Wednesday, September 26, 2007
How to NOT Goof Up a Cartoon
At CartoonBrew.com (hands down the best blog about the art, history and business of animation), historian, writer and hero-to-us-all Jerry Beck recently reviewed Disney’s new Goofy cartoon, How To Hook Up Your Home Theater, which was screened at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Seems they got it right, both updating and honoring the Goof’s grand goofiness as established in the “How To” cartoons of the 1940s. It really should be no surprise the film is good: Disney’s animation department is now actually headed by a bona fide artist and filmmaker—namely, John Lasseter—who not only loves and respects Disney but understands that elusive quality and knows how to create in that style. And the cartoon is animated by many of Disney’s top animators, including Andreas Deja and Mark Henn. More importantly, this new Goofy short marks the sure-handed return of hand-drawn animation at Disney. Can’t wait to see where they go from here.