Brave

So as Pixar fans (like me) know already, Brave will be released on the 22nd of June (which is also my birthday!), 2012. For those who haven’t seen them yet, here are the trailers, and a sneak-peek from “La Luna” (which has been nominated for animated short oscar) which will be shown right before Brave.

Additionally, the synopsis of Brave has also been released for those who want to know more:

“Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.”

Shaun the Sheep

My friend Emre, told me about Shaun the Sheep, which is a British stop-motion animated children’s television series produced by Aardman Animations. I immediately recognized the style as Wallace and Gromit‘s, which was part of my childhood.  The first series of Shaun the Sheep was deemed a success worldwide and Aardman is currently producing a third series.

Apparently Shaun the Sheep first appeared in the 1995 Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short film A Close Shave. Sucked into Wallace’s Knit-o-matic contraption, the sheep is accidentally shorn, so Wallace names him “Shaun” (a pun as “Shaun” sounds identical to “shorn” when spoken with a non-rhotic accent). Shaun later appeared in the 2002 series Cracking Contraptions episode, “Shopper 13”, ostensibly to rescue a wayward wheel of cheese.  The popularity of the character, as expressed in the success of Shaun the Sheep merchandise, led to this spin-off series of 40 seven-minute episodes, which made me really happy to hear about. Here is the sixth episode from the first season, “Still Life”.

 

つみきのいえ

Recently, one of my friends I met through Oyun Mühendisi made me watch this video, which is a Japanese short named つみきのいえ (Tsumiki no ie / La Maison en Petits Cubes / “The House of Small Cubes”) directed by Kunio Kato. This certain animated short also won an Academy Award this year, it was nominated with one of my favorite animated shorts, Oktapodi (which I will post sometime later) I had thought that  I think anybody interested in animation should watch it, because the animation technique, the music, the sound and the story is certainly very intruiging indeed. (It also made me sob for awhile)