Tag Archive for Animation

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’s 1936 “Puppet Show”

Now this is something that you don’t see everyday…a 1936 short featuring an animated Oswald Rabbit “performing” live action marionettes. Oswald is better known as “Oswald The Lucky Rabbit”, a cartoon character originally created by Walt Disney who was extremely popular in the late 1920s. When Disney famously lost the rights to Oswald in 1928*, a mouse named Mickey took… Read more →

Monday Morning Inspiration: Virtual Japanese Pop Star

Monday Morning Inspiration: Virtual Japanese Pop Star

Hatsune Miku is a sort of virtual pop star in Japan. Technically speaking, she’s a “Vocaloid“, an avatar for a singing synthesizer application developed using technology pioneered by Yamaha. The idea of a virtual pop star isn’t exactly new – Gorillaz have been doing something similar for years after all (see previous post) – but what makes Miku intriguing to me is that she’s… Read more →

JibJab's Never Had A Year Like `09

Never a Year Like ’09

Well, another year has come and gone. It’s amazing to look back and realize that I’ve been blogging here (and before that here) for close to seven years now. I didn’t have time to share much during the second half of `09 for several years, one of which was fulfilling one of last year’s resolutions – spend less time writing about puppetry… Read more →

Monday Morning Inspiration: Gorillaz live

Monday Morning Inspiration: Gorillaz live

Here’s a neat video of Gorillaz, the world’s most popular “virtual band” performing at the MTV Music Awards in Europe (hosted by the always-hilarious Sacha Cohen). The 3D animated Gorillaz seemingly appear live on stage thanks to an updated version of the old Pepper’s Ghost Victorian stage illusion. This is animation, but imagine how this could be taken to the next level using a digital… Read more →