Friday, July 27, 2007
Comic Con on Animax
Well the next few days, a bunch of our folks are heading down to San Diego to attend the show. A couple projects we worked on are actually launching down there so we wish much success. Go team.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Season 4 of ESPN's Off-Mikes just launched. Crazy that it's already been four seasons! This season kicks off with a bunch of classic episodes. (Thank God because we are still cranking out the rest of the season's 5 new ones.)
The other new twist is that Off-Mikes is now officially a great example of brand entertainment at it's 2.0 finest. This new season is sponsored by Hummer in a very obvious way and in a sly way in every episode. The intro for the series since Season 2 has always had a bunch of visual gags referring to some of the all-time great partners - Sonny and Cher, Batman and Robin and Starsky and Hutch. Well instead of Starsky & Hutch's usual red and white Gran Torino, Mike and Mike get into their souped up Hummer. We even got to animate a Hummer commercial.
For trivia buffs, Hummer wasn't actually the first example of product placement in the Off-Mikes series. If you look closely, you'll also see the Animax banana peel logo in every episode. We even included our phone number on the side of a boat in one of them.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Guy Kawaski is Randy. Mariel Hemingway is Paula Abdul and Animax Entertainment, actually, Michael, is Simon Cowell. That's the panel of judges in the "The Commuter Pod" Cartoon Write the Next Webisode Contest from our client Mentorography. It's a skills-based writing competition in which participants submit an original storyline script to be eligible to potentially be selected as the winner. Storyline Submissions are due by August 9, 2007 so get cracking.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Animax Entertainment wants everyone to make their own animated movie. Now you can channel your inner Walt Disney and create an animated short featuring an A-List movie star who needs no introduction: Packy! That's right, that lovable package whose insides are filled with delicious Dippin' Dots - the ice cream of the future. Working with matrixx Productions, we created the world's first-ever online animation mash-up tool. Enter the contest and you could win $2,500 if you thoroughly entertain the masses.
Click here to see some of the movies.
A few months back Animax Entertainment contributed a short to an animated exquisite corpse experiment for Frederator called FredEx: The Secret Life of Robots. Our short was the first one in the movie - it's called Dating. Well the movie won Best Film For the Internet at the first ever Platform Animation Festival. Way to go team.