Pixar “Stiff-arms… Children”


A really nice article over at Newsweek about Pixar's "Up" with a great short history of animation:

The little animation studio that could, Pixar was established in 1986 not as a cartoon factory but as a computer manufacturer. Many on the skeleton staff were cartoonists at heart, but the shorts they produced on company time were designed to promote the company hardware. When Toy Story, their pilot feature, was greenlighted in 1991, they rushed out to a screenwriting seminar. They were amateurs.

Check it out!

(BTW, Newsweek, love the new paper.)

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Henry’s Sinister Six – Doc Ock

My five-year-old son, Henry, loves Spider-Man. Well, to be fair he pretty much loves all things superhero, but Spider-Man holds a special place in his heart.

So last week I let him check out a DVD of a recent animated Spidey kids show, Spectacular Spider-Man, and he get really into the episode where Peter fights the Sinister Six, which, in this incarnation, includes Doc Ock, Rhino, Shocker, Vulture, Electro and Sandman:


After watching the episode twice in a row for his daily TV time, he got to work at his art desk drawing pics of each villain. When he was done he gave them all to me and said I could put them on my blog.

Who could resist?!

So this week I'm featuring the boy's handiwork with a new villain each day. First up? Doc Ock:

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More tomorrow…

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