurrected in 2016

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This is when I’m thankful we have a ‘general’ section.

You might remember Genndy Tartakovsky from your childhood, creator of Cartoon Network animated series such as Dexter’s Lab, Star Wars: Clone Wars and co-creator to Sym-Bionic Titan.

And of course there is Samurai Jack, a story of a samurai on a quest to kill the evil demon known as Aku.  The original 22 minute series ran from August 2001 until it was cancelled after its fourth season in 2004 after 52 episodes.  The show won 4 Primetime Emmy Awards, 6 Annie Awards, and 1 OIAF Award along with close to a dozen other nominations.  The series was known for its animation style, battle scenes and movie like story.

Well good news everyone.  Toonami (and Adult Swim) announced roughly noonish today that a new season of the show is currently under production.  The announcement was made across social media (Facebook, Tumblr), will premiere sometime in 2016, and being continued by Genndy Tartakovsky.

“I feel like it’s culminating to a fever pitch almost.” said Tartakovsky in a previous interview with ComicBook.com. “I feel like it’s time to maybe finish the story. We’ve been trying to get the feature off the ground but maybe that’s just fate’s way of saying this is a television thing and maybe it should be a mini-series or something like that.” (source)

So, might be time to freshen up on the series if its been awhile, or like myself, haven’t taken the pleasure of watching it fully.  There are only so many hours in the day.

Muffin Theater – Fluffle Puff Tales: EG Part 3

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