FORMER NICKELODEON PRODUCER BUTCH HARTMAN LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER

Oaxis Entertainment, a new online streaming service dedicated to non-stop family-focused programming. With the help of the community and Kickstarter, he plans to raise over $250,000 in 30 days to kick-off the project. Funds raised will go towards the development of the subscription-based platform, hiring creative producers and staff to generate original content, and acquiring material that aligns with Oaxis’ family-focused mission. Hartman will launch Oaxis in 2019.




The Art of Incredibles 2  Has a lot more Character Design than the previous art of the Incredibles from the first fil.  With 168 pages I would say about  41 pages with character designs. But I wish they would have put more.  It then has about 22 pages of storyboards, and the rest is of pre-visual artwork like props, buildings, backrounds and other throwaway art that I wonder why they even show. There are many character designs done by Matt Nolte, who I consider one of the best artist out there in the animation industry.  There is also some art from Tony Fucile, and Deanna Marsigliese. So overall I am pretty happy to see a lot of great artwork, but it seems like they withheld so much more character designs that they could have shown. (I'm sorry but I am not to interested in all of the pictures of props and building layouts which is most of the book). But there is another great thing about this book, is that it shows designs of Lucius Best (Frozone's wife) and Kari the babysitter's parents would look like if the would have been in the movie.


I really liked this book, so I am giving it a...  4 out of 5








DESPICABLE ME 3



DESPICABLE ME is out on 4K, Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital Download. I receive a review copy of this AWESOME show in 4K, and what I saw was complete fun and enjoyment.  I really love all of these characters in this show, from Gru and family to the villain Balthazar Bratt who was stuck in the 80's. all of these characters where fleshed out and lovable.


The company Illumination is just kicking some butt when it comes to making great animated films.  I have to say the detail that you can see in these Hi- Rez copies on 4K and Blu-Ray are amazing. If you look closely you can even see the individual threads on their clothes. I sure do hope they continue making more of these Despicable Me movies, because we love them at our house.  I also really liked the extra animated short (Mini-Movie): The Secret Life of Kyle... So Funny. This movie to me is a MUST HAVE.

I am giving it a Very AWESOME...  5 out of 5


Here is some Technical Stuff about the different versions of the films you can buy.

4K ULTRA HD:
Street Date: December 5, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61190396 (US)/ 61190397 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Layers: BD-66
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: PG for action and rude humor
Video: 2160p UHD Dolby Vision/HDR 10
Sound: English DTS:X, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1, French DTS Digital Surround 5.1, Spanish DTS-
HD High Resolution Audio 7.1
Language/Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish


BLU-RAY:

Street Date: December 5, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 6118066 (US)/ 6118068 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: PG for action and rude humor
Video: 1080p High-Definition
Sound: English DTS:X, Dolby Digital 2.0 and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1, French DTS Digital
Surround 5.1, Spanish DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1
Language/Subtitles English SDH, French and Spanish


DVD
Street Date: December 5, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61180665 (US)/ 61180676 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Layers: DVD-9
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: PG for action and rude humor
Sound: English, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
Language/Subtitles English SDH, French and Spanish




I also found so 4K wallpaper to help celebrate, enjoy!



The Art of Coco



The Art of Coco  has a whole mix of artwork for both living and the dead characters from the film.  With 162 pages I would say about 1/3 is filled with some great character design.  I like that there is hardly any text, but loads of artwork.  This book introduced me to some great artist that I would like to point out, and I will now put them on my watch list of artists to follow, and hopefully we will see more of their work in the future too.  They are - Daniel Arriaga,  Zaruhi Galstyan, and Manny Hernandez.  There is also some wonderful art scattered throughout from Tony Fucile (an artist /animator that was came over with Brad Bird), I wish they would show more of his work, but maybe he is hard working on the new Incredibles 2, who knows maybe theuy will show more work in the next Art Of Book.


I really liked this book, so I am giving it a...  4 out of 5

The Art of Aardman



The Art of Aardman is a really fun book that I am really happy to review. It has tons of production artwork and loads of behind the scenes sculptures and set pieces that have tons of character and detail. My favorite chapter is "An eye for every detail", which shows the amazing detail they put into every environment. Each prop and accessories tells a story and the amount or research they do to make those things have so much character and believability is astounding and makes the films have much more depth and enhances the story telling. The only thing I wish is that it had a lot more pages because I wanted more.  I do understand that not to long ago the Aardman Studios actually burned down so maybe what we have here in this book is all that was left to show, who knows...  Here's hoping they make an " Art of Early Man" Aardman's next stop motion film due out next year which look awesome.


I give the books an awesome 4.7 out of 5

The Color of Pixar



The Art of Coco  has a whole mix of artwork for both living and the dead characters from the film.  With 162 pages I would say about 1/3 is filled with some great character design.  I like that there is hardly any text, but loads of artwork.  This book introduced me to some great artist that I would like to point out, and I will now put them on my watch list of artists to follow, and hopefully we will see more of their work in the future too.  They are - Daniel Arriaga,  Zaruhi Galstyan, and Manny Hernandez.  There is also some wonderful art scattered throughout from Tony Fucile (an artist /animator that was came over with Brad Bird), I wish they would show more of his work, but maybe he is hard working on the new Incredibles 2, who knows maybe theuy will show more work in the next Art Of Book.


I really liked this book, so I am giving it a...  4 out of 5

The Art Of Cars 3



The Art of Cars 3is big on storyboards and light on character designs, which is to be expected due to most of the characters being fleshed out except a few new characters that appear in the show.  This book is great for those who are into storyboarding and seeing a behind look at how much work goes into it.  They even take time to discuss different camera angles and staging that should be usedin their storyboards. All in all I was a bit disappointed in this book because of the lack of artwork.  It felt like they were running out of  the type of artwork that I love to see.


I give the books a fun 2.5 out of 5

The Art Of Moana



The Art of Moana has lots of great, from some well know artists. I really enjoy this book because it has lots of designs and expression sheets of most of the main characters. Out 0f the 160 pages there are a good 54 pages of hand drawn character designs from some of my favorite artists like Borja Montoro, Bill Schwab, Jin Kim, Bobby Pontillas, and many more.  The rest of the pages have mostly layouts and pre-production artwork for the environment and props as well as a few pages of storyboards.  Overall I am pretty happy with this book.

I give the books a fun 4.5 out of 5

Video of Sergio Pablos giving 8 Great Character Design Tips.

Here is hoping Sergio continues to produce these amazing videos... If I were you I would subscribe to there YouTube channel so you don't miss a future video.

Designing with Pixar: 45 Activities to Create Your Own Characters, Worlds, and Stories



Designing with Pixar: 45 Activities to Create Your Own Characters, Worlds, and Storiesother than it having one of the longest titles of a book I have reviewed, it is a perfect book for any child wanting to become a character designer.  It leads the artist by the hand with fun activities using color, shapes, characters,worlds, and your own stories. It gives examples of the how Pixar uses these subjects to create unforgettable characters.  It has many pictures to inspire artist before it asks youexplore their own imagination in creating characters based on the subject matter that is being discussed in each chapter.

I give the books a fun 4.3 out of 5

Sketchtravel

 Sketchtravel is an awesome book I have to say.  So many of my favorite artists have created some amazing pieces of work for this one time book.  Each artist was free to do whatever they liked, which made each page a fun surprise and very unique subjects and very different art styles.  Here are just a few of the71 artist that contributed to this really neat book. Pierre Alary, Andrea Blasich, Lorelay Bove, Scott Campbell, eter De Seve, Ronnie Del Carmen, Paul Felix, Carter Goodrich, Juanjo Guarnido, Glen Keane, Nicolas Marlet, Bill Presing, and even Hayao Miyazaki.

For more information about the book check out the website here - http://www.sketchtravel.com/

I give it an amazing 4.7 out of 5

The Art of Planes


The Art of Planes  has a ton of great pictures, from concept to final designs.  I was not a big fan of the movie, but this book is well worth the price especially if you like planes and even some automobiles as well.  Although most of the book has lots of background paintings and fully rendered digital paintings of scenes from the film, it really is worth the price.
 I give it a good 4 out of 5
The Art of Sanjay's Super Team is a fantastic art of book, especially when you consider it's the art book for a Pixar short that played before The Good Dinosaur. It's out of the ordinary to devote an art of book to a short, but I am so happy they did.  This book has many great pictures and a lot of character designs in its 130 pages. What's awesome too, is that it is only  $15.35 at Amazon right now.  Well worth the price in my opinion. 


I give it 4.6 out of 5

Below is a fun video about the making of The Art of Sanjay's Super Team