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Sat
Mar 24 2012 9:30am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Pioneer 10 Encounters Saturn” and “The Adventures of Andre and Wally B”

Pioneer 11 Encounters Saturn: A simulation of Pioneer 11’s flyby of Saturn created by computer graphics pioneer (sorry, I couldn’t resist) Jim Blinn while working for Nasa. (2:16 minutes)

The Adventures of Andre and Wally B: Pixar’s first animated short, while the company was still part of Lucasfilm. It created a huge splash when first screened at Siggraph. (2:05 minutes)

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Sat
Mar 17 2012 10:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Something Fishy” and “Turtle Wanted Dead or Alive”

Something Fishy: It’s a jungle out there, especially underwater.
(3:12 minutes)

Turtle Wanted Dead or Alive: The West was always a dangerous place, filled with desperadosa and thieves. (2:40 minutes)

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Sat
Mar 10 2012 10:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art” and “Women vs Men”

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art: One of the most revealing ways of seeing how we think about something is to look at how we choose to represent it in art. A brief survey. (2:53 minutes)

Women vs Men: Another way is to compare with something similar. Bruno Bozetto knows how to use stereotypes to poke fun at everyone (5:27 minutes)

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Sat
Mar 3 2012 10:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “The Simpsons: The Funeral” and “Flintstones Commercial”

The Simpsons — The Funeral: Not one of The Simpsons’ famed Halloween specials, but one of the family’s first appearances ever. (1:31 minutes)

The Flintstones commercial: Bayers, makers of Flintstone Vitamins weren’t the only sponsor of the TV show when it first aired.

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Wed
Feb 29 2012 3:30pm

Upcoming SF Events in March

If there’s anything SF readers and watchers, gamers and otakus enjoy more than their particular hobbies, it’s getting together to talk with like minded people. Doing so on tor.com is great, as is doing it in person.

What follows is a list of some of the events that will happen over the month of March. It in no means tries to be comprehensive, but I do try for geographical and thematic variety. Feel free to add events near you, large or small, in the comments.

[This month’s events after the jump]

Sat
Feb 25 2012 9:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Early Morning Life” and “The Man With the Beautiful Eyes”

Early Morning Life: A film about growing up poor in Thailand, and about how a child sees the world of adults. (14:53 minutes)

The Man With the Beautiful Eyes: A short film based on one of Charles Bukowski’s poem. (5:42 minutes)

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Sat
Feb 18 2012 9:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Synchromy No. 4” and “Catalog”

Synchromy No. 4: An early abstract film set to Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, predating Disney’s use of the same piece in Fantasia. (4:28 minutes)

Catalog: A demo reel of John Whitney’s pioneering work with his analog computer. (7:23 minutes)

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Sat
Feb 11 2012 9:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “The Look of Love” and “Ninja Love Story”

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “The Look of Love” and “Ninja Love Story”

The Look of Love: You sometimes have to do a little work to help love along. (2:19 minutes)

Ninja Love Story: And sometimes that work can be a bit dangerous.
(1:29 minutes)

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Sat
Feb 4 2012 9:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “TV of Tomorrow” and “Watching TV”

TV of Tomorrow: A look at the future of television back in the early days of the technology. (7:04 minutes)

Watching TV: Another look at television, this one focuses more on the content than the technology. (4:41 minutes)

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Sat
Jan 28 2012 9:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “La Faim” and “Spin”

La Faim (Hunger): One of the first films animated on a digital computer, it was made at the NFB in 1974. (11:23 minutes)

Spin: This combined demo ranked first at Assembly 2011 last August.
(5:45 minutes)

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Sat
Jan 21 2012 9:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Strings” and “The Old Man and the Sea”

Paint on glass is a painstaking animation technique that involves shooting an image painted on glass, then repainting part of it before shooting the next frame. The stories told with it can be limited to a small apartment or the vastness of the sea.

Strings: An old building causes two neighbours to meet for  the first time. (10:23 minutes)

The Old Man and the Sea: This is also the first animated film to be released on IMAX. (19:56 minutes)

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Thu
Jan 19 2012 5:05pm

Upcoming SFF Events in February

If there’s anything SF readers and watchers, gamers and otakus enjoy more than their particular hobbies, it’s getting together to talk with like minded people. Doing so on tor.com is great, as is doing it in person.

What follows is a list of some of the events that will happen over the month of February. It in no means tries to be comprehensive, but I do try for geographical and thematic variety. Feel free to add events near you, large or small, in the comments.

[This month’s events after the jump]

Sat
Jan 14 2012 8:50am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Respawn” and “The Sand Castle”

Respawn: An unusual method of sculpting. (4:13 minutes)

The Sand Castle: Creatures born of sand build themselves a castle with the most abundant substance around. (13:17 minutes)

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Sat
Dec 31 2011 9:33am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “The End” and “The End”

The End: Two films with the same title, one about a scarecrow awaiting his end and the other about some characters discovering what comes after.
(6:23 and 6:18 minutes, respectively)

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Sat
Dec 24 2011 9:05am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Suzy Snowflake” and “Frosty the Snowman”

Suzy Snowflake: This classic TV animation was animated by Wah Ming Chang. For those who don’t know the name, he went on to design props and costumes for Star Trek, including the tricorders and communicators. (2:38 minutes)

Frosty The Snowman: This short film was done by UPA, better known for Gerald McBoingBoing and other theatrical releases, before the Rankin/Bass special most people are familiar with. (2:40 minutes)

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Wed
Dec 21 2011 2:00pm

Upcoming SFF Events in January

If there’s anything SF readers and watchers, gamers and otakus enjoy more than their particular hobbies, it’s getting together to talk with like minded people. Doing so on Tor.com is great, as is doing it in person.

What follows is a list of some of the events that will happen over the month of January. It in no means tries to be comprehensive, but I do try for geographical and thematic variety. Feel free to add events near you, large or small, in the comments.

[This month’s events after the jump]

Sat
Dec 17 2011 9:10am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Intelligent Design” and “Typolution”

Intelligent Design: A designer looks at intelligent design. (2:23 minutes)

Typolution: This may not be what most people think of when saying that their designs evolved. (3:12 minutes)

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Sat
Dec 10 2011 9:15am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Keep in a dry place and away from the children” and “Gisèle Kerosène”

Keep in a dry place and away from the children: A film about a daring escape. Since it’s by Bolex Brothers, you know weird and strange barely begins to describe it.

Gisèle Kerosène: Shot in stop-motion at la Défense in Paris—how they managed to clear it of people, I don’t know. (4:30 minutes)

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Sat
Dec 3 2011 8:20am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Deepest Mandelbrot Set Zoom Animation”, “Love & Theft” and “the TV show”

An internet outage prevented me from posting last week’s Saturday Morning Cartoon. There’s a little something extra in this week’s post to make up for it.

Deepest Mandelbrot Set Zoom Animation ever - a New Record! 10^275 (2.1E275 or 2^915): Doubtless the record will be broken eventually, but these zooms still hold a facination decades after the first ones were made. (5:12 minutes)

Love & Theft: Cartoons characters morph into one another (6:50 minutes)

自主制作アニメーション『the TV show』: A mash up of reality and television. (3:28 minutes)

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Tue
Nov 29 2011 5:00pm

Upcoming SFF Events in December

If there’s anything SF readers and watchers, gamers and otakus enjoy more than their particular hobbies, it’s getting together to talk with like minded people. Doing so on Tor.com is great, as is doing it in person.

What follows is a list of some of the events that will happen over the month of December. It in no means tries to be comprehensive, but I do try for geographical and thematic variety. Feel free to add events near you, large or small, in the comments.

[This month’s events after the jump]