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The Friday Round-Up (from Scooby-Doo to New Animation Techniques)

Claude Harrington 05.13.2016

If for some reason your alarm failed to go off on Monday morning, and you accidentally slept through this entire week, then here’s a round-up of some things you might have missed:


Tuesday: PICK OF THE WEEK: The Cook-Off (Character Animation)

Wednesday: Interviews with Animators: Andrew Foerster

Thursday: 6 Tips to Help You Tighten Your Explainer Video

ICYMI: 10 Incredible Digital Marketing Stats from the Past Month

ICYMI: Make Video Your Star!


FROM THE VAULT: The Power of Animated Storytelling

“Since the first man (or woman) smeared red ochre animal shapes on a cave wall, we have learned from drama and animated storytelling. These hand-painted bison herds seem to “run” in the flickering light of a torch, giving magic and life – narrative power – to a tale of that could be interpreted as a dry “how-to hunt” set of instructions. But these iconic drawings, and the oral traditions that accompanied them, weren’t just hunting instructions – they were legends and myths, trials and triumphs, and a way of understanding the complex world full of plot elements and drama where a hero can emerge victorious with his captured prey, or fade away starving in ignorant failure.”


Animation News:

Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Where are You? Why are your Animated Series so Short Now? (via Inverse)

PlayMobil Movie Set for 2019 (via Comingsoon.Net)

Ratchet & Clank Screenwriter Doesn’t Want Any Credit for Writing the Film (via Cartoon Brew)



How Epic Fortunes were Created During the California Gold Rush (via Priceonomics)

Fame is Other People (via New Republic)

Ghost in the Shell and Anime’s Troubled History with Representation (via The Verge)



The Inside Story of Facebook’s Biggest Setback (via The Guardian)

The Rolling Robot That Teaches Kids to Code (via The New Yorker)

The Problem with Amazon Reviews (via The Wirecutter)



Why Aging Isn’t Inevitable (via Nautilus)

The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon…and Worst Nightmare (via WIRED)

An Artist Invents A New Animation Technique, With Paint And A Tin Can (via Fast Company)

Here’s a time lapse of the new animation techniques:

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