First look at Chipmunks


A low-quality version of the new Alvin and the Chipmunks poster is now online. In the CG/live-action family comedy, Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl“) plays David Seville. The film is based on the 1950s cartoon series about chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore, who lay waste to Seville’s surroundings and sing in three-part harmony. 20th Century Fox will release the Tim Hill-directed pic on December 14.They actually look pretty cool in this poster, although Simon seems a bit shorter than he ought to be. Oh and it should probably say “They’re back and smaller than ever,” because this is the first time that they’re actually chipmunk-sized as opposed to child-sized.

Veggie Pirates Trailer and Website!

Click the picture to go see the official Veggie Pirates website where you can watch the trailer. Apparently Universal also physically attached the trailer to the front of every copy of Evan Almighty so at least a few people have seen it already.

Unfortunately my title of “animator” for this movie was a bit open to interpretation so I only animated a handful of shots. Fortunately, one of them made it into the trailer. It’s the one in which Sedgewick (Mr. Lunt) says “Okay, time to go home.” Oh yeah, check out those bobbing head turns. I’m Brilliant!

Seriously though, I’m looking forward to seeing this in theatres. It’s not Ratatouille, but it’s fun.

We made it!

It was a long drive, about 50hrs, but we made it to LA safe and sound. Pretty amazing considering we were driving a 10 year old Neon loaded down with as much of our stuff we could cram into it.

Work is great. I have two weeks of education before starting production.

I’m a little disappointed by the weather. My wife and I were two Canadians in LA, freezing our butts off in shorts and no sleeves. I suppose that’s a good thing though, because our apartment won’t have A/C.

More to come, and pictures too, once we find a charger for our camera battery (oops!)

New Job at Rhythm & Hues!

I have accepted a four month contract with Rhythm & Hues where apparently we will be having a bit of an SAU reunion and I’m bringing at least a couple of my Starz friends with me. It has all happened so fast that I haven’t had any time to post about it until now.

I’d like to give a huge thanks to those of you who spent the time watching my reel and telling me what sucked about it. It sure payed off.

I felt after two years of bouncing around different departments at DKP/IDT/Starz that it was time to move on and take the next big step in my journey. I had gotten my foot in the door as a character finaler, but even though I did move into an animator position it seemed that there was always a need for finaling or layout and I was always saying “yes” when they asked me to do it. I know I have a LOT to learn about animation and it just seemed that I would learn it a lot faster by animating. The animators at Starz are like really humble rock stars. I wish I could have gotten half as good as those animators before I left.

Rhythm and Hues is going to be an enormous challenge for me, but it’s one I’ve been itching to take on. I’ve heard only good things about the studio and who doesn’t like working near a beach?

It’s been a whirlwind of activity around here: trying to pack up the apartment, arrange for my work visa, find a new apartment, find a place to store our stuff, try to find a new car to drive down in and upon failing that try to fix up our old Neon as best we can, and all while putting in our last two weeks at work. I sure hope they don’t turn us away at the border because we’ll be jobless and homeless if they do!

We’ll hit the road this Monday and I start work the following Monday. So to all of you Californians who’ve been pestering me and Linds about coming out for a visit – be careful what you wish for.

New Demo Reel !!

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The new reel includes work that I did on Chops and a couple of animation tests that I did for a video game company. The Veggies movie has not completed animation yet, let alone been released, so obviously I haven’t included any of my work from that.

I haven’t uploaded a breakdown sheet for the new reel yet, but basically I was only responsible for the character animation. The one main exception is the treehouse bit with the boy and girl characters. You can blame me for everything on that one.

I have updated my resume as well.

Any comments and critiques are welcome.

VT Pirates Trailer for Trailer

We saw a rough cut of the actual trailer a while ago and it’s going to be pretty good. In the meantime there’s this:

The Big Idea website has posted a teaser of the trailer for “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie” (what a mouthfull, eh?)

It includes some concept art from the movie, but the animation clips they show are from the old video, not the movie. One clip is even played backwards!

Click here to watch the teaser