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Time for some Mac ‘n’ Cheese!

Check out this rad animated short, Mac ‘n’ Cheese directed and created by four students at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands. It apparently took about five months to make. Super impressive!!

Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Mac 'N' Cheese on Vimeo.

Rayman Origins

E3 always comes with an exciting barrage of cool new game trailers and gameplay demos and the Rayman Origins footage is no exception. This is a perfect example of how 2D platformers should have evolved, rather than dying out when 3D graphics took the world by storm…It may have taken a while but it’s nice to see games like this and more are making a huge comeback. Behold the beauty of Rayman Origins on PSN & XBLA…

Behind the Scenes: Kung Fu Panda 2

A lot of animated films on DVD and BluRay have one thing in common, they severely lack good behind the scenes features. Luckily Makingof.com has a whole bunch of cool Kung Fu Panda 2 clips to give you a bit of insight to what goes in to a feature of this scale.

Here’s one of them…

and this one is pretty awesome… the voice over stuff is great, but about 10-15mins in to the vid, there’s some fascinating stuff.

Luke at this!

A good friend of ours, Luke Finlayson, has been working away on a pretty awesome looking ebook titled, “Lily of the Valley”. Luke says he’s almost finished the first of 4 chapters and hopes to finish the artwork in the first quarter of next year. So far it looks breathtakingly awesome!

Luke’s a very talented animator/illustrator based in good old New Zealand. If you haven’t seen his stuff make sure you check out his ‘work-in-progress’ ebook and his Deviant Art page.

A bit of a Lark!

If Aaron Simpsons Cold Hard Flash isn’t a website you follow regularly…..you should! Aaron’s created a place that showcases the best in Flash animation from all around the world and has been a huge supporter of all that Mukpuddy has created. Aaron is a huge advocate for Flash and through his blog and his work in the animation community has helped show that it is a worthy tool in the industry when in the past it has commonly been considered second rate. Anyhoo, Aaron has recently teamed up with Mondo Media (the folks behind Happy Tree Friends) to create the first in, what he hopes will be, a new web series called ‘LarkMart’.

Aaron wrote, voiced, designed and animated this first short. We think it’s super!

Keep fighting the good fight Aaron….we’ve got your back!

Have a steaming ‘Cuppa Jawa’

Us Muks have always wanted to write and animate something Star Wars related….so we did! Last week, we turned on the studio mic and starting recording until something made us laugh hard enough to warrant animating. We hope to do a series of these pointless (but fun to make) skits because it’s projects like these that help keep us sane. We made it with Flash and a touch of After Effects………and a splosh of sherry.

A Frost is coming!

To be honest Dreamworks CG features have been a little hit and miss for me, I had no problems with the first Shrek (aside from the avalanche of cruddy CG films is influenced studios to fast track), I didn’t really like what I saw of Sharktale, Madagascar was forgettable fun but the designs were pretty rad (I thought the sequel was ok too), Over the Hedge was great and completely underated, Bee Movie burnt my eyes, Kung Fu Panda fixed my burnt eyes and made me uber happy then Monsters Vs Aliens bored the snot out of me. Their next film is How to Train Your Dragon and so far it’s got me pretty interested….for one it’s got Dragons, and two, Chris Sanders (of Lilo & Stitch fame) is directing and, by the looks of the dragon in the trailer below, he also has a heavy hand in character design…

So yeah, definitely looks like it could have potential but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. For now though…I’ll be there with bells on….and people will request the belled man be removed from the cinema and I won’t go easily.

Anyway, I wasn’t really planning on writing a Dreamworks post, I was actually intending to talk about their film after How to Train Your Dragon. The film is called The Guardians and is based on the yet to be released book The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce. The Film (set to release in 2012) revolves around a team of five “Guardians” made up of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Jack Frost, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy. The story sees the main characters using their combined power to stop Pitch, an evil spirit with plans of world domination. I know…sounds kinda weird but I’m always up for a “superhero” team-up and anything that supports “guarding childhood” is A.O.K in my books. More importantly though, I found what appears to be an early look at the Jack Frost character design…

There’s something I really like about the character design…..not sure what it is. Seems a little darker for Dreamworks. Visual effects artist and animator Jeff Lynch makes his feature directorial debut with The Guardians. I’m definitely interested to see more. What about you?

Flipbook: The Blog!

Hi folks.
Thanks for stopping by our Flipbook blog. In case you weren’t aware, we (the Mukpuddy fellas), run an animation event called Flipbook. We held 2 in 2009, one in February and one in September and both were ravishing successes! The idea behind Flipbook is a simple one, to help strengthen and bring together New Zealands animation community. The event showcases animation from students through to seasoned professionals. We thought there needed to be place where animators could show there work to an appreciative and receptive audience. Nothing helps keep the inspiration juices flowing like sharing your work with like minded people. So far it seems to have worked a treat.
So that brings us to this website. We felt Flipbook needed to extend past the event, and the confines of NZ, and thought maybe we should be the ones to create a place on the internet to showcase your work. We’re also going to use the website to post things that we find inspirational and in turn, hopefully, it will inspire you.

Hi folks.

Thanks for stopping by our Flipbook blog. In case you weren’t aware, we (the Mukpuddy fellas), run an animation event called Flipbook. We held 2 in 2009, one in February and one in September and both were ravishing successes! The idea behind Flipbook is a simple one, to help strengthen and bring together New Zealands animation community. The event showcases animation from students through to seasoned professionals. We thought there needed to be place where animators could show there work to an appreciative and receptive audience. Nothing helps keep the inspiration juices flowing like sharing your work with like minded people. So far it seems to have worked a treat.

So that brings us to this website. We felt Flipbook needed to extend past the event, and the confines of NZ, and thought maybe we should be the ones to create a place on the internet to showcase your work. We’re also going to use the website to post things that we find inspirational and in turn, hopefully, it will inspire you.

So hit us up with links to your work or links to anything you think would inspire others.

Spread the word!