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Alumnus and SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg presents stop-motion animated special, 'It’s A SpongeBob Christmas!'

November 1, 2012
Animation World Network

Nickelodeon Announces It’s A SpongeBob Christmas! Special

LOS ANGELES – Nickelodeon celebrates the holidays with its first full-length stop-motion animated special, It’s A SpongeBob Christmas!, premiering on Nickelodeon Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), following its CBS television premiere (11/23). It’s A SpongeBob Christmas! was inspired by the classic Rankin/Bass specials (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town) and the popular SpongeBob song released in 2009, “Don’t Be a Jerk (It’s Christmas),”co-written by Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob) and Andy Paley. The half-hour special features John Goodman as Santa Claus.  Read story

Reconversão (Reconversion), a documentary by faculty member Thom Andersen to screen at REDCAT

November 1, 2012

Reconversão (Reconversion)--a Study of Eduardo Souto de Moura at REDCAT on Nov. 19

On November 19, REDCAT will show a documentary by Thom Andersen called Reconversão (Reconversion), which examines 17 works by 2011 Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura. REDCAT describes the film by recalling the filmmaker’s influences as well as the architect’s ideas: “Echoing Dziga Vertov’s concepts and Eadweard Muybridge’s techniques (shooting only one or two frames per second), Andersen masterfully brings forward what makes Souto de Moura an original: the incorporation of the passing of time into architectural designs, positing them within a history fraught with class struggle and societal changes, in a continuum with ruins—from which they may originate, and to which they will return—and with nature—which they frame, and by which they are framed.”  Read story

Interview with manga artist and director Katsuhiro Otomo at REDCAT

October 31, 2012
Anime News Network

Katsuhiro Otomo at Platform International Animation Festival

California Institute of the Arts' downtown center for the contemporary arts, a section of the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall known as REDCAT, was the setting for a sold-out evening with manga artist and director Katsuhiro Otomo, as part of a new annual animation and art festival entitled Platform. The night would be his first public appearance in North America in 15 years, and the school would be presenting Otomo with the first ever Platform Lifetime Achievement Award.  Read story

Review of Disney animators' art show mentions CalArts' Thursday night art openings

October 30, 2012
Comics Alliance

Some Kind Of Monster: Disney Television Animation Staff Art Show

The thing about animation is that it's art. I know that seems a little obvious, but what makes an animation wonderful is when you forget that you're looking at something someone drew, painted or sculpted and believe completely in the world of the characters and their story. That's why we spend a lot of time on this site talking about comic book artists, illustrators and visual storytellers, because the great paradox of their work is that one of their best measures of success is how much of it is, in a sense, invisible. They deserve recognition.  Read story

'Gatz' coming to REDCAT

October 30, 2012
Arts Beat LA

Upcoming theater event — 'Gatz' at REDCAT

The New York-based experimental theater company, Elevator Repair Service, will be presenting their highly successful production Gatz at REDCAT late November and early December.

The acclaimed and unusual production, which has played all over Europe and various US cities since 2005, is finally coming to Los Angeles for a limited engagement, Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Sunday, December 9, 2012.  Read story

Essay by Critical Studies faculty member Maggie Nelson

October 30, 2012
Tin House

Writing With, From, and For Others

For a long time, I worried there was something wrong with me as a writer, because I leaned so heavily on the thinking and writing of others. And further, that instead of wanting to hide that leaning, my impulse has often been to showcase it, to make this thinking-with-others, this weaving of mine and others’ words, part of the texture of my writing.  Read story

Platform International Animation Festival curated by faculty member Irene Kotlarz and students

October 29, 2012
LA Weekly

Why Akira Creator Katsuhiro Otomo Is the God of Animation

Nearly every seat was filled inside REDCAT's small theater on Saturday night when Katsuhiro Otomo took to the stage. The anime auteur was on hand to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for this year's Platform International Animation FestivalRead story

Alumnus Scott Collins describes scoring silent film for Gary Mairs' Film History class

October 29, 2012

Analysis Of A Film Score

Recently, Gary Mairs, a filmmaker and faculty member at CalArts, asked me to create a score for a screening of Teinosuke Kinugasa’s landmark silent film, Kurutta Ippēji  (aka, Page of Madness” aka “A Page out of order”) in his Film History Class.  Read story

'Wreck it Ralph' director cites CalArts in interview

October 29, 2012

Interview with Rich Moore and Clark Spencer, the Director and Producer of Wreck-It Ralph

As part of the Disney movies event that I attended a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview Director Rich Moore and Producer Clark Spencer. They explained how Wreck-It Ralph came into being, some of the unique challenges involved in the production and shared a few behind-the-scenes stories.  Read interview

Alumni director Rich Moore ('Wreck it Ralph') discusses "the CalArts style"

October 28, 2012

'Wreck-It Ralph' Interview: Rich Moore Talks Art Of Making A Disney Movie, Scarcity Of Arcades, & More

CalArts alum and Emmy Winner Rich Moore is the director of Wreck-It Ralph, one of the most anticipated animated films of 2012. Featuring the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, and Jack McBrayer, the film centers on a Donkey Kong-like 8-bit character who dreams of being a hero after serving as the villain of a coin-op arcade game for over 30 years. When he decides to game jump to become the hero he always wanted to be, he accidentally sets of a chain of events that could prove to be the end of three arcade games.  Read story

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