Friday, October 13, 2006

There've been a few new DVD releases...

... in the past few months that, much to my surprise, have gone unnoticed by most of the "animation bloggers" I read. These releases include: "The Boondocks", "Curious George, and "Ed, Edd, N Eddy - The Complete First Season". A lot of these bloggers focus on either "classic" animation or promoting their own projects so it gets easier to understand why they would ignore these DVD's. With time, however, all of these titles are destined to become "classics".
... "The Boondocks" is based on a comic strip by Aaron McGruder and is a series that appears on Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim". It's a "Flash" cartoon, drawn anime or Manga style. It's hip and edgey. You won't see a lot of squash and stretch here as the show relies on "pose to pose" animation rather than "frame by frame" technique. The artwork is awesome though, and the storylines are hilarious social commentaries and observations. The three disc set is definitely adult content.
... "Curious George" is undoubtedly destined to become a "classic". It has suberb artwork, great animation, and a wonderful storyline. The movie just grabs ahold of a kid's attention and doesn't let go. James Baxter is listed in the credits and deserves recognition for this film.
...Ed, Edd, n Eddy are just plain fun! This is a cartoon I watch with my 85 year old father. A very serious man, I catch him smiling and chuckling over the trio's antics. At first, the show was a bit confusing for him as he asked, "Which one's Ed?" It doesn't help that we have family members named Ed and Eddy either, but he eventually figured it out. This show has style, it uses traditional animation techniques, and the stories are funny. It's no surprise that it is one of Cartoon Networks most popular shows.
... all of the DVD's mentioned contain "Special Features" in the tradition of "Backstage Disney" in which fans are shown how the cartoon was made. "The Boondocks" has downloadable storyboards - a priceless resource for aspiring animators and filmmakers. There's also an animatic segment included. "Curious George" is the most similiar to a Backstage Disney feature and includes a look at storyboards and a section called "Draw George". Likewise, Ed, Edd, n Eddy provides a drawing lesson about drawing Eddy and has a "How to make an Ed, Edd, n Eddy Cartoon" segment. Unfortunately, this is more of a comedy skit than the much more informative segment included on "The Mis-"Ed" Ventures" DVD.