Cool Stuff: Walt Disney’s 1935 Animation Manifesto

On December 23, 1935, Walt Disney wrote an eight page letter to a gentleman named Don Graham at the Chouinard Art Institute (now Cal Arts) asking him to help train new, and improve old, Disney animators. Walt felt that many of the men he employed weren’t working up to their potential and that by focusing on a few simple things, the studio’s output would improve exponentially. Well, after this letter, the studio released – in order – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi. So, it seemed to have worked.

The letter is a fascinating look into the genius mind of Walt Disney, as it details the unique way he looked at movies, humor, drawing, running a company and much more. He details the minutia – such as body type and rhythm of movement – of animation and implores animators not to ignore these incredibly important things. Animators, or just fans of Disney, should really enjoy this. Check out scans of the letter and link to the full transcript after the break. Read More »

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Cool Stuff: Flux Capacitor Halloween Costume

Back to the Future-themed Halloween costumes have been done many times before. I’ve seen many many Marty McFlys, a bunch of Doc Browns, a couple Biffs and Griffs, and even one guy dressed as a DeLorean time machine. But this must be the first time I’ve seen anyone dress as the Flux Capacitor, the device which makes time travel possible. /Film reader Juan Garcia from Austin Texas created this costume for Halloween 2008, but he submitted it to the site just this week (or did he go back to the past and appear in the costume in 2008 and return back to the future to e-mail me the photos? too confusing…). Hit the jump to see the costume in action.

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Cool Stuff: Stay Puft Caffeinated Gourmet Marshmallows

I always thought that Stay Puft Marshmallows were one of the greatest movie marketing tie-ins that never was…. until now. ThinkGeek is selling “Stay Puft Caffeinated Gourmet Marshmallows”. This is a licensed and delicious Ghostbusters collectible. Unique, rubbery box can be reused, and each mallow has over 100mg of caffeine. Available for $19.99 on ThinkGeek. More information after the jump.
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LOL: Star Trek Shirtless Kirk Cologne

Last year, Genki Wear released two Star Trek branded cologne fragrances for men:

  • “Red Shirt” (the tagline on the box reads “Because tomorrow may never come”)
  • and… “Tiberius” (in reference to James T. Kirk’s middle name, tagline reads “Boldly Go”).

Last month it was announced that Genki would be adding a third fragrance to their Star Trek line: “Shirtless Kirk”. I kid you not. Check out the full product artwork and description, after the jump.

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Update: Warner Bros has since contacted Tim clarifying that Nolan doesn’t own/use this golf cart. It was apparently created by a Batman superfan who works on the lot. Original story follows:

Christopher Nolan has been working hard to lock a final cut of his latest movie Inception. /Film reader Tim G spotted Nolan’s custom Tumbler-styled golf cart that gets him around the Warner Bros lot. I can’t imagine Nolan, dressed all proper in a suit, running around the lot in this monster… but apparently he does.

For those of you who don’t know, movie studio lots are usually pretty large and studio employees use golf carts to get around as there is a lot of walking from one office to another or from one office to one of the stages. Tim tells me that  Nolan’s custom Tumbler golf cart even features sound effects from the actual tumbler. No word on if fire blazes out of the jet engine in the back.

Cool Stuff: Robocop T-Shirt by Ryan Patterson

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Why did the hardcore/metal band Converge print up a shirt featuring Robocop? I have no idea, but I bought it the moment I saw it. The band’s most recent record, Axe to Fall, has been topping year-end lists aimed at fans of extreme music, and seemingly as if to celebrate they released a bunch of new merch. None of their other new stuff has the movie geek appeal of the RoboCon shirt, but when you’ve got this guy on your side, who cares? Read More »

Sharlto Copley’s A-Team Birthday Cake

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Many of you know Sharlto Copley from his feature acting debut in District 9 (speaking of which, am I the only one crazy enough to believe that Copley should get some recognition for his performance come awards time, but realistically won’t). Copley is playing Capt. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock in The A-Team movie.

/Film tipster Jimmy Jab sent over this photo, which he claims features a cake Copley’s mother sent to the set of The A-Team for her son’s birthday (Sharlto turned 36 on November 27th). The cake features a photo of a young Copley who was celebrating his own birthday with a cake featuring Mr. T as A-Team member B.A. Baracus. How cool is that? Check out a photo of the full cake after the jump.

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Back to the Future Crysis Mod

I’m not a huge video gamer, but I am a hardcore Back to the Future fanatic. So when I got sent this video of a mod to Electronic Arts’ Crysis and Crysis Wars, I just knew I had to share it. The mod is extremely highly detailed, including sounds and visual effects, but it goes far beyond that — it even allows players the functionality to time travel. Watch the entire video after the jump, especially the end. If you have the game, you can download the mod on crymod.com.
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