I heard that Matt Groening’s mother (AKA the inspiration for Marge Simpson) died recently and I scribbled this as I was feeling glum. This is my little tribute to Mother Simpson/Mother Groening.
Happy early Mother’s Day, everyone.
Motion Media Test: Movement to Music
Song: “Moment’s Notice” by John Coltrane
Experimenting with different mood lighting and rain effects.
Animated Film Marketing (may contain spoilers)
I was watching Nostalgia Chick’s breakdown of the discrepancies of how Disney and Dreamworks market their movies vs. what the movie actually is. I guess this tactic helps get butts in theater seats, but I guess I’m not like most people. More often than not, I find these discrepancies annoying.
I remember Disney blamed The Princess and the Frog’s so-called “failure” (it didn’t tank by the way) on the lack of appeal princesses have on boys, so they repackaged Rapunzel as the more kick-butt, adventurous Flynn-centered Tangled. If I was a boy that really believed what Disney portrayed Tangled to be in the previews, how pissed off would I have been when I discovered it was actually another princessy fairy tale with that sunny pop-sounding score? Or how about how Pixar marketed Brave as the adventure of a badass Scottish archer girl when the movie was actually a rehash of Brother Bear? I skipped Megamind and Monsters vs. Aliens because DreamWorks marketed them as Shark Tale with superheroes and aliens respectively, but apparently those movies are a lot deeper than that. The only positive I can think of about this is that I might have been pleasantly surprised that some of the Pixar movies were deeper/more heartfelt than they seemed (like Toy Story 2 & 3), but most of the time it just gives an inaccurate perception of the movie.
I saw a trailer of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 which condensed the film into two minutes of painfully obnoxious food puns. There’s probably a lot more to the movie than that, but the trailer made me not want to spend my money to find out. Way to go, Sony Pictures.
Quick sketchbook scribbles